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NFE/5.0en-USnews-webmaster@google.com2018 Google Inc.Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:28:05 GMTGoogle News
South Africa's wine growers see new demand from China  CNN

South Africa's L'Huguenot Vineyards doubled exports by securing access to one of the largest wine consumers in the world: China.

CNN
South African 'cannibal case' men get life sentences  CNN

When a South African traditional healer wandered into a police station last year and told officers he was "tired of eating human flesh," the police struggled to ...

CNN
ATMs and cash here to stay in South Africa  MyBroadband

Despite the increasing number of mobile payment options and widespread support for card payments, South Africans are using more cash than ever.

MyBroadband
South Africa increasing efforts to battle climate change  The South African

South Africa is scaling-up its current ambitious efforts to address climate change, says Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom.

The South African
Revealed: How much money South Africa's top politicians earn each year  The South African

There's an awful lot of money in the pockets of our politicians, but have they earned it? Here's what all the big hitters take home each year.

The South African
Will it be a merry or mediocre Christmas for South African shoppers?  TimesLIVE

Disappointing Black Friday spending suggests an uncertain outlook for Christmas season shopping, according to the PwC Strategy & Analysis team.

TimesLIVE
Here's a new way to get a government job in South Africa  The South African

South African Job seekers will soon be able to apply for government jobs through the new e-Recruitment system.

The South African
2018's top 10 Google searches in South Africa  Jacaranda FM

Google has released their annual list of trending searches in 2018. What have South Africans been searching for?

Jacaranda FM
Sarfraz Ahmed Wants Pakistan to Play 'Without Fear' in South Africa  News18

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on Thursday urged his fellow teammates to play "without fear" during their tour of South Africa -- a country where they have won ...

News18
UPDATE: A former South African spy is at the centre of a storm over US military secrets  Business Insider South Africa

The BBC linked André Pienaar to a massive new contract to store sensitive US military information in the cloud.

Business Insider South Africa
Netflix gift cards for South Africa are nowhere to be seen  MyBroadband

Netflix announced in October that its was launching Netflix gift cards in South Africa. The cards provide a way of paying for the streaming *service* besides credit ...

MyBroadband
Samsung Pay now available on smartwatches in South Africa  MyBroadband

Samsung has announced that South Africans with compatible smartwatches can now make payments using Samsung Pay. The company said last month that it ...

MyBroadband
5 important things happening in South Africa today  BusinessTech

Zuma will learn today if he will have to pay millions of rands in legal fees himself – or if taxpayers will keep footing the bill; Disgraced former SARS head…

BusinessTech
South Africa Receives UK Travel Awards  iAfrica.com

The city of Cape Town has won the accolade for 'Best City' for the sixth consecutive year, while South Africa was voted second in the award for 'Best Country' at ...

iAfrica.com
The cars you can afford to buy with your salary in South Africa  BusinessTech

Research and data group Lightstone has compiled a list of cars that you can afford on your current salary – showing how much more you'd need to earn per ...

BusinessTech
Scandal Embroils South Africa’s Self-Styled Party of the Poor  Bloomberg

The top leaders of South Africa's Economic Freedom Fighters, famous for abrasive politics and brawling in parliament, have become embroiled in a string of ...

Bloomberg
Jacob Zuma is South Africa's most Googled person in 2018 | The Star  Independent Online

Google offers a unique perspective on the year's major moments and top trends, based on searches conducted in South Africa.

Independent Online
South Africa becomes fourth country to deposit instrument of TFTA ratification  Creamer Media's Engineering News

The South African government has deposited its instrument of ratification of the agreement that establishes the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) on the margins ...

Creamer Media's Engineering News
South Africa land grab latest: Party leader in SHOCK outburst - 'KILL WHITES'  Express.co.uk

A South African politician who is calling for land owned by white farmers to be seized has threatened to “kill white people” due to an ongoing dispute in the ...

Express.co.uk
Opel confirms seven new models for South Africa in 2019  IOL

Johannesburg - Opel is about to enter its second year as an independent entity under the Williams Hunt banner, and there are some enticing new products in ...

IOL
Five things making headlines in South Africa today  Moneyweb.co.za

Court to rule on Zuma's legal fees, Trans Hex results, Amplats and Afrox trading statement, November PPI.

Moneyweb.co.za
Crypto in Africa: New South Africa trading platform, Veritaseum pushes on  CoinGeek

The African crypto space is still strong, with Bittrex and VALR partnering on a new exchange, and Veritaseum expanding their offers.

