What do a buffalo cow worth R17-million and a snatched handful of prized ostrich feathers have in common?
Morning Live anchor Vuyo Mbuli collapsed at a rugby match in Bloemfontein last night of a suspected heart attack.
ANC leaders have formed a protective shield around President Jacob Zuma ahead of Wednesday's parliamentary debate on Guptagate.
A lecturer at a government university in Zimbabwe had been jailed for three months for labelling President Robert Mugabe "a rotten old donkey", lawyers said.
Reverend Ecclesia de Lange, 43, marched yesterday for the right of lesbians to be allowed to live without fear.
A village postman on the Italian island of Sardinia was too "lazy" to deliver post in the morning and instead hoarded some 400kg of it in his home, local residents and the police said.
Rihanna is suing the British fashion chain Topshop for allegedly selling T-shirts featuring her image without her permission.
Pot-smoking rapper Snoop Dogg is not dead.
The first poster of the upcoming film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba, was unveiled this week at the Cannes film festival.
South African writers of non-fiction are fuelling debate and challenging readers to think creatively about life.
Superstar Beyoncé is rumoured to be expecting her second child, but the singer has lashed out at "low-life people" who have nothing better to do than gossip about her.
Lentegeuer means "spring scent" in Afrikaans, but these days the smell of death hangs in the air of this tiny suburb in the heart of the Cape Flats.
Unemployment is a major issue in Eldorado Park with 10907 people - out of a population of 65698 - surveyed in the latest census saying they have no jobs.
Improved public school funding will bring much-needed relief for parents of children who attend South Africa's 4500 fee-paying schools.
Julius Malema's controversial public chirps have returned to haunt the ANC Youth League.
A gay couple accused of "being intimate" in a communal prison cell has laid a criminal charge against the head of the prison where they are being held, because they are now being kept apart.
Two octogenarian mountaineers are making separate attempts to conquer Everest and break the world record for the oldest successful ascent.
A video purportedly of Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack has caused an uproar in Canada. Ford has called the allegations "ridiculous". The video has not been released publicly and there is no way to verify whether it is authentic. Reports by gossip website Gawker and the Toronto Star said it was taken by a man who claimed he had sold crack to Ford.
It is the second-largest world jackpot of all time - $600-million (R5.6-billion). And in workplaces across the US, people are inviting colleagues to chip in $2 for a lottery ticket and a shared dream.
I am amazed at how few consumers, including myself, neglect to check prices when they are rung up at the till.
No matter how much money you have in the bank, it's always awkward having your card rejected at the till.
Five arrests after deadly bombing
Taking Control Angelina Jolie reveals why she decided to go public with her decision to undergo a preventive double mastectomy
If this was Angelina Jolie's master plan to divert attention from her upper thigh, which she flashed to worldwide acclaim last year at the Oscars, it was an extraordinarily dramatic one. This week, in an article for the New York Times, Jolie revealed that, to avoid developing breast cancer, she had undergone a double mastectomy.
A cast of the wealthy and the beautiful, a Riviera setting and $1-million in diamonds snatched from under the noses of the authorities while attention was focused elsewhere ...
The economy may be limping along, but it is boom time for farmers if the scenes at this week's Nampo harvest day trade show at Bothaville in the Free State are anything to go by.
Port Elizabeth has been rocked by a multimillion-rand tender scandal - dubbed "PE's own arms deal" - that has pitted council officials against politicians, who are determined to implement it despite forensic reports suggesting that it is flawed.
South Africa's largest bank has challenged cellphone networks to reduce sim swap fraud - or face its wrath.
Pensioner Joyce Whitcher believes she has hit the jackpot - a R2-million offer for her home in a once derided Durban neighbourhood.
Murmurs From Marikana White crosses at the base of a koppie mark the start of a labour crisis that drags on
Many things have not changed in South Africa since 1994, but there are significant changes in the wake of the Marikana massacre.
Days after his lavish wedding, which was attended by President Jacob Zuma, Sibusiso Mzobe this week faced court action to liquidate his business.
