The shock report Grahamstown hid from the minister

Pravin Gordhan has been handed a report on the maladministration and fraud that has led to the collapse of municipal services in Grahamstown and the surrounding district which, until this week, had been kept under wraps.

'Miracle' drug to cut heart failure deaths

A remarkable new drug that outperforms the best treatments available should become the first choice for patients with heart failure, research shows.

Fund-raising fatigue sets in as schools buckle under debt

Staggering debt at public schools has parents and teachers at their wits' end as they battle the demands of fundraisers such as cake sales, raffles and "civvies" Fridays.

Double-agent fear as local spies sent to train in Russia

South Africa sent a large group of spies to be trained in Russia, but the expense - and the fear of them being "turned"- led to criticisms of the programme from within the State Security Agency.

Putin warns West of nuclear war

Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the spectre of nuclear war with the West this week as he defied international condemnation over a reported Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine involving troops and heavy armour.

Sorry, I can't play now, I'm going for my facial

Chocolate facials, strawberry milkshake wraps, hot-stone massages and jacuzzi dips are attracting kids as young as four to beauty spas - and raising eyebrows among child experts.
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It's payback time, Vavi tells Zuma

The ANC has come under fire from one of its main allies following the party's attack on public protector Thuli Madonsela.

Led Zeppelin legend not tempted by riches a reunion would bring

One of rock's great frontmen tells Neil McCormick that performing with his current band is 'paradise'

Baby snatchers leave trail of heartbreak

They were just two mothers walking through the busy Lowveld town of Hazyview with their babies on their backs.

Domestic worker cooks up a storm on MasterChef SA

Siphokazi Mdlankomo is used to rave reviews for her cooking. Her quail ravioli, potato gnocchi and home-made burgers are big hits with the Cape Town family for whom she has worked for the past eight years.

'Complacent' SA must expect the earth to shift

The earthquake in North West and Gauteng earlier this month might have been triggered by mining, but a natural tectonic shift was probably part of it.
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St Tropez suffers as stars go elsewhere

Every summer since the 1950s, pleasure-seeking celebrities have descended on the tiny Riviera fishing port of St Tropez to soak up the sun, bronze on its beaches and party until dawn.

SARS to foot love scandal bill

The taxman is to pay the legal fees for its top investigator when he takes on an ex-girlfriend in court.

CCMA duped by 'wrong bidder' in office deal

Forensic auditors have found evidence that a R100-million tender to rent office space was manipulated to dupe the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

'First daughter' Chelsea quits her lucrative TV job

Chelsea Clinton is leaving her $600000-a-year role (about R6.36-million) as an occasional "special correspondent" with NBC News - a position that apparently earned her $26724 for every minute that she appeared on air.

Militants in Gaza will not let go of rockets

Thousands of militants paraded in the Gaza Strip on Friday, defiantly saying they would rearm as the prospects of a final deal on a long-term Israel-Hamas truce looked shaky.

'Family feud' attorney in hot water

An attorney involved in a deceased estate that sparked a bitter family feud is the subject of a scathing court judgment.

IS biological weapons plot exposed

Islamic State terrorists in Syria and Iraq have carried out research into the production of biological weapons, compiling a manual of how to make a device and sharing a religious edict that sanctions the use of weapons of mass destruction against civilians.

Woman takes on medical aid over sex-change costs

A transgender accountant is set to challenge her medical aid over its refusal to pay for a sex-change operation, which it said amounted to "cosmetic surgery".

Thieves raid government buildings

A crime syndicate is targeting government buildings in Pretoria to steal laptops.

Jobs versus nature row as mining plan splits KZN town

The community of Mtunzini is divided over a proposed mine near the northern KwaZulu-Natal coastal town.

Politics takes back seat as Gigaba weds

Tight security and chilly weather yesterday marked the wedding of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and Nomachule Mngoma in Durban.

'Bake Off' melts into Freezergate

A popular reality cooking show, The Great British Bake Off, was plunged into chaos this week when a contestant was accused of sabotaging another.

