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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma resigns

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma resigns

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceSouth Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned from his office with immediate effect.He made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening.Earlier, Mr Zuma's governing ANC party told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament.The 75-year-old has been under increasing pressure to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC's new leader.Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption.His resignation came at the end of a long speech in which he said he disagreed with the way the ANC had acted towards him.He said he did not fear a motion of no-confidence, adding: "I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability."'Disciplined A...
More than $17.5M awarded to Jacob Technology for services

More than $17.5M awarded to Jacob Technology for services

Business
Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Jacobs Technology has been awarded a contract for engineering services in support of launch testing for the U.S. Navy and the British government.The deal, announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Defense, is valued at more than $ 17.5 million and modifies a previous award contract under the terms of a cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost contract.Jacobs Technology is expected to provide design and development services, along with sit activation, test, evaluation and operation of the launch testing capability or LTC complex at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, Calif.The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake is the primary testing facility and weapons development laboratory for the U.S. Navy.Work on the contract is expected to occur at the N...
ANC gathers to choose leader to replace Jacob Zuma

ANC gathers to choose leader to replace Jacob Zuma

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South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) is preparing to choose a new party leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma.The main candidates are the current deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President Zuma's ex-wife.Whoever wins is likely to succeed Mr Zuma as South African president.But their bitter leadership battle has raised fears that the ANC could split before national elections in 2019.President Zuma can remain head of state until those elections. He has been in office since 2009 and South Africa limits the presidency to two five-year terms.As delegates gathered for the four-day conference in Johannesburg, Mr Zuma, who faces multiple corruption allegations, has urged the party to unite behind the eventual winner.The lead...