Grant millions blown on VIPs

The South African Social Security Agency blew more than R10-million meant for the poor on bodyguards from a little-known security company to protect social development spokeswoman Lumka Oliphant and senior officials.

Nightmare for parents after daughter's school rape hell

Horror in Grade R | Teacher insisted girl was 'fine' despite assault by boys

Car repos and anger in stricken boom town

Wages of Resistance | Workers suffer as strike brings once-thriving Rustenburg to its knees.

Training hospital on brink of crisis

Mass resignations of doctors and medical specialists at one of South Africa's flagship hospitals are threatening to jeopardise patient care.

Holocaust ghosts rise in Ukraine

The chief rabbi of Donetsk spoke with controlled outrage, holding up a piece of paper bearing an elaborate stamp with two crossed hammers.

ANC's voters shrug off Nkandla

An exclusive Sunday Times election poll suggests the Nkandla scandal has not cost the ANC too dearly, although its support has declined marginally.

ANC still riding high among voters in spite of Nkandla scandal

Exclusive Poll | Survey suggests ANC support down slightly to 65.5% as of April on average turnout of 74.5%

But Zuma himself takes hit, although die-hards stay true

The Sunday Times survey also rated President Jacob Zuma and other political leaders.

As you were for Gauteng and Western Cape

Based on a second fully re-presentative Ipsos survey of 2219 voters commissioned exclusively for the Sunday Times, it would appear both the ANC in Gauteng and the Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape have consolidated their majorities in each province.

Tambo denies 'impropriety' in Mandela bust tender row

Entrepreneur Dali Tambo has denied allegations of impropriety in parliament awarding his company a contract to erect a bust of former president Nelson Mandela in front of the National Assembly in Cape Town.

Mazibuko ready for battle after illness

She recovered from emergency surgery quicker than the doctors expected and now Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko is campaigning as if she never had any problems to begin with.

Cape Town set to clinch big-budget movie deal

Cape Town is close to clinching a deal for the most expensive movie to be shot in South Africa.

Miley out to kill Hannah - Dolly

As Miley Cyrus recovers in hospital from "an extremely allergic reaction" to an antibiotic that forced her to cancel her US tour, her godmother, Dolly Parton, spoke of concern for the 21-year-old pop star.

'We are fighting armed insurgents'

'PLEASE tell people that we are under siege here.

Where his cut keeps poacher 'boss' in Glenfiddich

Justice "Nyimpini" Ngovene is a rhino poacher living in Massingir, a small Mozambican village a stone's throw from the Kruger National Park.

Thieves perfect art of stealing beauty

Criminals are targeting priceless bronze and silver artefacts described by experts as national treasures - only to sell them to scrap merchants.

Breakthrough in adult stem cell research

Human cloning has been used to create stem cells from adults for the first time, in a breakthrough that could lead to tissue and organs being regrown.

Easter road death toll mounts

Five people were killed and 12 injured in an accident involving a minibus taxi outside Greytown in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday.

Dieting ourselves fatter, we shun 'exercise more, eat less'

South Africans are still following fad diets rather than eating smaller portions and exercising.

Korea ferry captain arrested

The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized was taken to jail in handcuffs early yesterday.

Africa's costliest home for Cape Town

A South African publishing tycoon and art dealer is building a Cape Town mansion that property experts say will be the most expensive in Africa.

An expert left crying in his beer

He was accused of misleading the court. Of not being prepared. Of opening his mouth without having the facts at hand.

The agony of the long-distance witness

Oscar Pistorius spent nearly 24 hours in the witness box, and by the time he stepped down on Tuesday, he looked like someone who had just completed a marathon.

Inconsistent Pistorius may have dug a hole for himself

Oscar Pistorius stepped down from the witness stand this week after enduring tough cross-examination from prosecutor Gerrie Nel. How did the athlete fare? We asked defence attorney Ulrich Roux

Municipal officials duped by 'free funding' 419 scam

Top officials of four South African municipalities have been duped by a rudimentary scam after they struck "agreements" to receive between$2-billion and $5-billion (about R22-billion to R53-billion) "free" funding from a shady international grant facilitator.

