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Rihanna & Lupita Nyong'o Twitter-fuelled movie in the works

A movie based on a Twitter post of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o that went viral is in the pipeline, with the two stars reportedly attached to take part.

Kick the habit: Free apps that'll help you quit smoking for good

There a number of new apps on the market that can help you quit smoking. Here are four of the best

Best & worst dressed celebs at the SAMAs 2017

All roads led to the Sun City Superbowl on Saturday night, where South Africa's top musicians were honoured for their work at the annual SA Music Awards.

Which supermarket makes SA's most delicious beef lasagne?

To help you buy the best, our panel of judges tasted their way through ready-made lasagnes from three leading supermarkets

Health & Wellness

Scientists reveal the secret behind sticking to exercise — & it's pretty obvious

A new study from the University of Michigan has found that the best way for women to stick to exercise is to choose something they actually enjoy, rather than for the sole purpose of losing weight.

Study finds brain transforms remarkably as adults learn to read

A study of women in India who learned to read in their 30s shows the human brain's incredible capacity to reorganise and transform itself, said researchers.

Sex Talk: How can I have casual sex safely?

Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng answers your sex questions

Hot nights are bad for our health

The promise of more hot nights between rumpled sheets will turn many people on – until they hear it’s a result of climate change.

South African kids slack in exercise & nutrition

When it comes to running‚ jumping and climbing trees South African children score a big fat C.

Just one alcoholic drink a day increases your breast cancer risk

Just one glass of an alcoholic drink per day is enough to increase breast cancer risk in women, before and after menopause, according to a new report from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

How sleep disorders could affect women and men differently

From depression and daytime sleepiness to difficulty concentrating, new Australian research suggests that women are more sensitive than men to the effects of sleep disorders in their daily lives.

Lifestyle & entertainment

Emojis help bridge the communication gap between men & women

They've become ubiquitous on computers and smartphones. From the bog standard smiley face to halos and aeroplanes, emojis are now used by an estimated 90% of the world's internet users - 3,2billion people.

Cannes film festival: And the winners are...

Here are the winners from the 2017 Cannes film festival, as chosen Sunday by a star-studded jury led by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar.

Millennial Pink: the colour of the moment or a state of mind?

There's a new colour on the scene - Millennial Pink, also known as "Tumblr Pink" or "scandi pink", according to New York Magazine.

Urban folk singer Bongeziwe Mabandla's got a soulful new album

Singer Bongeziwe Mabandla's voice - to borrow from a description once bestowed on the late Jabu Khanyile - is distinctly mellow and soulful.

WATCH: First full 'Game of Thrones' S7 trailer will thrill fans

HBO has unleashed the first full trailer for the highly-anticipated 'Game of Thrones' Season 7, as its debut air date edges closer.

3 alarm clocks, 2 shows & her number 1 man: a day with Anele Mdoda

Anele Mdoda has never been this busy. After 13 years in the broadcasting industry, the 32-year-old wearer of many hats - TV show host, radio presenter, producer, mom - is enjoying the biggest year of her career so far.
Children perform tricks using fidget spinners during a contest held in Ashdod, Israel.

Fidget spinners: Is this therapy or plain old spin?

Are fidget spinners a valuable learning tool or a classroom distraction?

Study finds brain transforms remarkably as adults learn to read

A study of women in India who learned to read in their 30s shows the human brain's incredible capacity to reorganise and transform itself, said researchers.

IN PICTURES: Steal genius ideas to maximise natural light from this revamped Cape Town home

With dedication, planning and smart design decisions, this once dilapidated house in Cape Town's historic Bo-Kaap has been transformed into a sleek home with infinite views

5 ways to spot the difference between a hipster & a geek chic stylista

According to trend forecaster Dion Chang, the look you should be after is geek chic. But haven't hipsters flown this fashion flag for the last 10 years? So what's the difference?
Participants dressed as Star Wars characters march in the 85th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in Los Angeles

'Star Wars' turns 40 & The Force of the franchise is still strong

The date was 1977, and no one had yet worn a gold bikini to bed, made "whooshing" lightsaber noises with a broomstick or yelled "May the Fourth be with you" at strangers.
Sir Roger Moore attends the 50 Years of James Bond Auction at Christies in London

5 of Roger Moore's best quotes as James Bond

The late British actor Roger Moore played James Bond in a record seven films, more than any other man to date.


