Three killed as trains collide in South Africa
3 killed in train collision in South Africa, responders say
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Authorities in South Africa say a train collision in the capital has killed three people and injured more than 200.
Netcare911, an emergency responders' group, says many injuries are "minor to moderate" but that one person in critical condition was airlifted to a hospital after the accident Tuesday in Pretoria.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the collision.
South Africa poised for cannabis trade despite obstacles
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — 2018 has been called the "year for cannabis" in South Africa. But there are still hurdles before a legal marijuana industry can flourish in an African economic power deemed ideal for large-scale cultivation.
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.
South Africa Rugby World Cup winner Drotske shot in robbery
Rugby World Cup winner Naka Drotske was shot three times after charging at armed robbers to force them out of his brother's house in South Africa, police and a community safety official said.
Drotske was shot in the chest, arm, and abdomen but was in a stable condition in hospital on Friday after the attempted robbery at his brother's smallholding just outside the capital Pretoria.
NY National Guard members heading to S. Africa for air show
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A contingent from the New York Air and Army National Guard will be heading to Africa this weekend to participate in the continent's largest air show.
The state Division of Military and Naval Affairs says 38 soldiers and airmen will depart Saturday for the African Aerospace and Defence Air Show being held next week in Pretoria, South Africa.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A charter plane crashed outside South Africa's capital on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring nearly 20 others, with four of them briefly trapped inside the wreckage.
All of the injured were in serious or critical condition, said Johan Pieterse, Tshwane Emergency Services spokesman. "It was obviously chaotic."
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The foreign ministers of the BRICS emerging economies have criticized what they call a "new wave of protectionism," a reference to U.S. President Donald Trump's tough trade negotiations with key economic partners.
The envoys from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa referred to "unilateral measures that are incompatible with" international trade rules after a meeting Monday in the South African administrative capital of Pretoria.
The NBA will hold its Africa exhibition game in the South African capital of Pretoria on Aug. 4, with All Stars DeMar DeRozan and Joel Embiid lined up to play.
The announcement for this year's exhibition was made on Thursday in Johannesburg by the NBA's vice president and managing director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall.
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is hoping to strengthen its connections with Africa through new partnerships, research exchanges and student enrollment.
University officials recently visited South Africa and Malawi. The delegation visited with representatives from the University of Pretoria, Stellenbosch University and the University of Johannesburg, as well as government officials, The News-Gazette reported.
Crusaders beat Bulls 33-14 in Super Rugby
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Center Jack Goodhue scored two tries as the Christchurch-based Crusaders beat the Pretoria-based Bulls 33-14 on Friday to avoid a third straight loss in Super Rugby.
The Crusaders, coming off losses to New Zealand rivals the Highlanders and Hurricanes — their first back-to-back defeats in almost three years — played efficiently with a minority share of possession to score five tries to two in a rain-drenched match at Christchurch.
Coetzee wins in Pretoria for 1st victory in 2 years
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — George Coetzee closed with a 4-under 67 for a two-shot victory over Sam Horsfield of England in the Tshwane Open on Sunday.
It was the South African's first victory in two years.
Coetzee had a two-shot lead going into the final round at Pretoria Country Club, and Horsfield stayed in range for most of the front nine. They were tied through 10 holes until a pivotal two-shot swing on the 11th hole, when Coetzee made birdie and Horsfield dropped a shot.
Super Rugby: Crusaders and Lions win again
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The defending champion Crusaders raced to 26-0 after 18 minutes as they beat the Stormers 45-28 and the Lions also passed 40 points in out-muscling the Bulls in their derby in Super Rugby on Saturday.
The Crusaders weren't seriously in trouble despite the Stormers comeback, and the title-holders continued their unbeaten start to the season to top the New Zealand conference.
George Coetzee leads by 2 after 3 rounds in Pretoria
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — George Coetzee opened a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the Tshwane Open after a 3-under 68 Saturday.
The overnight leader fired five birdies and two bogeys in his home city — and on the course where he's a member — to move to 14 under overall.
Mikko Korhonen and Sam Horsfield are tied for second.
George Coetzee leads Tshwane Open by 1 shot
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — George Coetzee shot a second-round 64 on the course he grew up playing on to lead the Tshwane Open by one at the midway mark on Friday.
Coetzee made six birdies on a rampant back nine and seven overall to go to 11 under overall, jump six places up the leaderboard, and move ahead of Felipe Aguilar (67) and Mikko Korhonen (64).
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Louis de Jager's strong finish gave him a one-shot lead after the first round of the Tshwane Open in South Africa on Thursday.
De Jager birdied three of his last four holes for a 7-under 64 to move just ahead of fellow South African Thomas Aiken, Julian Suri of the United States, and Felipe Aguilar of Chile.
De Jager hasn't won a European Tour event but his best result came at this event in 2013, when he tied for third.
1st-round losers under pressure in Super Rugby
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Blues coach Tana Umaga spoke for all first-round losers in Super Rugby when he stressed "the tournament's not won in the first week."
