Jan 18, 2018 Last Updated 1:00 PM, Jan 17, 2018
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President Jacob Zuma will host his Zimbabwean counterpart, Robert Mugabe, in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The pair will attend the second session of the South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission.

Zuma and Mugabe will review the state of the bilateral relationship between the countries.

More than a hundred South African companies do business in Zimbabwe.

This is Mugabe’s first visit after his wife, Grace, was accused of assaulting a woman at a Johannesburg hotel in August.

She was subsequently granted diplomatic immunity against the charges.

South Africa's public broadcaster has apologised to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a leading politician, for referring to her as President Jacob Zuma's ex-wife rather than using her name.

SABC CEO Nomsa Philiso said the corporation had made "demeaning" mistakes that were "sexist and wrong".

It has apologised before for calling the politician Nkosazana "mini-Zuma".

Ms Dlamini-Zuma previously served as chairperson of the African Union commission.

Jacob Zuma is expected to step down as leader of the governing African National Congress party in December and has endorsed her to succeed him as ANC president, and preferably of the country after elections due in 2019.

She was one of his three wives until she divorced him in 1998.

Ms Dlamini-Zuma tweeted her response to the apology, saying the SABC had a responsibility to report fairly.

The "mini-Zuma" gaffe last month was attributed to "human error" by the SABC.

"As a public service broadcaster, the SABC remains committed to serving South Africa and the African continent diligently in fostering a non-sexist and non-racist approach to our coverage of events here and elsewhere as expected of us," Ms Philiso was quoted by broadcaster eNCA as saying.

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.

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