Global gourmets get a taste for SA's 'Sibalicious' food

South Africa’s hottest chef‚ Food Network star Siba Mtongana‚ spiced up the annual Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Yantai‚ China‚ when she scooped an award for Africa.

Yum! Exciting new eateries join Newlands foodie hub

With vibey new eateries having recently opened on Dean Street, Newlands offers more choice than ever.

Local app turns home cooks into takeaway chefs

It’s a conundrum faced by busy people the world over: they want to eat healthy, unprocessed food, but they’re too busy to cook meals themselves. But thanks to a clever smartphone app, there’s now a solution.

New festival gives SA's butchers a chance to show off their knife skills

Flesh in all its forms is glorious. Bang it on the braai, chop it up finely and serve it raw with an egg yolk or diced apple, roast it, fry it or flip it on the grill - there's nothing that warms the heart of South Africans more than their favourite cut of meat.
Chicken and prawn parcels

Tonight's supper: Asian chicken & prawn parcels

Perfect party fodder, these deep-fried wontons also make for a scrumptious light supper when served with stir-fried veg

'Avolatte', 'avocado hand': the world's avo obsession has gone too far

When will the avocado madness stop? After 'avocado hand,' avocado-themed restaurants and avocado burgers, the latest trend involving the vegetable du jour involves pouring lattes into emptied half-shells.

Siba va va vooms ahead of international chefs in the popularity stakes

Star chef Siba Mtongana isn't just beating eggs. Her recipes are beating those of other celebrity chefs featured on the Food Network channel in the UK.

Pizzas, patties & paellas: 3 of our fave Joburg food trucks

Forget the battered ice-cream van playing unrecognisable nursery rhymes as it weaves its way through your neighbourhood; food trucks today are innovative and full of delicious food, and are the coolest place to be seen at lunchtime.
Low-carb, crustless chorizo and cabbage pie

Tonight's supper: low-carb chorizo & cabbage pie

Packed with fresh veg, this colourful crustless pie will go down well with fans of frittatas

4 Cape bars every serious gin lover should know about

Gin continues to be the flavour of the month as small-batch distilleries and chic cocktail bars return some of the glamour to the potent spirit once dubbed Mother’s Ruin.


2017 Billboard Music Awards – Show - Las Vegas

Why Cher is NOT mutton dressed as lamb

It's rare that Gwen Stefani is upstaged. But the chanteuse didn't stand a chance when she presented the Icon Award to Cher on Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

Rugs to riches: local designer upcycles vintage carpets into high-end handbags

When she isn't running with her dog or hiking, Jessi-Jean Havemann is making her ethically designed Balthazaar bags and cushions. She believes that anyone can have an impact with the right approach and a good idea.

What Melania wore: First lady's Saudi style a big deal

What women wear can often be the focus of critique and controversy — all the more so when the woman is an ex-model, married to the US president and disembarking in Saudi Arabia.

1980's style is back in fashion — & it's thanks to Trump

Sew your shoulder pads back in, dig out those high-waisted mommy jeans, dust off your jazz shoes and reach for the hairspray - 1980s style is making a comeback.
street style coat fashion

1 coat, 5 stylish ways to wear it this winter

Get tired of donning the same coat day after day when the temperatures drop? By styling this winter staple in different ways, you can give it a fresh look each time you wear it. Here's how

Super-stylist to the stars Elizabeth Saltzman reveals secrets

Gwyneth, Uma and Elle all rely on one woman for event-dressing — Elizabeth Saltzman. She talks to Charlie Gowans-Eglinton

Pippa Middleton's wedding dress gets a thumbs up from fashionistas

It's official! Eccentric British designer Giles Deacon was the Duchess of Cambridge's younger sibling's choice of bridal designer for her-high society nuptials with James Matthews.

Norm-defying stylist Ibrahim Kamara is out to redefine African male identity

Stylist and artist Ibrahim Kamara is making waves in the fashion world, having recently styled a shoot in Nigeria for international clothing label Stella McCartney that was shot by photographer Nadine Ijewere.