The ANC has banned its leaders from publicly showing interest in being President Jacob Zuma's successor.
Mmusi Maimane is furious at those who say he doesn't fill the shoes of predecessor Lindiwe Mazibuko.
His family has turned against him and he has been threatened with beheading. But Taj Hargey is taking it all in his stride.
Two spectators both lost both their legs in a horrific accident when a Lamborghini crashed into cars at the side of a road in Knysna.
After three years of debate and research, the experts have concluded that the Xhosa word for condom is ikhondom.
Bill and Hillary Clinton became grandparents early yesterday after daughter Chelsea gave birth to a baby girl.
Conventional wisdom that the Americas were discovered by Christopher Columbus has been cast into doubt by centuries-old maps and documents suggesting that Marco Polo got there first.
The number of matriculants registered to write this year's final exam has dropped by nearly 25000 since last year, most of these in just four provinces.
Few statements or interviews after the tragedy in Lagos capture the loss of a loved one as poignantly as the letter below.
Therural Mpumalanga township of Tonga lost six people in the Nigerian tragedy.
Retail giant Pick n Pay is facing a R38-million lawsuit in Mauritius where it stands accused of dodgy business practices over a failed store in the north of the holiday island.
It was once thought only time could mend a broken heart, but now scientists think taking a couple of aspirin might be the best way to get over a break-up.
A British minister announced his unexpected resignation yesterday as a newspaper reported he sent an explicit photo of himself online, in a setback to David Cameron's Conservative-led government.
Millions of visitors and residents could hardly miss the message projected on the side of the UN building in New York this week: "Put a price on carbon."
Parliament's new presiding officers want the legislature's shelved multimillion-rand expansion programme to be implemented with immediate effect. They are now ready to "negotiate hard" with the finance minister for money to start building next year.
A woman has been beheaded in an Oklahoma, US, food processing plant by a sacked employee who had apparently tried to convert his colleagues to Islam.
Dineo's mother drank while she was pregnant. Now, at the age of seven, Dineo is shorter and weighs less than other girls her age. She also has a hearing problem and struggles to keep up in Grade 1.
ANC Youth League presidential hopeful Ronald Lamola has back-tracked on his call for President Jacob Zuma to pay back part of the R246-million spent to upgrade his Nkandla homestead.
THE opening episode of Downton Abbey in Britain last week received the lowest audience figures since its first year, despite a dramatic plot featuring extramarital sex, a socialist interloper and a near-fatal fire.
The "spy tapes" handed to the DA this month reveal how former head of the Special Directorate of Operations Leonard McCarthy was embedded with former president Thabo Mbeki's camp ahead of the 2007 Polokwane conference. McCarthy communicated directly with Mbeki's supporters and lobbyists and in some instances declared his support for Mbeki.
Naturists say they will continue to bare it all on a KwaZulu-Natal beach even if they fail in their bid to have the piece of shoreline legally declared a nude beach.
Two members of Cape Town's Dolphin Action Protection Group, including a former chairman, have been expelled after raising concerns about the group's financial affairs.
Not since the gilded barges of the doges swept down the Grand Canal has Venice seen such a spectacle.
A SECURITY guard told how he saw four men giving each other a "high five" after an attack on a former Royal Marine who was found dead after a rugby match in Durban.
It's a gritty crime drama featuring some great homegrown talent alongside big-name Hollywood stars. City of Violence, which was shot in Cape Town in 2012, is set for release in South Africa next week.
Pastor TB Joshua is planning to assist the families of South Africans who were killed or injured when the six-storey guesthouse belonging to his Synagogue, Church of All Nations collapsed in Lagos earlier this month.
This is the house built from bricks made from waste.
A homeless man fell asleep in the toilet of Tate Britain, said to be one of the most secure institutions in the UK. The gallery contains priceless works of art.
Residents in small towns in KwaZulu-Natal face stiff fines if caught washing cars, filling up swimming pools or watering their lawns.
Islamic State fighters tightened their siege of a town on Syria's border with Turkey despite US-led air strikes aimed at defeating the militants in both Syria and Iraq.
