As power cuts sweep across South Africa fuelling anger and frustration, agricultural and meat producers warn that it could lead to shortages and a price hike of local produce.
Here's what you can buy to help you light your home, cook meals and charge your cellphones through the power cuts:
At 5.50pm on Thursday, Eskom supplied South Africa with 29613 megawatts of electricity.
South Africa faces a scenario that is "too ghastly to comprehend" should the national electricity grid be allowed to collapse.
Move over, Barbie, here comes the internet-connected, talking Cayla.
Unexpected loadshedding, house in total darkness and friends arriving in an hour for dinner? MasterChef SA judges Reuben Riffel and Pete Goffe-Wood share recipes to rustle up when the power’s down
Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss may well be on top of the world tonight.
As thousands of holidaymakers begin streaming into Cape Town, the Mother City's arms are open wide to embrace them and their bulging wallets.
Eat your heart out, Generations producer Mfundi Vundla. Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters party now claims to be South Africa's most entertaining show on TV.
The phone rang at the Wittstocks' Benoni residence on Wednesday afternoon, and Princess Charlene's father immediately knew that it was important when he realised that it was Prince Albert of Monaco calling.
Being served a criminal case summons on one of the most important dates in the Hindu religious calendar was the last straw for KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Chiman Patel.
A pill to curb excessive boozing is available in the UK but South Africans wanting it will have to wait.
A terror alert saved Dr Hannelie Groenewald's life, but the attack - when it did come - wiped out her family.
US commandos came close to where Pierre Korkie was being held - only to be thwarted by a barking dog.
A restaurant in Tokyo has announced that it will refuse to serve couples on Christmas Eve because their happiness would serve to remind single patrons of their loneliness.
Power stations on the blink, poor planning and little chance of keeping the lights on ... this became clear when the Sunday Times visited several Eskom power stations this week.
Last month, Eskom introduced load-shedding for the first time since 2008. Despite a massive capital investment in South Africa's electricity infrastructure in the interim, the utility has over the past six years faced a raft of problems - financial and logistical - that have contributed to today's crisis. This is how the battle between electricity supply and demand has played itself out.
International holidaymakers are splurging on butlers and secluded beaches while holidaying in South Africa - but many locals are ditching domestic travel as tough economic conditions squeeze households.
Holidays can be hazardous for children, hospitals warn. About a third of children treated at Mediclinic Southern Africa emergency centres in a 12-month spell were hurt on vacation.
While their drug-addict friends listen to the tik-tik tapping of methamphetamine being heated in a light bulb, children from Downville Primary School in gang-ravaged Manenberg are tapping their feet to the tango.
Dessert queen Roxi Wardman ditched her job as a train driver's assistant immediately after filming MasterChef South Africa. And it paid off when it was announced this week that she was the third winner of the reality cooking show.
The SAA board refused to take part in "self-evaluation", as the board charter requires.
A black friend of Cape Town student Djavane Arrigone, who faces criminal charges of crimen injuria for allegedly urinating on a taxi driver, has come out in his defence.
A pilot deliberately crashed a Mozambican airliner in which 33 people died last year.
Scientists mapping the South African coastline have discovered a submerged landscape of cliffs and caves that could turn out to be the original home of modern humans.
A single Grey College flag flapped in the breeze against a backdrop of the soothing voices of the Bloemfontein Men's Choir. Uniformed schoolboys carried the coffin of former teacher Pierre Korkie.
Tobi Jooste got more out of a six-month "friendship" with a wealthy businessman than most people would out of a divorce.
Shrien Dewani's secret weapon in his court victory this week was his elder brother, Preyen, and younger sister, Preyal. The two, both attorneys, worked at his side for four years to help uncover evidence that cast doubt on the state's case against him.
A computer failure that led to southern England being closed to air traffic on Friday could be repeated because software used to control flights dates from the '60s, it has emerged.
Students answered professor's call to retrieve an astonishing bone find, writes Cathrine Brahic
The militia leader who led the fight against South African soldiers in the eastern DRC believes God has ordered him to defend his people. Stephan Hofstatter and James Oatway went into the jungle to meet him
To meet Janvier Karairi at his jungle base, we first have to be vetted by his "emissary" and religious adviser, a pastor from Goma named Innocent Balumi.
Pierre Korkie was set to go home after being held for 18 months in Yemen, but was killed during a raid by US forces. Chris Barron asked Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman, who had tried to get him released
Life constantly presents us with opportunities to learn and challenge ourselves. If we are attuned to its beat, life generously invites us to step out of our comfort zones and break open the boundaries that may confine us.
Sisi Mabe, who has died in Vereeniging at the age of 47, was speaker of the Free State legislature and MEC of a variety of provincial departments, including health, rural development and public works.
Not everyone who can afford DStv opts to have it. I know at least two families who don't subscribe, for reasons other than the steep monthly cost.
Hogarth on Juju's cult of personality, mooning rebels and Irvin Jim's revolutionary hopes
President Jacob Zuma's cabinet this week finally heeded the public outcry and took steps to fix three ailing parastatals. It is too early to predict whether the plans announced this week after the last cabinet meeting of the year will work. There have certainly been many false starts before.
