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Chef Chat: Perfect pastry takes the chocolate fudge cake

Joanita Venter is the executive sous pastry chef at the Oyster Box Hotel. Her culinary philosophy includes cooking from her heart and putting love on a plate. "I live by the three Ps: passion, patience and pride."

Bar Code: Hobnobbing on the cheap in Harfield

Our road to Hobnobs is down Second Avenue - a thoroughfare once name-checked in a Bright Blue song - and our route takes us through the cosy heart of Harfield Village, a place choked with sidewalk cafes, bistros and bars in a cottagey way.

Bottle of the week: Gear from the garage

South African new car sales plummeted 7% last month. But rather than another symptom of economic gloom, the statistic could be a reflection of a new use for garages: as home wineries.

Lobby group urges US artist to pull out of Woolworths campaign

The lobby group Boycott‚ Divestment and Sanctions against Israel in South Africa (BDS South Africa) has called on US artist Pharrell Williams to end his collaboration with local retailer Woolworths until such time as the company ends its trade with Israel.

Life & Style

Mode for the man: Madiba shirts live in a new 'Eclection'

The signature shirts of former South African president Nelson Mandela are more than just a range of clothing.

Off the grid: Find peace in a pod

In these dark and uncertain days of load-shedding and electricity tariff increases, going off the grid and living in an eco-friendly home has immense appeal.

SA Book Fair revisits Mandela’s Legacy

Activist. Freedom Fighter. Political prisoner. Peacemaker. Father of our nation. Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela has been idolised and vilified, called a saint and a sinner, labelled a saviour and a sell-out.

Lexus turns up the style for refreshed ES sedan

The 2016 ES 300H and ES 350 have been endowed with significant exterior tweaks and safety tech enhancements to keep them ahead of the executive car competition.

Fresh Produce: Springboard for the young and hungry

The Turbine Art Fair is aimed at new collectors.

Health

New technique for detecting hard arteries

A radioactive agent developed in the 1960s for the purpose of testing for bone cancer can also be employed to image the dangerous build-up of calcium deposits in the arteries that could provoke strokes and heart attacks, according to a team of UK researchers.

Study links breast cancer and hormone pro-enkephalin levels

A study from Lund University in Sweden has demonstrated that women with low levels of the painkilling hormone pro-enkephalin have a much higher risk of contracting breast cancer.

Breast cancer: screening mammograms don't necessarily reduce fatality rates

Two studies published simultaneously in the US and Great Britain call into question the efficiency of screening mammograms for breast cancer. These studies now join a debate that has been raging between specialists around the world.

Cholera vaccine works in real-life trial: study

A cheap, oral vaccine provided "significant" protection against cholera in a real-life trial in Bangladesh, where the disease kills thousands every year, scientists reported on Thursday.

Amphetamines could cause problems in the bedroom: study

A study of Taiwanese drug users‚ released this week‚ showed that the use of amphetamines could lead to problems in the bedroom including reduced sexual desire and reduced erectile rigidity.