Brick-wielding attackers' called author 'Rushdie's bitch'

Durban author Zainub Priya Dala has told the Sunday Times of the horrific moment when she was struck in the face with a brick by attackers calling her "Rushdie's bitch".

'My heart is broken' - Chabane truck driver's father

While the country mourns the death of a much-admired cabinet minister and his two protectors, an elderly father weeps for both the minister and his son, the truck driver involved in the fatal crash.

Minister tells of Zuma's 'love' for SABC's Hlaudi

"But Baba loves him, he loves him so much. We must support him."

De Kock's detention 'like a spook novel', says lawyer

Eugene de Kock is secretly being whisked across the country by state agencies, his lawyer claimed yesterday.

MP's call for 'talks' rocks DA

Amid whispers of mutiny, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille tackles her rivals - in newspapers, on radio and on social media.

'Spud' too sexy for my school!

Spud is too "explicitly sexual" to be in the library at a Christian school.
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Twitter goes to Zille's head

DA leader Helen Zille's public spats this week were just the latest in her recent run-ins with journalists.

Heated Helen Zille makes a hashtag of own party's policy

This week a Twitter war broke out between various journalists and analysts and DA leader Helen Zille, after the Western Cape government decided not to renew its subscription to the Cape Times newspaper.

Political parties scramble for rules to keep tweeting members in line

The DA and Freedom Front Plus are the only major political parties with formal policies to address members' conduct on social media.

Alberton woman tells of jail chats with 'Prime Evil'

"How does it feel to kill a person?"

Madonsela: Probe will choke reports of misdeeds

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says the State Security Agency's (SSA) insistence on investigating claims that she is a CIA spy will have a chilling effect on whistle-blowers seeking to bring wrongdoing to her attention.

Karoo stargazers make major discoveries

Under the cloak of Karoo darkness, a group of scientists are quietly raising South Africa's profile in the international astronomy universe.

Horses, hairdos and massages for tiny tots

Six-month-old Remi du Preez spends 15 minutes of his school day getting a massage from his teacher. And he loves it.

Proteas' copycat fun ahead of crunch game

If the Proteas are nervous heading into their World Cup semifinal against New Zealand on Tuesday, they are not showing it - at least not on social media.

Jameson Hall next on the list for Rhodes rage

First it was the Rhodes statue, now the University of Cape Town's Jameson Hall is up for renaming.

Birthday vigil held for missing SA yachtsman

Friends of missing Durban yachtsman Reg Robertson gathered at the Royal Natal Yacht Club to mark his 60th birthday on Friday.

'Horrible Hewitt was mad about sex'

Bob Hewitt "talked about sex all the time" when he coached Sabina Simmonds.

Rhodes pink makeover a highlight of a colourful past

This is not the first time the Rhodes statue has been the focal point of protests and politics.

Joburg fizz fest enjoys a sparkling turnout

Who can say no to bubbly in the sun? Certainly not the hundreds of Joburgers who made their way to Inanda Country Club for the SizweNtsalubaGobodo Celebration of Bubbles Festival last weekend.

SA is the winner as local doctors stay put

Scores of medical professionals who were among the first post-democracy matriculants to graduate still practise in South Africa.

Marli enjoys a special visit from her faithful Sasha

Relatives of Marli van Breda, the teenager who was severely injured when her parents and eldest brother were killed in an axe attack in January, continued to visit her at a specialist rehabilitation centre in Cape Town this week.

'Real husband' Kodjoe does a Madiba shuffle in Cape Town

Hunky Hollywood star Boris Kodjoe is in Cape Town shooting a German-produced series based on a book by South African crime fiction author Deon Meyer.

Life is easier overseas, but it's hard without family

DR Trusha Brys yearns for the company of her extended family, who are back home in South Africa.

'Police raided townships for cheap farm abour'

Right up to the late 1980s, South African prisoners were routinely used as cheap labour on farms and mines, where they were regularly abused.

Push for more medical schools to fill critical shortages

South Africa has a critical shortage of doctors. The country's eight medical schools produce between 1100 and 1300 new doctors annually, but experts say about 3000 new doctors are needed each year.

