Blood on their hands

Chaos. Incompetence. Lies. As the first full picture of the horror of the Nigerian church collapse surfaces, South Africans are left wondering how many lives could have been saved if Pastor TB Joshua's church and Nigerian authorities had co-operated fully in rescue attempts.

Matrics on road to nowhere as parents protest

After missing out on months of schooling amid ongoing community turmoil, matrics from a remote Northern Cape district dismiss a 'cram' camp to prepare them for supplementary exams.

TB Joshua: high farce and holy water

Followers of Nigerian preacher TB Joshua, general overseer of The Synagogue Church of All Nations, believe he can heal illness and prophesy disaster.

A lucky escape for some - and uncertainty for those who wait

A wall cracked, the table wobbled and the windows bent inwards.

Zuma architect denied access to Nkandla papers

Crucial documents that were meant to give the go-ahead for the installation of R246-million security upgrades at Nkandla do not exist.

ANC wants parliament to 'protect' Zuma

The ANC wants parliament to protect President Jacob Zuma and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, from continued "humiliation and embarrassment" by Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters and other opposition parties.

October is time for 'Olympic' beerathon

Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest kicked off yesterday with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer, as millions of revellers soaked up the frothy indulgence in the 16-day annual extravaganza.

Bid to save hurt climber under way

A delicate rescue operation in the remote Rustenburg Kloof area of North West was still under way late yesterday to save a climber who had fallen down a cliff and become trapped between two boulders.

'Generations' goes off air

South Africa's best-loved television soapie, Generations, will disappear from our screens in just more than a week.

Springbok was 'pulled to the brink of heaven'

Springbok rugby player Jaco van der Westhuyzen described his first visit to The Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos as a "life-changing" event and the "best week of my life".

Forty-six murders a day as criminals run amok

The latest police figures show that the rates of murder, aggravated robbery and carjacking are rising at a frightening rate under the watch of the inexperienced national police commissioner, Riah Phiyega

Living in parallel universes in the Cape's two Green Points

There are two neighbourhoods in Cape Town sharing the same name. They are 30km apart and the people in them exist in parallel universes.

'Pillars' of police force buckling

The cliché goes that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and one need look no further than the South African Police Service for proof of this.

Not my master's voice, says Mbete

Embattled National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete has come out fighting against her detractors, making it clear that she will see out her five-year term and that calls for her removal are misguided.

SA surgeons in demand by women after perfect form

Women from other parts of Africa are turning to local plastic surgeons for Kim Kardashian breasts, Jennifer Lopez derrières and Jessica Alba washboard tummies.

Scots say 'aye' in another historic vote

Almost 300 years of tradition came to an end following a historic vote in Scotland on Thursday. This one, however, was a landslide victory and did not lead to a major constitutional meltdown.

Row over ANC councillor's 'death trap' mall

An Eastern Cape municipal councillor is being investigated for building a shopping mall on the site of a demolished petrol station in Grahamstown without approval from the city's building or health and safety officials.

Buffer zone adds to Ukraine truce

Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early yesterday to create a buffer zone to separate government troops and pro-Russian militants and withdraw heavy weapons and foreign fighters to ensure a stable truce in eastern Ukraine.

Sierra Leone in lockdown

Health chiefs in Sierra Leone ordered the entire population to stay indoors as they began a three-day "lockdown" to try to halt the country's Ebola outbreak.

I'm coming to France's rescue, says Sarkozy

Nicolas Sarkozy dramatically lifted the curtain on his bid to regain the French presidency this week by posting a Facebook message saying he would be a candidate for the leadership of the centre-right UMP party.

Somalis slam Kenyan hosts

Mass arrests, extortion, deportation and suspicion: exactly one year since Somali gunmen began a four-day massacre in Nairobi's Westgate mall, Somalis in Kenya say the attack has left their community battling harassment and denigration.

Hi-tech tools key to safety

Twitter has become the latest weapon in the fight against crime.

Karabo's one smart cookie in cute TV ads

Many little girls dream of being TV stars, but few succeed like Karabo Magongwa, who has become famous on television as the "Oreo girl".

Depardieu admits to thirst for the bottle

French actor Gerard Depardieu, who owns a vineyard, has claimed that he drinks about 14 bottles of wine a day.