Accent on luxury for local movie hopeful

Actor Jarrid Geduld was cast as a drug dealer, but he was treated like a king on the set of Sacha Baron Cohen's latest movie, Grimsby.

Winning strokes from older folks

Swimmer Sue Leuner is still winning medals for South Africa - 58 years after bagging an Olympic bronze at the Melbourne Games.
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ANC wants councillors on national payroll

Local government councillors should all be employed full time and the already stretched National Treasury should be responsible for paying their salaries.

Hope of cure as Ebola crosses another border

The West African state of Senegal has became the fifth country to be hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak and riots broke out in neighbouring Guinea's remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast - even as scientists reported that a treatment for the virus may have been found.

Massacre video puts pressure on the US

An Islamic State video of the mass execution by firing squad of 250 Syrian soldiers has put pressure on the US to take military action.

Abusers sent taxis to pick up sex victims

Sex abusers in the northern English town of Rotherham "brazenly" picked up girls as young as 11 from their children's home and in some cases sent taxis to collect them, a former worker has disclosed.

What's in a name? Industry domination, say domain auctioneers

The "holy grail" of the travel industry, according to a company that brokers website domain names, is for sale.

Dating app Tinder fires up SA's lonely hearts

For an instant date you need only push the right buttons. Literally. A swipe to the right on your smartphone means yes on the dating app Tinder, currently on fire in South Africa.
Sunday Times

Struggle-era art being brought back to 'where it belongs'

About 650 pieces of art taken out of South Africa by foreign diplomats and art collectors during the apartheid era have been returned.

It was love at first sight -- but Uncle Jacob had to give his blessing

Khulubuse Zuma is to marry the younger sister of Uncle Jacob's Swazi fiancée at a traditional wedding ceremony in Nkandla in two weeks' time.

Greatest terrorist threat in UK history, says PM

Britain faces the "greatest and deepest" terror threat in the country's history, Prime Minister David Cameron warned this weekend as he pledged emergency measures to tackle extremists.

Flood of support for ailing Rivers

Joan Rivers, the acerbic 81-year-old US comedienne, remained seriously ill in a New York hospital yesterday.

No head in the clouds for youngest Idols contestant

The youngest Idols contestant, schoolgirl Olivia Cloud, was famous before she made the grade of the TV singing competition.

Aurora liquidator wants licence back

Enver Motala, a former liquidator of the Pamodzi Gold estate, has applied to have his licence reinstated.

Synch goes swimmingly in townships

Swimming instructor Kelly Sloley has taken synchronised swimming to Durban's KwaMashu and Umlazi townships.

Pub-crawling zebras must find new watering hole

Mtunzini will lose its three zebras unless their caretaker acquires a permit to keep them.

Aggrieved bidder takes the biscuit to Thuli

A Biscuit maker has appealed to public protector Thuli Madonsela for help in a dispute with South African Airways over a R15-million tender for crackers.

Soweto is taking back her children

Twenty Years into democracy, South Africans are showing a new appreciation for the township's gift to us all says Njabulo Ndebele
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Sunday Times editorial: ANC must stop shielding Zuma from accountability

Pressure is mounting on President Jacob Zuma. Hardly four months into his second term and the president has his back against the wall with a number of controversies threatening to cut short his stay in power.

So Many Questions

The Democratic Alliance is said to be losing its status as official opposition to the Economic Freedom Fighters Chris Barron asked DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane

Sleepy dorp becomes 'refugee camp' for stars

Small town hits the big time as Hollywood big-shots decamp in rough style, writes Bianca Capazorio

How much more abuse can the constitution take from Zuma?

Our President's manoeuvres are sailing ever closer to the wind

Obituary: Mervyn Susser: Aids campaigner and world leader in epidemiology

Mervyn Susser, who has died at his home in Hastings on Hudson, New York, at the age of 92, helped to pioneer community-based primary healthcare in South Africa.