Finally SA Navy has something to shoot at

A derelict 50m trawler that has been rusting in Cape Town for more than 35 years is to be used for target practice by the South African Navy, the boat's former owner confirmed this week.

It's your fault, Virgin tells ex-swim champ

The owners of Virgin Active Gym have passed the buck on a R4.2-million lawsuit brought by an elderly fitness fanatic.

Reprieve for girl who sold naked selfies

The court painted her as a girl with no morals who needed to be taught a lesson.

Cape pair trace Van Riebeeck's first apple

Thanks to Jan van Riebeeck's journals, South Africa's oldest known apple is making a comeback.

Zuma mourns 'son' Chabane at state funeral

President Jacob Zuma has made a plea for road safety in the wake of losing his "son", cabinet minister Collins Chabane, in a car crash.

Sandton woman tells of stalker hell

Two South African women have told of the terror of being stalked, allegedly by a married chartered accountant now living in London.
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Mbalula lashes out at Fifa for delay in probe

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula is seething over the delay in Fifa's investigation into the South African match-fixing scandal, but says intervening in the "untouchable" body's affairs could get the country banned from the sport.

Tragic loss of 'dedicated' guards in Chabane horror crash

Sergeant Lesiba Sekele loved his job. It was an honour to be selected to protect a cabinet minister.

Rosette and Lunga tie the knot in style

Customised treats and decor are not unusual at celebrity weddings. But lingerie and swimwear model Rosette Mogomotsi and wealthy businessman Lunga Ncwana took it a step further with their wedding in the Cape winelands yesterday.
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How the union of a French-Moroccan gay couple sparked a culture

After a long legal battle that united Catholics and Muslims in opposition, Dominique and Mohammed became the first binational gay couple to marry legally in France.

Chabane: Conscientious minister's credibility suffered in defending his boss

1960-2015: Collins Chabane, who died at the age of 54 after his sports utility vehicle crashed into a truck in the early hours of last Sunday morning, was not well served by those in government who are now lining up to extol his brilliance as a politician.

Constitution is blueprint for taming our inner demons

With many in SA still experiencing the hurt of discrimination, our constitution eloquently provides a blueprint for how to coexist in a society scarred by the past.

What is the guarded secret of the Battle of Bangui?

Two years ago today, March 22 2013, elite 5 Special Forces Regiment soldiers were caught in an ambush outside Bangui in the Central African Republic.
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Crown of the Russian Ballet to tour SA

The Russians are coming ... leading the charge of local and international ballet gracing South African stages in the coming months.

The kid who leapt from gridiron to grand jeté

As a hardcore American football fan growing up in South Carolina, the young Brooklyn Mack could never have dreamt that one day pop superstar Beyoncé would call him an inspiration - and for ballet, not the gridiron game.

'Vicious' treat in store for SA viewers

Joburg-born producer of new British sitcom has theatre in his blood.

A life in service of the beloved country

The minister of public service and administration, Collins Chabane, died a horrific death last week. Not him, many said. Not the quiet, accessible, hard-working professional, who, in the crassness of today's politics and conspicuous consumption, was a rare breed.

Power Report: Blacklisted by a bank that wasn't even hers

From charging exorbitant fees to bogging us down in horrible fine print, banks never fail to provide fodder for daily consumer gripes.

Ken Owen: Brilliant, bolshie editor and columnist

1935-2015: Ken Owen, who has died in Cape Town at the age of 80, was the editor of the Sunday Times from 1990 to 1996 and probably the most controversial and brilliant political columnist South Africa has ever had.

Mampara of the week: Helen Zille

Perhaps it has something to do with her party having been overshadowed by the EFF in parliament, or maybe it has to do with rumbles of discontent in the ranks, but DA leader Helen Zille is cutting an increasingly irascible and divisive figure in South African politics.

Editorial: There is much more to this than Cecil John Rhodes

Once again, and almost certainly not for the last time, South Africa finds itself embroiled in a heated debate that has the potential to divide society along racial lines. A demand by a group of students at the University of Cape Town for the famous statue of Cecil John Rhodes to be removed from the campus has polarised the university's community, and is driving the country into pro and anti camps.

