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South Africa's ANC suffers major setbacks in local elections

Photo©Schalk van Zuydam/AP/SIPASouth Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) suffered some setbacks in Wednesday's local government elections, with early trends showing its supporters may have stayed away, with Nkandla, President Jacob Zuma's local ward, shockingly falling to Inkatha Freedom Party.

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African Union: All about number one

Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, at the centre of the AU summit group shot – and of unofficial speculation. Photo©ReutersThe AU goes into election mode as member states decide who to back for AU Commission chair at the next summit in July. The big question is whether Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will stand again or repair to South Africa to join the race for the presidency.

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South Africa: Influential ANC official warns of 'mafia state' in Govt and Gupta links row

Gwede Mantashe, Secretary General of South Africa's ruling party, ANC. Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Thursday refuted claims that he had been influenced by the powerful Gupta family in his cabinet appointments.

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South Africa's president Zuma calms down under siege judiciary

South African President Jacob Zuma has maintained that his government respects the independence of the judiciary amid concerns over a spate of public attacks of judges by his administration.

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South Africa: No goodbye to Vavi yet

Zwelinzima Vavi has not revealed what his next move may be. Photo©Lebohang MashiLoane/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty ImagesCosatu's outspoken general secretary has gone, but deep divisions remain.

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South Africa xenophobia is 'afrophobia'

File photo©ReutersSouth Africa's leading trade union has joined the chorus of condemnation of the latest wave of deadly attacks against foreigners in KwaZulu- Natal province.

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South Africa's ANC prefers local buyer for Amplats mines

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says it would be quite important to have a South African company buying Amplats assets but it is not a choice of the ANC. Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) would like a local company to buy mines being sold by Anglo American Platinum but it will not try and influence the deal, the party said on Tuesday.

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Can natural capital accounting come of age in Africa?

 The depletion of minerals costs South Africa 9 percent of its gross national income. Photo©ReutersIn early June, a University of Pretoria conference at the Governance Innovation Centre, keynoted by Indian eco-feminist Vandana Shiva, contemplated how to go 'beyond GDP'. The current system of economic bean-counting is terribly inappropriate for a continent 'rising' in rhetoric but, in reality, being looted at a breakneck pace.

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South Africa's crippling mining strike ends

One of South Africa's longest mining industry is coming to an end with 70 000 platinum miners expected back at work on Wednesday.

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South Africa: Zuma delivers State of the Nation address

South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday made his first public appearance since falling ill earlier this month to deliver his seventh State of the Nation address in Parliament.

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Ailing South African president to work from home

South Africa's ailing and exhausted leader, President Jacob Zuma will miss his government's first meeting, as he recovers from fatigue following last month's election.

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South Africa goes to the polls

Photo©ReutersMost of South Africa's close to 23,000 polling stations opened early in the morning, as the southern African country holds its fifth elections since the end of apartheid 20 years ago.

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Zuma's homestead upgrade: South Africa's opposition continue fight

President Zuma told people at an ANC election rally in Cape Town that he would not repay the money because he did not ask for the upgrades. Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's opposition parties are putting pressure on Parliament to ensure President Jacob Zuma answers some burning questions on the millions of rands spent on his rural homestead.

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South Africa: Economists and opposition give budget the thumbs up

Analysts say Finance minister, Pravin Gordhan's budget is sound and will boost confidence in South Africa's fiscal policyThe South African budget, presented on Wednesday, with emphasis on cost cutting and focusing on service delivery, has been given the thumbs up by economists and opposition parties, who say this is the direction the fiscal policy should be taking.

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South Africa is better off today - Mantashe

Gwede Mantashe Secretary general, African National Congress. Photo©Getty ImagesGwede Mantashe Secretary general of the African National Congress refuses to see the challenges the 102 year-old political movement face from new opposition players like Economic Freedom Fighters or Agang SA in this year's election, arguing that he does not "want two-thirds [but] three-thirds [of the votes] for the ANC."

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South Africa: On the road with the ANC

Mantashe is a veteran campaigner for the ANC, here in East Rand, Johannesburg, 2011. Photo@Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty ImagesThe Africa Report takes you on a guided tour of Western Cape Province, where, in November, ANC secretary general Mantashe was urging new voters to register and rallying the party's base.

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South Africa: ANC conference kicks off

ANC leader Jacob Zuma is facing a challenge from his deputy, Kgalema MotlantheThe African National Congress's elective conference kicks off in Mangaung at the weekend, with close to 5,000 members expected to attend.

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Gwede Mantashe:
 The ANC will be the leading force for the next 100 years

GWEDE MANTASHE ANC SECRETARY GENERAL/PHOTO©STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFPAt the helm of South Africa's ruling party, the former trade unionist 
is in a unique position to influence the ANC elections in December 
which will ultimately determine the country's president.

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Limpopo: Behind the party punch-up

malemaflamesxoxoWITH THE EXPULSION OF YOUTH LEAGUE LEADER JULIUSMALEMA from the ANC, Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale becomes Zuma’s most dedicated adversary within the party.Aclose ally of Malema who is also from Limpopo, Mathale is calling for deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe to take over from Zuma when the party holds its elective conference in Manguang in December.


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