Spy tapes setback as Zuma's 'Stalingrad strategy' unravels

The president has lost a significant battle in his long running campaign to frustrate all efforts to avoid the prospect of facing corruption charges writes S'thembiso Msomi

Hogarth: 31st August

'They call me Godzille - the emphasis on God'

Sunday Times editorial: Even further from the people

Representative local government in a democratic South Africa was meant to bring democracy "closer to the people" and act as a check and counterbalance to central government. In practice, though, local government structures have remained remote from those they serve and have, in many instances, been the object of furious and violent service delivery protests.

ANC courts its own destruction by defending the indefensible

The Nkandla debacle brings to mind the infamous Information Scandal that rocked the National Party almost four decades ago, but President Jacob Zuma's little difficulties could have more serious consequences for the ANC than that episode had for its predecessors.

Power Report: Move to take shock out of cell charges

Things are looking up for beleaguered consumers lumbered with high cellphone bills for mobile content they claim they never subscribed to.

Readers' Views :Greedy Generations doesn't share spoils with the actors

'the day a best-loved soapie became a real-life drama" (August 24) refers.

Everyone can have their say on land reform

The government's proposals are up for debate at a conference this week, writes Mcebisi Skwatsha

Pandas: nothing black and white

Beguiling bears are a devious breed, says Christopher Middleton

Obituary: Verna Vels: Creator of beloved character Liewe Heksie

VERNA Vels, who has died in Johannesburg at the age of 81, was the creator of one of the most widely loved characters in Afrikaans fiction.

Hassles amid the glitz as Cape Town hits the red carpet

Some blasé Capetonians might get angry when filming closes city roads or interferes with their daily rituals.

Brazil's valley of beauties appeals for single men

The women of this picturesque community long for love and kisses, but there's a catch warn Donna Bowater and Matt Roper

Pirates have more bang for their Bucs

Pirates getting all the beauties.

Western Province end Blue Bulls' unbeaten home run

Western Province handed the Blue Bulls their first defeat at Loftus this season in both Super Rugby and the Currie Cup, thanks to their lethal strike power out wide, but it went to the wire.

AmaTuks get the big bucks

There's no arguing who has spent the most money in this transfer window, but it appears University of Pretoria - from the sale of just one player - and Bidvest Wits made a substantial profit days before last Friday's deadline madness.

Caps off to Clarke for showing SA how to win friends

The most impressive thing Australia have accomplished in Zimbabwe is not Glenn Maxwell impersonating AB de Villiers at the crease or Mitchell Johnson shattering windows. Instead, it involves their captain, a kid, and a cap.

Blues rampamt as Toffees come unstuck at home

Chelsea overpowered Everton 6-3 in a remarkable game last night to preserve their 100% record in the Premier League, after Manchester City were stunned by Stoke City.

'60 points will win league'

Bidvest Wits didn't enjoy the best of starts to the season, at least not one their perfectionist coach Gavin Hunt would have preferred.

Pumas rookies have too much bite for Sharks

Currie Cup rookies the Pumas have made a statement - they mean business this season after beating the Sharks 32-22.

Now comes the real test for Meyer's Boks

The Springboks flew to Australasia last night buoyed by the fact that they sit atop the Rugby Championship standings and in the knowledge that they have won nine of their last 10 tests away from home.

'Sorry' Rosberg is warned by Mercedes

Nico Rosberg has been warned by Mercedes that any future indiscretions will not be tolerated after the German was punished and forced to apologise for his collision with teammate Lewis Hamilton in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Star-spangled sensation

When CiCi Bellis took out Australian Open finalist and 12th seed Dominika Cibulkova, the world No 1208 became the youngest woman to win a match at the US Open since Anna Kournikova in 1996

Torres ends his Chelsea ordeal with move to AC Milan

Chelsea are in talks to sign Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers after finally cutting their losses and allowing Fernando Torres to join AC Milan on a two-year deal for free to end one of the most disastrous moves in Premier League history.

Pitso, Pitso, Pitso! Oh Pitso! What a balls-up

The paradox that is Pitso Mosimane opened a Pandora's box this week.

