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Johannesburg - Both Numsa and Solidarity have accepted a wage offer in the metals and engineering sector.

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA general secretary Irvin Jim said workers would start returning to work on Tuesday.

Solidarity spokesperson Marius Croucamp said his union would also accept the offer from the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of SA (Seifsa) of a three-year salary agreement.

"The offer comprises salary increases of 8 - 10% to 10% in year one, 7.5% - 10% in year two and 7 - 10% in year three," said Croucamp.

Over 200 000 Numsa members in the metal and engineering sector downed tools on July 1, demanding a salary increase of 12%, down from their pre-strike demand of 15%.

The labour department and Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration facilitated talks between Seifsa and unions earlier this month when negotiations between the parties deadlocked.

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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal councillors have slashed their outstanding personal municipal debts by almost R1.3m, a KwaZulu-Natal co-operative governance and traditional affairs spokesperson said on Monday.

Lennox Mabaso said that in January councillors owed various municipalities R1.5m for rates and other services provided.

"That figure is now just below R200 000," he told Sapa by phone.

In an earlier statement he said this drop in debt had come about as a result of efforts by the province's co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube.

"Earlier this year, Dube-Ncube instructed municipal councils in all the province's 61 municipalities to institute disciplinary action against any councillor found to have defaulted on his or her rates as this constitutes a violation of the councillors' code of conduct," he said.

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Johannesburg - Two students from Rhodes University have drowned after a boat in which they were canoeing capsized at Settlers Dam just outside Grahamstown, Eastern Cape police said on Monday.

Post mortem results carried out on Sunday night confirmed that Rizwan Bhayat, 21, and Mohammed Amin Mussa, 23, suffered no physical injuries, Lieutenant Luvuyo Mjekula said.

The possibility of foul play was ruled out.

"The two and their fellow student, Mohammad Gaffour, 19... apparently hired a boat from the Thomas Baines nature reserve to fish on the Settlers Dam in the reserve at about 08:10 on Saturday," Mjekula said.

"A strong wind came up and caused the boat to capsize, according to Gaffour, who survived the accident.

"He managed to swim to safety, however, his companions disappeared under water."

Gaffour ran to a nearby farmhouse and was able to contact the police.

Search and rescue personnel and divers began looking for the pair on Saturday and the search was called off when it became dark. Their bodies were recovered on Sunday afternoon, Mjekula said.

The university sent its condolences to the pair's family and friends.

"It is with deep regret that I have to inform the university community of the tragic death of two of our students... They were Zambian nationals who were in their third academic year of study in Commerce and Pharmacy," acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela said in a statement.

Gaffour was taken to Settlers Hospital where he received medical attention and was later discharged.

Mabizela said the parents and relatives of the students arrived in Grahamstown on Sunday and were at the dam as the divers searched for the bodies.

"On behalf of Rhodes University, I extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased."

In a separate incident, a 21-year-old student from Walter Sisulu University was killed when he allegedly jumped out of a fourth floor window on Saturday night.

Police were called to the scene around 06:00 on Sunday, Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said.

The student jumped out of a window at the Silimela residence. He died on impact.

He was in his second year of study in the education faculty.

Fatyela said an inquest was opened.

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The Hague - Dutch and Australian forensic investigators on their way to the MH17 crash site turned back on Monday after "explosions" in the area, a government spokesperson in The Hague said.

"They have returned in the direction of Donetsk", justice ministry spokesperson Sentina van der Meer said. "Explosions were heard, and they were warned by the locals."

The Ukrainian military earlier said its forces were battling pro-Russian rebels for control of several eastern Ukrainian towns around the crash site of the downed Malaysia Airlines plane.

Ukrainian troops "had entered" the towns of Shakhtarsk and Torez and "battles were continuing for the complete liberation" of the towns of Pervomaysk and Snizhne, the press office for the military operation against the insurgents said.

A joint Dutch and Australian forensics team had left from rebel stronghold Donetsk early on Monday in a fresh bid to reach the crash site, where some remains of victims remain exposed to the elements.

A visit on Sunday was cancelled after heavy bombardments rocked towns nearby.

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Gaza - Israel eased its offensive in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave declined sharply on Monday, with both the United States and United Nations calling for a durable ceasefire.

As international pressure mounted to end a 21-day conflict in which more than 1,000 people have been killed, an Israeli military official said the army would only respond to attacks for an indefinite period.

"The situation now is an unlimited truce," Israel's chief military spokesperson, Brigadier General Motti Almoz, told Israel Radio. "The IDF [Israeli Defence Forces] is free to attack after any fire if there is any."

The Islamist Hamas movement which controls the Gaza Strip said on Sunday it wanted a 24-hour truce to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which started on Monday. In the hours after its announcement, Gaza gradually fell quiet.

However, the lull appeared fragile amid diplomatic tension between Israel and its main sponsor, the United States.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said parties to the fighting had "expressed serious interest" in his request for a further 24-hour humanitarian ceasefire, but "have not yet agreed on the timing of its implementation".

Israeli troops continued to hunt and destroy cross-border militant tunnels inside Gaza, and it was not clear if Hamas was ready to agree to a prolonged pause.

At least 12 rockets were fired out of the battered coastal territory at Israeli towns on Monday, according to the Israeli military, which said it struck two rocket launchers and a weapon manufacturing site in the northern and central Gaza strip.

Gaza residents reported Israeli shelling in east and northern Gaza and the health ministry said two people, including a five-year-old boy, were killed in one of the attacks. An army spokesperson said she would look into the incident.

Jibril Jnaid, the boy's father, said his son, Sameeh, was playing with his cousins when a bullet fired from Israeli forces operating on the edge of Jabalya, the biggest refugee camp in northern Gaza, hit him and he fell bleeding to the ground.

We will respond

"At the day of Eid, I am proud to sacrifice my son for the sake of victory of the resistance and the victory of the will of the Palestinian people," the father told Reuters as the boy's mother and other mourners kissed his cheeks before burial.

Hamas's armed wing said it killed two Israeli soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip. An Israeli military spokesperson said a soldier was wounded there but she knew of no fatalities.

Some residents in Gaza reported they had received a recorded telephone message on Monday which said in Arabic: "Listen Hamas, if you are still alive, you should know that if you continue, we will respond, we will respond violently."

Israeli leaflets dropped over Gaza listed dozens of names of gunmen from Hamas and its ally, Islamic Jihad, that the military says it has killed since the start of the offensive.

"This list is part of the names of those who thought they could face the might of the Israeli Defence Forces," read the leaflet, which included a map to a graveyard where it said the militants were buried.

International efforts to secure a long-term ceasefire have so far faltered with Israel and Hamas presenting almost irreconcilable demands. The Gaza militants want an end to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of their enclave.

Israel has said an easing of the siege would only come if the armed groups were stripped of their weapons. An opinion poll broadcast by Channel 10 tv showed overwhelming Israeli support for continuing the Gaza offensive until Hamas is "disarmed".

Deputy Islamic Jihad chief Zeyad Al-Nakhala said mediation had made progress and the group was working with Egypt to craft a deal.

"We are days away from the end of the battle, the clouds will clear and you [Palestinians] will see victory," he told Islamic Jihad's radio station Al-Quds, "We will not accept anything less than ending the blockade."

43 soldiers dead

US Secretary of State John Kerry visited the region last week to try to stem the bloodshed, his contacts with Hamas - which Washington formally shuns - facilitated by Egypt, Turkey, Qatar and Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Israel wants Egypt, which also borders the Gaza Strip and views Hamas as a security threat, to take the lead in curbing the Palestinian Islamists. It worries about Doha and Ankara championing Hamas demands.

After Israeli sources vented anger at Kerry's ideas, US President Barack Obama telephoned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to urge Israel hold fire unconditionally. The UN Security Council called on both sides to implement a humanitarian truce that stretched beyond Eid.

Netanyahu's security cabinet met into the early hours of Monday to debate ceasefire proposals and also a possible escalation of the offensive, which Israel says was needed to halt Hamas rocket fire and destroy its tunnel network.

Israeli air, sea and ground attacks have killed some 1 037 Palestinians, mainly civilians and including many children, Gaza officials say. Israel says 43 of its soldiers have died, along with three civilians killed by rocket and mortar fire from Gaza.

Tension between Netanyahu's government and Washington has flared over US mediation efforts, adding yet another chapter to the prickly relations between the Israeli leader and Obama.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, challenged media leaks by unnamed Israeli officials damning as too accommodating to Hamas a draft accord attributed to Kerry. The official said US efforts had been mischaracterised.

Obama appeared to link Israel's core demand for Hamas to be stripped of cross-border rockets and infiltration tunnels, to a peace accord with the Palestinians that is nowhere on the diplomatic horizon.

Tunnels destroyed

Repeated US-led negotiations over 20 years have failed to broker a permanent deal. The most recent round collapsed in April, with Palestinians livid over Jewish settlement building in the occupied West Bank and Israelis furious that Abbas had signed a unity pact with old foe Hamas.

Qatari Foreign Minister, Khaled Al-Atteya, told Al-Jazeera TV that Israel had not respected a ceasefire agreement that ended the last Gaza war in 2012 and it was time the blockade of Gaza was lifted.

"We have worked with the US secretary of state and we were about to achieve substantial results, and the brothers in Hamas acted positively, but the one who rejected the Kerry proposal was Israel," he said.

Israel says the Palestinians have lost around half of their rockets during the fighting - an account disputed by Hamas - and that army engineers have located and destroyed many of the tunnels from the territory. Those excavations will continue under any short-term truce, Israel says.

The main UN agency in Gaza, UNRWA, said more than 167 000 displaced Palestinians had taken shelter in its schools and buildings, following repeated calls by Israel for civilians to evacuate whole neighbourhoods ahead of military operations.

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Kiev - At least three civilians were killed in overnight fighting in eastern Ukraine and government troops pressed ahead with their campaign against pro-Russian rebels, taking a strategic point close to where Malaysian flight MH17 crashed, officials said on Monday.

Fierce fighting in the vicinity of the airliner crash site prevented international monitors from reaching it on Sunday to investigate the downing of the plane with the loss of all 298 people on board.

Western leaders say rebels almost certainly shot the airliner down by mistake with a Russian-supplied surface-to-air missile. Russia accuses Kiev of responsibility.

Kiev said on Monday its troops recaptured Savur Mogila, a strategic piece of high ground about 30km from where the Malaysia Airlines Boeing hit the ground on 17 July.

Experts are due to renew their efforts on Monday to reach the crash site, still in rebel-held territory. Roadblocks between the city of Donetsk and the crash site are variously controlled by Ukrainian army or rebel forces.

The rival sides accused each other of impeding access to the site on Sunday, with Kiev saying it was not engaged within a 20km no-fight zone and rebels accusing the army of trying to destroy evidence on the ground.

