South Africa parliament building badly damaged in large fire

A major fire at the South African parliament caused extensive damage on Sunday, collapsing the roof and gutting an entire floor in one building, while a man in his 50s was arrested in connection with the blaze. The fire broke out in the early morning and authorities said the sprinkler system appeared to have been […]

South Africa: Renowned festival disrupted for second time by COVID

A South African tradition that goes back more than 200 years has again been disrupted by the pandemic for a second year. Musicians and dancers, some of whom have been involved in the celebrations since they were children, have continued to practise whenever COVID restrictions are eased. But for now, events have been cancelled for […]

South Africa: Parliament building in Cape Town catches fire

A major fire erupted at the South African parliament building in Cape Town, with flames bursting from the roof of a building and a plume of smoke that could be seen from miles away. Firefighters arrived at the building as large flames and a huge column of smoke were seen at around 05:30 GMT on […]

Omicron ruins Christmas homecoming plans for Zimbabweans in South Africa

Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa have been forced to cancel their plans to head home for Christmas after new quarantine restrictions were introduced in Zimbabwe to curb the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Many cannot afford to pay for mandatory hotel quarantine. And as a result, South African bus companies […]

Erdogan seeks to boost ties at Turkey-Africa summit

Turkey has hosted the heads of state from 16 African countries along with more than 102 ministers and representatives of the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for an economic summit aimed at boosting trade links. Turkish weapons deals, including combat drone technology are also on the table. Al Jazeera’s […]

Western Cape: Groups in South African region push for secession

Some groups in South Africa’s Western Cape province are pushing for independence. Support for the governing party has dropped in recent years, with it losing power in most major cities in recent local elections. While those behind the move for secession say the African National Congress is dragging the province down, others argue the move […]

South Africa President accuses rich nations of creating health apartheid

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has stepped up his fierce criticism of the way countries have reacted to the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus. At a peace and security forum in Senegal, he said governments have also failed to deliver Covid-19 vaccines that they promised to Africa. Al Jazeera’s @Nicolas Haque reports from Dakar, […]

Is a military solution in West Africa the only way out? | Inside Story

There is anger against France in west Africa at what protesters say is the flawed relationship between French armed forces and their African allies. Two people were killed and others injured in Niger last month when demonstrators tried to block a military supply convoy on its way to Mali. Protest organisers complain that local forces […]

Can EU's Global Gateway strategy compete with Beijing? | Inside Story

The goal of the Global Gateway strategy is to raise $340 billion to finance projects. It will focus on transport, health, education, and digital and climate projects around the world, including Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Why the interest now? And can the bloc compete with Beijing? Presenter: Halla Mohieddeen Guests: Zainab […]

China’s role in African development | Inside Story

One billion COVID-19 vaccines and a pledge to continue funding development across Africa. Chinese President Xi Jinping made the comments virtually as part of the annual Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. As a two-day summit in Senegal comes to a close, China emphasized how crucial the partnership is. China is Africa’s largest trading partner with nearly […]

‘Finding scapegoats’: S Africa slams ‘unjustified’ travel bans

South Africa’s government says the travel ban because of a new mutation of the COVID-19 virus detected in the country – now dubbed Omicron – is unjustified. The World Health Organization has called it a “virus of concern” and it has been blamed for a new wave of coronavirus cases in South Africa. A growing […]

Will deal in Sudan hold this time? | Inside Story

It’s a deal being met with optimism and uncertainty. Sudan’s Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok, is promising a path to democracy, after being reinstated under an agreement with the military. He was ousted nearly a month ago, when the army chief seized power and dissolved his cabinet. Weeks of protests followed. At least 41 people died […]