South Africa

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; to the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini (Swaziland); and it surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho.
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  • History-maker Johannes a trailblazer for women coaches in South Africa
    Daily Mail

    History-maker Johannes a trailblazer for women coaches in South Africa

    Laurian Johannes blazed a trail in South Africa when she became the first woman appointed to lead a national team and the coach of the Under-20 women´s side says there are many like her just waiting for the opportunity. Johannes, 34, who was handed the role on Tuesday , was inspired by South Africa's triumph on home soil at the 1995 Rugby World Cup and says talent should trump gender when it comes to building a career in the sport. "There are quite a few female coaches out there in South Africa and I hope now there will be even more," Johannes said. Johannes, a former tighthead prop in the Springbok team that competed at the 2010 Women´s World Cup in England, believes there is no reason why she could not coach at a higher level in the future, if she is able to prove her credentials.

  • Du Plessis leads by example as South Africa beat Sri Lanka

    Du Plessis leads by example as South Africa beat Sri Lanka

    South Africa captain Faf Du Plessis led by example with a confident 88 as his side cruised to an 87-run win over Sri Lanka in their World Cup warm-up on Friday. Du Plessis was supported by Hashim Amla in a second-wicket partnership of 128 that swung the game in South Africa's favour. Needing just 69 balls to demolish the Sri Lanka attack in Cardiff, Du Plessis was the cornerstone of the innings, while Amla's 65 came in just 61 balls.

  • Goway Sampler Tours Open Up the Best of Africa and the Middle East
    Houston Chronicle

    Goway Sampler Tours Open Up the Best of Africa and the Middle East

    Goway is inviting travellers to see the best of Kenya, South Africa, and Jordan with new special offers on its popular Sampler itineraries. Offering discounts on two of its most popular air-inclusive Africa safaris, and one of its most popular Jordan itineraries, Goway Travel invites globetrotters to sample the best of Africa and the Middle East. Kenya offers travellers an ideal introduction to East Africa, with one of its most famous national reserves, the Masai Mara. It also offers unforgettable views of Mount Kilimanjaro from the plains of Amboseli National Park, land of the 'big tusker' elephants. Goway's 9-day Kenya Sampler visits both of these parks, along with Lake Nakuru, famous for its

  • South Africa: Cheetahs Speedster Named in Pro14 Dream Team

    South Africa: Cheetahs Speedster Named in Pro14 Dream Team

    Cape Town — Cheetahs winger Rabz Maxwane has been named in the PRO14's Dream Team for the 2018/19 season. In total, 11 teams are represented in a XV where competition in the voting was incredibly close, and only a handful of positions were selected with a clear majority. Edinburgh, Munster, Connacht and Ulster were the only teams with more than one player in the Dream Team which includes the Players' Player of the Season - Bill Mata of Edinburgh. Maxwane scored a record-equaling 14 tries in the PRO14 season - nine of them scored away from home - and was the only players from South Africa's two franchises to crack the nod. Only three players from last season's PRO14 Dream Team have been selected

  • Zuma says forced to sell socks to pay legal fees

    Zuma says forced to sell socks to pay legal fees

    Scandal-plagued South Africa’s ex-president Jacob Zuma said Friday he is so broke he has had to sell clothes to raise legal fees to fight a corruption case. Facing corruption charges for a case dating back to the 1990s, Zuma, 77, was in court this week seeking a permanent stay of prosecution.

  • South Africa: Bekele-Thomas Appointed As Top UN Rep in SA

    South Africa: Bekele-Thomas Appointed As Top UN Rep in SA

    International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has welcomed the appointment of Nardos Bekele-Thomas as the United Nations Resident Coordinator to South Africa. This makes Bekele-Thomas the highest-ranking UN official in the country, who will be a direct representative of the UN Secretariat. Her role includes, but is not limited to, ensuring the coordination of all UN operational activities for its development programme in the country and to facilitate the alignment and coherence of UN operational activities for development in line with national priorities and development objectives of the host country. Prior to her appointment to this position, Bekele-Thomas was the Senior Director

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    South Africa's $27.64 Million Energy Efficient Glass Market 2016-2025: Demand Dynamics & Growth Prospects -

    The "South Africa Energy Efficient Glass Industry Business and Investment Opportunities Databook - 125 KPIs Covering Market Size by Value and Volume across End Markets, Products, and Technology Segments" report has been added to's offering.

