'F*** the poor!'

In a terrifying glimpse this week into the dark heart of unsecured lending in South Africa, a former top executive of African Bank, Tami Sokutu, scorned the poor who were sucked into debt by easy loans from his now failed company.

'On my watch, our rhinos will not go extinct'

Edna Molewa did not grow in a place of unspoilt natural beauty inhabited by wild animals. But the township in Warmbaths, now known as Bela-Bela, in Limpopo, did make the minister of environmental affairs tough and streetwise.

Fighting to the end for 'inherited' farm

Frans Makgamathe wants his land to be registered in his name before he dies.

Ramaphosa's political prowess on display

After shouts of "Blood on your hands! Ramaphosa, you have blood on your hands!" broke out at the Farlam Commission this week, the object of the protesters' ire was calmly picking his teeth behind a phalanx of bodyguards.

Zuma faces fiery showdown over his Nkandla reply

President Jacob Zuma's supporters may believe he has sidestepped public protector Thuli Madonsela in relation to the millions spent on his Nkandla homestead, but on Thursday he will have to face Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and other opposition leaders on the issue.

SARS sleuth sidelined in aftermath of love affair

Top tax investigator Johan van Loggerenberg looks set to be removed from dozens of high-profile cases following a damning report by a panel that investigated allegations of serious misconduct against him.

Jordan saw his disgrace coming

Disgraced politician Pallo Jordan wrote to the ANC offering to resign from all his positions two days before the Sunday Times published the first revelations that he did not possess qualifications entitling him to call himself "Dr".

How Abil's execs hit the trough

Over the past 10 years, African Bank's top executive team - usually a team of five - shared more than R210.6-million among themselves.

Top minister's daughter in assault uproar

The daughter of senior cabinet minister Susan Shabangu has been suspended from her job as a youth-care worker pending an investigation into whether she struck a 10-year-old girl with a belt.

DiCaprio in scrap over 'his' Madiba pic

American memorabilia dealer Gary Zimet is spoiling for a fight - and he is taking on one of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Boere rand makes its power felt as Afrikaans films top local charts

Local is lekker, but in this case, only if it is Afrikaans.

Bachelor Boy Cliff denies move on Young Ones

Speculation about his private life has followed Cliff Richard, 73, for decades.

Cold shoulder for widow of murdered miner

Plight of woman whose husband was killed days before the Marikana massacre falls through the cracks

It's a whole new ball game out there

It is too early to speculate about whether the killing of 44 people in Marikana two years ago will harm Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's bid to succeed Jacob Zuma as head of state.

Anni's family look to court for last piece in sad puzzle

For the family of honeymoon murder victim Anni Dewani, the news from Cape Town on Friday was what they had been waiting to hear for almost four years.

Universities battle a rising tide of cheating

Crib notes on the inside of a T-shirt, on rulers or the back of calculators - university students are brazenly cheating in tests and exams.

Another 'hate-Israel' row at King David school

Another matric boy, wrongfully labelled an Israeli hater, has spoken out about being bullied by staff at a top Jewish school after he voiced his opinion about Israeli policies.

Health MEC to face rights body over students' contraceptive jabs

The Commission for Gender Equality will summon KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongi-seni Dhlomo to explain why 11 young women were implanted with a contraceptive before they left for their four-year studies in India.

Internet 'running out of space'

The problems that caused websites such as eBay to crash this week could become a regular occurrence as the internet effectively runs out of space, experts have warned.

Palestinians want to take Israel to war crimes court

Palestinian leaders are ready to take Israel to the International Criminal Court over "war crimes" later this month, a leading Palestinian negotiator has said.

Boko Haram captures men and boys in raid

Suspected Islamist Boko Haram fighters have abducted dozens of boys and men in a raid on a remote village in northeast Nigeria, loading them on trucks and driving them off, said witnesses who fled the violence this weekend.

New Iraqi government gains support as slaughter goes on

Tribal leaders and clerics in Iraq's Sunni heartland have offered their conditional backing for the new government being formed after the ousting of Nuri al-Maliki as Iraqi prime minister.

ANC bigwigs score from dodgy grants deals

Millions in public money meant for poor orphans was blown on suspect deals with a politically connected company run by former spy bosses.

