Album: Soweto Kinch, The New Emancipation (Kinch Recordings)

Saxophonist Kinch is an engaging performer with an enviable social and intellectual reach (Ellington, Madlib and Delius are his touchstones here, along with worksongs and early blues), but this third album once again falls into the "promising" category rather than delivering a truly convincing musical message.

Busi Mhlongo: Singer whose music came to symbolise the struggle for justice in South Africa

A spirited and versatile performer who could switch from a whimper to a roar in a single note, the South African singer Busi Mhlongo achieved worldwide fame in the latter part of her career. She spent many years in exile from the horrors of apartheid, living and working in Portugal, North America, the Netherlands and the UK. Of the half-dozen solo albums she released, Urbanzulu (1998) was the best known, an innovative reinvention of the tough, bouncy maskanda music of her Zulu roots, hitherto an almost exclusively male preserve.

Gem unearths 196ct diamond

Gem Diamonds, the London-listed miner, yesterday unveiled a 196-carat diamond that was found last month at its mine in Lesotho.

Police officers set to defy South African strike ban

Thousands of civil servants took to the streets across South Africa yesterday in a peaceful demonstration for higher pay. Five thousand marched in Cape Town; another 10,000 took to the streets in Johannesburg.

Webb admits he made errors in World Cup final

Six weeks since he 'lost control' on the biggest night of his career, England's top referee has finally answered his critics

Webb admits De Jong mistake

Referee Howard Webb has admitted he should have shown Holland's Nigel de Jong a red card in the World Cup final for the Manchester City player's x-rated challenge on Xabi Alonso.

Carter to undergo surgery after kicking Kiwis to Tri-Nations glory

South Africa 22 New Zealand 29

Violence erupts as Zuma orders police to crush national strike

South Africa's schools and hospitals were transformed into battlegrounds yesterday as a nationwide strike escalated into a sometimes violent test of strength between the government and unions.

Rebecca Peyton: My grief made me dance, drink and cry

Within days of her sister's death, Rebecca Peyton was strangely exuberant. She tells Alice-Azania Jarvis how loss can manifest itself in mysterious ways

Four 'shot dead' at Mandela gold mine

South African police called off a search after three hours at an abandoned gold mine owned by members of the Zuma and Mandela families yesterday, a day after finding four bodies in the shaft.

Leading article: The UK has influence in Rwanda. We should use it

While Britain has been busy accepting its diminished influence on world affairs recently, this new humility should not be falsely extended to Rwanda. The UK remains the largest single donor to the government in Kigali, a contribution that President Paul Kagame, who was expected to win re-election convincingly yesterday, cannot afford to ignore.

Man on the Move, By Otto de Kat, trs Sam Garrett

This is a short, thoughtful novel, the first 40 pages of which wind the spring which powers the rest. We learn of Rob, a 22-year-old Dutchman who emigrates in 1935. The next 10 years of his life are glimpsed in a quick-fire series of broken pictures: parting from his family, a brief stint in the diamond mines of Johannesburg, and his time working on the Burma Railway as a prisoner of war in Thailand.

Mandela relatives held at gunpoint

Two men held grandchildren of Nelson Mandela at gunpoint in an attempted robbery, after they had returned from a birthday celebration for the former South African president, police said yesterday.

I did my best in extremely challenging final, says Webb

Players left English referee 'no choice' but to issue record number of cards in World Cup showpiece

South Africa confirm bid for 2020 Olympics

Fresh from its successful hosting of Africa's first World Cup, South Africa said today it will bid to bring the Olympics to Africa for the first time in 2020.

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