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It has been a roller-coaster year of African news, from the historic elections in Nigeria to the momentous visits of the Pope and the US president.
To sum up the last 12 months, here are some of the best quotes
It has been a roller-coaster year of African news - here are some of the best quotes from the last 12 months to sum it up.
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As South Africa enters its 22nd year since the end of apartheid it seems another revolution is at hand. Or is it?
Judging by the tumultuous events of the last few weeks it seems like Nelson Mandela's peaceful revolution is about to give birth to its opposite number.
Twenty-one years after the end of apartheid, South Africa is still a nation of huge inequality, and frustrated dreams, says Milton Nkosi.
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China and South Africa have signed deals and loans valued at $6.5bn (£4.3bn), with the focus on building infrastructure in the African giant.
The deals were announced during a four-day visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to increase trade and investment between the two countries.
About 26 deals were signed on Wednesday, with $2.5bn going to South Africa's state-owned rail operator. 
China and South Africa sign deals and loans valued at $6.5bn (£4.3bn), with the focus on building infrastructure in the African giant.
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As Tanzania's new president John Pombe Magufuli settles into the job, journalist Joseph Warungu, who has reported from Tanzania on and off since 1993, has this unsolicited personal advice for the new CEO of the country.
Journalist and media trainer Joseph Warungu reflects on the task ahead for Tanzania's new President John Pombe Magufuli.
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In a series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer and former government minister Elizabeth Ohene looks at the uproar presidential jets cause in Africa, following reports that South Africa plans to buy a new one.
Ghanaian writer and former government minister Elizabeth Ohene looks at why presidential jets cause an uproar in Africa.
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The Pope's five big issues in Africa. Pope Francis will go to Africa for the first time this week, visiting a refugee camp, a slum and a mosque.
He will make 19 speeches during his tour of Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic (CAR) and they will probably address these issues
Pope Francis is visiting Africa for the first time where he is likely to talk about peace, poverty, the environment, homosexuality and contraception, writes the BBC's Caroline Wyatt.
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Thanksgiving with black families, and other families too. To celebrate Thanksgiving, witty observations and experiences about how the day is spent in African-American households have been flying around social media - with people from other backgrounds joining in the fun.
The hashtag "Thanksgiving with black families" has been tweeted more than 1.7 million times and has spawned a number of imitators. The trend has been driven by "Black Twitter" - a loosely defined term for users who use the social network to highlight their cultural identity.
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Taking part in Morocco offers the opportunity to test our race vehicles in conditions that are similar to some parts of the Dakar explains the Toyota SA Dakar Team’s Team Principal, Glyn Hall. “So it is a chance to see how our vehicles fare in actual race conditions, which mimic to a certain degree the terrain of the Dakar.”
 
Positive day for Toyota Overdrive from +South Africa - third place for Giniel De Villiers. Only ninth yesterday because of a differential problem, the South African reassures: "We struggled at the beginning with the dust to get past but the car went well and we had quite a good run”.
Giniel De Villiers occupy 6th overall position after stage 2, trailing the leader Carlos Sainz by 18:20min

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South Africa's justice minister has thrown out a bid by the Thembu king to reopen his criminal trial so that he can avoid serving 12 years in prison.
King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo had failed to provide any new evidence to justify a retrial, Michael Masutha said.
The monarch is due to report to prison on Wednesday after being convicted of kidnapping, assault and arson.
South Africa's justice minister throws out a bid by the Thembu king to reopen his criminal trial so that he can avoid serving a 12-year jail sentence.
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Oscar Pistorius verdict changed to murder. South African appeals court overturned an earlier manslaughter verdict.
South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the lower court did not correctly apply the rule of dolus eventualis - whether Pistorius knew that a death would be a likely result of his actions.
The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years, but judges can apply some discretion.
South African law does not make provision for someone to be placed under house arrest for more than five years, so Pistorius will be going back to prison.
Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is found guilty of murder after a South African appeals court overturned an earlier manslaughter verdict.
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TripTagger - we use and recommend. Automatically records drives and shows cost per trip & refund values in case you are using your vehicle for work related trips. View & tag trips in the app and
export a Mileage Record Log for private or business expenses. The app also has a "recreational" feature giving you the opportunity to share drives with friends instantly with the #Tripcard gizmo.
#Pietermaritzburg to Park Rynie shown as example. The app is free and has no limitation caps. Give it a try!
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A South Africa court has lifted a ban on the domestic trade in rhino horns in a case brought by two game farm breeders.
It overturns a moratorium on the trade imposed by the government in 2009 to address rhino poaching.
One of the breeders, John Hume, blamed a sharp increase in rhino poaching on the ban.
Last year, a record 1,215 rhinos were killed in South Africa, where 80% of the world's rhino population lives.
The court heard that rhino horns sells for $65,000 (£43,000) per kg on the Asian black market where it is believed to have medicinal properties.
A South Africa court lifts a ban on the domestic trade in rhino horns which was imposed by the government in 2009 to stem poaching.
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South Africa competes with the best of them when it comes to Mother Nature’s beauty pageant. RSA scores top marks for the diverse offering of beautiful beaches, dramatic mountains and cliff-faces, lush forest belts, intriguing semi-desertscapes, and unforgettable sunsets over the African veld. Of course she boasts highlights  such as the famed Table Mountain with its cloudy tablecloth, and the luscious Garden Route stretching from the Eastern to Western Cape, but any sojourner to her shores will soon discover that a postcard scene awaits them at every turn.    

The Perfect Beach Break Some clichés never say die, and a classic holiday at the seaside is one of them. South Africa’s warm temperate climate and generous sunshine hours give beach-lovers every excuse to head for the white sands and sparkling waves. With a coastline of over 2500km, South Africa offers a wide range of beaches that cater to all variety of sun-seekers. Enjoy fun with the family at one of our many blue flag beaches, take advantage of Africa’s water sports capital in the Eastern Cape, or catch the perfect wave at internationally acclaimed surf spots like Jeffrey’s Bay.

This page is a independent South Africa Google+ presence. By South Africans and Friends of people and country for South Africa - the land and it's people. We are independent as of: not related to government or any tourism organizations. We are not sponsored - yes, you can chip in at any time :) I hope all South Africans can join the circles here.