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Tiger dazzles in long-awaited return

GOLF NEWS - Tiger Woods dazzled in his much-anticipated return from injury on Thursday at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas where the former world number one flashed a fist pump and did not seem bothered by his troublesome back.

Woods, competing for the first time after a near 10-month layoff during which he had spinal fusion surgery, appeared pain free at the Albany course on the island of New Providence where he mixed five birdies with two bogeys for a three-under-par 69.

That left him in a four-way share of eighth place and three shots behind Britain's Tommy Fleetwood after the first round of the elite 18-man event featuring eight of the world's top 10.

"I didn't know what I could do," Woods told Golf Channel. "I've been playing a lot of holes at home, but it's a little different when you have to tee it up in a tournament."

Woods, who two months ago said he was only hitting 60-yard shots, drove mostly well off the tee, made some solid putts and impressive par saves but at times also let out expletives and slammed his club in frustration.

Riding high after a pair of consecutive birdies, Woods was two shots off the lead at the par-five 15th hole when his tee shot sailed far right. He took a drop and went on to two-putt for his second bogey of the day.

From there he went on to close out with a trio of pars to cap a round that showed, perhaps, that the 14-times major champion still has plenty left.

After narrowly missing birdie putts on his opening two holes Woods hit his approach shot at the par-five third to about 40 feet and went on to tap in for birdie.

On the next hole Woods caught his chip heavy and was left with a 15-footer from just off the green from where he coolly rolled his ball into the middle of the cup for par before pumping his right fist to the delight of the cheering gallery.

Woods, who turns 42 on Dec. 30, delivered a more subdued fist pump at the par-three eighth where he rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt after his tee shot settled on the edge of the green.

Playing alongside friend and FedExCup champion Justin Thomas, Woods, dressed in black with a white hat, showed his first bit of frustration at the par-five ninth when, after failing to reach the green in two, he made a mess of a chip.

Despite being about 30 feet from the cup after two shots Woods settled for his first bogey of the day to reach the turn in one-under 35.

Woods responded nicely with a birdie from 15 feet at the next hole.
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Adé takes over as Miss SA

Miss South Africa, Adé van Heerden. Photo: Wessel van Heerden

The first princess in this year's pageant says that she's ready to dedicate all her time to the responsibilities of being Miss SA.

NATIONAL NEWS - A week ago, Adè van Heerden was going about her daily routine as a medical doctor and lieutenant at Military 2 Hospital in Cape Town.

Van Heerden will now have to pack her scrubs away and trade them for beautiful designer gowns, a sash and the Miss South Africa crown. As the first princess in this year's Miss South Africa competition, she now takes over from Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters who was crowned Miss Universe this past Sunday.

She tells Eyewitness News that she and Nel-Peters share a close sisterly bond and that she, like South Africans who watched the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, was rooting for her to win the crown.

The moment Steve Harvey called out South Africa as the winner, was the moment Van Heerden's life changed.
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7 awesome SA inventions

The ‘computed axial tomography’ scan, or CAT scan, was developed at Tufts University in the UK by South African physicist Allan Cormack and Godfrey Hounsfield of EMI Laboratories.

LIFESTYLE NEWS - South Africa lays claim to many of the world's firsts. The list includes the CAT scan, the heart transplant and the ‘speed gun’.

Where would you expect to find the inventor of the CAT scan, the makers of the ‘speed gun’ used in cricket ovals the world over, or the world’s first oil-from-coal refinery?

There’s a wide range of innovative and entrepreneurial activity in South Africa, backed up by a number of organisations that provide support for budding inventors and innovators.

Some of the world’s firsts South Africa can lay claim to are the following:

1. The CAT scan
The ‘computed axial tomography’ scan, or CAT scan, was developed at Tufts University in the UK by South African physicist Allan Cormack and Godfrey Hounsfield of EMI Laboratories. Their achievement secured them the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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interests of country

African National Congress (ANC) Parliamentary Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says that voting in favour of a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma is tantamount to dropping a nuclear bomb on the country.

The Democratic Alliance-sponsored motion will be debated in the National Assembly next Tuesday.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has yet to announce whether Members of Parliament (MPs) will be allowed to vote in secret.

But regardless of her decision, Mthembu says the ruling party will defeat the motion because removing the president is not in the best interest of the country.

“It will result in the entire Cabinet having to resign, which will lead to a collapse in government with long lasting ramifications.”

Mthembu has reiterated that ANC MPs were deployed to the legislature by the party and are therefore required to toe the party line.
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'SA must produce own oil'

Oil prospecting. Image: Generic.
SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS - Sungu Sungu, an upstream oil and gas company, is no newcomer in the prospecting game. The company is currently at the centre of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) process for a seismic survey in the Pletmos Basin along the Southern Cape coast – a project that has been attracting major backlash from residents and other role players.

While the company has responded to queries about the project, it has, however, diverted questions over the EIA and the possible impact on the local marine life and economy to SRK Consulting, who is tasked with doing the EIA.

Sungu Sungu exploration geophysicist Solomon Lephoto said that the company had experience in seismic surveying and had carried out two before – one in the Orange Basin and another in Namibia’s Luderitz Basin in 2012.

He added that the Johannesburg-based company has been in the oil and gas industry since 2009. It currently has two exploration licenses, he said, in Nambia and in South Africa.

“Then we have two exploration right applications – one in Namibia and the other in the Pletmos Basin. The company also has technical cooperation permits in South Africa that only allow for desktop studies, to enable the company to decide whether they apply for an exploration licence or not.”

He said that oil and gas prospecting is a very important drive for South Africa, as the country is currently consuming about 700 000 barrels a day. "However, about 70% of this is imported. Therefore we are at the mercy of international geopolitical dynamics because of the fluctuations in price caused by supply challenges that arise,” Solomon said.

“So Sungu Sungu's foray into oil and gas is part of national problem solving along with other major companies participating in the oil and gas industry offshore South Africa.”
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