SA must act quickly to avoid water calamity

Amid rampant climate change, South Africans must act quickly to avoid calamity.

So Many Questions: Malpractice at state hospitals

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has sounded the alarm about rising malpractice claims against state hospitals.
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The judge, her driver and the chief justice's shaky legal grasp

A year ago this week, Bheki Makhubu, editor of The Nation magazine in Swaziland, was arrested and kept in jail for four months without bail, before he was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison for contempt of court.

Cuban prima ballerina will have SA fans on points of their toes

There is a moment, just after Swan Lake's Odile, or Black Swan, starts the first of the famous 32 fouettés en tournant or fast pointe turns, where you hold you breath and start counting with her. When watching Viengsay Valdés, you start wondering if she is going to stop at 32.

It's sexy, it's '70s, and it's back in fashion

What did the '70s feel like? As recalled by Bebe Buell, a singer and one-time habitué of that fabled hipster magnet Max's Kansas City: "Everybody's eyelids were very heavy. I used to chuckle to myself, thinking, 'That's the cannabis eye, the Quaalude eye' - the look people get when they're feeling no pain."

The white heat of Ken Owen's liberal fury

I'm not sure why Ken Owen and his then political editor, Mike Robertson, hired me back in 1993. I had a file of boxing stories from the Weekly Mail and just over a year's service as a political writer at Business Day. I lacked guile and my courage failed me in the presence of powerful people. Not exactly material for political writing on the turbulent seas of the transition.

Chabane was a steadfast beacon of humanity and humility

It was one particular morning at Savannah Mall in Polokwane, Limpopo, when we walked around trying to find an Absa so that Collins could do his banking the traditional way.

Rhodes anger has shattered the myth that race doesn't matter

A spectre is haunting the University of Cape Town. The spectre of "dissent". This spectre has not appeared out of thin air. It is a natural and inevitable consequence of the system it is haunting.

Editorial: The scourge of Auckland Park

Hlaudi Motsoeneng's Teflon-like ability to remain rooted in the executive suite of the SABC has long been a mystery to everyone outside the organisation. After all, Motsoeneng not only has a parlous grasp of what news actually means (his diktat that the SABC must produce 70% "sunshine news" being a case in point), but there's the little matter of the lie he told about having matric to get a foothold at the SABC in the first place.

Why I'm not surprised UCT 'born frees' want Rhodes to go

UCT is on fire. And I am not surprised. As a proud alumnus of the University of Cape Town, having spent some of the most memorable years of my life there, I cannot say I am wholly astonished by what has transpired on the campus.
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Proteas prepare for Guptill power

White men can't jump, but ye gads can they bat! Martin Guptill proved that in Wellington yesterday by smashing an undefeated 237 for New Zealand in their World Cup quarterfinal against West Indies.

Leopards maul under-strength Chiefs

Everything from the referee, their own disjointedness and perhaps even the bright pinkness of plucky opponents Black Leopards' kits seemed against Kaizer Chiefs, who crashed out of the Nedbank Cup last-16 stage last night.

Pollard kicks Bulls to narrow win

The grey skies that blanketed Loftus Versfeld were symbolic of the dull battle on the Pretoria pitch between the Bulls and Western Force of Australia yesterday.

Red Bull on a wing and a prayer

It is one of the mysteries of our time that a sickly-sweet energy drink with enough caffeine to keep the average mammal awake for a week should morph into a cultural phenomenon worth more than £5-billion.

Light at end of a dark tunnel for De Villiers

JEAN de Villiers could lead the Springboks in the Rugby Championship in July if his remarkable recovery from a serious knee injury stays on track.

Theft claim after boxing promoter fails to pay winner's purse

Premier Boxing League (PBL) owner Dicksy Ngqula could face allegations of theft after boxer Xolisani ''Nomeva" Ndongeni's legal representatives revealed their intention to haul the former television presenter before the courts in the coming days.

Rakhale breaks the mould and fans go gaga

He turned 25 on Friday and the man who wears jersey number 25 is turning heads in the country and around the world.

