EXPOSED:How arms dealer bankrolled Zuma

President Jacob Zuma and the ANC were deep in the pockets of French arms giant Thales.

French arms dealer 'kept Jacob Zuma in its pocket'

On a crisp Highveld afternoon in September 2003, lawyer Ajay Sooklal walked into French arms dealer Pierre Moynot's office in Pretoria.

Misconduct case returns to haunt Hlophe

Western Cape judge president John Hlophe's long-running misconduct case appears to be back on track after the High Court in Johannesburg ruled on Friday that the disciplinary tribunal set up to investigate him, and the processes it had followed, were legal.

SA artist tears open London's racial wounds

"EXHIBIT B came along and it just flicked the scab off the festering wounds in this [UK] society and a whole lot of stuff came gushing to the surface."

ANC bans open ambition as rivals vie to succeed Zuma

The ANC has banned its leaders from publicly showing interest in being President Jacob Zuma's successor.

EFF a pain in the caucus for DA

Mmusi Maimane is furious at those who say he doesn't fill the shoes of predecessor Lindiwe Mazibuko.

Open Mosque leader threatened with beheading

His family has turned against him and he has been threatened with beheading. But Taj Hargey is taking it all in his stride.

Dreadful injuries in Lambo crash

Two spectators both lost both their legs in a horrific accident when a Lamborghini crashed into cars at the side of a road in Knysna.

A word to the wise in Xhosa

After three years of debate and research, the experts have concluded that the Xhosa word for condom is ikhondom.

First grandchild for Bill and Hillary

Bill and Hillary Clinton became grandparents early yesterday after daughter Chelsea gave birth to a baby girl.

Marco Polo may have discovered America

Conventional wisdom that the Americas were discovered by Christopher Columbus has been cast into doubt by centuries-old maps and documents suggesting that Marco Polo got there first.

'Gatekeeping' surge keeps thousands more from matric

The number of matriculants registered to write this year's final exam has dropped by nearly 25000 since last year, most of these in just four provinces.

My sister was no willing martyr!

Few statements or interviews after the tragedy in Lagos capture the loss of a loved one as poignantly as the letter below.

Town grieves for six church victims

Therural Mpumalanga township of Tonga lost six people in the Nigerian tragedy.

Angry mall owners sue Pick n Pay in Mauritius contract row

Retail giant Pick n Pay is facing a R38-million lawsuit in Mauritius where it stands accused of dodgy business practices over a failed store in the north of the holiday island.

Take two aspirin to heal that broken heart

It was once thought only time could mend a broken heart, but now scientists think taking a couple of aspirin might be the best way to get over a break-up.

UK MP resigns over sex selfie

A British minister announced his unexpected resignation yesterday as a newspaper reported he sent an explicit photo of himself online, in a setback to David Cameron's Conservative-led government.

Putting a price on carbon 'key to saving planet'

Millions of visitors and residents could hardly miss the message projected on the side of the UN building in New York this week: "Put a price on carbon."

Parly chiefs 'talk hard' for R1.4bn precinct upgrade

Parliament's new presiding officers want the legislature's shelved multimillion-rand expansion programme to be implemented with immediate effect. They are now ready to "negotiate hard" with the finance minister for money to start building next year.

'Convert' beheads colleague

A woman has been beheaded in an Oklahoma, US, food processing plant by a sacked employee who had apparently tried to convert his colleagues to Islam.

Foetal alcohol syndrome rises among urban blacks

Dineo's mother drank while she was pregnant. Now, at the age of seven, Dineo is shorter and weighs less than other girls her age. She also has a hearing problem and struggles to keep up in Grade 1.

Youth league hopeful rethinks discretion, valour on Nkandla

ANC Youth League presidential hopeful Ronald Lamola has back-tracked on his call for President Jacob Zuma to pay back part of the R246-million spent to upgrade his Nkandla homestead.

Yawns as Lady Mary talks sex

THE opening episode of Downton Abbey in Britain last week received the lowest audience figures since its first year, despite a dramatic plot featuring extramarital sex, a socialist interloper and a near-fatal fire.

Transcriptlifts lid on cauldron of intrigue, paranoia

The "spy tapes" handed to the DA this month reveal how former head of the Special Directorate of Operations Leonard McCarthy was embedded with former president Thabo Mbeki's camp ahead of the 2007 Polokwane conference. McCarthy communicated directly with Mbeki's supporters and lobbyists and in some instances declared his support for Mbeki.

