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Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune says it would be a major coup for the national side if Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter was appointed South African Football Association (SAFA) technical director.

"He is a very good coach and he is one of the best coaches I have ever worked with," Khune said at the club's training base in Naturena on Thursday.

"He can benefit the country if he had to move. I remember back in the days when I was playing for the under-23 national team.

"He taught our coach back then Steve Komphela a lot. With the approach and the philosophy I could see the similarities in how the under-23 were playing and how the senior team played."

Chiefs captain, Khune, said the players at the club would respect Baxter's decision if he left the club to take up the Safa top job.

"He is still the Chiefs coach and he will decide his future, but we would like him to stay," Khune said.

"If he had to move on we will have to respect his decision."

The 60-year-old Briton has been touted as one of the top candidates for the job.

Khune said Baxter recently addressed the team where he promised he would inform them first if he decided to leave Chiefs.

With less than two weeks to go before the start of the campaign, Chiefs would be in a precarious position should Baxter jump ship.

The Soweto giants open their season with an MTN8 clash against Mpumalanga Black Aces on August 3.

Amakhosi square off against perennial foes Orlando Pirates in the Carling Black Label Cup on Saturday at the FNB Stadium.

Khune said Chiefs could not afford to be consumed by the Baxter rumours and they were focused on claiming victory over their rivals.

"For now I have to focus on the game. I can't have my mind on Safa while I have such a big game to prepare."

The new Bafana coach will be announced on Saturday at Safa House, only a stone's throw away from where Chiefs and Pirates will do battle.

The appointment of the technical director will be made at a later stage in the coming weeks.

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Johannesburg - A university student linked to four murders, a rape and an assault in and around the University of Venda appeared in the Thohoyandou Magistrate's Court on Thursday, Limpopo police said.

The 24-year-old, who cannot be named as he has not pleaded yet to the sex crimes included in the charges he faces, allegedly killed two women and two children, aged eight and nine, in separate incidents.

The matter was postponed to 21 October for further investigation, said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

The court charged him with 16 counts, including four charges of murder, one charge of attempted murder, five charges of rape, three charges of aggravated robbery and three charges of kidnapping.

He was arrested around 19:00 on Tuesday at a student accommodation house in Thohoyandou Unit C, said provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Fannie Masemola at the time.

University cleaner Brenda Ndove, 45, was stabbed to death on Friday and her personal items stolen. Her body was found near the university's administration block.

A student, Shudufhadzo Sandy Thagisa, 20, was hospitalised after she was assaulted and robbed in May. She has since been discharged from hospital.

The man was found in possession of Thagisa's student identification card and cellphone.

"Also found in his possession was a cellphone belonging to the late Brenda Ndove and a hairpin belonging to another murdered woman, Livhuwani Mbodi," Masemola said.

Mbodi, 22, was found dead on the university's premises in March.

"Like the discovery which was made when the body of Ndove was recovered, Mbodi's head also had a deep wound at the back, with other wounds on her back, seemingly caused by the act of pulling her from the original scene of crime to the dumping place," Masemola said.

Investigations revealed Mbodi was raped before she was murdered.

The bodies of two girls, aged eight and nine, were found next to a cemetery in Golgotha, near the university. They were believed to have been kidnapped from their schools.

Nine-year-old Tshililo Ndou's body was found in a yard at Golgotha village, a walking distance from the university's premises, in April.

"Investigations also revealed that the little girl endured a rape ordeal before being strangled to death," he said.

Eight-year-old Zwivhuya Alice Mashau's body was found a stone's throw away from the university between two piles of sand in June, Masemola said.

She was also strangled after being raped.

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Seoul - Thousands of people rallied in Seoul on Thursday, 100 days after South Korea's ferry disaster, to push for an independent inquiry into the tragedy that claimed around 300 lives, most of them students.

The crowd included 600 family members of the victims and their supporters who had walked for two days from Ansan City, south of Seoul, carrying banners with slogans like: "How can you forget?".

Of the 476 people on board the Sewol passenger ferry when it sank on 16 April, 325 were students from Danwon High School in Danwon. Only 75 were rescued.

"We want parliament to pass a special law guaranteeing a thorough investigation into the sinking," a leader of the families' group told journalists.

The bill is currently stuck in the national assembly with rival political parties at loggerheads over what legal force any such investigation should have.

The relatives want any panel of inquiry to be endowed with prosecutorial powers.

The rally outside Seoul City Hall included a music concert in memory of the victims.

The Sewol disaster rocked South Korea and triggered a wave of anti-establishment feeling as initial investigations showed that greed, corruption and a lack of proper oversight had contributed to the tragedy.

There was fresh anger after police on Tuesday announced that a body found six weeks ago was that of the fugitive patriarch of the family that owned the Sewol who had been the target of a months-long manhunt.

