The truth behind Eskom's dark lies

Eskom's top brass tripped over their words this week in a desperate bid to spin the spiralling energy supply crisis that is ripping through households and choking business ahead of Christmas.

Zuma pal's R406m ship deal raises flag

The Department of Defence has funnelled R406-million for ship maintenance and repairs to a private company because it says it can no longer look after its own fleet.

No 'unpredictable erections' on SA's first legal nude beach

If you plan to go skinny-dipping at South Africa's first legal nude beach, make sure you cover up any "unpredictable erections".
Man reading a bible

Parents object to school's 'discriminatory' religious policy

The parents of a six-year-old girl have hauled her school to the South African Human Rights Commission in a bid to change its "discriminatory" religious policy.

Food shortages, spiralling prices as power cuts cripple agriculture

As power cuts sweep across South Africa fuelling anger and frustration, agricultural and meat producers warn that it could lead to shortages and a price hike of local produce.

6 things to add to your loadshedding survival kit

Here's what you can buy to help you light your home, cook meals and charge your cellphones through the power cuts:

It's not as if I wake up and say 'today I'm going to load-shed'

At 5.50pm on Thursday, Eskom supplied South Africa with 29613 megawatts of electricity.

What would happen if the national electricity grid collapsed

South Africa faces a scenario that is "too ghastly to comprehend" should the national electricity grid be allowed to collapse.

What kids want to find under the tree this year

Move over, Barbie, here comes the internet-connected, talking Cayla.

Celeb chef's best recipes for loadshedding

Unexpected loadshedding, house in total darkness and friends arriving in an hour for dinner? MasterChef SA judges Reuben Riffel and Pete Goffe-Wood share recipes to rustle up when the power’s down

Miss SA on brink of world domination

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss may well be on top of the world tonight.

Once-rude Cape Town warms to 'Vaalie' wallets

As thousands of holidaymakers begin streaming into Cape Town, the Mother City's arms are open wide to embrace them and their bulging wallets.

EFF 'most entertaining show' on TV

Eat your heart out, Generations producer Mfundi Vundla. Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters party now claims to be South Africa's most entertaining show on TV.

Excited Prince Albert calls Benoni with news of royal births

The phone rang at the Wittstocks' Benoni residence on Wednesday afternoon, and Princess Charlene's father immediately knew that it was important when he realised that it was Prince Albert of Monaco calling.

'Diwali' judge's exit ends case over 'trash' talk

Being served a criminal case summons on one of the most important dates in the Hindu religious calendar was the last straw for KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Chiman Patel.

SA will have to wait for booze curbing pill

A pill to curb excessive boozing is available in the UK but South Africans wanting it will have to wait.

Briefing on terror saved Hannelie from Taliban

A terror alert saved Dr Hannelie Groenewald's life, but the attack - when it did come - wiped out her family.
A U.S. Navy SEAL who is a member of the Navy parachute team 'Leap Frogs', takes part in a demonstration of combat skills at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce

Korkie's US rescue party 'lost element of surprise'

US commandos came close to where Pierre Korkie was being held - only to be thwarted by a barking dog.

Christmas Eve ban for couples at restaurant

A restaurant in Tokyo has announced that it will refuse to serve couples on Christmas Eve because their happiness would serve to remind single patrons of their loneliness.

How Eskom's limping power plants brought darkness to SA

Power stations on the blink, poor planning and little chance of keeping the lights on ... this became clear when the Sunday Times visited several Eskom power stations this week.

Mothballing, 'sabotage' and other reasons for power crisis gloom

Last month, Eskom introduced load-shedding for the first time since 2008. Despite a massive capital investment in South Africa's electricity infrastructure in the interim, the utility has over the past six years faced a raft of problems - financial and logistical - that have contributed to today's crisis. This is how the battle between electricity supply and demand has played itself out.

Locals stay home as world's wealthy head to SA

International holidaymakers are splurging on butlers and secluded beaches while holidaying in South Africa - but many locals are ditching domestic travel as tough economic conditions squeeze households.

Holidays can spell danger for children

Holidays can be hazardous for children, hospitals warn. About a third of children treated at Mediclinic Southern Africa emergency centres in a 12-month spell were hurt on vacation.

Ballroom dancing giving new hope to Cape Flats' kids

While their drug-addict friends listen to the tik-tik tapping of methamphetamine being heated in a light bulb, children from Downville Primary School in gang-ravaged Manenberg are tapping their feet to the tango.

