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May 27, 2019

South Africa’s President Ramaphosa vows ‘new era’ at inauguration

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to bring about “hope and renewal” as he was inaugurated at a stadium in the capital Pretoria.

The African National Congress (ANC) leader vowed to tackle corruption and rejuvenate the struggling economy.

He was elected earlier this month with a majority of 57.5%, the smallest since the party came to power 25 years ago.

Mr Ramaphosa initially took over from Jacob Zuma in 2018 after Mr Zuma was accused of corruption.

Mr Ramaphosa is the country’s fifth democratically elected president since apartheid ended in 1994.

“This is a defining moment for a young nation like [...]

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May 23, 2019

South Africa’s parliament elects Cyril Ramaphosa as president

South African legislators elected Cyril Ramaphosapresident on Wednesday and he promised to create jobs and work for the interests of all citizens, not just members of the majority African National Congress (ANC).

The ANC won South Africa’s May 8 general election, enabling the party to pick the country’s president, but its share of the vote fell to a post-apartheid low – reflecting anger at corruption and cronyism under Ramaphosa’s predecessor Jacob Zuma.

Many voters were also dismayed at the racial inequality that remains entrenched a generation since the former liberation movement took power.

“Only one candidate has been nominated. [...]

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May 23, 2019

If you own a Huawei phone in South Africa, here is everything you need to know about the Google crisis

Chinese phone giant Huawei has run into some trouble with the government of the United States of America, which in turn caused trouble in its relationship with Google, which in turn could come to affect every one of what is estimated to be millions of Huawei users in South Africa.

Though we don’t yet know exactly how, or when, and we aren’t yet certain about some other things too.

The situation is complex, and fluid, and clouded by politics. That is particularly bad news for anyone who has just invested in a Huawei handset, or needs to decide whether to buy Huawei.

Here’s what you need to know about Huawei in South Africa, now that it is subject [...]

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May 20, 2019

HOW TO GET SOUTH AFRICANS TO BUY INTO THE NEXT BIG THING IN MEDICINE

In March 2018, the country rolled out the drug-dispensing units at six sites in the Free State and Gauteng, where the machines can be found in shopping malls in Alexandra, Soweto and Diepsloot. The apparatuses work just like ATMs except instead of releasing cash, they pop out medication for people with chronic conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes, high blood pressure or HIV.

Ideally, units like this will make it easier for patients to pick up their medication and keep them out of overburdened clinics. And because people with a range of conditions — not just HIV — use the devices, it means people don’t have to fear being stigmatised when they are seen to be using the [...]

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