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Nelson Mandela made a rare public appearance yesterday to attend the funeral of his great-granddaughter, who died on the eve of the World Cup.

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From Table Mountain to Soweto yesterday, the pulsating chants of traditional songs and the blasting of plastic horns sounded the start of the first World Cup to be held on African soil.

South Africa take open-top bus tour... before first game

South Africa got its celebration in early yesterday as the national team paraded through Johannesburg in an open-top bus before a ball had been kicked at the continent's first World Cup.

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South African tribal chiefs and healers have slaughtered a cow outside Soccer City, the biggest stadium at the World Cup, as part of rituals to appease the spirits of ancestors and welcome fans.

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While Zuma shops in Britain, students riot on campus

South African police yesterday used water cannons to disperse groups of protesting Johannesburg university students demanding the government provide free tertiary education for the poor.

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Lungi Sisulu: 'It was pointless fighting and hating'

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Habana plays down altitude factor

Bryan Habana has warned South Africa should not pitch up at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday thinking the high altitude alone will help them overcome the British and Irish Lions in the second Test.

De Villiers relies on Bulls

Peter de Villiers, the Springbok coach, last night named a 28-strong party for the forthcoming three-Test series against the Lions. There was a predictably large, but still unnerving, representation from the Pretoria-based Bulls, whose Super 14 victory at Loftus Versfeld last weekend bordered on the breathtaking. Ten of that side have made the cut, along with a similar number from the Durban-based Sharks, including the captain, John Smit.

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Nthato Motlana had vivid memories of what it was like to be a black youth in 1940s South Africa: "The attitude of whites was monstrous," he said. "They were boors, animals. We lived a life of subservience, obsequiousness, fear, of obeisance to the white man in a way that nobody can really understand. When you saw a white man, you saw God Almighty and you had to get out of his way. He could kick you, he could kill you and get away with it."

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