Better late than never for a new Drogba

It is indicative of the haphazard nature of lower league football in South Africa that even a striker of the eye-catching physical stature of Moeketsi Sekola can go unnoticed there.
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Amajimbos simply the best

The South African Football Association were excited about 2015, but after three major competitions this year only one of the three men's national teams - under-17s - managed to get through the group stages and reached the final.

Chippa in his own universe

Getting to know the inner workings of Chippa United is akin to trying to probe the mad, bad mind of Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.

Yin-yang pair in Epic triumph

After eight days of mud, blood, sweat and tears the Cape Epic caravan will today come to a halt at a picturesque Durbanville estate, and at it's front, in all probability, will be a "Flying Sauser".

Real's BBC set-up poses threat for Barca defence

Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has warned his teammates not to take Real Madrid lightly, despite their contrasting form ahead of today's crucial La Liga clash at the Camp Nou.

It's a real Madrid humdinger

Holders Real Madrid will have to overcome city rivals Atletico in the Champions League quarterfinals in a repeat of last year's final, while Barcelona face familiar opponents in Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after the draw made on Friday in Nyon.

English clubs are lambs in Euro spring

Despite their new £5.1-billion TV rights deal, the blanket failure of Premier League clubs in the Champions League has left England looking like Europe's poor relation.

Composed Sharks show steel in victory

There is something about red cards that makes the Sharks a better team as they ground out an important win, and again against a New Zealand side.

Serena rejoins 'family' after racist taunts

Tennis - the loneliest of sports - has always rewarded outsiders.

Le Roux sin-bin opens floodgates

All Black fullback Israel Dagg marked his return from injury with a try as the Crusaders came from behind for a bonus point 57-14 Super Rugby victory over the Cheetahs in Christchurch yesterday.
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Mourinho 'uses confrontation'

Jose Mourinho has delivered a fresh insight into his revered managerial methods by revealing how he used "confrontational" leadership in an attempt to provoke more from players such as Eden Hazard and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

A nation turns its eyes to Proteas

"I treat you like I treat my own children," Adrian Birrell said to Quinton de Kock as SA's practice session at Eden Park wound down yesterday.
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Mourinho 'uses confrontation'

Jose Mourinho has delivered a fresh insight into his revered managerial methods by revealing how he used "confrontational" leadership in an attempt to provoke more from players such as Eden Hazard and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Brave Lions grab second late win

The Lions snatched a late victory for the second time in three matches on their tour of Australasia when they beat the Rebels 20-16 with a converted try from centre Lionel Mapoe two minutes from time in Melbourne on Friday.

We ask the experts: Can the Proteas bring home the Holy Grail?

South Africa's pummelling of Sri Lanka raised hopes that this could be the year the Proteas bring home the Holy Grail of cricket. We asked the experts for their views.
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It's tough at the bottom for these last-16 PSL players

Imagine trying to motivate a PSL player with R300 as a bonus after every victory.

Legendary 'Kalamazoo' Mokone dies in the US

South African football mourned the loss of a legend after Steve "Kalamazoo" Mokone died early on Friday in the US.

$5m dope penalty row for fight of the century

Tensions appeared to be rising around the long-awaited welterweight world title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, with the fighters' camps reportedly at odds over a proposed doping penalty.

Van Gaal's big chance to silence his critics

After a chastening fortnight in the Champions League, the tussle to qualify for next season's event takes priority in the English Premier League this weekend, with Manchester United's trip to Liverpool topping the bill.

Raheem wants more sterling

It shows the confidence and power of the modern player that Raheem Sterling, a talent still scarcely three months out of his teens, could stride into Brendan Rodgers' office and inform the Liverpool manager that he wanted more than the £100000 a week offered by the club and was placing contract negotiations on hold until the summer.
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City stroll past West Brom

Manchester City responded to their Champions League exit with a routine 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion yesterday that maintained pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Everything changed for Proteas on Big Wednesday

If you didn't know better you would have thought AB de Villiers was bored. And if it had been just another game of cricket he would have had reason to be.
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Holder: I still want to be the captain

West Indies skipper Jason Holder, 23, said he would like to keep leading the Caribbean side despite losing the World Cup quarterfinal to New Zealand in Wellington yesterday .

