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ODI series: Proteas coach Domingo warns of tough contest from Kiwis

Proteas coach Domingo warns of tough contest from KiwisCape Town, Oct 17 : Though the Proteas have prepared themselves well for the upcoming three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand starting in Tauranga on Tuesday, their coach-Russell Domingo-has labelled the home team a "tough outfit".

Sport24 quoted him, as saying that he was expecting a competitive series regardless of the gap between the sides in terms of ICC ODI rankings.

Domingo was speaking after the squad's first training session at the Bay Oval on Thursday afternoon.

Proteas Bowling Coach Donald says Colombo Test was 'best winning save'

Proteas Bowling Coach Donald says Colombo Test was 'best winning save'Cape Town (South Africa), Aug. 1 - Allan Donald, the South African cricket team's bowling coach, has described his side's remarkable defiance during the Test match played against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo as the best "winning save" he had ever experienced.

Donald said that it was even better than the extraordinary escape in Adelaide in 2012 when Faf du Plessis batted for 466 minutes to deny Australia an almost certain win.

De Villiers unsure of taking over as Test captain

ab-de-villiersCape Town, March 5 : World's No. 1 batsman AB de Villiers is not sure he would take over as the South African Test captain succeeding Graeme Smith, who will be retiring from international cricket after the third and the final Test against Australia.

De Villiers is the obvious choice to take charge of the world's top-ranked Test side but he remains unsure.

De Villiers, who is the Test vice-captain and ODI captain, said he will have to take a call after a discussion with coach Russel Domingo.

Smith urges fans to come to cricket grounds to support Proteas

Graeme-SmithCape Town, Jan 29 : South Africa's skipper Graeme Smith has urged fans to come to cricket grounds to support the Proteas during Australia 's upcoming tour, starting February 12.

Smith took to Twitter to convey his message to Proteas fans: "I understand people back at work/school but really hope people turn out in droves and put their weight behind SA cricket next month!"

The poor crowd attendance at both the Wanderers and Kingsmead for the two-Test India series late last year was an embarrassment for South African cricket, Sport24 reports.

Clarke brands Oz pace trio best in world ahead of tough Proteas tour

Michael ClarkeCape Town, Jan 6 :Australian captain Michael Clarke has termed his pace trio of Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle as best in the world, discounting the claim of South African pacers who have made their team No. 1 in Tests.

Speaking immediately after 5-0 whitewash of England in Ashes, Clarke prised his fast bowlers for bouncing back and secure victory for the team evenafter Ashes defeat in England.

Johnson finished with 37 wickets for the series at an average of 13.97, while Harris took 22 wickets at an average of 19.31 and Siddle 16 at an average of 24.12, Sport24 reports.

Mandela remains in critical but stable condition: Zuma

Jacob-ZumaCape Town, Aug 27 : South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela is still in hospital undergoing treatment and remains in a critical but stable condition, President Jacob Zuma said Tuesday.

"While wishing him good health, we also have to celebrate his legacy and learn from it, in order to build a better world," Xinhua quoted Zuma as saying in a statement issued by the presidency.

Zuma is in Malaysia to receive the Lifetime Award for Global Peace from the Mahathir Global Peace Foundation on behalf of Mandela.

Mandela's health still critical but improving

Nelson-MandelaCape Town, Aug 23 : South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela remained in a critical but stable condition, the country's presidency said Friday.

Nothing had changed from the last update on Mandela's condition issued Aug 11, Xinhua quoted presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj as saying.

In the last update, Maharaj quoted Mandela's medical team as saying that Mandela's health was improving steadily, but he still remained in a critical condition.

Mandela was rushed to a hospital in Pretoria for a recurring lung infection June 8. Friday was his 77th day in hospital.

Travel restrictions on Pistorius lifted

Oscar-PistoriusCape Town, March 29 : The Pretoria High Court lifted travel restrictions on paralympian Oscar Pistorius, allowing him to take part in international competitions on certain conditions.

Soon after the decision was made Thursday, Pistorius' agent Peet van Zyl said the double amputee may target championships in sports tournaments, the world championships in Moscow in August in particular, reports Xinhua.

Ivory poaching sounded death knell for 60 percent of forest elephants in Africa in last decade

Ivory-poachingCape Town, Mar 5 : African forest elephants are being poached out of existence. A study published in the online journal PLOS ONE showed that across their range in central Africa, a staggering 62 percent of all forest elephants have been killed for their ivory over the past decade. "The analysis confirms what conservationists have feared: the rapid trend towards extinction - potentially within the next decade - of the forest elephant," Dr. Samantha Strindberg of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), one of the lead authors of the study, said.

BRICS Summit to impact Africa: Zuma

BRICS Summit to impact Africa: ZumaCape Town, Feb 15 : The South African government's vision of a better Africa in a better world will receive great impetus when it hosts the 5th BRICS Summit next month in Durban, President Jacob Zuma has said in his State of the Nation address at parliament.

