Spirits of the 'disappeared' haunt tragic photographs

Recalling the victims of Argentina's bloody past

No place to hide as car thugs run riot

South Africa is at the heart of a multibillion-rand regional car-theft racket reaching as far as Tanzania

De Lille's arms deal claims 'need probing'

"Companies, interested groups, senior government officials and members of parliament who are involved in the arms deal are corrupting the democratic process in South Africa."

Gaza's living hell indicts all humanity

DYSTOPIA: an imaginary place where people are unhappy and usually afraid because they are not treated fairly; an unpleasant future in which people are often dehumanised; a nightmare world characterised by human misery, squalor, oppression, disease and overcrowding.

Mashaba back to shake up Bafana

Shakes Mashaba says he is humbled and honoured to make a return to the Bafana Bafana coaching job.

King Goodwill weds his sixth queen

High society turned out in full force to witness the royal wedding of Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini in Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal, yesterday.

Doctor fighting Ebola gets the virus

A doctor leading the battle against the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has contracted the disease.

Butler crushed by lift

A butler taking luggage to a guest's room was crushed to death in a lift at an Elizabethan country estate that featured in the movie The Da Vinci Code.

A model's debt to Madiba

Naomi Campbell says her campaign to counter racism in fashion was inspired by Nelson Mandela.

Strictly no pain, no gain

Blisters, backaches and broken toes are dominating the new season of Strictly Come Dancing.

'Twinkle toes' gets revenge

He is Rumba Ryan on TV. In the bush, he is Ranger Ryan.

Havana great time with two left feet

When you watch the experts glide or step nimbly across the floor in Strictly Come Dancing, it looks like the easiest thing in the world. Until you try it.

Loved-up Sean and Charlize reunited in Cape Town

Wearing a glittering ring on her finger, Charlize Theron and her director beau, Sean Penn, could not keep their hands off each other when they were reunited in Cape Town this week.

'Uncomfortable' minister punts race-based plan

Race, that old apartheid bogeyman, will be used when South Africans purchase land - if Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti has his way.

Plan to move hundreds of rhinos denied despite overwhelming official evidence

The Mapungubwe National Park lost its first rhino to poachers this week. Another 42 rhinos were killed in the Kruger National Park and the tracks of 160 poachers crossing into the park were found this month.

'It's all about the money'

The backdrop to the critical state of rhinos in the Kruger National Park is 20 tons of rhino horn stockpiled there and in a KwaZulu-Natal park.

Schumacher's wife to sell his jet for R2.8-bn

Corinna Schumacher is to sell the private jet once regularly used by her now critically injured husband, Michael, as doctors attempt to get the former Formula One driver fit enough to return to his home in Switzerland.

Home affairs turns SA man into alien

Sipho Siwela was born in South Africa, lived here all his life and was a municipal councillor in Mpumalanga for 11 years. But last year, he discovered that he was an illegal alien.

Mbalula jumps the gun in Games bid

No sooner had Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula announced that Durban would bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games than it emerged that the government - which would have to fund the event - had not even discussed the subject.

Parasites robbing pupils of their food

A state nutrition programme for schools is under attack - by worms.

Not all bodies recovered from site of tragedy, says PM

More than a week after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, human remains are still at the crash site, said Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday.

Flight MH17: The anatomy of an atrocity

IT is now believed that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17/MAS17) was shot down by a BUK surface-to-air missile on July 17 2014 near Hrabove in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, about 50km from the Ukraine-Russia border.

Bodies pile up as Gaza truce starts

The bodies of dozens of Palestinians were pulled from the ruins of bombed-out homes in Gaza yesterday during a brief truce that top diplomats meeting in Paris urged Israel and Hamas to extend.

Muslims pray under the gaze of Christ

For Gaza resident Mahmud Khalaf, it was a bizarre new experience, prostrating himself for his daily Muslim prayers beneath the gaze of an icon of Jesus Christ.

All lives lost in Air Algerie jetliner crash

ALL passengers and crew on board an Air Algerie jetliner that crashed in Mali this week died in the tragedy, which completely wiped out several families.

Is this what they mean by a 'dirty bomb'?

The 2009 "underpants bomb" plot failed because the terrorist had been wearing his explosive-laden undergarments for more than two weeks and soiled the explosives, said a senior US official.

