The two faces, and futures, of Oscar

Crime and Punishment Starkly different views of Oscar Pistorius were presented in court this week. Which one will Judge Thokozile Masipa accept when she sentences him after finding him guilty of culpable homicide?

Bid to crack down on forced marriages

The South African Law Reform Commission is urgently seeking public comment on its proposal to criminalise the cultural practice of ukuthwala - or forced marriage.

Pravin's pal scores on early retirement

Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan allegedly cost taxpayers millions by forcing the South African Revenue Service to bend the rules to clinch a cushy retirement deal for his buddy, Ivan Pillay.

Reflections of a future foretold in Yeoville

Intimate Portraits Gideon Mendel captured the evolving essence of SA's first mixed suburb

Mbalula rules out hosting Afcon

South Africa will not host the African Nations Cup next year, says Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula.

Old man on the sea calls for rescue

A British solo yachtsman was rescued on Friday night following a harrowing few hours at sea.

KP jets in, trailing clouds of tweets

Cricket's bad boy, Kevin Pietersen, has returned home. And only in South Africa can the "clever" chapter titles in his book - such as "Doos and don'ts of Textgate" and "Say hello p**s, say goodbye p**s" - be fully appreciated.

Brains trump blondes as Miss SA hopefuls line up

Miss SA organisers are determined to prove that the nation's loveliest are not airheads. Of course, this has not always been the case.

Dewani killer dies of brain tumour

Xolile Mngeni, the man convicted of shooting dead Swedish engineer Anni Dewani, died in the hospital section of Goodwood Correctional Centre yesterday. He had suffered from a brain tumour.

Survivor in real life gives HIV kids hope

American reality-TV star Ethan Zohn's curly black mane and friendly, laid-back attitude to life made him one of Survivor's most popular winners.

SA funnymen cocksure about Emmy

Funnyman Loyiso Gola and his band of merry men are pretty confident they're going to win an Emmy award.

Rush for the escape hatch as SAA board flies into turbulence

A fight between Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and SAA board members over the fate of the airline's chairwoman resulted in an exodus of board members this week.

Eskom may gain from state sell-off of Vodacom stake

The government is to sell its 13.9% stake in Vodacom - worth R25.7-billion - so it can use the cash to prop up its cash-guzzling state-owned companies, including Eskom and South African Airways.

International flights may be cut as minister wrestles with carrier's financial woes

Barely six months into her job as public enterprises minister, Lynne Brown is taking tough measures in her bid to stop South African Airways's dependency on state bailouts.

ANC Joburg puts its faith in Tau

Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau looks set to return as the ANC's mayoral candidate in the 2016 local government elections after being elected unopposed as the chairman of the party in South Africa's economic hub.

Top cops and robbers get a pasting

As top cops and international crime fighters gathered in Cape Town this week for the Crime Stoppers International Conference, two robbers made off - with paste jewellery - directly across from the venue.

Noakes makes a U-turn on dairy's 'green' status

Controversial diet guru Tim Noakes has admitted that mainstays like cream and yoghurt were quietly removed from his programme's all-you-can-eat "green" list after complaints that dieters weren't losing weight fast enough.

'Slow-slimming women' not welcome on diet crash-course

A disciple of Tim Noakes's Banting diet has banned women from a 12-week slimming programme, claiming they don't lose weight as fast as men.

In Brief

The secret of Bono's shades

School rugby in crisis as hulks loom over lads

School rugby is in a fix, with games being cancelled amid claims of suspiciously over-sized boys.

Beauty begins at 40

Cruzing Through the Years: She was stunning in 2000......ravishing in 2006...and take a look at her now

Rival parties block Mbete on assembly post

National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete suffered another blow when political parties rejected her preferred candidate for the post of parliament's CEO.

Video of water slide ride has viewers guessing where SA is

What started as Brian Ortner fooling around with his Go Pro video camera on a water slide has become an international sensation on YouTube with just over 1.9 million views.

Chinese leader sees red over 'weird architecture'

China has seen a massive construction boom and a move away from "boring" buildings in recent years.