A window seat on high-flyers' travel costs

Members of the government are often involved in one or the other aircraft controversy.
Zuma takes his seat for the start of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Session One on 'Investing in Africa's Future,' at the U.S. State Department in Washington

'Spy tapes' headed for new round of haggling by lawyers

An independent senior advocate or a retired judge is set to decide the fate of the controversial spy tapes.

Public smoking of e-cigs may soon be restricted

South Africans puffing on electronic cigarettes will soon face the same restrictions as tobacco smokers.

Top cop faces probe over travel expenses

The man tasked with enforcing police discipline in the Western Cape is under investigation for allegedly swindling the force in his expense claims.

Mbalula takes aim at sports fans' wallets

The government wants to tax sport fans.

First shots fired in battle for SA's cities

It is game on for the 2016 electoral battle for the cities, but one of the big guns is not yet showing its hand.

Zuma associate loses tax round

Khulubuse Zuma's former business partner, Jen-Chi Huang, a convicted murderer, has lost another fight in his attempt to stop the receiver of revenue pursuing a R500-million tax claim against him and the companies he controls.

Council's wings clipped in parties' flap for power

All Johan Smit wants is to design beautiful houses that will then be built - but the Oudtshoorn architect cannot get his plans off the ground because of a political deadlock in the municipality.

Pistorius trial cop called up in new battle against poaching

Two of South Africa's most seasoned detectives - both involved in the Oscar Pistorius murder investigation - have been roped in to fight rhino poaching.

Oriani-Ambrosini loses his fight against cancer

Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, one of South Africa's most libertarian - and contrarian - politicians, died yesterday. He was 53.

The gift of life carries a price tag

Hundreds of young South African women are travelling across the world to sell their eggs to infertile couples for up to $10000 (about R106000) at a time.

An egg is just a click away

Finding a donor or a surrogate these days is as easy as online dating - all it takes is a few clicks of a mouse and you are browsing thousands of profiles of potential donors.

New appeal to prosecute perpetrators of 2004 massacre

The massacre 10 years ago of 166 Tutsis was commemorated in Pretoria this week with a call to bring the murderers to book.

Guard's honesty seals job security

A SINGLE good deed has given David Kalonga a free pass in life - a new job.
Russian military personnel sit atop armoured vehicles outside Kamensk-Shakhtinsky

Ukraine attacks Russian convoy

Washington has urged Moscow to stop its "extremely dangerous and provocative" activities after Ukraine said it destroyed part of a Russian military convoy that entered its territory.

Government forces attack Somali militants

African peacekeepers and Somali troops battled militants in a suburb of Mogadishu at the start of the weekend, launching a joint offensive that killed at least 14 people, the police said.
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir speaks during a news conference in Juba

Famine threatens a third of South Sudan citizens

Two years after South Sudan won its independence, it is facing the "greatest humanitarian crisis on the planet" with 3.9million people, a third of its population, facing starvation.

Racial injustice in the US - a sickness that will not go away

The unarmed black teenager whose shooting death by a white police officer unleashed riots in the midwestern US state of Missouri this week was a suspect in the theft of a $49 (R518) box of cigars just minutes before he was killed, said local police.

Accountability is the unlikely winner in Pallo 'doctor' saga

FOR many, the name Pallo Jordan was a metonym for the South African intellectual.

It's hard to be eggzact when it comes to size

Thanks to questions sent in by readers of this column, I've learnt a few new things about eggs.

He tickled us pink, but we never really knew him

If there has been one unifying theme in the tributes to the late Robin Williams, apart from his comic and dramatic genius, it is that he was slightly unknowable.

Special: two for the price of two

It's wonderful to see savvy Sunday Times readers, aware of their consumer rights, keeping suppliers on their toes.

Mugabe defies his foes, thanks to a little help from friends in SA

Robert Mugabe officially takes over as chairman of the Southern African Development Community today at its summit at the Victoria Falls, a remarkable feat for the nonagenarian who, for the past decade, has been treated almost as a ward of the regional body.

'It is not a muse that drives you on . . . it is a demon!'

IN 1979, I was the emcee of Britain's first modern comedy club, the Comedy Store, then housed in a strip club in Dean Street, Soho.

If Marikana shows SA has betrayed its high ideals ...