Nudes take on prudes in the battle of Trafalgar

Naturists say they will continue to bare it all on a KwaZulu-Natal beach even if they fail in their bid to have the piece of shoreline legally declared a nude beach.

Troubled waters at dolphin organisation

Two members of Cape Town's Dolphin Action Protection Group, including a former chairman, have been expelled after raising concerns about the group's financial affairs.

Venice floats George's boat

Not since the gilded barges of the doges swept down the Grand Canal has Venice seen such a spectacle.

'Fatal attack ended with a high five'

A SECURITY guard told how he saw four men giving each other a "high five" after an attack on a former Royal Marine who was found dead after a rugby match in Durban.

'Zulu' movie renamed for SA

It's a gritty crime drama featuring some great homegrown talent alongside big-name Hollywood stars. City of Violence, which was shot in Cape Town in 2012, is set for release in South Africa next week.

Joshua to 'help the families'

Pastor TB Joshua is planning to assist the families of South Africans who were killed or injured when the six-storey guesthouse belonging to his Synagogue, Church of All Nations collapsed in Lagos earlier this month.

This is the house that waste built

This is the house built from bricks made from waste.

Privy to a private viewing

A homeless man fell asleep in the toilet of Tate Britain, said to be one of the most secure institutions in the UK. The gallery contains priceless works of art.

Restrictions imposed on small-town households

Residents in small towns in KwaZulu-Natal face stiff fines if caught washing cars, filling up swimming pools or watering their lawns.

Islamic State fighters press on despite US-led air strikes

Islamic State fighters tightened their siege of a town on Syria's border with Turkey despite US-led air strikes aimed at defeating the militants in both Syria and Iraq.

Hospital aircraft brings injured home

South Africa pulled off the largest medical evacuation in recent history when it sent a Lockheed C-130 Hercules to bring back injured South Africans from Lagos, Nigeria.

Internet giants under threat

Facebook, Gmail and Twitter have been warned they must comply with controversial internet legislation signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, a senior Russian official has said, raising fears that Western social networks could be blocked from the country.

Breast cancer link to widening waist

Increases in women's skirt sizes with age could go hand-in-hand with increased risk of breast cancer.

Sunday times Editorial: Nuclear deal: all the alarm bells should be ringing

Today we reveal fresh details of how President Jacob Zuma personally accepted the R500000-a-year bribe offered to him by French arms manufacturer Thales 14 years ago. That Zuma, who was the country's deputy president at the time, was offered a bribe is not new. At the trial of his financial adviser Schabir Shaik, who was later convicted for fraud, the state conclusively proved that the company had sent an encrypted fax confirming the illegal deal.

The Power Report: Sleepless nights for Dial-a-Bed's angry customer

When the furniture retail arm of the collapsed African Bank was placed under business rescue last month, it didn't hesitate to protect its own interests.

Africa, sex, adventure -- and lots of cash

Wilbur Smith's epic un-PC tales of derring-do have made him one of the world's richest authors. For the past 50 Years his own life has been a thrilling ride, so much so that he sometimes sounds like one of his heroes, writes Jake Kerridge

'Big man' curse hobbles Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan's tardy response to the TB Joshua tragedy is emblematic of the problems racking Africa's most populous state writes S'thembiso Msomi

We throw away our children's future

Sub-Standard education remains the biggest stumbling block on the road to a successful society, writes Mamphela Ramphele

Obituary: Deborah Cavendish: Duchess who loved Elvis

Deborah Cavendish, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire and the last of the six eccentric Mitford sisters, died on Wednesday. She was 94.

Hogarth: 28th September

Deaf to a nail-biting debate, they varnish truth and nail

Story of Hamas's lawless actions not fully told

SA's transition offers lessons to Israelis and Palestinians, but cannot provide all the answers writes Arthur Lenk

The nerdy secret The Simpsons hides on 'prime' time television

'COMEDY," says Al Jean, "is very mathematical. Especially animation, with its precision and control."

No room at Ebola clinic for dying victims

A treatment center in Liberia cannot cope with the flood of pleading patients, writes Colin Freeman

How does a woman dress to get ahead?

Women have come a long way since Queen Elizabeth I pioneered power dressing. But they still have to watch what they wear writes Clare Coulson

Exploring the comedy and tragedy of being Greek and white in SA

Irene Stephanou's new play grapples with her usual themes but also dissects living with multiple sclerosis, writes Oliver Roberts

Populism is the wrong solution, but it might rattle the right cages

Most 91-year-olds would probably consider it an achievement to get up in the morning, have a cup of tea and watch television. But Henry Kissinger, a former US secretary of state, decided it was a good age to produce a new book, in this case a 432-page door stopper, World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History.

