Issue 337 | 19 July 2018
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On 18 July 2018, people across the country dedicated 67 minutes to do good on what would have been the late former President Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.
The year 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Madiba. South Africa, including the continent and the international community at large, is celebrating and honouring the struggle stalwart.

President Cyril Ramaphosa was in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape, where he participated in the centenary celebrations of the founding father of the nation.

The Mvezo celebrations were organised by the Royal House of Mandela in partnership with the Universal Peace Federation and the Eastern Cape Provincial Government. They aimed to bring together people from all walks of life, including current and former heads of government and state, traditional and faith-based leaders, surrounding communities, non-governmental organisations and members of civil society, to honour the legacy of Mandela.

President Ramaphosa was accompanied by Cabinet ministers, members of the Provincial Executive Council and senior government officials.

The address by President Ramaphosa at the centennial celebrations was preceded by various activities led by the Royal House of Mandela, which included handing out blankets to elderly citizens, giving bicycles to learners and officially opening a clinic.

The activities also included the unveiling of a sanitary towel project, as well as a tree-planting ceremony.

Government, in partnership with various stakeholders, including the Nelson Mandela Foundation, continues to host various celebrations to mark the centenary of this great icon of the liberation struggle.

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Active citizenry, fighting corruption, strong democracies and youth empowerment were just some of the key take-aways from speakers who set the tone for the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture.
The main lecture, which was delivered by former United States (US) President Barack Obama on Tuesday afternoon, 17 July 2018, took place on the eve of what would have been Mandela’s 100th birthday, which is celebrated globally under the banner of Mandela Day.

Obama’s speech was preceded by speeches from high-ranking dignitaries, who reflected on Madiba’s legacy, as the late Mandela was affectionately known.

The lecture was an initiative of Nelson Mandela Foundation in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation.

To honour the centenary of Madiba’s birth, the lecture’s theme was “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World”. It focused on creating conditions for bridging divides, working across ideological lines and resisting oppression and inequality.

Bidvest Wanderers Stadium was packed with a 15 000-strong crowd.

The event was graced by former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan; former Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; members of the Mandela family; government ministers; leaders various political parties; and celebrities such as Charlize Theron.

The much-awaited lecture was addressed by programme director, Busi Mkhumbuzi; Mandela Foundation Chairperson, Professor Njabulo Ndebele; Motsepe Foundation founder and CEO, Dr Patrice Motsepe; activist and Madiba’s widow, Graça Machel; and President Cyril Ramaphosa before Obama spoke.

Prof. Ndebele said the world had welcomed Obama’s election to the US Presidency in 2008 and that he had inspired universal belief in human unity.

“In Mandela, one could see the coexistence of power and beauty. He was clear and steadfast in moments that required him to be courageous,” he said.

Addressing the audience, Dr Motsepe said the presence of everyone in the stands was living proof that the “legacy and spirit of Nelson Mandela is alive”.

Machel said Madiba’s centenary was an opportunity to celebrate him “in all his incredible uniqueness”, and also to celebrate him as a representative of a broader collective leadership that had led South Africa and South Africans to freedom.

Machel called on young people to take inspiration from Mandela’s life and carry the baton forward.
“Madiba was wise enough to recognise the limits of the achievements of his generation. The youth must now carry forward the baton.

“To honour Madiba’s legacy is to search and find those values, embrace them, make sacrifices and be of service, to make a better South Africa,” said Machel.

President Ramaphosa said the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, from the very beginning, had been “global in its ambition, and broad and inclusive in its outreach”.

The President said that his “Thuma Mina” (send me) message was “none other than Mandela’s message” of personal service. “Madiba is sending all of us to deal with corruption, and to root it out of South African soil.”

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At the invitation of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), President Cyril Ramaphosa paid a State Visit to the UAE on 13 July 2018. President Ramaphosa’s first visit to the UAE marked the beginning of a new chapter in the long-standing relations between South Africa and the UAE, and constitutes a step in further enriching the strong bilateral ties between the two countries.
On arrival in Abu Dhabi on 13 July, President Ramaphosa was accorded a ceremonial reception and was received by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. President Ramaphosa also met with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

On the centennial of the birth of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Nahyan, founder and first President of the UAE, and former President Nelson Mandela, the leaders of the UAE and South Africa pledged to open a new chapter in bilateral relations.