In Kiev, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she would discuss access with Ukrainian authorities.

"We'll be seeking assurances that any military action doesn't compromise our humanitarian mission," Bishop told a news conference, adding she had information on fighting raging within the no-fight zone the day before.

Bishop also said Australia, which lost 28 citizens in the crash, hoped Russia would use its influence on the rebels to help allow wider access to the site so that investigators can determine who was behind the downing of the plane.

In Donetsk, local officials said fighting went on around various city districts overnight and artillery fire damaged several residential blocks and houses. Power lines and a gas pipeline were also hit, they said.

Ukraine's emergency service said more than 56, 00 people fled the violence in two eastern regions since Kiev started what it calls an "anti-terrorist" operation against the rebels there three months ago.

Separatists also said five civilians were killed in the other rebel stronghold of Luhansk, northeast of Donetsk.

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Cape Town – South Africa will be driving home the message that Africa is the next frontier of economic investment and that it needs an extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) at the inaugural US-Africa leaders’ summit, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Monday.

President Jacob Zuma will lead a delegation to the first US-Africa leaders’ summit in Washington from August 4-6, something US President Barack Obama promised when he visited three African countries last year.

Davies said he will also participate in the crucial Agoa forum on the margins of the summit.

15 more years

“We believe that Agoa has been a useful platform... and we are calling for an extension for 15 years,” he told reporters in Pretoria and through a live feed in Cape Town. “Fifteen years will allow certainty for investment.”

“The African continent is growing and it is industrialising and there are amazing infrastructure development programmes,” Davies told the media.

Davies said South Africa believed extending the Agoa would be mutually beneficial. Last year total trade between South Africa and the US was R130 billion, which was reasonably balanced, he said. There were also around 600 US companies active in South Africa. “We have measured that 100 000 jobs were created in the US that can be attributable to Agoa,” he said.

The final decision to renew the Agoa was a US Congress decision, but Obama is expected to endorse the extension. “We expect him to announce his support of Agoa for another 15 years without any new conditionality or graduation of any country,” Davies sad. “Agoa has huge advantages... it builds goodwill.”

What is Agoa
African Growth and Opportunity Act The Agoa is a non-reciprocal preferential scheme, which applies only to US imports from eligible sub-Saharan African countries, of which South Africa is one.

“Agoa is the cornerstone of bilateral relations between the US and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), as it provides the sole platform between the US and SSA to discuss ways and means to deepen trade and investment relations,” he said. “Our central message is that Agoa is significant to the regional integration efforts in in Africa.”

“For us, Agoa is the only legal framework between the SSA and the US and … by endorsing the extension of Agoa the US will be promoting our continental developmental integration, industrialisation and infrastructure development.”

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Round Table

While Davies was explaining South Africa’s message for the summit, the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business held roundtable discussions on the subject on Monday.

US Consular General Erica J. Barks-Ruggles engaged with stakeholders in trade relations, discussing how Agoa would assist. Lesotho National Development Corporation CEO Joshua Setipa said he hoped the summit would discuss ways of assisting small farmers in Africa and assist in developing innovative financing programmes to ensure they are sustainable.

“We need more predictability,” he said, referring to the fact that US congress can pull out of the Agoa agreement at any point, causing a sense of instability. “We cherish Agoa, but it could use some refinement. It could be more in line with Africa’s priorities of regional integration.”

An example was given by Craig Garrow of Pronto Clearing about how Agoa assists with Cape Town’s boat making industry and its trade relations with the US. “We are the world’s biggest manufacturer of catamarans and we are good for job creation,” he said. He warned of the impact of not having Agoa in place, showing how tariffs would impact on the business.

Ford's Shibishi Maruatona said Africa and Brics nations offered the US new opportunities in the post-recession environment. “South Africa’s black middle class has grown from 300 000 to four million in decade, which is very interesting to note,” he said. “Business here needs the conviction to keep its strategy and integrity in place and the Agoa would assist with that process.”

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  • Match drawn - South Africa draw the match and win the series 1-0 and take the number 1 spot in tests rankings. Tahir and Philander at the crease in the end. Herath's patient efforts of 5 for 40 are in vain. Good game of test cricket.

  • 111

    Tahir is cramping helplessly, and asks for some medical help. Last over of the day. It is all over, South Africa have saved the test and they become number 1 in tests. Huge moment for them, winning a series in Sri Lanka.

  • 110

    Not out is the verdict, there was another big appeal from Sri Lanka and the umpires think it is not out. The batsmen have a chat to waste some time. A maiden from Perera and Tahir annoys the hosts by wasting some more time.

  • 109

    A loud shout for caught behind, Sri Lankans appealing for everything now. Philander is safe as the umpire is not interested. Philander then drives the ball to extra cover for a couple of runs. A couple of dots and then Philander flicks the ball through midwicket for four.

  • 108

    About 10 minutes to go, may be three or four more overs. Mendis finishes another maiden.

  • 107

    Another maiden from Herath, 29 of his 43 overs have been maidens.

  • 106

    Three dots and then Philander takes a single to deep square leg. Four, Tahir pulls the ball through to deep midwicket for four to end the over. The 150 comes up for South Africa.

  • 105

    A maiden from Herath, he has bowled and bowled well today.

  • 104

    A quick maiden from Perera. South Africans survive.

  • 103

    Wicket: Three dots and Herath sneaks in another wicket, Steyn is gone. WICKET! a thin edge and Dickwella does the rest. South Africa have 2 wickets in hand as Tahir walks out. Herath takes his 5th wicket. A maiden again.

  • 102

    Mendis back into the attack. Five dots and then Philander cuts Mendis behind point for four from the last ball.

  • 101

    30 minutes to go, Sri Lanka need 3 wickets. Philander pushes the ball behind square for a couple of runs and then takes a single on the off side. Just three from the over.

  • 100

    Herath is back into the attack, to bowl his 40th over. A big shout for lbw, the umpire gives it not out and Sri Lanka review. Sri Lanka have lost and wasted both reviews, Steyn survives. Another maiden from Herath.

  • 99

    Lakmal brought back into the attack, he only bowled three overs in this innings. A change of strategy from Mathews, three dots and then Lakmal bowls a no ball. No runs other than the no ball from the over.

  • 98

    A couple of dots and then Steyn hits the ball through long on for four. He gets his first boundary. Four byes, the ball misses everything and beats the keeper to go for four.

  • 97

    Herath bowls another maiden, Sri Lanka 3 wickets away from leveling the series.

  • 96

    Five dots and then a couple of runs to end the over. Steyn gets off the mark.

  • 95

    Another maiden from Herath. South Africa stay on 130 for 7.

  • 94

    Wicket: Perera comes into the attack. The final over starts now, so a minimum of 15 more overs to go, but Sri Lanka will bowl more. WICKET! Duminy is out lbw and this match is going down to the wire. Duminy reviews and he is given out, South Africa lose an important wicket as Steyn walks out to bat. A wicket maiden from Perera.

  • 93

    Duminy pushes the ball to midwicket for a single. Four, Philander gets a poor ball and hits it through the off side for four. Four dots to end the over.

  • 92

    9 overs to go including this one, the count down begins for South Africa. Another maiden from Herath.

  • 91

    Four leg byes, a short appeal for lbw as Mendis comes into the attack, the ball goes to fine leg for four. Five dots to end the over.

  • 90

    Five dots and then Duminy pushes the last ball through to square leg for a single.

  • 89

    Philander hits the first ball square for a single. Duminy takes another single, its called a leg bye and Sri Lanka miss out on a run out chance. Four dots to end the over.

  • 88

    Another over, another maiden from Herath.

  • Partially Sunny: Sunny - Rain has stopped and sun is out. South Africans come out slowly whereas Sri Lankans are ready.

  • Rain: 4:21 pm Update - The rain is coming and going, the ground staff is taking the covers off only to put them back on. Sri Lankans are not happy and understandably so.

  • 87

    Rain: Herath comes around the wicket to Herath. Four dots and then the fielders appeal for a catch, they think it hit Philander's boot before popping up, but umpires turns it down. Replays show it clearly hit the ground. It starts raining again and players walk off.

  • 86

    Another maiden, Mendis comes into the attack and starts with a maiden. It is getting dark around the ground and Mathews looks worried.

  • 85

    Herath bowls another maiden, keeps the pressure on.

  • 84

    Another maiden from Sri Lanka, 16 overs remaining in the day.

  • 83

    Big clouds around the ground. Philander is hit on the pads and the Sri Lankans appeal. It is given not out and they review it. Not out is the verdict and another poor review from Sri Lanka. Three dots and then, Philander punches the ball through the covers for four.

  • 82

    A couple of dots and the second new ball has been taken. Perera continues to bowl with it, another maiden from him.

  • 81

    Another maiden from Sri Lanka, South Africa need 255 more runs.

  • 80

    A maiden from Perera at the other end. South Africa 114 for 6.

  • 79

    Wicket: Three dots and then WICKET! Herath gets the important wicket and Faf falls. Mahela takes another catch at slip to make it 200 catches, Faf pushes forward and gets an outside edge. 21 overs to go and South Africa need to survive with 4 wickets. Philander is the new man in.

  • 78

    A maiden from Perera and Duminy plays it out.

  • 77

    A couple of dots and then Faf hits the short and wide ball through the square for four. Just the boundary from the over.

  • 76

    Herath keeps the pressure by bowling another maiden, 24 more overs to go in the day.

  • 75

    Wicket: WICKET! Perera strikes, Mahela takes the catch and Amla is out as he drives the ball but ends up edging it to first slip. Mahela takes the sharp chance and Amla goes back, South Africa lose their 5th wicket. A wicket and a single as Duminy comes out to bat.

  • 74

    Five dots and then Amla takes a single in pain to end the over. His hamstring is giving him problems.

  • 73

    Another maiden from Sri Lanka.

  • 72

    Final session of the series. Herath starts it with the ball. A maiden to start the session.

  • 71

    Tea: Another maiden and it is tea time in Colombo. South Africa are 265 runs away from a win, and Sri Lanka are 6 wickets away.

  • 70

    Another maiden from Herath and we may just get in another over before tea.

  • 69

    Another maiden from Sri Lanka, Perera bowls it and Faf keeps it out.

  • 68

    Another maiden from Sri Lanka, we are very close to tea on day five.

  • 67

    Perera bowls four balls from over the wicket and then switches to around the wicket. A maiden in the end.

  • 66

    100: Three dots and then Faf takes a single to bring up the 100. Four, Amla hits it in front of square for four, putting some pressure on Herath who is bowling well.

  • 65

    Perera operating from the other end. Four dots and then Faf outside edges it through the slip region for four. A single to end the over. SA 99 for 4.

