MaNtuli banned from Nkandla over Zuma 'poison plot'

President Jacob Zuma's controversial wife Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma has been banned from his Nkandla home following sensational claims of a plot to poison the president.

'Blood will flow' in Karoo town's war over water

A drought in the Little Karoo has ignited a race row in parched Ladismith, where the mayor has asked the national government to stop farmers "stealing" the town's water.

SA doctors dismiss 'selfie' plastic surgery trend

Women in the US are flocking to get plastic surgeons to make them look like their filtered Instagram selfies - but South African doctors are turning up their noses at the cutting-edge trend.

Police fear Marli may never be able to tell of axe attack

Marli van Breda's head injuries are so serious that police are worried she may never be able to tell them what happened on the night her family were massacred.
Opposition Parties Unite Against Nkandla Report

ANC brass leant on Mbete to apologise for 'cockroach' slur

ANC leaders pressured National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to apologise to Julius Malema for calling him a cockroach.

The strange case of the disappearing evidence

Barely two months after implicating three top Hawks officers in the abduction and illegal deportation of Zimbabweans, the police watchdog authority has made an about-turn.

EFF set a trap for the ANC's giggling leader - and it worked

Oscar Wilde said: "Give a man a mask and he will show you his true face." Nothing could have provided a better mask than a signal-blocking device.

Zille labels ANC a bunch of EFF copycats

Western Cape premier Helen Zille says the ANC is trying to "out-EFF the EFF", following the chaos that ensued at the provincial legislature on Friday, effectively preventing her from delivering her state of the province address.

9 memorable quotes from Sona debate

The debate on President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address was a lively affair, with MPs trading strong - and sometimes hilarious - statements. JAN-JAN JOUBERT gives examples:

The enigmatic life of MaNtuli

She has been accused of having affairs and fighting with the president's other wives, so Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma is no stranger to controversy.

First ladies cost R54.6m in Zuma's first term

President Jacob Zuma's four officially recognised wives received R54.6-million in spousal support during his first term of office, from 2009 to 2014.

SA murder suspect in Mauritius held by 'apartheid-style' law

The detention of a Johannesburg businessman, Peter Wayne Roberts, in connection with the mysterious death of his girlfriend at a Mauritius resort has cast a spotlight on the country's bizarre legal system.

Beauty is in the brush of Photoshop

Cindy Crawford with stretch marks? Beyoncé with bad skin?

5 ways to take your selfies to the next level

No longer satisfied with those boring selfie pics? Then these are a few ways you can take that selfie-obsession to the next level.

Unkind cut for Kevin Pietersen as kiddy salon flops

Kevin Pietersen, the former Brylcreem ambassador and South African-born ex-England cricketer, has seen his latest business venture fail dismally.

Millions in taxpayer money splurged on epic art flops

Famed Lion King producer Lebogang "Lebo M" Morake was paid R5-million of taxpayers' money in June last year to stage a new hit musical. But the curtain has yet to rise on the promised production - or a planned world tour.
Oscar statues stand in a parking lot near the Dolby Theater during preparations ahead of the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood

What it takes to bag a Oscar statuette

"An Oscar win can enhance the value of a film, an actor or a studio significantly," said Oscar-winning producer Eric Abraham, "especially now films are available on streaming channels such as Netflix."

Public servant shrugs off qualifications row

A public servant who bears the title of "superintendent-general" has allowed himself to be called an advocate even though he is not one.

Claremont memories preserved on website

When Terry-Jo Thorne saw her "tough guy" father crying quietly over a map at a carnival in the historic Cape Town suburb of Harfield Village, she knew it was time for her project to begin: a digital collection of photographs and stories of a community torn apart by the Group Areas Act.

Lerato Moloi bares all in the MasterChef kitchen

Former Elizabeth Arden model and sports presenter Lerato Moloi regarded herself as a "very private public figure" until she became a contestant on Celebrity MasterChef South Africa.

Johannesburg sets its sights on going up, up, up

Not since Hillbrow in the '70s has Johannesburg seen such an explosion of high-rise residential developments.