ICC's onslaught is a 'chucking shame'

Sticky WicketBosses seem to have a vendetta against offspinners deemed to be dodgy

Kudos for the kid from Kakamas

The New Bafana FacesRemarkable path to the big time for this 17-year-old player

We will shake it up, promise Amajita

AMAJITA have promised outgoing coach Shakes Mashaba a rousing send-off by qualifying for the 2015 African Youth Championships finals in Senegal.

LVG vows to overhaul rotten Man United squad

Louis van Gaal has vowed to overhaul his Manchester United squad before tomorrow's transfer deadline after insisting £59.7-million British record signing Angel di Maria is not the "miracle" solution to the club's problems.

Sri Lanka hammer Pakistan

Seamer Thisara Perera claimed 4/34 and Tillakaratne Dilshan hit an unbeaten 50 as Sri Lanka trounced Pakistan by seven wickets in the final one-dayer to clinch the series 2-1.

Money or the box: irked officials sick of low blows

Irked boxing officials are planning to bring the sport to its knees in a calculated protest that is intended to throw the spotlight on the poor remuneration they are subjected to by Gauteng promoters.

No end in sight to the chaos in Border rugby

No money, no direction and no future - that is the state of the beleaguered Border Rugby Football Union (BRFU).

LEGEND OF THE FALL

Centurion Bryan Habana underlines his status as the king of the tryline

SA's rowing champs grab gold

Olympic champions James Thompson and John Smith stole gold in a dramatic fightback yesterday to crown an impressive South African display at rowing's world championships in the Netherlands.

Street-fighting Lions knock stuffing out of slick Kings

An efficient performance from their forwards made sure the Golden Lions secured an early-season double over the Eastern Province Kings last night.

Pinnacle bounces back after bribery case folds

PINNACLE director Takalani Tshivhase returned to his office in Midrand this week after charges of bribery against him were dropped.

Tobacco giant hauled to court over spy claims

Cigarette giant British American Tobacco (BAT) could have its dirty linen aired in court following a sensational high court application launched by local "value brand" producer Carnilinx for alleged "corporate espionage".
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Pick n Pay ratchets up rivalry

Intense competition in food retail is set to get even keener. Pick n Pay today launches Brand Match, which compares prices of the 1000 top-selling branded products among all big supermarket chains and pays back any difference at its tills in coupons if the products cost less elsewhere. It is a strategy to regain market share.

Woolies is thriving on well-heeled customers

WOOLWORTHS has avoided the legal fray between food retailers and Massmart.

Strike losses put brakes on Impala

Impala Platinum, the world's second-biggest extractor of the metal, is reviewing capital projects, and warns costs next year "will not be pretty" as it deals with the aftermath of the recent five-month strike.

No blank cheque for Mugabe

ZIMBABWE'S president Robert Mugabe left China on Thursday without the unconditional support he sought to keep his struggling economy afloat, a ...

Aurora miners lose faith as court battle drags on

THREE years after Aurora Empowerment Systems left the Grootvlei and Orkney gold mines in ruins, former employees say they have little faith in a long-delayed court process to recover outstanding payments.

More jobs to go at limping MTN

CELLULAR behemoth MTN says it faces "significant performance challenges" in its home market, causing it to axe 847 managers.

How to solve the 'Generations' gap

THIS week's column requires you to suspend disbelief. (Disclaimer: Many of the events portrayed in this column are fictional and those that are factual will be hard to separate from the fiction.)

There goes the bribery case that almost led to Pinnacle's downfall

So that's it, then. A police general accuses an executive director of a successful technology company of offering him a R5-million bribe to secure a R162.6-million contract.

How Mugabe raised R1bn of Wall Street cash to fund the 2008 election intimidation

This story starts with James McGee, the former US ambassador to Zimbabwe during the contentious 2008 election that Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai was tipped to win.

Medical aids still battling to cater to the masses

Top medical aid brains descended on Durban this week for the annual Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) conference - and the prognosis was not too sunny.

Curious case of the cloned plates

The controversy over Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko, who was accused of driving with fake number plates, nearly slipped off the radar at the company's annual general meeting on Wednesday.