The Auckland-based Blues were among a number of high-profile losers in the first full round last weekend. Others included 2016 champions the Wellington-based Hurricanes, who lost to the Pretoria-based Bulls, and the Queensland Reds, who began the tenure of new head coach Brad Thorn with a 45-19 loss to the Melbourne Rebels.
Lion fatally mauls woman at game lodge in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African media say a lion has killed a 22-year-old woman at a game lodge north of Pretoria.
The African News Agency says the female lion mauled the woman in the Hammanskraal area on Tuesday.
Nick Dollman of Netcare 911 told the news agency that paramedics from the group were called to the scene, but the woman died from severe injuries.
South Africa sees protests against murders of white farmers
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thousands of white farmers have snarled traffic on some major roads in South Africa in what they call the Black Monday protest against the high rate of murders of farmers.
Grace Mugabe gets diplomatic immunity, returns to Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Granted diplomatic immunity by South Africa, the wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home from Johannesburg on Sunday despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel there.
Oscar Pistorius was rushed to hospital on Thursday (08.03.17) amid fears he was having a heart attack.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An Uber driver in South Africa died of severe burns on Monday after his car was set on fire amid concerns about threats from metered cab drivers who think the ride-hailing company is taking their business.
The man was attacked last month in the capital, Pretoria. Uber has assigned a team of former law enforcement officials to help police investigate the assault by a "small group of unknown individuals," the company said in a statement.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The three newest teams in Super Rugby won some respect on Saturday, although in the case of the Southern Kings a thrilling win over three-time champions the Bulls was in vain as it came a day after it was confirmed they will be axed from the competition next season.
France bolstered for 2nd test in South Africa
With captain Guilhem Guirado restored to the starting lineup as one of eight changes, France is close to full strength and expected to present a sterner challenge to South Africa's fledgling revival in the second test on Saturday.
Hooker Guirado is back to lead France's hopes of keeping a three-match series alive, earning a recall for the Durban game alongside, crucially, the halfback pairing of Baptiste Serin at scrumhalf and Francois Trinh Duc at flyhalf.
20 children killed in bus collision in S. Africa
JOHANNESBURG — A minibus carrying young students collided with a truck and burst into flames in South Africa on Friday, killing about 20 children.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A minibus carrying young students collided with a truck and burst into flames in South Africa on Friday, killing about 20 children.
The victims were between 5 and 10 years old, said Russel Meiring, a spokesman for paramedic company ER24. He said several children survived after being pulled from the wreckage near Bronkhorstspruit, east of the capital, Pretoria.
Images posted by ER24 on Twitter show the crumpled, smoking minibus on its side next to the truck.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Tens of thousands of South Africans on Wednesday marked the 75th birthday of President Jacob Zuma with a protest against him, pushing for his resignation because of scandals and his dismissal of a widely respected finance minister. The president, meanwhile, danced at a party where well-wishers said they loved him.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Dean Burmester finished with a 65 for a convincing three-shot victory at the Tshwane Open on Sunday, his maiden European Tour title.
The South African came from a shot off the lead overnight to win on 18-under-par 266 at Pretoria Country Club.
Mikko Korhonen (67) and Jorge Campillo (68) were tied for second as overnight co-leaders Alexander Bjork and Scott Jamieson fell off the pace.
Bjork, Jamieson still tied for lead at Tshwane Open
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Alexander Bjork and Scott Jamieson will fight it out again as they retained a share of the lead heading toward the final round of the Tshwane Open on Saturday.
The second-round co-leaders were still top of the leaderboard after 54 holes, both moving to 13-under-par 200 at Pretoria Country Club in the South African capital.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Alexander Bjork kept a share of the lead and was joined on 10 under by Scott Jamieson on Friday after two rounds of the Tshwane Open.
They lead James Morrison by one stroke, with three players a shot further back in a tie for fourth.
Bjork (67) is playing in only his ninth European Tour tournament and is seeking a first victory. The Swede made six birdies at Pretoria Country Club to go into the weekend with a good chance of a maiden title.
Fun-loving South African golfer Hobday dies at 76
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Simon Hobday, the fun-loving South African golfer who won the 1994 U.S. Senior Open at Pinehurst, died Thursday after a fight with cancer. He was 76.
The Sunshine Tour, the African circuit where Hobday won six times, confirmed his death from the Tshwane Open. Hobday lived in Ballito.
3-way tie for lead after first round of Tshwane Open
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Gregory Havret, Haydn Porteous, and Alexander Bjork shared the lead after the first round of the European Tour's Tshwane Open in South Africa, all carding 6-under 65s at Pretoria Country Club on Thursday.
Fifteen players shot 67 or better at the par-71 course, a low-scoring opening round in the South African capital.
The leaders had a one-shot advantage over five players tied for fourth.
South Africa anti-immigrant protests erupt in capital
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Police fired stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannon Friday as the latest wave of anti-immigrant protests broke out in South Africa's capital, while President Jacob Zuma condemned the violence but said his country's migrant burden is bigger than Europe's.
