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    Safari, Cheetah, Maasai Mara, Kenya With its game parks, beaches and historic sites, Africa attracts a huge number of foreign tourists but numbers are sharply down because of the coronavirus outbreak, writes Larry Madowo. Maria Maile has been cooking lunches and hosting overnight guests at her home in South Africa’s coastal city of Cape Town since her first three guests checked in nearly 22 years ago. She lives there with her daughter and three grandchildren, but the spare room has been available to book – until that is the coronavirus outbreak shut down South Africa, and her business, in March. “Guests are not coming in so the only income I’m getting is the social grant from the government,” she...
    Visitor looks at damaged Rhodes statue A statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes has been decapitated in Cape Town in South Africa. The bronze bust in a city park had its head removed with an angle grinder on Sunday night or Monday morning, South African National Parks said. It is the latest monument associated with imperialism or slavery to be targeted since African American George Floyd was killed in US police custody. His death triggered huge anti-racism demonstrations around the world. Rhodes, a white supremacist, led the British colonisation of parts of southern Africa during the 19th Century and made a fortune from mining. Last month, a college at Oxford University said it would take down a statue of...
    The COVID-19 pandemic in Africa is reaching 'full speed,' the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief said on Thursday, as the total number of cases rose over 500,000 on Wednesday. Just a day after confirmed coronavirus cases across Africa surpassed the half-million milestone the total was over 522,000 and climbing, with more than 12,000 deaths. With testing levels low, the real numbers are unknown. South Africa has the most confirmed cases with over 224,000, and for the first time Gauteng province - home to Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria - has the country's most cases with over 75,000, or 33%. South Africa has the highest number of cases of any county in Africa with over 224,000. Gauteng...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An effort to lift South Africa’s ban on cigarette sales during the country’s coronavirus lockdown has failed. The High Court in the capital, Pretoria, on Friday dismissed a bid by the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association, which represents smaller manufacturers. The group argued that cigarettes should be considered essential because they are addictive. Those who want the ban lifted argue that South Africa’s government hasn’t explained the science it says it relied on when imposing the ban at the end of March. The government has said it is trying to protect people’s health. Some critics also warn that the ban fuels the illegal trade of cigarettes. The ban outlaws selling tobacco but not the act of smoking....
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will allow casinos and cinemas to reopen and restaurants to resume sit-down meals on Monday in a further easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions despite a sharp rise in infections. The country began easing restrictions put in place in March last month and at the beginning of June allowed people outside for work, worship, exercise or shopping, and let mines and factories to run at full capacity to try to revive the economy. It has recorded 118,375 infections of the highly contagious respiratory disease and 2,292 deaths and daily case numbers rose by more than 6,500 on Thursday after less than 1,000 in April. But tourism is an important revenue-earner and three months of lockdown has...
    JOHANNESBURG – A strike by South Africa’s minibus taxi drivers over what they say is inadequate coronavirus relief funds has disrupted the return of scores of thousands of people to work. Taxi operators in the economic hub of Gauteng province, which includes the city of Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria, Monday morning blocked roads and refused to transport workers. In Pretoria, there were reports of police using rubber bullets to disperse protesting taxi drivers. The country’s taxi industry was among the sectors hit hard by the economic effects of the nationwide lockdown that started at the end of March to fight the spread of COVID-19. Millions of South Africans rely on minibus taxis to commute to work and will need...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A strike by South Africa’s minibus taxi drivers over what they say is inadequate coronavirus relief funds has disrupted the return of scores of thousands of people to work. Taxi operators in the economic hub of Gauteng province, which includes the city of Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria, Monday morning blocked roads and refused to transport workers. In Pretoria, there were reports of police using rubber bullets to disperse protesting taxi drivers. The country’s taxi industry was among the sectors hit hard by the economic effects of the nationwide lockdown that started at the end of March to fight the spread of COVID-19. Millions of South Africans rely on minibus taxis to commute to work and...