Nigeria says deal sealed for girls' freedom

Nigeria's government and Boko Haram on Friday agreed to a ceasefire that brought closer the release of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped more than six months ago.

All quiet on the party front as curfew hits

Never again will I criticise CNN or BBC World for their repetitive programming and recycled news. After the TV blackout during the coup d'état in Thailand this week, I was rather shocked to discover just how much I missed them. After all, what is a hotel room without Wolf Blitzer or Christiane Amanpour blaring at you?

Even ugly animals need to be saved

IT'S not just beautiful lions and gorillas that are threatened. These less glamorous animals need our help too, and the Ugly Animal Preservation Society is trying to draw attention to them.

Legless couple forgive Lamborghini driver

It was supposed to be a dream trip up the coast to celebrate his wife's retirement. But a freak accident ended their holiday - and almost their lives - when Rodney and Maria Lakay were hit by a Lamborghini while watching a rally in Knysna last month.

Red faces in the green channel

When baggage gets lost in transit, it's usually the airline that is red-faced.

Helderberg captain 'quite happy to fly'

Captain Dawie Uys, the commander of the doomed South African Airways aircraft the Helderberg, which crashed into the Indian Ocean in November 1987, was - contrary to recent reports - keen and happy to fly on the fateful night.

Charlize and Sean give SA fans silent treatment

Hollywood A-list couple Sean Penn and Charlize Theron have been slipping in and out of KwaZulu-Natal.

Uh, Mr President, about your credit card...

Most New York waitresses are adept at dealing with awkward situations when it comes to customers who are unable to pay their bill.

The potty-mouthed hit man and the squeaky sympathetic soul

If this was meant to be the dry and dull part of the trial before Oscar Pistorius finds out his comeuppance, the bombshells in court this week reinforced the "trial of the century" tag.

'Mystery man' Jack part of parallel investigation into Anni's murder

There is a mysterious man who watches Shrien Dewani from the balcony that looks down on Court2 in the High Court in Cape Town.

Winnie has second shot at Madiba's rural home

As Winnie Madikizela-Mandela turns to the courts to claim ownership of Nelson Mandela's Qunu home, details have emerged of a previous bid she made to gain ownership during their divorce.

City puts Zindzi's Houghton house up for sale to pay bills

The city of Johannesburg has put Zindzi Mandela's house - derelict and abandoned - up for sale to cover her municipal debt.

Makaziwe's advocate on carpet over claim he misled court on Mandela's health

An Eastern Cape advocate is set for a nasty grilling this week over allegations that he misled the court with false claims about former president Nelson Mandela's health last year.

Melville pop-up mall stacks up

Melville in Johannesburg is known for its street cafes and nightlife - and as a hub for folk who think outside the box.

One-eyed Bubba the best medicine

US pensioner James Wathen seemed doomed when his medical condition - which was related to an unknown illness - deteriorated after six weeks in a hospital in the US state of Kentucky.

Farmworker says Modise still owes him cash

The farmworker who was forced to abandon Thandi Modise's farm, near Potchefstroom, North West, after being left without food for weeks is still struggling.

Fate in a drop of blood

Early cancer detection can save millions of lives but current diagnostic methods remain costly and invasive. Now a new start-up is developing a device that could detect dozens of cancers with a single blood test.

SABC chair keeps MPs guessing in long-running qualifications soapie

It normally takes no longer than 48 hours to get one's certificates replaced if they have gone missing or are stolen.

Horror crash spurs Gauteng to focus on truck safety

Gauteng has 19 weighbridges but only three are in full-time operation to ensure trucks comply with the law.

Eggonomic 'perk' is a breeding ground for workplace chaos

A job advertisement from the year 2044 has come into my hands: "Female professional sought to play key role in dynamic social media company. Leaving the premises is optional, as we now offer a state-of-the-art Home Life Simulation Programme with a wide range of virtual friends, pets and lovers to choose from.

I was only joking, says racist poetry prof

An Australian professor of poetry has been suspended for using racist and sexist language after sending a bizarre series of e-mails in which he called Nelson Mandela a "darky", Prime Minister Tony Abbott an "Abo-lover", and referred to Aborigines as "human rubbish tips".