A nation traumatised by years of violent crime

Lethal forms of aggression continue to take their toll on South Africans, who are emotionally and mentally scarred by violent crime.

'The idiot shot while looking me in the eye'

''I can't believe a boy who looks like me - probably younger than me - can look me in the eyes and shoot me like I'm an animal. "

Pilot in more danger on N2 than in the sky

When pilot Archie Bell takes to the skies, he is entrusted with the lives of dozens of passengers. But this pilot's life, like many of his fellow pilots and staff at Cape Town airport, is in danger.

Buying a cheap crock failed to deter robbers

Aaron Phike replaced his trendy black Citi Golf with a 1995 crock worth just R26000. The father of two from Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng, thought it would be safer.

Metro policeman held after 'blue-light' heist

A Durban businessman's planned day of celebrations to mark his daughter's 16th birthday turned into his worst nightmare when he was allegedly hijacked and robbed by a group of policemen.

Trendy Juju 'ahead of the curve' with overalls

Rabble-rouser, politician, revolutionary and, now, trendsetter.

'They still think I'm one of them'

Like a delusional ex, some ANC MPs are still under the impression that Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is one of their own.

MPs give billions in spending a glancing blow of approval

MPs have complained about parliament's decision to schedule the adoption of the budgets of all 38 government departments in a period of just two weeks.

Dad calls the shots, son tells Tongaat mall probe

The noose is tightening around controversial businessman Jay Singh, after revelations this week that he made all the decisions related to the Tongaat mall that collapsed last year.

Doctor sues over thug attack

A Johannesburg doctor is claiming more than R11-million in damages from the KwaZulu-Natal wildlife department after his family was attacked by thugs while holidaying at a coastal lodge.

More schools offline despite pledge

Despite a pledge 10 years ago that every pupil in South Africa would be IT-capable by 2013, the Department of Education has admitted that the number of schools with computers and connectivity has decreased since 2002.

'Bishops teacher punished me for reporting abuse'

A former pupil at the centre of a sex scandal at Cape Town school Bishops claims he was punished by his teacher for reporting abuse at the hands of an older pupil.

Concordia floats off to final grave

The Costa Concordia, refloated two weeks ago by South African salvage master Nick Sloane, arrived in the Italian port of Genoa yesterday. It is to be stripped of steel, copper and other material worth millions of rands before it is dismantled.

Church taken to cleaners after fumbling property deal

Many a church would be forgiven for running up a few unpaid bills.

Your skin could cost you your life

Dying for beauty. That's what skin lightening really is. The rise of the 'yellow bone' phenomenon - fuelled by social media - has resulted in the resurgence of skin-lightening creams in South Africa.

The agony of keeping up with the Cambridges

Forget Kim and Kanye, it is the other royal couple that keeps stealing our thunder. First it was Kate and Will's big fancy wedding which happened a few months before ours.

Putin: the modern Tsar who won't thaw

He rises late, breakfasts on curds and porridge and then heads for the swimming pool.

Russian officials feel heat of EU sanctions

The EU reached an interim agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behaviour in Ukraine - but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector.

Bangers and mash with Mandela

It was a warm day at Tuynhuys, former president Nelson Mandela's office in Cape Town. As preparations began in the kitchens for lunch, Hilton Little, chef to the president at the time, pondered a menu that would not only satisfy Mandela and any guests, but also temper the heat of the city.

Selfie craze goes sky high

Everyone has been at it - from animals and astronauts to police officers and the pope; from Miley Cyrus and Rihanna to David Cameron and Barack Obama.

'We want to see the tooth being taken out'

The women and children trudge up the dusty hill between dusk and sunset, some with dogs.

I spy with my little app on your phone

A new app gives users complete access to their partner's smartphone, allowing them not only to see the text and Facebook messages they are sending, but also track their location using GPS technology.

Not all African women believe 'black is beautiful'. And that's OK

Skin lightening is about fashion, not inferiority -- and it is an issue ripe with hypocrisy

When buying in bulk makes no cents at all

It's easy to spot savvy shoppers in a supermarket aisle.

Both sides tarnished by petty row over the EFF's red overalls

OUR late former president Nelson Mandela wore his traditional Xhosa outfit while on the stand in the historic trial that would banish him to Robben Island for many years.

