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Gamer predicts that esports is going to be 'bigger than soccer'
A day in the life of Travis "Castaway" Waters, the South African who gets paid to play video games.

South Africa's Boxing Grannies

A group of pensioners have become lean, mean, fighting machines in Cosmo City.
Boxing is a tough sport and not one you would normally associate with pensioners.

But elderly ladies in the South African township of Cosmo City are learning how to protect themselves and get fit.

Coached by former bodybuilder Claude Maphosa, the grannies - aged 60 and over - have literally been punching above their weight for the last four years. 

They train twice a week - mainly learning self-defence - and they believe it's improved their wellbeing.

Photo: Constance Ngubane (Getty Images)

The bounce back ability of Bianca Zoonekynd

South Africa's trampoline star on homelessness and her life threatening injury.
In January 2015, South Africa's top trampoline star Bianca Zoonekynd was left homeless after her family residence in Port Elizabeth was burnt to the ground. 

Then, earlier this year, she was left with life-threatening injuries following a serious car crash.  

But Bianca, who is coached by her mum Mandy, is fighting fit for the World Championships in Bulgaria this weekend, and she even has hopes of competing at the Tokyo Olympics in three years' time.

(Image: Bianca Zoonekynd, Credit: Bianca Zoonekynd)

Boy, eight, dies after ambulance attacked in SA

A boy who was being rushed to hospital following a road accident in Cape Town, South Africa, has died after the ambulance he was in came under attack.

Robbers ambushed the vehicle near to Cape Town International Airport as it made its way to Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, less than 15 minutes away.

Metro EMS spokesperson Robert Daniels told South Africa's Eyewitness News:

The crew was gun pointed and robbed, and the ambulance was left immobile. Unfortunately, the eight-year-old patient passed away due to the delay caused by the robbery.”

This is the latest in a string of attacks on ambulances in the city.

A spokesman told Independent Online earlier this year that 32 ambulances had been attacked, leading to 15 separate areas being marked as "red zones" - areas where ambulances could not go without a police escort.