So Many Questions

Water shortages have caused panic in several Gauteng suburbs. Chris Barron asked University of Witwatersrand water expert and former director general of the department of water affairs Mike Muller...

Obituary: Dave Rennie: Master mariner as at ease on the bridge as in the boardroom

Dave Rennie, who has died in Durban at the age of 53, was a master mariner who participated in a top-secret sanctions-busting operation at the height of apartheid to help the South African Navy acquire a much-needed ice-breaking replenishment vessel from the Soviet Union for use in the Antarctic.

The unelected, unaccountable comrade who calls the shots

Contrary to common perception, South Africa is run not by the president, the cabinet or parliament, but by an unelected cabal headed by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

When she becomes free, so too will he

Achieving gender equality is as much men's work as it is women's, says actress Emma Watson

UCT must tackle 'whiteness' and privilege

A group of black academics argue that university head Maax Price is taking a racist approach to appointments

Will Putin's nukes be SA's new arms deal?

We have had many high moments in our democracy. There have been some low moments too. The arms deal can be described as the moment when the new South Africa sank to a nadir. We lost our innocence and the repugnant smell of corruption is still present.

Bok honour restored

Both coaches predicted that the bench would have a huge influence on the outcome of this match and they were spot on, with the Springbok reserves making a huge impact after a heroic defensive effort by Australia.

Man United need top dollar to get Ronaldo

Manchester United would have to fund a £14-million package to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo next English summer if they pursue a second attempt to lure the Real Madrid winger back to Old Trafford.

Composure vital to grinding down Aussies

The Springboks' win yesterday was a victory for improvements in many areas that coach Heyneke Meyer has been working on - from strength in depth, fitness, adaptability and the willingness to attack.

Boks have to go the whole nine yards

There are sportsmen and women whose careers flicker fleetingly but, when they retire, they have made little impact in their sport.

Advantage Europe in Ryder Cup

Justin Rose sank a six-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole to give Europe a halve with unbeaten US rookie duo Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed in a Ryder Cup foursomes match yesterday.

Brand PSL on the right track - CEO

Brand de Villiers is making headway at the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

Unplugged: AmaZulu must please save my uncle's heart

It seems as though my uncle has to prepare for a pacemaker as his club of choice is putting him closer to a heart attack.

It's time to take what Africa offers

Dithering by Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits over participation in continental competition displays short-sightedness at the benefits they, and Bafana Bafana, could gain.

'Unique' Cook gets selectors' backing

Alastair Cook spent the English summer ignoring calls for his resignation. But, not for the first time, he was given the total support of the selectors this week when they confirmed that he would captain the England side at the World Cup next year, describing him as a "unique leader".

Blues stay top as Rooney sees red again

Primer League leaders Chelsea conserved their three-point advantage by beating Aston Villa 3-0 yesterday, and Wayne Rooney was sent off as Manchester United edged West Ham.

Out, damned (black) spot! Out, I say!

Heyneke Meyer has ticked just about every box as Springbok coach, but there is one glaring and increasingly awkward hole on his résumé - a victory over the All Blacks.

Deadly Bucs combo 'must play in tandem'

Most coaches would sacrifice a limb to have strikers in scoring streaks as hot as those of Kermit Erasmus and Lehlohonolo Majoro, but not Orlando Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic, who seems reluctant to pair them up.

Chippa performance stuns Buccaneers

David Zulu delivered a goal worthy of winning any game as managerless Chippa United upset the odds in putting on a performance of guts and determination to beat Orlando Pirates at home in Port Elizabeth yesterday.

World record on cards in Berlin

With three of the fastest men in history over the distance in the field, today's Berlin Marathon could see a world record set.

Ghana team spent night counting their money

Former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has lifted the lid on his side's torrid World Cup campaign, revealing that players were counting thousands of dollars in cash just hours before their final match.

Upbeat Shakes lays down law

Bafana Bafana have had a fairly positive start to their 2015 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers, but a potential banana skin is in sight.

Red faces at Anfield

Steven Gerrard does not have the legs anymore ... Liverpool spent badly last English summer and they might struggle to finish in the top four, let alone be equipped for a title challenge.