  • 64

    Wicket: Herath comes back for another spell, WICKET! He takes a wicket with his first ball, AB is out and South Africa lose an important wicket. Herath bowls it in the rough, spins it and it dips on AB, AB is bowled. Faf comes out to bat, he is an expert in these situations. Good ball, Faf is given out but he reviews straightaway, and the replays show that it will go down leg so he survives. Six men around the bat for Herath. A single from the over.

  • 63

    Not much turn for Mendis, but he finishes another maiden.

  • 62

    Another maiden, South Africa playing the waiting game with two brilliant players at the crease.

  • 61

    Mathews brings Mendis back into the attack. Another maiden from Sri Lanka.

  • 60

    A single to start the over and the four dots. Amla pushes the ball on the off side for another single.

  • 59

    Just a couple of singles from the over, Vithanage finishes another over.

  • 58

    Three dots and another appeal for lbw, the umpire does not give it. Sri Lanka review and the third umpire says it is the on-field umpire's call so AB survives, but it was very close. A maiden from Perera.

  • 57

    Vithanage bowls his 4th over, a couple of singles from it.

  • 56

    Just a single from the over, South Africa keep the scoreboard ticking. The need 282 runs.

  • 55

    Vithanage bowls a maiden, South Africa 86 for 3.

  • 54

    Another maiden from Sri Lanka, Perera bowls it and Amla plays it out.

  • 53

    A maiden from Herath, AB plays it out.

  • 52

    A single to start the over and then AB pulls the ball from outside off through midwicket for four. A single and then three dots to end the over.

  • 51

    Four dots and then a single from the over. South Africa reach 80 for 3.

  • 50

    Vithanage comes into the attack and a couple of runs from the over. South Africa are 79 for 3.

  • 49

    Dropped, Herath gets the outside edge and Amla has been dropped between slip and gully by Mathews, tough chance. Another maiden.

  • 48

    Amla is getting some treatment on his hamstring. Mendis brought into the attack. Five dots and then a single to end the over, this is Amla's first single, all his runs have come from boundaries so far.

  • 47

    Sri Lanka are bowling at 22 overs per hour. Another maiden from Herath.

  • 46

    Four dots and then AB whips the ball to square leg for three runs, his first runs of this innings.

  • 45

    Herath bowls three balls from over the stumps and then goes around. Another maiden and Amla defends it out.

  • 44

    AB comes down the wicket and then pads it awkwardly to silly point, Sri Lankans are reviewing it for a catch. It was no where near the glove, AB survives and Sri Lanka lose a review. End of the over, it is a maiden.

  • 43

    Five dots and then Herath bowls it flatter and outside off, Amla drives it through the covers for four. Amla moves on to 12, South Africa 73 for 3.

  • 42

    Perera goes over the stumps. A few dots and then a leg bye from the over. South Africa need 300 to win.

  • 41

    Another maiden from Herath, Sri Lanka are trying to get as many overs in as possible.

  • 40

    Another maiden, South Africa are 3 wickets down and need 301 runs to win.

  • 39

    Wicket: Three dots and then WICKET! De Kock falls, Vithanage takes the catch and Herath gets his second wicket. De Kock was playing forward, Herath lands the ball in the rough and makes it spin in, it hits the glove and pops up to short leg who takes the catch. AB is the new man in.

  • 38

    Another maiden from Perera, South Africa playing the waiting and defending game well.

  • 37

    Another maiden from Herath, 9 out of his 15 overs have been maidens in this innings. 63 overs to go in the day.

  • 36

    Perera continues, four dots to start the over. Just a single from the over, South Africa keep ticking away, and are 68 for 2.

  • 35

    Another quick over from Sri Lanka, they are bowling fast like they did yesterday.

  • 33

    We have lost 15 overs to the rain break, Herath is looking to make up those overs by bowling quickly. Another maiden from him.

  • 32

    De Kock pushes it down leg for a couple of runs, Perera strays on the leg side. Three runs from the over.

  • 31

    Herath finishes another quick over, just a single to square leg. South Afrca 63 for 2.

  • 30

    De Kock takes a single from the first ball, five dots to end the over.

  • 29

    Herath bowls another maiden, South Africa 61 for 2.

  • 28

    Herath bowls another maiden, South Africa 61 for 2.

  • 27

    Five dots and then a couple of runs to end the over. South Africa need 308 more to win.

  • 27

    Another maiden from Sri Lanka, Herath finishes it.

  • 26

    A maiden from Perera to De Kock, and tea will be taken at 2:55 pm local time.

  • 25

    Four, Herath starts have the rain delay and lunch, Amla rocks back and hits it through the covers for four.

  • Lunch: 11:25 am - Lunch has been taken early and play will resume in an hour.

  • 11:00 am - The ran has stopped and the covers are coming off.

  • Rain: 10:31 am local time - Rain as interrupted play in the form of a heavier shower. The players are off, the covers are on. Big dark cloud above the ground and it is going to be a long delay.

  • Rain: Over 21.1 - SA 47/1 (Elgar 13, De Kock 28) - Perera starts the over and it starts raining. Sri Lanka are not keen to go off and this may be a short drizzle, but the umpires suspend play.

  • Rain: 10:31 am local time - Rain as interrupted play in the form of a heavier shower. The players are off, the covers are on.

  • 24

    A quick maiden from Perera, South Africa are 314 runs away from a win and Sri Lanka are 8 wickets away.

  • 23

    Lakmal starts from round the stumps. It is a no ball from Lakmal and Amla whips the ball to deep square leg for four. Five runs from the over.

  • 22

    Wicket: WICKET! Just after the rain break, Sri Lanka get a wicket. Elgar pushes at a ball that pitches on middle and turns, Elgar misses and the ball hits his stumps. Perera bowls Elgar, Sri Lanka get their first wicket today. A forward short leg in place for Amla, a shout for lbw, but the umpire is not interested and it is 3 leg byes in the end. South Africa 50 for 2.

  • Update - It was a 10 minute shower, it has stopped now and the covers are coming off.

  • Rain: Over 21.1 - SA 47/1 (Elgar 13, De Kock 28) - Lakmal starts the over and it starts raining. Sri Lanka are not keen to go off and this may be a short drizzle, but the umpires suspend play.

  • 21

    A couple of dots from Lakmal and then umpires warn him to stay away from the danger area of the pitch in his follow through. De Kock places the ball into the gap at cover for a couple of runs. A couple more runs to end the over, De Kock drives it to deep extra cover to get to 28. SA 322 runs behind.

  • 20

    De Kock works the ball square on the leg side for three runs, Perera first ball of this over. Five dots to end the over, South Africa 42 for 1.

  • 19

    Another maiden from Sri Lanka, Lakmal finishes it.

  • 18

    An early start and a maiden to start the day from Perera.

  • 1:00 pm local time - The covers are being taken off and the rain has stopped. The covers are off, the super sopper is finishing up its work and play will start in 5 minutes. South Africans are warming up.

  • Stumps - That is the end of day four, South Afrca are 38 for 1 after 17 overs and need 331 runs to win this test. Sri Lanka need to get 9 wickets.

  • Rain: 5:20 pm Rain - Rain has started and the covers come on the ground, things going from bad to worse.

  • Bad light stops play - They have decided to go off for light. The umpires decide that the light is worse now than it was at the previous stoppage.

  • 17

    Mendis comes back into the attack. Elgar pushes the ball to sweeper cover for a single. Three singles from the over, the spinners are flying through these overs.

  • 16

    Perera bowls it down leg, De Kock clips the ball through the leg side for a couple. Then he drives the ball through extra cover for a couple more. De Kock is batting aggressively which is very refreshing given the match situation.

  • 15

    Four singles from the first four balls, Herath pushes the over rate in excess of 20 overs per hour.

  • 14

    Elgar takes a single and then De Kock pushes the ball down the leg side for four to fine leg, Perera angles it down the leg side. De Kock ends the over with a couple more runs making it 7 from the over.

  • 13

    Another maiden from Herath, he has bowled 5 maidens out of his 8 overs.

  • 12

    Four, De Kock gets his first boundary as he hits Perera through midwicket, a nicely controlled shot from him. A single to end the over.

  • 11

    Herath finishes another over, a couple of singles from it. South Africa trail by 356 runs.

  • 10

    Perera angles the ball into De Kock and he gets a leading edge on it as he tries to work it on the leg side. A couple of runs as Elgar pushes the ball through midwicket. A couple of dots and then a single. De Kock clips the last ball to midwicket again for a couple more.

  • 9

    Wicket: Vithanage takes the catch at silly point and Herath gets the first WICKET! Petersen is gone for a duck after playing many maiden overs, South Africa lose their first wicket as Petersen pushes at a tossed up ball. A surprise from Amla, De Kock comes in at number 3. De Kock clips the ball to midwicket for a single.

  • 8

    Another maiden from Mendis, Sri Lankans have bowled 8 overs in no time.

  • 7

    And another maiden from Sri Lanka, the opening pair is doing well against spin.

  • 6

    Mendis introduced into the attack, another maiden from the Sri Lankan spinners.

  • 5

    Another quick maiden from Herath.

  • 4

    Another maiden, Perera bowls it this time. South Africa stay on 4 for no loss.

  • 3

    Another quick maiden from Herath, he is trying to get in as many overs as he can before the weather deteriorates.

  • 2

    Perera starts from the other end, Elgar sends the first ball through the covers for four. Five dots to end the over.

  • 1

    Elgar and Petersen open for South Africa. Mathews starts with Herath. End of the first over, a maiden from Herath.

  • Over 53.4 - SL 229/8d (Mathews 63) - Six, Mathews hits Morkel over deep midwicket for a six. WICKET! Herath is out and Sri Lanka have declared the innings. South Africa will need to chase down 369 if they want to win this and will have to bat out around 128 overs if they want to save this test.

  • 52

    Steyn continues, Sri Lanka will be thinking about the weather when they think about declaration. Four singles from the over, the lead goes to 358 runs.

  • 51

    Wicket: Mathews takes a single from the first ball and then WICKET! Tahir bowls Perera and Sri Lanka lose another wicket. Just two runs from the over.

  • 50

    A couple of singles and then Perera lifts the ball over mid on for four. Six runs from the Steyn over, Sri Lanka 213 for 6.

  • 49

    50: Perera is the new man in, tea was taken during the bad-light delay, and now Sri Lanka are back to extend the lead. Tahir to start things off, four singles from the over. Mathews gets his 50.

  • Cloudy: Bad light - It is quite overcast around the ground, the umpires are taking the players off. The covers arrive as the play is delayed.

  • 48

    Wicket: Three singles, and then WICKET! Steyn gets his second and Dicwella is out, AB takes a good catch at midwicket. The lead is 342 runs.

  • 47

    Five singles from the over, Sri Lanka brings their 200 up.

  • 46

    Steyn comes back into the attack. A couple of dots and then a single to Mathews. Four, Dickwella hits Steyn's short ball over point for four. A couple of singles makes it 7 runs from the over.