Best friend writes touching Instagram post to Marli

"I remember the first time I looked at you, walking towards me, and I realised that somehow the world would be better. I would have a friend.
Man watching woman dance

KZN table dancers skirt bylaws

A menu offering steak, breast and a bit of leg has landed a club boss in hot water.

Nobody wants me, says 'blocked' former Bok coach De Villiers

One of the most successful former Springbok rugby coaches believes he is now an outcast in the South African game.

Fight against cancer in SA gets R37m boost

A Bold new effort is under way to boost the fight against cancer, which has long been overshadowed in South Africa by the war on HIV/Aids.

Disabled to benefit from better cancer screening

The government plans to improve early cancer screening and diagnosis.

Hawks to probe Cape minstrels' Lotto windfall

Hawks investigators are paying "serious attention" to the beneficiaries of millions of rands awarded to Cape Town's minstrels by the National Lotteries Board.

HSBC rattles tax skeletons in SA clients' closets

As the HSBC banking scandal ripples across the globe, new details of its South African clients raise further questions over the Swiss bank's conduct.

'Useless' course floors top cops

Top brass in the South African Police Service are failing a flagship course in huge numbers because they don't know how to do research.

Spooky tales that haunt the history of our politics

The use of state security agencies to tackle rowdy opposition MPs and the jamming of cellphone networks during the official opening of parliament have shone a light on the involvement of intelligence services in political affairs.

DStv viewers turned on by parliament

South Africa's soapies are being given a run for their money by an unusual rival - DStv's parliamentary services channel.

Zuma's damage control fails to convince critics

President Jacob Zuma's attempts to allay fears of a creeping police state and mend relations with the opposition are too little, too late, according to analysts.

Granny's heartache over threat to evict her pet cat

A distraught 88-year-old Howick granny could have her favourite cat taken away this week - because of claims the animal is wreaking havoc among the wildlife at her retirement estate.

Cape Town declares war on killer birds

Hitch-hiking birds have become a pain in the neck for City of Cape Town officials.

Stumps for Smiths as Graeme drops divorce bombshell

Just days after a romantic holiday in Mozambique, retired cricket captain Graeme Smith told his wife he wanted "space".

New gyms to get MPs fit for office

At work they have the option of three meals a day and now, in a bid to help MPs lead a healthier lifestyle, the government is spending just short of R8-million so they can have a gym right on their doorstep at home.

Soccer out-blings jewellery’s lustre

Late-night fashion outing for superfans of local football clubs vies with sunset launch of modern gem designs in City of Gold

Jeannie D’s thong gets top billing

While most Capetonians were trapped in the CBD as a result of to the road closures for the state of the nation address  last Thursday, invited guests and competition winners were partying away on board the Uber yacht.
An Oscar statue stands in a parking lot near the Dolby Theater during preparations ahead of the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood

Publicity campaigns helps bag Oscars

Good As GoldTalent plays a role in Oscar success, but spending on publicity is the real star

Feast for the eyes at Jockey launch

It was a feast for the eyes — a racy, lacy, hard-bodied affair —  when underwear house Jockey set pulses racing on Thursday night when it launched its latest summer and winter lines at the Waterfront Hotel and Spa on Thursday.

Baleka's 'victory' may sow seeds of own demise

Baleka Mbete has been one of Jacob Zuma's staunchest backers, writes S'thembiso Msomi

Obituary: Michele Ferrero, Italian who built a sweet empire

1925-2015: Michele Ferrero, who has died aged 89, was the patriarch of the Italian family firm behind confectionery brands such as Nutella chocolate spread, Kinder Eggs, Ferrero Rocher and Tic Tac mints.

Obituary: Lesley Perkes, Champion of public art in South Africa

1961-2015: Lesley Perkes, who has died in Johannesburg at the age of 53, was the most enthusiastic and energetic champion of public art in South Africa.

We need a new Codesa to get parliament out of this toxic morass

Leaders of all parties must negotiate to ensure parliament can function, writes Ben Turok.