'Propaganda' slur will not halt information revolution in SA

You would expect that when a new ministry is created, space would be provided to see what it seeks to achieve - and only then would the media, in particular, offer judgment.

Finding hope in the brutal death of Taegrin Morris

The death of a child is always a tragedy, leaving behind a life unlived, a dream unfulfilled and a love unrequited. Of humanity's many sins and misdeeds, the worst is the misery and suffering we thrust upon our children.

Democracy deserves better

Today we report on the parliamentary authorities' decision to finalise all budget votes in the space of two weeks. This objectionable behaviour cannot pass without comment, because it weakens the fibre of our democracy.

Malema's resort to the politics of farce will be his party's ruin

On July 26 1953, a small group of ill-trained militants stormed the army barracks in Santiago, Cuba. They were led by a 26-year-old idealist, the then little-known University of Havana student activist Fidel Castro.

Readers' Views

Gordimer's books did arouse emotions - and shake certainties


He says it best when he says nothing at all

Mbeki missed a golden opportunity to slay the arms-deal albatross

Thabo Mbeki, like Nelson Mandela before him, has largely kept a low profile since leaving office, busying himself with matters foreign, never once venturing into local minefields or showing up his successor for the bungler that he is.

So Many Questions: Alex Boraine, former chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Boraine believes that the government's failure to act on its recommendations has damaged the chances of reconciliation.
South African U23 farewell greeting

Shakes takes the reins

Ephrain ''Shakes" Mashaba saw off stiff competition from some of the world's biggest names to become the new Bafana Bafana coach yesterday.

Time to fix football factory fault

Safa must dig us out of the cesspool of mediocrity they've dumped us in

I'm not a front for Ace, fumes Max Tshabalala

Businessman Max Tshabalala is increasingly annoyed by allegations that he is a business front for Free State premier Ace Magashule.

Pirates outgun Amakhosi in cup

IT took a penalty marathon to decide the winner of the Carling Black Label Cup yesterday.

McIlroy cuts party short to avoid hangover

Strangely, Rory McIlroy found it difficult to let himself go during the celebrations on Sunday evening.

Crusaders run riot as Sharks fail to spark

JAKE White hoped for pyrotechnics but his Sharks players failed to light the fuse.

Captain Amla gives Proteas some hope

Chines water torture has nothing on the runs SA dripped into a bottomless bucket at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo yesterday.

Keeping an eye on politics of sitting out

"K," was how Kyle Abbott began answering the last question of his impromptu press conference on the outfield at Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in Colombo on Tuesday. "Y, L, E," he continued.

Test cricket can learn a lot from tuk-tuk drivers

Most journeys undertaken by foreigners in Colombo start with a question: "Meter?" Whereupon the tuk-tuk driver will waggle his head in a way that could signify to someone from Africa: "yes", "no", "maybe" or "why do you damn fool alien species always think you're so bloody clever?"

England eager to restore pride

England won't just be looking to end a sequence of 10 tests without a win when they face India in the third test at Southampton today - they will be aiming to restore their pride.

From the members' end

That Sri Lankans make friendly opponents is well known.

Waratahs vs Crusaders in final

FLYHALF Bernard Foley scored a brilliant late try and kicked 11 points to fire the Waratahs to victory over the Brumbies and into their third Super Rugby final yesterday.

Sanzar at odds over proposed expansion

All the pieces of Super Rugby's enlarged jigsaw are supposed to fall into place by early October, but lack of consensus on which teams to include may drag out the process.

Young enforcers avert Springbok lock crisis

Four months ago Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer's hair was greying faster than expected as he pondered the paucity of SA's second-row stocks.

Lonmin in murky BEE plan

Platinum giant Lonmin stands accused of bulldozing through an empowerment deal with the impoverished Bapo Ba Mogale community, on whose land it has been mining for decades.

More tears for R699 scheme as staff revolt

Woes are piling up for Albert Venter, the mastermind behind the failed 'Drive a Car for R699' scheme, as his staff now accuse him of cheating them out of pay.

Why Tsogo loan isn't easy money after all

That 'Easy R200m 'It turns out it's not quite the payout for the privileged we've been told about, writes Ann Crotty

Executives coin it on share-incentive plans

The public rarely gets a full insight into how extraordinarily generous share schemes for executives can be.

