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Diepsloot: Where South Africa's problems meet

The tavern in Diepsloot township on the outskirts of Johannesburg starts filling up early on a Friday. There are several hours left in the workday but the patrons have no work to go to and little diversion among the dusty streets and iron shacks. "I came to Joburg thinking I'll get a job. There's no job!" says unemployed 29-year-old Elias, summarising the dashed hopes of many tens of thousands who flock to South Africa's economic hub from surrounding provinces.

Twitter study shows Africa is football mad

Posts about soccer topped Africans' tweets last year, trumping even world events like the death of Nelson Mandela, results from a study released on Wednesday showed. Most tweets were about football and in English, communications firm Portland's analysis of over nine million posts from October to December last year showed. Johannesburg is the microblogging site's busiest hub on the continent with 344,215 tweets, while Soweto-based Orlando Pirates was also the most mentioned soccer club on the continent.

Twitter study shows Africa is football mad

Posts about soccer topped Africans' tweets last year, trumping even world events like the death of Nelson Mandela, results from a study released on Wednesday showed. Most tweets were about football and in English, communications firm Portland's analysis of over nine million posts from October to December last year showed. Johannesburg is the microblogging site's busiest hub on the continent with 344,215 tweets, while Soweto-based Orlando Pirates was also the most mentioned soccer club on the continent.

Football: South African Cup results

South African FA Cup first round results Wednesday: Buffalo 2 Cape Town 0 Santos 2 Gamalakhe Utd 1 Stellenbosch University 0 Bloemfontein Celtic 8 afp

Rescued South Africa gold miners arrested, charged

BENONI, South Africa (Reuters) - Twenty two artisanal gold miners who came out of a disused and temporarily blocked shaft near Johannesburg over the last two days have been arrested and will be charged with illegal mining, South African police said on Monday. Ten of the men emerged blinking in the sunlight and covered in yellow-brown dust on Monday in a field in Benoni, a town east of Johannesburg, adding to a dozen who came up the previous day after a crane removed a concrete slab blocking their exit.

Rescued South Africa gold miners arrested, charged

BENONI, South Africa (Reuters) - Twenty two artisanal gold miners who came out of a disused and temporarily blocked shaft near Johannesburg over the last two days have been arrested and will be charged with illegal mining, South African police said on Monday. Ten of the men emerged blinking in the sunlight and covered in yellow-brown dust on Monday in a field in Benoni, a town east of Johannesburg, adding to a dozen who came up the previous day after a crane removed a concrete slab blocking their exit.

Small plane crashes near Johannesburg, three dead

A light aircraft crashed Monday at Johannesburg's Lanseria airport in South Africa, killing all three people aboard, an official at the city's second hub said. "A light aircraft has come down and there were three fatalities," said Mike Christoph, operations manager at Lanseria. "The plane was flying from Rand airport," he said, referring to another airport near Johannesburg. "It was a normal flight from Rand airport to Lanseria and crashed. There were three people on board, three people have perished."

Search for survivors ends at collapsed South African building site

By Zandi Shabalala TONGAAT, South Africa (Reuters) - Rescue workers called off the search for survivors at a collapsed South African building site on Wednesday, believing there are no more trapped construction workers beneath the half-built shopping mall. One person was killed and dozens injured in Tuesday's collapse of the three-storey building in Tongaat, 30 km (20 miles) north of Durban.

One dead, 50 feared trapped in S.Africa mall roof collapse

One person was killed and as many as 50 workers were feared trapped Tuesday after the roof of an under-construction mall collapsed near the South African city of Durban, officials said. Police spokeswoman Mandy Govender said one person was confirmed dead and at least 26 people have been pulled from the rubble. "It was a mall building still under construction," said Govender. "Most of those still trapped inside the building were construction workers." An eThekwini municipality fire official said emergency teams were working to prevent further collapses at the site.

S.African police fires rubber bullets, tear gas at protest

South African police on Wednesday fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters who took to the streets in Johannesburg in anger over the lack of government services. Police spokesman Kay Makhubela said more than 1,000 people were protesting in an informal settlement in Soweto south west of Johannesburg. "Rubber bullets have been fired after they were insisting to put tyres on the street and throwing stones at police," he said, adding that tear gas was also used.
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