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LONDON TO HOST NEW WORLD CUP

London to host new World Cup



Sebastian Coe. Photo: Twitter
ATHLETICS NEWS - London will host a new World Cup event this summer featuring eight top nations including the United States and Jamaica, British Athletics announced on Monday.

Britain, the United States, Poland, China, Germany, France, Jamaica and South Africa will compete at the London Stadium on July 14-15.

The tournament follows last year's world athletics championships in the British capital, which also hosted the Olympics in 2012.

The competition format will feature all field events and track events up to and including the 1500m, with just one man and one woman from each nation in each event.

Each nation will be competing for a $2 million prize pot over two evening sessions of athletics under the lights.

"It's great to see such an exciting head-to-head event confirmed to be taking place in London this summer – the concept is one that will excite everyone in athletics and is sure to attract new fans to the sport," said Olympic and world 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk.

Sebastian Coe, president of athletics' world governing body the IAAF, hailed the "innovative" event.

"We have eight lanes, eight top nations, eight teams and a host of world-class athletes lining up in each event to win the trophy and prize pot. This will be a fast-paced and exhilarating experience for athletes and fans."

UK Athletics chief executive Niels de Vos told AFP he was confident the event would capture the attention of the sporting world, even though it clashes with the World Cup final in Russia and the Wimbledon finals.
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ZUMA'S FATE NOW LIES WITH ANC NEC


Zuma's fate now lies with ANC NEC



Jacob Zuma.
The party’s national working committee, which met on Monday, has resolved to convene a special NEC meeting to discuss Zuma’s future on the eve of the State of the Nation Address (Sona).
NATIONAL NEWS - President Jacob Zuma’s fate now lies with the African National Congress (ANC)’s national executive committee (NEC).

The party’s national working committee, which met on Monday, has resolved to convene a special NEC meeting to discuss Zuma’s future on the eve of the State of the Nation Address (Sona).

This after the party’s top six leaders failed to convince him to step down.

Wednesday could be the day of reckoning for President Zuma.

As expected, the national working committee, which has no power to make decisions on the president’s future, has resolved to refer the matter to the NEC, which is the highest decision making body between conferences.

The NEC can then decide to recall the president.
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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.

MISSED PUTTS
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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