Chaos linked to Zuma’s plan to flex ANC muscle in parliament

President Jacob Zuma's demand that ANC MPs use their numbers to crush opposition in parliament is at the centre of the chaos that erupted this week.

Radebe snubs church as Joshua pulls a PR stunt

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe snubbed Nigerian evangelist TB Joshua by refusing to go into the church when he visited the site of the collapsed building where 81 South Africans died in Lagos.

SARS chief acts on 'brothel' claim

South African Revenue Service commissioner Tom Moyane is moving to defuse a crisis sparked by revelations of a rogue intelligence unit in his organisation.

Time of sadness, hope and tension for Nigeria church collapse families

The long wait is finally coming to an end for dozens of South African families who lost loved ones in the Nigerian tragedy.

Stealing a school, a brick at a time

In 1994, Themba Faku often gazed out of his front window, marvelling as his new R40-million school was being built.

When friends and their grand plans fall apart

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.

'We have to halt this slaughter' - Kruger Park head

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.

SA threatens to ground Emirates in flights row

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.

Druglord to shed light on 20-year murder mystery

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.

New PetroSA boss shocks ANC veteran

A businessman who once allegedly swindled top ANC leaders out of millions in an investment scheme has been appointed chairman of the PetroSA board.

It's raining money for Romeo

Most 12-year-olds have to make do with a paper round or the odd car wash to make some pocket money.

How Jack cheated from relationship's start to end

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.

Oscar's life during trial laid bare in revealing new book

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.

Aniston makes her peace with Brad and Angelina

Jennifer Aniston has disclosed that she no longer holds a grudge against her ex-husband, Brad Pitt, and his wife, Angelina Jolie.

Airline faces fine for deporting teenage siblings

An international airline has been found guilty of "breaking apart" a family by deporting three teenagers and ignoring several urgent court orders.

Mexicans keep up fight over missing 43

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.

US nuclear arsenal had to rely on FedEx

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 .

Unwelcome spotlight for owner of Anni death site

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.

'Better' Mapungubwe find excites scientists

A Small packet of glass beads sits in a cabinet alongside Dr Shadreck Chirikure's desk at the University of Cape Town.

Twist in Senzo case as cops seek records

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.

After all the fuss, Cell C still wants him to pay up

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.

UK medical staff robbed killer mom of her 'will to live'

Tania Clarence was at war with the 60 medical staff treating her three severely disabled children, whom she smothered to "end their suffering".

Cape says hello to hi-tech sailors

Sailing is no longer the gentle pursuit of slipknots and sundowners.

Breaking a leg where only eagles dare

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.

Residents in crossfire as rivals clash

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.

Don't worry about Cosatu's future. Worry about your own

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.

Obama in blunt warning to Putin

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.

Flat battery overshadows life's origins

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 digs in closet to fight Ebola

Naomi Campbell is doing her bit for the fight against Ebola - by selling her second-hand clothes.

UK intensifies fight against jihadists

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.
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Multiple Sclerosis drug gets FDA approval

Sanofi SA said on Saturday its U.S. subsidiary Genzyme has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada after an initial rejection in December last year.

'I felt utterly sick. This was my daughter's blood' - Exclusive extract from June Steenkamp's book

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

Is our president too powerful?

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.

Will repression follow chaos as ANC falters in parliament?

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.

Power Report: Readers force Harpic's hand on cap from hell

Safety in numbers. There are probably few parents who have not impressed this upon their children at some point.

Internet nightmare for parents

Almost one in five children aged nine to 11 have met up with internet strangers in real life, research claims.

Readers' Views

Lions in the wild suffer same fate as their 'canned' cousins

How do you tell a man his courage has run out?

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.

So Many Questions: Bungling of the Senzo murder case

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.

EDITORIAL: Anger won't get political parties results in parliament

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.

EDITORIAL: Put Cosatu's woes to good use

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.

Tablet offers fresh hope for heroin addicts

A 10-month-old Western Cape drug treatment programme is achieving excellent results.

Time will deal more kindly with Obama than the US does now

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.

Hogarth on parliament, the DA and love

Take a look who make's Hogarth's list this week.

At 40, DiCaprio is still no-man's age

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.

OBITUARY: John-Roger Hinkins - New Age cult leader who attracted the rich and famous

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".

OBITUARY: Greta Schoeman - UK-born paediatric nurse who started SA hospice movement

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.

Mashaba's boys put Sudan to the sword

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 bank on the return of Sturridge

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 corruption probe shock for SA

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.

Mahlangu: over and out, says Safa

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.

Brazilians looking to turn their season around

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.

