SA pilots' warn of mental health 'time bomb'

South African pilots have warned of an aviation time bomb due to a lack of proper mental health regulations, saying it could result in a disaster similar to this week's suicide crash in the French Alps.

Cops face boot from barracks of shame

Get out or pay up! This is the message police management in Gauteng has sent out to policemen and women residing at barracks in the province - many of whom live there with their families.

Inside the SA prison no one has ever escaped from

No one has escaped from South Africa's most secure prison, C-Max in Kokstad, an eerie world of solid barriers, security cameras and handcuffed prisoners in single cells. The Sunday Times goes inside.

Sangoma's vision leads KZN premier to ask Zuma for 'mass grave' probe

KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu relied only on a sangoma's "vision" for his shock announcement about the existence of a "mass grave" on the South Coast.

Looking to rent? This is what R400 000 a month will get you

With no mortgage worries or maintenance headaches, costly rentals are gaining favour among the rich.

Hardened ex-con brings first 'code academy' to SA prisons

Sihle Tshabalala is going back to prison.

Vavi keeps critics guessing ahead of media briefing

Unions aligned to embattled Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi are split over whether he should quit the federation or wait to be expelled.

'Isibaya' rakes in awards, 'Villa Rosa' is viewer favourite

Isibaya fans, cast and crew cheered and rose to their feet in victory not once, not twice, but seven times as the überpopular show picked up seven honours at the Royalty Soapie Awards in Durban last night.

Online search for missing yacht turns up possible clue

The families of three South African yachtsmen who disappeared at sea more than two months ago have been given a glimmer of hope after an online search of satellite images spotted what is believed to be a life raft.

Beware of 'phantom' landlords

Pam Golding Properties in the Western Cape has warned potential tenants to be on the lookout for "phantom" landlords.

'Hlaudi purge' claims two new victims at SABC

The SABC board has been plunged deeper into chaos after two more members critical of operations boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng were booted out this week.

Farms and informal sector exploit thousands of kids

More than 820 000 children are working in South Africa as child labourers.

Rhodes to be removed from UCT

Cecil John Rhodes is leaving the University of Cape Town.

Breyani purveyors in snakey price war

It is a price war between two food outlets - one famous for burgers, the other for breyani.

Jazz it ain't - but it's a lot of fun

The 16th Cape Town International Jazz Festival has spunk and a youthful vibe - and it should be called something else, because jazz just ain't the word.

Michael Jackson tribute show is a crowd-thriller

Michael Jackson's (self-proclaimed) No1 fan turned out for a tribute show to the King of Pop on Thursday night at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, north of Durban.

Spy tapes: apology to Ronnie Kasrils

The Sunday Times apologises to former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils for stating as fact in a headline that the "spy tapes" exposed him as the mastermind behind the manipulation of the National Prosecuting Authority ahead of the ANC's Polokwane conference in 2007 concerning President Jacob Zuma's corruption charges.

It's reigning queens at the Miss SA pageant

Three former Miss Worlds head a list of some of the most beautiful women in South Africa who will be at Sun City tonight for the crowning of the new Miss South Africa.
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DA MP drawn into NPA chief's brawl with cops

The battle between police commissioner Riah Phiyega and National Prosecuting Authority boss Mxolisi Nxasana has taken another turn with cops now accusing the top prosecutor of protecting DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach.

1D mania grips SA as boy stars jet into Jozi

One Direction fans have the best parents - the kind of folks who drive their obsessive teenagers to Lanseria Airport to camp overnight so they can be there when the band arrive.

Judges come clean on riches as new rules face challenge

All are equal before the law, but, as with everything else in life, even among judges it appears there are those who have much and those who do not.

Loyalty is king for the smarter shopper

Some consumers walk around with more loyalty cards in their wallets than cash. But the joke is on those of us who scoff at this, because they are coining it.

Braai comes off wors as Schalk seduced by sushi

He does not seem the type who prefers sushi to boerewors, but Schalk Burger's favourite thing about living in Japan was the food.

