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UK groups fund illegal orphanages in Africa

Image caption One orphanage was sponsored by donors through Manchester-based builder Patrick Oldham At least 60 illegal orphanages and children’s homes in Uganda are being funded by UK charities, church groups and volunteers, the BBC has discovered. The Ugandan government recently announced a programme to close down more than 500 unlicensed orphanages in the country. The BBC attended the closure of one UK-funded home, where children said they had been beaten and neglected. The Ugandan government urged UK donors to check who they are giving money to. A BBC investigation…

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South Africa sniffer dog intercepts 116kg of rhino horn

Image copyright SARS Image caption The rhino horns were found wrapped up in plastic South African authorities have seized 116kg (256 lbs) of illegal rhino horn being smuggled out of the country. The haul of 36 horns and horn fragments, worth about $1.3m (£1m), is believed to be one of the biggest seized in the country in recent years. Customs officials at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg say it was sniffed out by Lizzy, a detector dog. The horns were found tightly packed inside boxes, along with everyday items such…

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Whisky with your wax? South Africa rides ‘metrosexual’ wave

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Before male beauty parlors began popping up in South Africa a few years ago, image-conscious men like Gerhard Joubert felt awkward being pampered and preened in salons filled with women. FILE PHOTO: FIA worker gestures as he grooms a client at the Bespoken Man, a full-service gentleman’s barber shop in Sandton, South Africa, December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko “It’s a male environment. They give you a whisky if you want a whisky. In the old days we had to go to female hair salons,” said Joubert, reclining…

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Gabon coup: Is Africa seeing fewer military takeover attempts?

Image copyright Gabon Television Image caption Soldiers announced they had seized power on state television The coup attempt in Gabon is the first there since the 1960s. On Monday morning, a small group of junior military soldiers tried to take charge to “restore democracy”. The government has said the plot has been defeated and the situation is “under control”. Gabon coup attempt: Two army rebels ‘killed’ President Ali Bongo is currently receiving medical treatment in Morocco after having a stroke. His family have ruled Gabon since 1967. But is the…

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Dale Steyn takes South Africa bowling record from Shaun Pollock

Steyn was hoisted shoulder-high by his team-mates after taking his record-breaking wicket Dale Steyn has become South Africa’s leading Test wicket-taker by dismissing Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman in the first Test at SuperSport Park, Centurion. Fakhar edged to Dean Elgar at second slip to give Steyn his 422nd wicket and take him past Shaun Pollock, whose record had stood since he quit in 2008. Steyn’s haul has come in 89 matches, at an average of 22.60, while Pollock averaged 23.11 across 108 matches. “He is a true leader of the attack…

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Bristol venue plays Africa by Toto on loop for 12 hours

Revellers in Bristol heard the drums echoing all night as a venue played Africa by Toto on loop for 12 hours to raise funds for charity. DJ Michael Savage began playing the US rock band’s biggest hit on vinyl from 23:00 at The Exchange in Bristol on Friday, finishing at 11:00 the next day. People were sponsored for how long they lasted. The musical marathon was raising funds for Temwa, a Bristol-based charity which works to “develop self-sufficient communities” in remote rural areas of northern Malawi. Video journalist: Dion Hesson…

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Naka Drotske: South Africa World Cup winner shot during robbery in Pretoria

Naka Drotske coached Super Rugby side the Cheetahs Former South Africa international Naka Drotske, a member of the 1995 World Cup winning squad, is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot during a robbery in Pretoria. The 47-year-old was with another former Springbok, Os du Randt, but the latter was not injured. Drotske played one game during South Africa’s home World Cup victory. It was the first major sporting event to take place in the country following the end of apartheid. Local reports said Drotske was visiting family…

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Autumn internationals: Wales beat South Africa 20-11 for November clean sweep

Francis gives Wales early lead over South Africa Autumn international: Wales v South Africa Wales (14) 20 Tries: Francis, L Williams Cons: Anscombe 2 Pens: Biggar 2 South Africa (3) 11 Try: Kriel Pens: Pollard, Jantjes Wales completed a first ever autumn clean sweep as they defeated South Africa 20-11 in Cardiff. Wales led 14-3 at half-time following tries for prop Tomas Francis and full-back Liam Williams. South Africa responded with a try from centre Jessie Kriel before Dan Biggar came off the bench to kick two late penalties. It…

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Dan Lydiate: Wales flanker doubtful to face South Africa

Dan Lydiate has won 64 caps for Wales Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday, 24 November Kick-off: 17:20 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Two, S4C, BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, BBC 5 Live Sports Extra, the BBC Sport website and app. Wales have a late fitness doubt over flanker Dan Lydiate before their final autumn series game against South Africa. Warren Gatland’s side are aiming for a first-ever autumn series clean sweep of victories, but Lydiate could miss the final game with an elbow injury. If Lydiate is ruled out,…

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UK pledges £50m to help end FGM in Africa

Image copyright Barcroft Media via Getty Images Image caption A “cutter” in Kenya shows the razorblade she uses to cut girls’ genitals The UK is to give £50m ($64m) in aid money to help stop female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa. The government says this is the biggest single investment to date in the world to help end FGM by 2030. The practice involves removing all or part of a girl or woman’s external genitalia, including the clitoris, with some treating it as a rite of passage. ActionAid welcomed the…

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