18-year veteran Rossi still hungry

Motorcycling legend Valentino Rossi arrives in Aragon this weekend on a twin mission - to win back-to-back MotoGPs for the first time since 2009 and make up further ground on runaway leader Marc Márquez.

Jamie Vardy reclaimed from soccer's scrapheap

Everywhere in the world there are boys who dream the dream, only to have it kicked down before they become men.

From the exam room to field of play

Bafana New FaceGood news for pacey Santos striker Fagrie Lakay

Local cricket faces bleak reality

Being disabused of a notion is never pleasant if the idea is held dear. But sometimes it has to be done. This is one of those times: SA's franchise system is not as strong as it thinks it is.

Extend tenure of presidency for benefit of the sport: Jordaan

Danny Jordaan doesn't want to be president for life - he just wants to extend his term by another year. And if his presidency is extended into extra time, he hinted that he plans to leave once it's up.

Sharks batter Kings in bonus win

The Sharks did their semifinal aspirations a favour when they registered their second bonus-point win of the season with a 50-point battering of the Kings that was harder than the score suggested. The win took them to 25 points and swelled their points difference as permutations start coming into play.

Rampant Lions eye home semi spot

A Grizzled local sagely remarked before kick-off that it doesn't rain in Kimberley, only around it.

David Miller at sixes and sevens

It's a see-ball, hit-ball mentality. He hits. Bloody hard. But not often enough
Rob Rose

Red fear: journalists and regime change

It's a common refrain from halfwits and crooks that the press is unaccountable and sensationalist, a third force bent on abusing its self-appointed position as the fourth estate.

Treasury vows to nail 'parasitic'microlenders after Bridge collapses

It was bound to happen. The wheels are coming off investment schemes offering depositors apparently guaranteed returns at multiples of market rates.

Deductions from grants not child's play

The National Credit Regulator (NCR) and the Treasury should act together to stop debit orders being processed against child grants, say civil society organisations.

Times Media wants to hold the winning content cards

Times Media Group's full-year results showed healthy improvements in earnings - particularly in the broadcast and content space.

Hard-pressed Bridge opts for business rescue

IN THE wake of African Bank's dramatic collapse, a second notable unsecured lender has sounded the alarm and looks to be in trouble.

Treasury vows to nail 'parasitic'microlenders after Bridge collapses

IT was bound to happen. The wheels are coming off investment schemes offering depositors apparently guaranteed returns at multiples of market rates. One this week applied for business rescue, slashing returns and leaving investors uncertain about the safety of their capital.

Times Media wants to hold the winning content cards

TIMES Media Group's full-year results showed healthy improvements in earnings - particularly in the broadcast and content space.

Deductions from grants not child's play

THE National Credit Regulator (NCR) and the Treasury should act together to stop debit orders being processed against child grants, say civil society organisations.

Robotic cheerleading squad showcases sensor technology

A TEAM of cheerleading robots made their dancing debut in Tokyo this week as creator Murata Manufacturing demonstrated its cutting-edge sensor technology.

King stakes crown on his vision

IF I take off my shirt, you will see I am full of scars left by business decisions, says Mervyn King.

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It's square, but the suits should like it

IT'S hard to say which was braver: producing an almost square phone, or calling it "Passport", as if to symbolise BlackBerry crossing the border into a happier future.

It's chowdown in pizza wars

THE return of Pizza Hut to South Africa could spark a pizza war, but local players say they have a war chest to defend their turf.

Irish example may have swayed Scots

A FRIEND assured me the real decider in the Scottish independence referendum was not the threat by the Royal Bank of Scotland et al to relocate to friendlier climes south of the border; not even the warning by retailers that the price of everything would increase 16% was enough to push the Scots into the "no" camp.

Making an impact is what's important

What is more important to you: fame or fortune?

Class-action storm brewing on the horizon

IN the wake of the unsuccessful bid to form a class action for affected consumers in the R699-car-scheme, and with murmurs of a class action being ...

Close to home but in the lap of luxury

Polished DiamondsAfrican hotels have upped pampering levels to lure elite holiday-makers, writes Katrina Manson

Five banks score big in Alibaba IPO

ALIBABA Group Holding's underwriters raked in $261.2-million (about R2.9-billion) in fees after completing the largest initial public offering in history.

Jimmy Choo puts best foot forward for listing

BRITISH luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo said this week it would float on the London Stock Exchange.

'The future of housing is in rentals'

GERALD Leissner's interest in lower-end residential property was tickled by his 12-year stint as a director of the Johannesburg Housing Company. ...

