Cricket News Mixed Reaction on Twitter: The Army Style Cap – An act of gratitude or espousing of nationalism?

first_imgIndia will be up against Australia on March 10 in Mohali. Usman Khawaja made his first ton in third ODI. BCCI has rested MS Dhoni of the remainder of the series.  New Delhi: Was it just the donning of a camouflaged military cap, or an act with a broader impact against the backdrop of the heightened espousing of nationalism in recent times? Was it an act of affectionate concordance towards CRPF jawans or just a little more than that? Was it a thank giving gratitude or the hour requirement?A lot of thoughts piled at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) in Ranchi – yes at a cricket stadium. JSCA was surrounded with a lot of emotions, inclined towards one thought – was the gesture by the Indian team good or bad?On this, a lot of opinions came and populous too to the twitter to express their thoughts. On this, NewsNation brings to you two opposite sides of this story.Here are the tweets: For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights A Pakistan born Australian has scored a hundred against India the day they decided to sport camouflage caps to show solidarity with their armed forces🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣— Raja ®|© راجہ (@OyeRaja) March 8, 2019Meanwhile, the two teams will lock horns against each other for the fourth one-day International in Mohali on March 10. India, on one hand, will look to bounce back and take an unassailable lead in this five-match ODI series. Australia, on the other, will look to continue their winning momentum and square the series.Usman Khawaja was awarded as the man of the match in the third encounter for scoring a maiden ton in the fifth encounter.  If this is a new trend of @ICC to show one’s power in ground,Pakistan must take advantage of it for #Kashmir. We don’t need to wear camouflage caps as our action speaks louder than silly gestures. We should tie up black bands to unveil india’s state terrorism in IOK #UsmanKhawaja— Saira Anwer (@SairaAnwer1) March 9, 2019 Indian players played one day game against Australia by wearing military camouflage caps to honor Pulwama attack victims, should Pakistani players play PSL by wearing Pak airforce caps? ..😉#PSL2019— Sohail Cheema MD (@sohailcheemamd) March 8, 2019last_img read more

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Rahul Sood – Unikrn – Betting on esports