CoinGeek
Keagan Dolly: South Africa midfielder step closer to return from injury  BBC Sport

South Africa international Keagan Dolly takes a step closer to a Montpellier comeback after returning to training following knee surgery.

BBC Sport
Police murder-suicide reveals South Africa's dark und...  Daily Maverick

Officers' mental health and violence are shaped by society at large. By Andrew Faull.

Daily Maverick
How to vote in the 2019 elections if you're a South African living abroad  The South African

Here are the logistical arrangements if you'd like to vote from abroad next year.

The South African
These were the top 10 Google searches in South Africa in 2018  Business Insider South Africa

Google South Africa has just released the top searches in the country over the past year. The list is dominated by questions on music stars and royals: ...

Business Insider South Africa
You will soon be able to buy a Tesla in South Africa - this is what to expect from the Model 3  Business Insider South Africa

Elon Musk on Tuesday tweeted that a Tesla dealership will probably open in South Africa by the end of 2019. The price for the Model 3 - Tesla's cheapest ...

Business Insider South Africa
South Africa – Jobs fall by 16,000 in Q3, but country is out of recession  Staffing Industry Analysts

Employment in South Africa fell by 16000 jobs in the third quarter compared to the second for total employment of 9.7 million, Statistics South Africa reported on ...

Staffing Industry Analysts
Musk wants to bring Tesla to South Africa in 2019  BusinessTech

Elon Musk stated on Twitter that Tesla would 'probably' open a dealership in South Africa at the end of 2019. Tesla tweeted earlier today that 11 new Tesla ...

BusinessTech
South Africa's Eskom says more power cuts unlikely until January  Reuters Africa

South Africa is unlikely to experience more power cuts until mid-January next year as electricity demands eases over the Christmas and New Year holiday ...

Reuters Africa
Russell Abrahams (Yay Abe) adds fire, with Burger King South Africa  Bizcommunity.com

Cape Town-born illustrator, Russell Abrahams, a.k.a. Yay Abe, is known for pushing the boundaries with various textures and techniques. His bold style conveys ...

Bizcommunity.com
Geminids Meteor Shower 2018: Peak times and how to see it in South Africa  The South African

There's nothing more beautiful than an illuminated night sky. Here's how you can view tonight's Geminids Meteor Shower in South Africa.

The South African
South Africa to face Zimbabwe in COSAFA Cup final  Sport24

South Africa's National Under-20 side will face Zimbabwe in this year's COSAFA Under-20 Championship final.

Sport24
The most expensive suburbs to rent property in South Africa  SowetanLIVE Sunday World

While buying a home is all good and well, paying for it and maintaining it comes with a hefty price tag that most South Africans just can't afford. There is however ...

SowetanLIVE Sunday World
Eskom's debt is draining South African growth  Financial Times

Amid rising fears that the South African economy is stuck with low growth, major financial institutions along with the South African National Treasury have cut ...

Financial Times
South Africa latest news: Headlines in brief, 11 December  The South African

It's the South Africa latest news round-up, and we're trying to make sense of a week that's begun in typically chaotic fashion.

The South African
South Africa latest news: Headlines in brief, 12 December  The South African

Want a quick digest of all the important headlines over night? We've got you covered.

The South African
Can South Africa's 'cradle of Islam' survive gentrification?  Al Jazeera English

House prices and living costs are rising in Bo Kaap, a Cape Town neighbourhood. Its residents are putting up a fight.

Al Jazeera English
South Africa's New Director of Public Prosecutions  Council on Foreign Relations

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa selected Shamila Batohi to the new national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) for a single ten-year term.

Council on Foreign Relations
South Africa has its work cut out to ensure legitimacy in 2019 election  Reaction

South Africa is among relatively few African countries that hold regular democratic elections with high levels of integrity, enabling citizens to choose their ...

Reaction
Augusto Palacios applauds South African football development  Soccer Laduma

Augusto Palacios has lauded the latest trends for development of football in South Africa although he believes that more could still be done.

Soccer Laduma
South Africa could introduce bank account portability: report  BusinessTech

South African banking customers could one day switch banks and keep the same account details – in the same way they are able to switch mobile networks ...

BusinessTech
South Africa will get its first Tesla dealership next year - here's what the showrooms look like  Business Insider South Africa

The first thing I noticed was the store's minimalist design philosophy. Like Tesla's cars, the store seemed to emphasise the removal of non-essential features.

Business Insider South Africa
Gold Fields to restart production in South Africa as workers return  Nasdaq

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 13- Workers will return to Gold Fields' sole South African mine on Thursday after a six-week strike was called off by the country's.

