Former public works minister Geoff Doidge has been blamed by department officials for allegedly putting pressure on them to cut corners in their implementation of the controversial "security upgrading" at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.
Polling experts last night said the Scottish independence referendum was "too close to call" as a clutch of surveys gave contradictory pictures of the state of the campaign.
Three provinces are giving the Economic Freedom Fighters a headache in the run-up to its first national elective congress in December, but in the other six all is going according to plan, says party leader Julius Malema.
Tami Sokutu, who shamed bankers everywhere by dismissing poor people with his "f*** them" comments to the Sunday Times, has apologised - almost a month later.
Angry former Umkhonto weSizwe fighters have accused Kebby Maphatsoe - who almost caused a diplomatic row this week - of being a sell-out who ran away from an ANC military camp.
A Former Royal Marine who was killed in a violent attack after a Sharks rugby game was remembered last month at the unveiling of his tombstone in the UK.
Vehicle financier pulled over for 'breaking law' and dodgy tactics
About 60 dogs on "adoption row" in a Manchester home for stray canines died in a fire that raged through their kennels this week.
Among the 400 wounded soldiers taking part in Prince Harry's Invictus Games in London this week were two South African-born soldiers, one of whom has developed a bond with the prince.
Fast cars, expensive clothes, guns, money and evading capture. These were the things that Sakhumzi Mvoko lived and ultimately died for.
Oscar Pistorius left court on Friday inwardly delighted at his acquittal for murder - but outwardly, he claims, destroyed financially.
Cape Town biscuit maker Mantelli's is at it again. The company's new radio advert pokes fun at parliament and how debates have degenerated to the biscuit level.
The worst-ever Ebola outbreak has killed more than 2400 people, the UN said on Friday, as Cuba pledged the largest foreign medical team deployed so far in the West African health crisis.
Judge Thokozile Masipa's reasoning in finding Oscar Pistorius not guilty of murder has come in for sharp criticism from many in the legal fraternity.
This year the ANC and its alliance partners have repeatedly attacked the office of the public protector and its incumbent, Thuli Madonsela.
The eyes of the world were glued to television screens as Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered her verdict, but in Reeva Steenkamp's home town of Port Elizabeth many looked away.
There are times when Andrew Merryweather just needs a hug. But this simple act of comfort is denied to the Capetonian, who was left without "proper physical feeling" following an incident in 2006 when he was involved in a fight with eight schoolboys.
Auctioneer Anthony Barne has a habit of politely asking "are you all done?" before he bangs his gavel for a sale.
A couple in Argentina have won the right to name their baby after football star Lionel Messi.
Controversial AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has snubbed the government's plan to build a multimillion-rand concrete road to his sprawling palace.
Ndazana Nathaniel Nakasa, the self-proclaimed "Native from Nowhere", has finally been laid to rest on his home soil.
Oscar Pistorius is in for a soft landing should he get a jail sentence following his conviction for negligently killing Reeva Steenkamp.
Bank collection agents who repossess vehicles from defaulting clients are operating illegally.
The remains of Cameron Dalziel, the only South African to die in the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukraine two months ago, will soon be brought home after they were positively identified by DNA tests.
Gerrie Nel Shows His Softer Side
The ANC has agreed to debate an opposition motion of no-confidence in speaker Baleka Mbete in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
Australian actress Nicole Kidman is in shock after the sudden death of her father in Singapore.
Two teenage girls in Agartala, northern India, committed suicide after their hostel superintendent and parents rebuked them for using cellphones at school, police said yesterday.
Australian authorities have ended the shark cull in which 68 of the apex predators were killed over three months.
In Brief: A quick summary of international events
Sarah Palin and her family were reportedly involved in a mass brawl at a snowmobile party that had to be broken up by the police.
When most boys were playing soccer on the streets of Mabopane outside Pretoria, Keoikantse Motsepe was in tights, dancing.
For members of the public, the Oscar Pistorius trial was like a reality TV show.
Khulubuse Zuma, taking after his polygamous uncle President Jacob Zuma, yesterday married one of his four fiancées - Swazi princess Fikisiwe Dlamini.
Ranjeni Munusamy - who famously parted ways with the Sunday Times after passing a rejected story on to a rival publication - has lost a complaint to the Press Ombudsman against the newspaper.
The government intends paying R140-million a year to ensure transformation comes to South Africa's universities.
A dog called Killer has helped bring two suspected rhino poachers to book.
Used as "window dressing" to lure clients and as tea ladies in meetings, black women face a double curse in the legal profession.
The secret to a happily married life is keeping the wife happy, according to a study by Rutgers University and the University of Michigan, both in the US.
Tobacco tycoon Johann Rupert asked Carte Blanche to delay the screening of a documentary last week that apparently raises tough questions about a R232-million lottery donation earmarked for the fight against rhino poaching.