Andrew Wood, the creator and founder of SuperBru, an online sports prediction game, has one goal - to beat his wife, Carrie-Ann.
Baboons have long been a problem in the coastal towns of Pringle Bay and Betty's Bay. Only recently, however, have they achieved YouTube celebrity status.
German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has introduced cricket kit to a new Chanel collection.
A prominent Pietermaritzburg lawyer has served a private school with legal documents demanding that his son be reinstated as captain of the "prestigious" first cricket XI.
Norman Arendse's recent election as chairman of Cricket South Africa's transformation committee will raise hopes - and fears - of the imminent darkening of the game in South Africa.
The parents of Madeleine McCann have welcomed the news this week that Scotland Yard had identified a number of suspects who might be responsible for their daughter's abduction.
Russia's Federal Security Service has disclosed the identity of a man who it says is the CIA station chief in Moscow, in what experts say is a serious breach of intelligence protocol.
French President François Hollande signed a gay marriage and adoption bill into law yesterday, after the Constitutional Council threw out a legal challenge by the right-wing opposition.
It has been billed as one of the most spectacular Picasso exhibitions in history - 150 works, some rarely seen, on display to mark the 40th anniversary of the master's death.
Mokoka chooses global runs rather than local contests
It is fair to say David Stuurman could look after himself. The swashbuckling Khoi chief escaped twice from Robben Island - walking 700km to the Gamtoos River after his first jailbreak - and defied the dragnet of the British empire for more than a decade.
We had just come back from the Saturday evening takeaway run - chicken nuggets and fries from McDonald's; lunchbox combo, no prawns, from Sakura Sushi - and I had pressed the button on the blue remote to Open Sesame the gate. I drove in. The garage door opened. I parked and cut the engine.
Sunday Times Editorial: Marikana is again on a knife edge and, again, South Africa holds its collective breath. The country's struggling platinum sector was plunged into a new crisis this week as three people lost their lives and thousands of Lonmin mineworkers downed tools in an ongoing, brutal turf war between two labour unions.
Sunday Times Editorial: The images of Professor Cyril Karabus arriving at the Cape Town International Airport on Friday afternoon to jubilant scenes from family, friends and well-wishers was a heart-warming moment. South Africans from every walk of life turned up to give him a fitting welcome.
Gareth van Onselen's "Business as usual for big chief Zuma" (May 12) is a racist, stereotypical framing of Africans in particular and blacks in general. As articulated by social psychologist Mark Snyder: "In stereotyping, the individual categorises other individuals, usually on the basis of highly visible characteristics such as sex or race; attributes a set of characteristics to all members of that category; and attributes that set of characteristics to any individual member of that category."
Hidden away in an April 2013 South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) plan for the long-term development of hockey is the following sentence describing the desired effect of its programme: "Essentially, winning becomes a by-product, as opposed to the core objective, of a process that is designed to promote the developmental elements/goals, as per key stage."
Italy has been given its first glimpse inside the villa that is said to have played host to dozens of debauched late-night parties with showgirl strippers and dancers dressed as nuns.
Compounds found in a glass of bubbly can stimulate signals in the parts of the brain that control memory and learning, according to researchers at the University of Reading in the UK.
As one of the US's most prestigious seats of learning and alma mater of the country's first black president, Columbia University is proud of its ethnic diversity and anti-discrimination policies.
It was the one line in a South African Communist Party document that really jolted one and raised a bit of a laugh.
Did you know that in Tswana the word for please is tsweetswee ? It looks beautiful enough written, but you should hear it spoken. It is soft, desirous and utterly irresistible. Well, at least 8% of our population will know it, but the rest of us?
A desperate mother wrote a heart-wrenching letter to President Jacob Zuma asking him to intervene and stop the scourge of drugs annihilating the youth of Eldorado Park.
Western Cape political veteran Peter Marais is back in the news with a movement to fight for the rights of coloured people. Chris Barron asked him...
The heart of Robert Mugabe's darkness beats in a bright bubble of denial in which strangers say hello, ask how you are, wait for an answer and assure you that they are also fine. Except if you are Chinese. Then they look through you, wishing you were not there.