Open Mosque too open for Muslim community

It was the voice of Mustoffa Khan that led the first prayers in the still unfinished Open Mosque in Cape Town, which smelled of new carpets and fresh paint on Friday.

Flurry to win over king after road snub

Senior government officials have been assigned to intervene after Thembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo snubbed the state's plan to build a multimillion-rand concrete road to his palace.

SA chess rookie bids to be king

Neo Stuurman, 8, will show the world some shrewd moves this week.

Use of K-word a question of spin

The captain of the Yorkshire cricket team, Andrew Gale, has been accused of racism - but the target of his abuse, former Proteas captain Ashwell Prince, thinks he is innocent.

Bloody hell as cyclists hit the road

Nearly 2000 cycling injuries were treated by emergency services in the past year, a minority of them from sport cycling.

New evidence of Helderberg cargo cover-up

A former South African Airways cabin crew member has spoken out for the first time about his role in concealing what cargo the Helderberg was carrying when the aircraft crashed on November 28 1987, killing 159 people.

Wheelchair-dance couple prove they' ve got talent

Shahied Johnson is tripping the light fantastic - in his wheelchair.

Cancelled concert costs R65m

An urgent application by the City of Tshwane is scheduled to be heard in the High Court in Pretoria tomorrow. The city seeks to compel the organisers of the inaugural TribeOne Dinokeng Festival to go ahead with the event.

Catalans push ahead for autonomy

The Spanish government faces a major constitutional crisis in the coming weeks as Catalans set on breaking away from Spain push ahead for a referendum on self-rule.

Scots grant Cameron short-term reprieve

Scotland's "No" to independence may have saved British Prime Minister David Cameron's job, but sweeping pledges of a constitutional shake-up could trigger more political instability.

Panic over White House breach

A man sparked an evacuation at the White House on Friday after he jumped over a fence and entered the building before being captured.

Islamic State frees 49 hostages

Forty-nine Turks were freed yesterday, more than three months after the Islamic State group kidnapped them - as the US sought to strengthen a coalition to defeat the jihadists.

Discus thrower sued for fracturing skull

A horror accident on the athletics field has saddled discus gold medallist Victor Hogan and Athletics South Africa with a R6.5-million lawsuit.

More claims over WesBank's repo tactics

Wesbank CEO Chris de Kock misled the public when he claimed this week that the vehicle finance company only repossessed cars from clients who were more than a year in arrears.

Hero's sendoff for suspected killer

A suspected bank robber and killer who was shot dead last week in a gunfight with the police was given a hero's burial in his home town on Friday.

We live in a corrosive society, trapped between fear and lawlessness

South Africa is beset by aggression, incivility and the denial of responsibility writes Mark Gevisser

Take this food marketing with a pinch of salt

Assumption is a dangerous thing. It blunts our built-in hogwash detection and it makes us vulnerable to marketing bumf.

No Olympian heroism as Oscar fails to man up

Lethal domestic violence is too commonplace to be of national, let alone international, interest. But celebrity elevated Oscar Pistorius above every other man who killed his girlfriend on that Valentine's Day, and every other day before and after.

Coming to terms with an outcome that flattened the national spirit

The collective wail about the Oscar verdict comes from an ancient place where blood must have blood

Verdict an injustice to a nation trying to make a break from its violent past

Judge Masipa's ruling implies that fear of attack in South Africa justifies an extreme reaction- but the country is no more flooded with weaponry than many others writes Tim Butcher

Obama finds few rushing to join anti-Isis coalition

As soon as US President Barack Obama announced his intention to lead a "coalition of the willing" against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or Isis, his core coalition partners began to fidget and reach for the exit door.

'Friends' keeps it in the family

Children worldwide still adore the US sitcom, writes Allison Pearson

MONEY TO NATURENA

No Contest:Chiefs in cruise control as stand-in captain Mashamaite hits winner

Mourinho gambles on thoroughbred Costa

It was on his previous Premier League visit to the Etihad Stadium that Jose Mourinho memorably delivered his post-match speech about Chelsea's "little horses" still being in need of milk. "Next season, next season, the horse will be ..." said Mourinho, smiling knowingly and not completing the sentence.

It's time to shine - Jali

Two storming displays in Bafana Bafana's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sudan and Nigeria appear to have cemented a place in central midfield for Andile Jali that, on ability, should probably have been his always.