Al-Qaeda reaches out to Isil despite ideological rifts

Al-Qaeda's leading terrorism franchise has presented a new challenge to the American-led coalition in Syria and Iraq by calling on the group to back Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant despite the two groups' fierce rivalry.

The Zumafication of the SABC

Hlaudi Motsoeneng is the "big man" of the SABC - protected and promoted for protecting and promoting an even bigger man, President Jacob Zuma.

Gratuity advice tips the scales for customer

Tipping. In a country where you can't pop out for a loaf of bread without having to compensate a local car guard outside the store, it's almost become a dirty word.

Is government working towards our own Black Wednesday?

It is 37 years to the day that the government, in an attempt to crush an increasingly belligerent black resistance, banned 19 black consciousness organisations and publications, including The World and Weekend World newspapers and threw scores of its opponents in jail.

Fear of EFF no excuse for Zuma to dodge his duty

Parliament, by its very nature, should not be a comfortable place for the executive arm of government.

Better on the small screen ...

The SABC may be having difficulty keeping its most popular soap operas on air, but when it comes to governance and its riotous boardroom, the public broadcaster never fails to serve up another gripping episode.

If it isn't pure, it's misleading to label it as olive oil

Thumbs up to the makers of B-well Extra Virgin Olive and Canola oil blend for hearing concerns over labels - and making changes.

Readers' Views

Mbete misunderstands role in defending ANC from Malema


Unholy moves at the Moral Degeneration Movement

Mampara of the week: Tim Noakes

TIM Noakes's dietary advice sure is a movable feast.

So Many Questions: Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi

How prepared are South Africa's health services to cope with an Ebola crisis?

Lions obliterate Sharks

Open the Currie Cup archives and pen this semifinal into them with indelible ink as one of the best-ever knockout matches - it was that good.


IN a new book profiling the work of Pep Guardiola, Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola's First Season at Bayern Munich, journalist Marti Perarnau reveals the Spaniard's true feelings about the "tiki-taka" term associated with the football played by his brilliant Barcelona team.

Standing ovation for leaping to his team's defence

Pep Guardiola clashed with Jose Mourinho after the bad-tempered 2013 European Super Cup clash against Chelsea - but, as journalist Marti Perarnau reveals in a new book, their feud reached boiling point when they were at Barcelona and Real Madrid two years previously.

Jury at Old Trafford still out on Van Gaal's new reign

From the outset of his reign as Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal has urged supporters and observers to wait for three months before judging his impact at Old Trafford.

Keane and Pietersen's anger boils over

I'm surrounded by angry men. Not at home, though with two teenage boys in the house things can get heated. No, it's on the sports pages that I feel beleaguered.

Wenger gets a free hand to buy players he needs

ARSÈNE Wenger has promised to address Arsenal's lack of defensive cover after being granted complete autonomy at the annual general meeting to spend the January transfer fund exactly as he pleases.

Centurion Portia leads Banyana into semifinals

The South African women's national side secured a semifinal date in sensational style with an emphatic victory that booked a date against nemesis Nigeria on Wednesday.

Downs, Wits miss chance to catch Chiefs

Sundowns and Wits missed an opportunity last night to gain ground on Absa Premiership log leaders Kaizer Chiefs.

Hosting Afcon 2015 is tantamount to dicing with death

This columnist suspects that the Confederation of African Football (Caf) has a cure for the Ebola virus disease.

Ajax can derail Chiefs' Gautrain

Kaizer Chiefs meet Ajax Cape Town in a tasty top-of-the-table Absa Premiership hors d'oeuvre at Cape Town Stadium today.

New injury sidelines Reds'striker again

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge faces another month out after suffering a fresh injury on his return to training.

Media-shy Ndulula opens up

Bongani Ndulula spoke out for the first time about what has been described as the tale of two Ndululas, given his lethal ratio in front of goal when he is in a Bafana Bafana jersey and his impotent alter ego in the AmaZulu shirt.