The Sunday Times report, "Please don't embarrass ministers, MPs told" (May 5), alleging that ANC whips have been instructed to "go easy on cabinet ministers" and not ask "embarrassing questions" when conducting parliamentary oversight, is an arrant misrepresentation of the ANC parliamentary caucus's protocol for good practice and conduct.
Getting high in Swaziland on a broomstick and a prayer
It is perhaps a good thing that President Jacob Zuma changed the name of the intelligence ministry immediately after coming into office. There is clearly nothing intelligent about the man he appointed to be in charge of our spy services.
1937-2013: Keith Anderson, who has died in Cape Town at the age of 75, was a self-taught trapeze artist who turned rough youths from broken homes in one of Cape Town's toughest working-class suburbs into some of the most accomplished "high-flyers" in the world.
1925-2013: Jorge Videla, the former Argentinian dictator, who has died aged 87, waged a merciless seven-year "dirty war" against left-wing guerrillas that is thought to have claimed tens of thousands of lives.
At the Top: Midfielder believes now is the right time to finish his long career
ChampionsAmakhosi stumbled over the finish line, but the job was done in the first two-thirds of the season when challengers were left eating dust, writes Marc Strydom in Mbombela
Serena Williams is one victory away from winning her fourth consecutive title this year - with the French Open only one week away.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits there is no way Jamie Carragher will bow out quietly when he plays his final game before retirement against QPR today.
English football will witness the end of an era today when Alex Ferguson takes charge of Manchester United for the 1500th and final time in their last game of the season at West Bromwich Albion.
Borussia Dortmund star Mario Goetze says his dream for Saturday's Champions League final at Wembley is to help his side beat Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich - the club he will join in July.
WHO'LL PAY?: Aftermath of infighting between athletics bosses may prove a costly exercise
Do some players look down on you because you haven't played at a high level?
Impoverished gymnastic hopefuls are still waiting for an R18000 payment from government - six months after they performed at the SA Sports Awards.
Australian batsman David Warner is under investigation after comments on his Twitter account directed against two of the country's leading cricket writers, Cricket Australia said yesterday.
The Sharks overcame a slow start to beat the Western Force in their Super 15 rugby clash in Perth on Friday night. The Force dominated the early stages and led at the halfway mark but one second-half try to the Sharks was enough for them to win 23-13.
A comfortable 3-0 victory over Lamontville Golden Arrows by Ajax Cape Town ensured there will be at least one club from the Mother City in the PSL next season.
You wouldn't say it when looking at how nomadic his career has been but Katlego Mashego is the man with a Midas touch.
A brave defensive effort carried the Cheetahs to their first Super Rugby win over the Sharks in three years and to top of the South African conference for the first time in their history, writes Craig Ray at King's Park, Durban.
A COLOURFUL memory of the 2012-13 season will be of Kaizer Chiefs unveiling Mulomowandau Mathoho's mannequin at the start of the season, before they had signed the central defender.
Pierre Spies had a tough time keeping a straight face at a press conference this week. "What is it about the Bulls," a journalist asked Spies in the build-up to his 100th Super Rugby match, "that makes players stick around for so long.
It seems fitting that in the year that Kaizer Motaung was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga by President Jacob Zuma in recognition of his contributions to South African football, Kaizer Chiefs lifted their first PSL title in eight years at Mbombela Stadium yesterday.
After winning the Absa Premiership following an eight-year drought, South African glamour team Kaizer Chiefs announced they will seek continental glory next year.
"It arrives a lot quicker than you think," reflected Pierre Spies this week on the cusp of playing his 100th Super Rugby match against the Highlanders yesterday.
Australia's Rebels celebrated their first victory over South African opposition with a rousing 30-21 Super Rugby win over the Stormers in Melbourne on Friday.
The Southern Kings' fight for inclusion in Super Rugby was viewed in some quarters as an unfair process, but now that they've spent three months in the top tier, the prospect of their possible relegation from the tournament is similarly inequitable.
