Prison officials rolled out the red carpet for South Africa's most famous new inmate this week, ensuring a cushy welcome.
Prime-Time DramaStorm at independent station e.tv over claims of political interference as old comrades fall out
Madonna has given her social-media blessing to a 26-year-old Italian nun's cover of her 1984 hit Like a Virgin.
Queen Elizabeth II has sent the first royal tweet under her own name to declare the opening of a telecommunications gallery at the Science Museum in London.
Some of South Africa's top sports personalities and business leaders passed through the country's private schools.
A man who repeatedly raped his two daughters for almost 10 years failed in his attempt to appeal against his conviction and life sentence in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein last month.
As THE Eastern Cape Bar Council's case against Mandela lawyer David Smith slowly fell apart yesterday, Madiba's eldest daughter, Makaziwe, insisted it had targeted the wrong person.
Parliament’s ad hoc committee on Nkandla should ask President Jacob Zuma to provide cogent reasons why he should not comply with the public protector's recommendations, if it wants to avoid a legal challenge to its decisions.
Girls be warned: next time a guy tries to chat you up in a bar or a coffee shop, he may just be on dating training.
Zimbabwe's ruling party could be heading for a devastating split as bickering between rival factions jostling to succeed ageing President Robert Mugabe escalates ahead of a key congress.
A chef at an exclusive game lodge told a woman he had just raped that he would have to kill her because he didn't want to spend time in prison for the crime.
In the same week that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said the public sector wage bill needed to be reined in, parliament allowed for the addition of four more whips.
At least two new complaints of assault have been opened against the Cape Town cyclist who was arrested this month for allegedly beating a woman he says he mistook for a prostitute.
Ukuthwala, the practice of forced marriage, was described in the high court in Cape Town this week as a "fun escapade" for young lovers and likened to Romeo and Juliet.
IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi is embroiled in a row with the KwaZulu-Natal government over his "bantustan" house in Zululand.
Pro-Democracy protesters in Hong Kong will hold a public referendum today to vote on whether to accept conciliatory offers from the government as the city-wide demonstrations continued into their fourth week.
You might be sitting on a ticking time bomb, say medical experts who warn that perching on your posterior for hours could slice two years off your life.
A US student who had issued chilling warnings on Twitter opened fire in a school cafeteria at the start of the weekend, killing at least one person and critically injuring three before taking his own life.
Iran yesterday hanged a woman convicted of murdering a former intelligence officer she claimed had tried to sexually assault her, defying international appeals for a stay of execution.
President Jacob Zuma's architect says the government instructed him to design security upgrades for Nkandla that would be of the same standard as those at the Union Buildings and other official presidential residences.
A man waiting to stand trial for raping his young daughter was released on free bail by a magistrate, even though he already had convictions for rape and violent crimes.
Whether choosing a hairstyle or a business partner, Marcel Golding is not afraid to stand out in a crowd.
It is an unexpected delight, right in the heart of Hillbrow in Johannesburg.
Philani Mavundla, the KwaZulu-Natal businessman who wants to pay President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla debt, has asked public protector Thuli Madonsela to tell him how much Zuma owes so that the debt can be settled.
She has met Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder - but exactly when that was, Hilda Tloubatla is hard-pressed to recall.
Her closet is no doubt bursting at the seams, but being a first-time mom has encouraged Jo-Ann Strauss to add another designer line to her collection.
They've told us to pay up or burn those e-tags. So we asked them if they've put their money where their mouths are, and here's what some of Gauteng's major opponents and drivers of the controversial e-tolling system had to say:
Botswana's ruling party was leading in most local council constituencies as general election results trickled in yesterday, but opposition parties made a strong showing in the capital.
Small classes, access to the latest technology, top-quality teachers and picturesque environments.
The existence of a top-secret South African satellite was unwittingly revealed in parliament this week.
Gerrie Nel is ready to take on Oscar Pistorius again and this time he's prepared to call for back-up.
The sexy divas of Las Vegas are slugging it out in the fight for the biggest salary as they take casino city by storm.
A woman who was raped twice at gunpoint by a policeman in the cells of a police station, found no one to believe her: the officer was cleared in a disciplinary inquiry and the director of public prosecutions refused to charge him.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa is as good as expelled from Cosatu.