Yoo Byung-Eun, 73, became South Korea's most wanted man following the ferry capsize and thousands of police and troops had been deployed in a nationwide dragnet.

When it turned out his badly decomposed body had been in a police morgue since 12 June, the reaction towards the police was one of outraged ridicule.

Yoo's family owned the ferry operator Chonghaejin Marine Co, and he was wanted for questioning over lax safety standards and regulatory violations.

More than three months after the Sewol sank, dive teams are still attempting daily searches of the submerged vessel for the bodies of remaining victims still unaccounted for.

Fifteen Sewol crew members are currently on trial, including the captain and three senior officers who are accused of "homicide through wilful negligence" - a charge that can carry the death penalty.

The bulk of the charges arise from the fact that they chose to abandon the ferry while hundreds of people were still trapped inside.

President Park Geun-Hye and her administration have been bitterly criticised for their response to the disaster.

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Johannesburg - Gallo Images is looking into possibly acquiring the SA Press Association (Sapa), the news agency's chair said on Thursday.

"Gallo is doing a due diligence process, where they are looking at the model, the production issues, the IT requirements, and they are also looking [at] how it could be possible for Sapa to become part of the Gallo group of companies," said chair Tim du Plessis, who is a former Media24 editor.

This was not to say Gallo Images would take over Sapa.

"They are doing the due diligence and how the system works," said Du Plessis. "On the basis of the due diligence process, they will make a final decision, and the ultimate decision will lie with the Sapa board."

The main concern for the board was that Sapa continued as a news agency.

"We are very keen for Sapa to continue as a news agency and operation, and we want proper regard to be taken to the current staff."

Sapa members leave

This followed the Times Media Group withdrawing its membership of Sapa, with Caxton following suit in July.

"Independent Newspapers gave six months' notice period," he said. "They will withdraw their membership of Sapa and from November onwards, they will no longer be a member."

"That only leaves Media24", which owns half of Gallo.

A way out of Sapa's troubles? Gallo Images considers taking over news agency http://t.co/PhkN2v1SwA

— Gill Moodie (@grubstreetSA) July 24, 2014

Independent Newspapers and Caxton will remain Sapa subscribers. TMG's digital platforms also remain subscribers.

This left the current operational model needing revision. The board decided it needed to try find a new home for Sapa, with the board receiving enquiries from other organisations, with some of them being based overseas.

Local is lekker

However, given Sapa's notable 75-year history and being the only independent news agency in Africa, the board thought Sapa must stay a South African enterprise.

"In the process of trying to find a new home for Sapa, Gallo Images emerged as a possibility and that is how they came to be involved," Du Plessis said.

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Colombo - The Proteas were unable to take full advantage of Dale Steyn’s two-wicket opening burst as veteran Mahela Jayawardene took centre stage on the opening day of the second Test match at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo, on Thursday.

As it happened: SL v SA, Day 1

Proteas were unable to take full advantage of Dale Steyn’s two-wicket opening burst as veteran Mahela Jayawardene took centre stage on the opening day of the second Test match at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo,, on Thursday.

Jayawardene, in spite of looking tired and suffering apparent cramp towards the close of play, finished the day unbeaten on 140 (225 balls, 16 fours and a six) as Sri Lanka closed on 305/5 off 86 overs after winning the toss on an excellent batting surface.

Jayawardene hardly looked uncomfortable at any stage of his innings apart from his opening run which was risky and would have resulted in the run out of either himself or his partner, Kaushal Silva, had there been a direct hit at either end.

The Proteas will need to get him out quickly when he resumes on the second day as he has a penchant for going on to big totals. Of his 34 centuries, 15 have been in excess of 150, including seven double centuries and one triple century.

Although Sri Lanka hold the upper hand, it wasn’t that bad a day for the Proteas who still have a chance of bowling the home side out for under 400. They are only one wicket away from the tail with a new ball that is only four overs old and they will fancy their chances if they can get an early breakthrough.

Steyn gave the Proteas a perfect start when he had Upal Tharanga caught behind off the glove in his third over and then had Kumar Sangakkara caught off a miscued pull to square leg off his next delivery. He had to wait until the next over to produce a hat trick delivery but Jayawardene had no trouble in keeping it out.

With only three seamers in his line-up and committed to his policy of operating his quicks in short spells, Hashim Amla had to turn to a double spin attack after the first hour and Sri Lanka broke the pressure with the next five overs going for six runs apiece.

As has often happened in the past it was the golden arm of JP Duminy that kept the Proteas in the hunt as he dismissed Silva (44 off 73 balls, 7 fours) just before lunch after a third-wicket partnership of 99 and then did it again when he dismissed Angelo Mathews (63 off 135 balls, 6 fours) after a fourth-wicket stand of 131.

This latter partnership looked particularly threatening as both players scored 48 runs in the second session that produced 97 runs after the 115 runs in the morning session. Sri Lanka closed the day with a third session that produced 93 runs for the loss of two wickets, so they could claim to have won two out of three sessions.

Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander both bowled a lot better than their figures suggest. Morkel finally got a wicket towards the end of the day while Philander had Silva dropped at third slip in the first session and impressed with the way he maintained pressure from his end.

Amla’s policy of using his seamers in short spells is essential in back-to-back series with Steyn only bowling 15 overs and Philander and Morkel 16 each and it may well pay dividends when the critical second day gets underway.

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Pretoria - Those who were involved in the procurement of the multi-million-rand arms deal lied and took the country's leaders for a ride, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille told the Seriti Commission of Inquiry on Thursday.

"They must have taken leaders for a ride, and our leaders didn't ask any more questions because they were lied to. I think what they did was not only misleading... they lied," De Lille said.

De Lille was giving evidence at the inquiry into the arms deal, sitting in Pretoria.

She was the initial whistle-blower in Parliament regarding the arms deal, and called for an investigation back in 1999.

Evidence leader Simmy Lebala told De Lille that SA National Defence Force (SANDF) generals who testified before the commission indicated that there was a need for arms procurement, and that affordability was a factor.

"SANDF's General Solly Shoke, came here and said we actually needed the arms, and other generals said the issue of affordability and costs were taken into account," he said.

De Lille said the officials should have indicated the arms could not be afforded. Accountability should have been taken into consideration.

"As government, affordability should come first. We go for a VW instead of a Cadillac... that's accountability for elected officials.

"When officials wanted these toys, did they tell us why we needed them?...were we under a threat from an imminent attack? They never justified the need for such," De Lille said.

She said before 1994, the defence force was the biggest army on the continent, but it was abused by the apartheid government for its personal use.

"Then came the White Paper on the transformation of the defence force after 1994, the struggle was over. I never heard of a justification that because of threats, we needed arms."

Lebala said the generals indicated that the arms deal's offsets reached expectation because around 8 000 jobs were created.

De Lille said: "We are living in a country where unemployment is very high, youth unemployment remains very high. You cannot run a country on projections... they are incompetent, and they lied."

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  • 55

    50: A couple of dots and then Mathews pushes the ball through the off side to the sweeper for a couple of runs. The 100 run partnership comes up. A single makes it three runs from the over. Mathews get his 50.

  • 54

    Tea: Elgar to bowl the last over before tea, can South Africa get a wicket? Mathews pushes the ball down to long on for a single. Mathews takes a single and then Mahela nudges the ball fine for a couple and moves on to 99. A couple more to Mahela and that brings up his century, well played knock from him at his favourite ground. Tea on day one, Sri Lanka have won the second session, scoring 97 runs and not losing any wickets.

  • 53

    Mahela sweeps the low full toss from Tahir to long leg for a single. Two singles from the over.

  • 52

    Four, Mahela hits Steyn for four and moves on to 95. Mahela pulls Steyn through deep backward square leg for four. Five runs from the over.

  • 51

    200: Three dots to start the over and then a couple of singles brings up the 200 for Sri Lanka. They are going slightly under 4 runs per over. Two runs from the over.

  • 50

    Steyn is brought back into the attack, four, short and wide and Mahela cuts the ball through point for four. Sri Lanka 198 and Mahela moves on to 90.

  • 49

    A couple of dots to start the over and then Mahela cuts it past point for four, Tahir's economy rate today is 4.64 so far, too high for the subcontinent. Five from the over.

  • 48

    Another maiden from South Africa, Philander bowls it and Mathews plays it out.

  • 47

    A rare maiden from South Africa and Tahir finishes his first maiden.

  • 46

    Philander comes back into the attack, four dots to start his over. Mathews then inside edges the ball on the leg side and Faf's misfield allows them to come back for the second run.

  • 45

    Six, Mahela hits Tahir over mid-off for a six, an inside out shot for a six. A couple of runs to end the over, 8 runs from it. Mahela moves into the 80s.

  • 44

    A couple of dots and then Mahela sweeps Duminy down to long leg for a single. Four, short and wide again, it spins a bit but Mathews covers the turn and cuts the ball to the boundary.

  • 43

    A risky single and then a leg bye, Sri Lankans scoring like they are in the middle overs of an ODI.

  • 42

    A couple of singles to start the over, and three singles from the over in total.

  • 41

    Tahir continues from the other end, this is when Sri Lanka accelerated in the first session with two spinners operating. A couple of singles to start the over and then a couple of dots. Three singles from the over in the end.

  • 40

    Duminy after the drinks break, just a single from the over.

  • 39

    Tahir is back just before the drinks break. A couple of singles to start the over and then a couple of dots. Mathews then works the ball on the leg side for a couple of runs. A single to end the over, brings up the 50 run partnership. Sri Lanka 165 for 3.

  • 38

    Duminy starts his 5th over. A couple of dots and Mathews cuts the ball powerfully through point for four more, Duminy bowls it too wide. A single to end the over, Sri Lanka 160 for 3.