Lolly Jackson murder suspect 'dying of cancer'

The Department of Justice and Correctional Services has transferred George Louca to another prison hospital section - after an urgent plea by the Cypriot high commission that "he was dying".

No way out for serial escapee Ananias Mathe

"I do nothing. I only get out [of the cell] on a Saturday when I come to the phone."

Eskom goes after debt

Eskom is getting tough on households that owe it money and is laying down the law - pay up or be blacklisted.
Jerry Vilikazi portrait session

Society couple escape court bid for their cash

A bid to sue high-flying couple Jerry Vilakazi and his wife, Doreen, for R9.5-million, has been abandoned at the eleventh hour by the National Empowerment Fund (NEF).

Youth vs experience in DA poll battle

The leadership battle in the DA is hotting up, with two party leaders confirming that they will compete for the influential post of federal chairman.

Gogos all go-go as Mahotella Queens hit 50-year mark

She has been doing it for 50 years - and she is going to keep on doing it until "amadolo angasavumi" (my knees give in).

Touré reigns in the court of cool

Constitution Hill is one of Joburg's most versatile places. The home of our Constitutional Court, it also houses an art gallery, a museum, a restaurant and a venue for cool events.
Mark van der Velden, David Friedman and Ed Linington on February 28 1992

A deadline too far for ailing Sapa

The final dispatch, for 76 years the SA Press Association provided essential fodder for local newspapers, but it could not survive changing technology and the end of a gentleman's agreement. It will send out its last news item on Tuesday.

What is to blame for the rise of the 'look at me' generation?

Does your child aspire to be the next Kim Kardashian or Kanye West? Whether you like it or not, the celebrity culture flourishing in the era of Instagram and Twitter puts kids at risk of developing narcissistic traits.
Kalamazoo To Coventry

Mystery of Steve Mokone, SA's unsung 'Maserati of football'

Many of the details of Steve "Kalamazoo" Mokone's life are still shrouded in mystery. Which is the point, really.
Barney Mthombothi

South Africa's rebels without a cause give Rhodes the last laugh

Most people would probably agree with the students at the University of Cape Town that the statue of Cecil John Rhodes is an irritant and a constant reminder of unpleasant memories.
Artist, Robin Rhode

The unbearable zaniness of Robin Rhode

I'm walking through the Stevenson Gallery in Johannesburg in my socks. Around me people are taking measurements, drawing lines on the wall to form a grid and holding a ladder, atop of which artist Robin Rhode is perched, drawing a line.

So Many Questions: Does SA take the Cricket World Cup too seriously

Chris Barron asks sports scientist Ross Tucker whether South African take the Cricket World Cup too seriously...

Lessons from a leader who banned chewing gum

Nineteenth-century French writer Gustave Flaubert was of the view that "our worth should be measured by our aspirations more than our works".

Obituary: Jack Downey, CIA spy jailed in China, disowned by US

1930-2015: Jack Downey, who has died aged 84, was one of two CIA operatives shot down during a botched cloak-and-dagger flight into China in November 1952; they were captured and held in prison for nearly two decades, while the US government denied that they were spies.
ICC Cricket World Cup: Proteas arrival press conference

Editorial: Is the choke still on the Proteas?

Perhaps it is a measure of our maturity in these matters that the Proteas' loss in the Cricket World Cup semifinal to New Zealand was not accompanied by the habitual self-loathing that has greeted our demise in previous tournaments. Or perhaps we have resigned ourselves to coming off second best. When all else has failed, we pluck virtue from adversity and call ourselves good losers.

