Cardinals gather in Rome to elect new Pope

The papal election process, or conclave, the process of selecting the next pope, will soon be underway in Vatican City, where 115 eligible cardinals are set to decide who should become the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Oil workers kidnapped off Nigerian coast released

Three crew members of a cargo ship kidnapped by heavily-armed pirates last month off Nigeria have been released.

Exxaro wildcat strikes spread to fifth mine

Exxaro, South Africa's second-biggest coal producer, has confirmed that unprotected strikes are now under way at five of its mines: Matla, Arnot, Grootegeluk, Leeuwpan and Inyanda.

Kenyatta wins Kenyan election

Uhuru Kenyatta has won Kenya's presidential election by the slimmest of margins – 50.

Mandela leaves hospital after check-up

Former South African president Nelson Mandela (pictured) has returned home 'under the management of the medical team' following a visit to hospital and is doing well, says a statement by South Africa's presidency says.

Springbok star Habana out for up to 10 weeks

Stormers and South African star winger Bryan Habana will miss up to 10 weeks of Super Rugby after tearing knee ligaments, Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has confirmed.

South African business confidence falls

Business confidence in South Africa declined from a five-month high in February, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) says.

Kenya election: Kenyatta's lead slips

Uhuru Kenyatta's lead in Kenya's presidential race has slipped, according to a display by the electoral commission.

FIFA questions reported Nigeria 'lesbian football ban'

Football world governing body FIFA has written to the Nigerian Football Association over claims lesbians are banned from playing football in the West African nation.

Standard Bank to ramp up "Africanness"

Standard Bank has appointed two CEOs to replace the retiring Jacko Maree.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan rejects Boko Haram amnesty call

Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan has told reporters his government cannot grant an amnesty to militant Islamist group Boko Haram because it is not known who its members are or what they want, describing them as "ghosts", operating under a "veil".

SABMiller to begin construction of Namibia brewery in April

International brewing giant SABMiller is planning to break ground in April this year with the construction of its planned 260,000 hectolitre brewery in Namibia, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

Kenya election results delayed by technical difficulties

The results of Kenya's presidential election have been delayed due to a technical fault.

Dangote still Africa's richest man

Nigerian businessman and President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has maintained his position as Africa's richest man according to a list of the world's richest people released by Forbes magazine.

MTN reports 2% rise in FY profits

MTN Group, South Africa's second-largest cellphone company, has reported a two percent rise in full-year profit.

Kenyatta Leading Kenya Presidential Race

Kenya's Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta has established a large lead over rival and current Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the country's presidential race.

DR Congo plane crash kills five

Five people have been killed after a plane crashed in Goma, the main city in eastern DR Congo.

Ghana's John Mahama launches 'City of Hope'

Ghana president John Dramani Mahama on Monday launched a project to build a $10 billion IT hub near Accra within three years.

Amplats signs recognition agreement with Amcu

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the world's largest platinum producer, has signed a recognition agreement with South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).