June drops Reeva 'no sex' bombshell

June Steenkamp, in a moving memoir, claims her daughter Reeva never had sex with boyfriend Oscar Pistorius.

Old folks' hell at home of horrors

Fifteen residents of a fly-by-night old-age home in Cape Town have died in the past five months amid allegations of gross neglect.

Privileged pupils with a matric worth a million

Wealthy South African parents are spending big to get their kids the best education money can buy

It's Brackenfell to Bollywood for this pair of Cape beauties

Two Cape Town sisters are making a name for themselves in the movie business - in Bollywood.

Roll out the red carpet!

Prison officials rolled out the red carpet for South Africa's most famous new inmate this week, ensuring a cushy welcome.

Rupert 'backs Golding' as meddling row rattles e.tv

Prime-Time DramaStorm at independent station e.tv over claims of political interference as old comrades fall out

Madonna loves listening to the nun

Madonna has given her social-media blessing to a 26-year-old Italian nun's cover of her 1984 hit Like a Virgin.

Queen sends her first tweet

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.

Achievers in a class of their own

Some of South Africa's top sports personalities and business leaders passed through the country's private schools.

No reprieve for dad who raped daughters

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.

Bar council case against Mandela lawyer falling apart

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.

SABC ruling shows way on Nkandla

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.

Lift your game! Work your lines! It's pick-up time

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.

Grace 'power play' rocks Zanu

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.

Judge shocked at let-off for rapist

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.

Parliament whips it up as new coach is hitched to gravy train

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.

New claims of assault for 'Swim'

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.

Forced marriage meant as a 'Romeo and Juliet escapade'

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.

Homeland house still mine, says Buthelezi

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi is embroiled in a row with the KwaZulu-Natal government over his "bantustan" house in Zululand.

Hong Kong protesters call vote

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.

Sitting is the new smoking

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.

School shooter kills one, himself

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.

No clemency for Iranian killer

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.

In Brief

In Brief:

Top brass gave orders, says Zuma architect

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.

Magistrate's ruling a free pass to prey on children

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.

Road to riches forks sharply for former union comrades

Whether choosing a hairstyle or a business partner, Marcel Golding is not afraid to stand out in a crowd.

Proud harvest in the heart of the city

It is an unexpected delight, right in the heart of Hillbrow in Johannesburg.

'Sponsor' wants Thuli to give bank details

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.

Singing gogo leads the Queens to Paris

She has met Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder - but exactly when that was, Hilda Tloubatla is hard-pressed to recall.

Change a nappy, change the world

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.

Amid bluster and bravado, who among who's who has a tag?

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:

Ian Khama faces tough poll challenge

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.

Music, ambience - all part of the deal

Small classes, access to the latest technology, top-quality teachers and picturesque environments.

Satellite 'secret' slips out

The existence of a top-secret South African satellite was unwittingly revealed in parliament this week.

Nel gears up for round two in Oscar case

Gerrie Nel is ready to take on Oscar Pistorius again and this time he's prepared to call for back-up.

Divas slug it out for Vegas jackpot

The sexy divas of Las Vegas are slugging it out in the fight for the biggest salary as they take casino city by storm.

Civil claim lays bare horror in cells

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.

Numsa set to exit Cosatu despite ANC's pleading

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa is as good as expelled from Cosatu.

Brother's pain as body left for 10 hours

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.

Mosque walls carry hatred, love

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".

US preacher in Kenya Aids shock

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.

Hope that vaccine will halt Ebola

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.

Angry Cameron vows not to pay new EU bill

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.

The true and abiding legacy of Nkandla

eMarking a place rich in history, Nkandla's name should be revered, not reviled, says S'thembiso Msomi

The Power Report: This scarecrow was no barrel of laughs

The collection of quirky scarecrows outside a popular Western Cape farm stall are billed as the "friendliest this side of anywhere".

Stories behind the images that bring a photographer alive

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.

Consumer Forum

Last week's column on restaurant tipping hit a nerve with readers.

Jolly splendid to see my son taking to Enid Blyton

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".

Province sink Lions

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.

AB's Proteas in smashing form

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.

Divorce on the cards for Pitso and Laffor

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.

Fifa rankings? Who gives a bloody Tarzan! Seriously now, Shakes

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?

Face Off: Van Gaal vs Mourinho

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.

Hammers hold on to beat Man City in a thriller

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.

This is your captain speaking

Saturday in the Park Another big day in SA soccer set to raise the pulse of millions

Milestones that made Portia a legend

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.