Le Roy's roots are planted in Africa

By his own admission, Claude Le Roy has been on a coaching adventure since his playing days in France ended. He relied on his brains to gain prestige on a continent with which he has an emotional connection.

Penalties galore as 10-man Spurs go down to City

Sergio Aguero scored four goals in a game of four penalties as Manchester City recorded a memorable 4-1 win over 10-man Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium yesterday.

Russian tennis chief serves double fault

Russia's sports minister said yesterday that Russian Tennis Federation chief Shamil Tarpischev may appeal against the one-year ban imposed on him for making derogatory remarks about American sisters Serena and Venus Williams.

Aussie skipper Clarke's woeful run continues

Skipper Michael Clarke failed again as Australia lost a four-day warm-up game against Pakistan A by 153 runs in Sharjah yesterday.

SA must outwit crafty Kiwis' tactical nous

Pick leaders extra carefully.

Time to get rid of the monkey on our back

In 320 matches covering 375 innings in an international career that is now into its tenth year, AB de Villiers has been out stumped just nine times. Which is as it should be given his outrageously slick footwork and his bulletproof confidence at the crease.

Mayweather in new fight as reality show fallout persists

Unbeaten world champion Floyd Mayweather is being sued by two boxing brothers involved in sparring sessions that were shown on a television reality show.

Superfight puts 'Hexecutioner' on verge of greatness

The world could be Hekkie "Hexecutioner" Budler and Ryno "Lion" Liebenberg's oyster if they emerge victorious in their super bouts in Monte Carlo on Saturday night.

Mike Tyson enraged by rape query

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson took exception to being asked about his rape conviction during a live television interview in Canada and began swearing at CP24 news anchor Nathan Downer.

What the Boks need to tweak ahead of tour

Lineouts superb, but mauls and missed tackle count hinder Meyer's men

Under-fire McKenzie quits as Aussie coach

Australian rugby was plunged further into crisis yesterday when under-fire coach Ewen McKenzie resigned a few hours before the Wallabies were beaten 29-28 by New Zealand in Brisbane.

Sheffield deny deal offer for convicted rapist

Sheffield United vehemently deny reports that the club have offered a new contract to convicted rapist Ched Evans.

World champ Marquez beats off challengers to take pole

NEWLY crowned world champion Marc Marquez will start on pole position for today's Australian MotoGP as the fastest qualifier.

Following the path less travelled

What is more important to you, fame or fortune?

Neither. Being happy and having peace of mind is most important to me.


SA stakes place up there on the cloud

South Africa may not have the high-speed broadband of leading industrial nations, nor the tech start-up culture that has given birth to global giants.

Leaked audit report points to Post Office chaos

A leaked report by the audit committee of the embattled Post Office provides an account of chronic mismanagement and weak internal controls.

How slain tycoon Wiggill took SA's banks for a R1bn ride

One billion rand: this is the eye-popping amount owed personally by Jeff Wiggill, former chairman of First Strut, to financial institutions when he was shot dead last year.

Falling stock markets: here we go again...

FOR stock markets, October is historically the cruellest month. This year is no exception.

The crashes of 1929, 1987, 2001 and 2008 were ...

Lonmin's failed gag bid puts spotlight on transfer pricing

ATTEMPTS by platinum giant Lonmin to stop the release of a report by the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC), which puts the spotlight on transfer pricing by mining groups, appears to have backfired, and spurred debate on the controversial issue.

Your cheque is in the ...

IF ROSEY Sekese drank whiskey, she would be knocking it back neat.

63000 South Africans among world richest 1%

DESPITE the 5% drop in the rand-dollar exchange rate, the number of South Africans with net wealth (after debts are taken off) of more than $1-million rose to 47000.

Money's really no object in Steyn City

IF you squint your eyes from the Steyn City clubhouse piazza, you might just imagine you're in San Gimignano. Cast your gaze to the right, however, and your Tuscan reveries will vanish.

'Build your business from the ground up'

No ExcusesMouton scoffs at 'myth' that black entrepreneurs are held back by banks that won't finance projects

SA business gears up for its 'Oscar' awards

SOUTH Africa's top company will be named at the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies awards dinner, taking place on October 28 in association with Johnnie Walker .

