South Africa

South Africa’s Mandela unstable at times

Nelson Mandela. Photo: AP

The South African government says former leader Nelson Mandela remains in critical but stable condition in hospital, though “medical interventions” are required because his health sometimes becomes unstable.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 8:23pm

Mandela ‘steadily improving’ on 95th birthday

Schoolchildren sing "Happy Birthday" to former South African President Nelson Mandela on Thursday outside the Medi Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. Photo: AFP

South Africa celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday on Thursday, a milestone capped by news that the former president’s health was improving after fears that he was close to death during ongoing hospital treatment.

19 Jul 2013 - 2:48am

Price-cost pinch dulls last lustre of South Africa’s gold

Striking gold miners evicted from company housing at a gold mine occupy a hill in this October 2012 protest. Photo: Reuters

A hand drill lying in the hillside tunnel of a 19th-century South African gold mine testifies to the back-breaking labour by black miners that built what was once the world’s biggest bullion industry.

But even with basic tools and cheap labour, costs overran returns at the Kromdraai gold mine north of Johannesburg, which listed in London in 1893 and closed in 1914.

8 Jul 2013 - 2:12pm

Mandela getting better but remains 'serious'

Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters

Nelson Mandela continues to recover in hospital from a lung infection but remains in a serious condition, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

Mandela has been in a Pretoria hospital for a week, the fourth time the 94-year-old former president and anti-Apartheid leader has been admitted to hospital since December.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:02pm

Let Mandela go, friend tells nation

A young boy walks by a mural of Nelson Mandela in Soweto, Johannesburg, as the country awaits news of its ailing hero. Photo: AP

A close friend of Nelson Mandela has urged South Africans to let go of their beloved hero after the ailing 94-year-old was admitted to hospital with a recurrent pneumonia infection.

10 Jun 2013 - 3:25am

Nelson Mandela in 'serious' condition, say hospital doctors

Nelson Mandela

Former South African president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela was in a "serious but stable" condition yesterday after being taken to hospital with the recurrence of a lung infection.

9 Jun 2013 - 5:55am

South Africa's cricketers seek redemption after India loss

South Africa's Lonwabo Tsotsobe is bowled out by India's Ravindra Jadeja during their Champions Trophy match. Photo: AFP

South Africa face a tough task to put their Champions Trophy campaign back on track after being laid low by injuries and a demoralising defeat to India.

The Proteas hopes of winning the tournament slipped when they crashed by 26 runs against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's world champions in a high-scoring opener in Cardiff.

8 Jun 2013 - 6:17am

Cricket's Champions Trophy a tough one to pick

India get plenty of support during a warm-up match against the Australians ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy. Photo: AFP

While the first two Champions Trophies were intended to raise the profile of cricket in host nations Bangladesh and Kenya, the seventh and last edition starting in England today will be a shootout between the eight heavyweight nations.

6 Jun 2013 - 5:47am

Outrage over interviewer's 'fawning' over Mugabe

Robert Mugabe plays happy families with interviewer Dali Tambo.

"Warm, charismatic and very humorous."

Could South African television personality Dali Tambo really have been talking about Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe?

6 Jun 2013 - 1:49am

Oscar Pistorius fined over unpaid taxes 'after failing to declare house'

Oscar Pistorius. Photo: AP

The 26-year-old declared in a court affidavit during his application to be freed on bail in February that he earned around US$630,000 a year, and owned three houses and a vacant plot in South Africa with a combined value of nearly US$1 million. The City Press said he owns another house in Johannesburg that it claims he bought for 9.8 million rand this year. This house was not declared as part of his assets in his affidavit.

27 May 2013 - 5:59am

South African court acquits brother of Oscar Pistorius

Carl Pistorius, the older brother of South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, stands at Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court. Photo: AFP

Oscar Pistorius’ older brother cried tears of relief on Tuesday as a magistrate acquitted him of culpable homicide and negligent driving for the death of a woman in a road accident.

21 May 2013 - 11:47pm

Elusive flavours all part of the appeal

A winery in Franschoek,  east of Cape Town, where brandy is made. Photo: AFP

South African wines seem to have an ambiguous reputation among Hong Kong wine lovers, and Chris So is convinced it’s undeserved.

Wine lovers informally canvassed by the South China Morning Post said high-quality South African wines are hard to find and their flavours can be unfamiliar, even “gamey”.

19 Apr 2013 - 10:55am

Nelson Mandela said to be improving after his fifth night in hospital

Catholics pray in Regina Mundi church in Soweto, in front of a stained glass window depicting Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP

Nelson Mandela's condition has improved and he continues to receive treatment for a recurrence of pneumonia, the South African presidency said, as the anti-apartheid icon spent a fifth night in hospital. Doctors "have reported a further improvement in his condition", President Jacob Zuma's office said on Sunday.

2 Apr 2013 - 3:15am

An ailing Mandela is making steady progress, South African officials say

Nelson Mandela was admitted on Wednesday for his third hospitalisation in four months. Photo: AP

Nelson Mandela stayed in hospital for a fourth day yesterday after South African officials said he was making steady progress following treatment for a recurrence of pneumonia.

The frail 94-year-old, one of the towering figures of modern history, was admitted on Wednesday for his third hospitalisation in four months.

1 Apr 2013 - 4:48am

BBC labels South African civil servant 'Gay Marriage' in interview

Rufus Lekala is labelled "Gay Marriage" in a BBC interview

It was an innocuous interview about a diplomatic conference that not every viewer would have found fascinating. But when the BBC got South African civil servant Rufus Lekala's name wrong in an on-screen caption, it ended up causing a bigger stir than anticipated. Instead of "Rufus Lekala", the caption called him "Gay Marriage".

30 Mar 2013 - 3:28am