European thumbs up for SA farm exports

After 10 years of tough negotiations, South African exporters of wine, sugar, flowers, dairy products and fruit will enjoy improved duty-free access to the EU, the country's biggest trading partner.

Red tape puts plug in Africa's rich oil bounty

Regulatory uncertainty is the major impediment to investors developing oil and gas businesses in Africa, which holds nearly 8% of the world's proven reserves.

'Nationalisation alone will fix capital's crime'

Amcu's economist says good riddance as Amplats plans to sell its mines, writes Chris Barron

Long way home for migrants' money

At the end of each month, Charles Kamundi sends half his salary to support his mother and younger brother back home in Malawi.
CEO Sipho Maseko. File photo

Breaking the cycle of misunderstanding

When Telkom head Sipho Maseko and union boss Marius Croucamp cycle together on Sundays, they exchange pleasant banter.

Lonmin surges as the market eases

Local share prices were little changed on Friday as an advance by Lonmin offset a decline in Sibanye Gold, which was hit hard after a trading update.

Opportunity knocks in the grey economy

Funds circulating in South Africa's grey economy are an opportunity for banks to increase their customer base and revenue. But few banks or retailers have tapped into this growing market.

Luxury brands target SA

The appetite of upper-income consumers for all things branded and glamorous shows no sign of waning, despite forecasts of muted economic growth.

Once-mighty Anglo mulls mine selloff

Anglo American, which once dominated the South African economy, may exit more mines in the country as it looks to sell underperforming assets in a drive to increase shareholder returns and restore investor confidence.

Amplats steels itself for a mechanised future

The announcement that Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) will put four mines, and possibly two joint ventures, up for sale has had little effect on its share price.

Cup flop hits pubs

England's dismal World Cup campaign was doubly disappointing for Britain's pubs after the team's early exit prompted soccer fans to stay at home to watch the rest of the tournament.

KWV investors suffer hangover after trading ban

Minority shareholders in KWV have urged the company's controlling shareholder, Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI), to list the winemaker on the AltX sector of the JSE.

Without ashes, where would our phoenix be?

It's been a rough week, but markets remain fuelled by US Federal Reserve stimulus measures and continue to ignore the rising social and political noise levels worldwide.

Naspers banks on Tencent

IT looks like Tencent can do no wrong. The Chinese regulators have just given it the go-ahead to set up a private bank. That is an enormous vote of confidence in a country where having the backing of government determines whether or not you succeed and how well you succeed.

Nedbank boss plans leadership shake-up

Mike Brown, Nedbank's CEO, is set to shake up the bank's group executive structure after failing to find a replacement for Ingrid Johnson, the saviour of the group's retail and business bank divisions.

Absa Wealth bleeds talent at the top amid mutters over pay

ABSA Wealth and Investment Management (WIM) took another big blow this week when Trueman Zuma, head of its Global Research and Investments operation, called it quits.

PIC loses patience with bosses' pay

The Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which controls 11% of all JSE-listed stock, has put its foot down on excessive pay for directors.

PIC still worries about how JSE firms pay top brass

The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) is still deeply concerned about the way JSE-listed giants pay their executives.
Jeremy Thomas

Bull's Eye: Languid bulls rob markets of excitement

That lithe, brown, salt-encrusted sylph was me, in my mind's eye, just 10 days ago: dumb with sun and blinded by brine - much like most market participants in the northern hemisphere at present.
Rob Rose

Last Word: Daddy, I want to be in corporate finance

How is it, at a time when everyone from Postman Pat to Joe the Plumber is threatening to strike, that South Africa's lawyers and bankers are building ever more opulent palaces?

Tiny digital doctors to track your health

Imagine your phone sounding an alarm whenever your blood pressure is elevated or your blood-glucose level is problematic.

Zimbabwe slashes its growth forecast

Zimbabwe has cut its growth forecast for this year to 3.1% from 6.1%, in line with projections from the International Monetary Fund.

Race to own Kyalami over in a flash

It was barely out of the starting blocks, and the deal was done - in under two minutes.