Drink to keep up with Joneses

THE world's most expensive cocktail has gone on sale in London for nearly £9000 (about R165000), about as much as the price of a new family car.

Gordhan plans a PPC comeback

KETSO Gordhan is planning a comeback as chief executive of PPC after his shock resignation this week following a boardroom dispute.

It's not all about location after all

FIFTY years in the property game will teach you a few things. It might even make you a maverick.

Gerald Leissner, 72, has surfed the rise ...

PPC board antics cry out for shareholder activism

SO WHAT can we expect from the traditionally reticent club of institutional shareholders in response to the seemingly utterly distressing corporate governance situation at PPC?

Altron's shares take a beating

INVESTORS dumped Altron shares on Thursday after a disappointing trading update for the six months to August dashed hopes of higher full-year earnings.

No sustained recovery on cards

THE controversy that has dogged Net1 since it won the R10-billion, five-year SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) contract to distribute grants in 2012 has prevented the share price from reaching the sort of levels many analysts had expected.

Absa, FNB shake off Capitec

CAPITEC, the country's newest bank, is losing its shine as the cheapest bank, according to the latest research by Solidarity Research Institute ...

JPMorgan tops banking table

JPMORGAN was the top performing investment bank in the first half of the year, making $11.5-billion (about R128.5-billion) in revenue and ranking first for both its fixed income and deals advisory businesses, data showed this week .

New-look protection bill will not chase away foreign investment - DTI

A CONTROVERSIAL bill designed to protect foreign investors should be heading for parliament next month following an eight-month consultation process.

Apple roasted as 'bendable' new iPhone 6 hits problems

APPLE CEO Tim Cook called the introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last weekend the "best launch ever". He may have spoken too soon.

AngloGold unfazed by flop, says Pityana

Saving FaceChair spins shareholders' rejection of proposed split as positive feedback and a vindication of leadership

Nuclear deal with Russia 'not only up to Zuma'

THERE is no need to panic about a secret nuclear energy deal President Jacob Zuma may or may not have signed with the Russians, says AngloGold Ashanti chairman Sipho Pityana.

Cell giants own a cow, others enjoy the cream

SHOULD South Africa's cellphone operators extend their offerings beyond telecommunications and into a broad range of value-added services such as financial services, media and e-commerce, or should they be low-margin "dumb pipes" over which third-party service providers extract the real profit?

Workers hack firms in revenge

EMPLOYEES with an axe to grind are increasingly using internet cloud services and other computer tools to hack their current or former companies' systems, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Department said.

Foreign interest in SA property remains strong

BUSINESS in Gauteng and leisure in the Western Cape are driving the majority of purchases of South African property by foreigners. ...

Red fear: journalists and regime change

IT'S a common refrain from halfwits and crooks that the press is unaccountable and sensationalist, a third force bent on abusing its self-appointed position as the fourth estate.

What is yield in property?

A PROPERTY'S yield is very much like interest earnings. It tells you the annual return you are getting (current yield) as well as the likely return (forward yield) you will get on your investment every year.

How to protect your intellectual property

IT always amazes me how often organisations, big or small, labour under the misconception that they have no intellectual property rights. If you operate a business, irrespective of the size or industry in which you operate, you are sure to have intellectual property of some sort.

Salary delays fuel crisis at Post Office

THE cash-strapped SA Post Office has gone cap in hand to the Treasury for permission to raise emergency funds after it failed to pay staff on time this week.

Bond King walks out of Pimco

BILL Gross, one of the bond market's most renowned investors, is leaving Pimco, the investment firm he founded and with which his name is synonymous, for rival asset management firm Janus Capital Group.

Businesses are not coming back to the CBD

ARROWHEAD Properties CEO Gerald Leissner has spent much of his life trying to save the CBDs of South Africa's major cities. As part of the Central Johannesburg Partnership, in particular, the then-boss of Ampros battled in vain during the 1990s to keep big companies in the inner city.

PPC tumbles after Gordhan's exit

KETSO Gordhan, the CEO of cement maker PPC, quit abruptly. He was appointed at the start of last year. After the group cited clashes between him and the board its share price had its worst daily fall in nearly six years.

Nation of shopkeepers is at the end of a long road

FOR Napoleon, it was enough to insult the English by calling them a nation of shopkeepers. Superfluous to claim they adulterated the victuals too, though Tesco has admitted to the financial equivalent.