Brent Carelse's second-half double that inspired Chippa to a 2-1 win over AmaZulu wasn't enough for safety - so off to relegation/promotion playoffs they go.
Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho were sifting through the debris of what the Portuguese coach termed a "disastrous" 2012-13 campaign after Friday's King's Cup final defeat left the world's richest club without a major trophy for the season.
Fresh questions about bungling at telecoms regulator Icasa have arisen, as Vodacom gears up to fight the regulator's claim of R77.8-million for alleged licensing fee arrears.
Five years ago the head of the Financial Services Board (FSB), Dube Tshidi, stressed that co-operation between the FSB and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) was crucial in the fight against white-collar crime.
After millions of rands being lost and six years of talking, in and out of court, J Arthur Brown is a free man.
With his trial over, J Arthur Brown says he plans to tell the "true Fidentia story". He claims the curators were less than truthful in their accounts of his disgraced company's affairs.
Fidentia co-accused Graham Maddock and Steven Goodwin did not walk free with a mere R150000 fine.
Shares in private school operator Curro seesawed this week, rocketing 7.3% on Wednesday to R21.80 before slipping 3.6% on Thursday.
Fast FoodSlowly but surely, the peri-peri chicken chain is pecking its way to international success
The man with the big name, Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat), is stepping into the big shoes of mining veteran Mark Cutifani at a trying time in the history of South Africa's biggest gold miner, AngloGold Ashanti.
Richemont's founder has been angling for freedom for some time and, come September, you will find him reading books, on one of his wine estates, playing golf or enjoying some exotic destination
Feathers are flying as the spat over import duties on chickens imported into South Africa heads to court.
NOÉ Diakubama is one of this century's intrepid explorers. An emigrant of the Democratic Republic of Congo, now living in Paris, he created the first-ever map of his village, Mbandaka, using online map-making tools and simply adding what he knew.
The Reserve Bank is likely to keep interest rates unchanged at this week's meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), despite widespread speculation of a looming rate cut.
For a long time we have thought of this Indian Ocean island as our dominion - an upmarket, romantic alternative to the umpteenth Umhlanga family holiday, but the sleepy hideaway has rejigged its fiscal policies and become a bona fide challenger for the place to base multinational business in Africa
It may be a good time for gutsy investors with an appetite for the yellow metal to consider benefitting from bargain prices in listed gold company shares.
Over the last five years, mobile companies Vodacom, MTN and 8ta have ploughed more than R50-billion into upgrading their networks, as consumers use more data than ever.
The Manufacturing Circle released its Manufacturing Bulletin for the first quarter this week, showing that business confidence in manufacturing is mostly stable. René Vollgraaff spoke the the circle's executive director, Coenraad Bezuidenhout
It has an arcane name and involves complex communications technology, but there is every reason that you and I should be getting excited about "television white spaces", the gaps in spectrum between broadcast television channels.
Fastjet has hit another speed bump en route to local runways.
The turf war over union membership in the platinum belt threatened to erupt into more violence this week following the murders of three people in the area and a dispute over occupation of offices on the mines.
In an effort to bolster enterprise development and job creation, the South African Revenue Service has taken a leaf out of the UK's book and created a new asset class for investors to consider: venture capital trusts.
As has happened to many others, when he was ready to retire Tom de Lange realised his pension could not sustain his lifestyle.
Retirement can cause a drastic decline in health, according to a new study.
If you are a member of a company pension scheme, to which you contribute each month, you are probably familiar with the net replacement ratio (NRR) - the proportion of your last pensionable salary before retirement that will be replaced by your monthly pension payout.
A broad collapse of company profits in the developing world shows no sign of abating, forcing investors to tilt portfolios towards sectors such as healthcare or consumer goods, where margins are more robust.
This week's column is a tribute to all the hard-working men and women who do their best in the most trying circumstances.
Johann Rupert will be missed, and not just by his adoring investor
The most sobering news this week came courtesy of the grey-shoe guys at Alexander Forbes, who compile a quarterly index of what soon-to-be pensioners can expect to be paid in their declining years.