To this end, the leadership of the two countries reaffirmed their deep commitment to further consolidate their strong bilateral relations across a variety of fields, including trade, transport, infrastructure development, tourism, mining, investment and cultural cooperation.

To support these efforts, a business forum was held between the UAE and South Africa, hosted by Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy.

The UAE announced plans to invest US$10 billion in key sectors of South Africa’s economy, such as tourism and mining, among others, to support the sustainable development of the country.

The UAE further welcomed South Africa’s positive role in supporting peace and stability on the African continent and the two sides pledged to work closely together in order to promote peace, stability, prosperity and tolerance in Africa and the Middle East.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has characterised his State Visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a remarkable success, as he had positive and fruitful official talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, the Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during his one-day State Visit to the Arabic country.
The State Visit provided a platform to President Ramaphosa and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to deliberate on various issues of mutual concern as well as to deepen and strengthen bilateral, political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries.

Among the most important highlights of the visit was the US$10 billion in new investment pledged by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that would be channelled primarily toward the energy sectors to enhance energy security, create capacity and reduce cost in South Africa.

In this regard, President Ramaphosa said: “This commitment from the Kingdom is a demonstration of confidence in our economy and gives further impetus to South Africa’s drive to raise US$100 billion in new investment over the next five years to create jobs and for development”.

President Ramaphosa was also conferred with the Order of King Abdulaziz, the highest honour by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, awarded to citizens of Saudi Arabia and foreigners for meritorious service to the Kingdom and is named after King Abdulaziz Al Saud, founder of the modern Saudi state.

Saudi Arabia has pledged support for South Africa to be accorded observer status in the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The OIC is the second-largest intergovernmental organisation after the United Nations with a membership of 57 states spread over four continents. It endeavours to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world.

An observer status will give South Africa a number of privileges in terms of accessing developmental cooperation support, especially its financial institutions, which support infrastructure development as well.

The two countries have also signed a memorandum of understanding on defence as well as on cooperation in the energy sector.

President Ramaphosa also applauded the significant work done by South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic Commission (JEC), which is co-chaired by respective ministers of trade and industry.

“The seventh edition of the JEC took place in South Africa in 2016 and we look forward to building on the gains made at the forthcoming meeting, scheduled to take place in October later this year”, said President Ramaphosa.

President Ramaphosa was accompanied by the ministers of international relations and cooperation; defence and military veterans; energy; and police; and the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says the 25th anniversary of the African Export-lmport Bank (Afreximbank) serves as an inspiration to what the continent can achieve with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
“We have many success stories of companies and organisations that are making a great difference in the lives of the people of Africa. Afreximbank is one such story, which serves as an example and an inspiration to many others.

“We are optimistic about Africa’s future because of the momentous developments over the last few months in forging a free trade area across the continent. The AfCFTA represents a new dawn for Africa,” said President Ramaphosa.

President Ramaphosa was speaking during the 25th anniversary celebrations of Afreximbank in Abuja, Nigeria, where he was on a Working Visit.

Afreximbank is a financial institution devoted to financing and promoting intra and extra-African trade. It was established in October 1993 by African governments, African private and institutional investors and non-African investors.

The President’s comments come on the back of South Africa signing the AfCFTA agreement 31st Session of the AU Assembly in Mauritania recently.

The AfCFTA is hailed as a significant step towards the creation of an integrated and diversified market of approximately $3,3 trillion with a population of over one billion people.

“In pursuing the CFTA, we seek to combine market integration with industrial and infrastructure development to ensure that we enhance Africa’s productive capacity, address supply-side constraints and alleviate the infrastructure deficit.

“We have to have the means to produce the goods that will be freely traded across the continent and we need to have the roads, railways, ports and air routes that are going to carry these goods,” said President Ramaphosa.

President Ramaphosa said the continent should move with speed to conclude negotiations of the agreement before looking across the seas for partners.

“Under the leadership of President Issoufou, our collective priority should be to conclude Phase I and II of the negotiations of the CFTA, before commencing new preferential trading negotiations with third parties outside of the continent.

