Oscar is a liar

Revealed: Athlete denied being assaulted to save his image as Mr Clean, and also lied about his love affair with Reeva.

Dali Tambo linked to Mandela bust scandal

A Bronze bust meant to honour former president Nelson Mandela at parliament has become mired in controversy over irregular tender processes.

ANC concern over 'activist' lawyer's bias towards poor

Attorney's work for the indigent seen as potential problem by some in JSC.

Scourge of rats eats into municipal cash

The Norway rat - Rattus norvegicus - is proving to be a multimillion-rand headache for South African municipalities.

Zuma puts his money where his mouth is

'generous' president doles out cash on election campaign trail.

Minister orders an end to ring-fenced wards for the rich

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has instructed the Gauteng health department to open its controversial private wards at four state hospitals to all members of the public.

'Heartbleed' computer bug will rob you in a beat

South African internet users should change their passwords on all websites, particularly banking and financial institution sites. This warning comes after the world's biggest online security breach.

Old-age homes for whites, premier tells elderly

Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza says old-age homes are only for white people and must not be adopted by black South Africans.

Italian engineers held over gang rape

The gang rape of a teenage schoolgirl has rocked the ''quiet and peaceful" town of De Aar in the Northern Cape.

Shark turns tail, bites man

A fisherman was bitten by a 2m shark in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape yesterday while trying to drag it to the beach.

Private island for sale requires own barge

What would you pay for your own private island in the heart of the Eastern Cape's millionaires' playground?

Celebrity chef dishes up SA success story

She is 29, often referred to as South Africa's Nigella Lawson, and she hosts a cooking show that is beamed into millions of homes across the globe. But Cape Town celebrity chef Sibahle Mtongana is just getting started.

Gavel comes down for 'Oom Koos'

"Are you responsible for Murphy's Law?" Inkatha Freedom Party MP Koos van der Merwe asked High Court in Pretoria Judge John Murphy during his Judicial Service Commission interview this week.

Submarine to take on hunt for plane

There was no break in the air and sea search for the missing Malaysian airliner off Australia yesterday as Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned that locating flight MH370 would still likely take a long time.

Cash-shy consumers cut back medical aid

Thousands of South Africans are taking a gamble on their health insurance by switching to cheaper medical aid options.

Former DA chief says he defected to 'stick it to Zille'

Former Democratic Alliance Cape Town metro chairman Grant Pascoe, who defected to the ANC this week, has described party leader Helen Zille as "neurotic" and said his shock move was his way of "sticking it to her".

We scoop award for Pule probe

The Sunday Times' investigative team scooped second place in the 8th Taco Kuiper Awards for Investigative Journalism this week for a series of articles which forced former communications minister Dina Pule to resign.

Towering cheek as town rents out private land

Karoo municipality signs cellphone mast deal without a word to 60 owners of the site.

Bus stabbing victims critical

Four teenagers are in a critical condition after being stabbed on their school bus at Cedara, Pietermaritzburg, on Friday.

Now SABC bans DA radio ads

The DA and the SABC are embroiled in a new feud after the public broadcaster also banned the opposition party's radio adverts.

ANC can appeal DA SMS ruling

Acting Judge Mike Hellens yesterday granted the ANC leave to appeal his ruling that a Democratic Alliance SMS accusing President Jacob Zuma of stealing from the public was fair.

How Facebook makes you feel bad about yourself

Facebook creates "a perfect breeding ground" among women students for a poor body image, a study at a US university suggests.

Tennis champ's car controls foil hijackers

Lucas Sithole, the world's second-best wheelchair tennis player, is recovering at home after being thrown out of his vehicle during an attempted hijacking on Friday night.

US senate slates CIA for torture

The CIA's use of torture after the September 11 attacks did not provide useful intelligence to the agency and was "brutal and far worse" than was admitted to policymakers, according to the leaked conclusions of a US Senate investigation.

Rugby thieves to face punishment

A team of Argentine rugby players caught shoplifting in Cape Town have been suspended from their club following intervention by the Argentine government.

Chimps go ape in zoo breakout

Showing remarkable ingenuity, a band of chimps fled from a US zoo by turning a log into an ladder.

The special fury reserved for yesterday's hero

A world that once admired him will now not forgive Oscar Pistorius for his weaknesses, writes Sue de Groot

Hogarth: Zuma's farm favouritelays the manure on thick

In a normal society at election time, new and brilliant political stars often sparkle, giving a country a glimpse of a brighter future. But we are South Africans: we don't do bright and bright is not part of our political vocabulary.

