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South Africa's women's soccer team have come a long way since they first assembled in 1993. Banyana Banyana - "The Girls" - are now ranked second in Africa, pushed Nigeria to the brink at the 2003 All Africa Games, and came within one goal of qualifying for the 2004 Olympics.
Gary Player, one of the greatest golfers of all time and one of only five professionals to have won golf's grand slam of all four major championships, was presented with the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award at the fourth annual Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony in Monaco.
Sports scientist Tim Noakes has won the University of Cape Town Book Award for the fourth edition of Lore of Running, the best-selling guide that is widely regarded as the "Runners' Bible", covering everything from the latest in research to training schedules, nutrition, psychology and advice on injuries.
The National Olympic Committee of SA's Operation Excellence programme is helping SA's top athletes in their quest for Olympic glory. Nocsa will spend about R50-million on its team for Athens 2004 - nowhere near the amounts spent by countries like the US, but spending wisely is spending well.
South African cycling is booming, if the growth in participants and sponsors is anything to go by. And with the Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour and the Pick 'n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge, SA is showing the world the way in massed events.
"I'll take this one and I'll hit you", says 12-year-old Walter. Kagiso shakes his head: "Ag man, that's an old trick. Now you think you can fly anywhere with those cows." Flying cows can mean only one thing - these two youngsters are engaged in the ancient battle of morabaraba, an African board game that traces back over 3 000 years.