Portia: here's a woman we can all celebrate

Don't get it twisted. I know that this women's month business was last month.

Kranjcar leaves it late to rescue QPR

Queens Park Rangers narrowly avoided their fourth Premier League defeat of the season as a fine late equaliser from Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar rescued a 2-2 draw against Stoke yesterday.

Striker Zulu can be the best in SA, says Shakes

Life for David Zulu lately has been about making adjustments.

Bring it on, says Amajimbos coach ahead of Egypt clash

The recent buzz around Shakes Mashaba's Bafana Bafana augurs well for Safa's Vision 2022, and so does the rampant form of the under-20s and Banyana Banyana.

Outsider ready to challenge Blatter

The presumption that Sepp Blatter will rule Fifa on his terms for as long as he wants to will, finally, be challenged.

Olympics boss sets his sights on some big changes

Olympic boss Thomas Bach yesterday said future Games hosts would have to prove their "sustainability" and that there would be a shake-up of the bidding criteria.

F1 chiefs revise the ban on messages

Formula One's governing body has postponed the bulk of a ban on radio and pit-board messages until next season after deciding that this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix was too early for teams to adapt to the new restrictions.

RYDERS ON THE STORM

After the drama of Medinah two years ago, neither Team USA nor Europe will be short on motivation entering the Ryder Cup on Friday.

NFL tries to placate home-abuse groups

Roger Goodell rejected calls he step down as commissioner and vowed that the National Football League will "get our house in order" by overhauling its personal-conduct policy after several high-profile cases of domestic abuse by players.

Powerful Province stay top of the log

Western Province flank Sikhumbuzo Notshe celebrated his first Currie Cup start by scoring two tries from the back of rolling mauls that helped his side to a convincing win over Griquas.

Lessons for cricket's wannabes

Those who will shoot at the moon of playing for SA when the domestic season starts this week will be inspired, and forewarned, by the varying experiences of Dane Piedt, Rilee Rossouw, Mthokozisi Shezi and Beuran Hendricks.

With World Cup looming, SA on ODI blitzkrieg

If we knew how much one-day cricket was too much, we would also know the length of a piece of string. But, with a World Cup just months away, there are no strings attached and there is no such thing as too much one-day cricket.

Chinese rebel Li Na beat the odds

Li Na, who announced her retirement from competitive tennis this week, sparked a tennis revolution in Asia and became one of the world's most successful athletes, thanks to her fierce determination to overcome the odds.

Crocodile is hungry for more

Mokoena wanted to quit, but now he's making a bigger name for himself

Emotional Mzimasi promotes the joy of living

Standing at the brink of death has given iconic boxing promoter Mzimasi Mnguni a new perspective on life and he now does not take anything for granted.

SA sevens have one shot to qualify for Olympics

The 2014/2015 World Sevens Series looms as the most important in the history of the shortened version of rugby, with Olympic qualification on the line, new eligibility laws strengthening island teams, and better preparation for teams previously considered minnows.

World Cup needs to spread rugby gospel

English rugby is one year away from its greatest test. The mission this time is not just to chase a trophy, but to conquer the hearts and minds of the nation.

Entertainment at home set for a huge makeover

THE shape of home entertainment is changing rapidly, giving consumers a broader choice following the launch of two new products in the last few weeks.

Alibaba investors risk being gored in bull run

THE lone US senator who was urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate the gaping governance holes in Alibaba must have felt like some stray tourist caught up in the middle of the annual bull run in Pamplona.

Beer takeover agreement is brewing in the background

THE top three brewers are circling each other after Heineken's rejection of SABMiller's takeover attempt sparked speculation about a long-awaited AB InBev bid for the South African turned global brewer.

Total set to come up Thrupps in Famous Brands venture

IN ONE of the more unlikely partnerships on the local retail landscape, upmarket food grocer Thrupps will be rolled out in Total garages in upper-end metropolitan areas through Famous Brands.

Marcus's exit: heat on Zuma

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma must act fast to stave off pressure on the rand, which weakened on Thursday after Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus's surprise announcement that she would not stay on after her current five-year term ends on November 8.

Minnows are just not cricket for CSA

THERE are cyclical industries and then there is cricket.

Alibaba raises $22bn as fund managers want in on the act

ALIBABA, the e-commerce company started in 1999 with $60000 cobbled together by Jack Ma, cemented its status as a symbol of China's economic emergence by raising $21.8-billion in a US initial public offering.