  • 37

    Thick inside edge goes on the leg side and Mathews gets another single. The run rate has slowed down after lunch, but is still over four runs per over. Four, this will help the run rate, Mahela picks up another boundary to fine leg as Morkel bowls it on his pads.

  • 36

    Duminy has been brought back into the attack, Amla running out of ideas. Four dots and then Mathews cuts the short and wide ball to the point boundary. A single to end the over. The 150 comes up for Sri Lanka.

  • 35

    Three dots to start the over from Morkel and then Mahela tucks the ball to fine leg for a couple of runs. Just two from the over.

  • 34

    Cloudy: It is getting cloudy around the ground, the ground staff is ready. A maiden from Philander.

  • 33

    Morne Morkel is back into the attack, South Africa searching for another wicket. Mahela pushes the ball easily to third man for a single, nothing happening for the bowlers on this flat pitch. Mathews pulls the ball to deep midwicket for a couple. Four runs from the over.

  • 32

    A maiden from Philander, Sri Lanka going at 4.34 runs per over.

  • 31

    Width from Steyn and Mathews punches the ball through the covers for four. A single as Mathews works the ball on the leg side through midwicket. A couple of dots and then four more, Mahela hits the last ball behind point for four. 9 from Steyn's over.

  • 30

    A couple of singles to start the over, Philander into his 8th over now. Four dots to end the over, just two runs from it.

  • 29

    Mathews works the length ball from Steyn through square leg for a couple of runs. Five dots to end the over.

  • 28

    Philander from the other end after lunch. Mathews whips the ball on the leg side for three runs. Mahela blocks out the rest of the over.

  • 27

    Steyn will start the second session. Four, Mahela starts with a boundary, he is in fine touch today and flicks the ball off his pads for four to fine leg. A couple of dots and then a single to square leg for Mahela. Mathews gets off the mark with a couple of runs to square leg. 8 runs from the first over after lunch.

  • 13

    Morkel overpitches it and Mahela pushes this through mid-on for three runs, a long chase for the man in the deep. Three from the over, Sri Lanka 44 for 2 after the first hour of play. First drinks break of the day.

  • Lunch: Lunch Day One - It is lunch on day one and the game is poised nicely on a flat pitch. Steyn picked up two early wickets to put South Africa in front. After Sanga's golden duck, Mahela and Silva batted well to steady the innings and milk the spinners to increase the run rate to above four per over. Just when Sri Lanka were looking like they had won the session, Duminy picked up the wicket of Silva to pull Sri Lanka back. Mahela is on 53, Mathews is at the crease with him at lunch.

  • 26

    Wicket: This could be the last over before lunch, Duminy to bowl it. Mahela takes a single from the first ball. WICKET! Duminy gets the breakthrough, AB takes the catch and Silva has to go back to the pavilion before lunch. Sri Lanka lose a wicket just before lunch, after scoring heaps of runs against the spinners. Mathews promotes himself, comes out to bat with Mahela. Mathews plays out four dots to go to lunch. South Africa will be happy after breaking the partnership.

  • 25

    Steyn is brought back before lunch. A couple of dots and then Mahela takes a single to bring Silva on strike. Three dots to end the over, just one run from it.

  • 24

    50: Four, Mahela comes out of his crease and hits Tahir's first ball down the ground for four. Then he picks up an easy single through the covers, moves on to 48. Silva takes a single, 6 runs from 3 balls already this over. Mahela hits a four, gets his 50 in quick time, he paddles the ball to fine leg for four, gets his 49th fifty in 58 balls. 9 runs from the over, Tahir under pressure.

  • 24

    50: Four, Mahela comes out of his crease and hits Tahir's first ball down the ground for four. Then he picks up an easy single through the covers, moves on to 48. Silva takes a single, 6 runs from 3 balls already this over. Mahela hits a four, gets his 50 in quick time, he paddles the ball to fine leg for four, gets his 49th fifty in 58 balls. 11 runs from the over, Tahir under pressure.

  • 23

    Three dots to start and then Mahela inside edges the ball to square leg for a single. A single from the over,

  • 22

    100: Tahir has a chat with Faf, Duminy and Amla and then goes around the stumps. Silva takes a single as he pushes the ball to square leg from the leg stump. Another single and then Silva outside edges the ball away from the slips to get a couple of runs and bring up the 100 for South Africa. A couple of singles to end the over.

  • 21

    Amla brings Morkel back into the attack, a couple of dots to start. Four, Mahela rocks on to his back foot and hits the short ball over slips for four. A couple more runs as Morkel overpitches and Mahela pulls the ball through midwicket. 6 from the over.

  • 20

    Four dots to start the over and then Silva hits the full toss from Tahir to midwicket for four. Four more to end the over, Silva hammers another boundary through the midwicket region.

