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Storms in Cape Town destroy nearly 1,000 homes, city braces for worse

Nearly 1,000 homes in informal settlements in Cape Town, South Africa, have been destroyed by gale-force winds, displacing around 4,000 people, authorities and an aid organization said as the city braces for a week of damaging storms. South African weather authorities said Monday that Cape Town and surrounding areas are expected to be hit by multiple cold fronts until at least Friday, bringing torrential rain, strong winds and flooding. Cape Town's disaster coordination team has been on alert since last Thursday, when the first front arrived. The worst-hit areas are expected to be the poor, informal settlements on the edge of South Africa's second biggest city. Thousands have been displaced in the township of Khayelitsha on the outskirts of Cape Town after strong winds destroyed homes and other structures. The Gift of the Givers local aid organization said it provided 10,000 meals and 3,000 blankets to displaced people in Khayelitsha over the weekend. Other areas have been flooded

Storms in Cape Town destroy nearly 1,000 homes, city braces for worse
Updated On : 08 Jul 2024 | 2:50 PM IST

ArcelorMittal decides against shutting its South African steel plant

It expects to report a headline half-year loss per share between 0.96 rand and 1.04 rand, compared with a headline loss of 0.40 rand per share in the same period last year

ArcelorMittal decides against shutting its South African steel plant
Updated On : 02 Jul 2024 | 4:25 PM IST

Laura Wolvaardt praises South Africa's 'grit' after loss against India

South Africa women's skipper Laura Wolvaardt on Monday praised her team for showing 'grit and determination' despite their 10-wicket hammering by India in the one-off Test here. South Africa were outplayed right on Day One with India piling up the highest score in a day's play in women's Tests of 525/4, eventually declaring at 603/6 for the highest-ever score. The visitors, who were shot out for a mere 266 in the first innings, put up a strong fight in the second after being asked to follow-on as they forced India bat again on the final day even though they could only manage a slender lead of 36 runs. "To lose is a bit disappointing, but the character shown by the group over the last two days has been absolutely amazing, Wolvaardt told the media here after the match. "The grit and determination of this group were amazing and it will do a lot of good for us," she added. Wolvaardt hit a 314-ball 122 while Sune Luus cracked 109 as South Africa fought valiantly to delay the ...

Laura Wolvaardt praises South Africa's 'grit' after loss against India
Updated On : 02 Jul 2024 | 11:49 AM IST

India-South Africa T20 WC final match records peak viewership of 53 mn

The T20 World Cup final match which ended India's 13-year wait to lift an ICC trophy witnessed a peak viewership of 5.3 crore on the OTT streaming platform but fell short of the record audience posted in the last year's ODI final match in November. The India-South Africa ICC Mens' T20 Cricket World Cup final match on Saturday recorded a peak viewership of nearly 5.3 crore on Disney+Hotstar OTT platform. The peak viewership in the final match between India and Australia in the 50-overs format on November 20, 2023 was 5.9 crore, despite the host nation ending on the losing side. This 5.9 crore still holds the record for peak concurrency for live streaming of any cricket match, according to industry experts. While the peak concurrency in the knockout match played between India and Australia in the T20 Cricket World Cup on June 24 was 3.9 crore. Disney Star has exclusive broadcast and media rights for both linear and digital platforms. Saturday's final match was also telecast live by

India-South Africa T20 WC final match records peak viewership of 53 mn
Updated On : 01 Jul 2024 | 12:01 AM IST

South Africa or Afghanistan set for historic first T20 WC final appearance

Afghanistan's progression to the semi-finals of the World Cup has been a remarkable and wholesome story

South Africa or Afghanistan set for historic first T20 WC final appearance
Updated On : 26 Jun 2024 | 1:46 PM IST

Would've liked more convincing victory: Markram after SA defeats Windies

Relieved to have qualified for the semifinals of the T20 World Cup, South Africa captain Aiden Markram acknowledged that the Proteas erred a bit in attempting to finish off the chase against West Indies too soon, leading to an unconvincing victory. South Africa did well to restrict the two-time champions to 135/8. In reply, the Proteas were 15/2 in two overs when rain disrupted proceedings for close to an hour. The South African batters saw the reduced revised target and improved batting conditions after rain as an opportunity to go hammer and tongs at the target of 123 but kept losing wickets as the hosts made things tight. But Makram and his men eventually got the work done. "A lot of relief to get through to the semifinal. Not going to be brain-washed by that. We would have liked to be more convincing with bat in hand," Markram said at the post match presentation. "After the rain break, the wicket was playing nicely. We did not get the partnerships to then kill the game. Tried t

Would've liked more convincing victory: Markram after SA defeats Windies
Updated On : 24 Jun 2024 | 1:39 PM IST

India to tour South Africa for 4-match T20 series in Nov, announces BCCI

As per the itinerary released by Cricket South Africa (CSA), the series will begin on November 8 at the Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium in Durban

India to tour South Africa for 4-match T20 series in Nov, announces BCCI
Updated On : 21 Jun 2024 | 4:05 PM IST

South Africa re-elects Cyril Ramaphosa as president; what happens next?

