Johannesburg - Heavy snow wreaked havoc on Eastern Cape roads on Tuesday morning, with at least three accidents and several road closures reported.
"It is still snowing heavily and it is also quite rainy," said provincial traffic spokesperson Tshepo Machaea.
Several people were injured on the R58 between Barkly East and Lady Grey when a minibus taxi overturned.
"There are people injured there. Emergency services are on their way there."
Johannesburg - Soccer World Cup organisers made it clear on Monday that vuvuzelas will not be banned from matches in South Africa despite complaints that noise from the horns is diminishing the matchday experience for fans in the stadiums and those watching at home.
"Vuvuzelas are here to stay and will never be banned," Rich Mkhondo, communications officer of the World Cup local organizing committee, said at Soccer City in Johannesburg.
"Look at them as part of our culture in South Africa to celebrate the 2010 FIFA World Cup."
Johannesburg - South Africa's newspapers on Saturday declared the World Cup opener "Fantastic", revelling in scoring the tournament's first goal and in finishing the first day without major incident.
The Star newspaper ran a half-page photo of rapturous flag-waving fans at Soccer City across its front page, under a headline "Ayoba, Mzansi!" - meaning roughly "Awesome, South Africa!"
Johannesburg – Gautrain, the multi-billion rand rapid rail service, opened its doors for the first time ever to the public on Tuesday.
The commercial operation starts three days before the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off, ollowsing shortly after the official launch of Gautrain on Saturday.
People can now buy tickets and travel on Gautrain the same way they would on any Metrorail train.
Barbara Jensen, spokesperson for Gautrain Management Agency, said on Tuesday there was "huge excitement" this morning.
Sion - Didier Drogba told teammate Kolo Toure that he will miss the World Cup after breaking his right arm on Friday in a warm-up match.
"For him, he said, the World Cup is finished," Toure said.
The 32-year-old Drogba was taken off 15 minutes into Ivory Coast's 2-0 win over Japan after a high challenge by Japan defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka. He was then rushed to a hospital.
Johannesburg – Gautrain, the multibillion rand rapid rail project, will formally be launched on Saturday, erasing any doubts that the first phase of the R25bn project will be finished in time before the 2010 FIFA World Cup gets under way next week.
The first phase was originally scheduled to be completed on June 27.
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New Delhi - Nelson Mandela plans to skip the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in June, his grandson told AFP on Wednesday.
Asked if the 91-year-old would be present as hoped for by organisers, Chief Mandla Mandela replied: "Certainly not. My grandfather at this age is very elderly and we are not trying to intensify his programme."
"He's said he would prefer to be at home in the rural countryside to spend time at the farm," Mandela said in an interview with AFP during a trip to India.