  • 19

    Four, Sri Lankans are comfortable against spin, Duminy tosses it up and Silva comes down the track early and hits it through the covers for four. Four more, fuller ball from Duminy and Silva drives it through the covers for four more. A single past slip brings Mahela on strike. Four to end the over, Mahela ends the over with another boundary. 13 runs from the over.

  • 18

    Three dots and then Mahela works the full toss from Tahir on to the leg side for three runs. A couple of leg byes as the wrong-un is padded on to the leg side by Silva. 6 from the over, the run rate is 3.88 per over.

  • 17

    Duminy comes into the attack, a couple of singles to start the over. Four, Silva outside edges it, past the keeper and AB at slip reacts late, four runs in the end.

  • 16

    A couple of singles and then a couple of dots. Mahela then comes out of his crease and hits Tahir through midwicket for four.

  • 15

    50: A couple of dots and then Silva inside edges the ball on the leg side for a single. Four byes, Morkel bowls a bouncer that climbs over Mahela's head and beats De Kock's jump to go for four. A dot and then Mahela pushing the last ball through the covers for three runs, pure timing in that shot.

  • 14

    Tahir to bowl after drinks, first sign of spin from SA. A quick maiden from Tahir.

  • 13

    Morkel overpitches it and Mahela pushes this through mid-on for three runs, a long chase for the man in the deep. Three from the over, Sri Lanka 44 for 2 after the first hour of play.

  • 12

    Three beautiful deliveries and then Silva drives the ball through deep cover for four. Just the boundary from the over.

  • 11

    Four, Mahela pushes the ball from the front foot straight down the ground for four to start Morkel's second over. Just the boundary from the over, good comeback from Morkel.

  • 10

    Another maiden from South Africa, Philander bowls it and Silva plays it out.

  • 9

    A maiden from Morkel to start his work for the day, Mahela plays it out.

  • 8

    A single as Mahela inside edges the ball to long leg, a length ball from Philander that bounces and moves away. A few dots and then Petersen drops Silva at third slip, Silva tries to cut it but ends up edging the ball. Petersen was going right first and then had to go to his left, Philander will not be happy with the drop.

  • 7

    Steyn on a hat trick, but Mahela has other plans. Steyn angles it into Mahela's pads and Mahela works it fine on the leg side for four. A couple of dots and then four more, Steyn over pitches and bowls it down leg, Mahela works it in front of square leg for four. A single makes it 9 from the over.

  • 6

    Mahela comes out to bat. A couple of singles and then a couple of dots from Philander. Four, Silva pulls this time, he is in control and he gets four to end the over.

  • 5

    Wicket: Three dots and then Steyn pitches it up and outside off, Silva drives the ball through the covers for three runs. WICKET! The inevitable happens, he pitches it short of a length and Tharanga tries to take his bat away to leave the ball, but ends up gloving it to the keeper. First wicket for South Africa and Sanga walks out to bat. WICKET! Sanga is out, bounced out first ball, Steyn bowls it short and outside off, Sanga tries to pull it but edges it to Tahir. First golden duck for Sanga in tests.

  • 4

    Philander pushes the first ball full and on the stumps, almost yorker length, Tharanga keeps it out. Four, Tharanga drives the ball into the pitch, and then ball bounces away for four down the ground.

  • 3

    There is no movement in the air so far for Steyn and Philander, it will be interesting to see where they pitch the ball. Some movement this time, Tharanga is caught in his crease and inside edges the ball to long leg for a couple in the end. A single brings Silva on strike.

  • 2

    Philander from the over end, he needs to bowl well in this test. Three dots and then Silva gets off the mark, clipping the ball on the leg side for a couple of runs. Sri Lanka 6 for no wicket.

  • 1

    Silva and Tharanga walk out to bat, Steyn has the new ball in his hand. This pitch was relaid last year, it is fresh and the grass has been cut really short. Four, after a couple of dots, Tharanga slices the ball through the covers for four. Just the boundary from the over.

  • Team News - Niroshan Dickwella makes his debut, he replaces Chandimal. Kithuruwan Vithanage takes the place of Thirimanne and Ajantha Mendis replaces the injured Eranga. Three specialist spinners for Sri Lanka. South Africa remain unchanged.

  • Toss: Toss - Sri Lanka have won the toss and will bat first.

  • Greetings - Hello and welcome to our over-by-over coverage of the 2nd test between South Africa and Sri Lanka from Colombo. South Africa have won the first test and they will be eyeing the number 1 spot in tests. Sri Lanka will be looking to level the series.

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    Bloemfontein - A former MP and member of the Free State legislature has landed himself in hot water after CCTV footage showed him assaulting the owner of a petrol station.

    Volksblad reported on Thursday that Tjheta Mofokeng stopped at the Bethlehem 1-Stop shop to buy airtime on Wednesday morning.

