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South African film-maker killed by giraffe

A South African film-maker was killed by a giraffe while filming on a reserve outside Johannesburg, the game lodge's owner has said, adding that he died after being air-lifted to hospital. The giraffe hit Carlos Carvalho in the head at the Glen Afric Country Lodge in North West province. "When Carlos was standing in front of the giraffe, the animal spread its legs, bent its neck and swung its head at Carlos," Richard Brooker, whose family owns the lodge, told the Netwerk24 Afrikaans news website. The giraffe, called…

South Africa’s Dale Steyn joins Hampshire

LONDON: South African pace bowler Dale Steyn has signed for Hampshire as he bids to return to fitness following a heel injury that forced him to miss the recent Test series against Australia. The 34-year-old will join the county in June and train ahead of South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka, which starts in July. The plan is that he will return as the county’s overseas player for the final weeks of the season. During the training stint in June, Steyn will fill in for compatriot Hashim Amla, who will be with Hampshire for…

India’s winning run under threat from South African green tops

CAPE TOWN: India’s long winning streak in test cricket is under threat in a quick-fire three match series against South Africa this month, where their status as the top ranked nation in the format faces a stiff examination. Virat Kohli’s side have won nine successive series to climb to the top of the International Cricket Council’s rankings but most of the success has come on batting friendly wickets. South Africa are expected to prepare ‘green top’ wickets for the tests in Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg, all…

South African self-defense trainer crowned Miss Universe

CAPE TOWN: A South African woman who helps train women in self-defense was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday at the pageant held in Las Vegas, with Miss Colombia and Miss Jamaica also making it to the final three. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 22, who unleashed a big smile when she won, hails from Western Cape Province and recently earned a business management degree from North-West University. Her passion for self-defense was reinforced when she was hijacked and held at gunpoint about a month after winning her title as…

South African cricketers have ‘genuine concerns’ over tour of England

LONDON: South Africa´s team manager on Tuesday said his side had "genuine concerns" about remaining in England following the deadly terror attack in Manchester, but there are no immediate plans to return home. Daesh claimed responsibility for the suicide bomb attack at the end of a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena on Monday that killed 22 people, including children. Britain´s deadliest terror attack for 12 years took place just two days before the start of a three-match one-day series between…

S.African finance minister to be prosecuted for fraud

JOHANNESBURG: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will be prosecuted for fraud, officials said Tuesday, in a move that sent the rand tumbling over concerns about political rivalry and the country's fragile economy. Gordhan, 67, was appointed only late last year to calm panicked investors after President Jacob Zuma sacked two finance ministers within four days. Since then, Gordhan has regularly clashed with Zuma loyalists after vowing to battle poor governance and graft in a government that has been engulfed by…

Pakistan remains at third spot in newly issued test ranking

KARACHI: Pakistan cricket team remained at third spot of ICC Test Team Rankings Table in the freshly issued ranking on Tuesday followed by India and England at fourth and fifth respectively, ARY News reported. ICC issued the revised test ranking today following the New Zealand's 53-run victory over West Indies in the third test. On the teams ranking chart Australia remains top-ranked with 123 ratings points, with South Africa a close second. In bating ranking, South African AB De Villiers enjoys the top spot with 922…