South African

  • Pistorius due to give evidence as murder trial resumes 07-04-2014 01:17 PM

    South African Paralympic and Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius is expected to take the stand for the first time on Monday in a bid to prove his innocence against charges he murdered his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, nicknamed the "Blade Runner" due to the carbon-fibre prosthetic limbs he uses...
  • Pistorius murder trial adjourned until April 7 28-03-2014 01:53 PM

    The murder trail of Oscar Pistorius was adjourned on Friday until April 7, when the South African Paralympic and Olympic track star is expected to take the stand in his own defence in a high-stakes bid to prove his innocence and avoid life in prison. Judge Thokozile Masipa postponed proceedings...
  • 'How to Poo on a Date', a book on awkward dating problem gets odd book award 21-03-2014 04:28 PM

    A tongue-in-cheek book that purports to deal with an awkward but critical issue, 'How to Poo on a Date', scooped an award for the Oddest Book Title of the Year on Friday. The winner of the Diagram Prize, awarded annually since 1978 and based on a public vote since 2000,...
  • Unwanted fame for Herschelle Gibbs in Oscar Pistorius trial 20-03-2014 11:45 AM

    Johannesburg: Former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs found himself under unexpected spotlight during the trial of Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius for the alleged murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The trial is being broadcast live on television and radio, generating unprecedented public interest. Gibbs started receiving messages from fans and...
  • Pistorius asked friend to 'take blame' for restaurant gunshot: Witness 05-03-2014 04:03 PM

    Pretoria: 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius asked a friend to take the blame for him accidentally discharging a pistol under the table of a posh Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013, a month before he killed his girlfriend, his murder trial heard on Wednesday. Testifying for the prosecution against the South African...
  • Judge in Pistorius case warns media over leaked photo 04-03-2014 03:37 PM

    Pretoria: The judge in the murder trial of South African track star Oscar Pistorius sharply warned the media to behave on Tuesday after a local television station leaked a photo of the state's first witness who had asked that her image not be broadcast. Judge Thokozile Masipa ordered an investigation...
  • Opening day of India's practice game in South Africa abandoned 13-12-2013 02:11 PM

    Benoni: The opening day of the practice match between the Indians and the South African Invitation XI squad was on Friday called off without a ball being bowled due to the wet outfield here. The two-day match, the only practice game scheduled before India's Test series against South Africa next...
  • Schwartzel puts himself in line for first home Open title 23-11-2013 10:04 PM

    Johannesburgh: Home favourite Charl Schwartzel will take a one-stroke lead into Sunday's final round of the South African Open after carding a third-round 69 for a 15-under-par total of 201 that sets him up for a title that has previously eluded him. The 29-year-old Schwartzel, who is the highest-ranked South...
  • South Africa bans 15 football officials for life 04-11-2013 02:55 PM

    Johannesburg: The South African Football Association (SAFA) has banned 15 officials for life for trying to take the national association to court in violation of FIFA rules. SAFA says the officials from the central Free State province should have resolved their grievances over voting procedures in the run-up to the...
  • CSA, BCCI deal is a sad day for cricket: SACA 22-10-2013 09:09 PM

    Johannesburg: The South African Cricketers' Association (SACA) on Tuesday described the curtailed India-South Africa series here as a sad day for the sport and said cricket in the country would be at an overall loss due to this decision. Putting an end to weeks of speculation, the BCCI on Tuesday...
  • SACA pleads for early end to India tour speculation 30-09-2013 06:25 PM

    Johannesburg: The South African Cricketers Association has called on the BCCI and the CSA to urgently work out the itinerary for the upcoming tour by India, saying that the continuing delay is "worrying and frustrating" for the players. SACA CEO Tony Irish said the series is the highlight of the...
  • CSA did not act unilaterally on India tour: SACA chief 11-09-2013 09:45 PM

    Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) did not act unilaterally when it announced the schedule for an extended tour by India later this year that is now under threat of being shortened by the BCCI, according to South African Cricketers' Association (SACA). "My understanding is that CSA went through the same...
  • South Africa Test team picks itself: Allan Donald 09-09-2013 05:36 PM

    Johannesburg: The world No. 1 Test side faces a busy Test season ahead, but the team's bowling coach Allan Doland isn't worried about the selection of the squad that he says "picks itself". "The Test team picks itself, you're not going to see too many changes there," Donald told Sport24...
  • Jacques Kallis denies picking and choosing ODIs 30-08-2013 07:01 PM