Howling MPs are doing us a service

I called a friend the other day and she quickly snapped: "How can you call me during parliament?" I pointed out that I always called her at this time, but she forcefully argued that it was tactless of me to call at such a crucial time. "I don't want to miss out," she said.

Power Report: Bank demands payment for mystery credit card

When Pretoria town planner Basson Geldenhuys got an SMS from FNB saying it had not received a R265 instalment due, he brushed it off.

Editorial: Prioritising cancer long overdue

Watching a loved one struggle through the harrowing cycle of diagnosis and treatment of cancer has become an all too familiar experience in the 21st century.

Editorial: Zuma tries for a happy ending, but should we trust the ANC?

President Jacob Zuma is said to have turned on the charm in parliament this week, possibly hoping a well-timed bout of reasonableness and goodwill would help undo the damage caused by the events surrounding his state of the nation address.

Obituary:Louis Godfrey, SA ambassador for ballet during isolation years

1930-2015: Louis Godfrey, who has died in Somerset West at the age of 84, was an internationally acclaimed ballet dancer, teacher and producer.

Seeds of hope in parliament's wreck

After decades of rot, the dysfunctional National Assembly is at last the focus of citizens’ anger and concern, writes Tony Leon

Zuma has a good laugh as SA continues slide into lawlessness

Baleka Mbete is the chairwoman of the ANC who occasionally moonlights as the Speaker of the National Assembly. They let her preside whenever they want her to mess up proceedings in the House. She never disappoints. She sticks religiously to her brief.

In the footsteps of absent fathers

Zimbabwean Nora Chipaumire tells Robyn Sassen how she found her calling in America

So Many Questions: Why so many criminal cases are rejected

According to a survey by the South African Institute of Race Relations, prosecutors are rejecting 78% of cases referred to them by the police. Chris Barron asked Gareth Newham of the Institute for Security Studies . . .

Finding hidden treasures in a strongroom of dreams

An exhibition of street photography showcases the hopes and lives of those depicted by this disappearing art form, writes Tymon Smith

Chiefs struggle to finish but still emerge as winners in cup tie

A Kaizer Chiefs fringe side strolled over their first hurdle in the Nedbank Cup - fourth division Edu Sports - with Siphelele Mthembu boosting his confidence with a hat-trick.

Conrad Smith: soul survivor

Growing up, Conrad Smith was never the biggest backline player, nor was he the fastest or the most prodigious young rugby player New Zealand produced.

Make us proud Amajimbos, Chile awaits you

Namuhlanje elamanqamu ebholeni lakuleli. Today is a day of reckoning for South African soccer.

Alarm bells over AmaZulu plight

Amazulu's relegation plight has set alarm bells ringing in local government that Durban and its Moses Mabhida Stadium could have no Absa Premiership team next season.
Dirk Kotze

Gordon Igesund's deadly weapon

Do not laugh, but SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie once fancied himself as a young Tana Umaga, the former All Black rugby great.

'Disgusted and ashamed'

Souleymane S, the man pushed off a Paris métro train by Chelsea fans, has said he will not accept the club's offer of a free trip to Stamford Bridge.

It's a deal! Mayweather, Pacquiao will do battle

Boxing's richest, record-breaking superfight was confirmed on Friday evening when Floyd Mayweather told the world that he will face Manny Pacquiao on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Frustration as top boxer demands his jackpot

It has been three weeks since Xolisani ''Nomeva" Ndongeni won the Premier Boxing League's (PBL) top prize, but the boxer hasn't seen a cent of his R1.2-million jackpot.

Brilliant Birkett breaks eight hours to put his stamp on Dusi

If there was ever going to be a one-sided Dusi Canoe Marathon, the 64th edition of the 120km race was the one as Team Eurosteel's Andy Birkett monstered his way to a second K1 title yesterday.

'Lazy' Balotelli was right to take penalty: Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Mario Balotelli was Liverpool's nominated penalty taker once he took the field against Besiktas on Thursday evening.

Batsmen run riot as bowlers feel the heat

Years from now, we will call this the Henry Ford World Cup. As in, you can have any game you like as long as it involves a glut of runs.