Two smaller parties, the socially conservative Inkatha Freedom Party and the right-wing Patriotic Alliance, are also part of the pact

South Africa re-elects Cyril Ramaphosa as president; what happens next?
Updated On : 17 Jun 2024 | 3:18 PM IST

Ramaphosa re-elected South African President as ANC agrees on power-sharing

Ramaphosa won 283 of the votes cast by members of National Assembly on Friday night, and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema 44

Ramaphosa re-elected South African President as ANC agrees on power-sharing
Updated On : 15 Jun 2024 | 8:58 AM IST

South Africa political parties form unity govt amid Prez election deadline

South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its majority for the first time since 1994. The lawmakers are also expected to elect Parliament's new speaker and deputy speaker, choices that will be determined by negotiations that have taken place between the ANC and opposition parties since the country's election results were declared nearly two weeks ago. Parties are under pressure to conclude negotiations by Thursday to fulfil the constitutional requirement to swear in lawmakers and elect the president within 14 days of election results being declared. The African National Congress won 40 per cent of the national vote during the country's highly contested elections, followed by the Democratic Alliance with just over 21 per cent and the newly formed uMkhonto weSizw

South Africa political parties form unity govt amid Prez election deadline
Updated On : 13 Jun 2024 | 2:41 PM IST

S African political party led by Zuma seeks to halt election of president

South Africa's third biggest political party, led by former president Jacob Zuma, has filed legal papers seeking to halt the first sitting of Parliament scheduled for Friday to elect the country's president. Zuma's uMkhonto weSizwe Party has said none of its 58 newly elected lawmakers will attend the sitting. The party earlier filed objections with the Independent Electoral Commission alleging widespread irregularities in national elections last month. The party received just over 14% of the vote. The party, also known as MK, has not publicly offered evidence to back up its allegations. The commission has said it has addressed all objections. The legal challenge now asks the Constitutional Court to set aside the commission's decision to declare the election free and fair, and to order the president to call another election. The election saw the ruling African National Congress party lose its majority in parliament for the first time since taking power three decades ago at the end o

S African political party led by Zuma seeks to halt election of president
Updated On : 12 Jun 2024 | 6:46 AM IST

Southern African countries launch Schengen-style visa: All you need to know

The KAZA univisa is like to Europe's Schengen Visa, which allows entry into multiple European countries

Southern African countries launch Schengen-style visa: All you need to know
Updated On : 04 Jun 2024 | 3:25 PM IST

Palestinian officials seek to join S Africa's UN court case against Israel

Palestinian officials have applied at the top UN court for permission to join South Africa's case accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza. The request published Monday alleges that Israel's ongoing military operation is part of a systematic effort to wipe Palestinian society and its culture and social institutions from the map. The request to the International Court of Justice was made on behalf of the State of Palestine and signed by Palestinian Authority foreign ministry official Ammar Hijazi. South Africa filed its case with the world court late last year accusing Israel of breaching the genocide convention in its military assault that has laid waste to large swaths of Gaza. Israel denies it is committing genocide in its military operation to crush Hamas triggered by the deadly October 7 attacks. Israel is expanding its offensive in the southern city of Rafah, once the main hub of humanitarian aid operations. The Israeli invasion has largely cut off the flow of food, medicine and oth

Palestinian officials seek to join S Africa's UN court case against Israel
Updated On : 04 Jun 2024 | 9:32 AM IST

Here's what's next for South Africa, key figures in coalition talks

South Africa's election has decided little, other than the African National Congress that liberated the country from apartheid in 1994 has lost its 30-year majority. It remained the biggest party, though. With no one holding a majority, South Africa's party leaders are embarking on coalition talks to form a government. South Africa has never had to do this due to the ANC's long dominance. There are four major political parties and at least eight with significant shares of the vote after last week's election. It'll be complicated. Here's a guide to some of the key figures and what might be coming next as South Africa enters uncharted territory. PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA Once a protege of Nelson Mandela, Ramaphosa (71) has now overseen the worst election result in the ANC's history. He is under pressure within his own party as well as with voters but he managed to laugh when an official made a slip on Sunday and referred to him as the "extinguished" president rather than distinguish

Here's what's next for South Africa, key figures in coalition talks
Updated On : 03 Jun 2024 | 7:49 AM IST

S Africa's prez urges parties to find common ground after deadlock

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa called on Sunday for parties to overcome their differences and find "common ground" to form the first national coalition government in the country's young democracy. South Africa announced its final election results on Sunday, confirming that no party won a majority, and unprecedented coalition talks were starting to find a way forward for Africa's most advanced economy. Ramaphosa's African National Congress (ANC) had already lost its 30-year majority after more than 99 per cent of votes were counted by Saturday and showed it couldn't surpass 50 per cent. The ANC received around 40 per cent of the votes in last week's election in the final count, the largest share. Without a majority it will need to agree on a coalition with another party or parties for the first time to co-govern and reelect Ramaphosa for a second term. South Africa's national elections decide how many seats each party gets in Parliament and lawmakers elect the president ...