Sanral's e-toll line flies in face of logic and policy

I CANNOT fully understand the logic of the user-pays principle, seemingly so self-evident to the Treasury and the South African National Roads Agency.

Africa rides the rails once more

Stoking GrowthPrivate-sector funds and rolling-stock charters keep wheels turning on heavy-haul rail renaissance

Americans hot for SA sink $37bn into stocks

SHARES in South African resources companies are proving to be a hit with American investors who have already ploughed $37.8-billion (about R418.9-billion) into buying South African stocks in the US.

Activist Botha ruffles Tsogo Sun's feathers

YOU could have cut the atmosphere with a chainsaw this week at Tsogo Sun's annual general meeting as Theo Botha, shareholder activist and perennial thorn in the side of many JSE-listed giants, got under the skin of chairman Johnny Copelyn.

Oops!... I did it again, says Bono

U2 lead singer Bono apologised this week to iTunes users who objected to receiving an automatic ...

Gourd squashes rivals

A ONE-TON pumpkin grown in northern California has been declared North America's heaviest to date.

Businesses must focus on common good

BUSINESSES exist to make profit. No argument there. The question is whether this is an all-encompassing expression of their raison d'être.

Time for a frank look at the post office's future

THE irony about the South African Post Office strike, former First National Bank CEO Michael Jordaan tweeted this week, is that the longer it drags on, the more its customers will move to electronic alternatives - never to return.

A Nobel for slaying - or at least containing - giants

JEAN Tirole became the second Frenchman to win a Nobel prize this year, bagging the economic sciences award for his ...

PPC row flares as Foord bats for Ketso

IN an unprecedented move that could resolve the standoff at PPC, Foord Asset Management (FAM) will ask the board of the 120-year-old cement producer to convene a special shareholders meeting to elect a new board.

Countdown to SA's business 'Oscars'

SOUTH Africa's best-performing company will walk away with accolades at the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies awards dinner being held on October 28 in association with Johnnie Walker.

Red October across globe

TRADERS on world markets were contemplating the window ledge on Wednesday. But on Friday they were popping champagne corks.

Board member brews controversy

THERE may not be a direct line between John Manzoni's SABMiller directorship and the recent electoral success of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in Britain - but there probably is a line.

Giving it all away

AS the extent of Jeff Wiggill's debt becomes clearer, liquidators, creditors and former friends have begun uncovering his astonishing acts of generosity, some of which took place as he was defrauding financial firms to keep his companies afloat.

King code got it wrong -Mouton

WHY did African Bank collapse while Capitec Bank continues to go from strength to strength?

Cosatu's objections delay retirement reforms

RETIREMENT tax reforms meant to kick in from March next year have been delayed, after organised labour struck a behind-closed-doors deal with the Treasury last weekend.

AngloGold advisers in firing line

WHAT is at risk in a botched share sale and an investor rebellion?

Avoid Lonmin like the Bermuda Triangle

THERE's more than one reason why investors would do well to steer clear of Lonmin, the world's third-largest platinum company.

Pick n Pay profit up, but analysts worry

IT seemed good news when retailer Pick n Pay released half-year results for the six months to August this week, showing a 6.8% rise in turnover, 35% growth in profit before tax and 35.8% improvement in earnings per share. It also opened 46 new stores in the period.

Superstar Messi innocent of R57m tax fraud, says dad

BARCELONA and Argentina soccer star Lionel Messi had nothing to do with his own tax affairs and should not be included in an investigation into an alleged tax fraud, his father Jorge has insisted.

Nene needs a plan for Eskom - and iron fist on wages

FINANCE Minister Nhlanhla Nene faces a baptism of fire when he unveils his first budget update this week as flagging growth and ballooning budget deficits take a toll on government finances, threatening to undermine South Africa's international credit ratings.

Stake in education paying off for Mouton

JANNIE Mouton's notion of building companies slowly, brick-by-brick, is paying rich dividends.

