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The opening match of the Rugby World Cup, pitting hosts England against Fiji, will be refereed by
Jaco Peyper. On his team will be two other South Africans – Stuart Berry and Shaun Veldsman –
and Ireland's John Lacey. The Boks' first match is on 19 September against Japan.
Mining houses, the government and other stakeholders are investing in improving socio-
economic conditions in distressed mining towns and rural labour-sending areas. Among the R18-
mbillion worth of interventions, are housing, health care and job creation initiatives.
Passenger volumes are up at the national carrier, while output is down, according to the acting
chief executive. Yet there is still much to be done. The airline is implementing network changes
and growing into Africa, among other steps to strengthen the group.
The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board rescued a humpback whale caught in the shark nets behind the
back line, while the world's pro surfers took part in the Billabong Pro in Ballito, on the North
Coast. The whale had a skin infection, but it swam off once disentangled.
Cash from the sale of the state's 13.91% stake in Vodacom – to the Public Investment
Corporation, which acts for the Government Employees Pension Fund – will finance the
multibillion-rand allocation to Eskom. The deal is believed to be worth nearly R29-billion.
The number of internet users in South Africa is expected to increase because of more smart
devices in the market. The most usage will come from people watching videos on their
smartphones, and an estimated 43 billion minutes will be watched online by 2019.
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