Sunday Times readers share their views.
Whether it calls it a crisis or not, the ANC needs to act fast on the country’s energy crunch, writes S’thembiso Msomi, and the first step is choosing a course of action
Tuesday is December 16, a public holiday that has come to mark the beginning of our long and overindulgent festive season. Everything, save for hospitals and drinking holes, closes down as all and sundry put their feet up and have a jolly good time after a year's hard work.
In the aftermath of a runaway advertising hit, more Steve seemed a good idea, writes Ray Hartley
Encouragingly, the homicide rate in SA is down- but much still needs to be done, write Guy Lamb and Catherine L ward
The holiday season is a time for fun, a time for enjoying the well-earned break that is our reward after a demanding and tough year. For South Africans, holidays offer the ideal opportunity to put to back of mind - if only for a short while - many of the irksome and troubling developments of the year past, among them Nkandla, the near-collapse of Eskom and the raucous intolerance in parliament that has come to typify our struggling democracy.
A real bright spark
Bobby Keys, who has died at the age of 70, was a Texan tenor saxophone player whose rich, robust tones featured on hundreds of British and American rock and pop recordings. He is best known, however, for his long association with the Rolling Stones.
Dieter Reible, who has died in Poland at the age of 85, was a revolutionary German director who staged possibly the bloodiest, most graphically violent and controversial play ever seen in South Africa.
It is that time of the year again when Sunday Times readers get to vote for their preferred candidate for Mampara of the Year.
It was not a convincing win, but it might prove crucial as Kaizer Chiefs continued to extend their Absa Premiership lead by edging Chippa United yesterday.
The weather closed in and so did the field on long-time pacesetter Branden Grace in the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship here yesterday.
What a difference a year makes for Manchester United and Liverpool.
TOWER. That's what comes out of the mouth when Mulomowandou Mathoho comes to mind.
Even rebel cricketers turned drug addicts have standards. David Murray, for instance, started smoking dagga when he was short enough for the flaps of his wicket keeping pads to slap against his ribs.
Moeneeb Josephs was not aware that he had made 400 appearances in the Premier Soccer League until referee Daniel Bennett walked over to congratulate him at the conclusion of his side Bidvest Wits' 1-0 win against Bloemfontein Celtic last week.
There have been just six red cards for bad tackles and violent conduct in the Premier League so far this season, excluding this weekend's games, which either means that the players are cleaning up their acts or the referees are shying away from making big decisions.
Public order is not well served by a manager telling a fan to eff off and die, but Nigel Pearson's riposte to an ingrate in the Leicester City crowd was strangely satisfying. Even more so was his refusal to apologise to "people of that ilk," which made him sound like Alf Ramsey.
Arsenal have jumped on board the Paul Pogba bandwagon and will challenge both Chelsea and Manchester City in the race to sign the Juventus midfielder.
Try recalling the last time you saw George Lebese doing a frivolous, fruitless trick down the touchline and you'll notice that this Kaizer Chiefs starlet has grown from boy to man.
Roger Sikhakhane is among a young crop of South African coaches to have benefited from courses run in the country in the wake of the 2010 World Cup.
They are proud of Lewis Hamilton in Stevenage. The first thing the visitor encounters on leaving the town's station is a mural dedicated to its finest citizens - the Stevenage wall of fame.
West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho is adding a new dimension to Sam Allardyce's high flyers.
Trevor Nyakane has brought his avant-garde dancing shoes with him to the conservative Loftus Versfeld.
For a little while there was a class in session at these university grounds yesterday afternoon and it wasn't Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns in charge.
Ahead of tomorrow's draw for the last 16 of the Champions League, we ponder over who the three remaining English teams could come up against.
Hashim Amla has proved backlifts need not be straight, crooked backlifts can be coaxed onto the straight and narrow, and quality players should not be typecast as suitable for some formats but not others.
It was here last year that the South African sevens team delivered a fitting, if poignant, send-off to the man after whom this bay is named by winning the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens title.
Mario Balotelli, the Liverpool striker, has pleaded guilty to a Football Association charge, admitting he posted an improper social media message.
Australia beat India by 48 runs in a thrilling end to the first test at Adelaide Oval yesterday, with Nathan Lyon picking up seven wickets after Virat Kohli scored an inspired century for the visitors.
Secret payments and confusion about who benefits from resource extraction have bred mistrust between communities, traditional authorities and a company that intends to mine in Limpopo.
There is only one more weekend before Christmas, but with shopping disrupted by severe power cuts it may be a dismal festive season for retailers, who rely on Christmas spending sprees to fill the coffers.
African Bank curator Tom Winterboer has postponed the floating of the "good" bank on the JSE, although there is a time limit on the support he has from the central bank.
Not content with nailing down the largest takeover in South African corporate history, 71-year-old retail magnate Christo Wiese has now set his sights on expanding his empire in Britain's retail market.
The year of the horse according to the Chinese zodiac, 2014 has been one of the wildest for the local bourse, with the All Share index reaching record levels - then falling precipitously.