  • 45

    A single and then a couple of runs to Dickwella. Five runs from the over, Sri Lanka lead by 327 with 49 overs to go today.

  • 44

    Five singles from the over, Sri Lankans push the lead to 322 runs.

  • 43

    Four, Dickwella comes out to bat and sweeps Tahir for four through deep square leg. The lead is now 317 runs.

  • 42

    Wicket: Three singles from the over and then WICKET! Morkel gets another one, Faf takes a brilliant catch running from point to third man, the ball was in the air for a long time and Vithanage goes. Dickwella comes out to bat.

  • 41

    Tahir comes back into the attack, Vithanage is the new man at the crease. Vithanage takes a couple of runs and then hits the last ball of the over for four, another reverse sweep from him that goes to the boundary. 7 from the over.

  • 40

    Wicket: Morkel to Mathews, who hits the ball through midwicket for a single. Another single and then Mathews pulls the ball away for a six over midwicket, using the pace of Morkel well. WICKET! Sanga tries to run the ball to third man but gets a thin edge on it and De Kock takes the wicket. Sri Lanka are 4 down, but 303 runs ahead.

  • 39

    Duminy will bowl for the first time in this innings. Three dots and then Sanga hits it over extra cover and Morkel does well to stop the ball and keep it to two runs.

  • 38

    A couple of singles, and there could be more rain, the ground staff is ready. Four to end the over, makes it six from the over, Sri Lanka 153 for 3.

  • 37

    Elgar brought into the attack, Tahir taken off. A single brings Sanga on strike. Three, Sanga cuts it powerfully through the square on the off side for three runs. A single and then Sanga sends the last ball over the bowler's head for four more, expensive over from Elgar, the lead is now 286.

  • 36

    A dot and then a couple of singles stretches the lead past 270. A couple of runs and then Sanga hits another boundary through midwicket. He is accelerating after his 50.

  • 35

    Sanga hits the first ball for four, he gets to his 50 in style. Three more, Sanga pushes the flighted ball past the keeper for three runs. A couple more to end the over, makes it 9 runs from the over.

  • 34

    Mathews takes a single from the first ball of the over, then Sanga slices the ball to extra cover for a couple of runs. A single to end the over.

  • 33

    Tahir continues, a couple of singles to start the over and then Sanga pushes the ball through extra cover for for a couple more. A leg bye to end the over, Sri Lanka 115 for 3.

  • 32

    Philander comes into the attack, three dots and Sanga pushes the ball through cover for a single. Just the single from the over, Sanga moves on to 40.

  • 31

    Play will go on for an extra hour today, till 6pm local time, which means there will be 64 more overs. A couple of dots and then Sanga takes a single to Tahir. Just a single from the over.

  • 1:00 pm local time - The covers are being taken off and the rain has stopped.

  • Rain: Match delayed by rain - It started as a short downpour and then kept getting stronger and stronger. The match is delayed by rain.

  • 30

    100: A couple of singles and then Mathews hits the ball through the covers to make it 6 runs from the over.

  • 29

    100: A single and then Sanga drives the ball wide of long off for a couple of runs. Three runs from the over, the 100 comes up for Sri Lanka.

  • 28

    Three dots and then Mathews pulls the bouncer to midwicket for a single. Sri Lanka 99 for 3.

  • 27

    A couple o singles and then a couple of dots. Three runs from the over.

  • 26

    An outside edge that flies off through extra cover for a single. A single to end the over, two runs from it.

  • 25

    A couple of singles to start the over, Mathews then whips the ball on the leg side and Morkel cuts it off in the deep. Six runs from the over.

  • 24

    Sanga clips it nicely in front of square for four more. Just the boundary from the over.

  • 23

    Wicket: Sanga comes out of his crease and pushes the ball to long on for a single. A chance of a wicket, but Mahela is reviewing, he reverse sweeps it and the ball pops up and Elgar takes it before crashing into De Kock. The third umpire agrees that it is out, it hit the glove but Mahela is not happy as he walks out. Sanga has a chat with the umpires. A single and a big wicket from the over.

  • 22

    Wicket: WICKET! Silva falls against the run of play, Silva hits it straight to point and South Africans get their second wicket. Mahela walks out to bat. It is a bit cloudy around the ground, the ground staff is ready.

  • 21

    Sanga pulls the ball past short leg for four, Tahir bowls a poor first ball again. Sanga takes a single, and then Silva pushes the ball to point for a single.

  • 20

    Four, Silva hits the ball through point for four. Four more, this time it is a short ball and Silva hooks it to square leg for four. 8 from the over.

  • 19

    A couple of singles from Tahir's over after drinks.

  • 18

    Sanga takes a single through the covers, Morkel comes into the attack. First drinks break of the day.

  • 17

    200: Tahir tosses it up, Sanga reaches to the pitch of the ball and hits it through the covers for four, the lead is now 200. A couple of runs as Sanga pushes the ball through point. Sri Lanka lead by 204 runs.

  • 16

    Sanga clips the ball to deep midwicket for a single. Silva is warned not to run on the pitch. Just the single from the over.

  • 15

    Tahir starts with a full toss outside leg stump and Silva hits the ball through the leg side for four. Just the boundary from the over.

  • 14

    Five dots and then Sanga inside edges the ball through fine leg for four, he is not comfortable against the balls that are straightening.

  • 13

    Sanga flicks the ball to long leg for a single. Four, this one is full and swinging from Steyn and Sanga drives the ball through gully for four. 5 from the over.

  • 12

    Another maiden from Philander, good pressure being created by the visitors after the initial attack from Tharanga.

  • 11

    Wicket: WICKET! Steyn gets the big fish, Tharanga edges it as he goes after the ball and De Kock makes no mistake, Tharanga caught behind and Steyn provides the first breakthrough. Sanga walks out. Sanga pulls the ball to midwicket for a couple of runs and is off a king pair. Four, Sanga cuts it behind point for four. Six from the over.

  • 10

    A welcome maiden from Philander, Silva plays it out. The plan from Sri Lanka seems to be, Tharanga will attack and Silva will be the anchor.

  • 9

    Sri Lanka have already scored 21 runs in three overs today, Steyn runs in to bowl his second over of the day. Tharanga pulls the ball to deep square leg for a single. Four, Tharanga hammers the ball through midwicket for four, making it six runs from the over.

  • 8

    Silva takes a single to Philander on the leg side. A couple of dots and then Tharanga flicks the ball through the leg side for a couple of runs. Four, Tharanga cuts it behind point and it goes all the way to the boundary. A single makes it 8 runs to end the over.

  • 7

    Steyn starts his work for the day from the other end. There is some late swing for Steyn but Tharanga covers it and drives the ball down the ground for a couple of runs. Then Tharanga leans forward and pushes the ball through the off side for three runs. Silva takes a single, his first runs of the day. A short ball from Steyn and Tharanga hooks it on the leg side for a couple of runs. 8 from the over

  • 6

    Four, Tharanga starts the day by hitting Philander for a boundary through the off side. Four dots and then a single to end the over. Sri Lanka have made their intentions clear.

  • Day Four - Sri Lanka lead by 150 and have 10 wickets in hand, South Africa are trying to catch up and have batted well in their first innings on a slow pitch. Sri Lanka will be looking to score quickly and give themselves enough time to bowl out South Africa. South Africa will be working towards the opposite.

  • 5

    Steyn to bowl the last over, Silva plays it out, Sri Lanka are 11 for no loss and lead by 150 runs at the end of day three.

  • 4

    A maiden from Philander and Sri Lanka lead by 150 runs.

  • 3

    A single to start the over, four dots and then another single to end the over.

  • 2

    Four over to go in the day, Philander starts from the other end. Dropped, Tharanga is dropped by AB at second slip, tough chance as he dives to in front of first slip. Four, another edge and this time it goes for four past gully. Just the boundary from the over.

  • 1

    Steyn starts for South Africa, Tharanga takes a single from the first ball. Four, Silva pushes the ball wide of third man for the first boundary of the innings. Sri Lanka lead by 144 runs.

  • 135

    Wicket: Morkel comes out to bat, last pair batting for South Africa. Amla cuts Perera behind point for a couple of runs. Amla takes a single and Morkel will face Perera for a couple of balls this over. WICKET! Morkel is out, South Africa are all out for 282 and Amla is the last man standing on 139. Good innings from the captain. South Africa trail by 139 runs.

  • 134

    Wicket: A few dots, an appeal but the umpire is not interested and Sri Lanka have no reviews left. WICKET! Herath strikes. Tharanga takes the catch and Herath gets the wicket, Tahir is out but has played a handy knock for South Africa. They trail 142 runs.

  • 133

    Lakmal continues, and finishes a maiden. South Africa trail by 142 runs.

  • 132

    A single from the over, Amla gets it and moves on to 136,

  • 131

    Lakmal comes back into the attack. Five dots and then Amla takes a single from the last ball to keep strike.

  • 130

    Three dots and then Amla takes a single to move on to 134. Tahir pushes the ball to long off for a couple of runs. Three from the over, SA trail by 144 runs.

  • 129

    14 overs to go in the day, South Africa are doing well but Sri Lanka are still ahead of the game. After drinks, Perera comes back into the attack. A couple of singles from the over.

  • 128

    A maiden from Herath and Amla plays it out. South Africa trail by less than 150 runs.

  • 127

    Tahir sweeps Mendis and gets a single as Tharanga stops the boundary in the deep. A couple of dots and then another single, Amla not trusting Tahir with more strike. Two from the over.

  • 126

    A maiden from Herath, Amla plays it out. South Africa trail by 151 runs.

  • 125

    Tahir on strike and Mathews turns to Mendis, three dots and then Tahir takes a single. Amla takes another single. It is a no ball and Tahir slog sweeps it on the leg side for four, making the most of the no ball. 7 from the over.

  • 124

    Herath starts his 42nd over, and it is a maiden. South Africa are 263 for 8.

  • 123

    Three dots and then Amla takes a single, giving Tahir two balls again. This seems to be the plan, play three or four balls and then let Tahir survive for the last couple.

  • 122

    Three dots and then Amla takes a single to square leg. Tahir pushes the next ball through to long-on for a couple of runs.

  • 121

    Three dots, then Amla pushes the ball to square leg for a single. Tahir has to survive two balls. Tahir survives, and just a single from the over.

  • 120

    Three dots and then a single to Amla as he outside edges it past the slip region. Four, Tahir hits the last ball for four, it was short Tahir forces it through point for four.

  • 119

    Tahir walks out to bat ahead of Morkel. Three dots and then Amla takes a single. Tahir survives the last two balls, South Africa are 253 for 8.

