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23 October 2018 4:00 PM Guillermo del Toro to direct Pinocchio for Netflix

Los Angeles - Guillermo del Toro's first movie after winning Oscars for The Shape of Water will be a stop-motion animated version of the classic Pinocchio, Netflix said Monday. "No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio," del Toro said. The feature 16

23 October 2018 3:46 PM How Ethiopia's new cabinet fits into Ahmed's reform agenda

Ethiopia’s ruling coalition has re-elected Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as its chairman. This means that Ahmed will continue as prime minister until the next party congress. It is with this certainty that he has taken the opportunity to reassemble his cabinet for the second time this year. The latest reshuffle has downsized cabinet departments from 28 to 20. Ten of the new ministerial 12

23 October 2018 3:16 PM Boks call up Mapoe as Am cover

Cape Town - Lionel Mapoe will join the Springbok training squad in Stellenbosch as injury cover for Lukhanyo Am, who is unlikely to be fit for the first two Tests of the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour. Am sustained a fractured arm against the All Blacks in Wellington last month and indications are that he will not be ready for the Tests against England 13

23 October 2018 1:43 PM Proteas blow as Mulder, Duminy to miss Pakistan series

Cape Town - Proteas all-rounder Wiaan Mulder and batsman JP Duminy have been ruled out for three months and will miss the upcoming home tour against Pakistan. It is a massive blow to the Proteas ahead of their busy summer as they travel to Australia, compete in the Mzansi Super League (MSL) and host Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Cricket South Africa (CSA) 13

23 October 2018 12:21 PM SWD in a hurry to duel Cheetahs for Currie Cup promotion

Cape Town - First Division champions, the SWD Eagles, say they need to play their Currie Cup promotion-relegation match against the Free State Cheetahs before the end of the month. The Eagles are set to face the Free State Cheetahs in a promotion-relegation match, but according to Netwerk24, they cannot play the game after October 31 because their players 14

23 October 2018 10:59 AM PHOTOS: Production starts on local film Poppie Nongena

Cape Town - Producer Helena Spring has announced that production on the legacy film, Poppie Nongena, has begun. The film is based on The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena, regarded as one of the best African novels of the twentieth century. Award winning screenwriter and playwright Christiaan Olwagen is the director with Vicci Turpin as the cinematographer 13

23 October 2018 8:23 AM Jaco Peyper to referee Currie Cup final

Cape Town - Jaco Peyper will referee his fourth Currie Cup final in seven seasons when Western Province host the Sharks at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. It will be the third consecutive Currie Cup final appointment for the 38-year-old Peyper. Peyper, who took charge of the final last year in Durban, and in 2016 in Bloemfontein, will be assisted 17

23 October 2018 7:06 AM WATCH: China's president launches Hong Kong-mainland mega bridge

China's President Xi Jinping launched the world's longest sea bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China on Tuesday at a time when Beijing is tightening its grip on its semi-autonomous territories. Xi announced the bridge officially open at a ceremony also attended by Hong Kong's and Macau's city leaders at a new port terminal in the southern 19

22 October 2018 8:08 PM Sri Lanka arrests cricket official over $5.5m fraud

Colombo - Sri Lankan police arrested a top cricket board official Monday over a $5.5 million fraud involving the sale of television rights for the ongoing England tour of the island, a spokesman said. Ruwan Gunasekera said the chief financial officer at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Nandika Dissanayake, was taken into custody as the main suspect in the bank fraud 19

22 October 2018 1:16 PM Nairobi's slum residents pay a high price for low quality services

In Kenya, settlements are classified into two types: informal (or, slum) and formal (or, regular) settlements. Informal settlements are areas with insecure residential status and those in Nairobi are quite dismal. They’re very overcrowded, housing is made of poor quality building materials – like mud or metal sheets – and they often lack basic amenities 19