Stock plunge rocks Basil Read

Construction giant Basil Read is reeling after losing nearly a fifth of its value on Friday and the Financial Services Board (FSB) confirming this week it had referred a case of insider trading for "enforcement action".

A touch of class to Sea Point's main drag

After its difficult construction, a new centre is bringing life and a touch of class back to Sea Point's main drag.

'Lavish spending' at teetering Waterberg Coal

Claims of extravagant spending by Waterberg Coal's top brass are under the spotlight after Standard Bank demanded this week that the coal junior repay by April 9 the R400-million it borrowed two years ago.

Job ad for CEO's butler raises eyebrows - and red flag

A job advert in the Sunday Times's sister publication, The Times, raised eyebrows this week, not only because Arthur Gillis, CEO of hotel group Platinum Hospitality Holdings, is the prospective employer but also because there was a rather bizarre list of requirements.

NEF chair tipped for Sasfin deal

National Empowerment Fund (NEF) chairman Rakesh Garach appears to be a frontrunner in the impending black empowerment deal with niche bank Sasfin.

Now Eskom keeps everyone in the dark

Business is fed up with government's refusal to provide reasons for suspension of top Eskom executives.
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The maths behind high valuations for start-ups

Snapchat, the photo-messaging app raising cash at a $15-billion (about R184-billion) valuation, probably isn't actually worth more than Campbell Soup. So where did investors come up with that enormous headline number?

Franchisees flounder after fish company goes belly up

Last year, Hoedspruit resident Laura Brown thought her battle to get back her R150 000 franchisee deposit from the owners of Old Fashioned Fish and Chips was over when the high court granted an order in her favour.

'Train has not yet left the tracks'

Business Unity South Africa CEO Khanyisile Kweyama says a possible collapse of the national electricity grid "is always at the back of our minds".

Consumer loan fiesta fizzles as banks put a cork in it

The party for unsecured lenders has well and truly ended, if new figures from the Reserve Bank are any indication.

Transfer window opens at SA's big banks

Sizwe Nxasana's resignation as CEO of FirstRand may be the first of several changes in the banking sector's leadership.

Naspers eyes R2000 mark on Tencent

Local media group Naspers, whose share price for the past 14 years has been intimately tied up with the fortunes of Tencent, in which it has a 34% stake, jumped 7% and crossed the R1800 mark on Thursday.

Capital won't necessarily grow better outside JSE

Many South African investors are moving their money out of the country as quickly as they can in the belief that the rand is on a slide to oblivion.

Stock Talk: Concourt puts a stick in Net1's spokes

So it seems Net1 UEPS, the company headed by charismatic businessman Serge Belamant, may finally lose its right to administer the lucrative social welfare grant contract.

MiWay hunting life insurance market

It's taken a while, but direct insurer MiWay has begun chugging out profits for listed parent Santam: R170-million in the latest financial year. I

A tricky course for mining to navigate

I was gravely concerned when the chief executive of a mining company told me recently that the Chamber of Mines was an organisation with no backbone.

Open up networks for cheaper mobile data

Internet service providers have done a commendable job of bringing down the cost of fixed-line broadband in South Africa.

Coronation has 'learnt from Abil bad bet'

Coronation Fund Managers - which earlier this month added another industry award to its trophy cabinet, this time from Morningstar - continues to attract investors to its actively managed funds. But outperformance is tough to sustain and no house can get it right all the time.

Buyers take a shine to cheap gold assets

Some of the lowest valuations in decades and rising pressure on Africa's gold producers to restructure or perish are likely to spur a wave of acquisitions in the sector.

There is a way to shake the 'thief' tag, Mr Zuma

Dear Mr President. Forgive this format of an open letter. We have met and chatted a couple of times on public podiums, but I would not for a moment presume that a personal note from me would penetrate the multiple layers of the Presidency.

Markets stabilise after week of mixed signals

South African equities ended slightly lower on Friday, with Naspers taking the most points off the benchmark index on worries that the stock may be priced for more than it can deliver.

Stress on consumers to stall growth

Consumers will come under more pressure this year as fuel, electricity and food prices rise and taxes are hiked, making it unlikely that they will spend enough to inject much life into the ailing economy.