Deductions from social-grant bank accounts a can of worms

IN THE first four days of every month R10-billion in social grants is distributed to 10million recipients - on behalf of 16million beneficiaries - through tens of thousands of paypoints across the country.

FSB clears Pinnacle after trading probe

TECHNOLOGY group Pinnacle has been vindicated by the Financial Services Board (FSB), which cleared it of insider trading this week.

You can make it in life without a formal degree

WE did not need Statistics South Africa to tell us that young people in our country have a serious skills deficit. It's pretty self-evident.

'BEE stifles young blacks' prospects'

THE percentage of young black people in skilled positions has fallen since 1994 because of fundamental flaws in the system of black economic empowerment, says the head of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Neren Rau.

Your shares can't buy democracy

'IT'S not about what's best for all shareholders, it's about the incentives for management," said one CEO at a dinner a few weeks back, discussing why so few deals actually make it to a shareholder vote.

The brave new world of mining puts machines at the rock face

THE future of mining arrived quietly on a winter's day in July when South Africa's newest platinum mine, Booysendal, began production in the mountains on the border between Limpopo and Mpumalanga, about 35km from Mashishing (the former Lydenburg).

Fashion goes digital à la mode on social catwalk

Ready to WearTechnology is opening the rarefied world of designers' shows to all - and sales will reap the benefit

Living to inspire greatness in others

Why did you pursue your current career?

Well, it was not my initial choice. I grew up a young entrepreneur with a ...

Pursuit of profit at a steep social cost

IT would be difficult to find a more extreme example of the disconnect between the challenges facing a democratically elected government and those facing profit-driven companies than the battle between the minister of social development and Net1.

World beer industry must cure its profits hangover

"HERE'S to alcohol," said famous market analyst Homer Simpson, "the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems." ...

Shoprite hit by dispensing fee pricing system

SHOPRITE has lodged a complaint with the Competition Commission, asking it to probe the pharmaceutical supply chain in its healthcare inquiry ...

AngloGold advisers left out in the cold

ANGLOGOLD Ashanti's blue-chip advisers, Goldman Sachs, UBS and Rothschild, will not earn a cent for months of work on winning Reserve Bank approval to split the mining house's business in two.

Hunt for Aurora's Bhanas

THE search is on for the Bhana family after the sheriff of the court's efforts to attach their assets to execute a R15.5-million court order were stymied by locked doors.

Cheaper natural gas prices a pipe dream for Joburg households

HOUSEHOLDS are not benefiting from the new gas pricing framework, which was designed in part to cut prices for small users.

China hits GlaxoSmithKline with a record £297m fine

CHINA has fined GlaxoSmithKline a record £297-million and imposed a suspended sentence on an executive for bribing doctors.

Sassa to issue new tender

THE SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) will file its second report to the Constitutional Court on September 19.

Downside to Bidvest bid

IT MAY have been a kneejerk reaction, but the call by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini for her department, the Reserve Bank, the Treasury and the Competition Commission to scrutinise Bidvest's proposed acquisition of Grindrod Bank conjured up images of something messier than Walmart's controversial acquisition of Massmart.

Billionaires bloom in Asia

ASIA'S billionaires, led by Chinese tycoons, enjoyed the fastest increase in their wealth this year compared with their peers in the rest of the world, a report said this week.

More to BEE than tick-boxes

THE government needs to be more sensitive to economic circumstances and to the work business has already put into transformation, says Neren Rau, the head of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry .

Digital men woo with love bytes

ARE you disappointed by the man in your life? Tired of his stubbly chin and the way he lies around the house? Or would you just like a boyfriend with cat's ears?

Twin peaks regulation deserves a fair chance

FEW regulatory reforms have provoked as intense debate as the pending transformation of South Africa's financial regulation and supervision structures.

Matter of fact

THE Press Ombudsman has directed Business Times to apologise to Brooks & Brand (B&B) attorneys for unfairly using the word "gorge" in the headline and story about how it, in recovering money for victims of Barry Tannenbaum's Ponzi scheme, made a fortune while investors had yet to see a cent.

Now is the time to create black industrialists

THE government's stated intention to create 100 black industrialists over the next three years is part of the "radical transformation" that will take broad-based black economic empowerment to the next level.

