Sebastian Smith

AFP White House correspondent. Previously Rio, NYC, Moscow, Tbilisi, London, Paris -- and a couple years at sea.

Trump abandons ‘enemy’ media briefings — then comes right back

In a confusing series of announcements, the White House scheduled a press conference with Trump for Monday afternoon. Then scrapped it, and then put it back on

Trump rejects climate ‘prophets of doom’ as Thunberg warns Davos

The 50th meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) got under way in the ski resort with an avowed focus on climate change but with starkly different visions over global warming laid bare

Trump warns Iran of ‘major retaliation,’ threatens sanctions on Iraq

Trump bluntly warned Iran against taking vengeance, repeating his insistence that US bombing targets could include Iran's cultural heritage sites

Trump faces hostility on visits to massacre sites

The US president did not receive warm welcomes from the areas of Ohio and Texas where shootings have taken place

Trump, producer-president, makes July 4th his own show

July 4 is a unique holiday in that it is hyper-patriotic but free from usual Republican-Democratic fighting, but not this year

Trump launches 2020 bid with vow to ‘keep America great’

The US president launched his campaign for the 2020 elections

Trump heads back to base for 2020 campaign kickoff

Organisers claim the Orlando rally has sold out a 20 000-seat arena, with many more to gather outside, watching on big screens

Trump walks out on Democrats as impeachment talk heats up

A livid Trump abruptly shut down a White House meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer

Trump ramps up battle against Chinese telecom giant Huawei

​Donald Trump stepped up his battle against Huawei on Wednesday, effectively barring the Chinese telecom giant from the US market

Trump says Congress ‘can’t impeach’ him

Asked by reporters at a White House Easter event for children whether the prospect of impeachment worries him, Trump replied: "Not even a little bit."

Trump promises North Korea ‘awesome’ future ahead of nuclear talks

Trump's enthusiastic tweet came hours before a second summit in Hanoi to build on the historic first meeting in Singapore in June

Trumps delays State of the Union speech until government shutdown ends

President Trump backed down late on Wednesday in a spat with Democrats over his State of the Union address

Press Releases

Itec serves up high-tech integrated surveillance system for family food company

The system includes facial recognition software and a thermal screening solution that will provide instant temperature screening of all employees

Transport Month

An infrastructure-led recovery will help to stimulate demand in the South African economy, which is vital post the Covid-19 pandemic

Limpopo’s Economic Recovery Plan to fight Covid-19 impact

Billions have been set aside to help farmers and industries get back on their feet as part of the Limpopo Socio-Economic Recovery Plan

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

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