    (CNN)Early on Sunday morning, the mutilated body of a 42-year-old woman was found in Eersterust, a middle-class township in Pretoria, South Africa. Two days earlier, residents in the Soweto township of Johannesburg discovered the body of another young woman under a tree. And just over a week ago, a heavily pregnant 28-year-old was found hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Johannesburg. The three women were among the latest victims in a surge of violence against women in South Africa which the country's president has described as a "pandemic.Tshegofatso Pule was heavily pregnant when her mutilated body was found hanging from a tree"As a man, as a husband, and as a father, I am appalled at what is no...
    South Africa’s health sector has used the lockdown period to prepare for an influx of cases In the face of a deteriorating economic situation, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has opted to ease lockdown restrictions further even though coronavirus cases are beginning to rise rapidly. In the past week alone, the number has increased by 37%. But in a frank address to the nation, the president highlighted the need to preserve peoples’ livelihoods. As a result, he said that parts of the leisure industry will reopen soon. At the end of March, the country entered into one of the strictest lockdown regimes in the world, almost all movement outside was restricted and the sale of cigarettes and alcohol was...
    South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has strong words following a number of homicides in his country involving female victims. The president noted that there have been several deaths in the nation after authorities lifted restrictions set in place during coronavirus pandemic. “Gender-based violence thrives in a climate of silence,” Ramaphosa said, “With our silence, by looking the other way because we believe it is a personal or family matter, we become complicit in this most insidious of crimes.” READ MORE: South Africa addressing deaths of hundreds of boys in secret circumcision ceremonies The South African President has been the subject of boycotts and calls for justice after two women were found murdered. One, Tshegofatso Pule, was pregnant and hung from...
    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa’s numbers of COVID-19 are “rising fast,” according to President Cyril Ramaphosa, who says that he’s worried. More than half of South Africa’s more than 48,000 confirmed cases have been recorded in the last two weeks, prompting concerns that Africa’s most developed economy is about to see a steep rise in infections. South Africa has the most cases in Africa, whose 54 countries have reported more than 184,000 cases including more than 5,000 deaths, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. South Africa, with a population of 57 million people, expects to see the COVID-19 deaths climb above 1,000 soon, Ramaphosa wrote Monday in his weekly letter to the nation....
    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) - South Africa’s worst hotspot for the coronavirus is no longer testing most people under age 55 as it tries to clear a backlog of 27,000 tests amid a shortage of kits. Western Cape province, centered on the city of Cape Town, will test people under 55 only if they have serious health conditions, have been admitted to a hospital or are a front-line health worker, Premier Alan Winde said. “If you’re younger than 55 and you have symptoms, assume you have COVID-19 … After 14 days, you’ll be fine. There’s no purpose in getting a test,” Western Cape head of health Keith Cloete told radio station Cape Talk this week. People who are younger...
    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa’s worst hotspot for the coronavirus is no longer testing most people under age 55 as it tries to clear a backlog of 27,000 tests amid a shortage of kits. Western Cape province, centered on the city of Cape Town, will test people under 55 only if they have serious health conditions, have been admitted to a hospital or are a front-line health worker, Premier Alan Winde said. “If you’re younger than 55 and you have symptoms, assume you have COVID-19 … After 14 days, you’ll be fine. There’s no purpose in getting a test,” Western Cape head of health Keith Cloete told radio station Cape Talk this week. People who are younger...
    JOHANNESBURG — South Africa says it has a backlog of nearly 100,000 unprocessed tests for the coronavirus, a striking example of the painful shortage of testing kits and reagents across Africa as cases steadily rise. “This challenge is caused by the limited availability of test kits globally,” the health ministry said in a statement overnight, putting the backlog at 96,480 as of Monday. Priority is given to processing tests from patients admitted to hospitals and health workers, it said. South Africa has conducted more tests for the virus than any other country in Africa — more than 655,000 — and has the most confirmed cases with 27,403. One of the latest to die of COVID-19 in South Africa was a...