Lindiwe Suttle in love triangle with German rock star

The daughter of former television personality Felicia Mabuza-Suttle is at the centre of a sizzling love affair with a 65-year-old German pop singer.

Banned film 'Joe Bullet' shoots back to the screen

An action adventure film, made in the 1970s and banned under apartheid, will be screened on SABC1 tonight.

Christianity in China to overwhelm atheist beliefs

It is said to be China's biggest church and today, on Easter Sunday, thousands of worshippers will flock to this Asian megatemple to pledge their allegiance - not to the Communist Party, but to the cross.

Chilled-out William and Kate win over Aussies

It was the most fleeting of moments, but it said everything about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's relationship and the reason their three-week tour of Australasia has been such a success.

Woman bus-driving champ seeks world win

Since she was 17, Thandekile Shabane wanted to be behind the wheel of "big things".

Cop held over killing of colleague

A policeman and nine other men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a night duty officer at a Western Cape police station this week.

Same-sex couple left 'angry, upset' by Home Affairs

Port Elizabeth couple Lance Ledingham and Craig Durant had left nothing to chance for their garden wedding.

Anti-gay views in Africa tie our hands, Anglican bishop says

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has suggested that he is powerless to bless gay marriages because to do so would split the global Anglican church.

Teen's anguish casts a shadow over solar project in De Aar

Shattered by allegations that his teenage daughter had been raped by several men, a De Aar father drove through the tiny Karoo town in search of one of the alleged attackers.

What drives someone to hire a hit man?

Greed, love and ambition are among the top reasons for enlisting a hired gun to get rid of estranged lovers and rivals.

Rebels expose impotence of Nigeria's armed forces

Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram is still holding 85 girls it abducted from a raid on a high school in northeastern Borno state, although 44 others had been freed, the state government said yesterday.

Russia 'ready to hit back'

Russia is under intense US pressure to convince pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine to give up eastern towns they are occupying, after Washington said the situation in the former Soviet republic was in a "pivotal period".

If stating our beliefs meant we would hang, then so be it

'I hope you're not going to do a Gerrie Nel on me," says Ahmed Kathrada with a twinkle in the eye when we settle down in his Killarney flat in Johannesburg to talk about what happened at the Palace of Justice in Pretoria 50 years ago.

Why working mothers need feel no guilt

When I tell people that I have just come back to work after a year on maternity leave, I am always surprised by the look of pity that spreads across their faces, the tone of sympathy in their voices, as if I am a small wounded animal or the sufferer of a terminal illness. "Oh no," they almost all say. "I'm so sorry for you. That must be so tough."

Stephen King and his Twitter feed: it's just one spoiler after another

Stephen King finally got a Twitter account in December and he has been embroiled in 140-character disaster ever since.

Horse row puts star in harness

Liam Neeson, the Hollywood movie star, has ridden to the defence of the endangered horse-drawn carriages of Central Park, one of New York's most famous institutions.

Wedding anniversary an unhappy milestone

After waiting a year for the delivery of her daughter's wedding video, Shanaaz Rawoot's patience finally ran out.

Tablet a day keeps hi-tech, modern children at play

As thousands of parents travelled to get away for the Easter holidays this weekend, most will have wondered how best to entertain their children on the journey.
AC/DC Perform At Wembley Arena In London

AC/DC ready to rock on, says singer

Brian Johnson, the flamboyant frontman of the rock band AC/DC, has debunked rumours that the band are about to split up following concerns about the health of one of its members.

Support for ANC shows how opposition is failing

The results of our most recent survey suggest that the ruling ANC is not going to suffer much at the polls next month as a result of the Nkandla scandal.

Keeping the memory of Tiananmen alive

Unforgotten | As the rest of the world recalls the shocking events of 1989, China still forbids citizens from mentioning the crackdown on student protesters, writes Malcolm Moore

Inside the ANC's war room

Masterminds | A small group of powerful men and women are tasked with ensuring that their party stays in power

Taking a flyer with Zille is an eye-opener

At a quarter past six in the morning at this time of the year in Cape Town, the sun is just peering over the horizon, highlighting a white aircraft parked at a hangar adjacent to the city's airport.

ANC gets personal in reply to 'no vote' call

Chapters of our painful history have been revisited not to help us reflect, but to strike a blow below the belt.

