JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa looked relaxed and shared a joke with journalists as he made a brief appearance Sunday at a meeting of the African National Congress party's national working committee, which is discussing his political fate.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At least nine people died and eight others were missing in South Africa after a flash flood swept away members of a church congregation along the Jukskei River in Johannesburg, rescue officials said Sunday.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thriston Lawrence held on to win his home South African Open despite a final-round 2-over 74 at the Blair Atholl course on Sunday.
Lawrence started the day with a two-shot lead over Clement Sordet of France and despite extending his advantage to five strokes early on the back nine, the South African only just managed to hold off his playing partner to finish with an overall 16-under 272.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa Rugby World Cup winner Sbu Nkosi has been reported to police as a missing person, his club said on Saturday.
Nkosi has been "absent without leave" for three weeks and hasn't responded to calls and messages, the Blue Bulls said in a statement.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thriston Lawrence put himself on course for victory in his home South African Open after a third-round 67 on Saturday.
Lawrence maintained his two-stroke lead from overnight with a second straight round of 5 under par, finishing the Blair Atholl course with a sixth birdie.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South Africa won the Dubai Sevens a fourth straight time after putting away Ireland 21-5 in the final on Saturday.
The South Africans dominated possession in the first half and scored three converted tries to lead 21-0 at the break.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ockie Strydom's new course record of 9-under 63 moved him within two shots of clubhouse leader Thriston Lawrence at the South African Open on Friday before play was suspended overnight because of lightning.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An urgent meeting of South Africa’s ruling party to discuss the future of President Cyril Ramaphosa has been delayed as calls continue for his resignation amid a scandal over money stolen from his farm.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s president might lose his job, and his reputation as a corruption fighter, as he faces possible impeachment over claims that he tried to cover up the theft of millions of dollars stashed inside a couch on his farm.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thriston Lawrence shot an 8-under 64 to match the course record he set last year and took a one-stroke lead at the South African Open Championship on Thursday.
The 25-year-old South African made nine birdies and one bogey at the Blair Atholl Golf and Equestrian Estate.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa faced calls Thursday to step down after a parliamentary panel's probe found he may have breached anti-corruption laws in connection with the alleged theft of a large amount of money from his Phala Phala game farm.
DUBLIN (AP) — South Africa prop Thomas du Toit was suspended for three weeks for his head-high tackle of England's Luke Cowan Dickie in their rugby test last weekend.
Du Toit's hit got him sent off in the second half at Twickenham.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — More than a thousand people gathered outside the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in South Africa on Wednesday to protest against the pending release of Janusz Walus, the convicted killer of anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani.
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Rory McIlroy had a one-shot lead on the 17th hole of the final round when he left a shot in the bunker and made bogey, went into a playoff and lost on the third extra hole to Graeme Storm.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The convicted killer of South African anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani has been stabbed in prison, two days before he was due to be released on parole, prison authorities said Tuesday.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Dan Bradbury completed a wire-to-wire victory at the Joburg Open on Sunday to win his first European tour title at Houghton Golf Club.
The Englishman’s 4-under 67 final round proved to be more than enough as his closest challenger, Sami Valimaki (69) of Finland, dropped a further two shots back to finish three behind overall.
LONDON (AP) — South Africa defeated England at Twickenham for the first time in eight years in a 27-13 statement by the world champion on Saturday less than a year from the Rugby World Cup.
England, runner-up to South Africa at the last World Cup but struggling to find itself, bulked up its lineout options and predicted it would have an edge in the scrum.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Dan Bradbury maintained his one-shot lead after Sami Valimaki of Finland double-bogeyed the 18th hole Saturday at the Joburg Open.
The Englishman's 4-under 67 at Houghton Golf Club kept him in the lead for a third straight day as he seeks a wire-to-wire victory and his first European tour title.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Dan Bradbury will take a one-shot clubhouse lead into the weekend after second-round play at the Joburg Open again ended early because of thunderstorms and then fading light on Friday.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The World Cup 2010 in South Africa had Shakira. The 1998 tournament in France had Ricky Martin.
For many fans, the unofficial soundtrack of the World Cup in Qatar is fast becoming the incessant chanting of street marshals, better knows as Last Mile Marshals.
LONDON (AP) — One intrigue at Twickenham on Saturday is discovering which England shows up against South Africa.
The England that threw caution to the wind and torched New Zealand by 19 points in seven minutes to force a draw?
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Dan Bradbury equaled the course record with an 8-under 63 Thursday despite a bogey on his last hole to hold the clubhouse lead in the first round of the Joburg Open, which was suspended overnight because of thunder storms.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Star allrounder Shakib Al Hasan is available for Bangladesh's three-match one-day international series against touring India starting next week.
Shakib missed the last series against Zimbabwe in August and Bangladesh went on to lose the Twenty20 and ODI series.
LONDON (AP) — King Charles III welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to London on Tuesday for the first state visit of his reign, which will include a formal banquet as well as talks with government leaders focused on investment and green energy.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Thousands of South African government workers took part in nationwide demonstrations on Tuesday to demand a 10% increase in their salaries.
Negotiations between public sector unions and the government are deadlocked.
LONDON (AP) — South Africa restored regulars Eben Etzebeth, Jesse Kriel and Makazole Mapimpi to start against England in their year-ending rugby test on Saturday at Twickenham.
No. 8 Evan Roos was picked ahead of Kwagga Smith for his second test start.
JOHNANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s Constitutional Court has ordered the release of Janusz Walus, the man jailed for killing anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani in 1993.
Hani was killed outside his home in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, in an assassination that threatened to plunge South Africa into political violence ahead of its transition from white minority rule to democracy.
MASAKHANE, South Africa (AP) — Living in the shadow of one of South Africa’s largest coal-fired power stations, residents of Masakhane fear job losses if the facility is closed as the country moves to cleaner energy.
GENOA, Italy (AP) — A stunning second-half performance propelled South Africa to a 63-21 win over Italy on Saturday and gave the Springboks the first win of their European tour.
There was little sign of what was to come following a fairly balanced first half but two quick-fire tries at the start of the second for Cheslin Kolbe and Kurt-Lee Arendse — his second of the match — helped the Springboks take control.
France's planning around its three autumn tests in three weeks has been to imagine they are Rugby World Cup playoffs.
France hosts the tournament in less than 10 months.
LONDON (AP) — No sooner was Japan put to the sword, Eddie Jones turned his eye on the All Blacks.
“They're there for the taking,” the England coach said with a familiar grin.
Avoiding the fact that England was there for the taking, too.
DUBLIN (AP) — South African official Rassie Erasmus was suspended again by World Rugby on Thursday for his unrelenting hostility toward match officials.
World Rugby suspended South Africa's director of rugby from any involvement in the Springboks' matchday against Italy in Genoa this weekend and against England at Twickenham next week.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man reputed to be one of Israel's most wanted gang leaders was arrested during a raid of a home in a posh Johannesburg suburb where South African authorities said they also found guns, drugs, and a van equipped for torture.
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Italy has made two changes to the team to face South Africa on Saturday following the historic victory over Australia.
Prop Pietro Ceccarelli and hooker Giacomo Nicotera will line up alongside Danilo Fischetti in a revamped front row for the test in Genoa.
DUBLIN (AP) — South Africa flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit was suspended for three weeks on Thursday for headbutting France center Jonathan Danty.
Du Toit was already not considered by the Springboks for the test against Italy this weekend in Genoa, and also misses the England test next week in London, and another game to be decided.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the African Union to be included as a permanent member of the Group of 20 leading economies.
The representation would allow African countries to more effectively press the G-20 group to implement its pledge to help the continent to cope with climate change.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross said a convoy of trucks carrying medicine arrived in Tigray’s regional capital Mekele on Tuesday, the first aid delivery by the group to the embattled region since August.
GENOA, Italy (AP) — South Africa will field a new second row and has also been forced to shift Franco Mostert to flanker for the test against Italy on Saturday when the world champions are desperate to get a victory on the board on their European tour.
DUBLIN (AP) — France captain Antoine Dupont could receive a second consecutive world player of the year award this weekend while suspended from rugby.
Dupont has been nominated alongside another former winner in Ireland captain Jonathan Sexton, plus South Africa center Lukhanyo Am and Ireland flanker Josh van der Flier.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Batsman Rassie van der Dussen recovered from a broken finger to make the South Africa squad on Monday for a three-test series in Australia starting next month.
The Proteas also included uncapped fast bowler Gerald Coetzee and recalled batsman Theunis de Bruyn, who hasn't played international cricket since 2019.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — France threw away a 13-0 lead against world champion South Africa then rallied to win a brutal encounter 30-26 on Saturday and complete a sweep of the southern hemisphere giants in the past year.
DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland promoted fringe players to face Fiji on Saturday at Lansdowne Road after changing nine from the side which beat South Africa.
The likes of captain Jonathan Sexton, Andrew Porter, James Ryan, Peter O'Mahony, Josh van der Flier, and Hugo Keenan have been rested after the 19-16 success against Springboks with Australia to come next week.
PARIS (AP) — It's a significant steppingstone on coach Fabien Galthie's quest to confirm France as the best side in world rugby: Victory against world champion South Africa on Saturday.
With South Africa and New Zealand looming, England is under massive pressure to beat Japan at Twickenham on Saturday after the lackluster loss to Argentina.
Following the 30-29 defeat to the Pumas, coach Eddie Jones was upbeat and didn't believe England had “strong problems." A day or two later, he blamed himself and complacency, in that he was thinking of strategy for next year's Rugby World Cup.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Late South African President F.W. de Klerk’s Nobel Peace Prize medal has been stolen from his home in Cape Town, his foundation confirmed Wednesday.
De Klerk, South Africa’s last president under apartheid, jointly received the prize with Nelson Mandela in 1993 for their roles in South Africa’s peaceful transition to democracy.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The presidents of South Africa and Kenya said Wednesday they have resolved a long-standing visa dispute and Kenyans will be able to visit South Africa visa-free for up to 90 days in a calendar year.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Willie le Roux was recalled to start at fullback and Faf de Klerk at scrumhalf as South Africa made five changes and two positional switches for Saturday's rugby test against France.
In-form New Zealand returns to a happy hunting ground on Wednesday to meet a pace-packed, recharged Pakistan in the first of the Twenty20 World Cup semifinals.
New Zealand made a rollicking start to the Super 12 stage at the Sydney Cricket Ground last month when it thrashed host Australia by 89 runs, a win that avenged a defeat in last year's world T20 final and a margin that ultimately cost the defending champions a spot in the semifinals.
DUBLIN (AP) — Scrumhalf Conor Murray will play no further part in Ireland's home rugby series this month due to the groin injury against South Africa last weekend.
Murray limped off in the first half of what was his 100th Ireland cap on Saturday.