Deeply religious people are not likely to do more good than others, according to a study by two US universities.
South Africa is beset by aggression, incivility and the denial of responsibility writes Mark Gevisser
Many people who feared a failure of justice comparable to OJ Simpson's acquittal are relieved that the Blade Runner has been found guilty of culpable homicide. I am not, writes Deborah Orr
Its a fact of life that if you fly high, make grandiose claims and reap the benefits of lofty status, people usually hold you to a higher standard.
When a 29-year-old Liz Hurley stepped out wearing "that" Versace safety-pin dress, at the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral, the world was agog at her daring. That slit! Why, it was almost thigh high. That plunging cleavage-revealing V front. How could she be so brazen?
The collective wail about the Oscar verdict comes from an ancient place where blood must have blood
Lethal domestic violence is too commonplace to be of national, let alone international, interest. But celebrity elevated Oscar Pistorius above every other man who killed his girlfriend on that Valentine's Day, and every other day before and after.
Judge Masipa's ruling implies that fear of attack in South Africa justifies an extreme reaction- but the country is no more flooded with weaponry than many others writes Tim Butcher
As soon as US President Barack Obama announced his intention to lead a "coalition of the willing" against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or Isis, his core coalition partners began to fidget and reach for the exit door.
Children worldwide still adore the US sitcom, writes Allison Pearson
The Springboks' drought against the All Blacks continued on a rainy night, but that they came within a whisker of blowing the lid off the Cake Tin speaks of their courage.
Excitement still abounds, tickets sold out in a matter of hours - but where are the goals?
The Springboks might have lost, but coach Heyneke Meyer was not down in the dumps after yesterday's 14-10 defeat by the All Blacks.
The Springboks' end-of-year tour will be one of the last opportunities for coach Heyneke Meyer to solidify his squad ahead of next year's World Cup.
The Pumas have been the fairy-tale story during this year's Currie Cup, second on the standings into the second half of the campaign - but their ambition does not end there.
Cavin Johnson turned down a technical director role after it was agreed to terminate the coach's contract at SuperSport United, in a hiring and firing saga that appears to have been an unusually expensive process for the normally frugal club.
Dumisani Msibi had his head in the clouds for a moment after a surprise Bafana Bafana call-up for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sudan and Nigeria.
Kaizer Chiefs had to shuffle their pack for yesterday's match against the University of Pretoria but still proved too strong as they kept up their 100% start to the season and extended their early-season lead in the standings.
The Golden Lions struck lethally from turnovers to hand Western Province their first Currie Cup defeat of the season in a pulsating game yesterday.
Gordon Igesund returned to club football after a two-year stint with Bafana Bafana and found it a lot scrappier than the international stage, but earned a victory in his first match as SuperSport United coach in Atteridgeville last night.
Saeed Ajmal's bowling action was more than double the permitted 15-degree extension during his testing by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
After the disappointment of the Springbok defeat to the All Blacks, the Cheetahs and the Sharks provided just the right dose of morphine to numb the pain with an intriguing spectacle yesterday.
Millions of South Africans are emotionally enslaved to English Premier League teams they've never seen in the flesh. How did this happen? Sipho Hlongwane investigates the long-range voodoo of the world's biggest league ...
More and more adults are using Ritalin to rein in their wandering minds - whether they have ADHD or not. By Leigh-Anne Hunter
I was at a Sunday family lunch when I heard that my uncle, the poet, Black Consciousness activist and social commentary writer Mafika Pascal Gwala had passed on.
Some people do yoga; others fancy bird watching and Lego's big, too, but I like DIY building.
My friend Riaan is in big trouble with his wife. He was at rugby when she called and said he needed to leave immediately and get home fast.
A wise old arthropod knows the shocking truth about why the end is nigh. By Louis Greenberg
Some encouraging words planted on a Mauritian beach led to bliss in Devon for this Anglo-South African couple. By Sibongile Mafu
A party at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange? Yes, indeed - thanks to Power 98.7.
It looks like the '60s, it feels like the '60s, but it's totally Generation Y
Funny-shaped rocks are a drug for thoughtful jocks, writes Anton Ferreira
Dark-hearted parable offers laughter in the face of human trauma - and it's brilliant. By Kavish Chetty
Isaac Slade of The Fray, who hit SA next week, puts the doubt into Christian rock
Michele Magwood stopped by Ian McEwan's place. They talked about his new novel, creative clicks & Stone Age dogma
When Kurt Cobain died, he damned all fans of his music to an eternity of unanswered questions.
A bit of a froth over Master Chef's Mdlankomo, but she's focused on the food
Mention Georgia and most people think you mean the US state. But, as Paul Ash discovered, the little nation on the Black Sea is beautiful, fascinating and begging to be explored
How things have changed for backpackers in the Information Age
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Tall ships are moored up outside the Royal Naval College this week in London, England.