Stock up on toilet paper to avoid crappy situation in an earthquake: Japan

Japan's bureaucrats do not want the nation to be caught with its pants down the next time toilet paper supplies run short after a natural disaster.

A superhero of an investment

A NEAR-flawless edition of the first comic book featuring Superman, dating back to June 1938, has fetched $3.2-million (about R34-million) at auction, according to eBay.

Rescuers in race against time to save Ellerines

"Most companies die within the first few weeks of being rescued," was the discouraging view of a delegate at last week's symposium on company law hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry. This will have sent shivers through any Ellerines creditor there.

Joffe's Adcock intentions less than transparent

IT HAS been a busy few weeks for Adcock shareholders. Not because of the unsurprising and unimpressive nine-months results, but because of the guessing game with Bidvest.

Journalist at heart quietly penned Naspers success

THE man who could, but never does, take credit for Naspers's outstanding performance over the past 15 years, chaired his last AGM on Friday.

SA granted a much-needed respite at the fuel pump

FUEL prices will fall on Wednesday thanks to a drop in the price of crude oil and the relative stability of the rand-dollar exchange rate.

Fleeting flutter of excitement at Naspers AGM

STEVEN Pacak, Naspers's outgoing financial director, says the group's control structure now in place has existed since it was listed in 1995.

End this tyranny of all work, no play

FOR some people, the phrase "work-life balance" is meaningless as their work is life and their life is work.

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Forbes rich-list No1 consolation for Federer

ROGER Federer may not have won a Grand Slam title this year, but the 17-time champion topped Forbes magazine's list of the 10 top tennis moneymakers.

Outgoing Truworths CEO cashes in R115m

WITHIN a week of announcing his retirement from the group he led for two decades, Michael Mark, Truworths CEO, cashed in 1.6million shares, clocking up a R115.5-million pretax profit.

'Insider' deals under scrutiny

THE bribery cloud hovering over Pinnacle Technologies may have lifted, but this does not mean the insider trading probe is dead.

Microlending industry picks up the pieces

THE collapse of African Bank, which provided 40% of South Africa' s unsecured loans, has sent aftershocks throughout the microlending sector.

No recession, but growth is glacial

SOUTH Africa may have narrowly avoided a recession, but the economy grew at its slowest pace since 2009 in the second quarter of the year, making further interest rate hikes look less likely over the next few months.

You may wear your heart on your sleeve

YOU walk into a bar. The lights dim and the music swells as the sensor on your wristband detects a compatible soul on the other side of the room. ...

The market doesn't mourn the overpaid

SHARE-PRICE reaction to the sudden death of a senior executive can show whether those bosses were paid too much, according to research promoted by Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.

Wild and crazy days that gave birth to a legend

Staying PowerHow a 'rather odd' slogan, rejected at first, has done a winning job for the past 26 years

Tag line still sells cider like nothing on earth

THE Hunters slogan, Refreshes Like Nothing On Earth, was never translated to the "supernatural" or "extraterrestrial" positioning JWalter Thompson sold to Stellenbosch Farmers Winery in 1988.

How to unblock the SA economy

THERE is no way to dress it up - 0.6% growth after a quarter of contraction means South Africa is squandering its potential. Three of the country's leading economic thinkers discuss what can be done.

China may be ailing economy's last hope

ZIMBABWE'S president Robert Mugabe might have seemed relaxed as he shook hands with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Beijing this week, but the implosion of his country's economy half a world away can hardly have been far from his mind.

New free-to-air rival for SABC, e.tv on the cards

ICASA is set to crack open South Africa's free-to-air television industry to more competition. As the country moves to digital broadcasting, the communications regulator is planning to license a third terrestrial player to compete head-on with the SABC and e.tv.

Lucrative seam of media earnings

PHUTHUMA Nathi offers the only opportunity other than Naspers for investors to get access to the huge cash flows generated by MultiChoice South Africa.

Rude awakening for India's civil service

INDIA's new government is trying to tackle the culture of absenteeism among notoriously work-shy bureaucrats by tracking their office attendance online .