Huss not sure why SA hasn't won World Cup

"Huss," Faf du Plessis said from his end of the pitch in the Melbourne Cricket Ground nets this week, "angles OK?"

New captain promises to stir Europe's emotions for Ryder Cup defence

The last time Darren Clarke was in the Ryder Cup spotlight, the tears poured down his face before the Guinness spilt over his shirt. It is that extraordinarily emotional experience of 2006 which makes Europe's new captain believe he can withstand anything the US can throw at him at Hazeltine in 18 months' time.

Disturbing case of life and death for ailing Bulls

The Bulls' 2015 Super Rugby season remains in a critical but stable condition at the Loftus Versfeld hospital.

Chelsea have a duty to the true supporters to ban racists for life

The image of a black man being denied entry to a train carriage is a shameful sight, echoing some of the bleakest moments of history.

Gifted youth stifled at Sundowns

On Wednesday morning, a few folks at Mamelodi Sundowns could not stop raving about the slender boy wearing the No 13 training jersey.

Dutch flavour adds to exciting PSL title race

Dutchmen Alje Schut and Kees Kwakman were in Sandton sharing a meal a few days ago when they became nostalgic and reminisced about their time in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Figo calls for open debate before Fifa election

Fifa presidential hopeful Luis Figo put pressure on current president Sepp Blatter this week by adding his voice to calls for a public pre-election debate between the four candidates.

Swimming's eyes on Michael

A promising young American with South African roots has got tongues wagging in local swimming circles.

England hit a new low in World Cup drubbing

Of all the feeble World Cup displays that England have turned on - a whole raft since 1992 - this defeat by New Zealand, who knocked off their target in 12.2 overs, has to be the most ignominious.

Windies bounce back, England left biting their nails

West Indies condemned hapless Pakistan to a record-shattering start to a one-day international yesterday before completing a 150-run World Cup rout, while Australia's clash with Bangladesh was abandoned in cyclone-battered Brisbane.

Hallowed ground or just plain ugly?

Shane Warne stood smirking with his arms folded and ball in hand, not 22 yards away from me. We were surrounded by the monotonously straight lines of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Us, that is, as well as untold numbers in the stands, who burbled expectantly as they waited for the game to start.
Exclusive Behind The Scenes Look At SABMiller Plc's Brewing Operations In South Africa

SABMiller exit ignites takeover talk

The dramatic exit of SABMiller's finance director, Jamie Wilson, which shocked company insiders and the investment community this week, could spur Anheuser-Busch InBev into making its long-expected move on its rival.

Nothing funny behind Zuma's laugh

A key voice in black business defends President Jacob Zuma's reaction to the events in parliament

All quiet on the NDP front

During last week's state of the nation address, President Jacob Zuma barely mentioned the National Development Plan.

Rich to shoulder new budget hikes

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will present his first budget against a backdrop of the country's toughest economic conditions since the advent of democracy two decades ago.

How one percenters use the internet

To be in the top 1% - or at least to act like it - you need to have a Samsung, not an iPhone, prefer Google+ to LinkedIn and use the internet mostly for online banking and checking the weather, a new report has found.

Exxaro's gains lead the way for All Share and JSE

South African stocks edged higher for a second successive session on Friday, led by coal producer Exxaro, where the full-year loss was not as bad as analysts had forecast.

'Business can't talk truth to power'

Bernard Swanepoel, a mining veteran and chairman of Village Main Reef, says it is "naive to expect a CEO to publicly say what he thinks".

Challenges of building a great earner in Africa

Delta International, the only property fund on the JSE that is focused on Africa, has learnt some valuable lessons about the challenges of owning shopping malls outside South Africa.

IDC wins reprieve in fight over failed firm

John Tyler, a businessman seeking to claim R256-million in damages from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), suffered another setback this week in his long-running battle with the state finance institution.

Edcon on the brink after poor quarterlies

Edcon's dismal results for the third quarter to December reinforce analysts' views that the once high-flying clothing retailer has little future in its present form.