What does South Africa need to do to create decent jobs and achieve high levels of inclusive and sustainable economic growth? The answer lies in local and foreign direct investment, which needs to be elevated to a burning national strategic priority.
How corporates can contribute to development of emerging enterprises
Why is everyone in such an uproar about the Guptas? Why does it matter that they landed a private jet at the Waterkloof base? - Unconcerned
How can South Africa be 1% of the world economy and the 11th-biggest polluter? But there is hope. KPMG reports that we are the 13th most active country in attempts to reduce carbon emissions.
In our race-obsessed society, the progress in everything - from banking to universities, from prison warders to chief executive officers, from judges to engineers - is measured by how much progress is being made towards fulfilling strict racial quotas reflective of the demographics of the nation.
South African stocks ended slightly lower on Friday, snapping a four-day winning streak that took the market to new peaks.
The gym business is largely recession-proof in South Africa - and now the country's two big chains are taking aim at lower-income groups
Bokang Mphahele is a barista at The Daily Buzz, a coffee bar in Johannesburg, where she ensures that her customers' caffeine fix is of the highest standard. She tells Margaret Harris that calling customers by their names rather than an order number makes them feel valued
Call made for ethical banking and curbs on financial speculation
Major central banks may be shifting their tone subtly from "whatever it takes" to "we can do only so much".
The Vatican Bank, a centre of scandals for years, is to launch a website and publish its annual reports to improve transparency, says its new president.
BP has escalated its fight against "absurd" Gulf of Mexico compensation claims, launching a stinging attack on the US legal system amid fears that a "raid on its coffers" could jeopardise the oil major's recovery from the disaster.
Google was forced repeatedly to deny misleading the British parliament as it faced fresh questions from MPs this week over its tax status.
The eighth annual Women's Leadership Conference, organised by founder Debby Edelstein, will be held on Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
Tarryn Lamb is part of one of the hottest groups on the South African music circuit, BlackByrd. She told Loni Prinsloo more about her brief stint in the world of singing telegrams, how she wanted to become a dancer as a child and why she does not think it is necessary to always keep up with the Kardashians
Looking for a job can be a tricky business, although much of the process is really out of your hands
Never write off a technology brand until its death has been confirmed by the coroners of corporate accounting.
Since Amplats announced it would retrench less than half of the 14000, Shabangu and her department have been as quiet as a closed mine shaft - could it be that they understand the reasons for the retrenchments and agree with them, or are they just still formulating their next attack on the dirty capitalists?
The world's leading brand of jeans for 140 years, Levi's appeared to have lost its mojo - until a new sheriff rode into town. By Sanjiv Bhattacharya
The Sama-winning artist on being a princess (for real), challenging gender roles, and why she loves singing nuns
Last Sunday, I was declared the winner of One Day Leader, SABC1's leadership reality show.
It has come to my attention that women everywhere are regularly getting picked up by men. Let the record show that I am not one of these women (bar the odd car guard here or there).
Latest version makes something new, vibrant and wonderful of a classic
Test your knowledge with quizmaster Tom Maydon
After five days and nights in the dark, I felt an association with those who lived in medieval times
Antonio Berardi is enjoying sensational popularity courtesy of Gwyneth Paltrow's sheer cheek - but there's more to him than that, writes Lisa Armstrong
Our cool motoring journalist and famous racing driver is prepared to go as a hairdresser for the sake of a good deal
South Africans are spending money on morality by buying Fairtrade products
This gentle pooch helps kids deal with disaster. By Leigh-Anne Hunter
Purity is mushy brown stuff that dribbles out of babies' mouths.
There's a wild man inside you, dying to get out and play.
Ashwin Bhardwaj, who grew up in a mixed-race family in Britain, always felt like 'a clumsy outsider' to India. But a trip there to scatter his father's ashes changed all that
Around Nelspruit, Claire Keeton finds chimps, bike trails, caves and a luxury game lodge all worth the trip. Pictures by Marianne Schwankhart
The British make a mean museum but their food is for Philistines
JP Duminy plays cricket for the Proteas and the Cape Cobras
We are visiting Bali in September and will be based in Ubud.