  • 118

    Wicket: A couple of dots and then Steyn brings the 250 up with a boundary over the bowler's head, another brilliant shot from him. WICKET! Steyn is out, Herath gets the wicket after being hit for a few boundaries. Steyn goes for another big hit but ends up sending it high in he air, Sanga settles under it and takes a good catch.

  • 117

    A single to start the over and a single to end it, four dots in the middle.

  • 116

    Amla takes a single and then Dickwella fails to gather the ball and make the stumping, Steyn survives. Six, Steyn rubs it in with a big six over long off, just comes down the wicket and hits Herath out of the ground. 7 from the over.

  • 115

    A maiden from Perera, South Africa starting slowly after tea but putting together a healthy partnership. They trail by 183 runs.

  • 114

    A single and then a couple of dots. Another single to end the over.

  • 113

    A single and then a few dots. A big appeal for lbw, Sri Lanka are reviewing this. Umpire's call stands, and Sri Lanka have wasted both their reviews.

  • 112

    After tea, Herath bowls a few dots to Amla. Then Amla pushes the ball to square leg for a single. Just a single from the over.

  • 111

    Amla takes a single from the first ball to deep midwicket. Five dots to end the over. South Africa trail by 187 runs at tea.

  • 110

    Three dots and then Amla takes a single to square leg. Just a single from the over, there may be one more to go to tea.

  • 109

    Just a single from the Perera over as he starts a new spell. South Africa 232 for 7.

  • 108

    A couple of singles to start the over and then a few dots to end the over. South Africa trail by 190.

  • 107

    Lakmal gets his right elbow taped up and finishes a maiden.

  • 106

    A leg bye and then Steyn hits Herath for a six, he comes out of his crease early and hits the spinner over long-off for a big six. A couple of dots to end the over, South Africa are 229 for 7.

  • 105

    A couple of dots as Mendis starts from the other end. Steyn takes a single and then Amla hits Mendis through the covers again for a beautiful drive for four. Six from the over. The follow on has been avoided.

  • 104

    Herath finishes a quick maiden, 5 more runs needed to avoid follow on.

  • 103

    A couple of dots and then Amla pushes the ball to cover for a single. Three dots to end the over.

  • 102

    Steyn comes down the wicket and hits the ball through mid-on for four. Just the boundary from the over.

  • 101

    A couple of dots and then Steyn pushes it past the keeper for three runs. Three dots to end the over, 10 more needed to avoid follow on.

  • 100

    Amla takes a single from the first ball to long on. Steyn gets off the mark with a push to deep square leg. Another flick on the leg side, Steyn gets a single and brings Amla on strike. A couple of dots to end the over.

  • 99

    Wicket: WICKET! Perera keeps chipping away at the tail, Philander is bowled. Big gap between bat and pad and it goes through Philander. A wicket maiden from Perera.

  • 98

    Three singles from the over after the drinks break.

  • 97

    200: Four, Amla hits Perera through cover for four to get South Africa to 201. Just the boundary from the over.

  • 96

    Amla flicks the ball on the leg side for a couple of runs, and then gets a leg bye. Three runs from the over, 24 needed to avoid follow on.

  • 95

    Perera back, around the stumps to Amla. Amla takes a single as he hits the ball to deep square leg. It is full and outside off, Philander drives the ball to deep cover for a couple of runs.

  • 94

    Amla takes a single, that is his 100, five dots to end the over. Amla gets his 22nd Test ton, first one as captain.

  • 93

    Lakmal continues, a couple of singles brings Amla back on strike. Four, Amla hits it in the air but places it into the gap for four more, he moves on to 98. Amla cuts the next ball to the sweeper for a single to get to 99. Philander takes a couple of runs to end the over, Amla will be on strike for the next over.

  • 92

    Philander gets off the mark with a punch through cover. Five dots to end the over.

  • 91

    Four, Amla hits the length ball through the covers again to get into the 90s. Dropped, Amla is dropped at short cover, it was a tough chance, he is on 93. Just the boundary from the over.

  • 90

    Wicket: Over number 90, WICKET! Three dots and then Herath strikes, Dickwella pulls off a smart stumping, Duminy comes down the wicket after the appeal last ball and gives the wicket away. Duminy played 58 balls to get his 3 runs, a wicket maiden from Herath. Philander comes out to bat.

  • 89

    Four, Amla drives and drives it hard through the covers for four. Amla pushes the ball through point for a couple of runs. Six from the over.

  • 88

    Herath continues from the other end. Sri Lanka are reviewing the decision, but the third umpire says it is not out, Duminy survives a lbw shout. Another maiden from Sri Lanka.

  • 87

    Lakmal comes back to bowl with the new ball. He starts his spell with a maiden.

  • 86

    Herath finishes a maiden, South Africa are 252 runs behind.

  • 85

    A dot and then four, the new ball turns sharply and goes down leg, Amla hits it past the keeper and Hearth can't cut it off as it goes for four. Five dots to end the over. Amla moves on to 83.

  • 84

    Five dots and then a single from Herath to end the over. Spinners bowling with the new ball.

  • 83

    A couple of dots from Perera and then the second new ball is taken. Amla pushes the ball to deep midwicket for a single. Just a single from the over.

  • 82

    Lunch: A few dots and then an appeal from the Sri Lankans as Duminy pads one against the turn. The umpire is not interested, they think of going for a review but then decide against it. South Africa are 163 for 5 at lunch, trail by 258 runs.

  • 82

    A few dots and then an appeal from the Sri Lankans as Duminy pads one against the turn. The umpire is not interested, they think of going for a review but then decide against it.

  • 81

    This could be the last over before lunch, Perera to bowl it over the wicket. A quick over from Perera will allow for another over before lunch.

  • 80

    Amla takes a single from the first ball, he hits Mendis to the sweeper on the off side. A couple of dots and then a huge appeal for lbw, the umpire thinks it is not out. Sri Lanka review it and it is a poor review as the ball was missing the stumps. Just the single from the over.

  • 79

    Another maiden from Sri Lanka just before lunch, Perera bowls it.

  • 78

    Mendis bowls a maiden, Amla plays it out just 10 minutes before lunch.

  • 77

    A couple of dots and then Amla drives the ball through the covers again, the fielder does well to keep it to three. Three from the over, Amla moves on to 76.

  • 76

    Mendis is brought back into the attack. Amla drives the first ball through the covers for a single. Just the single from the over.

  • 75

    A maiden from Perera, South Africa trail by 263 runs. A run rate that was over 3.5 per over before drinks has not suddenly plunged to 1.5 per over after the loss of two quick wickets.

  • 74

    A dot ball to start the over and then Amla places the ball behind square leg for a couple of runs. Just two from the over.

  • 73

    Perera to Duminy and Duminy hits the ball to mid on for a single. Four dots and then a single to end the over. Amla moves on to 70.

  • 72

    Another maiden from Herath, he is keeping things quiet from his end.

  • 71

    A single and then Duminy nudges the ball fine on the leg side for a couple of runs. Three from the over.

  • 70

    Duminy comes out to bat after two quick wickets, Herath continues. Amla drives the second ball into the off side for a single. Just the single from the over.

  • 69

    Wicket: A couple of dots and then Amla works the ball to the leg side for a single. WICKET! AB reviews it but it is in vain, Perera gets the first wicket of the day. This one turns and beats AB, hitting his pads, it pitched on off and was hitting leg. Umpire Llong had no doubts about that. Big wicket for Sri Lanka. The partnership of 79 between Amla and AB has been broken. De Kock comes in to bat and South Africa need a big partnership. WICKET! Bowled him, Perera gets two in one over, De Kock is bowled and South Africa stumble.

  • 68

    A couple of dots and then Amla hits the ball to mid-off to get a single. South Africa are 149 for 3.

  • 67

    Perera starts round the stumps. Four, AB dances out of his crease and hits the ball straight down the ground for four. Four dots to end the over.

  • 66

    Five dots as Herath starts the proceedings after drinks and AB hits the last ball behind square for a single.

  • 65

    Perera starts his second over of the day, AB takes a single behind square. Just a single from the over as Amla plays the rest out.

  • 64

    Herath bowls another maiden, he is bowling consistently like he did yesterday.

  • 63

    Perera comes into the attack for the first time today. A couple of singles to start the over and then four dots to end it.

  • 62

    Three dots to start the over and then Amla hits Herath through extra cover for four. Just the boundary from the over. 42 runs have come from the last 10 overs.

  • 61

    Lakmal bowls a no ball again. All dots to end the over which started with a no ball, Lakmal finishes his 16th over in total, 5th of this spell..

  • 60

    A maiden from Herath, a good over after a few expensive ones from Sri Lanka.

  • 59

    Three dots and then a no ball. A chance for caught behind on the leg side, Lakmal got Faf like that yesterday. The third umpire is in play, AB gloves it but it bounces in front of Dickwella behind the stumps and he appeals. Not a good sign for a debutant keeper. Just the no ball from the over, AB survives.

  • 58

    Herath comes into the attack, the first ball is tossed up and Amla pushes it down the ground for a single. Four singles from the over in the end.

  • 57

    A no ball to start the over, a slow bouncer from Lakmal bounces over AB and hits his helmet. Four, AB swivels on his back foot and hits the ball through the leg side for four, another short ball from Lakmal but this one does not rise. Another short ball and AB hooks it through square leg for four. 15 runs from the over, a good one for South Africa.

  • 56

    Amla works the ball behind square and gets his first Test 50 as captain. AB punches the ball out to the sweeper for a single. Four, Amla attacks Mendis, it is a low full toss and Amla hits the ball away to the midwicket boundary. Four more, Amla rocks back and hits the ball through the leg side for four more. 10 from the over.

  • 55

    Amla drives the ball through midwicket again for a single. AB stays back and punches the ball square of the wicket on the off side for a couple of runs. Three runs from the over.

  • 54

    100: Mendis starts from the other end. Amla pushes the ball through midwicket for a single, moves on to 48 and brings the 100 up for South Africa. A couple of singles from the over.

  • 53

    Amla takes strike, Lakmal has the ball in his hands and AB is at the other end. Amla pushes the first ball to square leg for a single. Amla and AB will need to bat as long as they can today to keep South Africa in the game. Just the single from the over.

  • 52

    Last over of the day, four, Amla hits the short and wide ball through the covers for four. A single to end the over and the day. South Africa are 98 for 3 after 52 overs on day two and they trail by 323 runs. South Africa need this partnership to keep going and bat most of the day tomorrow, and Sri Lanka need wickets but have runs to play with.

  • 51

    Perera to bowl the second last over of the day, it is maiden. South Africa are 93 for 3.

  • 50

    A couple of dots and then AB takes a single to give Amla the strike. A couple of runs as Amla punches the ball through the covers. Three from the over.

  • 49

    A single to start the over, Perera starts his 14th over. A few dots and then Amla pushes the ball through the covers for a couple of runs.

