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RugbyU: Van Der Merwe suspended for three Super games

Northern Bulls captain Flip van der Merwe has been suspended for three weeks on a striking charge, SANZAR said on Wednesday. The lock was charged following an incident in the 75th minute of last Saturday's Super Rugby match against the New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney. A South Africa New Zealand and Australia Rugby (SANZAR) hearing on Wednesday found the 34-Test Springboks forward guilty of striking prop Paddy Ryan and he was banned for three weeks.

RugbyU: Stormers tame Lions with 14 men

Western Stormers scored two tries with 14 men to defeat Golden Lions 18-3 at Newlands stadium in Cape Town Saturday and end a five-match Super 15 losing streak. Right-wing Damian de Allende and flanker Nizaam Carr crossed the try-line for the Cape Town-based franchise during the first half while hooker Deon Fourie was in the sin bin. Showing a greater appetite for keeping the ball in hand than in previous games, the Stormers built an 18-point first-half lead and restricted the Lions to just three points after the break.

RugbyU: Super 15 - Stormers 18 Lions 3

Result of a Super 15 match at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town Saturday: Western Stormers (RSA) 18 Golden Lions (RSA) 3 H-t: 18-0 Scorers Stormers - Tries: Damian de Allende, Nizaam Carr. Conversion: Peter Grant. Penalties: Demetri Catrakilis, Grant Lions - Penalty: Marnitz Boshoff Sin bin Stormers: Deon Fourie 21 minutes Referee: Stuart Berry (RSA) afp

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.

RugbyU: Super 15 - Lions 12 Sharks 25

Result of a Super 15 match at Ellis Park in Johannesburg Saturday: Golden Lions (RSA) 12 Coastal Sharks (RSA) 25 H-t: 6-6 Scorers Lions - Penalties: Marnitz Boshoff (4) Sharks - Try: Lwazi Mvovo. Conversion: Francois Steyn. Penalties: Fred Zeilinga (2), Steyn (4) Sin bin Sharks: Jannie du Plessis 19 minutes Referee: Craig Joubert (RSA) afp

RugbyU: Mvovo try takes Sharks to top of table

Lwazi Mvovo scored a superb chip-and-chase try to secure a 25-12 victory for Coastal Sharks over Golden Lions Saturday and top place on the Super 15 table. The Durban franchise were just three points ahead in a fiercely contested South African showdown at Ellis Park in Johannesburg when full-back Mvovo struck 13 minutes from time. Centre S'bura Sithole forced a turnover near the touchline and Mvovo darted down the flank, caught his chip and darted over to land a decisive blow against the Lions.

RugbyU: Champions Chiefs snatch draw in 10-try feast

A post-siren try by right-wing Tim Nanai-Williams enabled Waikato Chiefs to snatch a 43-43 draw at Central Cheetahs Saturday in a Super 15 thriller. Fly-half Aaron Cruden converted from in front of the posts to end a 10-try feast for a 15,000 crowd at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. It was the second high-scoring stalemate on a tour of South Africa for the defending champions with the New Zealanders drawing 34-34 at Northern Bulls last weekend.

RugbyU: Super 15 - Lions 7 Crusaders 28

Result of a Super 15 match at Ellis Park in Johannesburg Saturday: Golden Lions (RSA) 7 Canterbury Crusaders (NZL) 28 H-t: 0-6 Scorers Lions - Try: Lionel Mapoe. Conversion: Marnitz Boshoff Crusaders - Tries: Ryan Crotty, Andy Ellis, Kieron Fonotia. Conversions: Colin Slade, Tyler Bleyendaal. Penalties: Slade (2), Israel Dagg Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (RSA) afp

Ghost towns haunt South Africa's strike-hit platinum belt

By Zandi Shabalala and John Mkhize MARIKANA, South Africa (Reuters) - Shad Mohammed's electronics and household store in South Africa's platinum belt has survived a series of mining strikes over the 14 years it has been serving customers in the dusty town of Marikana. Yet with the latest stoppage now in its 10th week, he has sold just 10 phones instead of well over 100, and has had to branch out into deliveries to avoid giving up and going home to Pakistan, another statistic in a devastating industrial dispute.

Director of South African tech firm charged with attempted police bribe

By David Dolan JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - An executive director of South Africa's Pinnacle Holdings has been charged with offering a $460,000 bribe to a senior police official in an attempt to win an equipment deal for the technology company, police said on Tuesday. Takalani Tshivhase allegedly offered the 5 million rand bribe to a lieutenant general in the South African Police Service (SAPS) to secure a multi-million rand contract for devices used in police investigations, SAPS said.
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