Advtech delays results as rumours swirl

Speculation is growing that Advtech is on the radar of a potential foreign buyer, as mystery continues to surround the delay in the release of the school group's year-end results.

It's junk status for beleaguered Eskom

"When you're up to your arse in alligators, it's easy to forget you came to drain the swamp," says Absa investment analyst Chris Gilmour about Eskom's latest disaster.

Kusile hit by talk of construction cutback

Parts of the Kusile power station being built in Mpumalanga may now be shelved, according to people involved in the project estimated at R120-billion.

Backstage at Medupi, specs dispute drags on

Eskom earlier this month flicked the switch on Medupi's Unit 6, sending the massive power station's first tentative megawatts onto South Africa's gasping grid.

SA firms seek northern exposure

Speak to many South African CEOs, and they'll tell you that they're more optimistic about their investments further north on the continent than at home. Shoprite CEO Whitey Basson was the most recent to express this sentiment.

Sun International bets on Peermont

In the most significant local hospitality deal for years, South Africa's biggest hotel and casino operator, Sun International, plans to buy rival Peermont Global for R9.4-billion.
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Happiness is the real

Tal Ben-Shahar, the "happiness professor", is not as exuberant in person as one might expect from someone espousing the principles of positive psychology.

Dear Corruption Watch: Private sector can bring company crooks to justice

Dear Corruption Watch: You wrote about offshore Swiss bank accounts for people like Fana Hlongwana, whose name has been linked to the arms deal.
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Why all the stalling on the Steinhoff share deals?

There must have been a few corks popped at Christo Wiese's Stellenbosch wine farm Lourensford after the Financial Services Board's insider trading watchlist, released this week, contained not a single reference to Steinhoff.

Making pizzas isn't chemical engineering

What do a pizza maker and a chemical engineer starting businesses have in common? They both recognise an opportunity, and they will both assemble the resources they need to run their businesses.

Ostriches make it big on the Internet of Things

The two big buzz phrases of cutting-edge enterprise technology, "Big Data" and the "Internet of Things", mask just how ordinary the future has become.

Born to serve: The right attitude opens doors

What does a hotel butler do?Tebogo Rikhotso is a corporate butler at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg. He tells Margaret Harris he intends becoming a hotel manager

Buti Molelle: Just a dude who loves his gadgets

Buti Molelle, a veteran actor and radio producer, spoke to Lucky Biyase about spending big and helping those who help themselves.

Spot burnout before it's too late

If the boundless energy you once took for granted has disappeared, leaving you feeling tired and hopeless, you may be heading for burnout.

How the BBC rules the golden age of TV

The BBC is at the forefront of TV's global renaissance, churning out big-budget shows that hook in hundreds of countries. Sue de Groot finds out how it's done.
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5 musicians with gulp-inducing car collections

When music stars get bored, they tend to go out and buy a ridiculous car or - as with these celebrities - a garage full of them
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Dating was tricker when you couldn't text

The texting generation bleat about the difficulty of maintaining long-distance relationships, but try making a date when you have to rely on a tickybox, writes Ndumiso Ngcobo.
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Movie Review: The Gambler

Critics love to hate remakes, particularly remakes of classics that did not need remaking. But if the remake makes more people watch the original, perhaps the remake makes sense. In the case of The Gambler, the 1974 version was not a breathtaking film, but it beats the new one hands down. If you have not seen it, hire it.
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Miss SA should be crowned by public vote

Brace yourself for Miss SA: a hairspray-scented eruption of embarrassing ambassadors, untainted by tattoos or thoughts, writes Rebecca Davis
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The Moment: Allen and Nizha Mozanbique wedding

A helicopter ride to a Mozambique resort was the thrilling start to four days of wedding festivities writes Thembalethu Zulu.
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Why Gautengers don't feel at home in Cape Town

They came, they saw, they went home. That's the story of many Gautengers seduced by Cape Town's beauty and sedate pace. We asked a couple of Joburgers why they returned to the City of Gold after a stint in the Mother City.