Corruption Watch: A chance to prove SA is serious about graft

I recently came across a report damning our lack of compliance with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Anti-Bribery Convention, which South Africa ratified in 2007.
Cracked earth marks a dried up watering hole on a farm near Aberdeen in the Karoo

Fracking: beware what lies beneath

Imagine that fracking in the Karoo could actually produce 485 trillion cubic feet of shale gas.

The world's richest are getting richer

SA wine and wildlife estates among prime property in growing demand.

The informal sector deserves a legal boost

The informal sector is a significant, but often forgotten, source of economic activity and employment.

Pariah status looms for Putin

Russia's richest businessmen are increasingly worried that President Vladimir Putin's policies in Ukraine will lead to crippling sanctions, but they are too scared of reprisals to say so publicly.

McDonald's takes nuggets off menu in Hong Kong

McDonald's Hong Kong has suspended sales of chicken nuggets and several other items after admitting it imported food from a US-owned company in China that is at the centre of an expired-meat scandal.

'Cronies' get deadline for UK asset freeze

Russian oligarchs close to President Vladimir Putin have two weeks to get their cash out of Britain to avoid sanctions over Moscow's interference in the Ukraine crisis.

Uber app is not really über alles in Germany

Uber, whose smartphone app summons rides at the touch of a button, won a new lease on life in the German city of Hamburg on Friday when a court suspended a ban imposed by local regulators.

Why not a shorter week in an era of longer life?

Carlos Slim's proposal that we work a three-day week sounds crazy. But many in 1922 thought Henry Ford crazy when he announced that his staff would work a five-day week.

The rewards of a job to do with risk

Tanya van Aswegen is the operations manager at Compli-Serve SA, a regulatory compliance company. She tells Margaret Harris that she did not intend to end up in this industry, but now enjoys helping clients to become compliant with various regulations.

How to make offices greener and more fun places

As technology allows greater flexibility and younger generations become more concerned about how "green" their employers are, organisations are transforming the way they arrange their space.

Matfield still needs coaching

The Bok lock studied accounting for two years, but admits to being a financial and investment amateur.

Sign Post: Big data a winner in the World Cup

On the exhibition floor of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, one of the stand-out displays was a large TV screen on which the tactics of the German football team were being analysed.

Threatened species

Abalone and honest cops face extinction in this morally murky SA crime thriller. By Kavish Chetty

Spotlight: Skei together

Sunday Times photographer James Oatway took this picture of people playing jukskei in Orania in the Northern Cape.

Music: Plugged into rage

Thandiswa Mazwai talks to Tiara Walters about freedom, anger, fear and hair

Humour: Even the best fail this test

My favourite meme of the past two weeks is a picture of a guy with extraordinarily large eyes looking around nervously, with the caption: "That awkward moment during an exam when everyone else is using a ruler and you have no idea why!"

Trend: Draw out the hidden truth

Those apparently random squiggles are a window into the subconscious, writes Leigh-Anne Hunter

Viewpoint: On board a slow train to Babel

Language thrills me. When I hear Italian spoken I want to lean into the conversation and kiss the words.

Astronomy: Pretty dark stuff

Oliver Roberts meets Ken Freeman, otherwise known as The Father of Dark Matter

R&B: Smooth operator

Expect soulful looks and sensitive philosophy when Kenny Lattimore hits town, writes Shanthini Naidoo

Theatre: Hope floats

Lara Foot tells Eugene Yiga how she pulled a play out of the water in Kenya

Health: Prescription for propaganda

There's a reason why Wikipedia entries on unconventional remedies are remarkably conventional, writes Albert Buhr
Paige Nick

Sex: Caveman theory

I once met this guy on a dating website. We dated for about two and a half months, but I wasn't completely sold. My jury was out. I felt ambivalent. I considered breaking it off a few times, but my friends often accuse me of not giving relationships enough of a chance before pulling the plug. I thought if I just stuck it out a little longer and got to know him, he might grow on me. Time might unlock some secret room in his personality that would hold my interest.