Harvesting the big micro-opportunity

ONE of South Africa's biggest enterprise development opportunities lies under our feet: not in manufacturing, courier services or office cleaning, but in the land. The basic asset - the ground - does not have to be funded, fabricated or imported. It's there, looking at us.

Stocks end month on disappointing note

SOUTH African stocks wrapped up the month on a weak note on Friday, ensuring the main indices posted their first monthly weakening since January amid lingering concern over the economy.

Royals the target of SwaziLeaks

AS WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepares to end a two-year forced stay at Ecuador's London embassy, he may take comfort in knowing he inspired resistance to secrecy in places as far away as Swaziland.

Tight economy requires agile strategies

SOUTH Africa evaded recession by the skin of its teeth in the first half, but companies need to prepare for stern economic challenges ahead.

New etiquette in order for selfies and groufies

YOU can blame the Oxford dictionary for making the "selfie" respectable. After all, being named word of the year does tend to soften some of the self-consciousness in this most self-conscious of actions.

Our wildest dreams are coming true

T HE ever-accelerating evolution of technology keeps making real the stuff of science fiction.

An even note takes care of lean times

What is more important to you, fame or fortune?

Let's just qualify all this talk of fame and fortune - I'm a musician primarily ...

Bosses baulk at the debt-collector role

APC Vey cartoon in an old issue of The New Yorker has two crusty businessmen sitting around a desk looking a little put out. "These new regulations will fundamentally change the way we get around them," one says to the other.

Mabuza gets testy, but Telkom fails the test

JABU Mabuza - Telkom's bombastic chairman, president of Business Unity SA and a former taxi driver - is not a happy man.

Maize hits a high, auto market down

SOUTH Africa raised its 2014 maize output forecast by more than 2% to 14.307 million tons as good weather helped to produce the biggest harvest in more than three decades. It should contain food prices and lift sluggish growth.

Raise rates now to aid the masses

THE time has come to hike interest rates aggressively because that is the only way the global economy will avoid a cataclysm way worse than it suffered in 2001 or 2008.

Best recipe for your asset mix

WHEN the market is booming and the prices of your shares are rising all the time, how often do you revisit the balance between your shares, bonds, property and cash investments?

Giving Mzansi the content it wants

Vuyo Sokupa, programming manager at Mzansi Channels, tells Margaret Harris that once the TV bug bit she could not resist it.

How to handle conflict in the workplace

Considering the amount of time we spend with our colleagues, we are bound to have disagreements. Not all of them can be easily resolved, however. Sometimes we may even say or do things that destroy important work relationships.

New etiquette in order for selfies and groufies

You can blame the Oxford dictionary for making the "selfie" respectable. After all, being named word of the year does tend to soften some of the self-consciousness in this most self-conscious of actions.

An even note takes care of lean times

Acclaimed jazz musician Marcus Wyatt talks to Thekiso Anthony Lefifi about investing in music , playing a trumpet for R240 a month and the fear of bankruptcy among musicians.

Suits of Amour

The dandy is back in style - though he never doubted it. Lin Sampson talks to two dapper gents who believe dressing well is a beautiful revenge

The Pulse: Playing the ball

It was a full house at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town for the annual Iris House Children's Hospice Charity Ball.

The Pulse: Flexi time

The mutant gene exists, and it can be seen in all its glory in Cirque Éloize, on at the Teatro at Montecasino. Forget the Spiderman "upside down kiss" - now there's the "descend-to-mouth-while- balancing-upside-down-on-your-hands-kiss". And it's only one spectacle in this amazing show's opening act.

Books: Book blog

Call for entries: Short.Sharp.Stories 2015, by Two Dogs/Mercury
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Humour: Hunger games made a man of me

It's common to hear of children being "shipped off to boarding school" - a phrase pregnant with connotations of abandonment. I can confirm this is indeed the feeling one experiences during that first trip to boarding school.

Books: Do not cross

Klatzow destroys all we hold sacred about forensic science - a field contaminated by the myths of crime TV, writes Mike Nicol

Encounters: About a Boy

On a square in Bamako, Lindokuhle Nkosi was silenced and beguiled

Profile: The Heart of Self-Defence

For 'Traffic' star Bonnie Mbuli, depression felt like Gandalf's fall into the abyss - but she climbed out

The Moment: Instagrand!

