South Africa

  1. The entire board of Cricket South Africa resigns

    Nomsa Maseko

    BBC Southern Africa correspondent

    The entire board of Cricket South Africa has resigned amid allegations of mismanagement.

    Former Cricket SA acting President Beresford Williams had been implicated in wrongdoing in a report which detailed how a former CEO was appointed despite being under-qualified for his position.

    The cricket board has been in shambles since Chief Executive Thabang Moroe was suspended last December.

    His suspension prompted calls from the country's players' association and major sponsors for the board to step down.

    The announcement of the entire board's resignation comes less than 24 hours before a deadline given to Cricket South Africa by the country’s Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

    The minister had told the International Cricket Council that he would intervene in the running of the board unless it committed to government reforms by the end of October.

    Such an intervention could have resulted in action from the International Cricket Council which is against any form of government interference in the sport.

    According to a series of tweets posted by Cricket South Africa, the council resolved that in order to best serve the interest of the sport in the country, the entire board would resign.

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    The Proteas are due to host World Champions England in a limited overs series next month.

    In 2019, Zimbabwe was suspended for three months from international competition following government intervention which replaced its cricket board with an interim committee.

  2. New Miss South Africa crowned

    Shudufhadzo Musida has been crowned Miss South Africa 2020.

    The 24-year-old, who is passionate about mental health awareness, is from Limpopo province.

    She was crowned after emerging the best among 15 other contestants from across the country.

    Ms Musida takes over from Zozibini Tunzi who was crowned Miss Universe in 2019.

    She said on Instagram that "life has been changed forever":

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  3. Mozambique 'unaware of South Africa border wall plan'

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    A map of Mozambique and South Africa

    The Mozambican authorities say they have not yet received official information from South Africa on a reported plan to construct a wall on their common border.

    Foreign Affairs Minister Verónica Macamo said over the weekend that she had only seen the reports on media.

    The land border between the two countries measures approximately 490 kilometres (304 miles) long.

    Ms Macamo said the Mozambican authorities would discuss the matter with their South African counterparts once an official communication was made.

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  5. South African retailer to open store in Nigeria

    Russell Padmore

    Business correspondent, BBC News

    A shopper at Pick n Pay
    Image caption: Pick n Pay wants to open small neighbourhood shops in Nigeria

    The South African supermarket chain Pick n Pay plans to open its first store in Nigeria.

    The retailer will enter a market that rivals like Shoprite and Mister Price are withdrawing from.

    Pick n Pay's Nigeria venture will be a partnership with A G Leventis, a group with investments in West Africa ranging from agricultural equipment to property management.

    The South African supermarket chain believes it can overcome problems that have hit competitors, like currency devaluations and logistical challenges, as well as barriers to repatriating profits.

    Pick n Pay's strategy in Nigeria will focus on opening small neighbourhood stores, whereas other foreign retailers have established flagship stores in large shopping centres.

    On Tuesday the company reported a 56% drop in profits for the first half of the financial year, following constraints caused by South Africa's strict lockdown, with reduced trading hours, a ban on sales of alcohol and tobacco, plus restrictions on sales of clothing.

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  7. Covid-19: Ramaphosa wishes minister speedy recovery

    South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished his Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, speedy recovery after contracting coronavirus.

    Mr Mkhize and his wife tested positive for the virus on Sunday and are self- isolating at home. He is the fifth cabinet minister to catch the virus in South Africa.

    President Ramaphosa, in a tweet, urged South Africans to help the country avoid a second wave:

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    South Africa has been the worst-hit by the pandemic on the continent. It has to date confirmed more than 703,793 coronavirus cases with 18,471 deaths.

  8. SA health minister tests positive for Covid-19

    BBC World Service

    SA health minister Zweli Mkhize
    Image caption: Zweli Mkhize is the fifth minister to catch the virus in South Africa

    South Africa's health minister says that he and his wife have tested positive for Covid- 19.

    Zweli Mkhize was tested after feeling tired and with a loss of appetite.

    He is now self- isolating and says he's optimistic that they will both recover fully.

    Mr Mkhize is the fifth minister to catch the virus in South Africa.

    He urged citizens to continue to take health precautions to reduce the risk of a second wave.

    The country is the worst affected in Africa, and has just passed a total of 700,000 cases of infection.

  9. Trying to feed a family in South Africa

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  10. Jerusalema hitmaker cancelled by Zambia

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC News, Lusaka

    The ministry of tourism in Zambia has cancelled this weekend’s show involving South African artists Master KG, of the Jerusalema hit, and Mafikizolo.

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    The event which was dubbed the "Covid-19 sensitization rally" was being organised by the governing Patriotic Front but had been heavily criticised by Zambians.

    Local musicians felt a lot of money was being paid to foreign stars, while Zambians on Twitter argued it would lead to a spike in coronavirus cases.

    The ministry of tourism now says no foreign musicians have been cleared to perform in the country this weekend, and are in any case subject to stringent checks.

    "All foreign artists are supposed to be cleared at least three months before the event and are expected to pay 20% of performance fees as Withholding Tax Clearance to the Zambia Revenue Authority," tourism ministry spokesperson Sakabilo Kalembwe said in a statement.

  11. Some 800,000 new jobs pledged by South Africa

    South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced plans to create more than 800,000 jobs in the immediate term, as part of the country's economic reconstruction and recovery plan following job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

    More than 1 trillion rand ($60bn; £46bn) has also been pledged in infrastructure investment over the next four years.

    A number of the key commitments have been outlined on the presidency's Twitter:

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  12. SA school principal sacked over drowning of pupil

    The principal of a boys school in South Africa's economic heartland of Gauteng has been served with a dismissal notice following the drowning of a 13-year-pupil during a school trip earlier this year.

    The Gauteng education department said an inquiry had found the principal of Parktown Boys' High School, Malcolm Williams, guilty of taking the children on the trip without prior approval, and for failing to do a proper roll call.

    Mr Williams has five days to appeal against the ruling.

    He was acquitted of the charge of endangering the lives of pupils by flouting safety regulations, which required pupils to wear life jackets during water activities.

    Enock Mpianzi drowned in the Crocodile River at a lodge in South Africa's North West province during a school orientation camp in January.

    His family and Mr Williams have not yet commented on the ruling.

  13. Top South Africa police officer charged with corruption

    One of South Africa's most senior police officers has been released on bail of 20,000 rand ($1,200; £930) after appearing in court on charges of corruption, fraud and money-laundering related to the awarding of a multi-million rand tender.

    The charges against deputy national police commissioner Lt-Gen Bonang Mgwenya relate to a tender for the supply of emergency warning equipment to the police.

    Lt-Gen Mgwenya, who was arrested in a pre-dawn raid, has not yet been asked to plead to the charges.

    You can catch a glimpse of the scene in court in this video:

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  14. Senior SA police officer arrested over corruption

    A high ranking South African police officer was arrested on Monday morning over corruption, according to the investigations directorate.

    The unnamed deputy national police commissioner is the latest officer to be arrested in connection with a multi-million tender for emergency warning equipment.

    Former National Police Commissioner, Khomotso Phahlane, is among those implicated in the case. He however denied any wrongdoing.

    Other senior officers have been charged with corruption, fraud, theft and money laundering.

    The deputy commissioner is expected to be charged on Monday.

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