"We are inspired by the exponential growth of bilateral relations, diplomatically and economically, between South Africa and other BRICS countries," Zuma told MPs Thursday.

SA leg-spinner Imran Tahir makes comeback to Proteas'' Test squad

Imran-TahirCape Town, Jan 28 : South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir has been added to the Proteas'' Test squad as cover for Robin Peterson for the first Test against Pakistan which starts at the Wanderers on Friday.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) selection convener Andrew Hudson said they are confident that Robbie will be fit to play but added that it is prudent to have a cover player for him available to take a full part in the team''s preparation this week, reports Sport24.

Mandela to spend Christmas day in hospital

Mandela to spend Christmas day in hospitalCape Town, Dec 25 - In hospital for more than two weeks, anti-apartheid hero and South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela will spend Christmas day in hospital, President Jacob Zuma said.

Zuma said the whole nation was behind Mandela during this difficult time.

‘Dalai Lama''s SA visa application will not be made public

 ‘Dalai Lama''s SA visa application will not be made public Cape Town, Oct 3 : The South African government’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation has said it will not make Tibetan leader Dalai Lama’s visa application public.

"The visa application is undergoing normal processes, and the outcome will be communicated to the applicant," News 24 quoted department spokesperson Clayson Monyela, as saying.

The Dalai Lama has been invited to attend Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu''s 80th birthday celebrations next weekend.

Briton seriously injured in a shark attack in Cape Town

Michael_Cohen42-year-old Michael Cohen from the UK has been seriously injured and is now fighting for his life after he faced a shark attack while swimming at Fish Hoek beach in Cape Town in South Africa.

Mr. Cohen was rescued by on looker after he went to the water ignoring shark warnings, according to the reports. National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesman Craig Lambinon, speaking to the South African Press Association (Sapa), said that he was rescued by a bystander who could be identified as he left the scene

Bell must prove brilliance on regular basis to repay England''s trust: Flower

Cape Town, Jan 9 : England coach Andy Flower has warned middle-order batsman Ian Bell, saying that he must show that he can produce innings of brilliance on a more regular basis to repay the investment made in him.

Bell had been struggling with his form in the recent months, but has made vital contributions in the tour of South Africa.

“We''re looking for him to make consistent and medium to long-term contributions and not just nip in with a couple of scores. These have been fine contributions, but we''re looking for a lot more from him. England invested a lot with Ian Bell and this is some of him paying England back,” The Guardian quoted Flower, as saying.

South Africa have not charged England of ball-tampering: ICC

South Africa have not charged England of ball-tampering: ICC  Cape Town, Jan 6 : England will not face any action over reported ball tampering as South Africa refused to make an official complaint, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed Wednesday.

Third Test television footage of England seamers Stuart Broad and James Anderson manipulating the ball alerted the South Africans.

The pictures showed Broad stopping, then stepping on the ball with his spikes, while Anderson appeared to be doing the seam to alter its condition for it to reverse swing.

Lesbians in South Africa facing `corrective rape''

Lesbians in South Africa facing `corrective rape''Cape Town (S. Africa), Dec. 7 : Lesbians in South Africa are being dragged off the street and being raped to "correct" them, it has been claimed.

Sky News has found evidence of widespread abuse against the lesbian community, resulting in a new trend of so-called "corrective rape".

In the the township of Khayelitsha, on the outskirts of Cape Town, Sky spoke to a group of women who said they live in fear of their lives.

Glittering World Cup draw ceremony held in Cape Town

2010-footballCape Town, Dec 4 : The nail-biting final draw for the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa got underway Friday evening at a glittering African-themed ceremony in Cape Town attended by the cream of world football and South Africa's elite.

The draw which will determine the composition of the eight groups that will compete in the first found of the tournament kicked off with a song from "White Zulu" popstar Johnny Clegg and a pre-recorded message from South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela, who was instrumental in winning the Cup for South Africa.

A ball to celebrate the first World Cup in Africa

trophywcCape Town, Dec 4 : The official match ball for next year's football World Cup finals in South Africa will be called Jabulani, it was announced Friday.

The ball was introduced for the first time at a function in Cape Town ahead of the Draw for the finals later Friday at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The president of football's controlling body FIFA Joseph Blatter, Germany's Franz Beckenbauer, the only person to win the World Cup as a captain and coach, and England star David Beckham were present at the function held at the famous Waterfront in Cape Town.

Nigeria haven't approached me formally, says Gullit

Ruud GullitCape Town, Dec 4 : Former world footballer Ruud Gullit Friday dismissed speculation that he was close to signing as Nigeria coach for the 2010 World Cup.

The 47-year-old Dutchman Gullit said there has been no formal approach from Nigeria.

"There is a lot of speculation ... Nigeria also presently have a coach," he said.

Nigeria's Super Eagles only qualified for the 2010 finals on the last day after Tunisia sensationally lost their final qualifier to Mozambique.

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