Editorial: IEC should step in and stop ANC cheats using state cash

Like any other governing party elsewhere in the world, the ANC goes to the general election with an incumbency advantage.

Editorial: Costly flight to arrive at truth

A private jet, protection from the media, rapid processes once in court - these are some of the more theatrical aspects of British murder accused Shrien Dewani's extradition to South Africa this week.

Mampara of the week: Blade Nzimande

For someone whose nickname is Blade, our minister of higher education, general secretary of the South African Communist Party, member of the ANC's national executive committee and acknowledged intellectual is sometimes not very sharp.

Readers' Views: We cannot deduce 'abuse' from a few WhatsApp lines

I refer to Redi Tlhabi's piece, "When pain and cruelty wear love's sweet smile" (April 6), in which, echoing similar sentiments expressed on the letters pages of various newspapers, the conclusion is reached that Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp were in a toxic and abusive relationship.

Power Report: Courier delivers beer pot in 35 pieces

If you've ever caught a glimpse of baggage workers handling airline luggage, you'll probably wish you hadn't.

SA numbers guru hits cricket stats for a six

The Proteas may be faltering, but Andrew Samson is at the top of his game, with a major award to prove it

So many election voices, such a racket

Facilitating a political debate among 21 political parties, with their supporters as audience members, is not child's play.

Winds of change barely a breeze at Karoo arts fest

KKNK remains a predominantly white affair

Why reading is now a novel treat

According to a group of scientists and writers who have pompously named themselves the Slow Reading Movement, the internet is destroying our ability to read serious literature.

Fed up to the back teeth? No wonder life's such a grind

If modern life leaves you grinding your teeth in frustration, you are not alone. Dentists are recording increasing cases of involuntary teeth-grinding, known as bruxism.

Obituary: Mickey Rooney: Short, and short-tempered, movie star

Mickey Rooney, the actor who has died at the age of 93, was in the 1930s and 1940s the very image of how Americans liked to think of themselves - brash, energetic and eternally young.

South Africa has been betrayed

The ANC's economic choices have let down those who brought it to power.

SA needs to awake to the reality of HIV

New HIV infections among young South Africans (15 to 24 years old) have continued to decrease. The change is particularly driven by young women.

Dark magic takes on Kalashnikovs

Swarms of bees that blacken the sky. Deadly snakes sent sweeping through the long tropical grass. A drop of water that plummets from the bough of a tree, turning into a deadly projectile that can bore a hole in your enemy's skull.

Sacking Tlakula 'hasty and illegal', says Selfe

The Democratic Alliance will not support efforts by other opposition parties to have Independent Electoral Commission chairwoman Pansy Tlakula sacked.

DA spares no effort to showcase Maimane

Mmusi Maimane, Mamphela Ramphele and Julius Malema hit the campaign trail in their bid to be counted among the next generation of political powerhouses

Malema 'sorry' for Mbeki insults

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema went on a charm offensive in the Eastern Cape this week, seeking the endorsement of controversial Thembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo and former president Thabo Mbeki's mother, Epainette.

Agang leader plays the blame game

Agang's election campaign is failing to gain momentum and its leader, Mamphela Ramphele, blames everyone but herself for its shortcomings.

Awash with rose-tinted nostalgia, but where are the new ideas?

Election time can turn out to be something of a silly season. In their attempts to win votes, politicians tend to blurt out foolish things. The imbecility often gets drowned in the noise of the campaign.

Armed and dangerous, Glynnis is taking no prisoners

Lin Sampson meets the intrepid lawyer who is set for a career as a Democratic Alliance MP

Cultural commissars met their Waterloo in Abba

Forty years ago this week, a song was performed on stage at the Brighton Dome in the UK that changed the history of pop music.

The wild child who found peace at last as a mother

The sudden death of pop activist Bob Geldof's daughter, Peaches, at age 25 again casts a spotlight on the tumultuous and tragic family dramas into which she was born and raised.

Obituary: Joyce Mtimkulu: Resolute mother of tortured and murdered activist

Joyce Mtimkulu, who has died in Port Elizabeth at the age of 77, was the mother of Siphiwo Mtimkulu, who was tortured, poisoned and "disappeared" by the security police in 1982.

