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    South Africa to reopen places of worship June 1 — despite recording highest COVID-19 cases on the continent

South Africa to reopen places of worship June 1 — despite recording highest COVID-19 cases on the continent

Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's president, says places of worship will reopen as from June 1, but under stern restrictions to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus. This is despite the fact that the nation is the continent's worst-hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, with 24,264 confirmed cases and 524 deaths, according to worldometer. In a statement on Tuesday, Ramaphosa said churches, mosques, [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala appointed member NOT head of SA’s economic council

Okonjo-Iweala appointed member NOT head of SA’s economic council

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, two-time Nigerian minister, has been appointed as a member South Africa's presidential economic advisory council. Clarification sought by TheCable from close parties to the economist revealed that she is a member of the council, not the head as being reported on social media. The council is chaired by Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African president. Pictures shared on Twitter by the official [...]

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    Buhari to Nigerians: Do businesses that South Africans will accept

Buhari to Nigerians: Do businesses that South Africans will accept

President Muhammadu Buhari has advised Nigerians living in South Africa not to operate small businesses if the indigenes will not accept them. In a joint media briefing with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday, Buhari urged Nigerians to abide by the law in any country they choose to settle. "We have discussed it at great length with the president on one [...]

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    Nigeria, xenophobia and Ramaphosa’s apology

Nigeria, xenophobia and Ramaphosa’s apology

We are told that South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa apologised on Saturday for the xenophobic attacks against foreigners living in South Africa, particularly persons involved in business who are seen by the ordinary South African as enemies. He reportedly did this in Harare, Zimbabwe, at the funeral ceremony of former President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Most appropriately, the South African [...]

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    After booing at Mugabe’s funeral, Ramaphosa sends envoys to seven African countries

After booing at Mugabe’s funeral, Ramaphosa sends envoys to seven African countries

Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa, has dispatched three envoys to seven African countries, including Nigeria, to deliver messages of pan-African unity. This is after he was booed in Zimbabwe on Saturday at Robert Mugabe’s funeral while addressing mourners. He, however, apologised to the crowd saying the attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa was against the principles of the unity of the [...]

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    Xenophobia: South African president booed at Mugabe’s funeral (video)

Xenophobia: South African president booed at Mugabe’s funeral (video)

Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa, was booed on Saturday while addressing mourners at Robert Mugabe’s funeral in Zimbabwe. Mugabe, Zimbabwe's president of 37 years, died in a Singaporean hospital at the age of 95. Ramaphosa was among world leaders who attended the state burial in Zimbabwe to pay their last respect. The president was booed as soon he climbed the stage to deliverer [...]

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    Buhari orders evacuation of Nigerians from SA

Buhari orders evacuation of Nigerians from SA

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the voluntary evacuation of Nigerians in South Africa. The president gave this directive after receiving the report of the special envoy evaluating the attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. He had sent a delegation led by Ahmed Abubakar, director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), to convey a message of concern to Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South [...]

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    Ramaphosa’s spokesman says Buhari will still visit South Africa in October

Ramaphosa’s spokesman says Buhari will still visit South Africa in October

President Muhammadu Buhari will visit South Africa in October, Khusela Diko, spokesman of President Cyril Ramaphosa, has said. Buhari had contemplated cancelling the visit in the wake of the recent attacks on Nigerians in the South Africa, according to a presidency source. The source had said the Nigerian leader was really worried over the attacks and that honouring the invitation of his [...]

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    FLASHBACK: How the speech of South African president led to attacks on foreigners (video)

FLASHBACK: How the speech of South African president led to attacks on foreigners (video)

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South African would probably have been more careful when, in March, he took a swipe at foreign nationals "doing business illegally" in his country.  As with most politicians, Ramaphosa made a campaign issue out of what some South Africans were believed to be saying about foreign nationals who come to take their jobs and businesses.  “Everybody just arrives [...]

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    VIDEO: There’s no justification for attacks on foreign nationals, says Ramaphosa

VIDEO: There’s no justification for attacks on foreign nationals, says Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa, has condemned the recent attacks on foreign nationals by South Africans. In a tweet on Tuesday, Ramaphosa said he has asked the ministers in charge of security to monitor the situation and to find ways of stopping the violence. On Sunday, a South African mob poured into the streets raiding shops and attacking Africans from other [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Buhari’s visit to South Africa ‘jeopardised’ by xenophobic attacks

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari’s visit to South Africa ‘jeopardised’ by xenophobic attacks

President Muhammadu Buhari's proposed trip to South Africa -- intended in part to mend relations between the two countries -- is now uncertain following fresh xenophobic attacks on Nigerians, TheCable understands. South Africa has big business concerns in Nigeria -- such as MTN, Shoprite and DStv -- while Nigerians are a major force in the retail trade sector of the South African economy. In [...]

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    FG summons SA high commissioner over attacks on Nigerians

FG summons SA high commissioner over attacks on Nigerians

The federal government has summoned  Bobby Monroe, South Africa's high commissioner to Nigeria, over the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in that country. The ministry of foreign affairs disclosed this in a message on Tuesday. ''I am directed to inform you that the Minister of Foreign Affairs has summoned the High Commissioner of South Africa for a meeting this morning by 11. [...]

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    Xenophobia: Nigerians advised to avoid Pretoria in South Africa

Xenophobia: Nigerians advised to avoid Pretoria in South Africa

The Nigeria union has advised Nigerians living in South Africa to avoid Pretoria central business district (CBD) until the police authority certifies the area safe for foreign nationals. Adetola Olubajo, president of the Nigerian union in South Africa (NUSA), gave the advice in the wake of Xenophobic attacks on Wednesday morning in the country. Olubajo said the attacks were as a result [...]

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    S’African president meets Buhari, says killing of Nigerians is ‘upsetting’

S’African president meets Buhari, says killing of Nigerians is ‘upsetting’

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has described as "upsetting" the killing of Nigerians in South Africa. Fielding questions from reporters on the sidelines of the ongoing seventh Tokyo International Conference for Africa Development (TICAD7) in Yokohama, Japan, the South African president said the trend necessitated the call for a meeting of the leaders of both countries. The presidency had earlier announced that [...]

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    South African president names cabinet 96hrs after inauguration, includes opposition

South African president names cabinet 96hrs after inauguration, includes opposition

Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has named his cabinet -- just about 96 hours after he was sworn-in as president.  On May 11, 2019, Ramaphosa's African National Congress (ANC) won the elections with only 57 percent of the votes, and was sworn in as president on May 25, 2019. In another 96 hours after May 25, Ramaphosa named his cabinet and became the [...]

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    Ramaphosa vows ‘new era’ at inauguration as S’Africa’s president

Ramaphosa vows ‘new era’ at inauguration as S’Africa’s president

Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to bring about "a new era of hope and renewal" as he was sworn in for five-year term as president of South Africa. Ramaphosa took the oath of office in front of over 30,000 people, on Saturday, at a colourful ceremony at a stadium in Pretoria, the administrative capital. “A new era has dawned in our country. A [...]

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