first_img Related Articles Rahul Sood is the CEO at esports only bookmaker Unikrn. During a busy year to date which has seen Unikrn acquire tournament organiser and release its own cryptocurrency, unikoingold, on Ethereum, Sood caught up with SBC News ahead of his speaker slot at the Betting on Esports Conference in September. Sood will be discussing esports betting on the panel titled ‘Live alone or die together? Are purist esports betting platforms better equipped to thrive and how should they be designed?’.Rahul Sood, UnikrnJoining Sood will be Danske Spil’s Head of Esports Kasper Nemeth, Blinkpool CEO Suraj Gosai and PVP.ME CMO Mike Doyle. Sanjit Atwal, CEO of Dark Site and Co-Founder of Squawka, will moderate.SBC News: Why did you decide to speak at Betting on Esports 2017?Rahul Sood: Sam (Sam Cooke, Editor , Esports Insider) asked me to speak, and I said yes.  When Sam asks you to speak, you speak!  Besides that there are a ton of things happening in the esports betting space right now.  In addition to the incredible growth, cryptocurrencies are a new area that betting operators should take a look at.  Unikrn is at the cutting edge of both areas and I’d like to share some of my insights in this area.SBC: Unikrn has been making some interesting moves in the past six months. For instance, the acquisition of tournament host Does esports offer European casinos the same opportunity as it does those in Vegas and North America?Rahul: Absolutely. We feel that Las Vegas is a good hub to start building insane casino experiences around esports. Vegas tends to be the standard by which others follow, as such it’s a good sandbox by which to experiment on what works and what doesn’t. LEET has done a great job helping to stand up the first esports friendly casino in Las Vegas, and we have much bigger plans for the future. SBC: How integral a part of the wider Unikrn business model do you anticipate the UnikoinGold (the firm’s cryptocurrency) becoming?Rahul: UnikoinGold will be the foundation to the future of our company.  Since Unikrn has nearly two years of data on Unikoins we know exactly how to drive value to them.  The great part about our cryptocurrency is our users can exchange them on any major exchange for any other cryptocurrency.  We are also creating all new betting experiences around UnikoinGold.  I recommend people who are interested visit the website at Where do you see the future of regulated esports betting going? Do you ever see the game publishers working with this industry; how important is this?Rahul: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, much like traditional sports we should see more publishers get on board in working with the industry, starting with competitive integrity. I think the ESIC is a great start. In terms of the future of regulated esports, I think regulators need to accelerate their thinking on this as soon as possible. Between Esports, Gambling, and Crypto, we have a collision of three major industries going on, and people need to get smart fast. SBC: What can attendees expect to hear from your involvement in the ‘Live alone or Die Together’ panel?Rahul: Stay tuned, I’m sure people will want to hear about the journey from token to cryptocurrency.  I’ll share some of the challenges we’ve faced dealing with competitors who choose to operate illegally, and also riding the bleeding edge of esports and crypto.__________________________Betting on Esports 2017 will take place as a part of Betting on Sports (September 13-15). There’ll be six esports panels, an esports betting exhibition zone, tournaments, ample networking opportunities and parties each evening. Click here to find out more. Submit Share GG.Bet scores ESL Counter-Strike & Dota 2 global partnerships July 15, 2020 Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting July 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgGLORY:  Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, this 4-year-old filly by Tapit pressed the pace and was overwhelmed by Nancy From Nairobi late when second in a one mile turf allowance here on March 4.  Quick early, Glory showed the way in both the Grade III, one mile turf Megahertz Stakes Jan. 18 and the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles turf Robert B. Frankel Stakes Dec. 27, finishing a well beaten seventh and a close third, beaten a neck, respectively.  Owned by Fox Hill Farms, Inc., she has three wins from 11 starts and seeks her first graded win in the Santa Ana. NANCY FROM NAIROBI:  A dazzling one mile turf allowance winner here on March 4, this 5-year-old English-bred mare showed an impressive turn of foot, rallying wide from off the pace with the inner rail set at 30 feet.  Trained by John Sadler and ridden in all four of her stateside starts by Abel Lezcano, Nancy From Nairobi, who was off the board in a pair of Group starts as a three year old in England, will be seeking her third consecutive win in her first North American graded stakes assignment.  A 1 1/8 miles turf allowance winner two starts back on Feb. 5, “Nancy” has a win and a second from two tries at the Santa Ana distance and is 21-4-6-0 overall, with earnings of $151,456. THE GRADE II SANTA ANA STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 5 (of 11)     Approximate post time, 2:35 p.m. PDTHer Emmynency – Joe Talamo – 123Nancy From Nairobi – Abel Lezcano – 118Nashoba’s Gold – Rafael Bejarano – 118Fresh Feline – Alex Solis – 118Glory – Mike Smith – 118Tuttipaesi – Christopher DeCarlo – 123First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. CLASSY HER EMMYNENCY & UPSTART NANCY FROM NAIROBI BOTH PROMINENT IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA ANA STAKES FOR OLDER FILLIES & MARES AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURFcenter_img ARCADIA, Calif. (March 23, 2016)–Multiple stakes winning Her Emmynency and upstart Nancy From Nairobi both figure prominently among a field of six older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf. HER EMMYNENCY:  A winner of the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles turf Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes at Keeneland two starts back on Oct. 10, Her Emmynency, in her first start for trainer Kristin Mulhall, was an even fourth here as the 3-1 favorite in the Grade II, one mile turf Buena Vista Stakes on Feb. 20.  A one mile turf minor stakes winner at Santa Anita in October, 2014, this 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Successful Appeal was a close second in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks three starts back on Aug. 15 and has four wins from eight overall starts.  Owned by Ike and Dawn Thrash, she has career earnings of $552,250.last_img read more