    Jacques Kallis, who earlier this month pledged his allegiance to South Africa's ODI team in a final bid to win the World Cup, has dismissed criticism that he picks and chooses when he plays for the country. The veteran allrounder, who will turn 38 on October 16, has not played...
  • Wayne Parnell troubled with irregular heartbeat problem 29-08-2013 04:27 PM

    South African allrounder Wayne Parnell is still awaiting results of some cardio tests after he left the field during South Afirca A's four-day match against India A past week complaining breathing problem. Following the problem Parnell spent two nights in hospital and underwent a number of tests, ESPNcricinfo reported on...
  • Nelson Mandela making 'slow but steady' improvement, government says 11-08-2013 07:15 PM

    Johannesburg: Former South African President Nelson Mandela's health is slowly recovering but he remains in a critical condition, the government said on Sunday, in its first update on his health in nearly two weeks. The 95-year-old anti-apartheid leader has been in a Pretoria hospital for two months for treatment of...
  • Mandela's grandson removed from tribal position 08-07-2013 07:01 AM

    Johannesburg: Former South African president Nelson Mandela's grandson was removed from his tribal position on Sunday over an ongoing family feud over gravesites, Xinhua reported. The development occurred as the anti-apartheid leader Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition, spending his fourth week in a Pretoria hospital due to...
  • Mandela not in a vegetative state: South African government 05-07-2013 06:08 AM

    Johannesburg: The South African government has dismissed media reports that said anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was in a permanent vegetative state with a life support machine keeping him alive in hospital. "The Presidency has noted media reports about the condition of former president Mandela and would like to make a...
  • South African cricketers pay tribute to Tim May 05-06-2013 07:17 PM

    Johannesburg: The South African Cricketers' Association (SACA) has paid tribute to Tim May, who resigned as the chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA) citing frustration at the global governing body amid allegations of corruption in the game and backroom politicking. "Tim has done a great job...
  • Sarfraz, Gul revive Pak in tour game 27-01-2013 06:18 PM

    East London: Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed and opening bowler Umar Gul spurred a strong showing by the touring Pakistani team on the second day of their four-day match against a South African Invitation XI at Buffalo Park on Saturday. Ahmed hit 93 and Gul made 49 as the tourists recovered from...
  • Unpaid SL players get support from SA 04-12-2011 04:29 PM

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  • Somdev jumps to 80 in ATP rankings 07-02-2011 04:31 PM

    New Delhi: Somdev Devvarman jumped 30 places to reach a career best singles ranking of 80 in the ATP charts following his stupendous show at the South African Tennis Open, where he ended runner-up on Sunday. Somdev lost the summit clash to local favourite Kevin Anderson but earned 150 ranking...
  • Somdev storms into SA Open final 06-02-2011 03:54 PM

    Johannesburg: Commonwealth and Asian Games gold medallist Somdev Devvarman reached his first ATP final in two years after beating local wild card entrant Izak Van der Merwe in straight sets in the South African Open. The 25-year-old rising Indian star scored a 6-2 6-4 win over the South African to...
  • Somdev in semis of South African Open 05-02-2011 12:33 PM

    Johannesburg: Commonwealth and Asian Games gold medallist Somdev Devvarman advanced to the semi-finals of the South African Open after he fought back from a set down to beat local hope Rik de Voest. The 25-year-old Indian star triumphed 3-6, 7-6, 6-1 after a 138-minute battle at the Montecasino entertainment centre...
  • Els holds off Goosen to win South African Open 20-12-2010 12:14 AM

    Durban: South Africa's Ernie Els held off a strong finish from compatriot Retief Goosen to secure a one-shot victory at the South African Open on Sunday. Els claimed his fifth South African Open title, thanks to a final-round six-under-par 63 to finish on 25-under 257 at the Durban Country Club...
  • Rain reduces SA Open final day to 17 holes 19-12-2010 04:35 PM

    Durban: Heavy rain has forced organizers to take a hole out of play for the marathon final day of the European Tour's South African Open. The downpour early Sunday left the green on the par-3 fourth waterlogged and players will play only 17 holes in their final two rounds at...
  • Cejka, Goosen lead SA Open after round one 18-12-2010 08:16 AM

    Durban: Alex Cejka took advantage of a defenceless Durban Country Club course to card an 8-under-par 64 and share the first-round lead of the 100th South African Open on Friday. Cejka topped the leaderboard with two-time winner Retief Goosen and they were one stroke clear of Ernie Els and Charl...
  • SA Open course not up to the mark: Els, Goosen 16-12-2010 12:49 PM

    Durban: Major winning South African duo Ernie Els and Retief Goosen have criticised the state of the Durban Country Club course as it prepares to host this week's South African Open for the event's 100th edition. "The sad part is that this is our gem of a golf course in...