Sport Richardt Strauss could return to the Ireland squad for the Six Nations following his rapid recovery from heart surgery

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Argentina captain Javier Mascherano has defended his national team's decision to arrive early in South Africa for the World Cup finals.

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Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert was one of the big beasts of apartheid-era politics, best-known for abandoning parliament in 1986 to liaise with the exiled African National Congress. He had burst on to the South African political scene 12 years earlier when he pulled off an upset in the all-white general election by winning the Cape constituency of Rondebosch for Helen Suzman's Progressive Party, beating a segregationist incumbent.

White racists held in bomb plot raid

South African police have broken up a plot by white supremacists to plant explosives in black townships, the police minister said yesterday, just a month after the murder of a prominent white separatist.

Britons unhurt as vintage safari train derails in South Africa

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Anger over World Cup tickets delays

South Africa's World Cup ticketing problems continued yesterday when police had to deal with angry supporters frustrated by long waits to purchase seats for this summer's finals. It soured a positive response to the first day of over-the-counter sales as organisers seek to sell half-a-million tickets and stimulate interest within the host nation.

Advocate of hatred who became a figure of fun

He never compromised his views, but Eugene Terreblanche's final years were marked by obscurity and absurdity.

Borthwick: time for our pack to bite back

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Carlin's first draft of history

When the Rugby World Cup final was played in Johannesburg in 1995, John Carlin, author of the book on which the Hollywood blockbuster Invictus is based, was <i>The Independent's</i> South Africa correspondent. This is his extraordinary report &ndash; written the day after that momentous game

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Cook rescues England after early losses

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