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A giant laser image of Nelson Mandela has been projected onto Table Mountain in South Africa in an illuminated tribute to the late leader.

Leading article: One to savour

Test cricket is, on the face of it, a little like the handwritten letter, or loose tea. One of the quainter aspects of life whose survival into the modern era defies logic. How can a form of the game that lasts a full five days, during which there is a high risk of very little happening, possibly compete with the thrills and spills and instant gratification of the limited-overs formats that now predominate?

Travel challenge: 10 nights in South Africa

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a 10-night holiday in South Africa in early February. Prices are for two people travelling together and include flights from Heathrow to Cape Town departing 6 February.

Winter on the Beach: Cape Town

It's a long way down to the tip of South Africa, but with very little time difference, you can beat jetlag and head straight for the sands. Ian McCurrach offers a guide

Long-haul destinations dominate 2010 holidays

Travellers are being tempted by far-flung destinations when planning holidays for 2010, it was revealed today.

South Africa's World Cup venues are 'white elephants'

Critics say South Africa has wasted resources as £370m stadium opens

Pam Golding: 'I have never felt that I wasn't one of the boys'

She glides serenely into the room, with the grace and elegance of a swan. But like the swan, you do not see the non-stop motion of the legs, propelling Pam Golding here, there, everywhere...

Travel industry geared up to cash in on English invasion

Britain's beleaguered travel industry was not focusing on England's opponents in last night's World Cup draw, but on the venues where the team will play.

World Cup bid is right on track, says Anson

Chief believes that private meetings with key officials will give England an edge

The truth is out there: 28/11/2009

*Hate crimes in America are on the rise according to new figures released by the FBI this week, with African Americans and religious groups the main victims.

Jonathan Trott: 'Birmingham is where my heart is now'

England's adopted star may have learnt his cricket in Cape Town, but he is in no doubt where his allegiance lies

A natural wander: Discovers the delights of Cape Town's Disa Gorge trail

I thought I knew Table Mountain. After five years as a foreign correspondent in South Africa, I thought I had rambled and scrambled over pretty much all of this rocky wilderness half a mile in the sky above Cape Town. Then a friend said: "Ah, but you haven't been up Disa Gorge. You've missed the best bit."

The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, Cape Town Opera, Royal Festival Hall, London

After Trevor Nunn’s futile attempt to turn The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess into a book and song musical how bracing to return to the through-sung original where only the whites get to speak – or rather are denied the gift of song.

Boks take 'easy' decision to stick with Steyn

The South Africa coach Peter de Villiers yesterday named an unchanged team for Saturday's Tri-Nations game against Australia in Cape Town, a decision he described as "easy".

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