South Africa

East London (South Africa) (AFP) An injury to captain Faf du Plessis took some of the gloss off a comprehensive South African win in the third and final one-day international against Bangladesh at Buffalo Park on Sunday. Du Plessis retired hurt on 91 and had to be helped off the field with an acute lower back strain and took no further part in the match as South Africa completed a series clean sweep, winning by 200 runs. He was withdrawn from the two-match Twenty20 international series which will complete whatRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) Al Ahly of Egypt can draw comfort from history as they face a win-or-bust CAF Champions League semi-final return match at home to Etoile Sahel of Tunisia this weekend. The winners of the elite African club competition a record eight times have not gone more than three seasons this century without reaching the final. Ahly last featured in a Champions League title decider in 2013, defeating Orlando Pirates of South Africa, so they must eliminate former winners Etoile to maintain the proud record. Etoile, who stunned Ahly inRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) The sequel to Nelson Mandela’s celebrated autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” will be released on Thursday after his unfinished draft was completed by a South African writer, his foundation announced. Titled “Dare not Linger”, the book tells of Mandela’s five years as president after the end of apartheid and the first multi-race elections in South Africa in 1994. “Long Walk to Freedom”, published shortly after the election, was a global best-seller, selling more than 14 million copies, and was turned into a film starring Idris Elba. Mandela wroteRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) The sequel to Nelson Mandela’s celebrated autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” will be published Thursday after his unfinished, hand-written draft was completed by a South African novelist. Titled “Dare Not Linger”, the book tells of Mandela’s five years as president after the end of apartheid and the first multi-race elections in South Africa in 1994. “Long Walk to Freedom”, released shortly after the election, was a global phenomenon, selling more than 14 million copies, and was turned into a film starring Idris Elba. Mandela wrote 10 chapters ofRead More
Paarl (South Africa) (AFP) AB de Villiers blasted a career-best 176 to set up a series-clinching 104-run win for South Africa in the second one-day international against Bangladesh at Boland Park on Wednesday. South Africa posted an imposing 353 for six after being sent in to bat, while Bangladesh made a spirited start to their response before being bowled out for 249. De Villiers raced to his 25th one-day international century off 68 balls with ten fours and a six. He added another five fours and six sixes off theRead More
Midrand (South Africa) (AFP) Though its motto is “one Africa, one voice”, the reality of “Africa’s parliament” could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: “What are we for?” “Every time we’re here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what’s the point of being here?” Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians. “This forum is not a parliament,Read More
Johannesburg (AFP) South African President Jacob Zuma sacked a vocal critic from his cabinet on Tuesday, a move expected to further deepen tensions as an elective conference to the ruling ANC draws near. In his second reshuffle this year, Zuma dropped Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande, a member of the South African Communist Party, which is a key political ally of the ruling ANC. Zuma also moved State Security Minister David Mahlobo to the energy portfolio, the president’s office announced, reviving debate over controversial and costly plans for nuclear energy.Read More
Johannesburg (AFP) Rent-a-room giant Airbnb said Tuesday that it had provided accommodation for 1.2 million visitors to Africa over the last year — double the previous year as tourism expands across the continent. The website now offers more than 100,000 accommodation options in Africa, global public affairs director Chris Lehane said on a visit to Johannesburg. “It’s an incredibly rich and diverse continent, an incredibly dynamic place, certainly a big part of our future,” Lehane told AFP. Airbnb was founded in 2008 and offers accommodation ranging from single bedrooms toRead More
Kimberley (South Africa) (AFP) Mushfiqur Rahim became the first Bangladesh batsman to score a century against South Africa to spur his team to a respectable total in the first one-day international at the Diamond Oval on Sunday. Mushfiqur hit 110 not out as Bangladesh made 278 for seven, their highest total against South Africa, after winning the toss and batting on an easy-paced pitch. The previous highest score by a Bangladesh batsman in any form of international cricket against South Africa was 90 by Soumya Sarkar in a one-day internationalRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that President Jacob Zuma can face prosecution over almost 800 charges of corruption relating to a 1990s arms deal. Zuma had lodged a challenge at the court in Bloemfontein after a lower court decided in 2016 to reinstate the charges that were previously discontinued by prosecutors. “The reasons for discontinuing the prosecution given… do not bear scrutiny,” said Supreme Court judge Eric Leach who read the ruling. The opposition Democratic Alliance party had sought in 12 court appearances sinceRead More