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Miss South Africa crowned Miss World

Miss South Africa crowned Miss World

South Africa's Rolene Strauss has been named the winner of the Miss World 2014 competition in a London finale televised in many parts of the world. Edina Kulcsar of Hungary was the runner-up and Elizabeth Safrit of the United States took third place. The winners were announced Sunday after a lengthy competition involving contestants from...

South Africans mark Mandela death anniversary

South Africans mark Mandela death anniversary

South Africans are marking the anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela. The former statesman died December 5 last year after a long illness at the age of 95. Speaking at a formal ceremony on Friday in the capital Pretoria, Mandela's widow Graca Machel said the former president was at peace when he died. The...

Johnson bags top ICC awards

Johnson bags top ICC awards

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has won the top ICC awards for 2013-14, being named the Cricketer of the Year, as well as Test Cricketer of the Year. South Africa's AB de Villiers was named ODI Cricketer of the Year, while Australia's Aaron Finch won the T20 performance award for his 156 off 63...

South African footballer shot dead

South African footballer shot dead

South Africa's football captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has died after being shot, South African police say. The incident reportedly happened at Meyiwa's girlfriend's house in Vosloorus, south of Johannesburg. The 27-year-old played for Orlando Pirates and had played in South Africa's last four Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. On Saturday, he was in action for...

US charges South Africans in illegal rhino hunting case

US charges South Africans in illegal rhino hunting case

A South African company has been indicted in Alabama for selling illegal rhinoceros hunts to Americans and secretly trafficking in the endangered animals' horns, which sell on the black market at prices higher than gold, prosecutors said on Thursday. The 18-count indictment charged Valinor Trading CC, which operated in the United States as Out...

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Five-year jail for Pistorius

Five-year jail for Pistorius

Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius started his five-year jail sentence on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, marking the end of a trial that has gripped South Africa and millions around the world. His uncle, Arnold Pistorius, indicated he would not appeal. As judge Thokozile Masipa gave her decision on the 27-year-old's culpable...

Oscar Pistorius jailed for 5yrs

Oscar Pistorius jailed for 5yrs

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been jailed for five years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa, issuing the ruling in court in Pretoria, also gave Pistorius a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms charge. Pistorius has been taken to the cells. The prosecution had called for a minimum 10-year sentence; the...

Pistorius cleared of murder charges

Pistorius cleared of murder charges

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has arrived at his trial, as Judge Thokosile Masipa prepares her verdict. The Olympic double-amputee sprinter faces 25 years in jail if found guilty of premeditated murder. He denies intentionally killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, saying he thought there was an intruder.

South African Otto Thaning becomes oldest channel swimmer

South African Otto Thaning becomes oldest channel swimmer

A 73-year-old South African heart surgeon has become the oldest person to swim the English Channel. Otto Thaning said he had wanted to show what older people are capable of if they look after themselves. He took the title from Australian Cyril Baldock, who only last month swam the channel three months shy of his...

Lesotho military in 'attempted coup'

Lesotho military in 'attempted coup'

Soldiers in the southern African kingdom of Lesotho have seized the police headquarters in an apparent coup attempt, officials say. Sports Minister Thesele Maseribane told AFP news agency that troops had also surrounded State House, a key government building. There are reports of gunfire in the capital, Maseru. Radio signals and phone communications have been...

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