Dr Dan Matjila faces a steep challenge as the new head of the R1.6-trillion Public Investment Corporation: raising the pensions of government workers while kick-starting flagging economic growth, reviving investor confidence and meeting demands from government.
A merging of South Africa's two largest cement producers - PPC and Afrisam - has been under discussion at the PPC board since 2010, and is believed to have played a role in heightening tensions that eventually confirmed Ketso Gordhan's exit from the group.
If there were the slightest concern that the fairest Cape was losing its appeal, a look at the dazzling numbers achieved in property sales in the past year along the Atlantic seaboard, in the southern suburbs and in the Cape Winelands should lay those fears to rest.
Even the biggest optimists among us have had our resolve tested this year. Odds are many of us are finishing 2014 on a more pessimistic note than we were when it started. Things may even deteriorate further before they get better.
Famous Brands' share price has again spiked to new levels, this time courtesy of its purchase of 75% of Cater Chain Food Services.
It has been a torrid year for Ellies — a share-price slump, a mid-year cash crunch, an expected first-half loss, a rights offer and a restructuring. CEO Wayne Samson finally breaks his silence
Nkosana Makate, who invented the Please Call Me concept, says he is baffled by a high court refusal this week to let him appeal against an earlier judgment in favour of Vodacom, the company he accuses of stealing the idea from him.
Former Robben Island political prisoners and influential executives are among a string of new black shareholders set to benefit from the revival of the company previously known as TopTV, a rival to Naspers's high-flying MultiChoice.
It's been a challenging year for corporate governance. It began ominously as speculation mounted about the reasons behind the very public suspension at the end of 2013 of John Oliphant from the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF).
Chicken Stop, the new kid on the block in the fast food market, is offering franchise opportunities after being launched in South Africa in January. MD Salim Shermohammed is a global fast food, franchise and business fundi. He speaks to Asha Speckman about money, food and that Rolex watch
For many South Africans, getting a degree is simply out of reach, because of financial or academic concerns. But there are other options.
Her long-awaited new album, Firebrand, is a strident political work as well as a musical one - and she doesn't care how we choose to interpret it. Lindokuhle Nkosi spoke to her about Marikana, reincarnation, misogynist art and more ...
Catwalk models have always looked ludicrous, but nowadays we're all in danger, writes Shanthini Naidoo
With Bafana reborn and Afcon bound, Luke Alfred invited Clive Barker to look back on the national side's finest hour
Look, I haven't been out for years. I occasionally shuffle down to the local spaza in yashmak and false eyebrows. I used to glitter at dinner parties, danced through the night; people smiled at me in the streets.
Some unquestionably great movies hit the big screen this year. Then again, so did some unremittingly terrible ones. We sort the good from the bad
An air crash might have rebooted the plot of 'Generations', but adding bastard sons did the trick, writes Rebecca Davis
We've asked everyone from the Public Prosecutor to celebrity Gareth Cliff what they'll be reading this festive season
We've seen some awesome new cars this year, and some abysmal ones. By Thomas Falkiner
Welcome to the era of the brand party, infested with wanky high society, writes Lin Sampson
It's that time of the year again: the season to be jolly. Or, the season to fake being jolly for some, writes Ndumiso Ngcobo
One of the problems with art is that, for all its entertainment value, it can create (or entrench) stereotypes about people and nations.
Take a deep breath. Ah, can you smell the booze on the air? It's that time of year again. You blink and it's February, blink again and you're buying your secret Santa gift for Shamiela in accounts.
Hoping to find some Christmas celebrations more spiritual than commercial, Gavin Bell heads to India's balmy southwest coast
Douglas Rogers on how to make the most of NYC in its best season: wintery Christmas time
Trish Gordon James explores the dilapidated splendour of Eritrea's Italian-influenced capital
Travel news for people on the move
This is what the top two winners of the Sunday Times Wildlife Photograph of the Year will experience when they jet off to the Masai Mara on photo safaris worth R180 000 in 2015. Congrats to winner Johan Greyling and 1st runner up Jacqui Hemphill! Tania Cholwich is the 2nd runner-up and has won a Chobe photo safari worth R30 000. All prizes courtesy of Wild Eye.
There is a lovely scene in the movie My Cousin Vinny in which Joe Pesci, playing Vinny, a wise-cracking "lawyer" from New York come to the Deep South to defend his cousin on a murder charge, gets out of his car in the main street of the hick town and tells his gum-chewing, dolled-up fianceé Mona Lisa Vito (played by Marisa Tomei) that she sticks out "like a sore thumb".
On a long drive home from the Wild Coast, Elizabeth Sleith finds a charming Midlands stopover with a special equine treat
In the '60s, when bikes were bikes and boys were men, four fellows took on an epic adventure
Sunday Times Travel Weekly received some cracking entries during the course of the year. Here are the three travel photos that came out tops
Sunday Times Travel Weekly received some incredible entries during the course of the year. Here are the three wildlife photos that came out tops
Our travel expert answers queries on routes and destinations around the world
To stand a chance of winning R500, tell us which city the lagoon in this photo is in