Mulaudzi: a man of talent and iron will

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.

Play that funky music, white boy

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.

Downs struggle past AmaZulu into last four

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.

Biter Suarez's return ends indefeat

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.

Ronaldo's wizardry tears apart teams and records

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.

Damn fine cricket, but killer blow is lacking

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.

An Absolute Knockout

40 years ago, Muhammad Ali stunned the world

Bolstering left back could take Bafana to next level

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.

Zwane's rising star poised to shine on

It was not only Clive Barker who lavished praise on the talent shown by Themba Zwane.

Sundowns' R15m plan to grab Manyisa

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.

Catrakilis boots Coetzee's men to Cup victory

Western Province claimed their 33rd Currie Cup title after surviving a second half fightback by the Golden Lions in a gripping encounter yesterday.

SuperSport send Wits packing in action-packed game

SuperSport United edged a fast-paced cup tie to book their place in the Telkom Knockout semifinals.

Schumi on the long road to recovery

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.

Robben is in soccer heaven at Guardiola's Bayern

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.

Balotelli's Liverpool future in doubt

Mario Balotelli is fighting for his Liverpool future, with a January exit possible unless his form improves dramatically.

Sanchez sparks vital win for the Gunners

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.

Windies in ruin for a few dollars more

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.

Last-ditch goal snuffs Banyana's World Cup dream

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.
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Finer details pave the road to holiday heaven

Travel consultant Johanna Mmesi tells Margaret Harris that she loves SMSes from clients thanking her for organising them their best holiday ever' - but also appreciates complaints, because she learns from them.

Twin deals catapult Northam onto the A-list

PAUL Dunne, the CEO of platinum group Northam, is eyeing new platinum group metals (PGM) assets after raising more than R4-billion during a ...

Dippenaar's advice from a life in business

IN two days, the overall winner of the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies award will be crowned in Johannesburg.

Behind Ketso's dramatic exit

Foord Asset Management sent a formal demand for a shareholders' meeting to troubled cement giant PPC on Friday - a day after Richard Tomes, joint managing director of the group's South African business, confirmed his resignation.

Post office director lifts lid on 'board rot'

The meltdown at the South African Post Office, where a strike now in its 11th week continues to disrupt mail delivery, has spread to the top echelons, with the first resignation of a director this week.

Band-Aid budget over in under 45 minutes

FINANCE Minister Nhlanhla Nene made it all the way to the conclusion of his maiden mini budget speech before someone shouted "pay back the money".

Taste of bad debt sours winelands

Here's a story that has been doing the rounds in farming circles in the Ceres wine district about the plague of unsecured lending in the Western Cape.

Tight squeeze balancing books as Nene broaches the taboo of privatisation of parastatals

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has broached the taboo subject of privatisation with a frank explanation of why his government wants to enlist private-sector help in its bid to haul state-owned enterprises (SOEs) back from the brink of disaster.

Treasury faces tough choices on tax increases

SPECULATION is swirling over what the Treasury will do to raise R44-billion in additional tax revenue over the next three years - without inflicting too much pain on a fragile economy.

Possible $5bn loss for Berkshire a drop in the ocean

SHARP drops recently in prices of many shares held by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway have hammered the sprawling conglomerate's equity portfolio.

The future of gaming companies is bright

FORMER French president Georges Pompidou may have been right in saying that gambling was one sure way to ruin people, but it represents a rich vein of profit for investors who take a punt on the gaming companies themselves.

From pizzas to diamonds, Taste has an outlet

Taste Holdings has often been asked how a jewellery unit fits into a food group's strategy.

Clicks eyes new stores as sales keep tills ringing

CLICKS Group is ploughing ahead with plans to open up to 25 new Clicks stores .

This has raised ...

Sun International deals itself new hand

SUN International, South Africa's second-largest casino and resort operator, is undergoing significant change after years of underperformance.

Not a relative of 'Top Billing' types

Musical comedian and writer Deep Fried Man offers Malcolm Rees a fresh and frank opinion on what money means and why it matters

A better way to deal with 'free' services

CELLULAR operators around the world are grappling with how to deal with over-the-top or OTT companies, offering everything from WhatsApp to Skype using the existing network infrastructure.

Spotlight to fall on Basson's pay at AGM

Despite foregoing a pay rise this year, Shoprite CEO Whitey Basson's salary is likely to come under the microscope at the retail giant's AGM in Cape Town this week.

