In 1994, Themba Faku often gazed out of his front window, marvelling as his new R40-million school was being built.
Theirs was a friendship that brought Jacob Zuma to power and put the trade union movement at the centre of official decision-making. For a while it worked a treat, but soon their interests began to diverge.
One hundred men, five women, 17 dogs and a retired major-general are about all that stands between the Kruger National Park's remaining 8000 rhinos and the biggest criminal onslaught to date on South Africa's wild animals.
THE South African government has fired a new salvo at Emirates, one of the world's most powerful airlines, in a damaging battle over flights.
The Sunday Times yesterday tracked down a notorious drug dealer who promised to help explain the mysterious disappearance of a well-known Soweto businessman who had close links with soccer boss Irvin Khoza.
A businessman who once allegedly swindled top ANC leaders out of millions in an investment scheme has been appointed chairman of the PetroSA board.
Most 12-year-olds have to make do with a paper round or the odd car wash to make some pocket money.
It began as love at first sight, and lasted 17 tempestuous years, but Anjelica Huston's relationship with Jack Nicholson was never going to end with the two Oscar-winning actors settling down, having children and growing old together.
While Oscar Pistorius hid from the public during his murder trial, an image of Reeva Steenkamp stared down at him in the cottage where he lived a semi-reclusive life.
Jennifer Aniston has disclosed that she no longer holds a grudge against her ex-husband, Brad Pitt, and his wife, Angelina Jolie.
An international airline has been found guilty of "breaking apart" a family by deporting three teenagers and ignoring several urgent court orders.
Thousands of teachers and students took to the streets in Mexican cities this week to demand justice for 43 young men feared to have been massacred by drug-gang hit men working in cahoots with corrupt police.
The US 's 60-year-old nuclear arsenal has fallen into disrepair since the end of the Cold War, a Pentagon inquiry disclosed this week .
THE family of murdered Anni Dewani wanted to put a plaque at the scene where her body was found in Khayelitsha, but the owner of the property has refused on cultural grounds.
A Small packet of glass beads sits in a cabinet alongside Dr Shadreck Chirikure's desk at the University of Cape Town.
The police task team investigating the murder of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa has gone to court to access records of suspects and people close to the goalkeeper.
The straw that broke the camel's back for George Prokas, the Cell C customer who forked out R61000 for a banner along one of Joburg's busiest roads to highlight shoddy service, came when he tried to buy a car for his wife a few months ago.
Tania Clarence was at war with the 60 medical staff treating her three severely disabled children, whom she smothered to "end their suffering".
Sailing is no longer the gentle pursuit of slipknots and sundowners.
Megan Murgatroyd hiked the remote Cederberg alone for almost three years, learnt to abseil down cliffs and even broke a leg - all in pursuit of the elusive black eagle.
The bullet holes on the driver's door of Thokozani Maci's red Toyota Camry have left the 41-year-old shaken. Someone wanted him dead.
Over the course of this terrible week, and as the complex and intricate labour federation Cosatu - one that took apartheid-era activists decades of sweat and blood to build - tragically implodes, I've been asked time and time again: Jay, what's going to happen next? Frankly, I have no idea.
Russia's aggression against Ukraine was "appalling" and a threat to the world, US President Barack Obama said yesterday as European nations threatened further sanctions against Moscow if it did not end the flow of weapons and troops.
The Rosetta probe could be holding key information about how life on Earth began, but we may never see the evidence after scientists lost contact with the landing craft on Friday night.
Naomi Campbell is doing her bit for the fight against Ebola - by selling her second-hand clothes.
The security services have done a "remarkable" job in the past six months, foiling at least two Islamic State terror attacks, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday.
In this third and final extract from her book, June Steenkamp tells of her harrowing days in court and how she dealt with the trauma as Oscar Pistorius, her daughter's killer, faced the judge to account for his actions
Much of the glowing talk about our constitutional architecture relates to fundamental rights and freedoms. And yet the manner in which public power is allocated within it is not always optimal for advancing our democratic project.
Parliament is now an institution in deep and fundamental crisis. Following a chaotic Thursday, which started with the opposition filibustering in response to the Speaker randomly changing the programme for the day and ended with police assaulting several MPs, there are five issues, key to party politics, to be distilled from the bedlam.
Safety in numbers. There are probably few parents who have not impressed this upon their children at some point.