Video revolution has arrived in SA

WHEN is a surprise not a surprise? When the only people who are surprised are those who weren't paying attention to what was happening around them.

Two new players add spice to SA television

SOUTH African couch potatoes have never had it so good. In the past fortnight, two new video-on-demand offerings have been launched, one using broadband connections and the other using satellite.

'Machines don't ask for 15% more every year'

FORMER Lonmin CEO Brad Mills believes that mechanising South Africa's platinum mines is the solution to the industry's cost and labour woes, even though the strategy cost him his job.

Miners who build houses, not shacks

MECHANISED mining requires a new breed of miner with a higher level of skill and training.

In the footsteps of Hans Merensky

STRETCHING in a vast arc like a halo around Pretoria - from Rustenburg in the east to Mashishing in the west - is the geological territory described as the Bushveld Igneous Complex.

Bad news for Abil's BEE shareholders

SHAREHOLDERS in African Bank's two black economic empowerment schemes are probably inclined to agree with corporate strategy practitioner Linda Nobaza, who says BEE share purchase schemes are a bit of a fraud.

Microsoft digs $2.5bn deep for Minecraft

WHEN the creator of the hit game Minecraft took to Twitter in June to beg somebody to take the company off his hands, it would have been hard to ...

One billion websites ... and counting

THE number of websites has burst above one billion and is growing apace, according to figures updated in real time this week by online tracker Internet Live Stats.

Retail sales spike but inflation edges up

RETAIL sales rose 2.4% year on year in July, above market expectations after a 0.9% contraction in June. Economists had forecast sales would rise 0.3%. Month on month, sales were up 1.2%.

Sentiment can trump anything

IT HAS been a fabulous ride this millennium for investors in property stocks - not only for capital gains but in the handsome income streams they have so reliably provided.

Chinese growth worries depress mining shares

SOUTH African share prices ended slightly lower at the close on Friday as subdued commodity prices and concern over Chinese growth weighed on resource shares. Other sectors were buoyed by relief at the outcome of Scotland's referendum.

Toddlers go gaga for gourmet meals

GROWING up in Scandinavia's richest country has its perks.

An office makes a perfect classroom

Stephen Twinoburyo runs Scimatcs Solutions, where he teaches young people maths and science. He tells Margaret Harris that he was not always a math whizz, but lots of practice helped him to become top of the class and he has not looked back

How to be an inspiring leader

It may sound counter-intuitive, but admitting you do not know everything makes you a better leader. Viewing yourself as a work in progress ensures you continue to strive to learn more.

Living to inspire greatness in others

Billy Selekane originally from Tembisa, tells Loni Prinsloo about the many challenges and adventures he has had while building a multimillion-rand company and becomming a world-renowned keynote speaker.

Sign Post: Video revolution has arrived in SA

When is a surprise not a surprise? When the only people who are surprised are those who weren't paying attention to what was happening around them.

Life of a ladies' man

On his previous album, Leonard Cohen seemed to be saying goodbye. But he's back, and he's 80. Rian Malan attended the launch of the master lyricist's new album in London, and tried to decode his enigmatic genius

Music: Encore blimey

The CPO turns 100 this year. Eugene Yiga spoke to its boss, Louis Heyneman, about the thrills & terrors of the orchestra life

Spotlight: Distant Voices

In 1891, Eleanor Xiniwe posed for this portrait in London. She was a member of the African Choir, a group of young South Africans from the Eastern Cape Colony who toured Britain between 1891 and 1893.
Ndumiso Ngcobo

Flat bottoms lived here

A historical figure named Shaka Zulu never existed, if we're being pedantic.

Humour: Staggeringly stupid shindigs

I'm writing this at Birmingham International Airport. It's a Friday afternoon and I'm waiting to board a flight to Amsterdam. I've counted; I will share this flight with no fewer than three different stag- or hen-party crews.

The Conch: We don't mess with our beefy neighbours - or eat them

When my Joburg-born son H was four years old, we went to my uncle's funeral in Stutterheim.

Bootstraps beat bullets

Weighing in at an even 689 pages (including the index), Greg Mills's Why States Recover is in publishing's heavyweight division. But is it a heavyweight champion?