Obituary: Sue Townsend: Creator of beloved teen Adrian Mole

Sue Townsend, who has died aged 68, was the creator of Adrian Mole, the spotty, lovestruck teenager from Ashby-de-la-Zouch whose comic chronicles of myriad anxieties - political, intellectual, social, sexual - proved the publishing phenomenon of the 1980s and was turned into a successful television series.

Amakhosi leave it late

Chiefs scratch out a result against SuperSport like a chicken in the dirt

Sharks back on top after grinding down Lions

The Sharks reaffirmed themselves as the standard bearers in Super Rugby but not before the Lions took lumps out of them here last night.

Rodgers urges Kop to 'unleash' power on City

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could not have been more evocative in summing up the sense of destiny, history, and emotion at Anfield ahead of his club's most significant league game in 24 years.

Why SA rugby teams won't be heading north

South Africa can no longer look north for an alternative to Super Rugby.

Cheetahs no match for upbeat Crusaders

The  Cheetahs' outside chance of making the Super Rugby playoffs for a second successive season were reduced to a microscopic sliver when they slumped to a sixth defeat this season.

Fans go wild as Magakwe breaks 10-second barrier

Sprinter Simon Magakwe became a celebrity and was trending on Twitter yesterday after setting a 100m record at the SA Athletics Championships in Pretoria.

The Leading Edge: Contrast of two Proteas captains

When Graeme Smith lost a World Cup, he went to Ireland. When Faf du Plessis lost a World Cup, he came home to tell us how and why.

Ignore Mbalula's 60% black quota ploy

Members' End is surprised that so many people have taken Fikile Mbalula's decree of a 60% black quota in SA's teams so seriously.

Chiefs' runaway train hits go-slow

Not long ago Kaizer Chiefs were so kamikaze. They visited hell on the opposition as they went on a nine-match winning marathon.

Le Clos aims to etch his name in swim folklore

New crop of swimmers struggle to achieve Olympic times

Why cricket's old guard don't like Domingo

Russell Domingo spent many strong words at a press conference on Monday explaining his decision at the World T20 in Bangladesh, where SA fell at the first hurdle in the knockout stages for the 11th time in 15 global tournaments.

I know what I'm doing - Katongo

Zambian's quiet entry back into Mzansi sets tongues wagging about his affordability

Aiming for all-time greatness

He may be perched in the game's highest branches, but Crusaders captain Kieran Read is not looking down.

Mayambela hitting the right notes

South African soccer reject Mark Mayambela has defied the odds to become a hit, literally and figuratively, in Sweden.

Pitso's grand entrance takes centre stage

Pitso Mosimane arrived a few minutes late for the Mamelodi Sundowns v Orlando Pirates Nedbank Cup press conference at the PSL offices this week.

Spurs make a point

An injury time Christian Eriksen strike rescued a point for Tottenham Hotspur as they clawed back a three-goal deficit to draw 3-3 at West Bromwich Albion in a result which did few favours for either side.

Mo aims to break British record in first marathon

Double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah makes his eagerly anticipated marathon debut on home soil in London today, but faces tough opposition from world recordholder Wilson Kipsang, London course record-holder Emmanuel Mutai and last year's winner, Tsegaye Kebede.

Wenger's tactics upset players

Arsenal players believe that manager Arsène Wenger's refusal to work on the opposition has cost them a shot at the Premier League title.

Biscuit blackout as Eskom hits crisis

Gigaba and Gordhan locked in talks to rescue utility as R5bn austerity measures loom.

PIC boss fails to show his mettle

Masilela makes unconvincing bid to disown cartel proposal, writes Chris Barron

SA has little to fear as Nigeria shuffles statistics

News that Nigeria's economy is almost twice as big as previously thought, overtaking South Africa's as the continent's biggest, has sparked heated debate about whether it will also usurp South Africa's prominent role in the global arena and erode its appeal as an investment destination.

Naspers tumbles on valuation worries

South African stocks fell more than 1% on Friday, led by e-commerce and media group Naspers, which was hit by a global sell-off of technology shares on concern that valuations are overstretched.

The headache no one is prepared to treat

When Gold Turns to Rust SA faces major problems in closing down exhausted mines, writes Loni Prinsloo

Juniors struggle to unlock Barberton's promise

The gold fields of the Witwatersrand might be becoming depleted , but junior mining companies digging for gold in "the valleys and hills" of the Barberton area say they have plenty of the yellow metal left.