  • Africa: Avon Justine New Digital Blueprint Empowers Women

    Africa: Avon Justine New Digital Blueprint Empowers Women

    Johannesburg — AVON Justine, the beauty company, has restated its commitment to championing the empowerment of women by aligning its digital platforms. It is also celebrating the milestones achieved by so many of its independent representatives across its operations in Southern Africa. According to the 130-year old company that pioneered the direct-selling model in the beauty industry, the direct selling model gives expression to its drive to foster women empowerment and financial independence. Women are the primary drivers of the beauty industry and Avon Justine believes they should be given an opportunity to reap the benefits of the growth of the beauty and cosmetics industry. According to

  • South Africa: Presidential Inauguration Arrangements for the Public

    South Africa: Presidential Inauguration Arrangements for the Public

    press release Government will host the Presidential Inauguration ceremony on Saturday, 25 May 2019 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. The inauguration will be held under the theme: "Together celebrating democracy: Renewal and growth for a better South Africa". Access for the public: Members of the public are invited to come and witness the inauguration of the sixth democratically elected President of the Republic of South Africa. Government has made provision for 32 000 people at the stadium. Accreditation process for general access: Accreditation for all members of the public will take place at Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool known as Affies. Accreditation will open from 03:00 until 07:00 on Saturday,

  • South Africa: How to Go From a Price Tag of R9.7 Million to R700 Million, Transnet-Style

    South Africa: How to Go From a Price Tag of R9.7 Million to R700 Million, Transnet-Style

    Business Expansion Structured Products, a Gupta-linked company which had then barely traded, inflated the price of relocating a yet-to-be-built locomotive manufacturing plant from Gauteng to Durban from R9.7m to R700m -- scoring about 10% of the deal for its efforts. A Gupta-linked middleman company slipped into a Transnet deal and spiked the price of relocating a locomotive-manufacturing venue from Gauteng to Durban from a mere R9.7-million to about R700-million. Business Expansion Structured Products, in short, BEX, a company then having barely traded, and which had seemingly hijacked the credentials of a different company, scored roughly 10% for its troubles. This July 2018 article by amaBhungane

  • South Africa: Erik Venter Leaves Comair On a High and Profitable Note

    South Africa: Erik Venter Leaves Comair On a High and Profitable Note

    Despite dismal trading conditions in SA's airline industry, Comair has enjoyed an unbroken record of profit since its inception 73 years ago. The JSE-listed company, which operates low-cost brand and British Airways under licence, has also consistently rewarded shareholders with dividends. The shocking resignation of its long-time CEO has left analysts wondering who can fill his big shoes. In South Africa's notoriously tough aviation industry, it's quite rare to find a long-serving CEO who is able to take an airline to greater and more profitable heights. Consider South African Airways (SAA). The state-owned airline has had seven CEOs (including those appointed on an acting basis)

  • South Africa: UCT Launches Khoekhoegowab Course, Plans to Make It Fourth Language Option

    South Africa: UCT Launches Khoekhoegowab Course, Plans to Make It Fourth Language Option

    Starting this month, you can learn the indigenous Khoisan language Khoekhoegowab at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Professor Mbulungeni Madiba, co-ordinator of UCT's Multilingualism Education Project at the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED), said the first course runs from May to August. Extra-mural studies director Medee Rall said the bigger plan was for Khoekhoegowab to become a fourth language at UCT. The announcement was made at CHED's Africa Day celebration on May 21 which also marked the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. Madiba said MEP's introduction of short courses in isiXhosa, and latterly Afrikaans, has taken off among the UCT community of

  • South Africa's World Cup woes no worry for Du Plessis

    South Africa's World Cup woes no worry for Du Plessis

    South Africa captain Faf du Plessis says the team's record of repeated World Cup heartbreak will have no bearing on a largely youthful squad at the 2019 tournament. Since making their World Cup debut in 1992 after decades of apartheid-enforced isolation, South Africa have won just one of seven knockout matches -- a quarter-final against Sri Lanka in Sydney four years ago. "You can't control history -- I am a firm believer in that," Du Plessis said at a World Cup captains' press conference in London.