Our smartphone-wielding winners captured the action like pros, writes Thembalethu Zulu

The pendant class: Lost and found

Finding myself at a loss for words (it happens), I began thinking about loss in general, which led to a melancholy remembrance of things lost . handwritten letters, manners, privacy, cassette tapes, the Kruger millions and a few dozen hair elastics of assorted colours, which I suspect my cat may have hidden under the fridge.

Health: Leaving Snore City

It makes him look like Darth Vader, but Jeremy Thomas has found a way to sleep in silence

Books: Fact is, she's ours

The Facts of Life and Death

Movies: Hard to like

Hard to Get .....

The Conch: I'm swamped - but not with tall men

'He's just not tall enough." "He looks like a Markham man, unfortunately."

Film: Porn yesterday

Is Linda Lovelace's story proof of porn's abusive essence, or an explosive chapter of the sexual revolution? Neither, writes Dr Brooke Magnanti, as the biopic hits SA screens

Humour: You know you're abnormal, right?

The world is full of weirdos. Like the guy in Florida who spends his spare time making intricate insect dioramas, dressing up dead grasshoppers and creating Western scenes with them, or scenes with dead cockroaches wearing miniature tuxedos in outer space.

The Big Read: Songs Under a Winter Sun

On the Cape Verde islands, Andrew Purvis tunes into the rhythms of the most romantic music in the world

Weekend Escape: Arms Wide Open

Richard Holmes relishes some country hospitality on the Breede River

Readers' Corner: Monsoon Mummy

Ryan Marimuthu and his mother go to India in the rainy season

Coast to coast: A bridge too far

South Africa is a good country for bridge hunters - but Paul Ash wants to find one in particular

Cruising: Wacky World Within a World

As the two biggest cruise ships in the world head for Europe, Max Davidson gets the measure of Oasis of the Seas

Readers' competition: Where in the world?

Heavy rain failed to dampen spirits at this carnival, which has been held in the West of London on a holiday in August every year since 1966. In the largest celebration of its kind in Europe, the festival features music, colourful costumes and hundreds of Caribbean food stands.

Hot Spot: Still Saigon to me

By its old name or its new, Ho Chi Minh City makes a fascinating holiday, writes Peter Davies

Accidental tourist: A Neighbour's Curtain Call

Hotel guests don't seem to care what others see

Local destination: Gone with the Wind

Shelley Seid floats away over a KZN game reserve

In Transit: Istanbul towers to fall

Travel news for people on the move

Peter's Post: Dreaming of Tulips

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

Travelers' tales: Moscow to Beijing

Roger Bootle muses on his trips to these cities, 30-odd years apart

Food destination: Head for the coast, not the hills

Andrew Purvis discovers a part of Tuscany that's uncrowded and affordable, and still has great food
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Main Course: Pickled pink

Ferment a revolution with this tangy collection of home-cured goodies

Rumblings: Bacteria rules

I don't think one can trust people who are obsessed with household hygiene.

This week

My grandmother's kitchen shelves groaned with bottles of preserves - fruit being her speciality - and I remember the beautiful orange glow of cling peach cheeks immersed in clear syrup and the translucent purple hue of catawba jelly.

On the hop: Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12

For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea this week to pack up, go to Scotland, see my grandmother, and attempt to climb Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles.

Wine of the week: Saucily soused

Peter Piper may have picked a peck of pickled peppers, but could he pick the perfect pairing? Perhaps, but probably not.

Buy the book

Despite all her qualifications, wine writer, wine teacher and Platter's Wine Guide taster Cathy Marston is not a wine snob.

Tonight's supper: Pork steaks with cornichons

The tangy twang of cornichons (gherkins) and mustard go hand-in-hand with pork chops. For a carb-free version, simply serve without the mash.

The Restaurant: Brauhaus of Melville

Standing in an alpine wonderland in my disturbingly bright ski ensemble, I surveyed the challenge, which stretched in front of me like a dangerously steep, white fluffy blanket, dotted with potentially life threatening obstacles in the form of fauna and other foreigners.

