NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's flagship airline and officials say a passenger reported a bomb threat that led to flights being grounded at the country's main airport for hours.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Having secured an important part of their long-term future, the Johannesburg-based Lions can focus on a more immediate challenge when they face the Durban-based...
Johannesburg wildlife clinic saves animals hurt in city
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At the edge of a sprawling Johannesburg suburb, a veterinary hospital is saving the lives of wildlife on the urban fringes.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Captain Faf du Plessis' unbeaten century took South Africa to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the opening one-day international on Sunday.
5 dead, unknown number trapped after South Africa mine blast
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At least five people are dead and an unknown number are trapped underground after an explosion at a non-operational coal mine in South Africa.
The Department of Mineral Resources said Thursday that five bodies had been retrieved from a shaft at the Gloria mine in Mpumalanga province, about two hours east of Johannesburg.
3 students killed in South Africa school walkway collapse
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At least three students are dead and 23 injured after a walkway collapsed at a school outside Johannesburg, South African officials said Friday.
Panyaza Lesufi, the head of education for Gauteng province, posted the toll on Twitter shortly after the collapse at the Hoerskool Driehoek high school in Vanderbijlpark. Two boys and a girl were killed, he said.
Former S. Africa and Leeds striker Phil Masinga dies at 49
Phil Masinga, the former South Africa and Leeds United striker who scored the goal that took his country to the World Cup for the first time, died Sunday. He was 49.
The South African Football Association said Masinga died in a Johannesburg hospital from a "cancer related disease" just a month after being diagnosed.
He was transferred last month from a hospital in his home town of Klerksdorp to the hospital in Johannesburg, SAFA said.
Wickets tumble at Wanderers, South Africa takes 212-run lead
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa led Pakistan by 212 runs with five wickets left as the third and final test accelerated toward a conclusion on Saturday after just two days' play at the Wanderers.
South Africa was 135-5 in its second innings at stumps after 13 wickets fell on the second day in Johannesburg on a pitch offering fast bowlers on both teams plenty to work with. Twelve wickets fell on the first day.
South African judge: Arrest of Mozambican official was legal
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African judge on Wednesday ruled that the arrest of a former Mozambican finance minister was valid, delivering a blow to the ex-official's efforts to avoid extradition to the United States because of a $2 billion loan scandal.
Wanted by US, former Mozambican official appears in SA court
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A former Mozambican finance minister on Tuesday appeared in a South African court following a U.S. extradition request linked to a $2 billion loan scandal that plunged Mozambique into financial crisis.
South Africa captain du Plessis banned 1 test for over rate
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been banned from the final test against Pakistan because of a slow over rate by his team in the second match in Cape Town.
It was South Africa's second minor over rate offense of the series, leading to the one-match ban for du Plessis. Du Plessis and his team were fined after the opening game in Centurion.
Zimbabwe says ‘no need’ to extradite former first lady
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Zimbabwean government says there is "no need" to extradite Grace Mugabe, the wife of the country's former leader, to neighboring South Africa after police there issued a warrant for her arrest.
Energy Mutodi, Zimbabwe's deputy minister of information, said Thursday that the government objects to the move by South African law enforcement against Mugabe, who is accused of assaulting a woman in Johannesburg last year.
South African police issue arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African authorities issued an arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwe's former leader who was accused of assaulting a woman in Johannesburg last year, South African police said Wednesday.
The warrant follows a long legal process during which a South African court this year ruled that the government acted illegally in granting diplomatic immunity to Mugabe when the alleged attack was first reported.
Remove or keep a statue? South Africa debates painful legacy
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A hulking statue of a late 19th century white leader, with a cane and top hat, has been a flashpoint for cultural conflict in South Africa for years. Black protesters threw paint on it. White supporters rallied around it. Authorities surrounded the statue with barbed wire and then ringed it with a more permanent fence.
Should Johannesburg Zoo’s last elephant stay or go?
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — When the last African elephant at the Johannesburg Zoo lost her male companion to illness in September, some people said 39-year-old Lammie should be sent to a bigger sanctuary so she wouldn't spend her final years alone.
The debate is particularly sensitive because the world's biggest land mammal is known for intelligence, strong social bonds and even the ability to grieve. The zoo now says Lammie is staying, and that a search for a new mate is underway.
Oosthuizen leads at South African Open, Els in contention
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, led the South African Open by a shot after a 9-under 62 in the first round on Thursday.
Oosthuizen, playing his home Open for the first time in eight years, made a brilliant start at Randburg Golf Club in Johannesburg with nine birdies, including six in an eight-hole surge on the back nine, and no bogeys.
Muggings mar international charity concert in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A spate of muggings early Monday marred a charity concert in South Africa at which Beyonce, Jay-Z and other stars performed in honor of Nelson Mandela.
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Beyonce and other stars to perform at Mandela festival
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Beyonce and other international stars have gathered in South Africa for a charity concert honoring Nelson Mandela, a century after he was born.