It's the leaders who have failed SA - and the rest of Africa too

There's been gnashing of teeth in certain quarters because it's suddenly dawned on all of us that rickety Nigeria, and not South Africa, the pretentious upstart, is the economic powerhouse of the continent.

Readers' Views

Ignore Pilger's cranky moan: ANC made the right choices

Hogarth

Forget the game parks, why not take the wife-killer tour?

Mampara of the Week: Gwede Mantashe

Red socks aside, there is little to back Gwede Mantashe's claim to being a true communist.

South Africa burns while our politicians tune out in a daze

Twenty years; a milestone; a journey from the darkness of authoritarianism to the light of democratic governance.

So Many Questions: Ronnie Kasrils

ANC veteran and former cabinet minister Ronnie Kasrils has called on people not to vote for the ANC.

Saving the rhino requires creative ideas - and cash

Deep in the bushveld of the Kruger National Park a war is being fought.

Gloves come off at Safa

Igesund Report | Arendse's utterances ruffle feathers of the national executive committee

Kagisho is king of the palace

Crystal Palace's remarkable revival has been the talk of the Premiership, and Bafana Bafana midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi's key role personifies that success.

Only victory will do for Barca

Barcelona's defeat in the King's Cup final means La Liga is their only chance of major silverware.

Chelsea set to sign Costa

Chelsea are increasingly confident of signing Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa for a staggering £80-million.

'Africans never get the recognition we deserve'

Yaya Toure has made a startling claim that he is not regarded as one of the world's best players because he is African.

Fellaini back for Everton reunion

Marouane Fellaini is on course to return to Goodison Park for Manchester United's Premier League clash against Everton today after overcoming a calf injury.

Tsamaya

Refs in fight for air time

R12-million a year for brand Khune

It's been two months since Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs skipper Itumeleng Khune teamed up with UK-based agency Triple S Sport and Entertainment Group, which also looks after Wayne Rooney's interests.

Modern rivalry echoes Prost vs Senna

Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton. Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna.

Grounds for concern: transformation turmoil

In Plain Black and White | Cricket in Gauteng exists in parallel universes

Killing us softly ... with cricket

The cricket season is dead - long live the cricket season.

From the Members' End

Its greed makes IPL nameless on internet

Dan Carter itching to compete again after a lengthy sabbatical

A sabbatical would once have seemed an alien concept to Dan Carter, an affront to his experience as an All Black, but with 100 tests has come a certain brittleness.

Sadie wants to be centre of attention

Cheetahs star knocking on the door for green and gold shirt

Waratahs extend winless streak for the Bulls

An Israel Folau try in the game's opening 28 seconds proved the difference as the Waratahs ended a nine-year Super 15 losing streak against the Bulls yesterday.

Mvovo slickly sidesteps to fullback

Lwazi Mvovo's move from left wing to fullback for the Sharks had some observers musing, but his performance against the Lions at Ellis Park last week left little doubt about his potency in that position.

Swimming veteran Schoeman eyes 2016 Rio Games

Olympic gold medallist Roland Schoeman strongly believes SA swimming has a promising future but he is not ready to step out of the pool just yet - far from it.

Mokoena returns to his roots

Long jump star Khotso Mokoena is targeting two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in June, saying he is confident of also doing well in his first love, triple jump.

Tough run for Nkoka

Lebenya Nkoka won Africa's richest road race, the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, an event that has earned a reputation as the most beautiful marathon in the world.

Net1 on the ropes over R10bn deal

The Constitutional Court has delivered a potentially fatal blow to Net1's R10-billion contract to handle social grant payments to about 21.6million beneficiaries.

JSE puts uncle in the furniture business on the spot

Beleaguered retailer JD Group will have to explain to the JSE why it broke the exchange's listings rules by ditching a number of independent directors.

Amplats, Impala up their offers to striking miners

Impala Platinum and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) have increased their pay offer to striking workers in a bid to end a strike now in its record-breaking 13th week.

