South Africa’s Ramaphosa leads in nominations for ANC leader: poll

1. JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken a lead in party nominations for the next leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), securing the support of 65 percent of branches tallied so far, a poll showed.

2. The poll by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) found that Dlamini-Zuma had secured 30 percent of nominations and that ANC Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize received most of the remaining 5 percent of nominations.

3. Rugby Union – Rugby World Cup 2023 host country candidates press conference – Royal Garden Hotel, London, Britain – September 25, 2017 Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs.

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Analysis: Will South Africa’s ANC learn from Mugabe’s fall?

1. A former intelligence chief who has used the state apparatus to tighten his grip on power, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma is a central figure in a faction campaigning to install his ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as the next president, leading South Africans to draw parallels with Zimbabwe.

2. Image copyright AFP Image caption Both South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma and Zimbabwe’s ex-ruler Robert Mugabe fought minority rule.

3. Image copyright AFP Image caption South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) is hoping to succeed President Jacob Zuma (L).

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Licata gets first start as Italy seek repeat win over South Africa

1. Highly-rated flanker Giovanni Licata will make his first start for Italy as one of two changes to their side for the meeting with South Africa in Padua on Saturday.

2. Licata, 20, came off the bench in the victory over Fiji and defeat to Argentina this month, but has been drafted into the starting XV by coach Conor O’Shea for arguably the toughest encounter against the Springboks.

3. Team: 15-Jayden Hayward, 14-Angelo Esposito, 13-Tommaso Boni, 12-Tomasso Castello, 11-Mattia Bellini, 10-Carlo Canna, 9-Marcello Violi, 8-Sergio Parisse (captain), 7-Abraham Steyn, 6-Giovanni Licata, 5-Dean Budd, 4-Marco Fuser, 3-Simone Ferrari, 2-Luca Bigi, 1-Andrea Lovotti.

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South African court doubles Oscar Pistorius’s prison sentence

1. Pistorius, who turned 31 on Wednesday, has always maintained he fired in the mistaken belief that an intruder was hiding behind the door.

2. A South African appeal court has more than doubled the former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s prison sentence for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

3. The supreme court of appeal (SCA) increased Pistorius’s sentence from six years in prison to 13 years and five months.

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WATCH: South Africans caught up in #BlackFriday hype

1. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video An estimated 5000 people queue round the car park and still queuing to get in at Game in Gateway .

2. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Chaos on Thursday night at Game in Canal Walk.

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Ireland vs South Africa, autumn international

1. Ireland winning the collisions and comfortable also in defence in a very encouraging start to their campaign for Joe Schmidt.

2. Commanding first half from Ireland capped off by that Conway try in the corner.

3. Aki watches as the ball slides into touch, right by where O’Mahony was getting some treatment as he goes off holding his side.

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Inside Story: The brothers who bought South Africa

1. By early 2016, KPMG was beginning to worry about the reputational risks of working with the Guptas.

2. The family has been accused by activists and opposition politicians of stacking the leadership of powerful state companies, rigging bids in favour of suppliers it controls, and even helping orchestrate a planned R1trn nuclear-power deal with Russia, for which it could supply vast quantities of uranium – all while using an alliance with Zuma to neuter law enforcement agencies that would otherwise shut down its efforts.

3. He was catching up on email in his office in Pretoria’s neoclassical Old Reserve Bank building, where he was serving as South Africa’s minister of finance, when his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, asked for an urgent meeting.

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Senegal defeat South Africa to book finals berth after 16 years

1. Johannesburg: English Premier League pair Diafra Sakho and Sadio Mane played key roles as Senegal defeated South Africa 2-0 in Polokwane Friday to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

2. Bottom-of-the-table South Africa lie seven points behind Senegal ahead of a return match in Dakar next Tuesday, with Burkina Faso hosting Cape Verde at the same time.

3. South Africa goalkeeper and captain Itumeleng Khune played with a protective white mask after fracturing a facial bone in a club match last weekend.

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Rugby and the rainbow nation: can 2023 World Cup heal South Africa’s wounds?

1. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Some of the South African players sing as an instrumental version of the national anthem Die Stem van Suid-Afrika is played, despite promises from the SARFU not to do so in the Springboks’ first match after readmission.

2. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Shah-Jehaan De Jongh of Western Province is tackled by Lions players during Craven Week.

3. Next Wednesday, 15 November, World Rugby will vote whether to approve South Africa’s unexpected nomination as hosts of the 2023 World Cup by the tournament’s review group – which would offer South African rugby another chance to resolve its painful issues on and off the pitch.

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South Africa universities triple black science PhD grads over last decade — Quartz

1. South Africa has tripled its black science PhD graduates over the last decade, and since 2013 has been graduating more black PhDs than white ones—a marked change from the situation under the apartheid regime.

2. For the third year in a row, South Africa’s universities graduates more black PhD candidates than white ones.

3. However, a sobering report from South Africa’s statistician general Pali Lehohla last month found that black students were more likely to graduate from university under apartheid: 15% of black students successfully graduated in 1975, compared to 5% in 2016. .

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