Will Telkom's turnaround work?

It seems Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko has let slip its turnaround strategy - but the big question is whether it can work.

The most for the many from telecoms

Telecoms operators collectively play an essential role in the progress of individuals, communities and nations.

SAB stalwart on how Miller got its froth back

The conference hall in downtown New Orleans was packed with thousands of Miller's distributors attending the annual strategy bash.

Massmart CEO to ride off into the sunset

Grant Pattison, best known for piloting the controversial R16.5-billion sale of 53% in the company that owns Game and Makro to the world's largest retailer Walmart in 2011, has called it quits.

Walmart's bet on Massmart misses spot

There must have been many times in the past few years that Massmart and Walmart executives secretly wished that Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel had succeeded in blocking Walmart's purchase of Massmart.

Sol Kerzner quits - but you haven't heard the last of him

Sol Kerzner is not retiring, even though the 78-year-old hotel magnate has sold out of the group that made him a global powerhouse and spawned some of the world's best-recognised hospitality brands.

Samsung takes the lead in SA

Samsung Electronics on Friday staked its most forceful claim yet to dominance of the premium smartphone market in South Africa, releasing its new flagship Galaxy S5 device in stores across the country.

JSE proposes raft of changes to AGM requirements

Annual general meetings of listed companies, which have largely been placid affairs, with more emphasis on the tea and sandwiches than company business, are set for a shake-up with new JSE listing requirements published this week and due to be implemented by year's end.

French can clock off for real after work

Along with their 35-hour working week, six weeks of paid leave and generous striking rights, some French workers can now also be grateful for the right to ignore bosses' e-mails after work.

Empty garage auctioned for nearly R10m

A disused garage with cracks in the walls and debris on the floor has become the most expensive to sell in Britain after it was bought at auction for more than half a million pounds.

Strategy shift planned at M&R

A year after being caught out in anti-competitive collusion on some of South Africa's biggest infrastructure projects, Murray & Roberts says it might be time for it to cut its exposure to civil construction work.

Goldman Sachs upgrades Truworths

Could retail stocks be finding their way back onto the buyers' list of investment banks after being sidelined for the best part of 16 to 18 months?

Top-secret mission down under

Woolies adopted code names to keep David Jones deal from prying eyes, writes Adele Shevel

Continental commuter

There is something intrinsically street smart about Ian Moir.

Finally, SA rogue banker gets jail

In one of the more alarming scandals to rock South African banking in recent years, a senior banker at Nedbank's Imperial Bank, who scored over R9-million in a multimillion-rand corrupt loans-for-favours scheme, has been sentenced to 19 years in jail.
Rob Rose

Last Word: BAT's risky strategy of smoke and mirrors

Every so often, a well-placed arrow splinters the myth that the corporate sector is immune from the sort of ethical breach that led to President Jacob Zuma's (unwitting) looting of state funds to build an overpriced home in Nkandla.

Nigeria's new GDP status is only on paper

So Nigeria is now Africa's biggest economy following the rebasing of its GDP, but does this actually mean anything?

The road beyond crony capitalism

Members of the South African business community who take up the challenge to engage publicly with the government are unlikely to meet the same fate as Russian or Chinese oligarchs such as Mikhail Khodorkovsky or Zhou Yongkang - with the complicated exception of Julius Malema.

This is the Business: Raising barriers to investment

Some pessimists describe South Africa as "Zimbabwe in slow motion". Of course, Jacob Zuma et al would prefer the pace to be quicker, desirous of the type of plutocracy under which our northern neighbours suffer.

Innovation favours function over form

Korea's Samsung Electronics began selling its latest flagship handset, the highly anticipated Galaxy S5, this week.

Fair hearing when SARS turns deaf ear

This month Minister Pravin Gordhan launched the office of the tax ombudsman, which will review and address complaints from taxpayers about service and procedural or administrative issues they encounter in their dealings with the South African Revenue Service. Brenda Peacock speaks to the new ombudsman, retired judge Bernard Ngoepe, about the role his office will play

Corruption Watch: Officials invoke imaginary 'rule'

My organisation has submitted two applications for information under the Promotion of Access to Information Act.
Jeremy Thomas

Bull's Eye: Sometimes it's best to do nothing

Four days removed from the clamour of news feeds, market tickers and analyst updates, and what do we see?