S Africa's prez urges parties to find common ground after deadlock
Updated On : 03 Jun 2024 | 6:58 AM IST

ANC talking to parties in effort to form stable coalition in South Africa

Humbled by a stinging election result, South Africa's African National Congress was talking to everyone in an effort to form a stable coalition government for Africa's most advanced economy after it lost its 30-year majority, a top party official said Sunday. ANC Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula said the party was open to all negotiations, even with the main opposition Democratic Alliance, which has led the chorus of criticism of the ANC for years but is viewed by many analysts as the most stable coalition option for South Africa. The ANC won just over 40% of the vote in Wednesday's election to lose its long dominance of South African politics. The ANC remained the biggest party but it means the country will likely have to form a coalition government for the first time since it achieved democracy with the end of the apartheid system in 1994. The DA won the second most votes with 21% and the two parties would hold a majority together and be able to govern. That doesn't mean it will

ANC talking to parties in effort to form stable coalition in South Africa
Updated On : 02 Jun 2024 | 8:24 PM IST

S Africa's election authority to declare results June 2 despite Zuma threat

South Africa's Independent Electoral Commission said it will continue to declare on Sunday afternoon the final results of the country's general and provincial elections despite threats to postpone the process to allow further submissions on alleged irregularities. At a media briefing late on Saturday, Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) CEO Mosotho Moepya confirmed that the authority will work through the night to resolve the 579 objections that have been received in order to proceed with the scheduled declaration, at which President Cyril Ramaphosa will speak. Moepya expressed confidence in the transparency of the systems put in place by the IEC to ensure "credible, free and fair elections". Earlier in the evening, former president Jacob Zuma, speaking on behalf of 26 of the smaller parties in the election, called on the IEC to allow them more time to lodge what he said were many more "serious" objections that the parties needed to prepare information on, although he did not sha

S Africa's election authority to declare results June 2 despite Zuma threat
Updated On : 02 Jun 2024 | 8:13 AM IST

ANC loses majority in Parliament for first time in South African democracy

The African National Congress (ANC) party lost its majority in the South African Parliament on Saturday for the first time since Nelson Mandela led it to victory in the first democratic elections in 1994 at the end of the apartheid system of white minority rule. With the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) having finished counting 99.8 per cent of the ballots cast on Wednesday, the ANC had garnered only 40 per cent of the votes, with the Democratic Alliance (DA) coming in at 22 per cent; Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the new party founded by former president Jacob Zuma, securing almost 15 per cent and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) dropping its share to just nine per cent. Analysts across the board said that there would now be intense negotiations to decide who would govern the country in a coalition. I don't think that the ANC membership, us as leaders of the ANC and our supporters must see this as a signal of the end of the ANC. This must be a learning point for the ANC. It's a

ANC loses majority in Parliament for first time in South African democracy
Updated On : 02 Jun 2024 | 7:27 AM IST

ANC loses 30-year majority in South Africa's landmark election

The African National Congress party lost its parliamentary majority in a historic election result Saturday that puts South Africa on a new political path for the first time since the end of the apartheid system of white minority rule 30 years ago. With more than 99% of votes counted, the once-dominant ANC had received just over 40% in Wednesday's election, well short of the majority it had held since the famed all-race vote of 1994 that ended apartheid and brought it to power under Nelson Mandela. The final results are still to be formally declared by the independent electoral commission that ran the election, but the ANC cannot pass 50%. At the start of the election, the commission said it would formally declare the results by Sunday, but that could come earlier. While opposition parties have hailed the result as a momentous breakthrough for a country struggling with deep poverty and inequality, the ANC remained the biggest party by some way. However, it will now likely need to loo

ANC loses 30-year majority in South Africa's landmark election
Updated On : 01 Jun 2024 | 8:12 PM IST

S Africa polls to end 3 decades of ANC dominance as votes slashed to 40%

The main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), had 21.71 per cent and uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), a new party led by former president Jacob Zuma, managed to grab 14.76 per cent

S Africa polls to end 3 decades of ANC dominance as votes slashed to 40%
Updated On : 01 Jun 2024 | 3:01 PM IST