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Lonmin appeals to staff as 44 die in violence at mine

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Jonathan Joseph (left) trains with fellow centre Manu Tuilagi yesterday

'New Guscott' Jonathan Joseph is in while Toby Flood replaces Owen Farrell

It is almost 30 years since England threw an uncapped midfielder into the fires of a Test in South Africa without the rugby equivalent of an asbestos suit and found themselves being burned alive collectively as a consequence. That centre was John Palmer, a wonderfully creative playmaker from Bath who might have caused the Springboks some problems had he not found himself playing out of position against Danie Gerber, one of the great centres of the post-war era. Gerber scored one try in the opening match and three more in the second.

Christian Wade scored three tries for England in Kimberley

Rough diamond Wade part of England work in progress

SA Barbarians South 26 England XV 54

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ANC angry over Zuma portrait

The ruling ANC has demanded that a painting be removed from an exhibition because it seems to depict President Jacob Zuma with his genitals hanging out.

Eddie Izzard plans Nelson Mandela tribute

In a tribute to the 27 years former South African President Nelson Mandela spent in prison for his fight against apartheid, the comedian and actor Eddie Izzard is to run 27 marathons in 27 consecutive days.

Lioness kills zoo keeper at South African farm

A zoo keeper was killed when a lioness pounced on him after security gates at Johannesburg Zoo's conservation farm were apparently left open.

Zulu king alleged to have made anti-gay slurs

South Africa's government human rights agency is investigating whether the Zulu king made comments that could increase anti-homosexual sentiment in a country where gays face discrimination despite liberal laws being in place to protect them.

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Toxins from South African mines threaten city

Toxic liquids building up in defunct gold mines beneath Johannesburg could reach environmentally dangerous levels by June 2012, officials and scientists said yesterday.

Johannesburg at risk from acid lakes

Rising toxic water levels from abandoned gold mines threaten the city and have blinded wild hippos

Wallabies bring in muscle to avenge Pretoria defeat

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