Motoring: Autumn of discontent

Nissan's Leaf has everything going for it - except the price tag

Not much to worship

Idolatry is the last thing on your mind when you watch the local 'Idols'

Gossip: The pies have it

Everyone is sweet on Great British Baker Paul Hollywood, writes Andrew Duncan

Movies: Eternal ennui

Goldblum saves story of second honeymoon from turning sour, writes Sue de Groot

Tech: Cash kitty

Simon Tofield is the master of combining cats, YouTube and success, writes Matt Warman

Parenting: Hack attack

In the age of internet know-it-alls, the good old grandparent still knows best

Books: Across the universe

It doesn't matter where on the planet Tim Winton's readers are, he knows how to reach them with his stories. By Bron Sibree

Writing: Short is beautiful

A20 Years of Freedom initiative, run by Books LIVE in collaboration with Short Story Day Africa and the Department of Arts and Culture, the Twenty in 20 project set out to find the 20 best South African short stories published in English during the first two decades of democracy. The top 20, judged by Mandla Langa, Karabo Kgoleng, Mtutuzeli Matshoba and Fiona Snyckers, were announced this week.

Words & Stars: But is it tart?

JUST like people and cats, some words are lazy and some are so full of energy they are exhausting to be around. The word "lazy", for example, will get out of bed only when you pour a bucket of iced water over it, poke it with a sharpened stick and force it into service as an adjective.

Dvd & Games

This thriller is based on the hunt for Robert Hansen, a serial killer in Alaska in the '70s and '80s. John Cusack plays the nut job who likes to nab "street girls" and shoot them in the woods.

The moment: The hills are alive ...

... with the sound of joyful music that echoed across the winelands when Joburg-born Leigh Michelmore wed his Swiss bride, writes Sibongile Mafu
Ecstasy Aunt

Ecstasy Aunt: 27 July 2014

I caught my wife cheating on me a few years ago. She said it would never happen again. We had therapy and I decided to get over it and make things work.

The Big Read: Great war revisited

World War One started 100 years ago tomorrow. Anthony Peregrine joined one of many groups on a trip to Ypres and the Somme this year

In Transit: Underground for cash

Travel news for people on the move

Accidental Tourist: Turkey's a crowd

Skip the queues and cramming - go it alone

Peter's Post: Amsterdam

Our travel expert answers queries on routes and destinations around the world

Comment: Thumbs down to thumb up

During the school holidays I drove to Durban and back, something I have not done for quite some time.

Writers' Block: Free tours of Istanbul

On stopovers in Istanbul (Peter's Post, July 6), when travelling with Turkish Airlines, one can join a free day-tour of the city, which includes lunch.

Agent's Alert! Seven nights in Italy from R15340

Has Italy always been on your bucket list? With Flight Centre you can now explore three of the best Italian cities in one exciting holiday by rail.

Travel Spots: 'My travelling life'

Musician and rapper Jack Parow talks of his travels.

Travellers' Tales: Memories of the gilded age

William Rowland visits the grand homes of US aristocracy

Local Destination: The circle of Saints

As the new moon arrives to signal the end of Ramadan and the first day of Eid ul-Fitr, Richard Holmes discovers a piece of living history among the Cape's Muslim community

Rude Russians: shaddap you face

As the summer tourist season approaches, Italians have a message for their rich Russian visitors - you may be minted, but you have no manners.

Readers' World: Glacier chaser

Hilary Nothard visits what Argentines call the world's eighth wonder

Adventure Travel: Paddlingin the Karoo

Claire Keeton and photographer Marianne Schwankhart find a surprising spot for whitewater fun

Weekend Escape: Lapping up luxury

Bobby Jordan stays at a Franschhoek Wine Estate

Where in the world?

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, left, serves to US skier Lindsey Vonn during a promotional tennis event on the Aletsch glacier at the Jungfraujoch "Top of Europe" this month.

Main Course: Easy as pie

Don't hold out fro pie in the sky - have it now! Golden brown, crisp and satisfying.

The show comes to town

Don't miss the feast as celebrity chefs come together at the Good Food & Wine Show in Gauteng next week.

Rumblings: A finger in every pie

Raise your skinny little hand if you can say "no" to pastry. Basic like bread, but better - flour, egg and butter.

How to make jalebis

As Muslims around the world begin to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr tomorrow, marking the end of Ramadan, it starts with the sighting of the new moon.

This Week: 27 July 2014

"Nothing is better than taking the pie out of the oven. What it does for you personally, and for your family's idea of you, is something you can't buy." - Martha Stewart

On the Hop: Castle Milk Stout Ultra Smooth

I'm sceptical about advances in beer packaging. At best, they tend to be superficial. At worst, they end up hurting the quality of the beer.