MasterChef SA winner Roxi in the pink and off the train

Dessert queen Roxi Wardman ditched her job as a train driver's assistant immediately after filming MasterChef South Africa. And it paid off when it was announced this week that she was the third winner of the reality cooking show.

SAA's Dudu Myeni fears being 'taken out' by fellow directors

The SAA board refused to take part in "self-evaluation", as the board charter requires.

Student who 'urinated' on taxi driver not a racist, says black friend

A black friend of Cape Town student Djavane Arrigone, who faces criminal charges of crimen injuria for allegedly urinating on a taxi driver, has come out in his defence.

'Suicide pilot' blamed for Mozambican plane crash

A pilot deliberately crashed a Mozambican airliner in which 33 people died last year.

SA's 'Garden of Eden' yields hidden secrets of early humans

Scientists mapping the South African coastline have discovered a submerged landscape of cliffs and caves that could turn out to be the original home of modern humans.

Tributes for Pierre Korkie at moving final farewell

A single Grey College flag flapped in the breeze against a backdrop of the soothing voices of the Bloemfontein Men's Choir. Uniformed schoolboys carried the coffin of former teacher Pierre Korkie.

Spurned 'lover' goes to court for Porsche

Tobi Jooste got more out of a six-month "friendship" with a wealthy businessman than most people would out of a divorce.

Dewani's attorney siblings had his back

Shrien Dewani's secret weapon in his court victory this week was his elder brother, Preyen, and younger sister, Preyal. The two, both attorneys, worked at his side for four years to help uncover evidence that cast doubt on the state's case against him.

UK air-traffic shutdown due to 1960s software

A computer failure that led to southern England being closed to air traffic on Friday could be repeated because software used to control flights dates from the '60s, it has emerged.

Small women take giant leap for early man

Students answered professor's call to retrieve an astonishing bone find, writes Cathrine Brahic

The general who plays Moses in the DRC's rebel wars

The militia leader who led the fight against South African soldiers in the eastern DRC believes God has ordered him to defend his people. Stephan Hofstatter and James Oatway went into the jungle to meet him

Into the rebel messiah's mountain lair

To meet Janvier Karairi at his jungle base, we first have to be vetted by his "emissary" and religious adviser, a pastor from Goma named Innocent Balumi.

So Many Questions: What happened with Pierre Korkie

Pierre Korkie was set to go home after being held for 18 months in Yemen, but was killed during a raid by US forces. Chris Barron asked Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman, who had tried to get him released

Perhaps Ellen can produce proof of a mental illness

Life constantly presents us with opportunities to learn and challenge ourselves. If we are attuned to its beat, life generously invites us to step out of our comfort zones and break open the boundaries that may confine us.

Obituary: Sisi Mabe, speaker and gender activist

Sisi Mabe, who has died in Vereeniging at the age of 47, was speaker of the Free State legislature and MEC of a variety of provincial departments, including health, rural development and public works.

The Power Report: Decoding satellite television blues

Not everyone who can afford DStv opts to have it. I know at least two families who don't subscribe, for reasons other than the steep monthly cost.

Hogarth on naked rebels, cults of personality and Irvin Jim

Hogarth on Juju's cult of personality, mooning rebels and Irvin Jim's revolutionary hopes

Editorial: Cabinet tonic for parastatals must provide healing touch

President Jacob Zuma's cabinet this week finally heeded the public outcry and took steps to fix three ailing parastatals. It is too early to predict whether the plans announced this week after the last cabinet meeting of the year will work. There have certainly been many false starts before.

The 'power crisis' in cabinet that has taken SA to the brink

Whether it calls it a crisis or not, the ANC needs to act fast on the country’s energy crunch, writes S’thembiso Msomi, and the first step is choosing a course of action

Getting history to line up from inside and outside the laager

Tuesday is December 16, a public holiday that has come to mark the beginning of our long and overindulgent festive season. Everything, save for hospitals and drinking holes, closes down as all and sundry put their feet up and have a jolly good time after a year's hard work.

The Steve too far that scuppered FNB's breakthrough campaign

In the aftermath of a runaway advertising hit, more Steve seemed a good idea, writes Ray Hartley

What we can all do to end the plague of violence

Encouragingly, the homicide rate in SA is down- but much still needs to be done, write Guy Lamb and Catherine L ward

Editorial: It's a time to give - and to forget

The holiday season is a time for fun, a time for enjoying the well-earned break that is our reward after a demanding and tough year. For South Africans, holidays offer the ideal opportunity to put to back of mind - if only for a short while - many of the irksome and troubling developments of the year past, among them Nkandla, the near-collapse of Eskom and the raucous intolerance in parliament that has come to typify our struggling democracy.

