84 South Africans killed in Nigeria church collapse: Official

The number of South Africans known to have died in the collapse of a multi-storey megachurch in Lagos last week has risen to 84, Pretoria`s high commissioner to Nigeria said on Friday.

Lesotho mediation mission over

 South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the facilitator of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has concluded his first official visit to Lesotho.

Underfire Zuma vows action on Nigeria church tragedy

 President Jacob Zuma on Thursday vowed his government would do everything it can to help the families of 67 South Africans believed killed in last week`s church collapse in Nigeria.

Lesotho to hold early election to end political crisis

Lesotho`s leaders are planning to head to the polls early in a bid to restore political order following an attempted coup and stalled peace talks between deadlocked political parties, a South African official said Monday.

Indian diaspora identifies with TV soap characters
Indian diaspora identifies with TV soap characters

South African Indians, like their counterparts across the globe, are glued to the soap dramas broadcast on Indian television networks because they often reflect real-life situations in their lives, according to popular actor Piyush Sahdev.

China praises South Africa for denying visa to Dalai Lama

China on Friday lauded South Africa for denying a visa to the Dalai Lama to attend a Nobel laureates' summit in Cape Town, appreciating its "correct position" on Chinese sovereignty over Tibet.

Dalai Lama's visa yet under consideration: South Africa

Amid reports that South Africa has denied a visa to the Dalai Lama, the African nation's High Commissioner to India France K Morule on Friday said his visa has not been denied yet and the application is under consideration.

China praises South Africa over Dalai Lama visa row

 China on Friday thanked South Africa and praised its "correct position" for apparently denying a visa to Nobel Peace Prize winner and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

South Africa refuses Dalai Lama visa for Nobel summit: Spokeswoman

South Africa has refused to grant a visa for the Dalai Lama to attend the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Cape Town next month, his representative said on Thursday.

Lesotho PM expected to return today after `coup`

Lesotho`s Prime Minister is set to return home Tuesday after three days in exile in neighbouring South Africa, as regional mediators seek to reinstall him to power after an apparent coup.

Lesotho PM confirms coup, flees to South Africa

Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane confirmed on Saturday that the military had seized power in a coup in the tiny kingdom and that he had fled to neighbouring South Africa in fear of his life.

Lesotho military seize control of police HQ, jam radio stations

Lesotho`s military seized control of the tiny African kingdom`s police headquarters and jammed radio stations and phones in the early hours on Saturday, a government minister and member of the ruling coalition told AFP.

Ebola outbreak: South Africa safe for visitors, says its airline

South Africa is safe for all visitors planning to fly into the country, as the risk of being affected by the dreaded Ebola diseases is low, an official of its state-run airline said here Wednesday.

Indian parliamentarians trip to South Africa cancelled over Ebola fears?

A visit by a 12-member team of Indian parliamentarians to South Africa has been cancelled against the backdrop of the rising cases of Ebola. Officials, however, denied the deadly virus was the reason for cancelling the trip.

South Africa ombudswoman in corruption showdown with Zuma

South Africa`s ombudswoman has given President Jacob Zuma a fortnight to explain why he should not repay some of the USD 23 million of public money lavished on his farm, media reported today.

S Africa`s ANC dissociates itself from anti-Indian song

South Africa`s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has dissociated itself from a racist song which calls for local Indians to "go back across the sea or face action."

Burglars target Interpol building in South Africa, again

Thieves have broken into the building that houses Interpol and an elite South African police unit in the capital Pretoria for the second time in three weeks, a spokesman said Thursday.

South African doctors give wrong patient heart surgery

Local media said 83-year-old Rita du Plessis was being treated for a respiratory infection, but ended up in theatre for a procedure to remove excess moisture around her heart.

Two held for killing South Africa farmworker `with oranges`

Two farmworkers have been arrested for allegedly killing a colleague by pelting him with oranges, South African police said Wednesday.

Building collapse kills 8 in South Africa

Eight South African workers died on Monday when a building under construction collapsed, and more people were feared trapped under the rubble, emergency workers said.