On the sixth day they rested, and on the seventh

Unions representing home affairs staff are threatening to strike unless the department reverses its decision to rearrange their working hours. The department says it wants to improve service to the client.
Leicester Cathedral handout photo shows the coffin of King Richard III being carried by the military bearer party during the service of reinterment for his remains at the cathedral

Richard III gets a kingly burial, on second try

For an English monarchy that has lasted more than 1000 years, there can have been few more improbable occasions than the ceremony of remembrance this week for the reburial of one of the most bloodstained medieval sovereigns, King Richard III.
Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser arrives at a memorial service in honour of former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam at Sydney's Town Hall

Obituary:Malcolm Fraser, Australian prime minister who served long but lost his pants

1930-2015:Malcolm Fraser,who has died aged 84, was one of Australia's most powerful prime ministers and was, by the end of his tenure, the second longest-serving premier after Sir Robert Menzies; but as his Labor vanquisher, Bob Hawke, once observed: "He won the votes of the Australian electorate but not their hearts."

Breaking the gridlock of silence that keeps Rhodes on his perch

Something is unsettling about the image of University of Cape Town students with their mouths covered in tape while protesting against the statue of Cecil John Rhodes.

Spare the furnace and sell Rhodes off to De Beers instead

The time is right for the large bronze statue of Cecil Rhodes, brooding over the city from the entrance of the old campus at the University of Cape Town, to be removed.
Cecil John Rhodes Statue

State must act to eradicate lingering apartheid at universities

It seems almost ironic that the protests against the Rhodes statue on the grounds of the University of Cape Town as a symbol of white privilege and oppression should take place just as we celebrated Human Rights Day this month, a commemoration of the Sharpeville massacre in which numerous students were killed and injured by the apartheid regime.
The Future Of Asia Conference

Obituary: Lee Kuan Yew, tough founder of modern Singapore

1923-2015: Lee Kuan Yew, who has died aged 91, was the creator of modern Singapore and the outstanding Asian statesman of his generation.
Bob Hewitt Rape Trial in South Africa Hewitt has been appeared in court yesterday following allegations that he sexually abused three girls he coached in 1981 and 1982 respectively. One of Hewitt's alleged victims testified in court yesterday, on how he allegedly abused her on a tennis training trip to Sun City.

Courage of Hewitt's victims will help many women

Bob Hewitt got away with his sex crimes for 30 years, but this week the cocky, sunburnt Australian tennis pro was convicted of sexually assaulting three children. All of them - Suellen Sheehan, Theresa Tolken and an unnamed woman - had been his protégées. He coached them in tennis. He was in a position of authority and trust.

Editorial: The rule of law is the loser in police-prosecutors standoff

It is the kind of bizarre stuff of which banana republic legends are made. But, sadly, it is all true drama unfolding in front of our very eyes. Two of the country's most senior public servants - the top cop and the chief prosecutor - are embroiled in a bitter public spat that can only further erode citizens' confidence in the criminal justice system.

Mampara of the Week: Goodwill Zwelithini

One can only presume that King Goodwill Zwelithini did not have his two Swazi-born wives in mind when he called for foreigners to go back to their countries. Not at all, it was explained.

Shakes, Mokotjo bury hatchet

FC Twente star midfielder says there's now 'common ground' between him and Bafana coach
2015 Super Rugby: Vodacom Bulls v Crusaders

Hard-charging Bulls surprise Crusaders

A Touch of Madiba magic could well have been responsible for the inspired Bulls win over the Crusaders last night.
Thabo Rakhale

Bucs's new boy Thabo Rakhale dazzles

Thabo Rakhale is a magician with the ball and has the world at his feet
Lions head coach Johan Ackermann

Top-half finish is now within Lions' grasp

They had to travel more than 32 500km, across the Indian Ocean and four Australasian cities in search of it, but the Lions have at last found the springboard to launch their Super Rugby campaign.

Safa says it is changing face of football in SA

The SA Football Association (Safa) is set to chop its national executive committee from 34 members down to 20.