Nothing more graphically underlines how far South Africa has strayed from the heady, idealistic days of 1994 than the appearance before the Marikana commission this week of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

... Zuma's silence is the proof

So president Jacob Zuma has delivered his "response" to public protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the R246-million upgrade to his private Nkandla residence.

Readers' Views

'Concerned' Jews should allow others to have opinions too


Minister of saying why, he actually owes nothing at all

Mampara of the week: Jack Bloom

HIS preoccupation with being in the headlines knows no bounds, and hardly a day goes by without this mampara issuing a press statement or two.

So Many Questions: Simon Newton-Smith - Chairman of the Board of Airline Representatives

Twenty international airlines have written an open letter to the minister of home affairs, Malusi Gigaba, warning that new visa and passport requirements for travellers will harm tourism.

A draft from the past in Durban's beerhall revival

Ghosts of rampaging shebeen queens haunt the city's fun new precinct.

Kiwis' record bid foiled

Australia prevented New Zealand from claiming a world record 18th consecutive win by holding the world champions to a draw in a tryless Rugby Championship opener yesterday that left both disappointed.

Chelsea primed to take Premier League title

It began as a plan, became a chant and is now a reality that could define a classic Premier League season.

Why Cesc Fabregas is such a hot shot

The number on his back may be familiar, but the hairstyle has changed, the face is slightly more weathered, and the colour is certainly different for Cesc Fabregas.

'Auf Wiedersehen' to a humble scoring machine

Miroslav Klose will never score another goal for Germany.

Suárez trains with Barca for first time

Luis Suárez could play for Barcelona for the first time tomorrow after winning a partial victory this week at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Berne, Switzerland.
Arsenal's manager Wenger listens to Malaysia's coach K. Rajagopal as Arsenal's players Van Persie and Sagna listen during news conference outside Kuala Lumpur

Get your facts straight, Sagna tells Wenger

Bacary Sagna has refuted Arsène Wenger's suggestion that his move to Manchester City broke transfer regulations by being agreed before he was permitted to speak to other clubs.

Mashaba all set to shake the system

A press conference mooted for Tuesday to announce Bafana coach Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba's backroom staff is expected to surprise - and perhaps shock - the football fraternity.

Time for Proteas to think out of the box

Cricket has Dereck Dowling to thank for the fact that Barry Richards became one of the finest opening batsmen yet to grace the game.

Zim relishes the absence of Steyn and Morkel

For three years out of every four a one-day series between SA and Zimbabwe would capture about as much attention as Robert Mugabe beating up on the British from a podium.

SA's cricket show can drive you to drink

It had all become too much for a bloke sitting of an evening this week at the bar that offers generous views of matches played at Harare Sports Club.
PGA Championship golf tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Why McIlroy is golf's new boss

Rory McIlroy is on fire.

Now Oxford and Cambridge will fight it out on horseback

For more than 150 years their rivalry has been played out by two crews battling to outpace each other in an annual race on the River Thames.

Matona tipped for Eskom hot seat

TSHEDISO Matona, head of the Department of Public Enterprises and former director-general of Trade and Industry, is expected to be announced as Eskom's new CEO this week, one of the toughest jobs in South Africa.

More jitters as Moody's whacks Capitec

BANKING group Capitec, the largest unsecured lender left standing after African Bank's collapse, had a nasty surprise when ratings agency Moody's slashed its financial strength rating by two notches late on Friday.

Now R699 founder takes on Facebook

ALBERT Venter, the man whose company Satinsky 128 offered consumers the chance to "Drive a new car for R699 a month", is suing one of the customers who fell victim to his car scheme for R1-million for "defamation".

JSE shines as Kiev spooks global stocks

SOUTH African share prices edged higher on Friday, tracking European markets which rose on expectations of more central-bank stimulus after weak figures from the region.

Inbox detox ensures you get a proper rest

DAIMLER employees can head to the beach this summer without worrying about checking their e-mails, sparing their partners and children the frustration of work-related matters intruding on the family vacation.

Tycoon sweats to raise bail

INDIA'S supreme court has given jailed tycoon Subrata Roy extra time to keep negotiating the sale of three luxury foreign hotels to raise $1.6-billion bail after his lawyers said he was close to a deal.