Johannes Sebela died on a quiet Johannesburg street this week and his body was left there for almost 10 hours before it was taken to a mortuary.
Residents of the small Canadian city of Cold Lake gathered at the start of the weekend to scrub away hate messages that had been scrawled in paint on the walls of a mosque and replace them with posters reading "Love your neighbour" and "You are home".
Kenyans are expressing anger and shock on social media and radio stations about US evangelist Pat Robertson's warning on a recent TV broadcast that towels in Kenya could transmit HIV/Aids.
Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to West Africa by mid-2015, the World Health Organisation said this week, after a new case of the virus was reported in New York and a two-year-old girl died in the first case in Mali.
David Cameron furiously rejected a demand from Brussels for more than €2-billion (about R27.7-billion) in backdated charges at a summit this week, setting up a new showdown over Britain's place in the EU.
He is regarded as one of the world's foremost conflict photographers, has won numerous awards, and his and his fellow South African photographers' exploits were chronicled in a book and a film - "all that Bang Bang bullshit", as he calls it.
Last week's column on restaurant tipping hit a nerve with readers.
My son has started talking like a prepschool boy from the 1940s . He begins his sentences with: "I say!" When things go wrong, he says "Bother!" or even "Blow!" Matters are sometimes "beastly", sometimes "splendid", occasionally "jolly mysterious".
In the not too distant past it was often said of Western Province, and indeed the Stormers, that they are too defence-orientated to transform themselves from contenders to champions.
When AB de Villiers needed an example to help him illustrate the compliment he was trying to pay one of his players on Friday, he found what he was looking for sitting right next to him.
Anthony Laffor's days at defending Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns are numbered and the lanky Liberian could be heading for the exit before his contract expires.
Bafana Bafana have shot up the Fifa rankings by 10 spots. So what? Must we now swing on branches like Tarzan to celebrate the move from 67 to 57?
Louis van Gaal has claimed his "iron shield" will protect him from Jose Mourinho's psychological warfare as he prepares to expose his Manchester United team to the acid test of their progress against Chelsea.
Manchester City's Premier League title chances suffered a huge blow while West Ham United's unlikely Champions League hopes received a boost as the champions were defeated in an exhilarating encounter.
Saturday in the Park Another big day in SA soccer set to raise the pulse of millions
Portia Modise's 14-year Banyana Banyana career, which took shape at the 2000 African Women's Championship hosted by SA, is a story filled with ups and downs.
Former middle-distance star Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, who died in a road crash early on Friday morning, possessed an iron will that helped him become one of South Africa's most decorated athletes of all time.
Sometimes you have to wonder whether AB de Villiers's initials stand for something other than Abraham Benjamin. Something like Absolutely Brilliant. Tuesday was one of those times. And Friday as well.
Mamelodi Sundowns scraped through to the semifinals of the Telkom Knockout with this win against struggling AmaZulu last night, but there's a missing ingredient in coach Pitso Mosimane's team.
Luis Suarez's Barcelona debut ended in defeat as Real Madrid cut the gap on the La Liga leaders to just a point as they came from behind to win El Clasico 3-1 yesterday.
Look closer at the pictures of Cristiano Ronaldo's goal celebration at Anfield and you glimpse an astonishing sight. No, not his knee-slide, choreographed perfectly for the lenses around the corner flag, but the expressions on the faces of the Liverpool fans around him.
After two matches of their one-day series in New Zealand, SA know that Quinton de Kock can keep wicket, that AB de Villiers can bowl, that Rilee Rossouw's luck is poisoned, and that their bowlers remain mean as junkyard dogs.
40 years ago, Muhammad Ali stunned the world
David Nyathi, arguably the best left back to play for Bafana Bafana, believes there is a case to call up Tsepo Masilela or Patrick Phungwayo to the national squad for next month's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to bolster a problem position.
It was not only Clive Barker who lavished praise on the talent shown by Themba Zwane.
Mamelodi Sundowns are close to completing an audacious R15-million swoop for Orlando Pirates' midfield maestro Oupa "Ace" Manyisa right under his club's nose.
Western Province claimed their 33rd Currie Cup title after surviving a second half fightback by the Golden Lions in a gripping encounter yesterday.
SuperSport United edged a fast-paced cup tie to book their place in the Telkom Knockout semifinals.