Alonso rubbishes McLaren crash theory

Fernando Alonso had barely passed the medical exams that allow his return to Formula One before he was accusing his employer McLaren with an explosive testimony of the accident that threatened his career.
Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot during the final tennis match against Argentina's Juan Monaco at the ATP Argentina Open in Buenos Aires

Fans in for a treat as Murray, Nadal take to the grass

With the new-look grasscourt season only three months away, in June, Britain's beefed-up summer of tennis received a major boost when world No3 Rafael Nadal committed himself to the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club for the first time since 2011.
Seabelo Senatla of The BlitzBoks

BlitzBoks chase Sevens Cup

The BlitzBoks are chasing their first Sevens Cup final title in Hong Kong and maintained their 100% record alongside Fiji as the quarterfinals took shape.
Imran Tahir of South Africa of the Proteas

World Cup of teetering highs and scraping lows

Six weeks and a day after it all started, the 2015 Cricket World Cup reaches its climax today in the final between Australia and New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Tommy Oosthuizen celebrates with former SA welterweight champion Harold
Volbrecht’s grandson after he won the International Boxing Organisation light-heavyweight bout
against Ryno Liebenberg

US big gun sets sights on Tommy

Floyd Mayweather's adviser, Al Haymon, is trying to talk Thomas ''Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen out of a potentially destructive fight against baby-faced but menacing multiple boxing champion Gennady ''GGG" Golovkin.
Telford Vice

Let's call it what it is: Proteas backfire

It started with tinsel and ended in tears. There was so much wrong with the way South Africa approached this Cricket World Cup - from the ridiculous fuss made at the announcement of their squad, to the outrageous nonsense that accompanied their send-off, to their seeming inability to do anything without a consultant hovering, to the selection of Vernon Philander ahead of Kyle Abbott for the semifinal.
Bareng-Batho Kortjaas

Domingo reduced Phangiso to a statue

Defeat sometimes makes people demented. What else can one deduce from the gibberish Russell Domingo spewed upon touchdown at OR Tambo International Airport on Friday morning?
Patrice Motsepe

CAF is a mere sideshow for these wealthy club owners

It's a distant rivalry that is made more intriguing by the mega-rich owners of the clubs Mamelodi Sundowns and their well-heeled Democratic Republic of Congo counterparts, Tout Puissant Mazembe.
Veteran Bulls No 5 Victor Matfield is a crucial player in the Springboks‘ run for glory

No 5 lock holds the key for Springboks

Victor Matfield might be wrapped in cotton wool after Pieter-Steph du Toit’s injury
The chickens of Ryan McLaren's omission have come home to roost

The simple, harsh truth of SA's Cricket World Cup failure

New Zealand reached the World Cup final because a steady, unspectacular 36-year-old South African played the innings of his life.
Tiger Woods warms up

Tiger Woods: Sounding the Last Post is premature

His obits are already appearing and, very pertinently, to the majority, the reports of his demise do not seem in any way exaggerated.

Why Ozil's critics should back off

Mesut Ozil has attracted plenty of criticism for going missing in games, and has even found himself under attack for going missing while being nowhere near a football pitch this week.
Western Stormers' Manuel Carizza

Five-try Highlanders blow Stormers away in Dunedin

The Highlanders banked a crucial bonus-point as they ran in five tries in a substantial 39-21 victory over the Stormers in Dunedin yesterday.
Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs

Cheetahs no match for improved Chiefs

A much-improved scrum in the second half steered an ill-disciplined Chiefs to a 37-27 win over the Cheetahs in Hamilton, New Zealand, yesterday.
Temba Bavuma has helped to provide the batting bedrock for the Sunfoil champions

Bavuma, Rabada bare their claws

Sunfoil Series champions spearheaded by quickie Kagiso Rabada

Did SA man mastermind world's biggest ponzi scheme?

Cobus Kellermann, the man accused of running the biggest Ponzi scheme in the world - worth more than R200-billion - says he can't say if it is indeed a Ponzi scheme.

Energy crisis is 'wonderful opportunity' - former Eskom CEO

Don't think disaster, think opportunity - former Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga looks on the brighter side of load-shedding.