Almost one in five children aged nine to 11 have met up with internet strangers in real life, research claims.
Lions in the wild suffer same fate as their 'canned' cousins
I am staring out the window of a Wits University lecture hall at the dying of the day. Ebrahim Ebrahim's monotonous voice drones on about the valiant heroics of the movement's cadres who did not break under torture.
After assuring us that they had got their man, detectives investigating Senzo Meyiwa’s murder have been left with red faces. Chris Barron asked the head of crime and justice at the Institute of Security Studies, Gareth Newham.
For South Africans, anger is a cheap and abundant commodity engendered by a history of competing nationalisms. Anger can almost always be justified, but the best moments of our painful past were attained when we rose above it; the worst when we became its prey and captive.
The seemingly imminent split in South Africa's largest trade union federation, Cosatu, is both a great threat and a wonderful opportunity for the country.
A 10-month-old Western Cape drug treatment programme is achieving excellent results.
The pow wow in Beijing this week provided a welcome escape for Barack Obama from a chilly Washington, where his Democratic Party was still smarting from its mauling in the midterm elections.
Take a look who make's Hogarth's list this week.
Leonardo DiCaprio turned 40 this week, although only in the biological sense. As a performer, he will remain exactly as old, and as young, as he has been for ever.
JOHN-Roger Hinkins, who has died aged 80, was a New Age cult leader known to his followers as John-Roger or the "Mystical Traveller".
Greta Schoeman, who has died in Durban at the age of 79, started the hospice movement in South Africa in 1982, using her home in Westville, Durban, as the country's first hospice.
Bafana Bafana are going to Equatorial Guinea, the new hosts of the 2015 African Nations Cup, after overwhelming Sudan in their penultimate qualifier yesterday.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge said this week he was happy to be back training as he prepared for a return to first-team action following a prolonged absence through injury.
FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke has opened the door for the South African government to meddle in football affairs - a complete turnaround for the sports governing body, given its stance on political involvement.
Tough-talking South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Dennis Mumble is sticking to his guns and will not entertain talk of taking banned midfielder May Mahlangu back into the national team.
It's unusual to have a game so early in the Absa Premiership where the stakes are as potentially high as the encounter between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns.
The last time Paul Scholes was in South Africa it was for the pre-season tour that would mark the beginning of the end of one of the most glittering eras in English football: Sir Alex Ferguson's reign.
The 2015 edition of the African Cup of Nations will be held in Equatorial Guinea.
With one race to go and in the fastest car on the grid by miles, Lewis Hamilton only needs second place to win the world championship. Given his speed and that of the Mercedes, it is hardly a tall order.
THE Springboks extended their unbeaten run against England to 12 matches with a superb win at Twickenham that was a victory for tenacious defence, character and composure.
Dennis Kimetto, the marathon world record-holder, is shy when he speaks English.
Almost nothing in Rodney Berman's relaxed demeanor this week betrayed the exhilaration of completing one of the biggest coups in world boxing.
Marcell Coetzee, 23, couldn't appear less like a savage beast when sitting on a sofa in the Springboks' London hotel, but anyone who has seen this openside play understands what he means when he says he becomes like an animal.
Former two-time World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation light-welterweight champion Amir Khan has said that Manny Pacquiao is past his peak and that age and distractions have begun to get the better of him.
I do feel really bitter because you don't like losing games. We would like to come back now - De Villiers
After cracking a world record 264 against Sri Lanka in an one-day international in Kolkata, India's stylish opener Rohit Sharma made it clear he would not rest on his laurels, as he had "still lot more to do".
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have been accused of squandering the dominance their team once had over the game, of chronic maladministration and of swindling their current players.
Four years and three months ago a frustrated Misbah-ul-Haq considered burning his cricket equipment and leaving the game for good.
You couldn't forget it if you tried, but in case you have tried ... the ball went from Damien Fleming's hand to Lance Klusener's bat to Michael Bevan's dive and flick, then back to Fleming and into Adam Gilchrist's gloves. Game over, but not the nightmare.
Woolworths' customers have felt the heat, now it's the turn of shareholders.
Iqbal Surve has quit as Sekunjalo Investments chairman after 14 years, leaving some to wonder whether his departure was linked to the bad press about Sekunjalo Investment Holdings' swoop on the Independent media group.
Claims that British American Tobacco (BAT) spied on competitors in South Africa are nothing new.
