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Durban (South Africa) (AFP) Combining high fashion with sport, nearly 50,000 racegoers marked the 120th anniversary of Africa’s biggest horse race on Saturday at a packed course in the South African coastal city of Durban. The annual “Durban July” handicap race attracts one of the continent’s most fashion-conscious crowds, with the trackside glamour and party atmosphere often threatening to overtake the horse action. “Me and my friends always come here for the entertainment and fashion, we know nothing about horses and betting,” said Thina Thusi, a 31-year-old public relations managerRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) At the 2012 London Olympics, before 80,000 roaring fans and a constellation of camera flashes, it took Oscar Pistorius 45.44 seconds to become a global icon. The South African’s sprint around the 400m track was the first time in history that a double-amputee had raced at the Olympic Games. The race capped an Olympian triumph over adversity for Pistorius. His journey from disabled child to world-class athlete seemed to embody the very best of sporting endeavour and the human spirit. Then on Valentine’s Day in 2013 his achievementsRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is within touching distance of South Africa’s top job, previously had his presidential hopes dashed and opted for life in business that brought him spectacular wealth. After failing to clinch the ANC nomination to succeed president Nelson Mandela in 1999, the veteran trade unionist swapped politics for a lucrative foray into business that made him one of the wealthiest people in Africa. His failure came as a surprise to many as he was seen as Mandela’s preferred candidate — with Mandela describing RamaphosaRead More