I came, iI saw, i-Road

Toyota is rising to the car-sharing challenge with a three-wheeler designed for a bold new age of urban transport

An ageless eye

Rhona Gorvy's paintings transform subtly as you look at them, writes Oliver Roberts

Quest for the unknown

Scrabble players who fish "Q" out of the green bag are always delighted when "U" makes itself available for a high-scoring word. Lately I have noticed that words beginning with "q" seem to make non-scrabblers happy too.

Music: Caribbean King

Billy Ocean can't be your lover boy no more, but he's happy to be an old flame. By Carlos Amato

Profile: Tricks of the eye

Comedian Stuart Taylor is bemused by the word 'coloured' - and by the bubble of a comfortable life

The Movie Moguls

The head of the independent Avalon cinema group tells Matthew Savides how his family defied apartheid and the big chains

Movies: No place like Rome

A sensual tribute to '60s and '70s Italian film. By Kavish Chetty

The moment: Crystal clear

After months of mutual stalking and a proposal on the rocks, Roger Norton & Carmia Lureman got hitched in Elgin. By Sibongile Mafu

The Big Read: Cyber city with a spot of old England

Gabriella le Breton celebrates the rapid rise of Kuala Lumpur and its diverse cultures

Accidental Tourist: Fight or flight - or both?

A former cabin attendant remembers a difficult customer

Comment: The great puzzle of prices

If there was an award for the cleverest computers in the world, it would have to go to the technological wonders that calculate the price of airline tickets.

Peter's Post: The deal with driving

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

Agent's Alert! 14 Days in Turkey from R19990 pps

Trafalgar is offering a tour that will include everything from ancient ruins and whirling dervishes to Istanbul's Blue Mosque.

Writers' Block: Poor service, no tips

We did a three-day "nightmare" cruise on the Melody a few years ago ("nightmare" because there was a massive storm, which brought many of the people aboard to their knees - praying when they weren't bringing up!).

Where in the world?

Tourists walk at the Great Pyramid at the Cahuachi Ceremonial Centre in Nazca in this South American country.

Travellers' Tales: The crowds and the quiet

Paul Morris puts up with some bothersome foreigners to find Namibia's beautiful birds and secret spaces

Odd Spot: China's floating city

Tourism investors are plotting an attraction that's never been seen before - on and under the sea. By John O'Ceallaigh

'My travelling life' Rick Astley

Rick Astley '80s pop star

Adventure Travel: Opportunity knocks

Marianne Schwankhart gives polo a bash at a country manor in the Free State

Prince Albert on a shoestring

After a few hairy moments, Nick Yell finds he made the right turn after all

Readers' World: Circle of life

Dorothy Grist sees mating, birth and motion in the Serengeti National Park

In Transit: SA delays kids' travel rules

Travel news for people on the move

Main Course: A few of my favourite things

MasterChef judges and winners tell us how they use their favourite SA ingredients

This week: 21 September 2014

It's incredible to think that some New York apartments are built without kitchens - so there will be generations in the future who won't ever experience the evocative aromas (well, mostly) emanating from a home kitchen.

Burning issue

Wood, gas or charcoal? Jan Braai and Weber SA MD Niell Grobler don't see eye to eye

No flame no gain

When it comes to grilling, chef Heinz Brunner, honorary life president of the SA Chefs Association, is passionate about the skill - and sharing it.

Rumblings: Spirit of dance

First up on my menu for this Heritage Day are a couple of stiff tshigombelas, which is a bold new cocktail I invented recently using vodka and wild watermelon juice.

Food News: The Cream Team

The members of the new South African National Culinary team are stretching their chopping muscles in preparation for the largest and most prestigious international gastronomic competition, the IKA (Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung) Culinary Olympics, held annually in Erfurt, Germany.

Buy the book: How sweet it is

Cleta Joannou turns SA's favourite guilty secret into irresistible desserts, cakes, tarts, rusks, truffles, brownies, fudge, ice cream and much more. Here's a recipe from her exquisite book

Books: Old loves, new flames

In November, we will announce the winner of the first Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook of the Year competition, in association with Pick n Pay.

Buy the book: Shape of Africa

Jan Braai, the founder of National Braai Day, reveals the art of the perfect T-bone, a favourite on SA fires

Wine of the week: Tjop and dop

Of course you need beer at a braai (for dousing the flames) but when it comes to eating food cooked over the coals, there's nothing to beat wine.