The Restaurant: Borage Bistro, Cape Town

Eggs Benedict is a popular breakfast choice, but the English muffin on which it is served can sometimes be chewy.

The chef John Whaite

'The Great British Bake-Off' winner visited SA and told Raphaella Frame-Tolmie how the show changed his life

Sweet Endings: 27 July 2014

John Whaite's Orange tarts

Hayden is cooking: Smoked kabeljou

This week Hayden is smoking ... the former MasterChef Australia finalist goes fishing off Paternoster, meets an SA chef famous for his coastline foraging, and learns all about sustainable seafood with WWF SA's Chris Kastern.

Solidarity over Gaza

South Africans were united this week condemning the violence in Gaza.

Indian teen a 'real man' after Xhosa initiation rite

An Indian teenager from East London in the Eastern Cape has undergone the Xhosa tradition of initiation with the blessing of his conservative family.

Boy, 6, aims to become chess master

Dynamite comes in small packages - and six-year-old Xander James Arjunan is a fine example of it. He started playing chess in March and is already competing at adult level.

Advertising body rejects customer's beef with macon

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa has dismissed complaints against two fast-food chains for their use of the word "macon".

An Eskimo melts hearts with song

The star of the show wore a hoodie, answered to the name Eskimo and left most of the women in the audience in tears with his performance.

Lensmen threaten to take revenge on sulky superstars

Seems like India's photographers are waging war against two Bollywood stars.

Fresh take on young man's realistic struggle

In his 25th production, Dhanush introduces award-winning cinematographer Velraj, who makes his directorial debut in Velai Illa Pattadhaari.

Three times lucky for eager groom

A trip down memory lane retracing special places from their courtship was Devasan "Duran" Poonsamy's romantic plan before he surprised Telicia Ramnath with a marriage proposal.

New show a movable feast of wedding delights

A Johannesburg entrepreneur plans to breathe new life into the "mundane" wedding fair with the introduction of an opulent three-city bridal fashion week.

Mob kills holy man after girl, 7, is raped, killed

Villagers attacked and killed an Indian sadhu (holy person) after a seven-year-old girl was found hanging from a tree in Rajnagar in West Bengal .

Digital showcase for Mandela and Gandhi

A walk down memory lane to the days when heroes shaped South African history is what the Mandela-Gandhi digital experience is all about.

Spring is in the air if it's Arts Alive time

The Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival 2014 was launched on Wednesday at the Penthouse at the Joburg Theatre, promising much entertainment for September.

Celebrity chef makes 'music' in the kitchen

Good food to British celebrity chef Reza Mahammad is like beautiful music - a symphony of taste that feeds the senses and nourishes the soul.

Sports days the tastiest of my life

One of my fondest memories of going to primary school in Durban is the annual sports day.

India's president marks milestone

India's President Pranab Mukherjee completed two years in office on Friday, having brought about changes and reforms at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential estate, that few of his predecessors had done.

Sri Lankan beauty soars to Bollywood success

I clearly remember my first meeting with Jacqueline Fernandez in 2009 on her home turf of Sri Lanka, where she made a graceful appearance at the International Indian Film Academy awards.

Love at first sight of a monster Mustang

Thirty years ago, time stood still for Johannesburg businessman Abdul "Tony" Chavoos when he spotted a Ford Mustang in a parking lot at the Carlton Centre and instantly fell in love with the red beauty.
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1 week       $0.99***
1 month R100.00   R69.33** $2.99***
3 months R300.00 R173.30*    
6 months   R346.60*    
1 year   R693.20* R831.96**  

* This includes the weekday e-edition of The Times. However, you can choose to subscribe to receive only the The Sunday Times e-edition.

** This includes the weekday newspaper edition of The Times. However, you can choose to subscribe to receive only the The Sunday Times newspaper edition.

*** Apple charges in US Dollars ($) but your account will be debited in Rands. This payment will recur.


Online Access

What is Sunday Times online access?
Sunday Times content from the newspaper is available here on Times LIVE. This quality journalism which South Africa has come to expect for over 100 years comes at a price. It is discounted on this website as not all parts for the newspaper are available. Should you wish to view the articles you will pay for and read, they are all listed on this page (picture and headlines).