Scholes: A player you just had to love

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.

Equatorial Guinea set to hold African Nations Cup

The 2015 edition of the African Cup of Nations will be held in Equatorial Guinea.

Drivers' title is Hamilton's to lose

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.
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Meyer's charges hold on in cliffhanger

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.

Friends with benefits run a good race

Dennis Kimetto, the marathon world record-holder, is shy when he speaks English.

Berman coup lands superfight

Almost nothing in Rodney Berman's relaxed demeanor this week betrayed the exhilaration of completing one of the biggest coups in world boxing.

Unleashing the beast for 80 minutes

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.

Khan aims a jab at Pac Man's age

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.

Captain's orders: fix it now

I do feel really bitter because you don't like losing games. We would like to come back now - De Villiers

Sharma says his record is just the start

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 enigma that is the West Indies

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.

Misbah marches into history

Four years and three months ago a frustrated Misbah-ul-Haq considered burning his cricket equipment and leaving the game for good.

Kink in SA's armour is as subtle as a thought

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.

BAT's bid to stub out spy saga

Tobacco giant British American Tobacco (BAT) is scrambling to avoid having to come clean in the face of new evidence that it hired a network of agents to spy on rivals.

Woolies investors to feel the heat

Woolworths' customers have felt the heat, now it's the turn of shareholders.

Iqbal Survé on yoga, science and media bosses

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.

BAT spying claims refuse to go away as more players tell their tales

Claims that British American Tobacco (BAT) spied on competitors in South Africa are nothing new.

'It's all just a storm in a teacup' - WBHO chairman

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."

Gijima's shareholders impress rating agency

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.

No comfort for credit model as Ellerines falls

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.

Big deal speculation supports SABMiller stock

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.

Cosatu split could be a disaster for stability - and capitalists

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.

Tax hikes will hurt SA economy - Mark Lamberti

Mark Lamberti, the CEO of logistics giant Imperial Holdings, said it would be a disaster if the government hiked personal income tax.

An outsider's insights can save a business

When businesses hit a rough patch for which they are not prepared the strain can leave management with few viable options.

Sparkling earnings spur Spar to record high

SPAR'S share price hit a record high this week after earnings beat forecasts, helped mostly by new acquisitions.

First the JSE, then HomeChoice to head into Africa

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.

Zinzi Mgolodela - nurturing the veggie patch of transformation

Zinzi Mgolodela is head of transformation at Woolworths. She told tells Margaret Harris about how much she enjoys being part of a national school gardening programme gramme based on permaculture principles

Not a relative of 'Top Billing' types

How do you spend your money?

How to be a star employee

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.

Tuscan palace? Yes, please. Nkandla? Never

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.
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Finer details pave the road to holiday heaven

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.

In bed with asexuals

'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
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The rise of rapper AKA

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

The pulse: opening night of "I See A Different You"

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.

Shudder to think: strange cases of 'the little death'

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.

The moment: Matshepo and Keabetswe's 'umembeso'

This devout couple and their families paved the way to marriage with a traditional Zulu ceremony
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Clearing the decks with DJ Zinhle

This House sensation is terrified of gigs & party balloons - but facing your fear is better than laziness, she tells Leigh-Anne Hunter
Who moved my cheese? Comedian John Cleese tells newbies to 'steal' ideas.

Life before Fawlty: comedian John Cleese on his new memoir

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

Dear Eskom: allow me to shed my load

Tongue-in-cheek letters to Escom in light of the recent bout of load-shedding

Best of DStv Movies: 16 - 23 November 2014

Must-watch movies for the coming week

TV series review: 'Orange is the New Black'

This Netflix series is a darkly witty take on the jailed life of a kugel in the cooler

The Pendant Class: raising hell

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.

The Big read: Fathers and skis

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

In Transit: Jozi is Africa's hottest spot

Travel news for people on the move

Accidental tourist: Danish apocalypse

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.

Peter's Post: Tips for Bangkok and Dubai

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

Readers competition: Where in 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.

Travel spots: 'My travelling life'

How often do you travel?

Travellers tale: Turf and Surf

Mike Moon finds some respite from all that blue ocean in Mauritius - with a thrilling trip to the races

Readers corner: Big on Japan

Lee Kingma bows to the attractions of this fascinating nation

Local destination: The great, hot wilderness

Nicki von der Heyde heads off into the Richtersveld

Weekend escapes: Ships in the night

Nick Yell spends a romantic night at the Arniston Hotel

Comment: Where I'd go if I won the Lotto

If I won a million air miles and inherited a small fortune from a mysterious aunt, I would spend it on travel. I would jet around the world in first class and live it up in five-star hotels and spend dollars and euros as if they were rands.

