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A South African writer has been named as the Africa Regional winner for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Johannesburg-based Faraaz Mahomed says he is an inexperienced writer but the prestigious accolade encourages him to pursue further writing.
Pretoria-born opera singer Simphiwe Simon Shibambu performed for Queen Elizabeth II at a Celebration of the Commonwealth service held in London's Westminster. Shibambu performed a dazzling version of the evocative Click Song, traditionally sung at weddings.
South Africa's u20 football team beat Finland 2-1 to win the Commonwealth Cup in St Petersburg on Sunday. "These boys have tasted how sweet winning is," said coach David Notoane, saying the team would carry this spirit with them to Senegal for the CAF African Youth Tournament in March.
South Africa's Commonwealth Games athletes, coaches and administrators were in confident mood on Tuesday as Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula wished them well at send-off functions in Pretoria and Johannesburg.
South African President Jacob Zuma took on five-year-old Keagan Rowe in a friendly game at the 2013 Commonwealth and South African Open Chess Championship in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.
Team South Africa finished fifth in the overall medals standings at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, capturing 33 medals in total, including 12 golds, with the country's swimmers leading the way.
South Africa's elite athletes with a disability showed up well in Melbourne, winning a number of Commonwealth Games medals, with swimmer Natalie du Toit leading the way.
Team South Africa closed off its Melbourne Commonwealth Games campaign with a flurry of medals to secure fifth position on the medals table behind Australia, England, Canada and India. South Africa won 38 medals overall, including 12 golds - three more than in Manchester in 2002.
South Africa claimed a one-two in the men's 400 metres hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne on Thursday, with LJ van Zyl breaking the Games record to take gold ahead of compatriot Alwyn Myburgh. In the field, 19-year-old Anika Smith followed in the footsteps of Hestrie Cloete by winning the women's high jump.
Swimming sensation Roland Schoeman took his third gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, while Babalwa Ndleleni - ranked just 16th in the Commonwealth going into the Games - became the first black woman weightlifter to win a medal for South Africa.
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