Eye in the sky spies on tax dodgers

THE Argentinian government has used drones to catch out wealthy tax evaders who did not declare mansions and swimming pools.

The boring not always the safest

SO that was a nice caning stocks took this week. About time too. Question is: do you ride the glum mood and bail, or do you buy the dip? It depends on your stomach for risk.

European bourses give JSE a late shot in arm

SOUTH African stocks edged up on Friday, snapping a four-day losing streak as technical factors and a recovery in European share prices gave the market a late lift after it was in the red for most of the session.

Aurora liquidators want Motala to repay R3m

LIQUIDATORS of Aurora Empowerment Systems, which stands accused of running Pamodzi Gold's Grootvlei and Orkney mines into the ground, are now claiming R3-million from former liquidator Enver Motala.

Making an impact is what's important

As a political commentator, Power FM talkshow host, lecturer, author of two bestsellers and a master debater, it's usually Eusebius McKaiser's job to interrogate. With the roles reversed, he confeses to Asha Speckman about his lavish spending habits and why he would never buy a self-help book.

It's square, but the suits should like it

It's hard to say which was braver: producing an almost square phone, or calling it "Passport", as if to symbolise BlackBerry crossing the border into a happier future.

The keeper of the key to the story cupboard

Nhlanhla Mthetwa is an archivist who recently started his own company. He tells Margaret Harris he began his life in the film industry as a driver and later a camera assistant, knowing he wanted to do more.

How to be more employable in the financial sector

Network Recruitment MD Niteske Marshall believes competency is the key when it comes to being employable in the financial sector.

Grace notes

Pumeza Matshikiza has conquered Europe's opera stages. Next on her to-do list: invading the world's crossover charts. Marvin Meintjies met her in London

Milk of human kindness

Stasha Jordan runs a different kind of dairy - she collects breast milk from mothers and donates it to babies in need. By Shanthini Naidoo

The Conch: Stop all this glowbabble

Look, I have nothing against faith. It was faith that 70 years ago prompted 76 men to dig a 102m tunnel to try to escape the brutal German Stalag camp. It's faith that fuelled the struggle against apartheid.
Ndumiso Ngcobo

Humour: Badger leaves no witness

Anyone who has watched enough American legal dramas such as The Good Wife or good ol' Matlock from the bad ol' TV days will be aware of the expression, "badgering the witness".

Fifteen minutes of shame

Being a writer is the best excuse. Airline pilots can't eat a slab of chocolate and then tell people they're doing it to get the nuances right for when they have one of their characters do it later.

Miracle cure: change channel

Pastor Mboro focuses on gynaecological issues among his gullible flock

Spotlight: Capital fellows

The Times deputy picture editor Sizwe Ndingane captured these two fashion freaks, Maitele Netshimbupfe and Mulisa Khorommbi, known as the Fashion Rebels, in the Pretoria CBD.

The hip shall inherit the earthenware

It is a common complaint among pedants that most events described as "ironic" are merely unfortunate and not ironic at all.

Motoring: Sweet chariot

Jeremy Thomas took an advanced driving course, and it moved him

Donkey Kongs: Watch me, watch you

Get with the game because it's here to stay - and it's not all bad, writes Yolisa Mkele

Win with Nintendo

One LS reader will win a Nintendo 2DS gaming console and hamper worth R5000.

The moment: Long ride to love

After an eight-month bike trek, including a spell behind bars, the groom fell for the girl he left behind. By Thembalethu Zulu

Health: It's a shocker

Fancy a bit of electrocution with your workout? Shanthini Naidoo gave it a try

Sound & Vision: Future Sound of KwaZulu

Mashayabhuqe is giving maskandi a course of electro-shock therapy, writes Sandiso Ngubane

Heritage: Rare cat, rare coin

Oom Paul's money maker is looking after Cape leopards. By Peta Scop

Music: All on his ownsome

Barhoppers are jonesing for an album by Lonesome Dave. It's coming soon - from his phone, writes Tiara Walters

Comix: A luta cartoonua

Comix guru Andy Mason is opening a gallery in the wake of his wild new graphic novel, writes Carlos Amato

Pulp Fiction: The horny Homer

Wilbur Smith is outsourcing his lucrative toga-rippers. Andrew Donaldson offered to help

Ruins: The town the Sahara ate

Renee Akitelek Mboya found the ghost of a smugglers' den in Mauritania

As dull as it gets, or: and so it went

Sue de Groot tries to remember some of the most forgettable titles in movie history

Books: Another atlas at last

Mitchell is back, slotting another big piece into the sprawling puzzle of his imagination, writes Bron Sibree

Books: Pop that bubble

Why are we fascinated with rich kids and their mundane and self-indulgent lives? The setting of Cayleigh Bright's debut novel is beautiful Cape Town, but the soundtrack is the world's tiniest violin.