Eskom downgrade 'not due to suspensions only'

Eskom's recent credit downgrade by Standard & Poor's to "junk status" will have an impact on "the whole value chain of the energy industry", says former CEO Jacob Maroga.

Nigerian investors hoping Jonathan's luck runs out

As President Goodluck Jonathan left the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange after a visit two weeks ago, traders sang For He's a Jolly Good Fellow. Some investors would prefer that he keeps walking.

Basil Read aims to end bleeding

Basil Read's share price was unchanged at the close of trade on Friday despite the release of dismal annual results.

Used cars leave new cars in the dust

Selling new cars is a tough ask right now.

Casino group has given us a good ride, but we may flog it - MIC

Sun International has kept shtum since launching its R9.4-billion tilt at gaming group Peermont, the owner of Gauteng's lucrative Emperors Palace casino.

Why Warren Buffett is bad for your health

Warren Buffett knows you are weak. Even if you hit the gym regularly and demonstrate Buffett-esque discipline with your investments, sooner or later you are going to gulp down a sugary cold drink and put your money into mac and cheese with a bright orange hue.

Peermont investors to bask in Sun deal

The announcement last week that Sun International would buy Peermont Global for R9.4-billion took the market by surprise, but Sun International had for some time had low-key, on-off discussions about buying South Africa's third-largest casino group.
A worker walks past cell phone accessories at a Vodacom shop in Johannesburg

Vodacom drops price bomb on subscribers

Vodacom, South Africa's largest cellular network operator by subscriber numbers, pushed the wrong buttons this week, raising the ire of customers furious about an increase in contract prices that will kick in from May.

Stock Talk: Street-savvy managers credited as Capitec shares breach R500

The share price of Capitec, which has made a bundle by lending to South Africa's downtrodden, breached the psychological level of R500 for the first time this week.

ISPs walk the online sales talk very slowly

Internet service providers are poor at responding to inquiries originating on their websites, seemingly unaware that 78% of sales from customer inquiries go to the company that responds first.

Down the rabbit hole in Eskom's Blunderland

So, the president is yet to respond to my suggestion of a crowdfunded private investigation into Nkandla to clear his name and restore his reputation.

Expect fireworks when WhatsApp allows calls

Whatsapp, the world's most popular smartphone instant messaging platform, has started rolling out voice services as part of its application (Android users only for now), striking fear into the hearts of mobile telecommunications industry executives everywhere.

Factory sector is running on empty

Manufacturing in South Africa is in serious trouble and the situation continues to worsen.
Fans are seen at Hong Kong Stadium during the second day of the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament

Cheers! It's Sevens heaven for sluggish Hong Kong

Expect champagne and pinot noir to fly off bar shelves this weekend in Hong Kong as the city plays host to its biggest party of the year, the annual Sevens rugby tournament.

Bosses not amused by Zayn fans bunking off

Zayn Malik's departure from British boy band One Direction has caused such consternation among fans that British employers have been inundated with requests for compassionate leave.

Cement megadeal crumbles

The board of cement giant PPC killed the proposed merger with rival AfriSam in favour of a possible deal with a foreign company, insiders said on Friday.

Market ovation as Capitec proves naysayers wrong

Capitec's share price has surged more than 137% since Gerrie Fourie took over from Riaan Stassen last year as the bank's boss.

Dear Corruption Watch: No fast fix for questionable collecting tactics

Dear Corruption Watch, my neighbours complain that their municipal water and electricity bills are incorrect.
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Fishy franchisor next in line for liquidation

The troubled Old Fashioned Fish and Chips franchising company, which was responsible for signing up franchisees, is now also in line to be liquidated after the High Court in Pretoria awarded an order to a frustrated franchisee this week.

Pattison powers on for US energy company

Grant Pattison, who was selling generators as CEO of Massmart until September last year, will now peddle renewable energy solutions - taking advantage of the power crisis in South Africa.

Fountainhead set to accept Redefine's sweeter offer

Redefine Properties's takeover of Fountainhead is back on the table after a change of heart on the part of the target's largest investor.