On the hop: Craven Craft Lager, Stellenbrau, 440ml bottle, R23

Braai Day. What a cringeworthy notion. As if the only thing that connects us is roasting carcasses over a fire.

On the side: Banting friendly potato-style cauliflower salad

Potato salad, the quintessential braai accompaniment, has had a Banting makeover. Made with cauliflower instead of potato, it looks - and even tastes - like traditional potato salad, but without the kilojoules, writes Hilary Biller

The Restaurant: One & Only Shisa Nyama, KZN

Township venue puts a classy spin on the time-honoured tradition of 'buy and braai'. By Shelley Seid

The Restaurant: Camissa Brasserie, Cape Town

Tiara Walters finds wild heritage food in the city

The Restaurant: Blended Bites

Bryan and Andre van Niekerk try two restaurants whose menus pay tribute to SA customs and cultures

The Producers: making history

A West Coast winemaker has turned anarchy into heritage, writes Sam Rogers

The producers: Farm a cow, make a mint

Dairy man keeps things fresh with innovative and delicious products, writes Shelley Seid

The Producer: Living on the knife-edge

Anyone who enjoys cooking would love Scott Lowry's knives, writes Raphaella Frame-Tolmie

Reader's recipe: Vegetable Breyani

Fahmida Ismail of Gatesville in Cape Town makes a marvellous breyani with vegetables

Hayden is cooking: No-churn vanilla and chocolate ice cream with honeycomb

Hayden Quinn continues his SA food adventure, this week in the rolling green hills of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where he teams up with chef Jackie Cameron and creates an easy ice cream topped with crunchy honeycomb.

Sweet Endings: No-bake Milk tart

It might not be the way your Ouma made it, but this recipe is quick, easy and delicious

Suspect in road-rage murder hands himself in

Two months after a nation-wide police search for murder accused Koobendran Moodley began, he handed himself over to Johannesburg Central police station on Thursday last week.

House robberies, hijackings up

Murder: up from 41 to 51. Sex crime: down from 75 to 57. Attempted murder: up from 36 to 44.

History hung out to spy in colourful market precinct

Leonard Rosenberg is about to air Durban's dirty linen in public.

Lessons from the ultimate working lunch

Management students, industry captains and representatives of other institutions have taken tips and lessons from the success story of Mumbai's dabbawallas, who have gained fame globally for efficiently delivering lunch boxes, colloquially known as dabbas, to thousands of office workers across the vast metropolis.

Family battles golf estate to keep dog

The family of a three-year-old St Bernard will fight a court judgment that forces them to remove the large pooch from their gated community property.

Tongaat team keeps eye on the volleyball

Liberte Volleyball Club head into this week's Volleyball South Africa Champions Cup as KwaZulu-Natal's top team.

Women to participate in bodybuilding event

Mumbai will host the 2014 World Bodybuilding Championships from December 7 to 9 at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Drive to clean India under way

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week called for the mission to clean up the country to become a mass movement.

Intrigue gives couple something to build on

Arun Mohan is the son of director-turned-comedian Anumohan.

Offbeat caper brings the best out of stars

Over the past few years, there has been an impressive list of directors who have made a mark on the film industry.

Terrifying encounter with raging fire

"This was the first time fire had such an effect on me, so much so that I thought to myself, "You're going to die now. You need to run."

Residents under siege of violence

Police and community policing forums are losing the battle against the so-called trio of crimes - house robbery, burglary and hijacking, which recorded a 10.8% surge.

Journey from a size zero to become a hero

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Modest designs are runaway success

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Cocktails and conversation welcome India's local envoy

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Superheroes swoop in to save Childline

There were no tights or capes in sight when Childline KwaZulu-Natal hosted a mocktail party this week, but superheroes were out in full force.

Pay heed to good advice or risk it all and pay the price

I receive complaints about service delivery and poor workmanship with increasing regularity.

Their love has passed test of time

When Evashnie Govender relocated to Pretoria for work, Prakashan Govender promised that in 10 years he would make her his wife.

An electrifying evening of great music

Bollywood playback singer Sukhwinder Singh put on an exceptional performance at his concert last Saturday night at the Walter Sisulu Hall in Randburg, Johannesburg.

Big celebrities make their moves for new chess film

Here's a lovely combination of some big names coming together.
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