    He could not load the airtime on his phone, and later returned to the shop. An employee then phoned the service provider, Vodacom, which told him that they were experiencing cellphone tower problems and the airtime would not load at the time.

    He demanded his money back and the owner, Beyers Cronje, approached and tried to explain that he was not in a position to give him a refund for the airtime.

    Mofokeng then hit Cronje in the face, causing his glasses to fall onto the floor.

    According to Vrystaat newspaper, Mofokeng admitted slapping Cronje, saying he gave his money to 1-Stop and not Vodacom, and wanted 1-Stop to refund him.

    Cronje told the newspaper that Mofokeng didn't give him a chance to properly explain the situation, and told him that he will regret this as he's "from the ANC".

    Cronje reportedly said he will not let the matter rest, and Mofokeng said he was prepared to defend himself in court.

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    Cape Town - Carlos Queiroz is SAFA's first choice to take charge of the national team but the deal could be scuppered due to his wage demands.

    According to the Cape Times, Carlos Queiroz will be named as the coach of the South African national team on Saturday if both parties can reach an agreement on his salary package.

    The newspaper has been informed by a source inside SAFA that Queiroz has been officially offered the job but money is holding back the confirmation that Queiroz will indeed replace Gordon Igesund as the coach of Bafana Bafana.

    Despite reports earlier in the month which stated that the Portuguese coach will sign a new deal with Iran, Queiroz is eager to return to coaching in South Africa.

    He has been offered a very lucrative deal to stay on as coach of Iran but will turn it down if SAFA are able to make an improved offer for his services.

    Reports suggest that Iran's offer is as much as 150% larger than the offer from SAFA.

    Queiroz is hoping that SAFA can meet him half way, in which case Queiroz will accept SAFA's offer to coach the national side.

    It is unclear whether SAFA have the financial power to secure Queiroz's services. It may take an offer in the region of R17 million in order for Queiroz to sign on the dotted line.

    Gordon Igesund was earning as much as R5 million a year during his time in charge of the national team while Queiroz earned approximately R22 million as the coach of Iran.

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    Johannesburg - The liquidated Kyalami race circuit, which has hosted racing greats including Ayrton Senna, will be auctioned in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, on Thursday.

    Farm Bothasfontein, better known as Kyalami, is a 72 hectare property in Midrand.

    The High Street Auction Co, conducting the auction, said previously that the Kyalami auction would be the country's first race track auction.

    Last Thursday, the company's joint managing director Lance Chalwin-Milton said in a statement that the auction would go ahead, following a court application seeking to prevent it.

    Eleven applicants had contended that they had certain rights to the Kyalami track, but these claims were either waived by agreement or abandoned.

    The court ordered that the auction could proceed, but the reserve price was revised to R200m from R129m.

    It was previously reported that there would be no reserve.

    The race track has hosted famous drivers, including Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Senna.

    Read more here about the court battle over the auction.

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    Johannesburg - Lonmin security superintendent Dewalt Louw will continue giving evidence at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's public hearings in Pretoria on Thursday.

    On Wednesday Louw said striking mineworkers had surrounded the bakkie he and a colleague were travelling in, days before the shooting.

    The crowd attacked the car with knobkerries, pangas, and spears.

    As his colleague struggled to start the car, Louw said he fired four rubber bullets from his shotgun through the bakkie's broken window.

    The commission, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, is investigating the deaths of 44 people during strike-related violence at Lonmin's mining operations in August 2012.

    Thirty-four people, mostly striking Lonmin mineworkers, were shot dead in a clash with police, over 70 were wounded, and another 250 arrested on 16 August 2012.

    Also on Wednesday, Farlam expressed concern about killings of people linked to the commission.

    "I would ask the police to redouble their efforts to ensure violence of this kind is not allowed to continue," Farlam said.

    Dali Mpofu SC, for the arrested and wounded miners, said his clients were petrified.

    "Their fear is that those who have been implicated falsely feel that their lives are under threat. They are not under protection and are vulnerable."

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    Sydney - The Waratahs have the lure of hosting their first Super Rugby final if they can get past the Brumbies, while Richie McCaw bolsters the Crusaders for their Sharks semi-final this weekend.

    The Waratahs are chasing their first Super Rugby title after two losing finals and are in the midst of a seven-match unbeaten run, including a 39-8 thumping of the Brumbies in Sydney last month.

    The Tahs have been the perennial underachievers in 18 years of Super Rugby, but under taskmaster Michael Cheika they finished seven points clear in this season's final standings and look the team to beat.

    The Sydneysiders have the twice triumphant Brumbies to overcome at home on Saturday to ensure that they will stage this year's final against the winners of the Crusaders and Sharks, who do battle in Christchurch on the same day.

    It will be the fourth time the Waratahs have hosted a semi-final with their only loss to the Brumbies 51-10 in 2002.