Privatising railways is uphill most of the way

THE locomotive building and leasing sectors may be booming, but it is a long leap from there to actually running a railway in another country.

A R2m bottle of whisky, anyone? Join the queue

SOUTH Africans tend to be a flashy lot. We're judged by the clothes we wear, the shoes on our feet, the cars we drive and the cellphones we carry. No one has to know that we are nursing an ulcer generated by the worry of our mounting debts to cultivate the image of debonair sophisticates - as long as the world believes we have cracked it.

Six reasons why stock markets are tumbling


There are fears about the stability of the Greek government and its bailout plans.

David Madden, an ...

How loan sharks abuse the debt laws

THERE is an appalling, nightmarish quality about the affidavits filed in the case lodged by Stellenbosch University's legal aid centre with the High Court in Cape Town. One after another tells the story of how a life can be destroyed by a loan taken out to meet an expense or buy an item that seemed affordable.

Markets bounce back as buyers seek bargains

LOCAL share prices surged back on Friday, led by retailers, as worries about global economic growth eased and the main indices booked their biggest daily percentage gains in more than a year.

A cheap new tablet that can speak Zulu

SOUTH Africans can now choose to have a tablet with Zulu-language capability, rather than an iPad, thanks to Vodacom.

Retail sales slip but PnP boosts profit

PICK n Pay Stores posted a 32% rise in half-year profit as cost cuts helped offset sluggish sales growth. Headline earnings per share totalled 53.98c compared with 40.81c a year earlier.

Buffett's brand equity

WARREN Buffett plans to license the Berkshire Hathaway name to estate agencies in Europe and Asia in the next phase of a campaign to use his ...

Finland's core sectors eaten away by Apple

TECHNOLOGY giant Apple is to blame for Finland's economic woes, says its prime minister.

Gun tycoon's angry ex fires first shot in R5.5bn salvo

THE ex-wife of the owner of the Glock gun company is suing him for hundreds of millions of dollars, claiming he cheated her out of the firm they founded in Austria 50 years ago.

Seesawing prices keep investors guessing

YOU have to chuckle at Mr Market, the old blighter, for doing his best to make monkeys of us all. On Wednesday, it was impossible to find a talking head willing to see any light ahead, but by Friday - after two nicely positive moves on the S&P500 (and the JSE) everyone's back to holding thumbs.

When investing in yourself pays off

Loyiso Gola hosts Late Nite News on TV , where he takes on South Africa's political and social landscapes in this weekly satire. He chats to Adele Shevel about his first job as a petrol attendant and buying what he couldn't afford in those days.

Sign Post: Internet breathing new life into whisky

Twenty years ago, when I decided to enhance my cultural awareness by exploring the Malt Whisky Trail in Scotland, the only source of information was a sketchy map found in the murky office of what was then the British Tourist Authority in London.

How to juggle more than one job

South Africans battle to find even one job, so only a tiny percentage are holding down two positions - but this may change, according to recruitment agency Quest.

The time traveller's life

Next month, William Kentridge blitzes Joburg with three shows and two books. Oliver Roberts met SA's foremost artist in his hallowed studio, where they talked about the stretchiness of time, the physicality of thought and his 'pathological' urge to work

Humans of the Gautrain

Ever wonder about your fellow passengers? Leigh-Anne Hunter did, so she asked them to spill their secrets
Ndumiso Ngcobo

Humour: When man's best friend has horns

With Honors is a 1994 Hollywood flick about a homeless man (played by Joe Pesci) who moves in with a bunch of college students who live in a commune. After the Christmas break the students return to find that the homeless fellow has cooked a tasty, sumptuous meal.

Humour: A guide to modern dating for the newly free

ALL fashions come around again - just look at crop tops and high-waisted pants. Wait long enough and you'll find yourself back in it. The same is true for being single. In our 20s we were all single. As we hit our 30s everyone got married. And now a whole lot of unbundling is happening (or whatever Gwynnie calls it), and suddenly I'm no longer the only single in the village.