Nasdaq
South Sudan president visits South Africa  Political Analysis South Africa

President Salva Kiir Mayardit is in South Africa on an official visit at the invitation Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African President. Kiir was warmly received at OR ...

Political Analysis South Africa
South Africa’s Visa Policy Is Still Hurting Tourism  Skift

South Africa's Department of Home Affairs has done the country's tourism industry no favors since 2015, when it introduced a new visa regime requiring Thanks ...

Skift
South African blockchain startup to support new ticketing app  MyBroadband

South Africa's Tari Labs expects the Tari blockchain protocol to be used by a new application in the ticketing industry. This application is being developed by Big ...

MyBroadband
Big dreams: Hlaudi Motsoeneng visualises himself walking into Union Buildings as president  TimesLIVE

Disgraced SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng has officially launched his own political party, the African *Content* Movement. His policies include reducing social ...

TimesLIVE
These South Africans made global headlines in 2018  TimesLIVE

From urine bricks to Emmys: South Africans that went for global domination.

TimesLIVE
Fortnite Funko Pops Land in South Africa  IGN Africa

You haven't reached pop culture critical mass until you've had a Funko Pop made of you, so no one should be surprised that the world's biggest game now has ...

IGN Africa
Joburg's drive-through bar gives motorists drink for thought  TimesLIVE

A car arrives at a drive-through bar - no that's not the start of a joke, but a big commercial campaign to test what Johannesburg residents think of drinking and ...

TimesLIVE
Dag Hammarskjöld crash inquiry: UK and South Africa criticised for not cooperating  The Guardian

A UN investigator looking into new evidence on the death of the UN secretary general Dag Hammarskjöld in a 1961 plane crash has criticised the UK and South ...

The Guardian
Carbon Tax Bill, South Africa's climate change battle...  Daily Maverick

In its bid to tackle climate change, the South African government has thrown most of its weight behind setting a price on carbon emissions. The tabling of the ...

Daily Maverick
SOUTH AFRICA RETURNS COSAFA TITLE  ZNBC

South Africa have retained the 2018 Mopani Copper Mines sponsored COSAFA under 20 championship. The South African under 20 team won the match 4-3 ...

ZNBC
South Africa Holds Its First Cannibis Exhibition  Guardian Nigeria

South Africa on Thursday held its first cannabis industry exhibition since the constitutional court ruled private, personal cannabis use was legal, attracting scores ...

Guardian Nigeria
South Africa pins its hopes on a shipping protocol for its US litchis  FreshPlaza.com

FreshPlaza is the number one portal for the *fresh* produce industry, offering the latest news, job advertisements, pricewatching, and photo reports.

FreshPlaza.com
New streaming service for South Africans  CapeTown ETC

A new and affordable global video streaming *service* is available to South Africans, making streaming and watching international and British TV shows easy.

CapeTown ETC
G4S plans possible IPO of armoured-truck cash-delivery unit  BusinessTech

G4S is weighing an exit from a $1.5 billion cash-transportation business that's been hit by waning demand and a wave of attacks on armoured trucks in South…

BusinessTech
South Africa's Central Bank To Wait Until May For Next Rate Hike  Forbes Africa

The South African Reserve Bank will not raise interest rates again until May, according to a Reuters poll, taken after the central bank surprised many economists ...

Forbes Africa
Africa e-commerce is on rise Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa  Quartz

There's a disparity between core e-commerce readiness indicators and actual shopping rates across Africa.

Quartz
These man-skirts are in hot demand among South African tough guys  Business Insider South Africa

"Cargo kilts" are increasingly popular among South African artisans.

Business Insider South Africa
This is the average salary in South Africa right now  BusinessTech

Stats SA has published its latest quarterly employment data for the third quarter of 2018 ending September. According to its report, employment in South Africa ...

BusinessTech
South Africa's first electric game drive vehicles are so quiet they're freaking out animals  Business Insider South Africa

Thanks to custom-made motors based on Tesla batteries, these open-top viewing vehicles are sneaking up on animals near the Kruger.

Business Insider South Africa
Flat-screen TV sales soar in South Africa  TechCentral

Sales of flat-panel televisions in South Africa soared by 66% to more than 93 000 units in the South Africa in the week of Black Friday, according to new tracking ...

TechCentral
South Africa is exporting 77 million tons of coal - China receives a portion  The South African

South Africa is exporting 77 million tons of coal to countries like China, despite Eskom complaining of dire shortages.

The South African
South Africa’s ‘state capture’ inquiry heaps pressure on ANC  Financial Times

For South Africans, the public inquiry into the 'state capture' of former president Jacob Zuma's government has been both eye-opening and cathartic — daily ...