    Even though the Tahs crushed the Brumbies five tries to one at their last meeting, Cheika is warning his charges to expect a torrid Australian derby with the Canberra side, who ended the two-year title reign of the Chiefs in last week's home play-off 32-30.

    "Their key players are back and they've got just as many international players as we have and they've got an excellent record in the last two or three seasons," Cheika said.

    "It's going to be a really good match. We know what we have to do. We're concentrating very much on our style and what we need to deliver in the game - try and turn the dial up as high as possible come kick-off."

    Cheika has recalled South African powerhouse lock Jacques Potgieter and is leaving Wallaby giant Will Skelton on the bench for a second half impact, while 12-try fullback Israel Folau and wing Rob Horne are back.

    The Brumbies are unchanged and forwards coach Laurie Fisher expects his team to be strong in the set-piece.

    "To have got through last weekend injury free, it's great for us to be playing again this weekend to maintain momentum," he said.

    "We were comfortable with where our set piece was last week against the Chiefs. I expect those areas to work in our favour again this weekend."

    The Waratahs have a strong record at home over the Brumbies, winning seven of their last eight meetings.

    The seven-time champion Crusaders have All Blacks captain McCaw back from a rib injury at blindside flanker for their semi-final with the Sharks.

    Coach Todd Blackadder has also brought in former All Black hooker Corey Flynn, meaning the Crusaders will boast 13 current or former New Zealand internationals in their run-on side.

    Jake White's Sharks upset the Crusaders 30-25 in May to become the South African side to win in Christchurch since 2001.

    "The Sharks have shown this season that they are an extremely classy outfit and a very difficult team to beat. This is our biggest challenge yet, but we feel ready for it," Blackadder said.

    The Crusaders and even the Sharks can host this year's final if the Waratahs go down to the Brumbies.

    South African conference winners the Sharks also have the added incentive of becoming the first overseas team to win a final in the history of Super Rugby.

    "We have to be positive about winning two games overseas to get the title," coach White said.

    "Over the last fortnight we have had a great win over the Stormers and then had to fight for our lives to beat the Highlanders, and that is great momentum to take into the semi-finals."

    But the Crusaders will be a tough nut to crack. They have been in 10 finals, winning seven, and know what playing pressure rugby is all about while the Sharks have lost all four of their finals.

    Teams:

    Waratahs

    15 Israel Folau, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Stephen Hoiles, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Jacques Potgieter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson

    Substitutes (from): 16 Paddy Ryan, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Tolu Latu, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Mitchell Chapman, 21 Pat McCutcheon, 22 Brendan McKibbin, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 24 Matt Carraro, 25 Mitchell Chapman

    Brumbies
    15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6-Scott Fardy, 5-Sam Carter, 4-Leon Power, 3-Ben Alexander, 2-Josh Mann-Rea, 1-Scott Sio

    Substitutes: 16 Ruaidhri Murphy, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Fotu Auelua, 20 Tom McVerry, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Joe Tomane, 23 Pat McCabe

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    Cape Town - In his latest Labour Wrap, Terry Bell admits that he was conservative in his estimate of the economic difficulties faced by low-income families in South Africa.

    The need for double digit pay increases, he says, was clearly spelled out in a well research food price barometer submitted to Fin24 by the Pietermartitzburg Agency for Social Action, which he unpacks in this Labour Wrap video.

    But he adds that this merely confirms the fact that there is “a rough road ahead”, especially with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) [JSE:AMS] this week announcing the closure or disposal of older underground platinum mines.

    Such action, Bell says, has been wrongly blamed on the demands of workers and the recent five-month strike. It was “on the cards” for some time, he maintains.  Especially since Amplats was given mining rights to 137 sq km of platinum reserves that could be extracted by highly mechanised, low-labour open cast methods.

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    On this basis, he points out that the “blame game” has no merit, but notes that there are groups that are seeking solutions. To the forefront of these are trade unions, but the whole exercise seems to him mired in confusion with some unions proudly laying claim to words such as “socialism” while their opponents use the same term in an abusive sense.

    This, says Bell, is an example of jargon driven by blind emotion rather than rational thinking. For this reason, he proposes to try to clarify the terminology and definitions in his Inside Labour column (published every Friday) in the hope of stimulating “meaningful debate”.

    * What's your take? Add your voice to the ongoing labour debate or ask Terry any labour-related questions.

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    Wellington - Crusaders flank Richie McCaw has recovered from injury and will start this weekend's Super Rugby semi-final against the Sharks in Christchurch.

    The All Blacks captain missed the end of the regular season after breaking a rib playing against England in June and returns to reinforce the seven-times champions as they bid to reach an 11th final.

    With Matt Todd in such fine form in McCaw's usual position of openside flank, the 33-year-old will play on the other side of the scrum in the number six shirt with Jordan Taufua moving to the bench.

    All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter also starts in an unfamiliar position, again lining up at inside centre outside Colin Slade as he continues his return from a six-month sabbatical.