“We have set ourselves a deadline of 2020 to conclude the CFTA negotiations and to ensure that the liberalisation of trade in goods is complemented by rules on investment, competition policy and intellectual property rights. In this way, we will be able to unlock Africa’s full productive capacity,” he said.

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Deputy President David Mabuza, on Friday, 13 July 2018, officially launched the 64-dish MeerKAT array, a significant milestone in radio astronomy, in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape.
The MeerKAT will be the world's largest radio telescope of its kind until the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) has been completed, and will be integrated into Phase 1 of the mid-frequency component of the SKA.

The SKA, when completed, will be 50 to 100 times more sensitive than any other radio telescope on Earth. The SKA is expected to address fundamental questions about the universe, including how the first stars and galaxies were formed.

It is being built by an international consortium, including Canada, China, India, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and will be co-hosted in Africa and Australia.

Deputy President Mabuza was supported by the Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane; former science and technology ministers, including Ben Ngubane, Mosibudi Mangena, Derek Hanekom and Naledi Pandor; and the Northern Cape Premier, Sylvia Lucas.
The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) and National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) are hosting the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Youth Ministers Meeting and BRICS Youth Summit at the Zebula Estate, Bela Bela, Limpopo, from 16 to 20 July 2018.
The activities commenced with a BRICS Youth Summit from 16 to 18 July 2018. The meeting of the Youth Ministers is taking place from 19 to 20 July 2018.

As part of the activities, the Minister in The Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, delivered an opening address for the BRICS Youth Summit on 16 July 2018 and will Chair the meeting of the youth ministers.

The youth delegates led by the NYDA and coordinators of the National Youth Service, undertook community service as part of marking the centenary of Nelson Mandela on 18 July 2018.

These activities form part of the preparations for the 10th BRICS Summit, which will be held at the Sandton International Convention Centre from 25 to 27 July 2018.
The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Reginah Mhaule, on 18 July 2018, officially closed the Fourth BRICS Youth Summit.

The resolutions taken at the BRICS Youth Summit will form part of deliberations at the BRICS Youth Ministers Meeting later this week. In her concluding remarks, Deputy Minister Mhaule said, “Our youth must find courage to follow on the great steps of Tata Madiba who as a youth himself was very enthusiastic and an active citizen”.

“As I stated earlier, the 10th BRICS Summit will reflect on the outcomes of this gathering, particularly your proposed mechanism such as a Framework to Facilitate the BRICS Youth Secretariat.” The Deputy Minister also participated in the Mandela Day celebrations where she donated sanitary towels at Raeleng High School.

Among many important issues discussed were gender-based violence and identifying of solutions to protect women and children, access to education, curriculum reforms and jobs of the future.
The Minister of Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, on Friday, 13 July 2018, conducted a special Imbizo at Ga-Morwe Community Hall, Siyabuswa, Mpumalanga, as part of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit outreach programme.
During the Imbizo, the Minister briefed the community of Ga-Morwe, especially the youth within the arts, culture and heritage sector, about the upcoming BRICS Summit, BRICS Film Festival, and BRICS Heritage Exhibition. The initiative formed part of the Government’s mandate to all departments to hold similar occasions across the country in order to sensitise communities about the BRICS activities that will be taking place in the country.

The Imbizo also provided a platform for the community, especially the youth, to share and discuss their concerns; and to engage with the department on opportunities available in the creative sector as part of the department’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the implementation of arts, culture and heritage programmes.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) participated in a BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Round-Table Discussion that took place in Richards Bay's Industrial Development Zone on Tuesday, 17 July 2018. Professor Anil Sooklal, BRICS Sherpa and Deputy Director-General for Asia and Middle East in DIRCO, represented DIRCO at the event.
The BRICS Round-Table Discussion took place ahead of the BRICS Business Council Meeting, which will take place in Durban from 22 to 23 July 2018. The essential part of the discussion involved issues around foreign investment and exploring investment opportunities offered by South Africa's membership of BRICS.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Committee of Ministers of Finance and Investment recently met to discuss areas of cooperation and improving regional financial coordination.
The ministers were joined by the central bank governors from the region.

