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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 4:15 AM SA's unused lunch breaks add up to 500k per employee

The average South African contributes over R500 000 in free work hours due to unused lunch breaks over their lifetime, a recent survey has shown. The research, conducted among 3 000 working South Africans by online job board CareerJunction, found that only one in three South Africans take their full lunch break. Moreover, it found that over a third of South 20

21 October 2018 5:02 PM Britain's Edmund wins first ATP title in Antwerp

Antwerp - British No 1 Kyle Edmund fought back to down Gael Monfils in a final-set tie-break and claim his maiden ATP Tour title at the European Open in Antwerp on Sunday. The 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4) victory caps a breakthrough season for the 23-year-old and keeps alive his slim hopes of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month 23

17 October 2018 8:35 PM Grounded Abbas determined to continue rapid rise

Abu Dhabi - Pakistan paceman Mohammad Abbas insisted on Wednesday he is confident his rapid success will not go to his head, saying a tough early life has helped him mature as a person. The 28-year-old worked as a welder and a leather factory labourer in Pakistan before his hard work in cricket paid dividends with a first-class debut in 2009. Abbas has been Pakistan's 22

17 October 2018 4:56 AM Wallabies flyhalf signs up to stay in Australia

Sydney - The Wallabies' experienced flyhalf Bernard Foley has rebuffed foreign offers and opted to stay in Australia beyond next year's Rugby World Cup, sporting authorities announced Wednesday. Rugby Australia said the 29-year-old - who successfully returned to the test XV fold this month in a stunning comeback against Argentina - will stay in Australia 30

16 October 2018 6:24 PM Algeria MPs padlock parliament in protest against speaker

Around 200 deputies kept Algeria's parliament locked up for several hours on Tuesday in a protest action to press demands for the house speaker to step down. "We're here to demand the speaker resigns," Abdelhamid Si Affif, the head of parliament's foreign affairs committee, told AFP after the protesters blocked the entrance with a chain and padlock 31

16 October 2018 5:20 PM Liberia investigates US-backed charity after alleged rapes

Liberia's government says it is investigating a charity founded by a young American woman after allegations that a local staffer raped several girls in its care. The More Than Me organisation says in a statement that founder Katie Meyler has taken a leave of absence until a separate, independent audit requested by the charity is complete. Meyler's work had been praised 20

15 October 2018 8:08 PM Cape Town's 'ghost trains' leave DA leaders steaming

Three DA leaders' plan to join Cape Town's train commuters was derailed on Monday morning. City of Cape Town's incoming mayor Dan Plato, mayoral committee member for social services and safety and security JP Smith and DA chief whip John Steenhuisen met at 06:00 at Mitchells Plain train station to catch a train to Cape Town to inspect the safety conditions 37