My Father’s Days

first_imgThe alarming rapidity of my heartbeat filled me with uneasiness. I wanted to vomit. My right eyelid shook incessantly. It was apparent that something was happening to me. I am from a family that prided itself with being connected to well-educated men and women. Following that tradition my father put a lot of time and money into my education.In my high school days, I was always top of my class. But what had caused my present confusion were the recent university entrance results. The results told the world my high school achievements were questionable. Like my classmate, Jason, we never expected the poor results, after the university entrance examinations.But whether we like it or not, the results claimed that I and Jason as well as many others could not pass. The authorities made things worse telling the world that all of us, more than 10,000, failed the exams. My father, a strong disciplinarian, would demand to know why I failed. I would have the most difficult job convincing him that someone might have marked the papers, in the night.That evening, I did not know what to do. My father would be home in about two hours. Getting ready to meet him, I contacted my friend Jason and we took refuge at the Intellectual Center on Benson Street, where issues were discussed. ‘Hataye’ centers had sprung up in the city. Young men congregate to discuss national events, and pour out their frustrations.“I can’t believe the mass failure,” I said, sipping a glass of hataye. “It would seem we were just having fun and not really doing what we went there to do.”Jason, at twenty four years old, was a man of steel. He did not reside under any parental control and I could not tell if that was the reason he was so calm. His situation was very much difficult than me. In spite of what had happened I could still convince my father to continue to support my education. Jason had no one, as far as I had known him in the last three years. Surprisingly, he was not too much bothered about it. He often said that things would work out themselves. It did not mean that he did not care about his future, though I had found some of his ideas very strange. In truth, Jason enjoyed life, and very often he had encouraged me to take some time from my studies and laugh at the follies of the world. He was an interesting guy and that was one of the reasons we had bonded.And my father liked him, too. Another remarkable thing about this was that Jason had sponsored himself throughout high school and was looking up for success. So when I posed the question that the mass failure could not be possible, he stared at me, and sipped his hataye, shaking his legs to a tune that was playing in his head. Jason had a way of dramatizing events to let them lose their sadness.“I know what you are thinking about,” he said, “you are a good student. You are studious and there is no way that someone could say you failed a test of that nature.” I smiled over such a positive opinion about me, and coming from a friend that I had always encouraged to spend some time on his books, it lifted my spirit.“You flatter me,” I told Jason, smiling, “in the end we are all in the same boat. I’m not saying we should resort to self-pity, like others. We did our best, but the results said otherwise.“It is either something is wrong with the system or something else happened.” I rolled my eyes, indicating several students who sat gloomily and defeated.Jason nodded with a smile, but I sensed a trace of bitterness. He was examining the issue in his mind. After some silence, he turned to me and I saw his eyes brightened.“I believe what the authorities said,” he said nonchalantly. I had known him not to be too serious on certain issues, but I knew that this one was different.“What do you mean?”“It means we have a rotten educational system.”“But that is no news.”“I know what it is, Anthony,” Jason said, “it is true the school system is in a mess.”I gave that some thought and realized that I had neglected my glass of hataye, so I made a slow motion and picked the glass, sipped from it, made a face and slowly placed it back on the table. The hataye had turned cold. I liked it with a little sugar and some peanuts. It was better to drink it warm.“I think that admission,” I said, “is clear that the fault is not totally ours as students, except there are ways to know the cause.”Jason said, “Everyone knows the system needs to be fixed and your father should know this.”“Yes,” I said with interest, “but fixing it will not mean it can be done in a rush.”Jason placed his glass on the table and said, “What bothers me now is how in the world the university could not contact the Ministry of Education to find a way out rather than telling the whole world about such a major mess.” I was not surprised to hear my friend make such a comment. He appeared more mature at that instant. It made a lot of sense to handle such a situation of national magnitude in silence than rushing to announce the national disgrace to the world.Realizing the importance of Jason’s comment, I said, “What the mass failures report to the world is that anyone outside Liberia would not believe that Liberian graduates can be trusted to handle some important jobs.”“I thought about that, too,” Jason said with a grin.“It simply places a heavy burden on Liberians whenever we face our counterparts abroad to prove our mettle,” I told Jason, who smiled and nodded. He was getting the picture clear now. With the whole world aware of the kind of rotten education system we had been laboring under, Liberians and anyone educated through the Liberian school system would have to work harder to get a job abroad. The thought was not encouraging but since we could not dwell on the issue in tears, considering the way out was the best option.It was then that Jason interrupted my thought, saying, “You’ve got a job to explain to your father about what happened.”“He is aware of the fact that lack of quality teachers, along with instructional materials…I could go on, so while I would attempt to convince him, he may likely pretend that all is well,” I said, excited about my ability to make those points clear. I was also surprised of my own confidence but knowing my father’s insistence on specifics, which sometimes humbled me in any of our past engagements, I knew my meeting with him would not really be fun.“I don’t envy your position,” Jason said to encourage me, and then picking up his glass and draining the contents, made a face. “He will screw you up if you don’t make a good presentation.”I smiled.“I will try,” I told Jason. The evening echoes began as the August rain threatened the night. It was not surprising because it was its season. I remembered then the biblical declaration that there was a time for everything. It encouraged me because when I faced my father to explain what was responsible and why I could not pass, it would also be its time. But the word failure stabbed me, and sent my conscience racing downhill. I had always prided myself on doing my best in any circumstance but that I had failed the university entrance was too much for me. My father would insist on the reason I could not pass the entrance. Perhaps fixing the educational system could be the reason my father would demand me to explain. But he would nonetheless inform me about his days and the method he employed or that his father made him to use to better himself. I would admire him, and reason with him, for his days were the good old days.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘There’s no such thing as glorious failure!’ – Fans react to Scotland failing to qualify for Euro 2016

