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Cape Town fights alien trees threatening its water supply, biodiversity

Oct 18 2021

CAPE TOWN In South Africa's Franschhoek mountains a helicopter drops off abseilers to cut down invasive pine trees that are choking off water supplies to millions of Cape Town residents already facing climate change-induced shortages. | Video

South African engineering union rejects new wage offer, strike continues

Oct 14 2021

CAPE TOWN South Africa's biggest engineering union has rejected a new wage offer as a strike that has already hit output at carmaker BMW enters its second week and threatens more assembly lines, industry officials said on Thursday.

South African union starts indefinite strike, auto industry fears impact

Oct 05 2021

CAPE TOWN South Africa's biggest metalworkers union on Tuesday launched an indefinite strike to press for wage rises in the engineering sector, action that threatens to spill over and block supplies of parts to make new cars, industry and union officials said.

Exclusive: WHO-backed vaccine hub for Africa to copy Moderna COVID-19 shot

Sep 15 2021

CAPE TOWN Efforts to develop an African base for COVID-19 vaccine production will focus on trying to replicate Moderna's shot, but a lack of progress in talks with the U.S. company mean the project will take time, a senior WHO official told Reuters. | Video

S.Africa's first black free dive instructor turns tide on apartheid history

Sep 09 2021

CAPE TOWN Five youths from Cape Town's Langa township squeeze into wetsuits for a snorkelling lesson with South Africa's first Black diving coach -- turning the tide on decades of apartheid history in which water sports were reserved for wealthy whites. | Video

African Union crafts guidelines for GM crops, activists raise alarm

Aug 31 2021

* Critics raise safety concerns, say poor farmers will suffer

South Africa aims to bring pilot carbon capture project online in 2023

Aug 23 2021

CAPE TOWN South Africa has started geological mapping at the country's first carbon capture and storage (CCS) site, where it plans to inject vast quantities of CO2 deep underground from 2023, a senior Council for Geoscience official said.

South Africa court postpones Zuma corruption trial to next month

Aug 10 2021

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) -A South African court on Tuesday again postponed a long-delayed corruption trial against jailed former president Jacob Zuma to September 9 following his hospitalisation last week for an undisclosed medical condition. | Video

South Africa plans $2.4 billion relief measures over COVID-19, riots

Jul 28 2021

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) -South Africa plans about 36 billion rand ($2.4 billion) of relief measures to support businesses and individuals affected by unrest this month and by COVID-19 restrictions, the finance ministry said on Wednesday.

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