Pharrell Williams, Trevor Noah and Oprah Winfrey were among those headlining the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium on Sunday. Model Naomi Campbell and singer Bob Geldof, who organized the Live Aid concerts for Africa, are also attending.
Mormon missionary from Nevada dies in South Africa
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon missionary from Nevada serving in South Africa has died after he collapsed while exercising.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release Tuesday that 19-year-old Zane Lamping died Monday at hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. He collapsed while exercising at a missionary training center in that city.
Bridge over Congo River project agreement signed
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A bridge across Africa's mighty Congo River, the first to link the capital cities of Kinshasa and Brazzaville, is planned according to an agreement signed in Johannesburg Thursday.
Main suspect in Danish fraud case to leave South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A Danish woman suspected of a huge fraud at home, will return to Denmark, a South African court ruled Thursday.
The magistrate at Johannesburg's Randburg court said Britta Nielsen will return to Denmark accompanied by a Danish police officer later in the day.
Piet du Plessis, Nielsen's attorney, told court that the 64-year-old Danish civil servant "is cooperating fully" with international and Danish authorities.
South Africa police confirm arrests of 2 Danish citizens
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's top police officer says officers arrested the adult son of a Danish woman suspected of a huge fraud at home, as he was about to leave the country with two diamonds in his luggage.
Police minister Bheki Cele said Britta Nielsen, was arrested in Johannesburg Monday and had 648,700 rand in cash ($46,000) in her possession which was confiscated.
Main suspect in Danish fraud case held in South African jail
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A Danish woman considered the main suspect in a fraud case that caused a Danish government welfare agency to lose at least 111 million kroner ($17 million) has been arrested in South Africa.
Denmark's top prosecution authority said Britta Nielsen was arrested Monday in Johannesburg, and Denmark will seek her extradition.
Man arrested in South Africa in Denmark fraud case
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's top prosecution authority says a Danish man has been arrested in South Africa, suspected of having played a key role in a fraud case involving least 111 million-kroner ($17 million) that targeted a Danish government welfare agency.
Prosecutor Thomas Anderskov Riis with the Serious Economic and International Crime unit says the unidentified man was arrested Tuesday in Johannesburg as he was trying to leave the country.
PHOTOS: Migrants die, unnamed and unclaimed, in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ever since Francis Nkomo went missing 10 years ago, his older sister Banele has been waiting for a sign of life. "I miss him," says Banele while holding his picture, all she has left of her brother. "I miss him a lot."
Francis, a Zimbabwean migrant living in Johannesburg, was 29 when he disappeared, one of thousands who have gone missing in South Africa.
South African city set to seize land in national ‘test case’
EKURHULENI, South Africa (AP) — As South Africa's passionate debate over land redistribution grows, one city outside Johannesburg is preparing what the mayor calls a "test case" for the nation — the seizure of hundreds of acres of land from private owners, without paying for it, to build low-cost housing.
Like other South African cities, Ekurhuleni faces a dire housing crunch, with some 600,000 of its nearly 4 million people living in "informal settlements" and a shortage of land to build homes.
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Forgotten South African artist gets a retrospective show
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The abstract work of South African artist Christo Coetzee, who died in 2000, was widely shown around the world, including at a 1961 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Yet Coetzee is largely unknown in his home country, an outsider whose experimental methods seemed alien to both the early apartheid-era establishment and later protest art that rejected white rule.
More than 300 injured in South African train collision
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Authorities in South Africa are investigating a collision between two trains that left more than 300 people injured, 32 of them seriously.
The crash occurred late Thursday on the outskirts of Johannesburg when one train hit another that was stationary. Rail officials were working on Friday to clear the area.
Commuter rail crashes have been worryingly common in South Africa's commercial hub in recent months.
In South Africa, endangered frogs get another chance
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Conservationists are monitoring some 200 endangered frogs that were released along South Africa's coastline after a captive-breeding program at the Johannesburg Zoo.
The release last month of the Pickersgill's reed frogs happened in KwaZulu-Natal province, where the species' wetland habitat along the Indian Ocean coast has come under severe pressure from human development.
Mickey Mouse gets African wardrobe options for 90th birthday
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mickey Mouse is getting an African look for his 90th birthday.
Ten South African artists each painted and adorned a statue of Disney's cartoon character, using styles that reflect the continent's cultural diversity and giving him more wardrobe options than the usual white gloves, red pants and yellow shoes.
Meet Captain South Africa; she’d rather not punch criminals
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The usual suspects — Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and Darth Vader — roamed at Comic Con Africa. A few African characters were also on display: Kwezi, Captain South Africa and Shaka Zulu.
After setback, African art museum promises to be more open
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ahead of its first anniversary, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa says it is committed to transparency after the director's resignation and questions about governance.
South African train collision leaves 100 injured
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African authorities say about 100 people were injured, none of them seriously, when two trains collided in a Johannesburg suburb.