Investors shrug off banks' fines

Share prices of the four major banks surged this week after the Reserve Bank fined them R125-million for not complying with money-laundering rules - sending a clear message that investors were wholly unconcerned about these "administrative sanctions".
IN TROUBLE: Standard Bank has been fined in the UK

Shattering the FDI myth

Foreign cash can be a boon or a bane - depending on how it's managed, writes Thekiso Anthony Lefifi

Dividend outflow risky for SA

There is nothing like a mega-deal to get politicians beating their breasts and proclaiming it "a vote for the future of South Africa".

Sponsorship of cycle club puts spoke in MTN's whee ls

MTN will "extend" a tender awarded to a company to manage its call centres after the cellular giant picked up a potential conflict of interest involving its South African boss, Zunaid Bulbulia, and company executive Eddie Moyce.
Seelan Gobalsamy

Stanlib eyes a bigger share of Africa spoils

Thabo Dloti made a critical mistake before he left Stanlib to head up Liberty - he forgot to show his successor, Seelan Gobalsamy, where the coffee machine was.

Politics and Pattison do not make a perfect mix

Massmart CEOYoung dealmaker embarks on a search for some new excitement, writes Chris Barron

Private-equity investors look deeper into Africa

With a host of private-equity investments coming to fruition from a highly active entry period six to eight years ago, there may be a record number of exits in SA this year, but the country is providing much less fertile ground for entry investments as investors turn to African expansion for good returns.

Lewis scores as rivals languish in the comfort zone

Furniture retailers JD Group and Ellerines have spent much of the past five years separating financial services from retail products and failing to innovate new products, which has weakened them.

Steinhoff has long wanted to shift its listing

It has  long been the intention of furniture and household goods maker Steinhoff to list in a market that represents most of its customers, and to put in place long-term incentives for management.

Sasfin baits its banking hook

Roland Sassoon, Sasfin Holdings CEO, aims to lure more high-income clients with a new suite of products.

New broom at PnP brushes up results

Pick n Pay has left it pretty late in the retail cycle to launch an aggressive roll-out of stores compared to previous years, to claw back market share.

Chicken imports row rages on

Consumers could face further increases in chicken prices in the next two months, which is when the government is expected to take a decision on anti-dumping duties on frozen bone-in chicken portions from certain European countries.

Corruption Watch: Parliament has leeway on Nkandla

Parliament has appointed an ad hoc committee to consider the public protector's Nkandla report before the elections.

HCI not rattled by latest move from SABMiller

HCI'S executive chairman, Johnny Copelyn, said he was heading off to Spain on a two-week walking holiday, and would on his return attend to the implications of SABMiller's announcement that it was reviewing strategic options for its 39.6% stake in Tsogo Sun.

Ubank stops lending to mineworkers

Ubank, formerly Teba Bank, is reeling from the effects of the 13- week strike in the platinum-mining sector.

Branson snaps up Mont Rochelle

Virgin Limited Edition (VLE), flamboyant British billionaire Richard Branson's luxury hospitality property portfolio, has agreed to buy Franschhoek wine farm Mont Rochelle for an undisclosed amount.
Jeremy Thomas

Bull's Eye: Big money gives SA thumbs up

In all the excitement about whether US stocks will crash or resume their long-running up-trend, it is worth remembering that the bond market dwarfs its more high-profile cousin.
Rob Rose

Last Word: Farewell to crony capitalist Kerzner

SOL Kerzner's "retirement" has triggered an embarrassing discharge of praise of which the man, born 78 years ago in Bez Valley, Johannesburg, to Lithuanian immigrants, is not remotely worthy.
Yunus Carrim file

Set-top box debate full of absurdity

There has been a lot of debate in these pages in the past few weeks about whether Communications Minister Yunus Carrim has done the right thing when it comes to South Africa's new broadcasting policy.

Shake-up for an infallible brand

Today is probably as good a day as any to consider one of the most ambitious rebranding exercises the world has ever known.

Cell price war's first victim won't be last

If there was anyone still doubting that the price war, triggered in part by communications regulator Icasa's cuts in call-termination rates, is starting to take its toll on South Africa's mobile industry, they would have been disabused of that notion this week with the news that the Reunert-owned Nashua Mobile is to close.

'We will pay you to resign'

Lots  of companies pay their staff bonuses to boost morale, but Amazon has found a less orthodox method: the Seattle tech giant is bribing unhappy staff to quit.

