African budget airline Fastjet takes off on international flights

Fastjet, the new budget African airline backed by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, announced the launch of its international flight operations yesterday.

Police check the bodies of miners after opening fire on the strikers outside the Nkageng settlement last August

Police in South Africa 'lied about killing 34 miners' during pay strikes

Commission of inquiry finds police falsified and withheld documents and gave fabricated accounts of events in August last year

Nelson Mandela leaves hospital but remains in ‘critical’ condition

Former South African president will continue to receive intensive care at his home in Johannesburg

Juan Martin Hernandez and Bryan Habana

South Africa blow away Argentina with nine-try 73-13 victory

Springboks romp home to staggering win to get their Rugby Championship campaign off to a winning start

Steval Pumas and MTN Golden Lions compete in the Vodacom Cup final earlier this year

South Africa bring back racial quotas for teams

Almost a decade after they were dismissed as "window dressing", racial quotas are on their way back to South African sport.

Mandela, 95, has spent two months in a Pretoria hospital battling a lung infection

Nelson Mandela receives notice threatening to turn off the electricity supply for not paying utility bill

The City of Johannesburg has apologised to Nelson Mandela and his family for mistakenly posting a non-payment notice on the former South African president's house threatening to cut his electricity off.

Johannesburg told to pull its ‘world class African city’ ads

The advertising watchdog has ordered the city of Johannesburg to stop running part of its “world class African city” marketing campaign because it is “misleading”.

Nelson Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition

Nelson Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition as he enters his second month in hospital.

Mandla Mandela, pictured, had five of Nelson Mandela's dead relatives relocated to his own village in Mvezo. Other Mandela family members want them returned to Qunu

Nelson Mandela’s three children reburied in home town Qunu

The remains of Nelson Mandela’s three deceased children have been reburied at their original resting site, a day after a court ordered their return two years after Mr Mandela’s grandson exhumed the bodies.

South Africa prepares to say farewell to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, who remains in 'stable but critical' condition in Pretoria hospital

Ndileka Mandela says former president's condition is still critical but has not worsened, while daughter Makaziwe says he is responding to touch

Africa prays: The front page of Kenya's 'Daily Nation'

Friend denies reports of family row over Nelson Mandela funeral arrangements

A friend of the Mandelas has denied reports of family row over funeral arrangements for the ailing 94-year-old who is in a critical condition at a Pretoria hospital. South African media reported a rift had emerged over where Nelson Mandela should be buried, with his grandson Mandla wanting him interred in the village of Mvezo, where the anti-apartheid leader was born, while others supported Qunu, where he grew up.

South Africa's president has said Barack Obama (pictured) will still meet Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela: South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says Barack Obama will still meet 'Madiba'

Meanwhile, South African officials have confirmed that

Nelson Mandela is in a 'critical' condition, say doctors

Indyplus update: Nelson Mandela is 'at peace with himself', says daughter as he remains in 'critical condition'

South African president Jacob Zuma asks the country to pray for 'the father of democracy'

Nelson Mandela remains in a ‘serious but stable condition’

Nelson Mandela's ambulance broke down on way to hospital

The ambulance that was supposed to rush Nelson Mandela to hospital two weeks ago broke down en route, forcing staff to transfer the ailing former president to another vehicle. South African officials confirmed yesterday that the ambulance he was travelling in suffered from "engine trouble".

More messages left outside Nelson Mandela's home in Houghton, Johannesburg (Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images)

Pray for Nelson Mandela, President Jacob Zuma tells South Africans

Nelson Mandela remains in hospital with a lung infection.

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