Motoring: Reel to real

Your chances of hooking up with movie deities like Eva Green or Leo DiCaprio are slim. But these steely co-stars might be within your reach. By Thomas Falkiner

Movies: A view to a chill

Delirious parody and powerful allegory combine in this superb science-fiction thriller, writes Kavish Chetty

Light and dark

Poland's latest casts a beam on the risks of a calling, writes Nikki Temkin

Words: Six legs good

The popular press has been afflicted by a pesky infestation of pseudo-scientific articles predicting the rise of insects as a staple food.

The Pulse: Moving feat

IT wasn't quite Rio standard, but Durbs certainly rotated its booty last Saturday at the Redd's Street Carnival .

The moment: Love Boat

These two don't do things by the book. He proposed to her in front of a crowd, they got hitched in a dockyard & she flash-mobbed her own speech. By Sibongile Mafu

Citybowlistan - the coolest hellhole on planet TV

Carrie is still in a state, and all these familiar streets are kinda weird for us too

Pick of the Week: Stand Up Guys

You could be forgiven for jumping to conclusions when you see the names Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in a movie about amoral gangsters - the conclusion that the movie will be awesome, in case you're wondering.

Top Movies: A Dangerous Method

I find psychology fascinating, even though I have only a basic understanding of it.

DSTV Top Series: South Park (Season 18)

It might seem odd to slam a kids' cartoon for being gross and offensive one week, and then recommend a show known for being those things the next.

Books: Q&A with Rachel Joyce

What books are on your bedside table?

The Big Read: Starry, starry nights

Elizabeth Sleith follows a path of genius and madness on a five-star river cruise in the South of France

Accidental tourist: Chimp change

An overland trip becomes a rescue mission in Zaire

Isolate Ebola, not Africa

THE human tragedy of the haemorrhagic fever that has almost brought Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to a standstill is obvious enough, but it also poses a very real threat to the economies of Africa and specifically the tourist industry.

Postbag: Peter's Post

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

Readers competition: Where in the world?

Visitors stand on the new glass floor at this famous tower in Paris.

Historic spot: A ming thing

Martin Gayford visited China to discover the amazing history behind a new British Museum exhibition of treasures, from the time when the Chinese empire was the most powerful in the world

Travel spots: 'My travelling life'

How often do you travel?

Victoria rules the waves

Peter Hughes enjoys the champagne service as Cunard's Queen Victoria completes one leg of a round-the-world voyage

In transit: No monkey business in Gibraltar

Travel news for people on the move

Steaming in Africa

Paul Ash heads to Zambia for a dinner run aboard the Royal Livingstone Express

This One's for the Birds

One of the best created English gardens since World War 2 could be destroyed by its maker - because the nation does not want it.

Under its spell

Simon Veness reports on a new Harry Potter theme park in Florida that's taking ingenuity to magical heights

Blame it on the rain

Bad weather turns a Cederberg climbing trip into a cave-camping adventure for Marianne Schwankhart

Local Destination: Not such a Tufa life

In the Lowveld, a wine safari means you get to combine your vino with real wild animals. Bridget Hilton-Barber went exploring with her corkscrew

Travellers' Tales: Invasion of the leaf-peepers

Watching leaves change colour is big business in the US, writes Peter Davies

Have Classic car, will travel

Patrick Coyne plays pass the mountain pass in a 1960 Rover saloon

A toast to the good life

Bobby Jordan reaps the benefits of ageing on a lazy getaway in the Bovlei valley

Main course: Feasting on fungi

The black mushrooms with roasted taleggio & thymeun

Starters: Ama-shroom

The best things in life are often rare - as is the case with SA's indigenous beefsteak mushroom, writes Melissa de Billot

Fettuccine with amakhowe

60ml (4 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil

Rumblings: Humongous fungus

According to multiple websites, the world's largest living organism is not the blue whale but a mushroom. A specimen of Armillaria ostoyae, also known as the honey mushroom, allegedly covers more than 2 200 acres in Oregon.

Restaurant: Mushroom special in De Kloof Pretoria

We use the word "mushroom" loosely. Most of us think of mushrooms as spongy vegetative growths with stalks and round caps.