Weak rouble hits Russian tourists

SPENDING on tax-free shopping at leading destinations dropped for the first time since 2009 in the second quarter,

Ebola also threatens economies, says Moody's

Moody's investor services has warned that "beyond the tragic loss of life" the Ebola virus could wreak "significant" economic and fiscal damage on the West African countries worst affected by the disease.

Cyber war against faceless foe is no fun

I have at times had to head-butt a pesky troll who just won't listen. This rarely happens in the rarefied halls of letters@businesstimes.co.za, mainly because e-mail correspondents have the grace to sign off in person.

Short sellers cash in on bank's woes

The common wisdom is that when a company implodes, as African Bank (Abil) did this week, everyone loses.

We won't go that way - Capitec

With the demise of African Bank as South Africa's largest unsecured lender, the heir to that title says it doesn't think it faces a similar fate.

Coronation's Abil move stirs up storm

Coronation's decision to dump its African Bank shares at seemingly any cost after last week's grim trading update led to a collapse in the share price, and may have influenced Gill Marcus's decision to put the company into curatorship.

Woes at Ellerines could be a windfall for rival retailers

Ellerines's collapse into business rescue last week is likely to benefit rival furniture retailers but will probably lead to massive job losses.

Lending balloon blamed on deficient oversight

Ineffective oversight of the National Credit Act played a major role in the African Bank crisis and in the reckless ballooning of unsecured lending to its current level of R173-billion, say experts.

Localisation has to become lekker

THE recent wage settlement agreement in the metals and engineering sector between employers and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa provides a sobering backdrop to the most recent call by President Jacob Zuma for companies to buy local.

'Don't worship wealth or pleasure'

Pope Francis warned on Friday against a "cancer" of despair in materially obsessed, outwardly affluent societies.

No magic bullet for strike scourge

Lack of transformation, socioeconomic equity, mutual respect and trust in the workplace are behind South Africa's violent and protracted strikes, says Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.

King of the Apps vs the Men in Black

have the police turned up at your head office to scan your hard drives?

Shoprite, Spar eat words over food storm

Food behemoths Shoprite and Spar tried this week to defuse the row over whether their stores altered or removed food labels on outdated food products that could make people ill.

Coronation lures most investor cash

Independent investment research company Morning-star has published its second Fund Observer. This report rounds up South African unit trust performance in the second quarter.

Working around reluctant disclosure

THE Fund Observer produced in South Africa is a first for Morningstar. The publication follows its other Observer line of reports published in various markets.

Standard Bank pays for risky business

Standard Bank, Africa's largest bank by assets, disappointed investors with its latest earnings report and its seemingly lethargic attitude to growth in its home market.

Naspers uses its cents to keep in Beijing's good books

THIS week's exceptionally strong results from Naspers's Chinese social media company Tencent shows just how much money you can make in that Asian country when you stay on the government's right side.

Do CEOs have a limited shelf life?

HOW long should a CEO stay at the helm?

Geek becomes entrepreneur-breeding dragon

A SOUTH African entrepreneur who has just made megabucks in a US deal has jetted back to South Africa to film the local version of the UK hit reality-TV show Dragon's Den.

Plot thickens in battle of giant book retailers

The battle between Amazon, the online retailing giant, and Hachette, the global publishing group, has the makings of a plot for a thriller by John Grisham.

Meals on wheels in Chinese restaurant

It is more tea time than Terminator - a restaurant in China is electrifying customers by using more than a dozen robots to cook and serve food.

Board beguiled by toxic charm

Loose Cannon Abil CEO Leon Kirkinis wielded the power and could talk himself out of trouble

The long and the short of Abil's fall

Exactly what was the lesson Coronation learnt from the African Bank debacle? Make sure you're closer to the exit? Or, if you can't get right next to the exit, make sure you can move faster than everyone else?
Rob Rose

Grovel, grovel, Telkom's in trouble

There's a story about Jacques Schindehütte, Telkom's devil-may-care former finance boss, that provides a measure of the man.

No need for neutrality rules in SA just yet

As the debate over network neutrality rages in the US, South African internet service providers (ISPs), through their industry association, have urged communications regulator Icasa to steer clear of crafting regulations dealing with the contentious issue, at least for now.

Readers' Views

Poor management sank African Bank

Could Africa be the next China?