The chef: bulli for us

Spanish chef Andrés Conde, formerly of elBulli, is the new chef at La Parada in Cape Town. Lin Sampson asks if we can expect more red foam

Hayden is cooking: Free-range beef biltong, fig and brie mini pizza

Continuing his food adventure around South Africa, this week Hayden Quinn visits free-range lamb farmers living on the outskirts of the Kalahari, takes a plunge in a windpomp reservoir, learns how to make a traditional potjie and creates a local pizza topped with biltong and figs

Reader's recipe: 31 August 2014

Low-carb roulade with herbed cheese & salmon filing

Sweet Endings: Mosbolletjies

Beautifully soft and satisfying, mosbolletjies are the perfect mate for a hot cup of coffee, at breakfast, tea time, or whenever ...

Madiba snap shock for beauty

Reigning Miss India Worldwide Monica Gill's visit to Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton came to an abrupt halt this week when she was ordered to pay R2000 for a photograph with the statue.

Leave my bottu alone!

The parents of two Hindu girls banned from wearing a bottu, a traditional black dot, by their school have taken their fight to the Equality Court.

Home-grown accounting lessons pay off

Shallcross pupil Darshan Govender began selling vegetables at the local market when he was in Grade 5.

Climbing the ranks of a royal game

Introduced to the royal game of chess at 10, Evasan Chettiar, now 21, has become one of South Africa's star chess players.

Woman wants patricide conviction overturned

A 20-year-old woman accused of drugging and strangling her stepfather when she was a teenager appealed her conviction this week.

Taking good care of world-class shooter Bindra a real treat

Abhinav Singh Bindra, world champion shooter, is the first and only Indian to have won an individual Olympic gold medal.

Ramkissoon is living the American dream

Durban-born television journalist Shahan Ramkissoon is living his dream in the US. He was recently appointed US correspondent for Arise News, a new international TV network.

Fizzy drink helps to pop the question in lightning romance

The ring-pull from a cooldrink can, tucked safely in a purse, has sentimental value for Kallina Sathabridge.

Pimp rims and engine at your peril

I have recently had a few vehicles with irate owners in my workshop. They claimed that only after their maintenance and service plans expired did the vehicles have failures related to expensive components.

There is still time to write your eulogy

Life is the best gift I have ever received.

Pupils riot for shorter hours

Rioting pupils demanded longer breaks, shorter school hours, no uniforms, clean toilets and attractive teachers and allegedly threatened to set alight a Lenasia school principal if he did not meet their demands.

Filth and flies plague historic street market

The eThekwini municipality in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, has run foul of traders of the Bangladesh Market after allegedly failing to respond to their health-risk complaints.

Human rights body asked to probe slurs

The South African Hindu Maha Sabha has asked the Human Rights Commission to address a recent rise in anti-Indian sentiment.

Nine-year-old rhino activist gets her wish

Tenacity, dedication and passion are what got rhino champion Afeefah Patel a meeting with President Jacob Zuma.

Teacher finally succumbs to lure of the law

Perseverance is the key to success - and Johannesburg mother Renita Govender is proof of this.

Top student's avo-cation is preserving plant

With her passion for plants, master's student Faatimah Mansoor is making a name for herself in academic circles.

Golf 'fast' has fanned youngster's desire to win

A year away from competitive golf seems to have done talented young player Leorin Pillay the world of good.

'It was my duty to empower women across the world'

As I waited patiently for Rani Mukerji on the other end of the telephone line in India, I wondered whether the seasoned, award-winning actress would remember the mass hysteria she created in South Africa in the early stages of her career.

An actress in a million who pushes boundaries

What is your background in the performing arts?

Schoolboys carry the day as crime fighters

Halitha Shameem, a directorial assistant to Mysskin and Samuthrakani, makes her debut as a director with this children's adventure film.

Wedding bells, redemption and battles at the box office

Ritesh Deshmukh is having a dream innings in the industry.
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