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‘The Greatest’ 1942-2016

  The Greatest: “Muhammad Ali, who died Friday, in Phoenix, at the age of seventy-four, was the most fantastical American figure of his era, a self-invented character of such physical wit, political defiance, global fame, and sheer originality that no novelist you might name would dare conceive him. Born Cassius Clay in Jim Crow-era Louisville, […]

Pistorius Guilty of Culpable Homicide

Bill Dixon   After six months of courtroom drama relayed around the world, Judge Thokozile Masipa has reached her verdict on Oscar Pistorius: not guilty of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, but guilty of her “culpable homicide”. He was also found not guilty of possessing illegal ammunition and firing a gun through a car sunroof, […]

Shredding in Kimberly: Skateboarding World Champs Get Gnarly

  “Nyjah Huston must be sick of hearing his name – ‘Nyjah, Nyjah, Nyjah, Nyjah,’ that’s all we hear,” said a sarcastic thirtysomething South African skater. The 18-year-old Huston was on the tip of everyone’s tongue a few weeks back at the Kimberly Diamond Cup (KDC) skateboarding championships in Kimberly in the Northern Cape. The KDC […]

To Shear or Not to Shear: How the SA Sheep Shearing Championships Unravelled

A dispute over prize money led to the last-minute cancellation of the South African national sheep shearing championships. The Con was there to find out what happened. The stage had been set, the sheep had been transported from their farms and loaded into pens and the crowds had started to gather. But with just hours to […]