Rand firm on Election Eve

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s rand firmed slightly against the dollar on Tuesday as global investors warmed to emerging markets, although its gains looked likely to be limited the day before a national election. At 0624 GMT, the rand was at 10.5050 against the dollar, 0.38 percent firmer than last night’s New York close of 10.55. … Read more

South Africa's President and leader of the ruling ANC party Jacob Zuma (C) greets his supporters as he arrives for the launch of his party's election manifesto at Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit January 11, 2014. REUTERS/Ihsaan Haffejee

Wooing the Zulu vote pays off for South Africa’s ANC

By Ed Stoddard ISIMANGALISO South Africa (Reuters) – If the African National Congress maintains its 65 percent majority in South Africa’s May 7 election, it will be thanks in large part to rural ethnic Zulu voters such as Alfred Sabela. “We have water and a tar road. Before, we fetched water from the river,” said 43-year-old Sabela, standing by the makeshift shop from … Read more

ANC campaigns hard to keep Gauteng

With less than a month to go until the general elections ANC bigwigs spent the weekend campaigning in Gauteng. Members of the African National Congress’s top six leadership were joined by members of the party’s national executive committee. On Sunday, secretary general Gwede Mantashe went on door-to-door visits in Ivory Park, east of Johannesburg. On … Read more