Workers cheered and whistled as the final piece of the spire of New York City's most recent architectural landmark was lifted into place last week.
"Laughing the dream" (May 5) by Tracy Brooks is a very sad story.
Club Med Mauritius offers friends, families and couples an experience designed to promote peace of mind, relaxation and enjoyment, without the worries of extra costs.
Giselle Hazell surrenders to the slow rhythms of Rodrigues island
Pondoland is a place of cows, bones, foreigners and silence, writes Amy van Vuuren
Two recent incidents on opposite sides of the world highlight the complex risks of 'extreme travel', says Jim Perri
Annie Bennett suggests where to watch the passing show as spring warms the city - and where to join it
Shelley Seid lives it up like a 'tenderpreneur' at a posh Mauritian hotel
Yolanda Mogatusi revels in her Kenyan sightings of both the wildlife and members of that famous tribe
Yvonne Fontyn turns the Durban-Jozi drive into a treat with a five-star stay in the Midlands
Travel news for people on the move
Slow Food presidia are projects that assist artisan producers to save unique, traditional and/or endangered food products, recipes and livestock from extinction.
Hilary Biller dreams up some rich stews to get you through winter
Nothing quick about a slow-cooked potjie
I need a fail-safe recipe for puff pastry - one with all the minute details that plague me when I make it. - Anne Joseph
The loaf is round and plump, like a cake, and divided into eight wedges. But it is unmistakably bread, and rather appetising, too.
A steamed pudding studded with currants
Hungarian winemaker Márta Wille-Baumkauff visited SA recently and talked to Hilary Biller about biodynamic farming and magical wines
Joanne Gibson strikes back with sticky sweet stuff
Sue de Groot toasts a restaurant that deserves to be known for more than its bar
Shelley Seid is seduced by the man who made slow sexy
Tri-colour rice cheesecake
Asha Maharaj shares a dish with echoes of paella and jambalaya
Alison Hearfield feeds her veggies as the turnips feed us
Rudi Liebenberg makes a ridiculously delicious giant rum baba
Paul Hollywood, Britain's favourite baker, makes bread the slow, natural way, starting with grapes
South Durban Basin subsistence farmers have three years to look for new land to ply their trade.
A Hindu religious body has fired another salvo in the battle over the banning of fireworks in private homes in Durban.
Former Benoni police station commander Brigadier Govindsamy Mariemuthoo - who has stayed away from work for 270 days since his appointment in September 2010 - has been transferred to the Jeppe Police Station.
KWAZULU-NATAL drag racers will now have a legal strip on which to indulge their passion for the motorsport.
Although this project takes its title from Gangaiamaren's 1982 Kozhi Koovuthu, it is not a remake.
Hats off to Saif Ali Khan who has, over the years, experimented with different genres of cinema.
Despite being a favourite in the Yash Chopra camp, it seems Parineeti Chopra has developed a worrying habit.
A KWAZULU-NATAL academic has uncovered shockingly low levels of literacy among young pupils in the Phoenix and Tongaat areas.
If you, like me, are addicted to Grey's Anatomy on Monday nights, then you know how heart-wrenching that series can be.
Burning rubber, a turbo-charged BMW M6 and The Stig, clad in his signature white suit and helmet, was the stomach-churning yet amazing treat awaiting guests at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday morning.
A MAGICIAN played a hand in the proposal of Prashan Bisseru, 35, and finance administrator, Amy Ramsamy, 34.
Enjoy a good laugh at Stuart Taylor's Learner Husband comedy show at Suncoast Casino on May 31 and June 1 at 8pm.
It was the sight of a father running Ironman SA with his disabled son that spurred a Gauteng mother to complete her first endurance triathlon.
Don't let fuzzy, feel-good thoughts of the famously lazy cartoon fat-cat fool you, Vigen Naidoo's "Garfield" has the roar of a monster and is anything but slow.