  • 48

    AB takes a single through extra cover and Herath goes over the wicket. Just the single from the over.

  • 47

    A single to start the over and then five dots to end it, Perera finishes another over. 5 overs remaining in the day.

  • 46

    Another maiden from Sri Lanka, Herath finishes his 12th over.

  • 45

    A maiden from Perera, South Africa are 85 for 3.

  • 44

    Herath continues, AB gets a single from the first ball. A dots and then Amla works the last ball square of the wicket for a couple of runs.

  • 43

    Amla stops Lakmal as he tries to bowl the first ball, a crow flies across the pitch. Two singles from the over.

  • 42

    A dot to start and then Amla clips it behind square for a single. Four dots to end the over.

  • 41

    Lakmal continues from the other end, five dots and then a boundary. Four, AB hits his first boundary, a classic drive through the covers for four.

  • 40

    Vithanage to Amla, Amla cuts it past point for a couple of runs, the sweeper cuts it off. A couple of singles and then three dots to end the over.

  • 39

    Wicket: WICKET! After many, many overs of blocking Faf is out. Dickwella takes a good catch down the leg side, a one-handed grab just inches from the turf. Lakmal gets the wicket, and bowls a maiden.

  • 38

    Amla takes another single to deep midwicket. Four, Faf drives it past extra cover for four, good shot against Vithanage. Six from the over.

  • 37

    Lakmal comes back into the attack, three dots to start the over. Amla pushes the pad from his pads to deep midwicket for a single. Just the single from the over.

  • 36

    Vithanage continues, three singles from the over. South AFrica 64 for 2 after 36 overs.

  • 35

    Mendis continues after the drinks break. Four, Mendis pitches it up and Amla drives it through cover for four. A single makes it 6 from the over.

  • 34

    Vithanage into the attack, Amla works the first ball for a single to midwicket. Faf plays the paddle sweep for a couple of runs. Four runs from the over in the end.

  • 33

    50: A couple of singles from the over, South Africa get to 50 at the loss of two wickets, going at 1.54 per over.

  • 32

    Amla takes a single from the first ball and Perera goes over the stumps. Four singles from the over in the end, South Africa on 49 for 2.

  • 31

    Mendis bowls five dots and then Amla takes a single to end the over.

  • 30

    A couple of dots and then a single, Sri Lanka have already bowled 11 maidens in 30 overs. South Africa bowled 23 in their entire innings. Three singles from this over.

  • 29

    Three dots and then Mendis bowls a no ball. Just the no ball from the over.

  • 28

    Perera continues, Faf takes a single to deep midwicket from the first ball. A few dots and a single from the over.

  • 27

    Five dots and then Herath gives a single away, South Africa going at 1.37 per over.

  • 26

    Four, and dropped, Mahela, who generally takes every catch in the slips, drops an important one. Amla goes hard and the ball and edges it through Mahela for four.

  • 25

    Herath bowls another maiden, he has bowled 4 maidens in 8 overs today.

  • 24

    Perera replaces Lakmal. Perera makes it spin and bounce, Amla ends up outside edging it past the slips for a couple of runs. A couple more as Amla outside edges it again, it races past the slips.

  • 23

    Herath finishes another quiet over, just a single from it.

  • 22

    A couple of singles from the over, Lakmal finishes his 7th over.

  • 21

    Herath is back, replacing Perera. He starts with a maiden.

  • 20

    Five dots from Lakmal and then Amla takes a single to end the over.

  • 19

    Perera finishes another over, just a single from it. South Africa 24 for 2.

  • 18

    Lakmal starts his work after tea with a maiden. Sri Lanka 23 for 2.

  • 17

    Perera will start the last session, he starts with a maiden.

  • 16

    Tea: Last over before tea, four dots to start from Mendis. Faf hits the fifth ball through midwicket for four. South Africa trail by 398 runs at tea.

  • 15

    Another maiden from the Sri Lankan spinners, Perera finishes his 4th over.

  • 14

    Just a single from the over, Sri Lanka keeping the scoring rate down to 1.32 per over.

  • 13

    A dot ball to start the over and then Amla flicks the next ball to deep square leg for a single. Just one from the over.

  • 12

    Mendis replaces Herath before tea, he starts the over with five dots. Four, Faf drives the ball between extra cover and mid-off for a controlled boundary.

  • 11

    Another maiden from Perera, Amla plays it out.

  • 10

    Herath keeps the pressure on from the other side, finishing another maiden.

  • 9

    Wicket: Perera comes into the attack to bowl off spin now. A couple of dots and then WICKET! Elgar not sure whether to go forward or back, ends up edging it to short leg who dives to take a good catch. It is Silva under the helmet, who gets the catch. A wicket maiden from Perera. Amla comes out to bat.

  • 8

    Faf comes out of his crease and hits the ball over extra cover for a six, almost doubling the innings score. Just the six from the over, Herath finishes his 4th over.

  • 7

    A slow start after losing a wicket from South Africa, Lakmal finishes another maiden.

  • 6

    Five dots to start the over and then Faf drives the ball nicely through extra cover for a couple of runs.

  • 5

    Five dots and then a single to end the over, Lakmal finishes another one.

  • 4

    Herath bowls a maiden, he has a lot of runs to play with and Sri Lanka have 2 more spinners.

  • 3

    Five dots and then a leg bye to end the over. South Africa trail by 417 runs.

  • 2

    Wicket: Herath will start with the new ball from the other end, clear signs of Sri Lanka favouring spin. The first ball spins in from outside off and Elgar works it square for a single. Three dots and then WICKET! caught and bowled, Herath gets a wicket in his first over. Petersen hits it back to the bowler, Faf walks in to bat.

  • 1

    Petersen pushes the first ball past midwicket for a couple of runs. Lakmal starts the bowling for Sri Lanka, and five dots to finish the over.

  • 122

    Wicket: Steyn is applying an ice pack to the back of his head. A single to start the over and then, Lakmal hits the ball through midwicket for four. WICKET! Lakmal is out, Sri Lanka are all out for 421. Philander gets the last wicket, Lakmal flashes hard at it and is caught behind.

  • 121

    Lakmal is the last man, five dots from Tahir and a single from the over.

  • 120

    Wicket: Philander comes into the attack and bowls five dots. Philander then produces extra bounce and this may be out. There is a noise as the ball passes the bat, Sri Lanka review this, WICKET! Mendis is out, caught behind and Sri Lanka lose their 9th wicket.

  • 119

    A single to start the over and then a couple of dots. Four, Herath sweeps Tahir through square leg for four. Five from the over.

  • 118

    Wicket: WICKET! Another direct hit and South Africa get another set batsman out. Herath wants a single, Dickwella does not, but they go for it in the leg and Dickwella is run out after batting really well on debut. Mendis walks out to bat. Morkel goes around the stumps for Mendis. Three dots and then a single to end the over.

  • 117

    Wicket: A couple of singles to start the over, WICKET! Tahir finally takes a wicket, Perera tries to hit it down the ground and Amla takes a good catch at mid-on. Herath comes out to bat. Herath takes a single and then Dickwella sweeps it over Steyn at square leg for four. 7 runs and a wicket from the over.

  • 116

    A couple of dots and then Perera gets a bye as the ball goes through him and the keeper. Just the bye from the over.

  • 115

    400: Dickwella drives it down the ground for a single to bring up the 400 for Sri Lanka. Two singles from the over.

  • 114

    A maiden from Morkel to Perera, Sri Lanka 399 for 6.

  • 113

    A couple of dots as Tahir starts from the other end, then a couple of singles. Dickwella pushes the last ball through to sweeper cover for a couple of runs to end the over.

  • 112

    Two slips for Morkel as he starts bowling after lunch. A maiden to start after lunch.

  • 111

    Lunch: This should be the last over before lunch. A couple of plays and misses from Dickwella, a loose drive and then a missed cut. Then Steyn bowls a bouncer and Dickwella ducks out of the way. A maiden to go to lunch, Sri Lanka have dominate the session but lost Mahela. South Africa have bowled a string of impressive overs after Mahela was run out.

  • 110

    Three dots and then Perera drives it wide of the sweeper for a couple of runs. Two from the over.

  • 109

    Another maiden from South Africa, Steyn bowls his 4th maiden of the innings.

  • 108

    A tight over from Steyn and now Tahir finishes a maiden just 10 minutes before lunch.

  • 107

    Steyn comes back into the attack, Amla hoping for a few more wickets. A leg byes as the ball hits Perera's pads and runs down for a single.

  • 106

    Wicket: WICKET! Completely against the run of play, the 100 runs partnership is broken with a run out. Mahela paddles it fine, sets off quickly and wants a second run. Alviro does well to get to the ball and throw it quickly, it hits the stumps and a diving Mahela is found short of his ground. Big wicket for South Africa, Perera comes out to bat. Six, Perera jumps out of his crease, first ball, and hits Duminy over long on for a six. A single to end the over.

  • 105

    Over the last 4 or 5 overs, it would seem that Sri Lanka have shifted gears and started playing like it is the middle overs of an ODI. They did this early on yesterday against the spinners. Dickwella takes a single and then Mahela sweeps a full toss on the leg side for a couple. A co

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    Colombo - South Africa pulled off a draw on the fifth and final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Monday to win the two-match series 1-0.

    As it happened: Sri Lanka v SA - Day 5

    Chasing a target of 369, South Africa finished on 159-8 off 111 overs.

    South Africa had won the opening Test in Galle by 153 runs.

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    ZTE offers smartphones a lower cost. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)

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    Cape Town - The game for mobile operators is shifting from voice to data, but that may leave consumers with a nasty bill shock, says an industry insider.

    "The first thing many consumers have been noticing is a significant increase in their monthly bills. The cause, in many cases, is an underlying shift in operators’ business focus, from voice to data," said Rob Lith, director at Connection Telecom.

    Lith has been involved in the ICT industry for the last 20 years and sees VoIP, location-based services and presence as the next wave of technological advancement.

    Mobile operators have seen massive growth in data consumption as consumers turn to services like Skype, WhatsApp and others for instant communication at lower costs compared to traditional voice services.

    However, the shift to data has seen operators moving to squeeze more revenue out of data as voice and even SMS declines.

    Data rates

    "Between 2010 and April 2014, the communications regulator forced down cellular voice tariffs by lowering the interconnect rate (the price per minute that mobile operators pay each other to terminate voice calls), from R1.25 to 20c.

    "As a result, voice revenue can no longer sustain mobile operator profits (Vodacom reports having lost R400m in three months to the plummeting interconnect rate), and so operators are looking to data to maintain the lifestyles they’ve become accustomed to," Lith explained.

    Though the data rates have fallen far below what they were 2004, an increase in networks speed results in customers using more data.

    In its annual results presentation, Vodacom reported a 21.8% growth in international customers, with an 86.4% growth in data customers.