Profit-taking prods Greek yields higher

Greek bond yields rose on Friday as investors booked profits on the rally that preceded Greece's return to debt markets, with even its sought-after new five-year bond succumbing to selling pressure.

State pension fund wracked with internal backbiting

The country's biggest pension fund, the R1.3-trillion Government Employees Pension Fund, appears to be wracked with internal backbiting that has created a toxic atmosphere.

Size counts when you buy online

In the early dotcom years, it was felt that few people would buy clothes online because it was difficult to judge the size of a garment.

His own take on motivating waiters

Heart 104.9 FM breakfast show host Aden Thomas tells Jana Marais about tipping upfront and what if feels like to bail out one's bank manager.

A love for giving people a leg up

Setlogane Manchidi is the head of corporate social investment at Investec in South Africa. This qualifies social worker tells Margaret Harris that he may have wanted to be a lawyer when he was younger, but now he has found his true purpose.

Private equity helps drive African growth

Buried at the back of a recent study on private equity is a significant statistic.

How to study while you work (and why)

It may be hard to find the time and discipline to study while you work, but for many people a lack of funds or opportunity means they have to find work first and study later.
Arthur Goldstuck

Sign Post: Networks dawdle on the data front

The Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone that was launched in South Africa on Thursday night will test the savvy of mobile network operators in terms of data trends.
Matthew Lester

Tax Talk: SARS conjures rabbit out of hat

There are two major vulnerabilities in South Africa's tax system. Both stem from our past, and will always be with us.

Playing with matches

Niels Posthumus gave the casual dating app Tinder a bash. He didn't find true love or a sexual wonderland - but it felt pretty good

Photography: Beak house

Ballen's new vision is a bird-ridden riddle - and he doesn't know the answer, he tells Tymon Smith

Viewpoints: Staring down death feels better than barely living

The strongest urge in humans is the will to live. We're genetically wired to make choices that promote survival.

Sex: Strong, silent types

It takes all sorts. A woman in France is having regular sex with the Eiffel Tower. When she can't be there to straddle the struts of the steel structure in person, she shags a mini model-sized replica.

The Ecstacy Aunt

The other night my new boyfriend suggested we take up watersports.

Science: Say 'cheese'

A Frenchman with a very large camera and more than 100 bow-ties is revealing deep secrets about the 'Mona Lisa', writes Oliver Roberts

Excuse me while I top upmy heavenly hedge fund

I was driving to Durban when I arrived at the last toll, Marianhill plaza, and tried to swipe my card at the unmanned gate. Nothing. A good seven tries later - same result.

Give it horns!

The Safta Awards, Gallagher Estate, Midrand

Music: Home to roost

Tarryn Lamb went from restaurant singer to pop star - and back to smalltown girl

Spotlight: The unseen eye

Great photographers tend to want their work to be seen. Not so the eccentric nanny Vivian Maier, who walked the streets of 1950s New York, snapping superb images of outcasts and ordinary scenes - like the one above - and hid them all in a box.

Mind over madness

Jeremy Thomas's article ("Survival Course", April 6) read like fiction and non-fiction all in one. He definitely has the makings of a fabulous author.

Chicken? Or just terrified

The transatlantic flight is a popular setting for films, partly because it is a device that forces strangers to interact in an uncomfortable space, and partly because it cuts down on location costs.

Motoring: Guardian Angel

Bullets? Grenades? No problem - the new Audi A8L Security is here to serve and protect. At a price, of course ...

No more cakes and ale

Dear Tim Noakes. Are you Timothy, Timoteo, or Timeus? Perhaps you are Timnath, which means "forbidding". But you choose Tim. You have carved the crusts off your name and thrown them away, in the same way as you seek to trim the dough from our diets.

Prepare to meet your mocha

Will that morning cuppa kill you or cure you? Depends who you ask, finds Leigh-Anne Hunter

The moment: Bling the bliss

A stampede of idea-hunting brides hit The Wedding Expo last weekend. Thembalethu Zulu was there, and noted some trends Photographs SARAH BUITENDACH

Rome: a grand tour for the 21st century

Nick Trend goes to Rome to retrace the steps taken by English nobles 250 years ago

In Transit: Istanbul and Rome are tops

Travel news for people on the move

Accidental Tourist: She seeks sea shells

Sometimes the hunt for that special memento can occupy the whole holiday

My Kind of Holiday: Mathew Gold

Mathew Gold received a 2014 SAMA nomination for his song 'No Ordinary Guy'.