Taste of bad debt sours winelands

Unsecured lenders sow seeds of misery among farmworkers

Behind Ketso's dramatic exit

Foord Asset Management sent a formal demand for a shareholders' meeting to troubled cement giant PPC on Friday - a day after Richard Tomes, joint managing director of the group's South African business, confirmed his resignation.

Move to healthier eatingcuts fat at Coke, McDonald's

The US may be the spiritual home of junk food, but profits at McDonald's and Coca-Cola are plunging amid signs that US customers want healthier fare.

Dippenaar recognised at Top 100

IN TWO days, the winner of the 2014 Sunday Times Top 100 Companies award will be crowned in Johannesburg.

Keeping it in the family ...

IF YOU were looking desperately for some tenuous link between the two corporate dramas of the day, you might eventually have stumbled across the Shaik family.

Post office director bails out

THE meltdown at the South African Post Office, where a strike now in its 11th week continues to disrupt mail delivery, has spread to the top echelons, with the first resignation of a director this week.

Investors rush into Ellies as Golding falls

RIPPLES from the boardroom row at Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI), which led to the suspension of chairman Marcel ...

Does Quantum deserve all the rotten eggs?

Quantum Foods was one of this year's least promising new listings. Pioneer Foods's unwanted poultry business took its first trade on the JSE at about 500c/share before a rush for the exit pushed it towards 300c. Giulietta Talevi spoke to CEO Hennie Lourens about the lack of market love.

Another good story to tell? Oh well, let's see...

LOWER growth rates and a higher ratio of debt-to-GDP were two of key economic numbers that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's medium-term budget ...

Code may end attachment spree

THE National Credit Act came into force in 2007, supposedly "to promote and advance the social and economic welfare of South Africans and promote a fair ... and accessible credit market and industry".

'Put blame on outside forces, not ineptitude'

'Sabotage' The job of the State Information Technology Agency is to drive down the state's IT bills, but vested interests are crippling its efforts, says the man at the helm

Markets wait to see if Nene can pull it off

FINANCE Minister Nhlanhla Nene's bold plan to curb budget deficits faster than expected, despite a sharp slowdown in growth, has impressed analysts and financial markets.

Microsoft 'karma' CEO earns R920m

SATYA Nadella, the Microsoft CEO who controversially advised women not to ask for pay rises, is himself on a package worth more than ...

Debt noose tightens around Edcon

EDCON'S debt squeeze appears to be getting tighter after ratings agency Moody's placed it "on review for a downgrade".

What is at core of nuclear puzzle?

Dear Corruption Watch,

SA's misplaced faith in foreign investors

YOU could be forgiven for thinking that all South Africa needs to thrive is foreign investment - and perhaps a new president. If we get enough foreign investment, we are told, our economy will flourish and there will be jobs for ... well, almost everyone.

Satellite TV is dead. Long live internet TV

DRIVEN by the rise of broadband, the era of linear television broadcasting will draw to a rapid close in the next decade. New media empires will be built on the back of this change. Established broadcasters that don't adapt will crumble. A revolution is at hand - a revolution that is going to be televised

The great Ghost Office robbery

SOUTH African Post Office workers, staging their fifth and longest strike in three years, may want to consider jobs that have become redundant over the past century.

Mouton: the good, the bad and the ugly

I DISAGREE with the suggestion that small black-owned businesses do not face formidable challenges that are ...

Now's the time to end credit chaos

FROM African Bank (Abil) to Bridge, the tide of distressed unsecured lending institutions has thrown the spotlight on just how risky it is to leave the regulation of consumer credit out of the Reserve Bank's mandate.

Why big data keeps big bucks rolling in

THE term "big data" barely registers on the radar of the average consumer. Yet it is radically changing the way retail products are marketed, bought and consumed.

Move to healthier eatingcuts fat at Coke, McDonald's

THE US may be the spiritual home of junk food, but profits at McDonald's and Coca-Cola are plunging amid signs that US customers want healthier fare.

Dodging the living dead comes at a price

IF the prospect of a zombie apocalypse weighs heavy on your mind, British firm Tiger Log Cabins has just the product for you.

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Global equities on the up as JSE keeps sinking

SOUTH African share prices fell for a third session running on Friday.

Hark, the welcome rumble of bulldozers

THE old investing cliche tells us it is always darkest before dawn. Given the mini-budget presentation this week, we're not exactly looking at blue skies ahead.