    The growth of smartphones means that data use is set to increase exponentially. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)

    South Africans, however, have long complained that they pay too much for mobile services.

    In terms of out of bundle rates for data, Vodacom subscribers pay up to R2 per megabyte, MTN customers from R1.20 to R2, but Cell C recently shook up the market when it increased its rates.

    The operator has a history of trying to disrupt the mobile market in SA with low call rates and data - selling its data at just 15c for out of bundle rates. Cell C recently increased that to 99c.

    But consumers have options, said Lith. Instant messaging services and Voice over Internet Protocol (voip) are seeing increasing traction.

    Wi-Fi

    "It's obvious - use an OTT application like Skype or an alternative network provider such as Connection Telecom, which offers smartphone-based softphone apps over any wireless data connection, such as Wi-Fi," said Lith.

    It's a solution that other companies have spotted.

    Orange is not a mobile operator in SA, but the company has rolled out a Wi-Fi service in a partnership with African Eagle Tourism to provide free Wi-Fi services within their fleet of vehicles.

    "I think there is a great opportunity in South Africa because there is a lack of data use. There is a lack of data use because of a lack of infrastructure, especially on Wi-Fi. The question has to be put on the table: Is it normal that the main mobile operators don't cover the entire country by investing in 3G or 4G and they restrict their investment to the rich areas?" Sèbastien Crozier, Orange Horizons CEO told Fin24.

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    Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett has criticised the game plan employed by the Sharks.

    As it happened: Crusaders v Sharks

    The Sharks were bundled out of the Super Rugby competition when they lost 38-6 to the Crusaders in the semi-finals last Saturday.

    Mallett, speaking in the SuperSport studio afterwards, said he was not impressed by the game plan Director of Rugby Jake White had enforced on his players throughout the season.

    "The Sharks' game plan can only be excused if they win every game they play because they don't play attractive rugby. It's pressure rugby, kicking rugby, too much playing without the ball," said Mallett.

    "They do their best to put the opposition under pressure and then play off their mistakes, as opposed to hold onto the ball yourself and force the opposition into mistakes that way. Their kicking is often from first phase which is very easy for the opposition to read.

    "The Crusaders kick from fourth or fifth phase when there is space at the back after they've brought up the opposition wingers. They isolate the ball carrier and make it into a contestable kick or they hit grass. Without the win, this is a flawed game plan. It's not attractive, not successful and ultimately is going to drive supporters away."

    Mallett said the kicking game employed by the Sharks on the day was poorly executed. He also expressed concern at the South African teams' inability to play an attacking brand of rugby.

    "The Sharks made the semi-finals, but they made it playing a different style of rugby from the three other teams that are there. Their game plan relies on territory and a huge defence. It depends on the dominance of your pack and especially the accuracy of your kicking game. Today they didn't have an accurate kicking game. If you don't have all those things working for you and you don't have the ability to fall back on playing the situation and skills, then you fall short. And they fell short badly today.

    "You have to have a varied attacking game. The one thing that we in South Africa haven't got at the moment is a team that plays with a varied attacking game. Our attacking game is based on driving mauls, pick-and-go's and forwards off nine. The New Zealanders and the Australians use pick-and-go's, driving mauls, play off nine, play off 10 and they have the wide patterns to the wingers. They have the abilities to use all five of those attacking strategies to put the opposition under pressure. And the more varied your attacking strategy is, the harder it is to defend against. Perhaps this is just an orange light for South African rugby going into the Rugby Championship."

    The Waratahs beat the Brumbies 26-8 in the other semi-final in Sydney to book a home final against the Crusaders this weekend.

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    12:44

    The heavy shower came and went pretty quickly but then, just as the covers were being taken off, it started to rain again, forcing the groundsmen to make a U-turn with the covers.

    The Proteas must be loving this...

    12:32

    RAIN ON ITS WAY?

    There's a huge dark cloud above the ground now as the groundsmen get ready with the covers, waiting in anticipation...

    12:31

    OVERS 85: SA 118/6

    Run-rate: 1.38 per over.

    They require 251 more runs to win.

    A minimum of 15 overs remain in the day's play.

    12:28

    BAD LIGHT TO SAVE SA?

    Some dark clouds are hovering above the ground now. We may see the players leave the field for bad light, as was the case yesterday...

    12:24

    NOT OUT

    Replays show the ball is only clipping leg stump, so it stays with the umpire's original call.

    12:23

    TV REVIEW

    Herath with a big LBW appeal against Sri Lanka. Given not out, but Sri Lanka review the decision.

    12:18

    OVERS 80: SA 114/6

    Run-rate: 1.42 per over.

    They require 255 more runs to win with a minimum of 20 overs remaining.

    12:14

    MILESTONE FOR MAHELA

    Mahela Jayawardene has now taken 200 catches in Test cricket.

    12:11

    WICKET! Du Plessis is out for 10 caught by Jayawardene at first slip off the bowling of Herath.

    South Africa 110/6 after 78.4 overs.

    11:58

    WICKET! Amla is out for 25, caught by first slip Jayawardene off the bowling of Perera.

    South Africa 105/5 after 74.1 overs.

    11:28

    TEA ON DAY 5: South Africa are 104/4 after 71 overs (run-rate: 1.46 per over)

    They require 265 more runs to win with a minimum of 29 overs remaining in the Test.

    The 265 stat is irrelevant though. The Proteas are only fighting for a draw...

    Join us in about 20 minutes for the final session on the Test!

    11:23

    OVERS 70: SA 104/4

    Run-rate: 1.48 per over.

    They require 265 more runs to win.

    A minimum of 30 overs remain in the Test.

    11:07

    OVERS 65: SA 99/4

    Run-rate: 1.52 per over.

    They require 270 more runs to win.

    A minimum of 35 overs remain in the Test.

    10:57

    WICKET! De Villiers is clean bowled by Herath for 12.

    South Africa 93/4 after 63.1 overs.

    10:45

    OVERS 60: SA 93/3

    Run-rate: 1.55 per over.

    They require 276 more runs to win.

    A minimum of 40 overs remain in the Test.

    10:37

    TV REVIEW

    Massive LBW appeal by Perera against De Villiers. Given not out, but Sri Lanka review the decision.

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    United Nations - The UN Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight on Monday morning.

    The council met as Muslims started celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

    The pressure for a cease-fire followed new attacks launched by Israel and Hamas on Sunday despite going back and forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting.

    A 12-hour lull on Saturday, agreed to by both sides following intense US and UN mediation efforts, could not be sustained.

    The Security Council urged Israel and Hamas "to accept and fully implement the humanitarian cease-fire into the Eid period and beyond." It said this would allow for the delivery of urgently needed assistance.

    The presidential statement also called on the parties "to engage in efforts to achieve a durable and fully respected cease-fire, based on the Egyptian initiative."

    Rwanda, the current council president, announced agreement on the statement on Sunday night and called the immediate emergency meeting to approve it. The statement was drafted by Jordan, the Arab representative on the UN's most powerful body.

    Over 1000 killed

    Presidential statements become part of the council's official record and must be approved at a council meeting. They are a step below Security Council resolutions, but unlike resolutions they require approval of all 15 members.

    The statement never names either Israel or Hamas. Instead, it expresses "grave concern regarding the deterioration in the situation as a result of the crisis related to Gaza and the loss of civilian lives and casualties".

    The 20-day war has killed more than 1 030 Palestinians, mainly civilians, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Israel has lost 43 soldiers, as well as two Israeli civilians and a Thai worker killed by rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza, according to the Israeli military.

    The statement calls for "full respect" for international humanitarian law and reiterates "the need to take appropriate steps to ensure the safety and well-being of civilians and their protection".

    The statement also commends efforts by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry to achieve a cease-fire. Ban is scheduled to address UN correspondents on Monday morning on his mission.

    In the longer term, the statement urges the parties and the international community to achieve a comprehensive peace based on the vision of two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side in peace "with secure and recognised borders".

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    2014-07-28 11:10

    Special Report

    Zim cops quiz minister over detained editor
    Zim cops quiz minister over detained editor

    Police in Zimbabwe have taken the unusual step of summoning the country’s information minister for questioning in the case of a state newspaper editor charged with subversion.

    Cape Town - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, has reportedly accepted a nomination for the position of secretary of Zanu-PF's Women's League, marking her first move into frontline politics.

    The Zimbabwean reported that Grace Mugabe was unanimously recommended by thousands of women at an event held to mark her birthday  in Mashonaland Central province.

    She will reportedly take over the reins of the league at the elective congress in December.

    Concerns within Zanu-PF

    The Cape Times reported on Monday that the role will make her a member of Zanu-PF's politburo, as various factions within the party debate who will be named as her husband's successor.

    Grace Mugabe was described at the event as deserving of a political role, as she had stuck with her husband and remained strong, despite attacks from the paparazzi and the West.

    Meanwhile, Newsday reported that the endorsement of Grace Mugabe has raised fears within Zanu-PF that this was part of her husband's plan to groom her to take over the presidency.

    Party officials told the newspaper that they suspected Mugabe wanted his wife to succeed him to safeguard his business and family interests once he leaves active politics.

    It could also be seen as an attempt to curb factionalism within the party. However, analysts told Newsday that Grace Mugabe lacked political clout and experience, and was unlikely to land the presidency.

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    11:28

    TEA ON DAY 5: South Africa are 104/4 after 71 overs (run-rate: 1.46 per over)

    They require 265 more runs to win with a minimum of 29 overs remaining in the Test.

    The 265 stat is irrelevant though. The Proteas are only fighting for a draw...

    Join us in about 20 minutes for the final session on the Test!

    11:23

    OVERS 70: SA 104/4

    Run-rate: 1.48 per over.

    They require 265 more runs to win.

    A minimum of 30 overs remain in the Test.

    11:07

    OVERS 65: SA 99/4

    Run-rate: 1.52 per over.

    They require 270 more runs to win.

    A minimum of 35 overs remain in the Test.

    10:57

    WICKET! De Villiers is clean bowled by Herath for 12.

    South Africa 93/4 after 63.1 overs.

    10:45

    OVERS 60: SA 93/3

    Run-rate: 1.55 per over.

    They require 276 more runs to win.

    A minimum of 40 overs remain in the Test.

    10:37

    TV REVIEW

    Massive LBW appeal by Perera against De Villiers. Given not out, but Sri Lanka review the decision.

    10:29

    OVERS 55: SA 86/3

    Run-rate: 1.56 per over.

    They require 283 more runs to win.

    A minimum of 45 overs remain in the Test.

    10:12

    DRINKS BREAK: SA 79/3 after 50 overs.

    Run-rate: 1.58 per over.

    They require 290 more runs to win.

    A minimum of 50 overs remain in the Test.

    09:56

    OVERS 45: SA 73/3

    Run-rate: 1.62 per over.