Farming with fungi and feeling

Mother and daughter Kotie and Ida van Tonder come from a family that has been farming in Darling in the Western Cape for generations.

The producers: Mould as the hills

These Karoo cheese producers are carving out a special identity for their goods by incorporating timeless Italian techniques. By Brian Dick

Beer of the week: On the hop

Punk Hop, Mad Giant Brewing, 440ml bottle, R32-R36

Wine of the week: Earthy Notes

Have you noticed that there is no official English name for the mushrooms known in Italy as porcini, in France as cèpes, and in Germany as Steinpilze (or "stone mushrooms", because they look like small rocks poking through the undergrowth)?

Squatters stay put as legal tenants battle to move into flats

IT has been a year since 96 Newlands, Durban, families signed the leases to their new homes - but they have yet to receive the keys because squatters have taken over their flats.

Cop fury over drug dealer's sentence

Chatworth police say they cannot effectively fight the drug scourge in the area - because there is a convicted drug dealer in their midst.

Chefs dish up love for hungry kids

A HOST nicknamed "The Rock", cheesy jokes and good-humoured teasing were key ingredients in a gathering of respected chefs this week.

Dumped flame asks to sell love nest

Socialite businesswoman Rosanne Narandas is facing yet another court battle: this time against her former business partner and lover over their R6-million flat.

Businessman strikes gold with horses

ALESH Naidoo is walking tall after one of his horses earned him the 100th win of his horse-racing career on Monday.

Kathrada foundation joins hate speech row

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has thrown its weight behind an equality court application by the South African Human Rights Commission and candidate attorney Kirith Haria against "racist" comments made by the Mazibuye African Forum and two of its members.

Gorillas with perms and shoulder pads

"WHERE we knew about threading in those days? No wonder we looked like gorillas!" Salosh declared.

Indian festival launch gives taste of the main event

ON Wednesday, the Shades of India festival was launched at Montecasino in northern Johannesburg, promising a true Indian experience in all its glory.

'Lane' goes from radio to stage -- to its blind fans

ALL the drama surrounding the single women of the hit radio series Lollipop Lane is to be transferred to the stage.

Golfer from desert sands is ready for KZN greens

SHE'S stylish on the course and a trailblazer in a region where women's rights are not a priority.

Fresh and minty with a little zing

Kofta (balls) made with crushed green lentils and served with chilli/coriander avocado mash in a roti wrap.

Veteran of vows, 90, looks back on years of uniting couples

Wedding PresentA tireless champion of Tamil culture in South Africa, priest Karthigasen Chetty has a surprise gift for 100 of the couples he married

Tony brought a 'dead man' back to life

IN 2012, the future of this 1938 Chevy Coupe looked bleak. It had been sitting, untouched, in an Amanzimtoti garage for years, and the scrapheap was beckoning.

Happy groom proves to be a romantic soul

ASHEEN and Asheena are clearly a match made in heaven.

Small-town girl makes it big in the city of gold

THE sweet scent of milk and honey in the city of gold is what drew Koobashinie "Koo" Govender, a timid and traditional woman, to the concrete jungle.

Cricket fan bags lead role in movie about MS Dhoni

FORMER Miss Universe Lara Dutta is gearing up for her return to Bollywood. The lovely actress will make her comeback in Abhi Nahi Toh Kabhi Nahi, which will be co-produced by her tennis star husband Mahesh Bhupathi. Joining her in the venture and playing the lead romantic interest is Kay Kay Menon. Dutta will also start working on the sequel to Chalo Dilli, that has been titled Chalo China.

Liyah calls Miami home, but the allure of her birthplace won't fade

MIAMI-BASED artist Liyah believes her latest single, Levitate, is exactly the boost her fledgling music career needs.

A shot at greatness for costly hit thriller

BANG Bang is a monstrous project that comes with big expectations.

A sequel to 'Naan' -- in all but name

NV Nirmal Kumar, a former associate of director Bharathiraja, makes his directorial debut in Salim.

'Did toxic factory emissions cause my niece's death?'

CANCER survivor Logues Naidoo wants to know whether factory emissions in the south of Durban were responsible for her niece's death.
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