Talks on ending strike boost platinum sector

South African stocks ended in positive territory on Thursday ahead of the four-day Easter weekend and as talks to end a platinum strike injected fresh optimism into the sector.

This is the Business: Cuban medicine not a tonic for SA

It is puzzling that our authorities see fit to send hundreds of young South Africans - at heavy cost to taxpayers - to study medicine in that communist backwater, Cuba, in an otherwise laudable effort to increase the declining supply of doctors in South Africa.

Heartbleed cracks vital encryptions

The crown jewel of secure websites is a single string of data - a very long jumble of letters and numbers and symbols that looks like gibberish.

Talking turkey to Russians

Americans have the Easter bunny. Now Vadim Vaneev wants to introduce Russia to the Easter turkey.

Bitcoin ATM skirts bank crackdown

BTC China, a leading local digital currency exchange, has installed China's first bitcoin ATM and launched an online app enabling individuals to buy and sell bitcoins using cellphones, skirting banking regulations seen as increasingly hostile to "crypto-currencies".

Chinese curbs harm Remy

A clampdown in China on extravagant entertaining in a drive against corruption was cutting deeply into sales of brandy, French drinks group Remy Cointreau reported this week, warning of a profit slump.

Maybach making a comeback

Daimler was set to revive Maybach, a brand that was once coveted by oligarchs, rap stars and royals, to woo a growing class of ultra-wealthy clients in Asia and the US, a person familiar with the company's plans said.

Maybach making a comeback

Daimler was set to revive Maybach, a brand that was once coveted by oligarchs, rap stars and royals, to woo a growing class of ultra-wealthy clients in Asia and the US, a person familiar with the company's plans said.

TV queen gives money advice

BBC World New presenter Lerato Mbele has come a long way from her days working the aisles at Edgars. She tells Loni Prinsloo more about financial security and her dream job, which allows her to explore the world and takes her places she could never have imagined visiting

In the business of original ideas

Adelle Wapnick is CEO of Lowe & Partners South Africa. She tells Margaret Harris that visiting her sister at the dynamic agency where she worked introduced her to the world of advertising

How to express yourself more assertively

Assertiveness is not about being aggressive and getting your way no matter what. Rather, it is the ability to express yourself in a straight-forward manner without harming others.
Arthur Goldstuck

Sign Post: Taking social media beyond the message

The battle between social media in South Africa has just become more than a numbers game.

The soul of a daredevil

Twenty years ago, the world lost Ayrton Senna. Thomas Falkiner recalls his unrivalled courage

Comedy: Open mic

Comedian Tumi Morake got censored at the Saftas, but here she is - uncut - on Nkandla gags, drunk nannies & punching bum-pinchers

Some need protection from their fashion dreams

Some years ago, an individual I know - whose identity shall be withheld to protect his dignity - decided that he wanted a hairdo he had spotted in a video by R&B crooner Peabo Bryson, titled Can You Stop the Rain?

Ecstasy Aunt

I enjoyed your responses last week so I thought I should give this a shot. I'm a 20-year-old chap and my friends think I'm some sort of a hit with the girls. Personally, I don't see it.
Paige Nick

On the tip of my tongue

At a dinner a few weeks ago, among some other guests, I shared the table with two heterosexual men and a lesbian. I know, it sounds like the start of a joke, but for now it's just the start of a column.

The Conch: Whatever happened to writer's block?

I don't know if you have noticed but suddenly everyone is a writer. When last did you meet a historian or a plumber or a librarian?

Movies: In for the thrill

SA action flick is visually stunning but low on character complexity, writes Kavish Chetty

Eat, drink & be hairy

Plant Café and Swordfern Emporium launch CBD, Cape Town

Semi-naked lunch

The mammary gland is a milk delivery system. Let's cut all the fuss, says Shanthini Naidoo

Sky-high club

Skyy Elevated Experience Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Photography: The working walking

Sunday Times photographer Simphiwe Nkwali took these portraits of domestic workers and their canine charges in Parkhurst, Johannesburg

Profile: A man for all seasons

Sue de Groot met Ian Roberts to talk about 'Die Windpomp' - but they talk about lots of other stuff instead

Art: Just my type

You can see the beach as a tanning bed, or you can see it as a blank canvas for art.

