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Case of murdered wife claims turbulent career of veteran Lesotho PM

19 May 2020

JOHANNESBURG The murder of his estranged wife during a well-publicised love triangle proved one problem too many for Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, who survived repeated security crises to become Lesotho's dominant politician but resigned on Tuesday.

For DJ Black Coffee, COVID-19 signals pause to rethink music business

18 May 2020

JOHANNESBURG He rose from South Africa's poorest province to become one of the world's most successful DJs, entertaining millions in dance clubs all over the globe, but the COVID-19 lockdown has got DJ Black Coffee wondering about the future of the music business. | Video

Murder case claims turbulent career of veteran Lesotho PM

13 May 2020

JOHANNESBURG A love triangle murder case that made front page news proved one problem too many for Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, who survived repeated security crises to become Lesotho's dominant politician but is expected to submit his resignation on Wednesday.

South Africa 'virtual safaris' liven up lockdown with jackals and leopard cubs

06 May 2020

JOHANNESBURG Most visitors wanting to see big game in Africa jet in from faraway places, so when the new coronavirus grounded flights and put the world into lockdown, the legendary African safari died. | Video

Exclusive: Lesotho's murdered first lady agreed to divorce on day she died - sources

05 May 2020

MASERU Hours before she was shot dead on the outskirts of the capital, Lesotho's former first lady, Lipolelo Thabane, made a surprising decision. | Video

Coronavirus stirs rancour in South Africa on democracy anniversary

27 Apr 2020

JOHANNESBURG South Africa's divisions over race and wealth inequality, which the COVID-19 crisis had briefly sidelined, returned to the fore on Monday's 26th anniversary of the end of apartheid.

South Africa's itinerant wastepickers lose livelihood in lockdown

24 Apr 2020

SOWETO, Johannesburg They perform one of South Africa's most important services, collecting recyclables that would otherwise swell the country's rubbish dumps and burden municipal trash collection, but the coronavirus lockdown has left thousands of wastepickers jobless. | Video

South Africa's COVID-19 crisis strengthens Ramaphosa's economic reform hand

23 Apr 2020

JOHANNESBURG The coronavirus crisis that has decimated South Africa's already struggling economy presents President Cyril Ramaphosa with his best opportunity yet for reforming it, analysts say, even if he encounters resistance along the way.

South Africans volunteer to keep rhino orphanage going during lockdown

21 Apr 2020

THE RHINO ORPHANAGE, South Africa Looking after an orphaned baby rhino is hard work: you feed them bottled milk at all hours, comfort them through constant fear and bereavement and endure long nights of screaming for the absent mother they witnessed being shot dead by poachers. | Video

RPT-Mixed blessing for some, as S.Africa shelters homeless in schools, stadiums

17 Apr 2020

PRETORIA/CAPE TOWN, April 16 South Africa, like many nations, has long viewed homelessness as an inevitable fact of modern life, but the coronavirus epidemic is offering an unexpected chance to give those on the streets a roof over their heads.

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