Interest rates rise expected in May

The Reserve Bank has signalled that it may raise interest rates at its next policy meeting in May - much sooner than markets had anticipated -- despite the poor performance of the economy, which has been hamstrung by electricity constraints.

Local bourse's daily gains cast in concrete

South African stocks snapped a two-day losing streak on Friday as shares in cement maker PPC rose when it announced the end of merger talks with a rival firm.
Rob Rose

Breaking news: we need 'old-school' reporting

In A few weeks, business website Moneyweb will clash with Naspers's Media24 in the high court in a case with serious implications for the business of news.

Shared value is the only viable solution

Profitability versus sustainability - are these mutually exclusive? I hardly need to motivate why this is such an important question. Humankind stands at the precipice.

Maasdorp's exit doesn't add up for maths plan

When Leslie Maasdorp suddenly stepped down as CEO of Advtech a week ago, he left behind a raft of plans he hoped to implement this year, one of which was to launch a maths academy for pupils of public-sector schools.

How Eskom is making data centres appealing

Data centres have for a long time offered large organisations the ability to free themselves from hardware constraints, running applications and storing data in a safe and managed space.

Web businesses' uphill battle to make it in Africa

Africa's economic growth rates and rising youth population mean that more and more entrepreneurs are looking to the continent for business opportunities.
A shopper walks past a Vodacom shop in Johannesburg

Neotel deal delay irks Vodafone

Vodafone, which owns 65% of cellular provider Vodacom, is fast losing patience with South African regulators.
One Swiss franc coins are seen in a cash drawer in Bern January 16, 2015. German bond yields hit record lows on Friday while fears about Greek banks sent the country's borrowing costs spiralling - signs of the fallout from the Swiss National Bank's shock decision to scrap its currency cap. A surge in the Swiss franc after the SNB abandoned its 1.20 euro limit on Thursday saw investors flee equities and other risky assets, parking money instead in top-rated bonds.

Small trader hits gold as franc soars

Some of the big guys lost on the Swiss franc. Turns out, one of the little guys won.

Keeping your favourite brands in the know

Andrea Rademeyer is the CEO and founder of the market research company Ask Afrika Group. She tells Margaret Harris that the biggest luxury of having a leadership role in an independent business is being able to choose the people you want to work with.

TV presenter Mmarona Kgwele on rands with sense

Actress and TV presenter Mmarona Kgwele hosts ‘Rands with Sense’, a show that aims to help South Africans overcome their financial difficulties. Brendan Peacock asked her how she handles her own money.

Use kitchen rules to be a better leader

Masterchef has brought out the inner chef in many of us, but the reality show may have more to teach us than the difference between choux and short pastry.
Illustration of the human being of the future, complete with bionic arm.

The next steps in human evolution

Scientists and social commentators who have seen the future are betting on better times for our species. That said, our long-term evolution hinges on the iffy chances that our environment will sustain us.
Illustration of a lady smoking by the pool

Woman turns call-girl to pay for cancer treatment

She's 56, she has cancer, she has bills to pay. So she started selling sex. By Oliver Roberts
Child 'driving' a cardboard car

Are we depriving our kids by driving them to school?

Once upon a time, middle-class kids made their own way to school. Shanthini Naidoo wonders what happened
Woman dancing with a dog

10 things that aren't as good as you thought they'd be

Abandon all hype; some experiences just aren't all they're cracked up to be.
Meera Syal leads the cast of the National Theatre's production of 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers'

Filming a play for cinema screens isn't as simple as it sounds

Sue de Groot finds out how the National Theatre Live project works.
Rosario Dawson and Chris Rock star in 'Top Five'.