    They require 296 more runs to win.

    A minimum of 55 overs remain in the Test.

    09:51

    NOT OUT!

    A wasted review by Sri Lanka as replays show the ball was nowhere near De Villiers' gloves or bat.

    09:50

    TV REVIEW

    De Villiers darts down the track to pad a delivery from Perera away. Sri Lanka have appealed, believing the ball may have touched his gloves while jumping up off his pads...

    09:40

    OVERS 40: SA 68/3

    Run-rate: 1.70 per over.

    They require 301 more runs to win.

    A minimum of 60 overs remain in the Test.

    09:35

    De Kock prodded forward, gloved it onto his pads before the ball landed up in leg slip's hands. He knew he got some glove to it and didn't hesitate to walk off.

    AB de Villiers is the new batsman in for South Africa.

    09:34

    WICKET! De Kock is out for 37, caught by Vithanage at leg slip off the bowling of Herath.

    South Africa 68/3 after 38.4 overs.

    09:22

    OVERS 35: SA 67/2

    Run-rate: 1.91 per over.

    They require 302 more runs to win.

    A minimum of 65 overs remain in the day, provided we have no more rain breaks.

    09:09

    OVERS 30: SA 62/2

    Run-rate: 2.06 per over.

    The require another 307 more runs to win.

    08:55

    Welcome back folks! Lunch has been taken and the rain has subsided.

    07:58

    EARLY LUNCH

    An early lunch has been taken and play is scheduled to restart at 08:55 (SA time). That is of course weather-permitting...

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    Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's failure to meet the deadline and respond to the public protector's Nkandla report demonstrates the urgent need to fix the existing code of ethics for the national and provincial Cabinets, the Ethics Institute of SA (EthicsSA) said on Monday.

    "The code of ethics itself is a perfectly good one, except that it makes no provision for the process to be followed when the alleged transgressor is the president himself," EthicsSA CEO Professor Deon Rossouw said.

    "It's a well-established legal and moral principle that nobody can be [the] judge in his own case. This is something that must be remedied urgently by Parliament to prevent a replay of the current situation."

    Transgressions

    The problem was that the code made no provision for the procedure to be followed if the president was the alleged transgressor, and it was not clear if it even covered the president.

    "In other words, the code is not clear about how transgressions by the president should be handled, something that the government set out to rectify through an amendment. A draft amendment was published in 2011, but it has not yet been enacted," said Rossouw.

    "This amendment must be fast-tracked to rectify this serious flaw, and prevent future stalemates such as we are now experiencing.

    Section 96 of the Constitution mandates that a code of ethics for Cabinet ministers and their deputies be implemented. Parliament passed the Executive Members' Ethics Act, which came into effect in October 1998, requiring the president to promulgate a code of ethics for Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers and MECs.

    The act broadly outlines the provisions of the code, and nominates the public protector to investigate complaints against the executive and furnish reports to the president in cases against Cabinet members, their deputies, or premiers and MECs.

    Rossouw said the president had promulgated an executive code of ethics in the Government Gazette in July 2000.

    "However, this document's definitions no longer make it clear that the code covers the president. It merely refers to 'Cabinet members' without specifically including the president," said Rossouw.

    Nkandla report

    In a report released in March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from the R246m security upgrades to his private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

    Zuma declined to respond to Madonsela's report in full within the required fortnight. Instead he said he would wait for the Special Investigating Unit's findings on the matter. The SIU confirmed recently that its final report had been delayed.

    Zuma had undertaken to hand National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete a comprehensive report on the outcome of three separate investigations into state spending on his home in mid-July.

    However, presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Zuma needed more information before responding to findings about his home.

    On 5 July, the African National Congress Chief Whip's office said Zuma had received the provisional SIU report and would provide Mbete with a final and comprehensive response within 30 days.


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    09:56

    OVERS 45: SA 73/3

    Run-rate: 1.62 per over.

    They require 296 more runs to win.

    A minimum of 55 overs remain in the Test.

    09:51

    NOT OUT!

    A wasted review by Sri Lanka as replays show the ball was nowhere near De Villiers' gloves or bat.

    09:50

    TV REVIEW

    De Villiers darts down the track to pad a delivery from Perera away. Sri Lanka have appealed, believing the ball may have touched his gloves while jumping up off his pads...

    09:40

    OVERS 40: SA 68/3

    Run-rate: 1.70 per over.

    They require 301 more runs to win.

    A minimum of 60 overs remain in the Test.

    09:35

    De Kock prodded forward, gloved it onto his pads before the ball landed up in leg slip's hands. He knew he got some glove to it and didn't hesitate to walk off.

    AB de Villiers is the new batsman in for South Africa.

    09:34

    WICKET! De Kock is out for 37, caught by Vithanage at leg slip off the bowling of Herath.

    South Africa 68/3 after 38.4 overs.

    09:22

    OVERS 35: SA 67/2

    Run-rate: 1.91 per over.

    They require 302 more runs to win.

    A minimum of 65 overs remain in the day, provided we have no more rain breaks.

    09:09

    OVERS 30: SA 62/2

    Run-rate: 2.06 per over.

    The require another 307 more runs to win.

    08:55

    Welcome back folks! Lunch has been taken and the rain has subsided.

    07:58

    EARLY LUNCH

    An early lunch has been taken and play is scheduled to restart at 08:55 (SA time). That is of course weather-permitting...

    07:04

    The Proteas are 55/2 after 24 overs (run-rate: 2.29 per over).

    They require 314 more runs to win off a minimum of 91 overs.

    07:02

    The rain is back folks and the players are off!

    06:50

    WICKET! Second ball after the rain break, Elgar is clean-bowled by Perera for 13.

    South Africa 47/2 after 21.3 overs.

    06:33

    Rain, rain, rain!

    It has started to rain folks. So much for the groundsman informing us earlier that there will be no rain today!

    With South Africa on 47/1 after 21.1 overs, the players are off with the covers being brought on.

    06:26

    OVERS 20: SA 42/1

    Run-rate: 2.10 per over.

    They require 327 more runs to win.

    06:23

    Umpire Nigel Llong having as close look at Lakmal's follow-through on the pitch. He is worried that he may be roughing up the pitch too much.

    Lakmal's first over is a maiden, by the way...

    06:11

    PITCH REPORT

    Mike Haysman, in his pitch report, says the South African batsmen will be up against it today.

    "There is a really big (rough) area for the spinners to bowl into, especially against the left-handed batsmen. It’s spitting and bouncing and turning considerably. It’s going to turn quickly. This is going to be seriously tough," says Haysman.

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    Johannesburg - A man was killed in a shooting in Zola, Soweto, police said on Monday.

    The incident occurred on Sunday night, said Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela.

    "Police had been told that three men in a car had pointed a gun at a Community Police Forum member and taken his cellphone and money," said Makhubela.

    "The police spotted the car and when they tried to stop it, the suspects shot at them."

    Police returned fire and one of the men in the vehicle was killed.

    The other two were arrested and the stolen items were recovered.

    The pair would appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court soon where they would face charges of armed robbery and attempted murder.


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    08:55

    Welcome back folks! Lunch has been taken and the rain has subsided.

    07:58

    EARLY LUNCH

    An early lunch has been taken and play is scheduled to restart at 08:55 (SA time). That is of course weather-permitting...

    07:04

    The Proteas are 55/2 after 24 overs (run-rate: 2.29 per over).

    They require 314 more runs to win off a minimum of 91 overs.

    07:02

    The rain is back folks and the players are off!

    06:50

    WICKET! Second ball after the rain break, Elgar is clean-bowled by Perera for 13.

    South Africa 47/2 after 21.3 overs.

    06:33

    Rain, rain, rain!

    It has started to rain folks. So much for the groundsman informing us earlier that there will be no rain today!

    With South Africa on 47/1 after 21.1 overs, the players are off with the covers being brought on.

    06:26

    OVERS 20: SA 42/1

    Run-rate: 2.10 per over.

    They require 327 more runs to win.

    06:23

    Umpire Nigel Llong having as close look at Lakmal's follow-through on the pitch. He is worried that he may be roughing up the pitch too much.

    Lakmal's first over is a maiden, by the way...

    06:11

    PITCH REPORT

    Mike Haysman, in his pitch report, says the South African batsmen will be up against it today.

    "There is a really big (rough) area for the spinners to bowl into, especially against the left-handed batsmen. It’s spitting and bouncing and turning considerably. It’s going to turn quickly. This is going to be seriously tough," says Haysman.

    20:39

    STUMPS ON DAY 4:

    South Africa 38/1 after 17 overs (run-rate 2.23 per over).

    They require 331 more runs to win.

    20:38

    TEAMS:

    Sri Lanka: K Silva, WU Tharanga, K Sangakkara, M Jayawardene, A Mathews (captain), N Dickwella, K Vithanage, D Perera, R Herath, Suranga Lakmal, A Mendis

    South Africa: Alviro Peterson, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla (captain), AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir

    20:38

    FIRST TEST RESULT

    South Africa won the first Test in the two-game series by 153 runs in Galle.

    20:37

    Welcome to LIVE scoring and interactive commentary from Day 5 of the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Colombo!

    Commentary by Sport24's Herman Mostert

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    Monrovia - The Liberian government on Sunday closed most of the West African nation's border crossings and introduced stringent health measures to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that has killed at least 660 people across the region.

    The new measures announced by the government on Sunday came as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone struggle to contain the worst outbreak yet of the virus.

    Speaking at a task force meeting, Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the government is doing everything to fight the virus including inspecting and testing all outgoing and incoming passengers by Liberia's airport authority.

    "All borders of Liberia will be closed with the exception of major entry points. At these entry points, preventive and testing centres will be established, and stringent preventive measures to be announced will be scrupulously adhered to", she said.

    Ebola can kill up to 90% of those who catch it, although the fatality rate of the current outbreak is around 60%. Highly contagious, especially in the late stages, its symptoms include vomiting and diarrhoea as well as internal and external bleeding.

    Under the new measures, public gatherings such as marches, demonstrations and promotional advertisements also will be restricted.

    The outbreak has placed a great strain on the health systems of some of Africa's poorest countries.

    "No doubt, the Ebola virus is a national health problem. And as we have also begun to see, it attacks our way of life, with serious economic and social consequences", Sirleaf said in a statement.

    Still, despite efforts to fight the disease, the virus continues to spread. A 33-year-old American doctor working for relief organisation Samaritan's Purse in Liberia tested positive for the disease on Saturday.

    The charity said on Sunday a second American, who was helping a team treating Ebola patients at a case management centre in Monrovia had also tested positive.

    Samuel Brisbane, a senior Liberian doctor, who was also treating infected patients, has died after contracting the virus, authorities said on Sunday. In Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, a Liberian man who tested positive died in on Friday.

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