    McCaw's return is one of two changes to the team that beat the Otago Highlanders in the last outing of the regular season with the other coming in the front row where Corey Flynn gets the start at hooker in his 150th game for the Crusaders.

    The Crusaders will be looking to avenge their 30-25 home defeat to the Sharks earlier in the season and coach Todd Blackadder is expecting a stiff challenge from Jake White's team.

    "The Sharks have shown this season that they are an extremely classy outfit and a very difficult team to beat," he said in a media release.

    "This is our biggest challenge yet, but we feel ready for it."

    The winners of the match will play the Waratahs or Brumbies, who face off in Saturday's second semi-final in Sydney.

    Teams:

    Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Kieron Fonotia, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Richie McCaw, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.

    Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Johnny McNicholl.

    Sharks: TBA

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    07:25

    5

    This is the number of golden ducks for Kumar Sangakkara in Test cricket.

    06:56

    OVERS 5: Sri Lanka 16/2

    Mahela Jayawardene is the new batsman in for the hosts.

    06:55

    WICKET! My word, Sangakkara is out first ball after trying to pull Steyn. He is caught at square leg by Tahir.

    Sri Lanka 16/2 after 5 overs.

    06:52

    WICKET! Tharanga is out for 11, caught behind by De Kock off the bowling of Steyn.

    Sri Lanka 16/1 after 4.5 overs.

    06:41

    NO 1 POSITION AT STAKE

    South Africa need to either win or draw this Test to return to No 1 in Test cricket. If they lose this Test (and subsequently draw the series 1-1) then they'll stay No 2 in the world behind Australia.

    06:21

    DID YOU KNOW?

    All the matches (3 ODIs and Galle Test) on this tour have been won by the team winning the toss. On all those occasions the team winning the toss opted to bat first.

    Will we see the same trend in this match?

    06:13

    TEAM NEWS

     - For Sri Lanka, Niroshan Dickwella makes his Test debut in place of wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal.

    Lahiru Thirimanne has also been left out, with Kithuruwan Vithanage coming in. Also, Ajantha Mendis replaces the injured Shaminda Eranga, which makes it three specialist spinners for the Sri Lankans.

     - The South African team is unchanged from the one which won the first Test in Galle by 153 runs.

    06:09

    TOSS UPDATE

    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has won the toss and elected to bat first.

    14:46

    QUOTES

    We will go all out to try and win this Test. If we lose 2-0 it doesn't matter, as long as we play well - Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews

    Test cricket is a challenging place. I'm sure he will come good. It just takes a few good performances. He is one of the most highly skilled legspinners in the world - Hashim Amla hinted strongly that South Africa are willing to give Imran Tahir a few more chances

    14:45

    STATS AND TRIVIA

    Did you know...

    - Sri Lanka have not lost a match at SSC since March 2004, against Australia

    - After the first Test in Galle, Dale Steyn now has two five-wicket hauls in the three matches he has played in Sri Lanka. His first five-for in the subcontinent came at the P Sara Oval in 2006

    - Morne Morkel needs four wickets to reach 200 Test scalps

    14:44

    PITCH AND CONDITIONS

    It can rain in Colombo at this time of year, but the showers often arrive late in the evening, when the cricket is already wrapping up for the day.

    Overnight rain does not often affect the cricket in Sri Lanka, where the entire ground is kept under covers.

    14:31

    WHY TAHIR SHOULD STAY IN THE MIX

    Considering the quality of their Galle win, Sport24 chief writer Rob Houwing recommends no tinkering to the Proteas Test team for the decider.

    14:30

    DE KOCK KEEPS THE GLOVES

    South Africa's Quinton de Kock will keep the wicketkeeping gloves for the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

    13:26

    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

    13:25

    FIRST TEST RESULT

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

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    Jacksonville - A US military base went on lockdown on Wednesday amid reports of a suspicious person, though military officials offered few details about the incident.

    No one has been allowed to enter or leave Little Rock Air Force Base during the lockdown, which began shortly before noon. People who live on base were urged to stay indoors.

    Spokesperson Lieutenant Mallory Thornton said the base took the steps "in the interest of protecting all base members", but she declined to provide details

    Christina Rivera, whose husband is an airman on base, said she'd received an automated phone call telling everyone on base to stay indoors.

    Rivera, who had been waiting outside the gate entrance for more than two hours, said her husband was barricaded in their bedroom with their two young children, who are 8 months old and 18 months old.

    "All I want is to go home and be with my husband and my kids," she said.

    Emergency crews were on the scene, and sirens could be heard over loudspeakers outside the base's entrance.

    The base had been conducting emergency response exercises, but officials said Wednesday's incident was not part of the drill.

    The base specialises in the C-130 cargo airplane and is home to the 19th Airlift Wing, the 314th Airlift Wing and the 29th Weapons Squadron.

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