Financial Times
This is what Maimane, Malema and other South African MPs are getting paid  BusinessTech

President Cyril Ramaphosa has gazetted the official salaries for South Africa's ministers and parliamentarians. Earlier this week, Ramaphosa declared that there ...

BusinessTech
South Africa latest news: Headlines in brief, 10 December  The South African

Want a quick digest of all the important headlines over night? We've got you covered.

The South African
6 major events that pose a big risk to South Africa in 2019  BusinessTech

In 2018, South Africa got a new president, two new finance ministers and slumped into a recession. Next year may be even more bumpy. Here's a look at the ...

BusinessTech
Rassie Erasmus and South Africa coaches to work with Super Rugby sides  The Irish Times

Head coach believes interaction will help South Africa's World Cup preparations.

The Irish Times
Four ways to get the most out of South Africa's upcoming public holidays  Business Insider South Africa

Public holidays should be used to create spaces to not think about work, Kumeshnee West, director of executive education at UCT's Graduate School of ...

Business Insider South Africa
Here’s how much South Africa’s population would change if everyone who wanted to leave actually did  BusinessTech

A new Gallup study shows what would happen to South Africa's population if everyone who was thinking about leaving the country followed through and did it.

BusinessTech
S. Africa Will Have to Assume Eskom Debt, Rothschild Says  Bloomberg

South Africa faces no choice but to assume some of the debt of its troubled power utility, Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., said Martin Kingston, the chief executive ...

Bloomberg
South Africa will have to assume Eskom debt – Expert  MyBroadband

South Africa faces no choice but to assume some of the debt of its troubled power utility, Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., said Martin Kingston, the chief executive ...

MyBroadband
South Africa Open: Oosthuizen ends 33-month winless streak  The South African

Louis Oosthuizen ended a 33-month winless run by lifting the South African Open trophy for the first time Sunday after a six-shot victory at Randpark Golf Club in ...

The South African
KPMG South Africa appeals for second chance after corruption scandals  The Star, Kenya

The chairman of KPMG South Africa on Monday appealed for the firm to be seen as a changed business, following months of efforts to regain public trust after ...

The Star, Kenya
Dirco says more than 800 South Africans detained abroad  IOL

At least 800 South Africans are detained in foreign countries, with 98 of them nabbed in China for visa-related offences.

IOL
[LISTEN] Why every South African woman should have safety app Namola  EWN

Marketing Manager at Namola Claire Sherwell talks about how the emergency app that every South African woman should have is working to protect them.

EWN
Uber launches phone support for South Africa  BusinessTech

Uber has launched 24/7 phone support for passengers and drivers across South Africa.

BusinessTech
Why the Lights Keep Going Out in South Africa  Bloomberg

Rolling blackouts that began Nov. 29 have South Africans firing up candles, flashlights and generators. It's all because Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., which ...

Bloomberg
SAHRC statistics reveal South Africa's "endemic" use of the K-word  The South African

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) have released their annual human rights report for the year, and it comes with some pretty shocking ...

The South African
Luno or Paxful? A beginner's guide to Bitcoin trading in South Africa  The South African

When the first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, was launched in 2008, it was thought of as a novelty. Ten years later, the total value of all Bitcoin hit the $1.2 Trillion mark ...

The South African
Refreshed Ford Transit Custom arrives in South Africa…  Carmag South Africa

The refreshed Ford Transit Custom van has arrived in South Africa, sporting the Blue Oval brand's latest family face as well as some updates to the interior.

Carmag South Africa
A Spanish app for anonymous chats is taking South Africa by storm – with some very nasty questions  Business Insider South Africa

South African users of Curious Cat are not holding back with their questions – despite the app's zero-tolerance bullying policy.

Business Insider South Africa
The 15 top restaurants in South Africa – which are also among the best in the world  BusinessTech

15 South African restaurants have been listed among the top 1200 in the world – with two ranking in the top 200.

BusinessTech
South Africa wins bronze at CT Sevens  EWN

New Zealand scored first after two minutes. They looked the fresher and stronger side in the opening minutes.

EWN
“Your time is up, white people”: South Africa Sets Date for “White Farmers Land-grab Law”  The New American

“Your time is up, black people!” said the politician. Actually, no, that would create a media stir. What really was said, by a South African parliamentarian, is “Your ...

The New American
South Africa’s Key Economic and Political Risk Events in 2019  Bloomberg

In 2018, South Africa got a new president, two new finance ministers and slumped into a recession. Next year may be even more bumpy.

