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Gift Ngoepe: The first African player in Major League Baseball

Gift Ngoepe is the first African-born player in Major League Baseball. The 27-year-old second baseman is originally from Pietersburg, South Africa. Ngoepe spent 8 1/2 years in the minors before being called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates. In his first at-bat, Ngoepe hits a single grounder to center field. While on base, Ngoepe said that he had to fight back the tears. In Ngoepes debut, the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5. I and #39;m from Africa, Ngoepe said after the game. Baseball is not a popular sport, but if you work hard enough and dream a little bit, anything is possible. Apr 28, 2017

Anti-Zuma protesters gather around South Africa

There were protests across South Africa on the morning of 7 April against President Jacob Zuma. Zuma has been heavily criticized for a recent cabinet reshuffle, in the wake of which the country’s foreign currency rating was downgraded to junk status. The opposition Democratic Alliance called for its supporters to join a “March for Change” in Johannesburg. Apr 7, 2017

Anti-Zuma protesters gather around South Africa

There were protests across South Africa on the morning of 7 April against President Jacob Zuma. Zuma has been heavily criticized for a recent cabinet reshuffle, in the wake of which the country’s foreign currency rating was downgraded to junk status. The opposition Democratic Alliance called for its supporters to join a “March for Change” in Johannesburg. Apr 7, 2017

Spectacular lighting storm flashes over Cape Town

A rare electrical storm moved through Cape Town, South Africa, late on 20 March, lighting up the sky above the capital. The two videos show forked lighting streak across the night sky creating a stunning backdrop. Mar 21, 2017

We tried Nandos new Vusa hot sauce and it was intense

Nandos have launched a new sauce this week which they claim is their hottest yet. The South African inspired Vusa, translated to excitment and fire in Zulu, has moreperi peri chillies than any of its other suaces. We gave some sauce to some IBTimes UK employees to see if they could handle the heat. Mar 2, 2017

Several injured as entrance to Johannesburg hospital collapses

An entrance near a maternity ward in Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, collapsed on 2 March, injuring five people. Reports indicate that two were patients, two were construction workers, and one of the injured was a hospital staff member. Mar 2, 2017

Mass brawl breaks out in South African Parliament

South African lawmakers threw punches during the annual State of the Nation address delivered by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday (9 February) after he was branded an incorrigible man and “rotten to the core” over corruption allegations. The scenes, which unfolded on national television, saw lawmakers from the far-left Economic Freedom Fighters party hauled out of the chamber. Zuma has seen off five bids to oust him since he took office in 2009. Feb 10, 2017