England will probably have to win their remaining three group games - against Thailand, West Indies, and Pakistan - in order to reach the semi-finals. “It puts the pressure on, doesn’t it,” England batter Natalie Sciver said. “In terms of our team, a bit of pressure will hopefully see the best of us. … [Read more...] about South Africa hold nerve for win over England at women’s T20 World Cup
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“I am not quite sure what happened here. The energy was there but the skills just weren’t enough. Obviously we try and pride ourselves with our fielding and we weren’t at our best today,” he said. … [Read more...] about Australia defeat South Africa in first T20 contest by 107 runs
For many South Africans, the near-constant political turmoil has compounded a deeper sense that their country is adrift. Malaise over the stagnant economy and a government that seems to run on enriching a small elite has overtaken the optimism, broadly felt during Mandela's presidency, about building an equitable society for black and white South Africans. Since Zuma came to power in 2009, allegations of cronyism have led to a decline in his popularity; according to a March poll from research company Ipsos, nearly two-thirds of those polled think the country is going in the wrong direction. Today, more than a quarter of the population is unemployed. Inequality continues to be a drag on the economy and a stain on society, with the black majority earning far less income on average and suffering from much higher rates of poverty than the white minority. … [Read more...] about How Long Can President Jacob Zuma Remain at the Top in South Africa?
South Africa's Lerato Dlamini last year staged a stellar performance when he outclassed Filipino Dave Penalosa to win the vacant WBC Silver featherweight title over 12 rounds. Dlamini boasts of 13 wins and a single loss, while Kakololo has 15 fights, 12 wins, one draw and one defeat under his belt. … [Read more...] about Namibia’s Kakololo to challenge South Africa’s Dlamini for WBC Silver featherweight title
One African country whose film scene is well-known far beyond its borders is Nigeria. In 'Nollywood', 400 to 2,000 films are produced every year. However, these films often follow the same pattern, so the industry lacks creativity and risk-taking, says Nigerian filmmaker Tunde Aladese: "It's very much about what can sell and what can make money." She welcomes the fact that the industry has grown and many people have found work there. However the recent film school graduate wishes there were more Nigerian arthouse productions. … [Read more...] about Berlinale: Africa’s rising film industry