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16 January 2019 7:26 AM Bevin wins Tour Down Under Stage 2 to lead

Adelaide - New Zealand time-trial champion Patrick Bevin swooped to take his first cycling World Tour stage and claim the overall lead in Australia's Tour Down Under on Wednesday. Bevin, 27, riding for the CCC Team, capitalised on confusion in the peloton sparked by a mass crash inside the final kilometre of the 122km second stage to power home in the finish 159

16 January 2019 7:24 AM Ramaphosa says independence of the Reserve Bank is 'sacrosanct'

President Cyril Ramaphosa says there are no plans to interfere with the independence of the SA Reserve Bank, in an apparent climb down from what is contained in the ANC's election manifesto. Addressing business leaders on Wednesday morning ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Ramaphosa said what came out of the ANC meeting was a line that only expressed 105

16 January 2019 6:44 AM This woman just drove a 1958 Morris Minor from Scotland to Cape Town

A woman from New Zealand has finally arrived in Cape Town after a gruelling journey by car from Aberdeen in Scotland to Cape Town. Laura Morrison, 36, kept a journal of her journey on social media as she drove "Charlie" - a 1958 Morris Minor she inherited from her dad Neil when he died from cancer in 2016 - across 16 countries. Saddened by her dad's 113

15 January 2019 6:18 PM Libya's paramilitary force to 'cleanse' country's south

A spokesperson for Libya's powerful paramilitary based in the eastern city of Benghazi says its troops are launching an operation "to cleanse" the country's south of Islamic militants and criminals. Ahmed al-Mesmari of the self-styled Libyan National Army that answers to Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter told reporters on Tuesday that the operations aims to "eliminate 82

15 January 2019 6:18 PM Archaeologists find Rome-era tombs in Egypt's Western Desert

Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered two ancient tombs dating back to the Roman period in the country's Western Desert. The Antiquities Ministry says on Tuesday the excavations took place in the Beir Al-Shaghala archaeological site in the Dakhla Oasis. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the tombs were built 84

15 January 2019 5:24 PM SA PRO14 derby promises 'clash of the 9's'

Cape Town - They may not be the biggest guys on the field when the Southern Kings take on the Cheetahs in the PRO14 Round 11 match on Friday, but an exciting battle can be expected between the scrumhalves from both teams in the South African derby. Two of the most experienced men from either side happen to be playing in the No9 position - Sarel Pretorius 143

15 January 2019 5:05 PM By killing the internet, Zimbabwe kills commerce and the lights

When the Zimbabwean government ordered internet service providers to shutter parts of the web in an effort to curb anti-government protests, it also plunged homes into darkness because people can’t pay their utilities online. Most people in the southern African nation use Econet Wireless Zimbabwe's Ecocash mobile-phone payment system for daily transactions 116

15 January 2019 12:45 PM What next for Brexit? Three main scenarios

What next? With the Brexit deal between Britain and the EU facing defeat in the British parliament in a crucial vote on Tuesday, that's the question on everyone's lips. This is the Brexit that the British government and EU leaders want – and one which many MPs in the British parliament object to. The deal has been rejected by some of British Prime Minister 92

15 January 2019 8:32 AM Proteas shoot up individual Test rankings

Cape Town - A number of Proteas players have shot up the individual rankings following the side's 3-0 Test series win over Pakistan. Aiden Markram is the country's highest-ranked batsman at No 8 on the list having moved up 2 places while there is a return to the top 10 for Hashim Amla, who moved up 3 places. The biggest mover following his century in the third 36

15 January 2019 7:03 AM Cape Town 'no-fee' schools turning away parents who can't fork out cash, one mother told to pay for her child’s chair

Some "no-fee" schools are insisting parents pay once-off fees - turning away Grade R pupils whose parents can't afford to pay, GroundUp reports. South African schools are divided into five categories, known as quintiles. The quintiles range from the poorest to the least poor, with quintile 1 being the poorest 20% of schools in the country. Quintile 5 covers 97