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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.

Telefonica Blue looks to reduce Ericsson 4's 65-mile lead

With a second leg win in sight and just a few miles to the finish in Kochi, south-west India, Ericsson 4's Brazilian skipper Torben Grael was looking over his shoulder yesterday as Bouwe Bekking in Telefonica Blue threw everything into making up what had been a 65-mile deficit at the end of the 4,450-mile run from Cape Town in the Volvo Race.

Diary of a Bad Year, By JM Coetzee

Coetzee's latest novel (and it is one, in spite of all its formal games) puts the angry literary sage under scrutiny. Its narrator, "JC", shares traits with the flesh-and-blood writer, from Cape Town schooling to recent migration to Australia. Older, lonelier, gloomier, he sounds like a version of his creator on a bad day, or in a bad year.

Nadia Nerina: Ballerina whose effortless and dazzling virtuosity made her a favourite of Frederick Ashton

Nadia Nerina's most famous role is so popular, so fixed in the minds of even the most casual ballet lovers, that any other ballerina would have sold her soul for the same chance of creating it. She was the adorable, mischievous Lise, the delinquent daughter determined to marry the man of her choice and heroine of La Fille mal gardée, Frederick Ashton's most-loved ballet.

Zuma: It was painful but Mbeki had to go

ANC leader holds off naming party No 2 as caretaker-president

Time to deliver for Springboks

Barely 10 months after its World Cup triumph, South African rugby is back at the crossroads peering with concern at disaster.

A true Test for New Zealand

The All Blacks will venture warily into the unknown in Cape Town on Saturday, aware of the gruelling expectations and certain pressure about to be exerted by both the world champions Springboks and their own nation in the match that may decide this year’s Tri-Nations Championship.

Fourie du Preez divides opinion

Graham Henry says he’s the best half-back in the world, a player of true class and quality. Former England coach Brian Ashton says he is the player who ran the game for the Springboks at last year’s World Cup. Heyneke Meyer believes he is the best No. 9 that South Africa has ever produced. Certain members of the South African Parliament believe he shouldn’t even be in the Test team facing New Zealand this Saturday in Cape Town.

New Zealand look for Tri-Nation consistency

Mils Muliaina admits it is the No. 1 topic of the All Blacks’ week. How do they match up to the elevated level established against Australia 10 days ago when they take on South Africa in Cape Town this Saturday?

Kaboul snubs Sunderland for Portsmouth

Younes Kaboul could still be set to join Portsmouth after his agent revealed the Frenchman has turned down Sunderland.

Brian Bunting: Political activist and journalist

A central conundrum of South African history since the Second World War is that its principal polarities were determined broadly by the Hitler-Stalin pact. Leading figures of the apartheid regime, such as the former president John Vorster and the head of the Bureau of State Security, General Hendrik van den Berg, had been interned during the war as pro-Nazi paramilitary leaders.

Foreigners return to South African township after apology for violence

It was one of many townships across South Africa hit by xenophobic violence but one of the first to say sorry and plead with its foreign victims to return home.

Migrants flee South Africa as wave of violence spreads to Cape Town

The wave of xenophobic violence that has convulsed South Africa reached Cape Town yesterday with mobs looting shops and immigrants forced to flee a squatter camp which came under attack on the outskirts of the city.

Alive, despite his pulse stopping for an hour

A man who almost drowned after being dragged into a whirlpool has made a "miraculous" recovery, despite his pulse stopping for almost an hour.

Law catches up with John Wayne, Cape Town's celebrity baboon

He's been spotted on top of Table Mountain, been a stowaway on board a trawler and visited an upmarket shopping centre. Meet Cape Town's latest celebrity: John Wayne, a 10-year-old baboon.

Baftas look to new generation of rising stars

Film industry veterans have identified a new generation of rising stars including Ben Whishaw, the lead in Perfume, Cillian Murphy from The Wind that Shakes the Barley, and the Casino Royale Bond girl Eva Green.

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