first_img Scotland [View the story “‘There’s no such thing as glorious failure!’ – Fans react to Scotland failing to qualify for Euro 2016” on Storify] 1center_img Northern Ireland have done it. England have done it. Wales and the Republic of Ireland will probably do it.But Scotland have not.Gordon Strachan’s men failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and look like they will be the only one of the home nations not crossing the English Channel to France next summer. Scotland drew 2-2 with Poland at Hampden Park after a late, late Robert Lewandowski goal summed up the misery of what looked like it could be a memorable Scottish night at one point.Republic of Ireland’s late Shane Long goal meant they had guaranteed themselves at least a play-off place, meaning Scotland cannot finish higher than fourth in Group D.The reactions on social media were a mixture of despair (from Scottish fans) and hilarity (from everyone else).See the best tweets below. last_img read more

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Round-up: Neal mourned, Reus no-go, QPR boss admits next games are crucial

first_imgEx-Chelsea star Paul Canoville has led the tributes to John Neal.Neal, who managed the Blues from 1981 to 1985 and is widely credited with rebuilding the club, has died at the age of 82.Canoville told West London Sport he was “gutted” at the news and described Neal as “a lovely, lovely guy and a great football man.”Neal is fondly remembered by Chelsea fans of a certain age and there has been much sadness at his passing.Current manager Jose Mourinho says Chelsea have no injury worries ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Schalke.Mourinho has also insisted he has no interest in signing Germany international Marco Reus, who is among a host of players to have been linked with a possible move to Stamford Bridge.Another is Lionel Messi no less, with the Express suggesting Chelsea and Manchester United are competing to sign the Barcelona superstar.Meanwhile, QPR boss Harry Redknapp has admitted that his team’s next few games could determine whether they stay in the Premier League this season.Brentford playmaker Sam Saunders continued his comeback after a knee injury by scoring for the Bees’ development side in a win against Bristol City.Chelsea Ladies have signed England winger Gemma Davison from WSL rivals Liverpool.In boxing, local rivals George Groves and James DeGale are both looking forward to world title fights early in 2015 following their respective wins at the weekend.And in snooker, Pinner’s Martin Gould is feeling upbeat ahead of his first match at this year’s UK Championship in York.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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The Cardiff City v QPR quiz