Dividend payers tempt investors as markets battle

In a low-growth global investment environment, equities that provide the bonus of consistent dividends become a compelling target.

Brace for true reflection of the state of the nation

When Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson faced off in the 1992 movie 'A Few Good Men', it created one of the more memorable movie interactions that year.

Deal sets scene for more job losses at Sasol

Trade union Solidarity has tempered its tough talk on Sasol after striking a behind-the-scenes deal that lays the groundwork for job cuts throughout the company.

Swanepoel on BEE and lack of juniors

The state of the nation address and the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba, which took place in Cape Town earlier this month, have dominated headlines. Bernard Swanepoel, former Harmony Gold CEO and chairman of The Joburg Indaba, which takes place in October, shares his thoughts.

New focus on how mergers affect jobs

Competition commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele believes one important reason so many mergers and acquisitions fail is that the merging parties have not put enough thought into the "people" aspect of the deal.

Mining in search of its better angels

In January 2013, Anglo American's CEO, Mark Cutifani, visited the Vatican to chat with Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana.

No pain, no gain for Telkom, Cell C

Telkom and Cell C both face significant upheaval in the short term - much more so than their rivals MTN and Vodacom.
Hydrogen dispensing pump is seen at the 2016 Toyota fuel cell  Mirai display at Auto Show in Washington

More electric car charging points in Japan than gas stations

Green car sceptics take note: Japan now has more electric vehicle charging spots than petrol stations.

SAA may abandon local flights

SAA has hinted that it may drop all local and short-haul, "full-service" flights, making way for its low-cost carrier, Mango, to fill the gap.

When Sasol sneezes, Sasolburg catches cold

Khathutshelo Masheleni, who runs the Green Eden Nursery next to Sasol's plant in Sasolburg, has been having sleepless nights since the petrochemicals giant announced plans to slash spending on projects to deal with the oil price crash.

Kirsh lets rip at Obama's government over Agoa snub

Billionaire Natie Kirsh, 83, has launched a scathing attack on President Barack Obama's government, accusing it of hurting Swazi citizens in a bid to send a message to Swaziland's absolute monarch, King Mswati.

50% BEE demand stalls Eskom coal deal

Walking into the Waterberg Coal Company's boardroom, finance director Lawrie Mackintosh picks up a R2 coin and puts it in his pocket. "Times are hard and I'm a Scotsman," he says.

New kid on the block targets JSE

The brains behind a new South African stock exchange, 4 AFRICA Exchange (4AX), say it could cripple the AltX - the JSE's board for small and medium-sized high-growth companies - should the Financial Services Board give it the green light.

Judge slams slow garnishee reform

Court action this week by the University of Stellenbosch's Legal Aid Clinic (LAC) looks set to fast-track changes to the laws dealing with emolument attachment orders (EAOs), which are seen as particularly harsh on poorer borrowers.

Low oil price no boon for Sasol investors

Big smiles over lower petrol prices these past few months turned upside down this week as South Africa's petrochemicals group Sasol announced it could cut its dividends.

Investors shrug off concerns over Curro

Curro investors are not afraid to back the rapidly expanding private education group as it pursues yet another rights offer.

Some positive returns despite rough economy

Morningstar's South African Fund Observer for the last quarter of 2014 shows that while some sectors rode out some negative economic news last year, returns from general equity funds are beginning to slow.

How low can it go? Get ready for $10 oil

At about $60 a barrel, crude oil prices are nearly half their peak of $107 in June last year. They may fall more, perhaps even as low as $10 to $20.

Stock Talk: Departures, dramas and delays

SABMiller may have set a new standard for disclosing details about departing executives.

Takeoff for Blue Label Mexico

Losses that have dogged Blue Label Mexico are set to become a thing of the past soon, much to the relief to the South African prepaid company.

Let my people Agoa, says Kirsh

His financial stature is colossal but, at 83, Natie Kirsh is small and slight.

Dear Corruption Watch: Protection for media sources

Dear Corruption Watch, I live in an area where corruption is rife. The police are indifferent at best, and often complicit.