What if I am a subscriber to the newspaper edition?
Currently it is not possible for print subscribers to get access to this content. This subscription is separate to your newspaper subscription until further notice.

What is the process to get Online Access?
  1. You will need to Register for an Account on the website.
    This is in order for the website to recognise you.
  2. Then you will login and select your subscription option.
    You can initially select a 1 month or three month period.
  3. You will then pay via credit card. We will make other payment options available in time.
  4. You will then login again, and the website will give you access to all the articles on the Sunday Times page (click and read).
  5. You will be emailed a password. Please keep this handy should you need to re-enter.

If I've paid on one computer, how can I view it on another computer, or device?
Sunday Times Online Access is best viewed on a personal computer or tablet device. The mobile version (m.timeslive.co.za) will not run Sunday Times content for the time being.

HELP: I have a payment problem or cannot remember my password or it won’t let me in.
Please email help@sundaytimes.co.za and we will attend as soon as possible.


What is the E-edition?
The e-edition is a digital replica of the newspaper. It looks exactly like the newspaper, page for page, and you can scroll through it and search for words. It is not the same as on this website as articles are listed here without the same context as in the newspaper.

Where can I get or view the E-edition?
The e-edition is purchased from this website http://thetimes.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx. It displays all the various options available. Please note that there are various newspapers around the world entitled "The Sunday Times" or "The Times" so ensure you select the South African version.

How can I view the E-edition on a tablet or mobile device?
You would download the Press Reader app (for iPad/iOS, Blackberry, Android, Google, Windows etc), please check the links from http://www.pressreader.com. Then you would pay for a newspaper title depending on your store (iTunes, Google Play etc).

HELP: I have a payment problem or cannot remember my password or it won’t let me in.
Please call 0860 52 52 00 or email feedback@avusa.co.za, or help@sundaytimes.co.za.

Editors' Choice App for iPad

What is the Editor's Choice?
The Sunday Times Editor's Choice brings award-winning journalism from South Africa's leading Sunday newspaper, The Sunday Times. You can also enjoy hand-picked stories and daily updates from The Times newspaper.
The editors of the Sunday Times and The Times newspaper choose 25 stories, Sunday to Friday, that are downloaded to the app every morning.

Where is it available?
The app is downloaded from the Apple iTunes store https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id500040479 for iPad.

How does payment work?
The app is free to download and content will be uploaded every morning to the app, excluding Saturday.
There are two payment options for accessing the Sunday Times Editor's Choice content for the iPad.
  1. Buy a weekly recurring subscription for only $0.99.
  2. Buy a monthly recurring subscription for only $2.99.
  • These subscriptions will auto-renew until you choose to cancel
  • Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
  • Your subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
  • Your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period
  • You can manage your subscription and switch off the auto-renewal by accessing your Account Settings after purchase
  • You cannot cancel the current subscription during the active subscription period.
  • If you choose to share your personal data with us all personal data is handled under the terms and conditions of Sunday Times' privacy policy and terms of use. More details can be found here: http://www.timeslive.co.za/?service=ipadprivacyandpolicy.
  • This app requires an internet connection at all times.

I want to cancel recurring payments. How do I set that up in my iPad?
View all the instructions on the Apple support website http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4098.
Pay particular attention to the section entitled "Turning off auto-renewing subscriptions on an iOS device".

HELP: I have a payment problem or cannot remember my password or it won’t let me in.
The purchase happens from your iTunes account and is with Apple, where we cannot intervene. Email us at help@sundaytimes.co.za and we will offer directions.

Print subscription

Can I manage my print subscriptions on this site?
No, rather visit https://subscriptions.avusa.co.za or please call 0860 52 52 00 or email feedback@avusa.co.za, or help@sundaytimes.co.za.

HELP: I have a problem with my newspaper subscription payment or delivery
Please call 0860 52 52 00 or email feedback@avusa.co.za, or help@sundaytimes.co.za.


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Sunday Times

Editor's Choice

The Editor's pick of the best stories direct to your iPad. Daily news updates from The Times.

$0.99 per week

Sunday Times


The complete Sunday Times & The Times, as they appear in print, on the device of your choice: PC, Mac, iPad, Android and most tablets.

R173.30 for 3 Months


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