Obituary: Bobby Keys, Sax player for the Rolling Stones

Bobby Keys, who has died at the age of 70, was a Texan tenor saxophone player whose rich, robust tones featured on hundreds of British and American rock and pop recordings. He is best known, however, for his long association with the Rolling Stones.

Dieter Reible: Theatre director who shocked SA

Dieter Reible, who has died in Poland at the age of 85, was a revolutionary German director who staged possibly the bloodiest, most graphically violent and controversial play ever seen in South Africa.

Time to vote for the 2014 Mampara of the Year

It is that time of the year again when Sunday Times readers get to vote for their preferred candidate for Mampara of the Year.

Chiefs feeling Chippa

It was not a convincing win, but it might prove crucial as Kaizer Chiefs continued to extend their Absa Premiership lead by edging Chippa United yesterday.

Grace clings to one-shot lead

The weather closed in and so did the field on long-time pacesetter Branden Grace in the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship here yesterday.

A year is a very long time in football

What a difference a year makes for Manchester United and Liverpool.

Mathoho: Tower of power for club and country

TOWER. That's what comes out of the mouth when Mulomowandou Mathoho comes to mind.

Lessons from collapse of Windies golden era

Even rebel cricketers turned drug addicts have standards. David Murray, for instance, started smoking dagga when he was short enough for the flaps of his wicket keeping pads to slap against his ribs.

Dream come true for Cape Flats veteran

Moeneeb Josephs was not aware that he had made 400 appearances in the Premier Soccer League until referee Daniel Bennett walked over to congratulate him at the conclusion of his side Bidvest Wits' 1-0 win against Bloemfontein Celtic last week.
Referee Marriner reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in London

Concern over refs' failure to tackle hairy fouls

There have been just six red cards for bad tackles and violent conduct in the Premier League so far this season, excluding this weekend's games, which either means that the players are cleaning up their acts or the referees are shying away from making big decisions.
Reading v Leicester City - Sky Bet Championship

Managers coming in for lots of flak

Public order is not well served by a manager telling a fan to eff off and die, but Nigel Pearson's riposte to an ingrate in the Leicester City crowd was strangely satisfying. Even more so was his refusal to apologise to "people of that ilk," which made him sound like Alf Ramsey.
Juventus' Pogba reacts during their Italian Serie A soccer match against Torino at Juventus Stadium in Turin

Dogfight for Pogba on the cards in England

Arsenal have jumped on board the Paul Pogba bandwagon and will challenge both Chelsea and Manchester City in the race to sign the Juventus midfielder.

Lebese comes of age

Try recalling the last time you saw George Lebese doing a frivolous, fruitless trick down the touchline and you'll notice that this Kaizer Chiefs starlet has grown from boy to man.

Sikhakhane shows age is just a number

Roger Sikhakhane is among a young crop of South African coaches to have benefited from courses run in the country in the wake of the 2010 World Cup.

All hail the wonder kid from Stevenage

They are proud of Lewis Hamilton in Stevenage. The first thing the visitor encounters on leaving the town's station is a mural dedicated to its finest citizens - the Stevenage wall of fame.

Big Sam dreads losing Senegal sensation Sakho to Nations Cup

West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho is adding a new dimension to Sam Allardyce's high flyers.

It's a bull's-eye for Pretoria giants

Trevor Nyakane has brought his avant-garde dancing shoes with him to the conservative Loftus Versfeld.

Downs lose more ground in title chase

For a little while there was a class in session at these university grounds yesterday afternoon and it wasn't Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns in charge.

Who Man City, Chelsea and the Gunners could face

Ahead of tomorrow's draw for the last 16 of the Champions League, we ponder over who the three remaining English teams could come up against.

Home Rule

Hashim Amla has proved backlifts need not be straight, crooked backlifts can be coaxed onto the straight and narrow, and quality players should not be typecast as suitable for some formats but not others.

Blitzboks out to honour Mandela

It was here last year that the South African sevens team delivered a fitting, if poignant, send-off to the man after whom this bay is named by winning the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens title.
Liverpool's Mario Balotelli leaves the pitch after being substituted during their English Premier League soccer match against Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool

Balotelli pleads guilty to racism charge

Mario Balotelli, the Liverpool striker, has pleaded guilty to a Football Association charge, admitting he posted an improper social media message.
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Aussies pull off thrilling win against India

Australia beat India by 48 runs in a thrilling end to the first test at Adelaide Oval yesterday, with Nathan Lyon picking up seven wickets after Virat Kohli scored an inspired century for the visitors.