The agenda items for the meeting included:
  • the strategy for financial inclusion and SMEs access to finance
  • promoting inter-linkages with global agendas of BRICS and the G20
  • deepening regional integration within the finance and investment sector
  • the regional resource mobilisation framework
  • exchange controls.
South Africa is the current chair of SADC from August 2017 until August 2018.

The theme for the country’s Chairship of SADC is “Partnering with the Private Sector in Developing Industry and Regional Value Chains”.

The SADC member states are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Gugile Nkwinti, from 12 to 13 July undertook a Ministerial Visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho.
The objective of Minister Nkwinti’s visit was to see the developments around the Lesotho Highlands Water Project as well as to receive the latest updates on the status of the project.

Minister Nkwinti also held discussions with his counterpart from the Government of Lesotho, the Minister of Water, Samonyane Ntsekele.
On 14 July 2018, the French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Nicolas Hulot, bestowed on South African Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, the award of Officier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (or Officer in the French Legion of Honour) on behalf of the French President during the celebrations at the French Residence.
The French Legion of Honour celebrates the accomplishments of distinguished individuals, irrespective of sex, social background and nationality.

The National Order of the Legion of Honour was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, and is the highest decoration in France. It was first awarded on 14 July 1804.

Minister Hulot said: “Minister Edna Molewa’s commitment to South Africa, the struggle for freedom and democracy, women’s rights and the fight against climate change sets an example for us all. France will always be grateful for your contribution”.

Other prominent South Africans who have been awarded this honour are former President Nelson Mandela, late struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the late Nadine Gordimer.

Bastille Day marks the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the ancient royal fortress on this day in 1789.
The national gardens play a pivotal role in mentoring and developing young people already in the sector through its Student and Intern Programme, says the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa.
“This year, 73 beneficiaries were developed through work-integrated learning, internships, scholarships and postgraduate programmes,” Minister Molewa said during the launch of the Sisulu Circle Garden, a landscaped area paying tribute to the late Walter Sisulu.

Minister Molewa and the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, officially unveiled the garden at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Roodepoort on Tuesday. 10 July.

“The introduction of the Sisulu Circle here is an ideal opportunity for the public, and in particular the youth, to reconnect with our country’s important heritage. It is an opportunity to not only honour a great man, but to learn more about the role played by Walter Sisulu in the attainment of the democracy and freedoms we have enjoyed since 1994,” she said.

The Sisulu Circle was funded by the Department of Tourism as part of its plans to develop tourism destinations across the country and enhance visitor experience.

“Through our modest investment in this new addition to the garden, we are putting our money where our mouth is. We will continue to work with our sister department to improve on public assets of high tourism growth potential; this ensures that our contribution makes a difference in improving their visitor offerings,” Minister Hanekom said.

The Water Sisulu Botanical Gardens Garden was founded in 1982 under the management of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

In 2004, the then Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden was officially renamed the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden through an initiative taken by the former Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Valli Moosa, to honour the life and work of Walter Sisulu.

Minister Molewa said the SANBI Kids in Gardens Programme reached more than 50 000 beneficiaries in the past year.

Over 2 500 learners and students meaningfully interacted with information about biodiversity careers through the SANBI’s Career Programme. which is aimed at attracting young people into the biodiversity sector.

“In the past financial year, the Walter Sisulu Garden hosted 6 647 beneficiaries and 13 new schools for garden-based schools programmes hosted by BEE programmes.

“Nationally, 53 179 young people participated in the garden-based school programmes and other guided groups programmes. 162 new schools were reached in 2017/18,” Molewa said.

She said South Africa was among the few countries that had legislation specifically aimed at managing the problem of biological invasions.

Albertina Sisulu Orchid

The Sisulu Garden plays an important conservation role, including protection of one of the few remaining populations of the Endangered Albertina Sisulu Orchid (formerly known as Brachycorythis conica ssp. transvaalensis) in Gauteng, which is being threatened by pending housing developments and uncontrolled recreational vehicle activities.

The Orchid was named Albertina at a time when government is celebrating the centenary of this iconic woman.