Bloomberg
Capitec to refund 25,000 customers after R99 debit fraud hits South Africa’s banks  BusinessTech

Thousands of banking customers have raised concerns about fraudulent debit orders.

BusinessTech
South Africa lost 16 000 jobs in Q3/2018 despite end of recession  702

GDP growth of 2.2% was not enough to stop the bleeding. Bruce Whitfield interviews Peter Worthington, Senior Economist at Absa.

702
Santa takes a tumble off boat in South Africa  WTHR

(WTHR) — National Sea Rescue Institute is a nonprofit organization in South Africa that does drowning prevention. The group was getting into the holiday spirit ...

WTHR
South Africa seeks normalised ties with Rwanda after Sisulu insult  Mail and Guardian

Last month, Sisulu said she met Nyamwasa and was pleasantly surprised to find him willing to negotiate with the Rwandan authorities. (David Harrison/M&G).

Mail and Guardian
South African bands only make R50,000 per million plays from Spotify and Apple Music. Here's how they make ends meet.  Business Insider South Africa

This is roughly 5c per stream on Spotify, and 11c a stream on Apple Music, not quite enough to pay the bills.

Business Insider South Africa
South Africa mob kills suspected arsonist  BBC News

A man suspected of starting a fire in South Africa's Alexandra township has been killed by a mob. He died of his injuries after being taken to hospital following ...

BBC News
Suburbs with the best mobile speeds in South Africa  MyBroadband

The latest MyBroadband Android Speed Test app results show that mobile broadband users in Gauteng enjoy higher speeds than their counterparts in other ...

MyBroadband
No Tesla Powerwall deliveries expected in South Africa for a long time  MyBroadband

Tesla's Powerwall batteries are completely sold out in South Africa.

MyBroadband
Economic predictions for South Africa in 2019  BusinessTech

Corruption continues to loom large over South Africa – it dwarfs the price of gold, the effect tax hikes has on the economy and stymies mass job creation. This…

BusinessTech
ASOM: Coming to South Africa was a divine destiny - Pushie Watson, pastor  702

In this segment of Africa State of Mind, Lee Kasumba chats to dancer turned pastor Pushie Watson about being a globetrotter, and migrating from Liberia to ...

702
Parents should still carry birth certificates despite relaxed rules, warns South Africa  The Telegraph

Parents travelling to South Africa should still carry the unabridged birth certificates of their children despite a relaxation of rules intended to end the bureaucratic ...

The Telegraph
South African Gold Industry Enters Final Phase of Slow Death  Bloomberg

Back in 1987, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa -- then a 34-year-old labor union leader -- led 300000 black miners in a strike that symbolized ...

Bloomberg
 

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South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; to the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini (Swaziland); and it surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho. South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa and the 25th-largest country in the world by land area and, with over 57 million people, is the world's 24th-most populous nation. It is the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World or the Eastern Hemisphere. About 80 percent of South Africans are of Sub-Saharan African ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different African languages, nine of which have official status. The remaining population consists of Africa's largest communities of European (White), Asian (Indian), and multiracial (Coloured) ancestry.South Africa is a multiethnic society encompassing a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions. Its pluralistic makeup is reflected in the constitution's recognition of 11 official languages, which is the fourth highest number in the world. Two of these languages are of European origin: Afrikaans developed from Dutch and serves as the first language of most coloured and white South Africans; English reflects the legacy of British colonialism, and is commonly used in public and commercial life, though it is fourth-ranked as a spoken first language. The country is one of the few in Africa never to have had a coup d'état, and regular elections have been held for almost a century. However, the vast majority of black South Africans were not enfranchised until 1994. During the 20th century, the black majority sought to recover its rights from the dominant white minority, with this struggle playing a large role in the country's recent history and politics. The National Party imposed apartheid in 1948, institutionalising previous racial segregation. After a long and sometimes violent struggle by the African National Congress (ANC) and other anti-apartheid activists both inside and outside the country, the repeal of discriminatory laws began in 1990.Since 1994, all ethnic and linguistic groups have held political representation in the country's liberal democracy, which comprises a parliamentary republic and nine provinces. South Africa is often referred to as the "rainbow nation" to describe the country's multicultural diversity, especially in the wake of apartheid. The World Bank classifies South Africa as an upper-middle-income economy, and a newly industrialised country. Its economy is the second-largest in Africa, and the 34th-largest in the world. In terms of purchasing power parity, South Africa has the seventh-highest per capita income in Africa. However, poverty and inequality remain widespread, with about a quarter of the population unemployed and living on less than US$1.25 a day. Nevertheless, South Africa has been identified as a middle power in international affairs, and maintains significant regional influence.