Mike Wylie, chairman of construction giant WBHO, commenting this week on the allegations of collusion among major construction companies, said: "It wasn't so bad."
There is a probability of a recovery for Gijima, according to rating agency Global Credit Ratings, after Robert Gumede's embattled technology firm on Friday cleared its first hurdle to raise R100-million from shareholders.
Business doyen Eric Ellerine, who opened the doors of the first Ellerines branch in Germiston, east of Joburg, in July 1950 as a 16-year-old high school dropout, has brushed off the collapse of the group that still bears his name.
The SABMiller share price seemed to ignore the dull and below-expectations interim results released by the group this week and, after a brief hesitation, began to move back up to its 12-month high.
Proponents of capitalism might say the demise of labour federation Cosatu would be good for the economy because the government has handled its partners, of which Cosatu is one, with kid gloves at the expense of growth.
Mark Lamberti, the CEO of logistics giant Imperial Holdings, said it would be a disaster if the government hiked personal income tax.
When businesses hit a rough patch for which they are not prepared the strain can leave management with few viable options.
SPAR'S share price hit a record high this week after earnings beat forecasts, helped mostly by new acquisitions.
It might not seem to be the ideal time for a largely credit-based retailer to list on the JSE, but catalogue retailer HomeChoice is heading to the bourse next month after a two-year hiatus on its listing plans.
It is tempting for jobseekers to blame everything and everyone except themselves when facing rejection. But Nola Payne, head of faculty: information technology at the Independent Institute of Education, says that all too often the fault lies within the person.
Eldene Jones — TV commercial presenter, theatre actress and one-time presenter of the educational TV programme ‘Climate Change’ — tells Lucky Biyase how she manages his her money and how tons of money will not convince her to go and stay in Nkandla.
Travel consultant Johanna Mmesi tells Margaret Harris that she loves SMSes from clients thanking her for organising them their best holiday ever' - but also appreciates complaints, because she learns from them.
'Am I really that interested in sex?' Some people have asked themselves this question and been brave enough to embrace the answer, writes Oliver Roberts
No matter what you may think of where the bar is set for attaining celebrity status in South Africa, rapper AKA has cleared it by a mile
IF you were wondering where all the cool kids were last Thursday, your answer is the opening night of "I See A Different You" - part of Grant's whisky's "Stand Together" campaign, which celebrates young creatives.
Scientists widely report that the brain is our least understood area. Since we're talking about body parts, I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that our bits are possibly the second-least-understood parts. Of course, here "bits" is the technical, scientific term for our sexual organs.
This devout couple and their families paved the way to marriage with a traditional Zulu ceremony
This House sensation is terrified of gigs & party balloons - but facing your fear is better than laziness, she tells Leigh-Anne Hunter
Cleese's droll memoir, 'So Anyway' (Random House), stars a volcanic mother and himself as a 'wet' kid and an 'utterly unsexy' young man. He spoke to Michele Magwood
Tongue-in-cheek letters to Escom in light of the recent bout of load-shedding
Must-watch movies for the coming week
This Netflix series is a darkly witty take on the jailed life of a kugel in the cooler
In a mysterious and mutable world, it would be comforting to think you could rely on the unchanging nature of words, but they are as subject to the whimsy of progress as service on aeroplanes.
In France, Henry Druce finds a resort to help his young daughter share his love of skiing - and give him some alone time with his wife
Travel news for people on the move
A winter of bad decisions had led me to Copenhagen. The capital city and by all accounts the only (worthwhile) city in Denmark hosted my brother and me for 11 days. By the fourth day, my invincible brother, who takes Corenza-C without water, was splattered on the couch with a cold.
Our travel expert answers queries on routes and destinations around the world
A girl wearing a hat and thanaka paste on her face for sun protection waters flowers at the one of the main intersections of the southeast Asian capital city of Naypyitaw.
Cucumber, sprouts, celery and pesto give this potato salad a fresh summery feel
Made with just ONE egg white, the recipe makes up to 30 meringues that are deliciously crispy on the outside and squishy in the centre. Served with a dollop of cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce, they taste like a million dollars - without the hefty price tag
Buy less, repurpose more, culinary expert tells Shanthini Naidoo
I'm a sucker for a bargain and have fallen into the "three for two" trap, especially when it comes to fresh produce, writes Hilary Biller