86 dead after passenger ferry sinks on Lake Victoria

86 dead after passenger ferry sinks on Lake Victoria

KAMPALA, Uganda — A regional official in Tanzania says the death toll has risen to 86 after a ferry sank on Lake Victoria. John Mongella, commissioner for the Mwanza region, says the toll is likely to rise as search and rescue operations…

South African court rules cannabis is LEGAL when used ‘in private’

South African court rules cannabis is LEGAL when used ‘in private’

South African court rules cannabis is LEGAL when used ‘in private’ South Africa’s highest court on Tuesday allowed the private use of marijuana  Activists including traditional healers greeted the ruling with loud applause  Some government departments oppose legalisation and warn of harmful…

De Kock sets up victory for South Africa

De Kock sets up victory for South Africa

South Africa opener Quinton de Kock's attacking 87 set up a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second one-day international in Dambulla to hand the tourists a 2-0 series lead. Chasing 245 for victory, South Africa reached their target with 43…

Malcolm in the middle poses massive threat to Waratahs in Africa

Malcolm in the middle poses massive threat to Waratahs in Africa

A 24-year-old front row turnover machine could stand in the way of a historic Waratahs victory at Ellis Park in the Super Rugby semi-finals this weekend. Lions hooker Malcolm Marx was this week described by former Springboks coach Nick Mallett as "the…

Massive icebergs could be towed 1,200 miles to Cape Town

Massive icebergs could be towed 1,200 miles to Cape Town

Massive icebergs could be wrapped in insulation and towed 1,200 miles from Antarctica to provide water for drought-stricken South Africa, claims marine salvage expert Nick Sloane Sloane’s team hopes to tow an iceberg from Antarctica using an underwater net The three-month towing…

Amazing moment conservationist strokes fully grown male LION

Amazing moment conservationist strokes fully grown male LION

Incredible moment conservationist strokes and cuddles a fully grown male LION in South Africa Lion manager Mike Thulani is seen interacting with the big cat, named Smokey The amazing footage was taken at Glen Garriff Conservation in Harrismith Mike has known 10-year-old…

South Africa to appeal IAAF's new female rules

South Africa to appeal IAAF's new female rules

Athletics South Africa have lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport to halt the implementation of new female classification rules by the governing body of athletics. It follows a similar challenge by South Africa's double Olympic 800 metres champion…

Iran opens up new front in global battle against Western allies by funding rebel group in North Africa

Iran opens up new front in global battle against Western allies by funding rebel group in North Africa

Ayatollah Khamenei’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps is now believed to be training and arming the Polisario Front, an anti-Western rebel movement in Morocco. The Polisario have waged a four-decade war against the Moroccan government to fight for the independence of the Western…

South Africa official keeps job after Sonny Bill mask pose

South Africa official keeps job after Sonny Bill mask pose

A Cricket South Africa executive who posed with fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks during Australia's disastrous tour has returned to work for the governing body. Senior official Clive Eksteen has kept his job as CSA's head of commercial and marketing after being…

Suspected explosive device found at South Africa mosque

Suspected explosive device found at South Africa mosque

Johannesburg: A suspected explosive device was discovered on Sunday in a mosque near the South African port city of Durban where a fatal knife attack occurred last week, police said. South Africa is racked by violent crime and social strife rooted in…

Harboring ambitions: Gulf states scramble for Somalia

Harboring ambitions: Gulf states scramble for Somalia

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A battle for access to seaports is underway in one of the world’s unlikeliest places: Somalia, now caught up in a regional struggle between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on one side, with Qatar backed by Turkey…

Lion owner horrified after finding three beasts butchered for body parts and another three stolen 'for black magic

Lion owner horrified after finding three beasts butchered for body parts and another three stolen 'for black magic

The animal’s keep Gert Claasen is convinced poaching gangs targeted the beasts so they could be turned into potions sold by traditional healers. When Gert, 48, whose remote farm is in Petrus Steyn in the Free State, South Africa, made his regular…

Africa’s democratic ‘laggards’ must listen to calls for change:…

Africa’s democratic ‘laggards’ must listen to calls for change:…

KIGALI (Reuters) – African leaders resisting “democratic transformation” must heed their citizens’ calls for change, former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Saturday after receiving an award aimed at promoting good leadership on the continent. Liberia’s former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf…

Four men arrested over brutal shooting of a British engineer's sister-in-law by 'white hating' gang in South Africa

Four men arrested over brutal shooting of a British engineer's sister-in-law by 'white hating' gang in South Africa

Retired David Thomas, 67, and wife Brenda, 61, and close friend Shaun Vorster, 51, had been enjoying a reunion barbecue in the Western Cape on April 16, with Brenda's sister Heina Kilian, 63, drinking wine and listening to music when terror struck….

African king changes his country’s name

African king changes his country’s name

JOHANNESBURG — Breathe easy, Switzerland: The tiny African kingdom of Swaziland is changing its name. King Mswati III announced it during celebrations of the 50th anniversary of independence and his 50th birthday. It appears to be as easy as that, as the…