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Illegal mining.
Eight miners die in alleged illegal mining activity in Zimbabwe
27 May 2019, 10:01 PM

The bodies of eight miners have been recovered in a mine north of Harare in Zimbabwe, following an explosion in a mine shaft.

The incident occurred at a previously abandoned mine in the country’s Mazowe region north of the capital.

Illegal mining is a common problem in mineral-rich Zimbabwe. In February, more than 20 miners died after an open mine flooded overnight.

See video on report from Zimbabwean journalist Njabulo Ncube, a journalist and the National coordinator of the Zimbawe National Editors forum.

First round victory for South Africa’s Lloyd Harris in French Open
27 May 2019, 9:56 PM

South Africa’s Lloyd Harris progressed past the first round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career when he beat Lucas Rosol of the Czech Republic in the first round of the French Open on Monday.

22-year old Harris fought back from two sets down to beat Rosol  6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-1 and 6-2 at Roland Garros in Paris.

Harris is South Africa’s only singles player in this year’s French Open.

More evidence of pro-Gupta contract decisions against former Transnet CEO Molefe
27 May 2019, 7:59 PM

More evidence of possible improper conduct against former Transnet CEO Brian Molefe was presented at the Inquiry into State Capture today.

Former Transnet employee, Gerhard van der Westhuizen said Molefe circumvented Procurement processes when he awarded Transnet’s master service contract to a company linked to Gupta-family associate, Salim Issa.

He says Molefe overturned a decision taken by Transnet’s recommending officers to award the contract to Neotel.  Molefe was Group CEO at Transnet before he became Group CEO at Eskom.

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Siviwe Soyizwaphi
Blitzboks come up short against Australia in London Sevens
26 May 2019, 1:51 PM

The South African Sevens rugby team has crashed out of the London Sevens tournament after losing 29-22 against Australia in the quarter-finals.

The Blitzboks scored two tries in the final minute of the match, but it was not enough to claw back the lead of the Australian team.

The loss also dents the chances of the Blitzboks for automatic qualification for the Olympic Games, as only the countries ending in the top three positions of the competition qualifies automatically for next year’s Olympics in Japan.

Angelique Kerber in action
Russian teenager stuns World No 5 Kerber on day one of French Open
26 May 2019, 1:17 PM

Reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber of Germany was knocked out of Roland Garros in the first round on Sunday by Russian world number 81 Anastasia Potapova.

Kerber, bidding to complete a career Grand Slam, slumped to a 6-4, 6-2 defeat to the 18-year-old who was making her Paris debut.

Kerber had come into Roland Garros carrying a right ankle injury which forced her to pull out of the Italian Open and retire from her second round tie in Madrid.

“I had a lot of confidence and I have to thank my coach for that,” said Potapova who hit 28 winners past her German opponent who has now lost six times in the French Open first round.

The Russian’s first win over a top 10 player gives her a second round clash against either China’s Wang Yafan or Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.

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