Chris Otton

African Cup exodus threatens to silence vuvuzelas

A string of first-round flops by African teams on home turf threatened to muzzle the buzz of the vuvuzela on Wednesday.

Jordaan savours reality of World Cup dream

As the World Cup kicks off Friday in Johannesburg, Danny Jordaan will be forgiven a smile to himself from his front-row seat.

Leaders fear for outcome of climate summit

Prospects for an ambitious accord to tame global warming darkened on Thursday with the UN summit deadlocked.

World leaders try to save floundering climate summit

World leaders began arriving at the United Nations climate summit on Tuesday, seeking to give a shot in the arm to the floundering talks.

Doing nothing in Zim ‘not an option’

An emergency summit of Southern African leaders on Zimbabwe's post-election crisis opened on Saturday with a plea from its chairperson not to turn a blind eye, but President Robert Mugabe stayed away. Zambia's Levy Mwanawasa told Southern African Development Community leaders that doing nothing was not an option.

Bid to sack Arthur as selector blocked

The turmoil at the top of South African cricket deepened on Sunday when the board's chief executive overruled a move to sack coach Mickey Arthur as a selector in a row over racial quotas. Arthur was removed from the selection panel on Saturday at a meeting of Cricket South Africa's general council.

Mugabe looms over EU-Africa summit

The leaders of Africa and the Europe Union (EU) gathered in Lisbon on Friday for a summit designed to forge a new era in ties, but which is in danger of being overshadowed by the presence of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe. The two-day summit in the Portuguese capital is set to be dominated by issues such as trade, immigration, the environment and human rights.

Canny Mugabe still a hero for many Africans

Robert Mugabe, a largely unwelcome guest of the European Union at a summit this weekend, is a hero in the eyes of many Africans for daring to stand up to the West and seize land from white farmers. Many in Europe have been left scratching their heads over how Zimbabwe's president since independence still commands respect.

Race debate awaits World Cup heroes

They may be the world champions, but the Springboks have few illusions that their new status will stave off a new push by the government to overhaul the team's racial composition. Meanwhile, Springbok wing Bryan Habana was on Sunday named the International Rugby Board player of the year.

Sri Lanka dump Bangladesh out of T20

Bangladesh were dumped out of the Twenty20 World Championship on Tuesday after slumping to a 64-run defeat to Sri Lanka, whose miserly attack quashed early fears of an upset. Veteran seamer Chaminda Vaas, who took 2-14 off his four overs, and Dilhara Fernando were the stars for Sri Lanka.

SA sweats 1 000 days before 2010 kick-off

One thousand days before the most popular show on earth rolls into Africa for the first time, the 2010 Soccer World Cup hosts face a mammoth task in organising the extravaganza and silencing party-poopers. Delays to stadium construction, questions over transport and nervousness over safety have left South Africa constantly having to reassure that all will be right.

Reality bites for United States of Africa dream

The drive towards forging a United States of Africa was running out of steam on Wednesday as leaders filed away from a summit without agreeing on a timeline for creating a new government for the continent. The three-day African Union summit in Ghana was devoted to a grand debate on a union government with burning issues such as Darfur barely getting a look in.

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