Music: A charming little fella

Put on your best outfit and have a laugh, John Newman tells Shanthini Naidoo

Sport: A flow to the game

Magic is rare in pro rugby these days - it's hiding in fervent schoolboy games, writes Luke Alfred

Movies: Whispering wind

This sweet tale of young lovers has darkness bubbling under the surface. By Sue de Groot

Health: Eye wonder

You can see it in her eyes; Shanthini Naidoo is somewhat sceptical about iridology

Death of an only slightly ugly American

I've often had cause to remark that America's war in Iraq has turned US citizens abroad into the white South Africans of our day.

The pulse: Bells and whispers

Fancy a little matrimonial bliss, but not the ridiculous fuss? Pieter & Taryn van Jaarsveld solved that problem with a surprise-party twist.

Jolly good show

The BBC gives birth to perfect bedtime viewing. By Rebecca Davis

The Big Read: Retreat from Rio

Rio de Janeiro is about to become the capital of world sport, but you don't have to venture far from the city to find some places to kick back and relax, says Fiona Duncan

In Transit: Bare necessities of life

Travel news for people on the move

Comment: What moves us to go?

Do we learn to love travel or are some people just born to it?

Accidental Tourist: Business at the bus stop

Hawkers do their best with a captive audience

Peter's Post: New York Tea Party

Can you recommend a place in New York City that serves an English high tea similar to the type one finds in the top hotels of London? - Veronica Stirling

Where in the world?

People watch a rabbit jumping over an obstacle at the traditional Easter market in the Old Town Square in this Eastern European capital.

Agent's Alert! 7 nights in Thailand from R11640 per person

Pentravel is offering seven nights in Phuket from R11640 per person. You could also add on Bangkok for two nights from R1465 per person or ask them about their Phuket, Koh Samui and Bangkok combos.

Writers' Block: Anniversary in the air

We wish to offer our utmost appreciation and thanks to the hard-working staff of Emirates Airline for the respect shown to us, during our flight to Dubai on November 9, celebrating our 54th wedding anniversary.

'My travelling life' Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, the Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster

Pilgrams for peace

Even non-believers can revel in the tranquility and history to be found at holy sites, writes Cornelius Kelly

Of the Shelf: Love among the lemon trees

Anna Del Conte enjoys an armchair journey through Italy's perfumed citrus groves

Adventure Travel: The filly season

Claire Keeton and Marianne Schwankhart have some family friendly fun on horseback

Strange Spot: The prince and his passing

Anthony Peregrine pays homage to a Frenchman who weirdly became the monarch of a tribe from Chile and Argentina

Weekend Escape: The faraway tree

Bobby Jordan visits an old childhood haunt centred on memories of a giant oak

Readers' World: A heart lost to Paris

André Rose describes his ongoing love affair with the French capital

How may I help ?

John O'Ceallaigh reports on five outrageous requests received by hotel concierges - and how they deftly handled them

Main Course: Fine & Mellow

Four autumn dishes to fire the imagination and please the palate.

This week

It's great to see that apples and pears have made it onto the Bunting diet list of legal food ... well, just.

Starters: Eye on the apples

Raphaella Frame-Tolmie speaks to Buks Nel, a developer of new apple cultivars, who is devoted to preserving the old-timers too

Rumblings: Roast cousin surprise

Outside the dining room in our childhood home was a wild pear tree that dropped its fruit in summer, fruit that rotted on the ground, squished satisfyingly underfoot and filled the air with a heady decadent scent that suited the goings on inside the dining room.

Wine of the week: A life well lived

To celebrate autumn, I wanted to write a happy story about perfectly ripe apples and pears being plucked straight from an Elgin Valley orchard (rather than from a controlled-atmosphere storage tank) that would lead neatly into a recommendation for a cool-climate Elgin wine.

On the hop: Urbock, Namibia Breweries Ltd

God. It's autumn already, isn't it? Here, the portents of miserable times: the bringing out of blankets and K-Way fleeces; the relocation of old slippers to the foot of the bed; the beginnings of the flabby tire that will hang around your stomach for the next five months.

