South Africa

Nelson Mandela International Day 2018

Nelson Mandela International Day is an annual international day in honor of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s 1st black president which is celebrated each year on 18 July. The day was 1st celebrated as UN Mandela Day on 18 July 2010 and 2018 marks the 100th birth anniversary. Mandela is remembered for his anti-apartheid activities and fight against poverty and promoting justice for all.

Djokovic clinches fourth Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson to clinch his fourth Wimbledon title. This is Djokovic’s first Grand Slam victory in more than two years. With 13 major titles, Djokovic now stands in fourth place in the all-time Grand Slam singles final list, behind Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (17) and Pete Sampras (14).

Mike & Jack win 2018 Wimbledon men’s double

Mike Bryan teamed with US compatriot Jack Sock to beat Raven Klaasen of South Africa and New Zealand’s Michael Venus in the final of Wimbledon 2018. Bryan is the oldest man in the Open Era to win the Wimbledon title and it is his 17th Grand Slam title. Bryan had also won the doubles title in 2006, 2011 and 2013 alongside brother Bob.

South Africa launches powerful new telescope

South Africa has unveiled the 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope, slated to be the world’s largest and most powerful telescope on its completion in 2030. Built for $330 million, MeerKAT will be integrated into an array of 3,000 dishes. The telescope is being built by an international consortium, including Australia, Britain, Canada, China, India, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden and the Netherlands.

Sushma Swaraj to visit South Africa

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has left for South Africa on a five-day visit. During the visit, Mrs Swaraj is expected to have meetings with top leadership of South Africa. The Minister will participate in the BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting on 4th and chair the IBSA Foreign Ministers Meeting.

De Villiers retires from international cricket

Former South Africa Test captain AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from international cricket. De Villiers made his international debut in Test series against England in 2004. He scored 8,765 Test runs and has a batting average of over 50 in both Test & ODI cricket. AB de Villiers holds the records for scoring the fastest fifty, hundred and 150 in ODIs.

2017 Miss Universe

South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has won Miss Universe 2017 crown. The 66th annual Miss Universe pageant had 92 contestants vying for the crown, which is the largest number since Miss Universe 2011 and 2012 when 82 contestants fought for the title. Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez was adjudged the first runner up while Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett became the second runner-up.

de Villiers steps down as Test captain

Star batsman A.B. de Villiers confirmed that he has stepped down as captain of the South Africa Test team with immediate effect as he recovers from an elbow injury. de Villiers, 32, was appointed in January following Hashim Amla’s resignation, and led the team in two Test matches against England. South Africa lost one Test and won one under de Villiers.

AIDS Vaccine Trial Begins in S.Africa

South Africa has just launched a multi-year trial of a vaccine that might save millions of lives and help put an end to AIDS. It’s the first AIDS vaccine trial in seven years, and hopes are high, not just in South Africa, but around the world. To develop a vaccine, scientists find a way to mimic the virus so the body makes an immune response to protect itself.