All stories by Fakir Hassen
Cobra under his seat, South African pilot makes emergency landingRediff.com6 Apr 2023
South African pilot Rudolf Erasmus has been lauded by flight experts for a safe emergency landing after a highly venomous Cape cobra reared its head in the cockpit mid-flight.
First batch of 12 cheetahs from South Africa likely to reach India in OctRediff.com10 Sep 2022
A team of wildlife experts from South Africa returned to their country on Friday from India where they inspected the holding facility where the cheetahs will be released.
15 killed, 2 critical in mass shooting at pub in JohannesburgRediff.com10 Jul 2022
The police are investigating claims that a group of men arrived at the pub in a taxi and opened fire, killing 14 and injuring three patrons.
South Africa's Gupta brothers arrested in DubaiRediff.com7 Jun 2022
The Gupta brothers are accused in South Africa of using their relationship with former president Zuma to profit financially and influence senior appointments, charges that they have vehemently denied.
Guptas used former Prez Zuma against people of S Africa: Probe panelRediff.com1 May 2022
The report said Zuma 'would do anything that the Guptas wanted him to do for them,' including firing competent ministers and senior officials at parastatal institutions, so that Gupta lackeys could be appointed to those positions.
Indian students among victims of racism in war-torn Ukraine: Mandela FoundationRediff.com6 Mar 2022
Some complained of being beaten up as they tried to join the fleeing crowds, purely because of their skin colour.
Overnight curfew lifted, officials say Omicron wave may have peaked in SARediff.com31 Dec 2021
South Africa has lifted overnight curfew rules that were first imposed nearly two years ago, with officials saying the country may have passed the peak of its fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, offering hope to other nations facing a surge in cases fuelled by the fast-moving Omicron variant.
South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu dies at 90Rediff.com26 Dec 2021
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South Africa's anti-apartheid icon who won the Nobel Peace Prize for fighting racial discrimination in the country, died on Sunday. He was 90.
Omicron impact less severe than previous Covid variants: StudyRediff.com23 Dec 2021
The percentage of patients with serious infections had halved from previous admissions.
South African Prez contracts Covid amid Omicron spreadRediff.com13 Dec 2021
President Ramaphosa contracted COVID-19 infection on a day when the country recorded a new high of 37,875 new infections overnight, dramatically up from the previous day's 17,154 new cases.
Omicron surge: South Africa approves Pfizer's booster shotRediff.com9 Dec 2021
The South African Health Products Authority (SAHPRA) on Wednesday approved the use of Pfizer's Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine after BioNTech and Pfizer announced that two doses of their vaccine may not be enough to protect against the Omicron variant.
Concern over Covid in kids under 5 as S Africa's daily cases shoot upRediff.com4 Dec 2021
South African experts have expressed concern about the rising number of COVID-19 infections among young children, even as the country recorded a further 16,055 infections and 25 deaths overnight on Friday.
Omicron: Concerns mount as South African Covid rate doublesRediff.com2 Dec 2021
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced last Sunday that there would be no change to the current lowest Level One of the country's five-level lockdown strategy.
Omicron scare: South Africa calls for immediate end to travel banRediff.com29 Nov 2021
South Africa will remain on the lowest 'level 1' of its five-level lockdown strategy to fight the COVID-19 pandemic despite the global panic around the detection of the Omicron variant in the country, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced .
Omicron variant: South Africa decries travel ban by several countriesRediff.com28 Nov 2021
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in a statement urged world leaders not to implement 'knee-jerk' policy decisions in response to the detection of the Omicron variant.
Mahatma Gandhi's great-grandaughter jailed for 7 years in a fraud caseRediff.com9 Jun 2021
Lata Ramgobin, who is the daughter of noted rights activists Ela Gandhi and late Mewa Ramgobind, was also refused leave to appeal both the conviction and the sentence by the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court.
Mahatma's great grandson dies of COVID-19Rediff.com23 Nov 2020
'My beloved brother has passed on after a month of illness with pneumonia, a superbug contracted in hospital and then COVID-19 also contracted while he was being treated. He suffered a major cardiac arrest this evening.'
SA cleric who attended Nizamuddin congregation dies of COVID-19Rediff.com5 Apr 2020
Moulana Yusuf Tootla, 80, attended the March 1-15 Tablighi Jamaat congregation in the Nizmuddin area, that has emerged as the epicentre for the spread of the coronavirus in different parts of India and abroad after thousands of people took part in it.
COVID-19: Prominent Indian-origin virologist dies in South AfricaRediff.com1 Apr 2020
Gita Ramjee has become the first Indian-origin South African to have died after contracting the novel coronavirus. Ramjee, a stellar vaccine scientist and an HIV prevention research leader, had returned from London a week ago but reportedly showed no symptoms of COVID-19.
India wants to work with BRICS nations on Fourth Industrial Revolution: PMRediff.com26 Jul 2018
He said the Fourth Industrial Revolution will have more importance than the capital.