Tonight's supper: Potato and bean salad

Cucumber, sprouts, celery and pesto give this potato salad a fresh summery feel

Sweet endings: Chocolate swirled meringues

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

Waste not you carrot tops: tasty tips to minimise food waste

Buy less, repurpose more, culinary expert tells Shanthini Naidoo

Food Weekly Ed's letter: 16 November 2014

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

Behind the scenes: Food Weekly Cookbook Awards 2014

SA's first national cookbook competition gave the judges some thrilling surprises and culminated in an extravaganza of cooks, books and lovers of both. Food Weekly Editor Hilary Biller reflects on the experience

Good books gift guide: cookbooks

Foodies would be delighted to be given anyone of these books this festive season

Good books gift guide: baking, braaiing and entertaining

Love to entertain at home? These books will provide you with loads of inspiration

Anni remembered in sad prayer

An emotional prayer at the site at which she died and a hawan (prayer) to remember her passing four years ago.

Slain student: accused sent for observation

One of the men alleged to have killed Kurtlee Pillay will spend the next two weeks being assessed to determine his state of mind during the attack.

Healthy lifestyle keeps type 2 diabetes in check

Five-year-old Krati Dhawan often complained of stomach pain and was losing weight.

Focus on dignity in the work of this fine photographer

Photographer Ranjith Kally celebrates his 89th birthday in two weeks' time, which coincides with the launch of his second book, Memory Against Forgetting. In his introduction, KALIM RAJAB explains how a naked wall spawned the black and white coffee- table book that traces Kally's soul-stirring photographs, taken mainly during the apartheid era.

How to jazz things up in the world of business

ON a rainy and cold Wednesday evening, Henley Business School in Paulshof, northern Joburg, decided to spice things up with a unique lecture to ...

Uncle Bandy believed in equality and respect

Struggle StalwartsThe contribution of the brave men and women who helped to end apartheid, in the face of fierce repression, should be kept alive

Divided by two shops, but joined by love

IT didn't take Shiven Mohun and Sunjana Sivemangal long to notice one another: they worked in their family businesses two properties away from each other.

Tendulkar ready to repay his disciples' devotion

The cricket legend tells Jonathan Liew how he hopes to help transform his country's sporting culture - and why he has not gone out alone in 25 years

This boot is a movable booze fest

TRAVENO Kajah's Toyota Corolla has a party in the back.

Actonville 'hidden from history' no more

Artist Hemisha Bhana has captured the history of the Benoni suburb of Actonville through her camera lenses - using the memories of residents as a method of research.

Translations and silent music hurt film releases

Talented filmmaker Pooja Bhatt is getting ready for her comeback as an actress. She has agreed to play a supporting role in Mr Chalu, which stars Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut.

Teachers boogie to raise funds for Highway Hospice

BARRY Gibb wailed, the alcohol flowed and many a teacher's booty was shaken. And next year they want to do it all again - in the name of charity.

Average remake of a classic may not be one for your bucket list

IT takes a brave filmmaker to remake a Bollywood classic because it naturally opens room for comparisons and loads of apprehension.

Horror comedy is horrible -- and not very funny

ACTOR Sundhar C has gone from directing a romantic comedy to trying his hand at a horror comedy, Aranmanai, in which he also plays a leading role.

Dishes as easy -- and delicious -- as pie

Chicken portions cooked in a sweet chilli sauce with tomato wedges and spices.

Man in court over 'fake' abduction

A JOBURG businessman who is alleged to have staged his own kidnapping in an attempt to extort money from his family has been nabbed.

Unholy row over religion at school

The South African Hindu Maha Sabha is investigating claims of religious intolerance at a former Model C primary school in Durban.

Trust takes MEC to court for R2m

THE Juma Musjid school might have closed down four years ago, but its former landlords are still fighting to recoup nearly R2-million.

Statues honour indentured labourers

THE figures of a man and woman representing the toil of indentured labourers is to be unveiled at the Shri Mariammen Temple in Mt Edgecombe this afternoon.

Battle over Chatsworth store to continue

OXFORD Market franchise owner Brett Latimer is adamant that a Chatsworth branch will be opened despite a municipal tribunal overturning rezoning for the area.

Heritage museum goes home at last

DURBAN'S Indian heritage museum finally returns to its original home today.

India's PM pops up on yet another social site

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his Instagram debut this week with a picture of the venue of the 25th Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Myanmar and notched up followers at a blistering pace.
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