Wild orchid South Africa Vice Chairperson, Kaersten Wordrich, said the orchid was first discovered in 1918, which is the same year that Albertina was born in the Transkei.

“The orchid disappeared in 1956 and that was the year that Albertina joined Helen Joseph and Sophia Williams De Bruyn in a march of 20 000 people against the apartheid pass-laws to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

“The orchid was not seen again until 2007 … that was just four year before the sad passing of MaSisulu when it was rediscovered … at its current location,” he said.

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The Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, has congratulated renowned mathematician Prof. Daya Reddy on his election as the first president of the newly formed ISC.
Prof. Reddy, who is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town and holds the South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics, was elected at the council’s inaugural general assembly, held in Paris recently. He will serve in the position for three years.

The Minister said Prof. Reddy’s election was significant as it reflected South Africa’s standing in the international scientific community.

The ISC is a new global organisation that brings together 40 international scientific unions and associations and over 140 national and regional scientific organisations, including academies and research councils. It is the only non-governmental global entity representing both the natural and social sciences. The new council resulted from the merging of the International Social Science Council and the International Council for Science. It creates a unified, global voice for science, with a powerful presence in all regions of the world and representation across the natural (including physical, mathematical and life) and social (including behavioural and economic) sciences.

Prof. Reddy, an eminent and respected scholar and scientist, is the President of the Academy of Science of South Africa, Co-Chair of the Inter Academy Council, and a Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences. He obtained his BSc in Engineering from the University of Cape Town, and PhD from the University of Cambridge.

He is a recipient of the Order of Mapungubwe (Bronze), awarded by the President of South Africa for distinguished contributions to science.

South Africa's Dr Saths Cooper was elected to the cohort of Ordinary Members.
South Africa walked away with top honours at the World Choir Games, which have come to a close in Pretoria.
167 South African choirs took part and topped the medal charts with 76. Seven South African choirs won World Championship status. China came second with 25 medals and Russia took 17.
“The Daily Show”, hosted by South African comedian Trevor Noah, has been nominated for three Emmy Awards – for Outstanding Variety Talk Series, Outstanding Interactive Programme and Outstanding Short Form Variety Series.
The South African expat said a big thank you to all his supporters who watch and voted for the show.

The nominees for the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards – which is focused on television – were announced on Thursday, 12 July 2018.

Trevor Noah fans were delighted. One American viewer said: “When Jon Stewart selected Trevor Noah as his replacement for The Daily Show (in 2015), he blessed us all with his choice to carry on. Trevor Noah is smart, hilariously funny, and has the extraordinary talent to do comedy. Gifted, I should add. So, so damn funny. Congratulations Trevor Noah. We LOVE you.”

Most called him “adorable” and “just so darned likeable too, which makes the show enjoyable… even when he’s talking about horrible people and things.”

Many cited his being South African as making the show more interesting – “I love his takes on the happenings in the US with Trump as President as an observer from a country that had him segregated as an “other” when he was a child …” said one.

Trevor won his first Emmy in September 2017 for his YouTube comedy special, The Daily Show: Between the Scenes, which very often include stories from his youth and from back home in South Africa.

Fellow nominees in the categories The Daily Show has been nominated for include: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Late Late Show with James Corden and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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South African tennis player Kevin‪ Anderson has thanked his incredible South African fans for supporting him on his journey to Centre Court at Wimbledon in London.
Despite losing to Novak Djokovic in the final, Kevin’s positive attitude has shone through.

Wimbledon said: “If there’s one quality that’s stood out the most among the many that carried Kevin Anderson to a first Wimbledon final, it’s the South African’s positive approach."

“From his recovery from two sets and a match point down against Roger Federer in the quarter-final, to his victory over John Isner in their six-and-a-half-hour semi-final, Anderson showed a spirit that endured even after Novak Djokovic claimed a 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) victory in the final.”

Even in his post-match message on Facebook, Kevin was counting the positives, saying: “There are so many positives and great memories I will be taking with me.”

He said it meant so much to him to have played in the Wimbledon final and thanked his South African fans.

“Thanks to everyone from South Africa and around the world for your support and messages,” wrote Kevin. “It has been an incredibly special fortnight.”

