Wayde Van Niekerk is South Africa's Sport Star of the Year

Sprinter Wayde van Niekerk led the team of local sport heroes who were recognised for their outstanding performances at the 2015 South African Sport Awards. The awards were handed out by the Department of Sport and Recreation, and recognised athletes and teams across disciplines.

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Vote for Kevin: South African tennis star nominated for ATP award

Coming off a great sporting year in which he upset a world leader and raced up the rankings, South African tennis player Kevin Anderson has been nominated by the ATP World Tour as one of 20 outstanding players of 2015 – and he needs his fans to help vote him into the top spot.

Kevin Anderson puts Andy Murray out of the US Open

South African tennis journeyman Kevin Anderson reached a career milestone yesterday when he beat former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final after seven previous fourth-round losses. It was "a great accomplishment", he said after the win.

South African javelin star wins bronze in Beijing

South African javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen at last banished past disappointment this weekend in the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing, where she won a bronze medal. Her win brought South Africa’s medal tally for the championships up to three.

South African sprinter Jobodwana takes on the world's best

South African sprinter Anaso Jobodwana has won bronze in the IAAF World Athletics Championship 200m final, to share the podium with world record holder Jamaican Usain Bolt – who passed the post just fractions of a second ahead of the South African athlete.

South African canoeing shines in Germany

Andy Birkett is "chuffed" with his silver medal in the season-opening ICF Marathon World Cup at the Brandenburg an den Havel regatta in Germany. It is the first year of international competition for the South African canoeist and four-time K1 and K2 Dusi marathon winner.

South Africa's Paralympians shine in London

South Africa's brightest athletes excelled against some of the best in the world at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final, held at London's Olympic Park, led by Hilton Langenhoven in the 200m sprint, Jonathan Ntutu, Charl du Toit and Fanie van der Merwe.

Sport in South Africa

It's the national religion. Transcending race and language group, sport unites the country – and not just the male half of it.