The pulse: Upper crusties

What do you give the men and women who have everything? Why, fine food and fine wine, of course.

The Big Read: Fantastic Mr Elephant

Sri Lanka's Galle coast is, as John Gimlette discovers, wild, magical and exciting - especially with an eight-year-old in tow

Accidental Tourist: In the navel of nowhereville

It's tough in isolated places to make a tourist buck - but fighting spirit helps

My Kind of Holiday: Monique Pelser

Monique Pelser is a visual artist based between Cape Town and New York. An exhibition of her work is on at the Durban Art Gallery until October 26

Agent's Alert! Five nights in New York from R24214

SAA Holidays is offering a special New York deal.

Where in the world?

Competitors are showered with coloured powder as they participate in the Colour Run in England's oldest seaside resort, in the south of the country.

Peter's Post: The cold in Istanbul

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

Writers' Block: getting cash is easy

Peter Malherbe's advice on exchanging rands for Mauritian rupees (Peter's Post September 14) refers.

Reader's World: The coldest winter I ever spent .

. was a summer in England and Scotland, writes Melissa Sutherland

Travellers' Tales: Temples & Terror

Richard Spencer reveals the pros and cons of visiting this troubled country

Travellers' Tales: Rainforest rhapsody

Adrian Bridge reports on a new eco-tourism project in Peru

Traveller's Tales: Two worlds, one track

The divide between tourists and locals vanishes on a train ride in Madagascar. By Donal Conlon

Food Destination: Turkish delish

Diana Wemyss takes a nibbling tour through the backstreets of Istanbul

Cool Spots: Mad about the middle

From Morocco to Muscat, there is plenty of holiday fun in the Middle East, says Lizzie Porter

Travel news: The rise and rise of Airbnb

In six years, this accommodation site has become big business but do its bargains come at a price? Lizzie Porter investigates

Weekend Escape: Fear factor

Matthew Savides is fine about the cannibals but quaky with the horses on a weekend in the Northern Drakensberg

In Transit: A mile-high club sandwich?

Travel news for people on the move

Main Course: Wings of desire

Try out these mouthwatering tender chicken recipes.

This week: 28 September 2014

If anyone is going to settle the chicken-or-the-egg dilemma, Andrea Burgener, owner of The Leopard restaurant, is going to do a lot to persuade you it was the chicken.

Free bird

'There's free range and there's free range," says free-range-egg producer Sue Oxborrow.

Rumblings: Poultry porn

If ever there were a lechery-inducing section at my local supermarket, the pre-packed-chicken fridge, tucked behind the cut flowers and spice aisle, surely would be it.

Reader's Recipe: Health crunchies

Glen Chisholm of Claremont, Cape Town, makes simply delicious crunchies

Tonight's Supper: Thai satay sticks

Fun to eat, satay is a favourite Thai street food which can easily be replicated at home

How to make: break-the-fast babke

Yom Kippur is among the holiest days on the Jewish calendar. Break the fast with hot, fresh babke, writes Sharon Lurie

Playing chicken

Bryan van Niekerk crossed a few roads in search of ready-cooked chickens

Hayden is cooking: Char Sui marinated venison with rice noodles

This week Hayden Quinn learns about Zulu culture as he heads to Hluhluwe on his food adventure around South Africa.

Sweet Endings: Strawberries in aperol and vermouth

Aperol is best described as Campari-lite. You can use Campari instead, but the dessert will have more bitterness.

Distance couldn't separate them

MANAGING director Isayan Iyer won the heart of his best friend's sister, Diyaksha Chetty.

Heritage Day concert delights audience and helps children

HERITAGE Day celebrations got off to an early start on Tuesday evening when Crawford College students converged on the iZulu Theatre stage.

SA gets behind 'Make in India' campaign

ON Thursday India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, launched his ambitious "Make In India" campaign, which he said would catapult India into a global manufacturing hub.

Moving performance from golden oldie

CHINNASAMY "Ranga" Muthusami Naidoo, 83, touched many people at the South African Tamil Federation national adults eisteddfod with his moving performance last weekend.