South Africa pulled off the largest medical evacuation in recent history when it sent a Lockheed C-130 Hercules to bring back injured South Africans from Lagos, Nigeria.
Facebook, Gmail and Twitter have been warned they must comply with controversial internet legislation signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, a senior Russian official has said, raising fears that Western social networks could be blocked from the country.
Increases in women's skirt sizes with age could go hand-in-hand with increased risk of breast cancer.
Today we reveal fresh details of how President Jacob Zuma personally accepted the R500000-a-year bribe offered to him by French arms manufacturer Thales 14 years ago. That Zuma, who was the country's deputy president at the time, was offered a bribe is not new. At the trial of his financial adviser Schabir Shaik, who was later convicted for fraud, the state conclusively proved that the company had sent an encrypted fax confirming the illegal deal.
When the furniture retail arm of the collapsed African Bank was placed under business rescue last month, it didn't hesitate to protect its own interests.
Wilbur Smith's epic un-PC tales of derring-do have made him one of the world's richest authors. For the past 50 Years his own life has been a thrilling ride, so much so that he sometimes sounds like one of his heroes, writes Jake Kerridge
President Goodluck Jonathan's tardy response to the TB Joshua tragedy is emblematic of the problems racking Africa's most populous state writes S'thembiso Msomi
Sub-Standard education remains the biggest stumbling block on the road to a successful society, writes Mamphela Ramphele
Deborah Cavendish, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire and the last of the six eccentric Mitford sisters, died on Wednesday. She was 94.
Deaf to a nail-biting debate, they varnish truth and nail
SA's transition offers lessons to Israelis and Palestinians, but cannot provide all the answers writes Arthur Lenk
'COMEDY," says Al Jean, "is very mathematical. Especially animation, with its precision and control."
A treatment center in Liberia cannot cope with the flood of pleading patients, writes Colin Freeman
Women have come a long way since Queen Elizabeth I pioneered power dressing. But they still have to watch what they wear writes Clare Coulson
Irene Stephanou's new play grapples with her usual themes but also dissects living with multiple sclerosis, writes Oliver Roberts
Reader's letters to Sunday times
Most 91-year-olds would probably consider it an achievement to get up in the morning, have a cup of tea and watch television. But Henry Kissinger, a former US secretary of state, decided it was a good age to produce a new book, in this case a 432-page door stopper, World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History.
Water shortages have caused panic in several Gauteng suburbs. Chris Barron asked University of Witwatersrand water expert and former director general of the department of water affairs Mike Muller...
Dave Rennie, who has died in Durban at the age of 53, was a master mariner who participated in a top-secret sanctions-busting operation at the height of apartheid to help the South African Navy acquire a much-needed ice-breaking replenishment vessel from the Soviet Union for use in the Antarctic.
Contrary to common perception, South Africa is run not by the president, the cabinet or parliament, but by an unelected cabal headed by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.
Achieving gender equality is as much men's work as it is women's, says actress Emma Watson
A group of black academics argue that university head Maax Price is taking a racist approach to appointments
We have had many high moments in our democracy. There have been some low moments too. The arms deal can be described as the moment when the new South Africa sank to a nadir. We lost our innocence and the repugnant smell of corruption is still present.
Both coaches predicted that the bench would have a huge influence on the outcome of this match and they were spot on, with the Springbok reserves making a huge impact after a heroic defensive effort by Australia.
Manchester United would have to fund a £14-million package to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo next English summer if they pursue a second attempt to lure the Real Madrid winger back to Old Trafford.
The Springboks' win yesterday was a victory for improvements in many areas that coach Heyneke Meyer has been working on - from strength in depth, fitness, adaptability and the willingness to attack.
There are sportsmen and women whose careers flicker fleetingly but, when they retire, they have made little impact in their sport.
Justin Rose sank a six-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole to give Europe a halve with unbeaten US rookie duo Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed in a Ryder Cup foursomes match yesterday.