ER24, a paramedic company, describes the injuries from the collision in Selby on Tuesday morning as "minor to moderate."
The paramedic group says the trains were upright and on the tracks after the collision and that many passengers had climbed out and were walking around when emergency responders arrived.
South Africa opens inquiry into corruption during Zuma rule
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African commission charged with probing allegations of widespread corruption under the government of former President Jacob Zuma started its first public hearings on Monday in Johannesburg.
The commission will investigate whether Zuma, his allies, and a wealthy business family, the Guptas, tried to influence the hiring and firing of government officials, among other allegations.
One of world’s top urban forests threatened by tiny beetle
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of the world's largest urban forests is under threat from a tiny beetle.
The polyphagous shot hole borer is thought to have made its way to Johannesburg from Southeast Asia on packing crates or through the trade in plant materials.
Crusaders outclass Lions 37-18 for 9th Super Rugby title
The Christchurch-based Crusaders outclassed the Johannesburg-based Lions 37-18 to win their record-extending ninth Super Rugby final on Saturday.
The Lions, chasing their first title, lost in the final for the third consecutive year, including a 25-17 defeat to the Crusaders in last year's title-decider in Johannesburg.
Lions reject underdog tag in Super Rugby final
South Africa's Lions have defiantly rejected their allocated role in the narrative around Saturday's Super Rugby final — as the last, minor obstacle on the Crusaders' road to a ninth championship.
According to that story line, the Johannesburg-based Lions, beaten finalists in each of the last two years, are brave underdogs, likely to put up a fight before succumbing to a heavy loss to the defending champions in Christchurch.
Hansen: Lions in ‘2-horse race’ in Super Rugby final
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has warned against over-confidence that defending champions the Crusaders will beat South Africa's Lions in Saturday's Super Rugby final.
At a news conference Wednesday, Hansen said the Johannesburg-based Lions, who have been beaten finalists in the last two years, have "every chance" of upsetting the Crusaders, who won the title last year for the ninth time.
The Crusaders are back in the Super Rugby final seeking a record-extending ninth title. The Lions are back still searching for a first.
New Zealand's Crusaders and South Africa's Lions set up a repeat of last year's decider with convincing semifinal wins at home on Saturday.
The Christchurch-based Crusaders overwhelmed the Wellington-based Hurricanes 30-12 in a one-sided all-New Zealand match.
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he's ready to invite President Donald Trump to Moscow and is ready to visit Washington himself if conditions are right.
The Lions and New South Wales Waratahs completed the Super Rugby semifinal lineup on Saturday and one of them will have the chance to put a dent in New Zealand's dominance.
South Africa's Lions beat Argentina's Jaguares 40-23 in Johannesburg in the last quarterfinal.
Australia's Waratahs earlier orchestrated a spectacular second-half comeback in Sydney to beat New Zealand's Highlanders 30-23 after trailing 23-6 at halftime.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In his highest profile speech since leaving office, former U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday denounced the policies of President Donald Trump without mentioning his name, taking aim at the "politics of fear, resentment, retrenchment," and decrying leaders who are caught lying and "just double down and lie some more."
Playoffs venues, teams to be decided in Super Rugby
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The last quarterfinalist will be determined and playoff venues decided in this weekend's final regular-season round of Super Rugby which will highlight again the unfairness of the tournament's conference system.
Seven quarterfinalists have already been determined, four from New Zealand, two from South Africa and one from Australia.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Beyonce and Jay-Z will headline a special Global Citizen Festival in honor of Nelson Mandela in South Africa late this year.
The Dec. 2 concert in Johannesburg is part of events marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, organizers announced Monday.
Others headlining the festival include Ed Sheeran, Usher, Pharrell Williams and African artists including Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest and Femi Kuti.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It will be a first for Zimbabwe's voters: The name of Robert Mugabe won't be on the ballot when elections are held on July 30. But the military-backed system that kept the former leader in power for decades, and then pushed him out, is still in control.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — David Goldblatt, a South African photographer who for decades chronicled the harsh fallout of white minority rule in his country, died on Monday at the age of 87.
Goldblatt, whose images were shown in media and museums around the world, was a "legend, a teacher, a national icon and a man of absolute integrity," the Johannesburg-based Goodman Gallery said in a statement. The photographer died "peacefully" at his home in the city, said the gallery, which showcased his portfolio.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Monitored by a conservationist, a young pangolin slurped ants with a long tongue near a veterinary hospital that became a temporary home after the animal was found near the body of its mother, killed by a jolt from an electric fence. The six-month-old scaly anteater foraged on a hillside, building up strength in a tiny step for a campaign to save one of the world's most heavily trafficked mammals.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — England ignored the murmurs of disapproval and skirted round its own selection policy to fast-track New Zealand-born forward Brad Shields into its match 23 for the first test in South Africa.
Coach Eddie Jones put Shields on the bench and in line for his test debut in the series opener at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday, less than a week after he joined up with the squad for the first time and introduced himself to his new teammates.