Ravi loves to rev his classic Chevy

THREE years ago, Johannesburg businessman Ravi Chetty spotted a diamond in the rough in the form of a 1961 Chevrolet Impala Bubbletop.

Divine, for heaven's sake: veg, lamb, apple cake


Vegetables and pasta in a cream cheese and horseradish dressing


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Who's the braai master?

TANTALISING smells tortured many non-meat- eating guests at Durban's Suncoast Hotel on Tuesday night.

Prayers focus on social issues

TRADITIONS have seen big changes over time in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state and the seat of Hindu faith.

Man stands by his Hanuman-Jesus claim

The Chatsworth family whose picture of a Hindu deity "miraculously transformed" into an image of Jesus Christ will hold a public prayer to prove the validity of the claim.

100 years on, a child hero is honoured

Valliamma Muniswami Mudliar, who died of pneumonia while she was in detention for opposing the colonial government, was remembered with the unveiling of a bust in her memory this week.

Durban-born actress hits the big time

Beauty, brains and oodles of talent have taken Himarsha Venkatsamy all the way to a Bollywood film.

Put down your phone and connect with you

THE Buddha was asked, "What have you gained from meditation?"

Taking a walk on the sweet side of life

IT'S no mystery why the Oyster Box in Umhlanga is the place to be for high tea. Last year, the hotel's executive pastry chef, Joanita Venter, won the confectionery showcase at the Unilever Chef of the Year competition. This year, her junior sous chef, Larissa Pillay, came second with an enticing pink champagne cake decorated with magnificent macaroons.

A pink champagne and macaroon cake to die for


400g sifted ground almonds

400g sifted icing sugar

25ml food colouring

250g egg whites

400g ...

Goolgoola, wooranda the Jekyll and Hyde of fritters

GOOLGOOLAS are one of those staples of Hindu prayer-time that I have a soft spot for.

Memorable love story sparks romantic film

DIRECTOR Jeeva Shanker, who made his debut in Vijay Anthony's Naan, returns with a moving love story set in the 1980s and based on a real-life incident that took place in Chennai.

Warm heart and a sharp legal mind

ADVOCATE Simithie "Simi" Pillay-van Graan loves the vibe, energy and drive of Johannesburg but what she misses most about her home, Durban, is enjoying a home-cooked meal with family.

Passionate star gazer eases the young into labs

AS A boy growing up in the township of Kenville in the early 1970s, Sunil Maharaj saw no future for himself as a scientist.

India's first monster movie fails to engross

FILMMAKER Vikram Bhatt and actress Bipasha Basu's professional relationship started in 2002 when they teamed up with Dino Morea and delivered one of the biggest surprise hits at the box office.

Sunny side up as former porn star signs for exciting projects

Sunny Leone continues to makes waves in Bollywood. After movies like Jism 2 and Ragini MMS2, the actress has been signed for some exciting projects. First there's Tina and Lolo, where she plays one of the lead characters alongside Karishma Tanna, and now the former adult movie star has been signed for a dual role in the comedy Mastizaade with Vir Das and Tusshar Kapoor.

Fast Facts

HOW much did the car set you back?

Chicken Licken wins soul fight

CHICKEN Licken's latest TV advert of a man trying to come to grips with Indian "culture" has left a bad after-taste for one viewer.

Sangh honoured abroad

RECOGNISED on an international level for promoting the Hindi language in South Africa, the Hindi Shiksha Sangh received the prestigious Vishwa Hindi Sammelan award in Mumbai recently.

Residents up in arms over rating

CHATSWORTH'S newly approved crime prevention initiative is facing closure thanks to warring residents.

Huge US crowd welcomes Modi

MEMBERS of the Indian community are flocking to New York from all over the US to honour Indian prime minister Narendra Modi at a reception at Madison Square Garden today, the Indo-Asian News Service reports.

Starry, starry night for Penty

BOLLYWOOD actress Diana Penty ate a bunny chow, slept under the stars and watched a cheetah hunt an impala during her visit to KwaZulu-Natal this week.

I'll kill myself -- mom in dock

AN Isipingo mother who is facing theft charges threatened in court to kill herself this week when she discovered her teenage daughter had been removed to a place of safety.

Prime Minister to launch 'Clean India' campaign

INDIA'S Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the "Swachh Bharat Mission", a campaign to clean India, on October 2, the birthday anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

I'll kill myself -- mom in dock

AN Isipingo mother who is facing theft charges threatened in court to kill herself this week when she discovered her teenage daughter had been removed to a place of safety.
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