A French doctor who treated Michael Schumacher after a skiing accident that nearly killed him has said the Formula One star may recover within three years.
Jose Mourinho made him mentally tough, Louis van Gaal banished his injury nightmares, but it is Pep Guardiola who has given Arjen Robben his place in football paradise.
Mario Balotelli is fighting for his Liverpool future, with a January exit possible unless his form improves dramatically.
Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Arsenal beat Sunderland 2-0 at the Stadium of Light yesterday, ensuring that veteran manager Arsene Wenger avoided making it his worst start to a Premier League season.
This can only be about the ego of a few men running West Indies cricket, a once great cricketing force now humbled once more by internecine strife.
Banyana Banyana's World Cup dream was cruelly crushed six minutes from time when Guehai Ida's goal proved to be the difference between SA and Ivory Coast.
A team of dreamers want to adorn the Great Karoo with a 66-hectare South African flag, using a palette of millions of succulents, cacti and solar panels. The message to frackers & cynics will be hard to miss, writes Kevin Bloom
This scene was captured by photographer Thulisile Dlamini in Mbuzweni, near Ladysmith, last week, where she went on a news assignment.
Durban boy Grant "Twiggy" Baker surfed into the hall of fame when he won the 2013-14 ASP Big Wave World Tour, the mother of all surfing contests.
During our cave-dwelling days, the smartest members of society amassed great wealth and power by claiming credit for phenomena ranging from the rising of the sun and the moon to the arrival of the rainy season.
If you're not getting lucky on Earth, there's always Mars, writes Leigh-Anne Hunter
I was home recently. During my time there, one of the topics that seemed to come up frequently was the story of Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries and his petrol-drinking congregation.
You reach a point when you think you've finally got a handle on it all.
Our motoring man trades nomex for Lycra and experiences the other side of Porsche
She's totes into handbags, and walked down the aisle with her Chihuahua. He's big in the shoe biz, and just as nuts about pets. It was meant to be.
As the sun fades behind the granite tops of an Indian Ocean archipelago, a warm breeze teases the calm azure water.
Nobody knows whether he abused Dylan Farrow, but I know this is distasteful
Here's a more family-friendly Halloween offering. Monster House is good for a few reasons.
Let's round up some good horror movies for Halloween, starting with this one.
This is one of the many channels hopping on the Halloween bandwagon, and its primary offering is the popular horror crime series inspired by everyone's favourite fictional cannibal, Hannibal Lecter.
This very English series swept the Baftas and a clutch of other awards - deservedly so. With the 25th anniversary of the iconic Twin Peaks coming up, the idea of a small, seemingly idyllic town with a close-knit community hiding dirty secrets is hardly new, but none the less intriguing.
Melodramatic morality tale is overwrought and overlong, but still a thing of beauty, writes Sue de Groot
These tech-wiz toddlers are amazing, but we can't afford to leave them to it, writes Shanthini Naidoo
Raised in an Msinga mud hut, Alcock has written a gleaming assegai of a memoir, writes Rian Malan
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MURPHY'S Law dictates that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. It is the law that governs the fall of a slice of bread that has slipped from the grasp of someone with butterfingers.
There is more to Morocco than tagines and carpet sellers, writes Paul Ash
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Hindu priests put the finishing touches to a rangoli - a mural made of coloured powders - at a temple ahead of the Diwali festival celebrations in this city in western India. The largest city in Gujarat province and the fifth-largest in India, it is also the site of the country's second-oldest stock exchange.
The rich and famous love Venice but, as Anne Hanley reveals, lesser mortals than George Clooney can find plenty to do in the city for free
It's coffee, but not as we know it. In Ho Chi Minh City, Nicola Graydon learns to love the drink that fuels a nation
Graham Nelson feels the joy of travelling across a continent full of magic and surprise
There should be no bawling pass for a baby at 10000m, writes Allison Pearson
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It's hard to beat the Breedekloof for beauty as well as best-value wines, writes Joanne Gibson
September winner: It's one thing to spot a great moment in the bush. It's quite another to be poised and skilled enough to turn it into a compelling visual story.
After years of isolation, Bogotá is welcoming travellers once again, says Chris Moss
After years of isolation, Bogotá is welcoming travellers once again, says Chris Moss