Brand de Villiers is making headway at the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
It seems as though my uncle has to prepare for a pacemaker as his club of choice is putting him closer to a heart attack.
Dithering by Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits over participation in continental competition displays short-sightedness at the benefits they, and Bafana Bafana, could gain.
Alastair Cook spent the English summer ignoring calls for his resignation. But, not for the first time, he was given the total support of the selectors this week when they confirmed that he would captain the England side at the World Cup next year, describing him as a "unique leader".
Primer League leaders Chelsea conserved their three-point advantage by beating Aston Villa 3-0 yesterday, and Wayne Rooney was sent off as Manchester United edged West Ham.
Heyneke Meyer has ticked just about every box as Springbok coach, but there is one glaring and increasingly awkward hole on his résumé - a victory over the All Blacks.
Most coaches would sacrifice a limb to have strikers in scoring streaks as hot as those of Kermit Erasmus and Lehlohonolo Majoro, but not Orlando Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic, who seems reluctant to pair them up.
David Zulu delivered a goal worthy of winning any game as managerless Chippa United upset the odds in putting on a performance of guts and determination to beat Orlando Pirates at home in Port Elizabeth yesterday.
With three of the fastest men in history over the distance in the field, today's Berlin Marathon could see a world record set.
Former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has lifted the lid on his side's torrid World Cup campaign, revealing that players were counting thousands of dollars in cash just hours before their final match.
Bafana Bafana have had a fairly positive start to their 2015 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers, but a potential banana skin is in sight.
Steven Gerrard does not have the legs anymore ... Liverpool spent badly last English summer and they might struggle to finish in the top four, let alone be equipped for a title challenge.
Motorcycling legend Valentino Rossi arrives in Aragon this weekend on a twin mission - to win back-to-back MotoGPs for the first time since 2009 and make up further ground on runaway leader Marc Márquez.
Everywhere in the world there are boys who dream the dream, only to have it kicked down before they become men.
Bafana New FaceGood news for pacey Santos striker Fagrie Lakay
Being disabused of a notion is never pleasant if the idea is held dear. But sometimes it has to be done. This is one of those times: SA's franchise system is not as strong as it thinks it is.
Danny Jordaan doesn't want to be president for life - he just wants to extend his term by another year. And if his presidency is extended into extra time, he hinted that he plans to leave once it's up.
The Sharks did their semifinal aspirations a favour when they registered their second bonus-point win of the season with a 50-point battering of the Kings that was harder than the score suggested. The win took them to 25 points and swelled their points difference as permutations start coming into play.
A Grizzled local sagely remarked before kick-off that it doesn't rain in Kimberley, only around it.
It's a see-ball, hit-ball mentality. He hits. Bloody hard. But not often enough
As a political commentator, Power FM talkshow host, lecturer, author of two bestsellers and a master debater, it's usually Eusebius McKaiser's job to interrogate. With the roles reversed, he confeses to Asha Speckman about his lavish spending habits and why he would never buy a self-help book.
It's hard to say which was braver: producing an almost square phone, or calling it "Passport", as if to symbolise BlackBerry crossing the border into a happier future.
Pumeza Matshikiza has conquered Europe's opera stages. Next on her to-do list: invading the world's crossover charts. Marvin Meintjies met her in London
Stasha Jordan runs a different kind of dairy - she collects breast milk from mothers and donates it to babies in need. By Shanthini Naidoo
Look, I have nothing against faith. It was faith that 70 years ago prompted 76 men to dig a 102m tunnel to try to escape the brutal German Stalag camp. It's faith that fuelled the struggle against apartheid.
Anyone who has watched enough American legal dramas such as The Good Wife or good ol' Matlock from the bad ol' TV days will be aware of the expression, "badgering the witness".
Being a writer is the best excuse. Airline pilots can't eat a slab of chocolate and then tell people they're doing it to get the nuances right for when they have one of their characters do it later.