More than 100 injured in train collision in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African paramedics say two trains have collided in the capital, Pretoria, injuring more than 100 people.
Citing emergency responders, the African News Agency is reporting that most injuries were light in the accident at a station in the Rosslyn area of Pretoria on Monday.
South African protesters say EU is dumping low-cost chickens
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Workers and managers in South Africa's chicken industry have marched to the office of the European Union delegation, alleging their livelihoods are in jeopardy because of allegedly illegal dumping of EU chicken meat in the local market.
Search for HIV vaccine resumes with test in South Africa
SOSHANGUVE, South Africa (AP) — The latest attempt in the long, frustrating search for a vaccine against HIV began in South Africa on Wednesday, as scientists test a beefed-up version of the only shot ever to show a glimmer of protection.
The stakes are high. It's the first study of its kind begun in seven years, and even moderate success could prove important not only in hard-hit South Africa, where more than 1,000 people a day are infected with HIV, but beyond.
South Africa’s president survives vote to oust him
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — President Jacob Zuma escaped a move to oust him as the leader of South Africa by senior members of his ruling party, it was announced Tuesday.
A motion to dismiss Zuma, 74, over a string of corruption allegations since he came to office in 2009 was introduced at a meeting of the National Executive Committee, or NEC, of the African National Congress in Pretoria on Saturday.
South African president in battle to continue in office
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Whether or not Jacob Zuma will continue as South Africa's president will be announced Tuesday afternoon when the ruling African National Congress party makes public the outcome of a motion by the party's leaders to remove the president.
The ANC said Monday night that the results of the motion against Zuma will be announced at its headquarters in Johannesburg on Tuesday afternoon.
South Africa moves Pistorius to another prison
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African government says convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has been moved at his request to a prison that is better able to accommodate disabled offenders.
The Department of Correctional Services said Monday that the former Paralympic champion was transferred from Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria to the nearby Atteridgeville Correctional Centre, which recently installed bath tubs during upgrades for disabled criminals.
Killer of South African anti-apartheid leader dies
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's government says a man who spent more than two decades in prison for the 1993 assassination of anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani has died in a hospital.
The justice ministry said Thursday that Clive Derby-Lewis, who was granted medical parole in May 2015, died in Pretoria. Derby-Lewis, 80, had been suffering from cancer.
South Africa’s Sundowns win African Champions League
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) — South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns won the African Champions League on Sunday by surviving waves of second-half attacks from Egypt's Zamalek to hold on for a 3-1 aggregate victory in the two-leg final.
Zamalek won the second leg in Alexandria, Egypt, 1-0 with Nigerian striker Stanley Ohawuchi's long-range goal in the 64th minute. But Sundowns' triumph was ultimately decided by their 3-0 win in the first leg at home a week ago.
Car hits, kills South African student leader during protest
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African university says a student leader of protests for free education was struck and killed by a car while protesters were allegedly blocking traffic on a road outside campus.
The Tshwane University of Technology said Friday that police are investigating the death of student Benjamin Phehla on Thursday. It says he was among three students hit when a driver "lost control of his car."
Springboks scrap to 18-10 win over Wallabies
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa scrapped to an 18-10 win over a wasteful Australia in the Rugby Championship on Saturday to relieve a little of the pressure on beleaguered coach Allister Coetzee.
All of South Africa's points came from the boot of recalled veteran flyhalf Morne Steyn — seemingly the Springboks' go-to man in times of trouble — in a messy game in which Australia dominated on the territory and possession statistics to no avail.
South African opposition builds local coalitions after vote
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's main opposition party says it has agreed with several smaller parties to build governing coalitions in some municipalities following elections in which the ruling African National Congress suffered its worst setback since taking power.
The announcement Wednesday by Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance, solidifies the party's electoral gains at the expense of the ANC, which has ruled since the end of apartheid in 1994.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's ruling party suffered its worst election setback since taking power at the end of apartheid a generation ago, with the African National Congress losing the capital, Pretoria, and its surrounding Tshwane metropolitan area. But it won a tight race for the country's biggest city, Johannesburg, election authorities reported Saturday night.
The opposition Democratic Alliance, which named its first black party leader last year, made a strong...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — With more than 95 percent of votes counted Friday in municipal elections, South Africa's ruling party appeared to be headed for its biggest electoral blow since it won power at the end of apartheid 22 years ago.
The results remained too close to call in the country's largest city, Johannesburg, or Tshwane, the metropolitan area of the capital, Pretoria. But the leader of the opposition...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of the South African twin brothers charged with plotting to blow up the U.S. embassy in Pretoria, allegedly asked the Islamic State group to send money and provide training for them to carry out a suicide bombing campaign in the country.
The allegation is contained in an affidavit presented at the Johannesburg magistrate's court on Friday to show that prosecutors had enough evidence to arrest Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie for planning terror...