first_imgQPR face Cardiff City later this afternoon. How much do you know about the history involving the two clubs? Test your knowledge by seeing how many of the 10 questions below you can answer correctly. See also:QPR youngsters make winning startQPR’s promotion odds cut – and punters fancy them against CardiffQPR plan to approach Chery about new contractQPR face first away testQPR’s Lynch likely to be out for two weeksVideo: Watch highlights of QPR’s win at Cardiff CityFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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‘We mean business’: President Zuma

first_img7 May 2009Education, healthcare, rural development, the fight against crime, and creating decent jobs will be the priorities of South Africa’s new government, says President-elect Jacob Zuma, who aims to have his new Cabinet in office in a matter of days so “we can get down to business”.Delivering his acceptance speech after being elected as President of the Republic by an outright majority in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Zuma said the focus would be on effective implementation.“We are determined to leave an indelible mark in these five areas.”However, the government’s immediate priority would be to respond decisively to the challenges posed by the global economic downturn. “We must move quickly to implement the framework agreed by government, business and labour to protect jobs and boost the economy,” he said.Zuma will be inaugurated as President at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday, and is expected to announce his new Cabinet on Sunday. He said he intended to have the Cabinet assume office by Monday.While not divulging who his ministers and deputy ministers would be, Zuma said he had gained from the wisdom of five top African National Congress (ANC) officials who he had consulted on the matter. “I should be able to produce a team that will work very hard, and with necessary speed,” Zuma said.“We mean business when we talk about faster change.”Zuma told Parliament that the country’s new government under his leadership would be “more hands-on, more accessible”, and do its best to deliver on its commitments.“As the Executive we will do our best to be more hands-on, more accessible and to deliver on our commitments.”Zuma said that over the next five years, South Africans would be able to depend on their public representatives to serve them with dignity and respect and to maintain the decorum of Parliament, which is the face of democracy.He said his administration would work with the country’s opposition parties on issues that are of national interest.He thanked the outgoing Cabinet and outgoing President Kgalema Motlanthe for their good service. Motlanthe’s tenure will end with Zuma’s inauguration on Saturday.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Ndamase takes local trends global