Peter's Post: Venice's welcoming nuns

We are considering staying in a convent in Venice to cut down on accommodation costs. Can you make some recommendations? - Raymond Trisser.

Where in the world?

Guests dine at the state banquet given this week by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in honour of Irish President Michael Higgins at one of her official residences.

Off the shelf: Pompeii splendour

This look at the ruined town, through some of its more interesting visitors, is crammed with telling details and entertaining snippets. By Chloe Chard

Reader competition

The Sunday Times, in conjunction with Jonathan Ball publishers, is offering readers the chance to win a weekend away for two - or a copy of On Route .

Writers' Block: The rot spreads

Paul Ash's comments in "Why I don't go to Mozambique" (Travel Weekly, April 6) were spot on and could just as easily apply to any of our neighbours, from Lesotho to Swaziland to Zimbabwe.

Local Destination: In the market for ...

Shelley Seid goes shopping for some fun at the nine markets of Warwick

Travellers' Tales: Rwandan wonderland

Looking beyond its troubled history, Kim Harrisberg discovers the friendly face and natural splendour of a gorgeous country

72 hours in Burundi

Kim Harrisberg makes the most of her three-day visa to explore this mystery destination

Food Destination: The golden gourmet

London chef Vivek Singh offers an eating guide to Jaipur, the Golden Triangle city where he honed his Indian-cooking skills

News: Culture crash

As the fighting in Syria enters its fourth year, Lizzie Porter reports on the damage to the country's tourism industry

Beauty Spot: Belles and survivors

Half the appeal of watching the Masters golf tournament on TV is the glorious backdrop. That's why Georgia is on Kathy Arnold's mind

Weekend Escape: Pitch perfect

Paul Ash falls for the big attractions at a tented camp in the Thornybush Game Reserve

Agent's Alert! 7 nights crusing the Med from R10699 pps

Princess Cruises is offering seven luxurious nights on board the new Regal Princess, sailing from Venice to Barcelona.

Readers' Corner: Wild walking

Liz Gow spent a week on foot in Pondoland

Sweet centre: just say yes

Indulge in five of the most delicious sins

Rumblings: Too sweet to be sinful

My affinity for confectionery was inevitable. I'm convinced it is hereditary, because I come from a long line of chocolate lovers on my mother's side.

Grill Hills: 13 April 2014

Is it possible to make matzos at home?- Glynnis, Cape Town

Wine of the week: Death by watermelon

Just for you, because it's nearly Easter and the theme of this issue is chocolate, I opened a bottle of Boland Cellar's Cappupinoccinotage 2012 (R45).

On the hop: Chocolate Cream, Copperlake Breweries, RRP R18-R25

As many homebrewers know, putting chocolate into a beer can be a difficult process to get right.

Alison's Homegrown: Chock full of choccie beans

The cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, has its origins in South and Central America and can be traced back to the Mayan civilisation.

Tonight's Supper: 13 April 2014

Braised lamb shanks with chocolate sauce

The Restaurant: The Patisserie, Illovo

Reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a kid is the equivalent of reading Fifty Shades of Grey today: a gluttonous, porny festival of jealousy with some lucky bastard doing all the stuff you wished your mom would let you do, while at the same time imparting a moral lesson of some kind.

The Producers: Bunny breeder

Easter wouldn't be the same without Kees Beyers, writes Shanthini Naidoo

Bites to bank on

Alan Clegg came to South Africa from the UK as an investment banker.

This guy walks into a bean

The DV stands for absolutely dee-vine, writes Richard Holmes

Spicy endings: Choc-cross buns

Just when you thought hot-cross buns couldn't get any better, Raphaella Frame-Tolmie had the inspired idea of adding cocoa

'Gay pigs' cleric probed

A derogatory column by a Muslim cleric that equated homosexuals to pigs and mules is being investigated by the South African Human Rights Commission.

Cartoonist not amused by double theft

Two robberies in one week has forced cartoonist Nanda Soobben "back to the drawing board".

Online courting site helps the lonely to click

Lonesome singles have a new online dating website where they can look for their perfect match. Avish Bhogal, 35, from Johannesburg, launched vivah.co.za to broaden people's options.

Residents respond to innovative criminals

Residents in an area of Chatsworth are resorting to drastic measures in an attempt to secure their families and homes against innovative criminals.