SA dodges Fitch downgrading bullet

South Africa dodged an expected downgrade from ratings agency Fitch late on Friday, contrary to the views of experts who had widely expected it to slash the country's credit rating.

Ivanhoe drills into mistrust at Platreef

Secret payments and confusion about who benefits from resource extraction have bred mistrust between communities, traditional authorities and a company that intends to mine in Limpopo.

’Twas the nightmare before Christmas

There is only one more weekend before Christmas, but with shopping disrupted by severe power cuts it may be a dismal festive season for retailers, who rely on Christmas spending sprees to fill the coffers.

African Bank curators stall their listing of 'good bank'

African Bank curator Tom Winterboer has postponed the floating of the "good" bank on the JSE, although there is a time limit on the support he has from the central bank.

Empire-builder Christo Wiese heads for Britain's High Street

Not content with nailing down the largest takeover in South African corporate history, 71-year-old retail magnate Christo Wiese has now set his sights on expanding his empire in Britain's retail market.

All Share bucks like a wild pony

The year of the horse according to the Chinese zodiac, 2014 has been one of the wildest for the local bourse, with the All Share index reaching record levels - then falling precipitously.

Dr Dan seeks a cure for PIC's many problems

Dr Dan Matjila faces a steep challenge as the new head of the R1.6-trillion Public Investment Corporation: raising the pensions of government workers while kick-starting flagging economic growth, reviving investor confidence and meeting demands from government.

'Cement tie-up does not make business sense' - former PPC CEO

A merging of South Africa's two largest cement producers - PPC and Afrisam - has been under discussion at the PPC board since 2010, and is believed to have played a role in heightening tensions that eventually confirmed Ketso Gordhan's exit from the group.

Cape Town has 7 out of 10 most expensive SA suburbs

If there were the slightest concern that the fairest Cape was losing its appeal, a look at the dazzling numbers achieved in property sales in the past year along the Atlantic seaboard, in the southern suburbs and in the Cape Winelands should lay those fears to rest.

13 big, painful lessons from 2014

Even the biggest optimists among us have had our resolve tested this year. Odds are many of us are finishing 2014 on a more pessimistic note than we were when it started. Things may even deteriorate further before they get better.

No stopping Famous Brands train

Famous Brands' share price has again spiked to new levels, this time courtesy of its purchase of 75% of Cater Chain Food Services.

Unpicking why the lights went dim at Ellies

It has been a torrid year for Ellies — a share-price slump, a mid-year cash crunch, an expected first-half loss, a rights offer and a restructuring. CEO Wayne Samson finally breaks his silence

Court cuts off inventor of Please Call Me

Nkosana Makate, who invented the Please Call Me concept, says he is baffled by a high court refusal this week to let him appeal against an earlier judgment in favour of Vodacom, the company he accuses of stealing the idea from him.

BEE partners hope Chinese make StarSat profitable

Former Robben Island political prisoners and influential executives are among a string of new black shareholders set to benefit from the revival of the company previously known as TopTV, a rival to Naspers's high-flying MultiChoice.

Corporate practices faced big tests in 2014

It's been a challenging year for corporate governance. It began ominously as speculation mounted about the reasons behind the very public suspension at the end of 2013 of John Oliphant from the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF).

Giving knowledge and adding to it

Dr Buyisiwe Sondezi works for the University of Johannesburg in the physics department. She tells Margaret Harris that her brand of physics allows her to get her hands dirty

Chicken kiosks are taking wing

Chicken Stop, the new kid on the block in the fast food market, is offering franchise opportunities after being launched in South Africa in January. MD Salim Shermohammed is a global fast food, franchise and business fundi. He speaks to Asha Speckman about money, food and that Rolex watch

How to take advantage of the scarce skills crisis

For many South Africans, getting a degree is simply out of reach, because of financial or academic concerns. But there are other options.

Simphiwe Dana will not ’shut up and sing’

Her long-awaited new album, Firebrand, is a strident political work as well as a musical one - and she doesn't care how we choose to interpret it. Lindokuhle Nkosi spoke to her about Marikana, reincarnation, misogynist art and more ...

Is wearing outfits that show off our individuality making us look collectively ridiculous?