Nene needs to grasp the nettle

Reflecting on Ralph Waldo Emerson's remark that "men are conservative after dinner", economist and philosopher Amartya Sen commented: "It is much harder to pursue conservatism when the belly is empty."
Rob Rose

The thin line between Mbete and HSBC

Bad advice - there's an awful lot of it going around right now.
File photo of a a staff member setting up the new iPhone 5Ss for display picture at Apple Inc's announcement event in Beijing

iPhone games in company a no-no

Debrett's has updated its essential guide to etiquette, abandoning missives on what to call the lavatory for advice better suited to the iPhone generation.

Helping South Africans find a new place in the sun

Jenny Ellinas is a relocation specialist at SA-based Cypriot Realty. She tells Margaret Harris she left banking to help people emigrate to Cyprus

Motivating others is what drives this special person

Victor Vermeulen tells Loni Prinsloo about his younger days as an up-and-coming sportsman — a career that was cut short by a freak accident that left him paralysed at 19. Today, he enjoys a promising career as a motivational speaker

How to start your first job well

Your first real job is always daunting. Even if you are coming from a university or other institution designed to prepare you for work, you are likely to feel anxious about what to do.
Hennessy’s Chai du Fondateur cellar in Cognac

Discovering the secrets of the cognac boom

In recent years, cognac has become a kind of magic potion for American rap stars, Chinese bureaucrats and African strivers - and it earns tens of billions for its rural French heartland. Carlos Amato went to Cognac to find out why this spirit is hipper than ever

The Conch: pop culture's been comprehensively booty-fied

Comedian Deep Fried Man reflects on society's current obsession with allure of the female behind
Salsa on the seashore.

Who needs Havana when you can salsa in Sea Point?

The Sun-Kissed Salsa club meets every second Sunday to swing their hips on the Sea Point beachfront
The Audi S1

Why the Audi S1 is a guiltypleasure

The Audi S1 is everything a hot hatch should be, but then so are several other brands - and at a far more affordable price. By Thomas Falkiner
Native American

Spur’s branding may leave a bad taste for real Native Americans

Imagine, in Estonia, a restaurant chain called Kraal. It says it gives homage to Zulu history, but something's not right. The paintings are more San; the textiles more Ndebele. The staff wear imitation-fur loincloths - more Tarzan than imitsha - and Technicolor Basotho blankets. The logo depicts someone with a spear and shield. Is it supposed to be Shaka? Dingaan?
Joburg pop-punk band Shortstraw

Shortstraw comes to terms with growing up on their new album

Turns out you're never too young to mourn your lost youth: 20-something punk-poppers Shortstraw are doing exactly that on their new album 'Youthless'

The Pedant Class: Grey matters...or is it gray matters?

Sue de Groot muses about how the same words are spelt differently in "British English" and "American English"
Ndumiso Ngcobo

Why having passengers ruins a road trip

Ndumiso Ngcobo laid down some rules for acceptable behaviour when you're a passenger in someone else's car
Comedian Mpho

Comedian Modikoane thinks born-free dreamers need to pull finger

Mpho "Popps" Modikoane is an unapologetic mama's boy. He refers with reverence to "Mum", a teacher of 30 years whose stories inspired his comedy. "Whether I'm doing foreskin jokes or losing-virginity jokes, Mum comes to all my shows. She is my biggest critic."

Is having a second child sheer madness?

Shanthini Naidoo muses about the age gap parents should aim for when having children
Lilliana Lulli

The moment: Lilliana and Gregorio's nostalgic wedding

Ferrari red flows in the veins of this car-mad Italian couple from Joburg, who met at a racetrack - and included one of their sleek vehicles in the wedding festivities
Patricia Lewis

TV series review: 'Celebrity MasterChef SA'

If Patricia Lewis's sauce on 'Celebrity MasterChef SA' was a tad salty, it was because she kept bawling into it, writes Rebecca Davies
Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in 'Big Eyes'

Movie review: 'Big Eyes'

Behind the saucer-eyed waifs in an artist's paintings lies a tale of fraud and enslavement
Bradley Cooper turns in a solid performance as sniper Chris Kyle

Movie review: 'American Sniper'

Clint Eastwood-directed biopic of a sharpshooter triggers emotion but misses the target
Eden Island in the Seychelles.