Movie review: 'Top Five'

Chris Rock is a comedian who wants to be taken seriously. In 'Top Five' he plays Andre Allen, a comedian whose audience will not allow him to deviate from the hammy comedies he is known for, much to his frustration.
Ndumiso Ngcobo

Be very afraid of muti

Despite Ndumiso Ngcobo's lack of experience with actual muti, he's well acquainted with all the different ones out there from first-hand anecdotes. Beware, he cautions.
The new Volkswagen Up

Less is more in VW's minimalist hatchback, Up

Volkswagen's excellent new runabout feels like a car worth a whole lot more money - even on the highway at higher speeds, writes Thomas Falkiner.
Old trade union comrades Gino Govender, left, and Jay Naidoo have big plans for Rustlers Valley.

Rustlers Valley reborn with a brave new dream

Jay Naidoo and comrades are sowing the seeds of justice on a mystical farm, writes Kevin Bloom.
Joaquin Phoenix in 'Her' as Theodore Twombly, a lonely introvert who finds solace in his 'relationship' with an operating system.

4 love apps to help you avoid real-time dating disasters

Sandiso Ngubane found some apps to improve your sex life and put your flirting skills to the test.
Ayanda-Allie Paine is training young community leaders

TV presenter makes good news start at home

News anchor Ayanda-Allie Paine lives a life that matters and she's helping the kids from her 'hood do the same.
The cast of 'Umlilo', from left: Gcina Mkhize; Hamilton Dlamini; Nokuthula Ledwaba; and Nomzamo Mbatha.

TV series review: 'Umlilo'

Think of the drama in a conventional marriage, multiply by three, add a chauvinist, and you get 'Umlilo', writes Rebecca Davis
Google at your fingertips

The Conch: How do I love thee, Google? Let me count the ways

Rosa Lyster queries whether mutual admiration for an Internet search engine is enough to sustain a long-term relationship.
Riding the waves in Mauritius aboard a speed boat is a thrill a minute.

Mauritius, the island of adventure

Mention Mauritius and most of us think about cocktails on the beach. But, as Louise McAuliffe discovers, it has a great selection of adrenaline shots too
Alcohol-free citrus berry martini

10 of the best places to grab a drink in Durban

Serving up everything from old-school coke floats to the hottest cocktails, here are the top spots to quench your thirst in Durban - plus what you should order while you're there.
The 1856-built Lednice Chateau was a summer residence until 1945

Reader's World: Czech Republic give you bang for your buck

Helga Barnard discovers that the Czech Republic is not only a fascinating European destination, but an affordable one too.
Made of local stone, Bobbejaansberg is snuggled unobtrusively in a fold of hillside.

Weekend Escape: Pastoral perfection in the Klein Karoo

Janine Stephen escapes to secluded Bobbejaansberg, a charming farmhouse surrounded by beautiful views.
male lion

10 amazing wildlife photos snapped by Sunday Times readers

Here are the winning shots and other top contenders from the March entries in the Sunday Times Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition
Durban Golden mile

Durbs is ready: come and play Commonwealth Games

Andrew Unsworth gives a supportive nod to the prospect of Durban becoming host city of the 2022 Commonwealth Games
Island off France's Normandy coast.

Travel competition: Where in the world?

Tell us the name of the abbey/island in this photo to stand a chance to win R500
Man fishing in a boat

Accidental Tourist: Can you trust a fisherman?

Getting advice from other fishermen is great, but not when they all disagree, writes Richard Holmes
Lamb shanks with Easter spices & fresh grapes

5 crowd-pleasing lamb dishes for your Easter feast

From a traditional roast with a twist to slow-cooked lamb shredded with raspberries, any of these recipes would go down a treat with your guests if you're entertaining over the long weekend
Hot cross buns

Which supermarket bakes SA’s tastiest hot cross buns?

With Easter fast approaching, we asked members of the Johannesburg slow food convivium to put a selection of hot cross buns to the taste test.
Hot cross burger and spicy slaw

Hot cross burgers & spicy slaw

Give an Easter braai an exciting twist by serving burgers on toasted hot cross buns rather than rolls.
Pickled fish

Pickled fish

No Easter table would be complete without some pickled fish
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