Africa's changing demographic over the next three-and-a-half decades could transform the continent into the next China, but only if its youthful population is educated and entrepreneurial.

Creating a blind bureaucracy to lead insurers over the cliff

The South African insurance industry is under great threat.

A tougher road for bankers to travel in scramble for investors

GOING on the road is not what it used to be for investment bankers hawking shares in companies seeking a stock market listing.

Understanding the business of design

What do you do at work each day?

How to... Take a break from your full-time career

DO you dream of taking a few months off work to travel or study? A mid-career "gap year" is becoming more popular as people step away from the daily grind of work for a while to upgrade their training or simply recharge.

Music: Liberated

John Ntsepe talks to Tiara Walters about therapy, ghosts & silent Austrians

Addiction: Garden of need

Deep in downtown Joburg is a place of desperate fellowship: a park that's home to addicts. Nickolaus Bauer and photographer Jono Wood went there

The Conch: Homesick, but not for street perves

Since moving to Kenya, I have missed many things about home. There is one glaring thing that I don't miss, however: the tendency among strange South African men to attempt to chat me up.

Music: Unbowed

She fizzled at Oppikoppi, but Cat Power's honesty is explosive, writes Yolisa Mkele

Rugby: Hard lions

Forty years ago this winter, the touring British Lions savaged the Boks - and encountered a thwarted star of black rugby, writes Luke Alfred
Ndumiso Ngcobo

Humour: Boozers don't bottle it

So this guy walks out of the liquor store in Daveyton, Benoni, with a naked bottle of Johnnie Walker Black in his hand.
Paige Nick

Humour: A gigolo low

Once, many years ago, I decided I was going to try to procure a male prostitute. It was for an article I had pitched to Cosmopolitan magazine.

The tower of fable

Photographer Mikhael Subotzky and illustrator Patrick Waterhouse have made the definitive book about Ponte City - an insider's view of Joburg's monument to urban delusions, writes Tymon Smith

What a pointless drag

Chris Lilley's 'Ja'mie: Private School Girl' has nothing to redeem it

Movies: Tastes like love

Korma meets coq au vin, and the result is superb, writes Sue de Groot

Words & stars: Pursue the issue that ensues

Reader Rod McGregor Mann has drawn my attention to all the words, besides his surname, that have been colonised by someone called Greg. On his list were segregate, aggregate, congregate, egregious and gregarious.

The moment: No ocean wide enough

She's a New Yorker of Caribbean stock, and he's an Eastern Cape chap. Nothing could stop these two lawyers in love. By Sibongile Mafu

Your Stars

Your horoscope

Sweetness from the Swede

Jonasson's heroine is a Soweto maths whiz who puts the world to rights. By Michele Magwood

Memory unchained

Regarding Muslims .....

Books: Book blog

On Okwiri's Win, by Rachel Zadok

Best of DSTV Movies

It was inevitable that we'd eventually get a movie about the troublesome seas around Somalia.

DVD Review: Inside No 9

If you watched League of Gentlemen (the extraordinary British miniseries, not the US film with a similar name) or Psychoville, you will be familiar with the twisted minds of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.

DVD Review: The Book Thief

Listening to Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush speak English with fake German accents is, well, fake. On top of that, Death is the narrator in this story - something that feels too gimmicky for the subject of war.
Ecstacy Aunt

The Ecstasy Aunt

Dear Ecstasy Aunt, I can't stand my mother-in-law. At first I just found her mildly annoying, but now I can barely even look at her.

DSTV Top Series

You may have noticed that there's a new music game show occupying the slot that used to belong to Noot vir Noot on SABC2 on Fridays.

Pick of the Week

Is it necessary to write anything here? Almost everyone already knows that Taken was one of the better action thrillers of the past decade.