Palatable opening for burger joint

It was a meat-and-greet like no other when Burger King launched its first - and, for the time being, only - outlet in Durban this week.

Lively chat after dip into history of trade in Africa

South Africa's rich trade history was explored during a function at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand on Wednesday.

Moments of grace on Mauritian temple tour

Once a year, the island of Mauritius comes alive with religious fervour.

SA gives TV star her golden chance

Queen of bling Ayushi Chhabra sparkles as brightly as her costume jewellery when the camera is on her.

Dad builds fun vehicle for 'hero' son

Filmmaker David Dhawan has, during the past 20 years, delivered family entertainment with some of the biggest stars, including Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Govinda and a list of successful heroines.

No faulting the chemistry as pair reprise their roles

It's official: Sanjay Leela Bhansali has confirmed the lead cast for his dream project, Bajirao Mastani.

Back to the future comedy that whole family can enjoy

Television presenter turned actor Sivakarthigeyan takes a giant leap forward with his latest film, Maan Karate.

'Desperate rivals remove MF posters'

With just more than three weeks to go until the general elections, the "dirty tricks" have started.

Daughter follows in her doctor dad's footsteps

A Durban family can boast of having two doctors in the house following the simultaneous graduation this week of father and daughter Kantharuben and Reshania Naidoo from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Remember when SA was reborn?

Do you remember voting in South Africa's first democratic elections in April 1994?

'Minorities can bring about change'

Debbie Nundhkumar and her son, Ashley, live in the middle-income suburb of Avoca in Durban. They tell Santham Pillay about their election concerns.

Mother and son eager to make their mark

Sandton businesswoman JJ Mathura and her son, Shadadh, shared their views on the upcoming elections.

'We vote every year but don't get results'

Siphiliselwe Makhanya visited a family in the impoverished suburb of Welbedacht, in the heart of Chatsworth, to talk about the polls

Get out and do something new in your life

I've been on a mission recently to do one new thing every week that excites me and adds value to my life.

Halaal chicken in a non-sharia country

The article titled "Chicken fatwa hearing rescheduled" (April 6) caused consternation among our constituents who, without necessarily understanding the full import of the article, were upset by the headline, which was misleading.

Theatre doyen to be honoured

South African theatre doyen Ronnie Govender's contribution to local arts will be recognised with an honorary doctor of technology in arts and design degree by the Durban University of Technology on Wednesday.

A surprise -- and public -- proposal

It took two weeks of chatting on the phone before Neilen Vengan and Prisantha Moodley finally decided to meet in the flesh.

Phoenix Ford fanatic's finest car

The Ford brand got under car enthusiast Ravesh Devnund's skin when he was still in nappies.
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1 month R100.00   R69.33** $2.99***
3 months R300.00 R173.30*    
6 months   R346.60*    
1 year   R693.20* R831.96**  

* This includes the weekday e-edition of The Times. However, you can choose to subscribe to receive only the The Sunday Times e-edition.

** This includes the weekday newspaper edition of The Times. However, you can choose to subscribe to receive only the The Sunday Times newspaper edition.

*** Apple charges in US Dollars ($) but your account will be debited in Rands. This payment will recur.


Online Access

What is Sunday Times online access?
Sunday Times content from the newspaper is available here on Times LIVE. This quality journalism which South Africa has come to expect for over 100 years comes at a price. It is discounted on this website as not all parts for the newspaper are available. Should you wish to view the articles you will pay for and read, they are all listed on this page (picture and headlines).

What if I am a subscriber to the newspaper edition?
Currently it is not possible for print subscribers to get access to this content. This subscription is separate to your newspaper subscription until further notice.

What is the process to get Online Access?
  1. You will need to Register for an Account on the website.
    This is in order for the website to recognise you.
  2. Then you will login and select your subscription option.
    You can initially select a 1 month or three month period.
  3. You will then pay via credit card. We will make other payment options available in time.
  4. You will then login again, and the website will give you access to all the articles on the Sunday Times page (click and read).
  5. You will be emailed a password. Please keep this handy should you need to re-enter.

If I've paid on one computer, how can I view it on another computer, or device?
Sunday Times Online Access is best viewed on a personal computer or tablet device. The mobile version (m.timeslive.co.za) will not run Sunday Times content for the time being.

HELP: I have a payment problem or cannot remember my password or it won’t let me in.
Please email help@sundaytimes.co.za and we will attend as soon as possible.


What is the E-edition?
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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