Tonight's Supper: Autumn flavours

Nicky Brecher shares a light, bright and proudly South African salad from her new book, Boere Chic

The Producers: Pretty inside

The weather has been unkind to Ceres farmers, but the rest of us are benefiting, writes Richard Holmes

The Restaurant: Eatery JHB, Parkmore

Autumn is like an agnostic - a fence-sitting, neither-here-nor-there, wishy-washy quarter of non-commitment.

Sweet beginnings: 20 April 2014

Try these poached pears in wine

Alison's Homegrown: Apple appeal

We had a really old cooking-apple tree in Scotland where I grew up. My mum and I were the only ones who liked crunching on these sour apples that made the best apple pies imaginable.

Hot Endings: Saucy sorts

Some fearless readers stepped up to help crown the king in our chilli-sauce contest
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. File photo.

Corrupt cops warned

Corrupt  police members who collude with drug dealers in Chatsworth are being watched.

Checkers put on notice after labelling error

A photograph of a package of boerewors bearing both a halaal certification sticker and another stating the product contained 27% pork has sparked fury in the Muslim community.

Lawyer by day, photographer always

Armed with her Nikon D 7000, Johannesburg lawyer Tanisha Bhana ventures into places few people would risk visiting.

Holocaust broadcast row settled

An Islamic broadcaster and a Jewish organisation have agreed to lay to rest a 16-year legal wrangle.

It's Reddy, steady and all systems go

Pretoria newsreader Carmen Reddy will add her mix of spice to the breakfast show on 5FM when she takes over from Vic Naidoo on Monday May 5.

Durban to flaunt its charms in films

Durban will get to show off its beauty alongside that of some of the most recognised faces in the world with the filming of the star-studded Happy Anniversary and Aankhen 2 movies, which starts the end of next month.

New Yorker honours Sri Chinmoy

An obsessive record-breaker has done it again: lighting what is claimed to be the world's biggest torch in New York in honour of Indian spiritual leader Chinmoy Kumar Ghose, popularly known as Sri Chinmoy.

Curry complements cultural delights

As the sun set on Tuesday, we made our way to the leafy northern Johannesburg suburb of Craighall Park for the launch of "Bunnies in the 'Burbs".

Good times flow at food and wine pairing launch

Eggs named Florentine and Benedict were behind the animated conversation at Tsogo Sun's Grill Jacana on Tuesday night.

Homeopath finds remedy for love of the stage

Durban homeopath Madhueshwaree Maharaj will take a leap from the lecture theatre to the stage for the first time in 24 years in the upcoming play For Better or Worse.

Thrills as Bollywood comes to Imbizo

When Marchia Gounden's sister and brother-in-law introduced her to Mishen Rampath, they could not have known that the two would be exchanging vows less than five years later.

In this respect, Pistorius's trial should be an example to us all

Levels of expertise and efficiency elude most cases in SA courts

Fuel-efficient, quieter F1 has fans in a froth

Something has happened to Formula One.

'Dead leaders' appeals likely to leave many cold

Election posters bearing slogans such as "Defend Madiba's Legacy" and "Do It For Raj" may tug at the heartstrings of older voters, but they are likely to leave the young and the critical indifferent.

DA ruffles feathers with Indian advert

A Democratic Alliance election pamphlet aimed at wooing Indian voters is in "bad taste", says independent political analyst Zakhele Ndlovu.

Voter wants change in local politics

Shunturi Govender tells Santham Pillay what has motivated her to make her cross when she votes for the first time next month

'It's important to use your ballot to improve conditions in SA'

First-time votes Saranya Devan talks to Siphiliselwe Makhanya about change and why she is scared to become politically active

Born-free ponders his voting options

Nadeem Naidoo, a "born-free", is registered to vote and will be going to the polls for the first time on May 7.

Vote not on cards for Indians

The election brings with it an enigma that is often the subject of much media coverage: the so-called Indian vote.

Businessman wins battle to build Sikh temple

An eight-year battle to build a Sikh gurudwara (temple) in Sandton has finally ended in victory for businessman Harbinder Sethi Singh.

Bollygarch's flight from poverty landed him on rich list

For Briton Vijay Patel, there is an irony about being celebrated on the Asian Rich List this weekend by compatriots and politicians who are torn over Scottish independence, quitting the EU and what to do about immigration.

The Big B makes comeback as good ghost

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