first_imgIn 1990, Ndamase launched what was to prove one of his most important associations – designing the Madiba Shirts for the country’s future president. (Image: Sonwabile Ndamase Facebook)Fashion runs in his veins and he has dressed the who’s who of the South African elite, yet he has always stood for the ordinary man.Sonwabile Ndamase is an innovator, creative thinker and visionary. He is a sought-after trend analyst and while his feet remain firmly planted on African soil, he uses a global perspective to source new ideas, gauge the zeitgeist and identify cutting edge trends.Encouraged by a mother who loved sewing, Ndamase and his siblings were taught to be all-rounders at home.After studying fashion in Johannesburg, Ndamase went on to study the commercial side of the clothing business in Sweden and the USA; this retail background gave him a thorough understanding of the realities of the fashion market. In 1994, he founded and established Vukani Fashion Awards to unearth undiscovered South African fashion design talent.“This is an export industry which can earn large sums in foreign currency for South Africa but it is fuelled by fashion influences that dictate how we should look and what we should wear,” he says today, with more than 29 years in the sector under his belt.“New colours and styles constantly create a desire for new clothes, especially among young and fashion-conscious people but as I am a South African, I felt passionate about improving the indigenous fashion in our country.”And Ndamase, who is a Play Your Part Ambassador, walks the talk. He was recently asked to design a uniquely South African garment for Miss Earth South Africa.MAKING A FASHION STATEMENT WITH MADIBAOf all of Ndamase’s clients Nelson Mandela was the one who gave his creations a worldwide appeal.In 1990, Ndamase launched what was to prove one of his most important associations – designing the Madiba Shirts for the country’s future president.“The decision to make a style statement was one Nelson Mandela made on his own,” the designer says. “He wanted to identify with the people. The majority of South Africans never wore suits, so he wanted to have a specific kind of shirt made – cut long so it could hang over trousers, both coloured and plain, with the conventional pointed collar as well as the standing Nehru.“As always, Madiba wanted to do things his own way.”VUKANI AWARDSThe Vukani Awards are an African fashion showcase held over a week. It is not only an exhibition, but also an information-sharing forum for designers, manufacturers, weavers and others in the clothing industry.The 21st edition of the awards took place during November.Guests on the evening included Metro FM talk show host Criselda Kananda, former model and actress Nakedi Ribane and Gauteng MEC for infrastructure Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, who was a key speaker at the event.The High Fashion Award went to Mmaphefo Dibetso. The award for Most Innovative Designer was presented to Simo Matomela while Zamaswazi Sithole took home the Best Ready to Wear award.Recipients in each category received generous financial support with the overall winner Zamaswazi Sithole taking R40 000; Simo Matomela and Mmaphefo Dibetso received R20 000 each.The winners will also be enrolled in a six-month mentorship programme to the value of R35 000 with Vukani Range Creations.“Fashion creates dreams and makes them happen,” Ndamase says. “We are thrilled to see platforms such as the annual Vukani Fashion Awards act as a tool that offers opportunities to support the South African fashion community.”Previous winners have participated in Mozambique, Swaziland, Cape Town, Joburg and Durban fashion weeks to rave reviews. Some have gone so far as to have their ranges featured at the London, New York and Paris fashion weeks.Each year, 12 or more designers are selected and tasked with designing garments along a theme.The three prize categories are Most Innovative Designer, Designer Collection, and High Fashion / National Costume. They have presented mixed results. Some designs tend towards folklore or patriotism, while other designers have gone on to establish themselves and service a clientele that is hungry for a local identity.Besides Mandela, Ndamase’s client base includes King Letsie III of Lesotho; Bill Clinton, the former American; President Jacob Zuma; American musician Quincy Jones; and South African businessman Saki Macozoma.last_img read more

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Election 2014: over 95% of votes counted

first_img9 May 2014 With just over 95% of votes cast having been counted by 9am on Friday, the second day of counting in South Africa’s fifth democratic election, the African National Congress (ANC) was in a commanding position nationally, having secured 62.4% of the vote. The Democratic Alliance (DA) was in second position with 21.9% of the vote, followed by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) – the new kid on the block in South African politics – with 6.1%. According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), 21 257 of South Africa’s 22 263 voting districts had been counted, accounting for 17 063 349 votes so far out of a registered voting population of 23 326 117 – translating into a provisional voter turnout figure of 73.1%. The IEC has said that could make the final, official declaration of results on Saturday; it is required by law to issue the final result within seven days of the election, which took place on Wednesday. Before making the official declaration, the commission will have to consider any objections. Political parties have until 5pm on Friday to lodge any objections with the IEC.Provincial results Around 9.30am on Friday, the ANC was leading the provincial election in all provinces except for the Western Cape, where (with 94.8% of the count complete) the DA had 58.7% of votes, followed by the ANC with 33.4% and the EFF with 2.0%. In Gauteng province, the country’s commercial heartland and its most populous province, the ANC (with 82.3% of the count complete) was leading with 51.9% of votes, followed by the DA with 32.9% and the EFF with 9.8%. The results of the other provinces at around 9.30am were as follows: Eastern Cape (97.8% of count complete): ANC 70.0%, DA 16.2%, United Democratic Movement (UDM) 6.1%. Free State (90.8% of count complete): ANC 69.8%, DA 16.3%, EFF 7.9%. KwaZulu-Natal (95.3% of count complete): ANC 64.4%, DA 12.1%, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) 11.2%. Limpopo (99.7% of count complete): ANC 78.6%, EFF 10.7%, DA 6.4%. Mpumalanga (100% of count complete): ANC 78.2%, DA 10.4%, EFF 6.2%. North West (99.8% of count complete): ANC 67.4%, EFF 13.1%, DA 12.6%. Northern Cape (100% of count complete): ANC 64.4%, DA 23.8%, EFF 4.9%. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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