Movie Review: Chappie

A half-baked scifi Joburg disappears in a hail of bullets, crap accents & baleful squints, writes Kavish Chetty
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How Herman Charles Bosman's buried tales were unearthed

This week, the Sunday Times publishes a free e-book that will help flesh out, in a small way, the enigmatic character of one of South Africa's best-known literary characters, Herman Charles Bosman.
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Electronica composer Felix Laband makes a comeback

Felix Laband, the ingénue Maritzburg metalhead turned dark magus of local left-field electronics, is due to release his first album in a decade: 'Deaf Safari'.
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The conch: Facebook's made high-school reunions obsolete

Thanks to social media, we already know everything about each others' lives. So, do we really need to meet up in person?, asks Sibongile Mafu.

The Pedant Class: Legalese under the microscope

Sue de Groot takes a stab at the complicated and convoluted language of Legalese.
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'Top Gear': Life after Clarkson?

'Top Gear', seen in more than 200 countries, is BBC Worldwide's cash cow. 'Sherlock', which has been bought by 221 countries and counting, is a contender in the popularity stakes, but it does not have 'Top Gear's' 21-season back catalogue to add revenue.
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Cruising: The art of doing nothing much

On her first-ever Caribbean cruise, Bee Rowlatt discovers that holidaying at sea is all about 'effortless indulgence'.

Salzburg: Alive with 'The Sound of Music'

Fifty years on, the spirit of this classic still resonates in Salzburg. Paul Wade finds a few favourite things
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Travel competition: Where in the world?

Tell us the name of the city where you can find the Emperor Augustus statue to stand a chance to win R500
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Accidental Tourist: A day trip to Mexico

Lax rules when entering Mexico go to the dogs when it's time to get out
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Reader's World: An aromatic tour of India's Ooty

Raj Isaac shares the places, smells and tastes of India
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Peter's Post: Barcelona's best eateries

Our travel expert answers queries on routes and destinations around the world
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My Kind of Holiday: Creative Director Kevin Minter Brown

Kevin Minter Brown dodges English trash like the plague. Here's why...
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High on gorilla life in Rwanda

Rwanda was at war with itself 20 years ago. Today, writes Nadine Dreyer, the dream of peace is real and primates are the primary tourist attraction
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Accidental Tourist: A day trip to Mexico

Lax rules when entering Mexico go to the dogs when it's time to get out
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Weekend escape: Clear waters run deep in Klaarstroom

Nick Yell dips his toes into the quiet of a Karoo town
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Sign me up to fight the demolition of the past: Boris Johnson

The Islamic State's ruthless assault on ancient sites is destroying humanity's shared history, says London mayor Boris Johnson.
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The biggest development in Joan-of-Arc affairs for decades

A museum dedicated to France's favourite daughter has opened in Rouen, France. Anthony Peregrine reports
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Get under the skin of Kolkata (without

Fiona Dunlop goes local to experience the food and less obvious sights and sounds of this intriguing Indian city
Tomato, Shallot and Chilli Relish with zest

5 spicy recipes starring fresh chillies

Nothing adds oomph to a dish quite like fresh chillies; make the most of them with these easy recipes
Bacon-wrapped Chipotle chilli poppers stuffed with cream cheese and chives.

How to make great chipotle chilli poppers from scratch

Creamy with a kick... these bacon-wrapped chilli poppers make an easy starter and crowd-pleasing bar snack
Fresh chillies can be dried in a dehydrator or a cool oven overnight then stored in an airtight jar.

Turn up the heat: 8 ways to boost your chilli tolerance

The burning sensation that can make you feel like your mouth is on fire and makes you break out in a sweat is caused by the chemical capsaicin in chilli peppers. As it enters your bloodstream it makes the body feel it is hotter than it actually is and triggers physical reactions designed to cool you down. But here are some tips to help you go spicier.
Spice waiter Samkelo Mzimela

Restaurant review: Spice, Durban

A venture into the not-so-hot stuff is worth while for those seeking a taste on the mild side but still needing those Asian flavours writes Glynis Horning.
Chilli plant

From seeds to hot sauce: how to grow & preserve chillies

Chillies are a great container plant and will reward you with a bountiful crop without too much effort
Marzipan and candied orange brownies

Marzipan and candied orange brownies

Sweet treat so sinful it is a must try.
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