“Congratulations Novak Djokovic. You are a true champion of our sport and it was an honour to share Centre Court with you.

“Thank you Wimbledon and see you next year!”

According to Wimbledon, Kevin played a total of 23 hours and 20 minutes during this tournament! “Memories to last a lifetime,” Wimbledon tweeted, adding “Congratulations on a fantastic Championship, @KAndersonATP 👏#Wimbledon.”

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Kgothatso Montjane, South Africa's highest-ranked women’s wheelchair tennis player, joined 15 of the world’s top players in the tournament.
Kgothatso Montjane played her first match at Wimbledon on Thursday, 12 July. She made history as the first black African woman to play at the prestigious tennis tournament.

Montjane is South Africa's highest-ranked women's wheelchair tennis player, and joined 15 of the world's top players in the competition.

"This is unbelievable – I am honoured to be awarded the wildcard and join the star-studded line-up of the world's best players at Wimbledon. This is a dream come true – I always wanted to play on grass, and I cannot wait for the experience," Montjane told eNCA after the announcement was made last month.

In 2005, Montjane was ranked fifth in the world; her highest to date and she has been named South Africa's Disabled Sportswoman of the Year several times.

She has also enjoyed success in doubles, winning the Belgian Open in 2015 partnering Jordanne Whiley.

The Limpopo-born sportswoman was also part of the South African team at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Paralympics, and a World Team Cup participant on the SA team in 2009 and 2011.

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It was so close, but yet so far for South Africa’s doubles star Raven Klaasen in the Wimbledon final on Saturday night, 14 July 2018.
“It’s incredible to have reached the final,” said Klaasen.

“You come to Wimbledon every year and hope to do well and prepare yourself to get to this stage in the tournament and then to do a step better than my last semi-final (2016) showing here is fabulous."

Klaasen said that both himself, Kevin Anderson and wheelchair tennis star KG Montjane were thankful for all the support and messages they had received from South Africa.

“When you get a congratulations from your President then you know your efforts are recognised. We also got well wishes from the Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation Gert Oosthuizen and Minister of Sport and Recreation, Tokozile Xasa, which means so much. It really motivates us to see how many people back home are motivated by our success,” he said.

Klaasen and his New Zealand partner Michael Venus were beaten by American duo Mike Bryan and Jack Sock in a five-set thriller 6-3 6-7 (7/9) 6-3 5-7 7-5.

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South African motorcyle racer Brad Binder raced to glory in Germany on Sunday, 15 July 2018, winning his first ever Moto2 race at the Sachsenring circuit and becoming the first South African winner for almost 40 years.
Friends and fans have congratulated the 23-year-old, with one summing it up: “BRAD BINDER YOU ABSOLUTE LEGEND! He’s done it and man does he deserve it! What a race!”

Binder started in 10th position …  but he made a break, got to the front, and held on tight once he was there, securing a win of 0.7 seconds.

Spain’s Joan Mir, Italy’s Luca Marini and Binder’s team mate Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) came in second, third and fourth position.

Binder told reporters after his momentous win: “I felt I had a little more power than the others so I decided to go for it and make a break.”

He wasn’t 100% confident in his decision though. He admitted: “I was afraid I made a mistake. When it got to 10 laps to go I had zero rear tyre left! I could hardly touch the throttle.”

In 2016, Binder became Moto3 World Champion. He debuted in Moto2 just last year.

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South Africa's Justin Harding carded a one-under-par 71 to secure his maiden Asian Tour victory at the final day of the Indonesia Open on Sunday, 15 July 2018.
The 32-year-old dropped two shots on holes seven and eight, but bounced back with two birdies and won with an 18-under-par 270 total at Jakarta's Pondok Indah Golf Course.

Zimbabwe's Scott Vincent pressured Harding early in the round after firing three consecutive birdies on the second, third and fourth hole.

However, Vincent lost the advantage after dropping three shots at the sixth, ninth and 10th, ending the week in second place.

"I'm thrilled with the victory. I came here not knowing what to expect. I've been playing nicely the whole year. I like the golf course and it was set up quite nicely for me," Justin Harding said.

Harding took part in the US$500,000 tournament as an invitee and will take up Asian Tour membership following his win.

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