Lifting the veil

As the secretive 'Stans' start opening up to the tourist dollar, Gill Charlton explores the Silk Road countries of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

The big read: A voyage to the edge of the map

Stephen McClarence swaps indulgence for adventure on an exhilarating cruise around Scotland's wild western isles

The edge of their chairs

John Young discovers in Copenhagen that, although Danes appreciate good design of all kinds, they especially love a good seat

Cruising: Thread through time

Toby Wilkinson takes a houseboat cruise on Egypt's eternal river

Cool spot: Keeping it Kosi

David Alston and friends enjoy a five-day slackpacking adventure in a KZN nature reserve

The lighter side: Battle of the beach towel

We shall fight on the beaches, Winston Churchill once said. And the Brits still are, as Christopher Middleton reports

Readers' corner: Mission to the mountain

Trying to visit a sacred site, Claire Wager struggles to even reach the start

Weekend escape: A little corner of France

Paul Ash finds this charming part of the Cape is really about fabulous food in fine surroundings

Travels for Tapas

On food tours in Seville, Madrid and San Sebastián, Annie Bennett learns to do it like the locals do

Peter's Post: Dolphins in Dubai

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

Accidental Tourist: Passengers in the night

A missed plane and a hurried alternative lead to strange encounters in terminal limbo

In transit: Back to Bethlehem

Travel news for people on the move

My Kind of Holiday

My kind of holiday

Agent's Alert!

Sail Cape Town to Southampton on the Queen Mary 2 from R1500 pppn

Rumblings: Leafy Treasures from the East

Almost unknown in the West 20 years ago, "Oriental greens" are increasingly popular with trendy restaurants and home vegetable growers. Quick, versatile and productive, they seem enticing, but can be frustrating to grow.

The chef: Nooror Somany Steppe

Chef Nooror Somany Steppe is the proprietor of the internationally renowned Blue Elephant Restaurants and Cooking School in Bangkok.

The Restaurants: Oriental Overload

Our Cape Town correspondents find high-end sushi and hole-in-the-wall dim sum from separate sides of the Far East food spectrum

Bites: Sweet Endings

Vietnamese coconut flan (Banh Flan Dua)

Bites: The Producers

Twin sisters Helen and Lisa Tse, third-generation British Chinese from Manchester, are living proof that reality-TV programmes can change lives.

Bites: Thoughts on food

By Cindy Chin Woolworths Dietitian, RD (SA)

Hayden is Cooking: Oysters in Three Ways

On his food adventure around South Africa, this week Hayden Quinn is visiting the Garden Route. He ziplines through the treetops of Tsitsikamma and then it's on to the Knysna Lagoon. He visits the remains of the once-famous Knysna oyster beds, which inspire three quick toppings for oysters

A plague on their houses, say critics

A development project in eastern Johannesburg has earned the wrath of historians and residents, who say it will be built over the graves of thousands who died of the plague and illnesses such as smallpox, leprosy and tuberculosis.

Birthday boy clothes himself in gold

James Bond's rival had a golden gun, but one Indian school dropout has a gold shirt that weighs 4kg and is worth $214000 (about R2.2-million).

Badminton ace sets sights on Olympics

Rising badminton star Prakash Vijayanath may not have won a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, but his exploits against some of the best players in the world would have pleased South African selectors.

'Always wear your invisible crown'

Pharrel Williams would have been happy to see about 100 women shake "what their momma gave them" to his song, Happy, on instruction from a motivational speaker at the Durban Jewish Club on Sunday last week.

We must use the freedom to choose

Yasantha Naidoo asked five women, including a celebrated peace activist and an award-winning restaurateur, to add their comments to our Voices of Women collective to mark Women's Month

Big roles, music and movie deals

Aamir Khan became the centre of attraction and some controversy last week as he stunned the world with the first-look poster of his eagerly awaited PK.

Pausing before the next film onslaught

As predicted, Salman Khan's Kick is fast becoming this year's biggest earner.

Fallacy of buying an SUV for open space at the mall

A friend of mine called me wanting some advice on buying a sports utility vehicle.

Mosque flaunts a new look, with more to come

Durban's historic Grey Street mosque is getting a multimillion-rand renovation. This month, the 130-year-old building will be primped, primed and repaved in a R4-million upgrade.

Dismissal a race issue, says contractor

A Chatsworth builder is claiming more than R9.3-million from Mount Edgecombe Estates after the collapse of a construction deal.

CEO named Chile's honorary consul

Former academic Dr Narissa Ramdhani has added another feather to her cap with her appointment as honorary consul for the Republic of Chile.

Tsogo Sun adds a sweet touch to celebrating women

The women who accepted Tsogo Sun's invitation to celebrate being a woman ditched their Tim Noakes diets to indulge in decadent chocolate delights on Thursday.