Gateway Travel is offering a dream holiday to the Victoria Falls.
There is another dimension to the issues raised in your Comment section "Let's not fight over the kids" (August 24), on how the new immigration rules affect children, who must now produce an unabridged birth certificate.
Travel news for people on the move
As Scots get set to vote this week on the question of independence from the UK, Oliver Smith names 10 tourist sites for those keen on Scottish history
Two thousand years after the death of Rome's first emperor, Harry Mount finds the city he rebuilt still bears the glorious imprint of his reign
Griffin Shea is surprised to find the food as enthralling as the antiquities
Jarno Sneyders took his family to Bolivia and travelled a route known as the 'most dangerous in the world'
Velddrif is crammed with flavour, writes Janine Stephen - and that's not just the bokkoms
Tom Rowley learns the truth about a World War 1 naval battle staged on the tranquil waters of Lake Malawi
Chris Marais enjoys a fine example of a growing hospitality trend: the classic farm stay
Shaping creative culinary minds across the country, chef schools provide aspiring Jamie Olivers with the necessary credentials for their careers. We spoke to a few leading mentors about what got them started in the industry ...
The SA hospitality and tourism industry is one of the country's fastest growing employment sectors - the good news is that we need chefs.
Jackie Cameron made a name for herself as a chef at Hartford House. Now she's opening a culinary school
Dr Diane Abrahams, director of the School of Tourism and Hospitality at the University of Johannesburg
Minutes after hearing the chilling details of her 39-year-old daughter's brutal decapitation, all Desiree Murugan's mother Ambi wanted was to see her daughter one last time.
Nearly half of all girls in South Asia marry before they turn 18, according to a United Nations report that lays bare what it calls "glaring inequalities".
Balaji Mohan, who made his directorial debut in Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi, returns to the screen with another bilingual film in Tamil and Malayalam.
Director Vikram Bhatt and the lovely Bipasha Basu have teamed up in the past for super hits in the Raaz franchise.
Since winning the Miss World pageant in 2000, Priyanka Chopra has become a sensation in Bollywood.
"Durban people don't understand how hard we work in Joburg . They think it's all fun and games and money falls into our laps."
For some, selfies are merely silly, embarrassing, ludicrous and foolish image effigies.
It was a case of the blind leading the artificially blind at Durban's Imbizo conference centre at Sibiya Casino on Saturday night last week.
Bollywood A-listers have joined humanitarian efforts to raise funds for the victims of the flooding in Jammu and Kashmir which has claimed at least 215 lives.
A recent article on the Sunday Times's Facebook page about an anti-Indian song and the outcry that was generated, "Anger over anti-Indian hate speech and lyrics", was followed by a throng of racist and unsavoury comments by readers.
Food made good and flexitarianism were the buzz words of a fine-dining taste adventure at Umhlanga's five-star Harvey's recently.
In India's agricultural districts, where leopards prowl at night, it is not livestock that is on the big cats' menu but man's best friend - the dog.
The mutual sparkle in each other's eyes lit the spark for Priyanka and Jerome Govindasamy when they met at work in 2011.
Community members turn up to tell public hearings they do not want machines in their areas.
A private Christian school in Brakpan, east of Johannesburg, agreed this week to allow its Hindu pupils to wear religious adornments.
Indian citizen Sumant Kumar's knowledge of South Africa used to be restricted to Nelson Mandela and cricket.
Police are on the lookout for two suspected shoplifters who are believed to have stolen R20000 from a Gateway mall store - one of them a girl aged about 10.
Objections to a multibillion-rand development in Rietfontein, east of Johannesburg, have been labelled "racist".
Two Durban eco-warriors are hoping their bunny mascots will help position Durban as an environment-friendly hub of South Africa.
Bollywood star Shahrukh Khanhas become the face of Interpol's global campaign against organised crime.
Two years ago Kashmir-born Bushera Bashir left a good job in Singapore, packed up her life in a suitcase and bought a ticket to Johannesburg so that she could follow her heart.
South African Muslims will today lend their voices to a global chorus condemning atrocities committed by terror groups including al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and al-Shabaab.
It took Aarti Datharam just one year to go from learning the basics of chess to representing South Africa in an international competition.
Humbled and honoured is how renowned mathematician Professor Daya Reddy feels about becoming the new president-elect of the Paris-based International Council for Science.
Goa-based model Gail Nicole da Silva, who was third in the Femina Miss India 2014 contest, has won the best national costume title at Miss United Continent 2014, thanks to her innovative dome-style sari designed by Melvin Noronha.
Oumesh Harisunker's passion for overhauling cars was first ignited by a rusty, rickety 1980 VW Golf with a leaky roof.