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The Local South African Airways (SAA) office still claims it is unaware of reports that their mother company is cutting its Malawi routes.

About two weeks ago South African media reported that SAA intends to cut the number of flights and routes in some parts of Africa and within South Africa.

The move is expected to allow SAA to scale back their fleet from 50 aircrafts to only 40, of which they own only nine.

The development has raised fears amongst the travelling public that frequent the SA-Malawi route, especially the business community.

The South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba is meanwhile expected to make an announcement on an equity injection during the next parliament’s medium term budget policy statement session next month.

Capital FM has been trying to get an update on the issue, but the country director for SAA in Malawi James Chikaonda insists there have not been any new developments that they are aware of on the matter.

SAA is the flag carrier of South Africa. Its headquarters are in Airways Park on the grounds of OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.

The Burkina Faso Football Federation (FBF) is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) over the replaying of a World Cup tie.

Fifa ordered the tie between South Africa and Senegal to be replayed due to "match manipulation" by the referee.

South Africa won the match 2-1  and decided against appealing the order.

The FBF says it "continues to oppose a decision that is tainted by abuse of power and irrelevant to the texts of the international football authority."

The statement continued: "the federation, which relies on its declaration to appeal to the respect of the virtues of football, invites the Burkinabe sports public to the serenity and the mobilization around the Stallions."

REVISED GROUP D TABLE

 

Played

Points

Burkina Faso

4

6

Cape Verde

4

6

Senegal

3

5

South Africa

3

1

Cas confirmed it received the documents from the FBF for the appeal on 19 September.

Football's world governing body, Fifa, referred to a previous article on their website when asked for their response.

"The committee confirmed the decision of the Bureau for Fifa World Cup Qualifiers, which had ordered a replay of the qualification match between South Africa and Senegal held on 12 November 2016," the article reads.

"This confirmation came after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the lifetime ban of match referee Joseph Lamptey for match manipulation, the ruling imposed by the Fifa Disciplinary and Appeal Committees.

"The match will be replayed during the November 2017 international window, with the exact date to be confirmed in due course."

Burkina Faso are currently top of Group D ahead of Cape Verde on goal difference, both teams have now played four qualifiers.

Senegal have the chance to overhaul those two if they win the replayed match, with only the group winners qualifying for the World Cup in Russia.

Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey, who took charge of the match in the November has since been banned for life, with the decision later upheld by Cas.

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The prospect of losing the only copy of her master's thesis during a robbery was just too much for one South African student to bear.

Noxolo Ntusi, 26, grappled with armed attackers to hold on to it during the incident in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

"There's no way I will let them take it," she told the BBC.

But she also said her actions were "not very smart" and advised others to give robbers what they ask for. "You can always write again," she said.

Ms Ntusi, a medical scientist at the National Health Laboratory Service, had her molecular zoology master's thesis on a hard drive when a car drew up beside her and two men jumped out, one brandishing a gun.

But while the attackers were able to take her lunch bag, Ms Ntusi refused to let go of the bag containing the hard drive.

"I was thinking about my masters. I'm almost done with what I'm writing, there's no way I will let them take it," she said.

"I was just pulling myself into a ball. They were trying to put me in the car, I think, but I made myself so heavy that they just gave up."

During the attack, one of the robbers pressed a gun to her head and repeatedly threatened to shoot her.

But Ms Ntusi held on. Losing the thesis would have meant having to ask for an extension until next year, she said.

"I really want to finish so badly, I want to do it now. Nothing got in the way of that, but it was very dangerous," she said.

Footage of the struggle was recorded on security cameras attached to nearby homes in the suburb of Auckland Park.

Ms Ntusi has since backed up her work and said she would not advise others to follow her example.

"You can always write again if you are worried about your work," she said.

The alleged robbers were later arrested and found to be in possession of a gas gun.

It will be good for South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) to lose the 2019 election, ex-President Kgalema Motlanthe has said.

The party has become "associated" with corruption, and it has to lose for the "penny to drop", he told the BBC.

Mr Motlanthe is a senior ANC member whose comments show growing disillusionment with the party.

The party has won each general election with more than 60% of the vote since white minority rule ended in 1994.

However, it lost some of South Africa's main cities - including the commercial capital, Johannesburg - in local elections in 2014.

Voters were seen to have punished the party because of worsening corruption within its ranks.

Its leader, President Jacob Zuma, has survived eight no-confidence votes in parliament.

He has been accused by the opposition and his ANC critics of being at the centre of a corrupt network in government, an allegation he denies.

In the interview with BBC Hardtalk, Mr Motlanthe said the electorate will vote out the ANC for as long as it is "associated with corruption and failure".

"It would be good for the ANC itself and let me tell you why - because those elements who are in it for the largesse will quit it, will desert it and only then would the possibility arise for salvaging whatever is left of it," Mr Motlanthe added.

He said the ANC could renew itself, but it would require "lots of courage and failing that it has to hit rock bottom".

"It has to lose elections for the penny to drop," Mr Motlanthe told Hardtalk.

Mr Motlanthe served as South Africa's president between 2008 and 2009.

He was closely allied with Mr Zuma, but later fell out with him.

Mr Zuma is due to step down as ANC leader in December and as president in 2019.

He is backing his ex-wife and former African Union commission chairwoman, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, to succeed him.

Her main challenger is Mr Zuma's deputy and former business tycoon Cyril Ramaphosa.

South Africa may appeal against Fifa's decision to order a replay of the World Cup qualifier against Senegal because of "match manipulation" by the referee.

South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 at home last November but match referee Joseph Lamptey has since been banned for life.

Neither South Africa nor Senegal are accused of any wrongdoing.

"We're grappling for answers and asking Fifa for them before we decide whether to take the matter forward," said South African FA lawyer Norman Arendse.

Arendse, who chairs the legal committee of the South African Football Association (Safa), says his organisation has never been advised by football's world governing body how the match was fixed.

"Safa cannot accept (the game was manipulated) because we have got absolutely no details of the alleged manipulation, what the nature of it was and what it all involved," he told BBC World Service's Newsday programme.

"Is (the referee) just a corrupt individual? Was he bribed by a third party outside of the match to influence the outcome? We just don't know.

"That is the most unpalatable thing for us - to accept an outcome to which we should have been party. We've never ever been called upon to put our side of the story in relation to the game."

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