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South African ref to kick off Rugby World Cup

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.

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South Africa spends billions on mining towns

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.


South African Airways makes progress

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.


Whale rescued during South African Billabong Pro

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.


South Africa sells Vodacom stake to fund Eskom

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.


Increased internet access in South Africa

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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