The Seychelles is a tropical Eden perfect for boardroom meetings

the Seychelles' primary money maker is tourism. But the activity of business, in another sense, is set to contribute a significantly greater share to the economy.Keith Tamkei discovers a tropical Eden perfect for boardroom meetings
A water seller in the medina in the old city of Fes, Morocco

Exploring Fes's souks is an added boon for foodies

An entertaining culinary tour gives Nigel Tisdall an insight into life within the hypnotic, labyrinthine souks of this Moroccan city
The road to the Pafuri border post

Uneasy rider: off-road motorbiking in Mozambique

Marianne Schwankhart adventures across Mozambique choosing the roads less travelled - and only possible on motorbike - along the way
The view from Villa Castollini

Weekend escape: Living it up in a Villa with a view in Knysna

A stay at Villa Castollini allows you to enjoy Knysna, from both near and far
Opera Ball

Travel competition: Where in the world?

To stand a chance of winning R500, tell us the name of the the city where the Opera Ball is held.
A hanger-on takes the plunge on the SA Forest Adventures zip line

Reader's adventure: Zip-lining in Constantia

After conquering her newbie nerves, Dorria Watt has a wonderful day in the sky as she enjoys a zip-line tour in the Cape
Chartres Cathedral

Restoration project shows what medieval cathedrals should look like

A restoration project aims to bring the colour back to France's Chartres Cathedral - but not everyone is happy about it. By Dominic Selwood

Accidental Tourist: Casting beady eyes on a Greek Ilse

They have strange habits in the Aegean to deal with distractions and conquer foes writes Michel Muller
Samantha Croft

My Kind of Holiday: Southern Sun GM Samantha Croft

Southern Sun General Manger suggests a treat for Hong Kong newbies - The Symphony of Lights
Mushroom and creme fraiche free-form tart

5 easy recipes inspired by Oscar-winning actors

Pick your own winner from this mixed bag of recipes - including some tasty vegetarian options - which were inspired by Oscar-nominated actors who love to cook
Quarry Merlot 2012

Wine of week: Quarry Merlot 2012

Joanne Gibson points Merlot lovers in the direction of a wine that's sure to bring them much berry-flavoured joy
Giorgio Nava puts the finishing touches to his favourite cut of steak

Restaurant review: Carne SA, Constantia

Owner of Carne SA, Giorgio Nava, is absolutely unapologetic for his eyebrow-raising approach to handling steak, writes Richard Holmes
Turkey knuckles in Garam masala

Asha's spice alphabet: How to cook with dhania

Dhania (coriander) seeds are the foundation of garam masala. Find out how to make this versatile spice mix and use it in a flavourful turkey dish
Crustless custard cream Pie

Crustless custard cream pie

This pie is inspired by the movie 'Bugsy Malone' (pictured below). In the great tradition of face-pies, or pie mixes shot from bazookas, it is easy to make and easy to throw
Chicken and pasta pie

Tonight's supper: Chicken and pasta pie

A simplified version of the legendary timpano (pictured below) from the movie 'Big Night'

Rumblings: Who am I to diss a brie?

Hilary Biller experiences an evening of carefully-engineered dishes coupled with South Africa's finest wines in the company of a discerning Frenchman
Kale is fat-free and high in fibre, and is known to have more iron per kilojoule than beef.

How to make healthy, oven-baked kale crisps

Traditionally used to make soup, trendy kale is delicious raw in salads or served as a green vegetable, much like its cousin, the cabbage. Turn this leafy veggie into a nutrition-packed delicious snack using this recipe
Flautist Wouter Kellerman

Healthy food strikes chord with grammy-winning flautist

South African flautist Wouter Kellerman and Indian musician Ricky Kej won a Grammy for best new age album of the year, 'Winds of Samsara'. Kellerman says eating well is key
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