Serena to begin 2020 season with return to Auckland.

AUCKLAND – Former world number one Serena Williams will begin her 2020 season with a return to the Auckland Open in January, her first appearance at the tournament since she was ousted in the second round in 2017. The Auckland Open serves as a warm-up before the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, which begins on Jan. 20 next year. On her last Auckland appearance, then top seed Williams hit 88 unforced errors in windy conditions, losing to compatriot […]

Sri Lanka’s Dananjaya reported for suspect bowling action.

GALLE – New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya have been reported for suspect bowling action after the first test between the two nations in Galle that finished on Sunday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said. While Williamson is a part-time spinner who bowled only three overs, Dananjaya bowled 62 overs in the match, picking up five wickets in the first innings to set up Sri Lanka’s victory. “The match officials’ report, which was handed […]

Cosatu pledges support for ANC investment proposal.

JOHANNESBURG – The ANC is looking at the possibility of using private and public pension funds to rescue the country’s state-owned enterprises. Pension fund administrator Alexander Forbes has warned if these plans go ahead, there may be a financial exodus as people withdraw their retirements funds and stop contributions so they aren’t impacted by government interference. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) supports the ANC’s initiative. The union’s President Zingiswa Losi said the PIC money has always been invested in rescuing companies, using Edcon as an […]

Judgment expected in Arms Deal Commission case.

JOHANNESBURG – Judgment on the findings of the Arms Deal Commission will be delivered at the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday. The Right2Know Campaign and Corruption Watch wanted the findings set aside. This after the commission’s report found no evidence of corruption in the deal. Civil society organisations challenged the Seriti Commission’s findings, dismissing them as a whitewash that shielded corrupt individuals. The commission was set up in 2011 by former President Jacob Zuma to probe allegations of fraud, corruption, impropriety or […]

SA’s uber driver and opera singer heads to Hollywood.

JOHANNESBURG – A South African uber driver and opera singer will showcase his talent on the world stage. Menzi Mngoma made waves on social media after a video of him singing while transporting a passenger to Durban, went viral. JOHANNESBURG – A South African uber driver and opera singer will showcase his talent on the world stage. Menzi Mngoma made waves on social media after a video of him singing while transporting a passenger to Durban, went viral. In May 2019 uber […]

Violent hijackings spike in Gauteng.

JOHANNESBURG – Tracker has released statistics looking into the number of car crimes affecting its customer base. It’s reported over 5400 hijackings over the past year, most of them in Gauteng. It’s not just the number of hijackings that’s alarming, it’s the violence that goes with it. According to Tracker Executive Ron Knott-Craig nearly 30 percent of customers on Tracker’s statistics are taken hostage. “There has been an increase to the number of hostages and currently nearly 30 percent of […]