  • South Africa: North West University Student's Food Security Idea Wins Big in Germany

    South Africa: North West University Student's Food Security Idea Wins Big in Germany

    A North West University student has flown the South African flag high in Frankfurt, Germany after being crowned the winner of the 2019 Future Leaders Forum at the World Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings and Events (IMEX). On Wednesday, Emile Coetzee was crowned the winner among five other finalists from around the world. She was awarded with the MPI Foundation/Maritz Global Events Student Scholarship and will jet off to New York to present her idea at a gala dinner. Participants in the competition had to come up with ideas that would ensure food security in the future. Coetzee presented her "Forbidden Fruit" concept which focuses on the consumption of wild plants. While presenting the

  • Bryan Habana: 'World Cup win for Siya Kolisi would be bigger than Mandela'
    The Guardian

    Bryan Habana: 'World Cup win for Siya Kolisi would be bigger than Mandela'

    In Manhattan, the Springbok great discussed retirement, race and how the Rugby World Cup in Japan could eclipse the events of 1995 Bryan Habana: ‘I didn’t grow up your average person of colour. I grew up pretty privileged, even though I became a symbol of hope.’ Photograph: Boris Streubel/Getty Images for Laureus Lunch with Bryan Habana happens in New York, which is not where one would usually find a great South Africa wing. Not long before we sit down, though, the France centre Matthieu Bastareaud has announced a surprise move to the city’s pro team. In a World Cup year, the game is going global. A full season has passed since Habana retired from the fray. He brushes off questions about whether he is tempted to play again, to follow Bastareaud into Major League Rugby, partly because one of his knees is shot. Neither does he plan to move into coaching, other than “perhaps some consultancy work”. But he is happy to discuss the prospects of his old Springbok comrades in Japan in September. After desperate lows, including a loss against Italy in November 2016 which turned out to be Habana’s last international, the Boks bounced back in 2018 with a win against New Zealand in Wellington. The coach Rassie Erasmus, Habana agrees, has formed the most harmonious squad in some years, its racial balance somewhere towards the centre of an ever-uncomfortable seesaw under Siya Kolisi, the first black player to be the full-time Springbok captain. Habana has discussed race and its place in South Africa at length, in these pages and elsewhere. Over ribs and hot sauce, he says again he does not like racial quotas such as that to which the 2019 squad is subject, preferring selection on merit, regardless of racial origin. But he understands the need. He also repeats a familiar insistence that he does not count himself among those black players, his fellow wing Ashwin Willemse for example, who have struggled against great adversity. “I didn’t grow up your average person of colour,” he says. “I grew up pretty privileged. I got to go to the best schools, even though I became a symbol of hope.” He knows all about such symbolism. Having been introduced to rugby by Nelson Mandela’s historic embrace of the white man’s game, in 1995, he lifted the Webb Ellis Cup himself in 2007 as part of a squad which was still mostly white. He marvels at how close he expects Japan 2019 to be, with “five or six teams in contention”, although he plays safe by picking the Boks’ first opponents, New Zealand, to win a third World Cup in a row. Nonetheless, what would it mean for South Africa if Kolisi was to lift the trophy in Yokohama? “I think it would have a much greater impact than ’95. I think seeing Siya run out as captain in June last year pulled on the emotional strings like ’95, and rightly so. Siya Kolisi talks with his team during South Africa’s win in New Zealand last year. Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters “For me personally, knowing Siya, knowing his personal history where he literally got raised by his grandmother, had nothing, then got an opportunity … for me this is about a player who first and foremost got chosen on his rugby playing ability. He got made captain on his leadership capabilities and thrived on that responsibility. He wasn’t a token player, being given a position because of our country’s history. “If South Africa go on and win a World Cup this year outside of South Africa, with Siya Kolisi as the captain, it will be absolutely monumental, especially in a World Cup that is going to be so tough to win. “For us as a country to have that inspiration, for 70% of our population to have that example, would be immensely important, on a par with Mandela in ’95 if not greater. It would be historic.” Thinking of Kolisi, perhaps remembering how it felt when he was the one carrying the hopes of so huge and complex a country, he laughs. “So no pressure on him …” Habana has been retired for more than a year but he still spends much of his life on the wing. This trip involves “flights 43 and 44 this year, of which 28 have been international”, an itinerary that means he has “been away from home a lot more than I was in my last season at Toulon”. As his wife and two young sons are back in Cape Town, he says, he will be “going for the husband of the year award in 2020”, not in 2019. For now he is inhabiting a higher plane, a sort of rugby limbo where recently retired greats press endless flesh on behalf of blue chip sponsors. Habana won 124 caps for South Africa, scored 67 tries and won everything from the World Cup down. And so he crisscrosses the world, usually in the company of Brian O’Driscoll, often with George Gregan in tow. “Calling an end to your career is one of the toughest decisions any athlete has to make,” he says, with a practiced but rueful air. “You’ve been doing it for so long.” He made his provincial and Springbok debuts in 2004 and retired in 2018 after four years in France. He smiles, but says: “My last season was pretty crap, to be honest. Played one game, struggled with injury, then Fabien Galthié wouldn’t select me. So it was pretty frustrating. “You have this idea in your mind about how you’d like to end. There’s not many like Jonny Wilkinson and Richie McCaw that end on their own terms. That said, as a winger to go 13 years professionally and end your career at 35, having won every tournament besides sevens I’ve played in, I really can’t complain.” He does not, even in response to more than one gleeful question about the Boks’ earth-shaking defeat by Japan at World Cup 2015 which he sidesteps easily. Habana scores a try against the USA in London, during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: BPI/REX Shutterstock He has simply chosen, he says, to give himself an “18-month buffering period”, an expression that seems apt for a proficient Instagrammer who confesses to too much jet-lagged time with his phone. He has his sponsors and in the UK he is a pundit for Channel 4 and soon, for the World Cup, ITV. He has also graduated from Toulouse business school. “I got an idea of things I can do in that area,” he says, even though “writing a 35-page thesis as a 34-year-old with a newborn and a four-year-old was … not the most ideal”. He’s involved in a sports marketing agency back in South Africa but thinks that “post-World Cup I’ll have a better idea of what I want to be doing”. Then, perhaps thinking of the great series of 2009, he adds a slightly wistful coda that suggests he might not quit the merry‑go‑round entirely. “It might be that the Lions tour in 2021 presents opportunities too …” In fact, Habana’s New York opportunity came about not through a big sponsor but through Play Rugby USA, a nonprofit that takes the game into inner-city schools, seeking to instil “rugby values” – honesty, respect, dedication – in underprivileged students. For Habana, that meant a visit to the Bronx. “I got a little bit of an understanding about what Play Rugby is about. You see these kids running around in organised chaos on a basketball court, inside four walls. It’s very different to what I’m used to seeing. But seeing them listening to a coach, putting their hands up when asked about their grades … it was just great.” Habana has made similar visits to townships in South Africa but he plays down contrasts with New York’s poorest borough, happier to laugh about cluelessly bringing his boots to a school miles from the nearest grass field. He is famous around the world but the Bronx is not Bristol or Brisbane. The students had therefore to be primed, shown YouTube clips of their guest’s famous races against a cheetah and even a plane. Habana was duly challenged to step outside for a sprint. The old fire still burns. As against the jet, if not the big cat, he won. “I might’ve been racing a 12- and an 11-year-old,” he says with another laugh, “but I was going to make sure of that one.”