Catwalk models have always looked ludicrous, but nowadays we're all in danger, writes Shanthini Naidoo
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Clive Barker looks back on Bafana's finest hour

With Bafana reborn and Afcon bound, Luke Alfred invited Clive Barker to look back on the national side's finest hour

How to be a pariah: believe Shrien is innocent

Look, I haven't been out for years. I occasionally shuffle down to the local spaza in yashmak and false eyebrows. I used to glitter at dinner parties, danced through the night; people smiled at me in the streets.
Tony Revolori and Saoirse Ronan in ’The Grand Budapest Hotel’

12 of the best - and worst - movies of 2014

Some unquestionably great movies hit the big screen this year. Then again, so did some unremittingly terrible ones. We sort the good from the bad
'Generations' case members

'Generations: The Legacy' boasts a slew of confusing new characters

An air crash might have rebooted the plot of 'Generations', but adding bastard sons did the trick, writes Rebecca Davis

Which books will notable South African's be reading this holiday?

We've asked everyone from the Public Prosecutor to celebrity Gareth Cliff what they'll be reading this festive season

The best - and worst - cars of 2014

We've seen some awesome new cars this year, and some abysmal ones. By Thomas Falkiner
The Great Gatsby has nothing on the new super parties in the Cape

Lavish parties make Cape Town the new Monaco

Welcome to the era of the brand party, infested with wanky high society, writes Lin Sampson

Enjoy your holidays, but no pressure: Ndumiso Ngcobo

It's that time of the year again: the season to be jolly. Or, the season to fake being jolly for some, writes Ndumiso Ngcobo

The wisdom of Palm Wine Sunday

One of the problems with art is that, for all its entertainment value, it can create (or entrench) stereotypes about people and nations.

Oopsy, it was a swapsie

Take a deep breath. Ah, can you smell the booze on the air? It's that time of year again. You blink and it's February, blink again and you're buying your secret Santa gift for Shamiela in accounts.

On the hunt for a spiritual Christmas in India

Hoping to find some Christmas celebrations more spiritual than commercial, Gavin Bell heads to India's balmy southwest coast

How to make the most of NYC at Christmas

Douglas Rogers on how to make the most of NYC in its best season: wintery Christmas time

Reader's adventure: In Mama Africa

Trish Gordon James explores the dilapidated splendour of Eritrea's Italian-influenced capital

In Transit: Che's son offers Cuba bike tours

Travel news for people on the move

Watch: Iconic images captured by Wild Eye of the Masai Mara

This is what the top two winners of the Sunday Times Wildlife Photograph of the Year will experience when they jet off to the Masai Mara on photo safaris worth R180 000 in 2015. Congrats to winner Johan Greyling and 1st runner up Jacqui Hemphill! Tania Cholwich is the 2nd runner-up and has won a Chobe photo safari worth R30 000. All prizes courtesy of Wild Eye.

'Tourist' is not a four-letter word

There is a lovely scene in the movie My Cousin Vinny in which Joe Pesci, playing Vinny, a wise-cracking "lawyer" from New York come to the Deep South to defend his cousin on a murder charge, gets out of his car in the main street of the hick town and tells his gum-chewing, dolled-up fianceé Mona Lisa Vito (played by Marisa Tomei) that she sticks out "like a sore thumb".

Weekend escapes: Stopover with an equine treat

On a long drive home from the Wild Coast, Elizabeth Sleith finds a charming Midlands stopover with a special equine treat

Accidental Tourist: Uphill cycling and prison cells

In the '60s, when bikes were bikes and boys were men, four fellows took on an epic adventure
A piece of Little Havana

The winning photos in our Travel Photograph of the Year competition

Sunday Times Travel Weekly received some cracking entries during the course of the year. Here are the three travel photos that came out tops
Quelea's Quandary

The winning photos in our Wildlife Photograph of the Year competition

Sunday Times Travel Weekly received some incredible entries during the course of the year. Here are the three wildlife photos that came out tops

Peter's Post: Victoria Falls, Northern Lights and wild flowers

Our travel expert answers queries on routes and destinations around the world
Fireworks light up the sky during the inauguration of an 85m-high floating Christmas tree at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in this Brazilian city.

Travel competition: Where in the world?