Bubbly beauty takes up food challenge

Shirdika Pillai , 27, the lively presenter of Lotus FM's mid-morning show, Life 'n Style, is game for every experience that comes her way. So when Shelley Seid invited her to a canapé and cocktail course, she did not hesitate.

Get it in writing before a wrench is lifted

I was listening to a service adviser ask a client at a dealership to read all the terms and conditions written at the rear of the job card as they pertained to the Consumer Protection Act.

Women's Day is failing SA women

Women's Day is a complete waste of time. Cancel it.

A juggernaut that will change the face of film

Jigarthanda will go down in cinematic history as a game-changer and trend-setter, a film that redefines the boundaries of commercial cinema.

The wedding that almost didn't happen

Thireshni Naidoo was overwhelmed when she walked down the aisle towards her fiancé - after a year of health problems, she and Mergan Naidoo had even considered cancelling their wedding.
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The e-edition is a digital replica of the newspaper. It looks exactly like the newspaper, page for page, and you can scroll through it and search for words. It is not the same as on this website as articles are listed here without the same context as in the newspaper.

Where can I get or view the E-edition?
The e-edition is purchased from this website http://thetimes.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx. It displays all the various options available. Please note that there are various newspapers around the world entitled "The Sunday Times" or "The Times" so ensure you select the South African version.

How can I view the E-edition on a tablet or mobile device?
You would download the Press Reader app (for iPad/iOS, Blackberry, Android, Google, Windows etc), please check the links from http://www.pressreader.com. Then you would pay for a newspaper title depending on your store (iTunes, Google Play etc).

HELP: I have a payment problem or cannot remember my password or it won’t let me in.
Please call 0860 52 52 00 or email feedback@avusa.co.za, or help@sundaytimes.co.za.

Editors' Choice App for iPad

What is the Editor's Choice?
The Sunday Times Editor's Choice brings award-winning journalism from South Africa's leading Sunday newspaper, The Sunday Times. You can also enjoy hand-picked stories and daily updates from The Times newspaper.
The editors of the Sunday Times and The Times newspaper choose 25 stories, Sunday to Friday, that are downloaded to the app every morning.

Where is it available?
The app is downloaded from the Apple iTunes store https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id500040479 for iPad.

How does payment work?
The app is free to download and content will be uploaded every morning to the app, excluding Saturday.
There are two payment options for accessing the Sunday Times Editor's Choice content for the iPad.
  1. Buy a weekly recurring subscription for only $0.99.
  2. Buy a monthly recurring subscription for only $2.99.
  • These subscriptions will auto-renew until you choose to cancel
  • Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
  • Your subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
  • Your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period
  • You can manage your subscription and switch off the auto-renewal by accessing your Account Settings after purchase
  • You cannot cancel the current subscription during the active subscription period.
  • If you choose to share your personal data with us all personal data is handled under the terms and conditions of Sunday Times' privacy policy and terms of use. More details can be found here: http://www.timeslive.co.za/?service=ipadprivacyandpolicy.
  • This app requires an internet connection at all times.

I want to cancel recurring payments. How do I set that up in my iPad?
View all the instructions on the Apple support website http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4098.
Pay particular attention to the section entitled "Turning off auto-renewing subscriptions on an iOS device".

HELP: I have a payment problem or cannot remember my password or it won’t let me in.
The purchase happens from your iTunes account and is with Apple, where we cannot intervene. Email us at help@sundaytimes.co.za and we will offer directions.

Print subscription

Can I manage my print subscriptions on this site?
No, rather visit https://subscriptions.avusa.co.za or please call 0860 52 52 00 or email feedback@avusa.co.za, or help@sundaytimes.co.za.

HELP: I have a problem with my newspaper subscription payment or delivery
Please call 0860 52 52 00 or email feedback@avusa.co.za, or help@sundaytimes.co.za.


The apps below are not purchased on this website. Read the FAQs to see if any questions you have can be answered there.

Go to the Help page if your questions need to be escalated.

Sunday Times

Editor's Choice

The Editor's pick of the best stories direct to your iPad. Daily news updates from The Times.

$0.99 per week

Sunday Times


The complete Sunday Times & The Times, as they appear in print, on the device of your choice: PC, Mac, iPad, Android and most tablets.

R173.30 for 3 Months


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