Pastor Mboro focuses on gynaecological issues among his gullible flock
The Times deputy picture editor Sizwe Ndingane captured these two fashion freaks, Maitele Netshimbupfe and Mulisa Khorommbi, known as the Fashion Rebels, in the Pretoria CBD.
It is a common complaint among pedants that most events described as "ironic" are merely unfortunate and not ironic at all.
Jeremy Thomas took an advanced driving course, and it moved him
Get with the game because it's here to stay - and it's not all bad, writes Yolisa Mkele
One LS reader will win a Nintendo 2DS gaming console and hamper worth R5000.
After an eight-month bike trek, including a spell behind bars, the groom fell for the girl he left behind. By Thembalethu Zulu
Fancy a bit of electrocution with your workout? Shanthini Naidoo gave it a try
Mashayabhuqe is giving maskandi a course of electro-shock therapy, writes Sandiso Ngubane
Oom Paul's money maker is looking after Cape leopards. By Peta Scop
Barhoppers are jonesing for an album by Lonesome Dave. It's coming soon - from his phone, writes Tiara Walters
Comix guru Andy Mason is opening a gallery in the wake of his wild new graphic novel, writes Carlos Amato
Wilbur Smith is outsourcing his lucrative toga-rippers. Andrew Donaldson offered to help
Renee Akitelek Mboya found the ghost of a smugglers' den in Mauritania
Sue de Groot tries to remember some of the most forgettable titles in movie history
Mitchell is back, slotting another big piece into the sprawling puzzle of his imagination, writes Bron Sibree
Why are we fascinated with rich kids and their mundane and self-indulgent lives? The setting of Cayleigh Bright's debut novel is beautiful Cape Town, but the soundtrack is the world's tiniest violin.
What do you give the men and women who have everything? Why, fine food and fine wine, of course.
Sri Lanka's Galle coast is, as John Gimlette discovers, wild, magical and exciting - especially with an eight-year-old in tow
It's tough in isolated places to make a tourist buck - but fighting spirit helps
Monique Pelser is a visual artist based between Cape Town and New York. An exhibition of her work is on at the Durban Art Gallery until October 26
SAA Holidays is offering a special New York deal.
Competitors are showered with coloured powder as they participate in the Colour Run in England's oldest seaside resort, in the south of the country.
Our travel expert answers queries on routes and destinations around the world
Peter Malherbe's advice on exchanging rands for Mauritian rupees (Peter's Post September 14) refers.
. was a summer in England and Scotland, writes Melissa Sutherland
Richard Spencer reveals the pros and cons of visiting this troubled country
Adrian Bridge reports on a new eco-tourism project in Peru
The divide between tourists and locals vanishes on a train ride in Madagascar. By Donal Conlon
Diana Wemyss takes a nibbling tour through the backstreets of Istanbul
From Morocco to Muscat, there is plenty of holiday fun in the Middle East, says Lizzie Porter
In six years, this accommodation site has become big business but do its bargains come at a price? Lizzie Porter investigates
Matthew Savides is fine about the cannibals but quaky with the horses on a weekend in the Northern Drakensberg
Travel news for people on the move
Try out these mouthwatering tender chicken recipes.
If anyone is going to settle the chicken-or-the-egg dilemma, Andrea Burgener, owner of The Leopard restaurant, is going to do a lot to persuade you it was the chicken.
'There's free range and there's free range," says free-range-egg producer Sue Oxborrow.
If ever there were a lechery-inducing section at my local supermarket, the pre-packed-chicken fridge, tucked behind the cut flowers and spice aisle, surely would be it.
Glen Chisholm of Claremont, Cape Town, makes simply delicious crunchies
Fun to eat, satay is a favourite Thai street food which can easily be replicated at home
Yom Kippur is among the holiest days on the Jewish calendar. Break the fast with hot, fresh babke, writes Sharon Lurie
Bryan van Niekerk crossed a few roads in search of ready-cooked chickens
This week Hayden Quinn learns about Zulu culture as he heads to Hluhluwe on his food adventure around South Africa.
Aperol is best described as Campari-lite. You can use Campari instead, but the dessert will have more bitterness.