To stand a chance of winning R500, tell us which city the lagoon in this photo is in

Tonight's Supper: Sauté of squid, chorizo, butter beans, tomato, garlic, lemon & parsley

'MasterChef SA' judge Pete Goffe-Wood shares a delicious one-pan fry-up from his new book, A Life Digested

3 festive salads you have to try

Keep your cool this festive season with three different salads. By Raphaella Frame-Tolmie

5 local bubblies to sip when you're celebrating

Joanne Gibson rounds up some noteworthy South African Cap Classique wines

Pastrami latkes with sweet-chilli mayo sauce

Chanukkah is celebrated from December 17-24 - and latkes are a feature of the Jewish festival. Sharon Lurie shares her recipe
St Peter's Christmas Ale, St Peter's Brewery, 500ml bottle

Beer of the week: St Peter's Christmas Ale

This ale lends itself to being paired with heavy holiday fare, writes Nick Mulgrew

Worried about loadshedding? 5 dishes to put the festive back into your feast

Do not fear load-shedding at your festive feast - every one of these gourmet dishes can be made on gas or coals

Rumblings: Festive fiction feasts

Shanthini Naidoo gives us a taste of some of the most memorable meals in literature

Finland's festive legacy: Grandma's Christmas biscuits

It's not only Santa who comes from Finland, Grandma's Christmas biscuits do too, writes Richard Holmes

What SA chefs and cookbook authors will be cooking for Christmas

Planning your Christmas feast? Steal ideas from SA foodies' festive menus

4 fabulous competitions for foodies

We've got some great books and a stunning copper roasting pan up for grabs

Buy-or-bake choc-chip cookie cake

You can bake your own cookies to construct this impressive dessert, or simply buy them ready-made and not use the oven at all

War against drugs is hard but worth fighting

In October, the Sunday Times Extra broke the story of a convicted drug dealer serving out a sentence that required him to sweep, clean and dust Chatsworth police station.

R1m payout came days after killing

A CURATOR will be appointed to deal with the R1-million Road Accident Fund payout that the mother of slain toddler Jamie received just days after the child's death.

Leave the mediocrity and learn to be brave

"ARE you a card-carrying member of the race of mediocrity?" asks Robin Sharma.

Veteran recalls Extra's heyday

BOETI Eshak, now 72, joined the Sunday Times Extra in 1976 at a time when political tension in South Africa was at a peak.

The ultimate doctor's guide to self-publishing

AFTER being slapped down and told there was no market in South Africa for sci-fi books, Dhesan Pillay, 25, took matters into his own hands and published his debut novel, The Anmorian Legends: Wrath of the Exiled, all by himself.

Murder of young wife adds to list of senseless tragedies

A YOUNG wife was murdered in her home in Midrand on Wednesday.

Aladdin makes plan to keep his cave lit

Jailoshini Naidoo Comedy Evening

Events that had us entertained and made 2014 great

AS the drum rolls marking the end of 2014, it will be remembered as a year of great theatre productions, inspirational people and food fit for royalty.

The memories will outlive the heartburn

OVER the past five years, I've seen more samoosas and chilli bites than I would have liked to, drunk more Champagne than I should have and been subjected to more than my fair share of dull speeches. But what a blast it has been.

It's been a great 16 years with Extra readers

GOOD RUNSharing our successes and our challenges is what's important

Secret of longevity's in the bathing

FURNITURE craftsman Eadhev "Tambuti" Singh's name lives on through his family's business - and a Chrysler Newport.

Malala to return to Pakistan

NOBEL peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai intends to return to her native Pakistan next year, it was reported on Friday.

'Hindu chauvinism on the rise in India'

A HINDU priest-turned-lawmaker has vowed to convert hundreds of Muslims and Christians to Hinduism on Christmas Day, despite a police investigation into an earlier round of conversions.

Rare modern work sells for $2.8m

AN online buyer from New York overcame spirited bidding to grab a painting by modern Indian artist Tyeb Mehta for $2.8-million (R32.4-million) at a Christie's auction in Mumbai, highlighting global interest in Indian art.

Attacks on Indian community still a sore point

THE Mazibuye African Forum have stirred into our melting pot a bitter brew with their anti-Indian utterances in the past two years.

Now world gets to celebrate yoga

THE UN General Assembly has declared June 21 International Yoga Day, in recognition of the ancient Indian philosophy's "holistic approach to health and well being".

Enter now and cook up a storm in nonstick pots

OLIVE Lifestyle Cookware and the Sunday Times Extra are offering 11 readers a chance to win a range of cookware.

Don't touch me on my religion ... or identity

RARELY do we in South Africa have a year in which someone does not touch someone else on their religion, race, culture or ethnic heritage.
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