South Africa

South Africa’s economy is projected to shrink by 7.2% this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the deepest slump in 90 years. Presenting a supplementary budget in parliament, Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni said the pandemic has pushed the country’s consolidated budget, including debt servicing costs, to a record of more than two trillion […]

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday said he “deeply regretted” the unjustified use of force by security forces enforcing lockdown rules during anti-racism rallies, drawing parallels to the killing of George Floyd in the United States last week. Dozens of people showed up at a small handful of anti-racism protests called across South Africa […]

Numerous sub-Saharan countries acted to stem the spread of coronavirus on Monday, with South Africa announcing a soldier-patrolled lockdown and Senegal and Ivory Coast each declaring a state of emergency. The pandemic had been slow to spread in Africa compared to the Middle East and Europe, but in recent days the number of deaths and […]

South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa has announced an easing of some lockdown restrictions beginning next month. From the 1st of May, businesses will be allowed to open and a third of their employees can return to work. Some schools will also reopen – but with strict limits likely on class sizes. A ban on public […]

Authorities say fence will stem irregular migration as well as the spread of coronavirus in the country. Authorities in South Africa have said they will build a 40km (25 miles) fence along its border with Zimbabwe to prevent undocumented migrants from entering and spreading coronavirus – even though the neighbouring country has no confirmed cases. […]

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