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It all started with Enter The Ninja, the bizarre music video that went viral and suggested that "Zef" – a new genre of rap music – had been born. In the space of a few months earlier this year, South African double act Die Antwoord were catapulted from being an act that played to a few dozen people in Cape Town bars, to a major international act, signed to Polydor and embarking on a lengthy world tour.

India beat South Africa to square series

India's bowlers all turned in a good display today to help square the series against South Africa thanks to an 87-run victory at Kingsmead.

Sreesanth sets South Africa tough task

A double strike by India's bowlers after tea put the tourists slightly ahead of South Africa after three days of the second Test and set up an intriguing finale at Kingsmead.

India in charge as 18 wickets fall in a day at Durban

South Africa bounced back from a woeful batting display to restrict India to 92 for 4 in their second innings on day two of the second Test at Kingsmead in Durban.

Leading article: We toast 21 reasons to be cheerful

As a youthful, optimistic newspaper, The Independent on Sunday, which will be 21 next year, offers you, the idealistic but sceptical reader, 21 reasons to be cheerful in 2011.

Flower unconcerned by pitch talk

England are unfazed by reports that Australia are considering dropping in a faster pitch in Melbourne, to try to prey on the tourists' perceived vulnerabilities.

Proteas complete thrashing of India

South Africa completed a comfortable victory over India by an innings and 25 runs, bowling their visitors out for 459 on the final morning. It was the highest ever score by a team that lost by an innings.

Els hails 'incredible' fifth South African Open win

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