Johnny Copelyn's HCI needs a serious Shaik out

MARCEL Golding has often rubbed people up the wrong way. People whisper that he's irascible, short-fused and "changed" from his days as deputy to Cyril Ramaphosa at the National Union of Mineworkers.

Needle that undoes the damage done

AFTER Hanlie Annandal had her third child at the age of 35, she started to notice that she looked tired all the time and wanted to freshen up her look.

Growth, inflation slide into reverse

SOUTH Africa's headline consumer inflation slowed to 5.9% year on year last month, below market expectations of 6.1% and compared ...

Not a relative of 'Top Billing' types

How do you spend your money?
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Finer details pave the road to holiday heaven

Travel consultant Johanna Mmesi tells Margaret Harris that she loves SMSes from clients thanking her for organising them their best holiday ever' - but also appreciates complaints, because she learns from them.

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.

On the cover: A grand design

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

Spotlight: Speak to me

This scene was captured by photographer Thulisile Dlamini in Mbuzweni, near Ladysmith, last week, where she went on a news assignment.

Surfing: Moving mountains

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.
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Humour: The web has vastly expanded our idiocy

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.

Sex on Mars: Close encounters

If you're not getting lucky on Earth, there's always Mars, writes Leigh-Anne Hunter

Art and comment: A swig of paraffin with your peanuts?

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.

Humour: Fowls should foul outside

You reach a point when you think you've finally got a handle on it all.

A different spin

Our motoring man trades nomex for Lycra and experiences the other side of Porsche

The moment: Glam slam

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.

The pulse: Isle be back

As the sun fades behind the granite tops of an Indian Ocean archipelago, a warm breeze teases the calm azure water.

How not to promote a Woody Allen festival

Nobody knows whether he abused Dylan Farrow, but I know this is distasteful

Pick of the Week: Monster House

Here's a more family-friendly Halloween offering. Monster House is good for a few reasons.

Top Movies

Let's round up some good horror movies for Halloween, starting with this one.

DSTV Top Series

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.

DVD & Games

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.

Movies: Too good to be true

Melodramatic morality tale is overwrought and overlong, but still a thing of beauty, writes Sue de Groot

Wanted: a manual for an iKid

These tech-wiz toddlers are amazing, but we can't afford to leave them to it, writes Shanthini Naidoo

Books: Zulu boy's own

Raised in an Msinga mud hut, Alcock has written a gleaming assegai of a memoir, writes Rian Malan

Books: A benevolent contagion

The Emperor Waltz .....

Words & stars: Speller, check thyself

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.

The big read: Of all the casbahs in the world ...

There is more to Morocco than tagines and carpet sellers, writes Paul Ash

Accidental tourist: The fate worse than death

Two tourists in a graveyard - alive but forever lost

My kind of holiday

Where did you spend your last holiday?

Postbag: Peter's Post

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

Readers' Competition: Where in the world?

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.

Cool spots: Sightseeing on a shoestring in La Serenissima

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

Food destination: Vietnam's café-au-lait society

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

Having a ball in Africa

Graham Nelson feels the joy of travelling across a continent full of magic and surprise

Lighter side: Singing the baby blues

There should be no bawling pass for a baby at 10000m, writes Allison Pearson

In transit: Top holiday spots for 2015

Travel news for people on the move

Wine route: Down to earth

It's hard to beat the Breedekloof for beauty as well as best-value wines, writes Joanne Gibson

Wildlife image of the month:Help mom I'm falling

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.

Cool spot: Columbia's culture capital

After years of isolation, Bogotá is welcoming travellers once again, says Chris Moss

Cool spot: Columbia's culture capital

After years of isolation, Bogotá is welcoming travellers once again, says Chris Moss

Main Course: Picnic

Grilled polenta chips with spicy red pepper dip

Rumblings: No picnic

Some things in life - sailing, motorbikes and moving to Sweden, for example - are much more fun to think about than to actually do.

Wine: Vines, wines & vittles

In spring, our fancy turns to thoughts of how we'd love to picnic on a wine estate. By Joanne Gibson

Food and Drink: Eating out(side)

Andre and Bryan van Niekerk pack a punchy picnic basket and pig out

Beer of the week: Maboneng Maverick

Maboneng Maverick, SMACK! Republic Brewing Co, 500ml draught, RRP R30

Books: Book talk

Two more finalists in the Sunday Times Cookbook of the Year awards

Bad manners, good deeds

An app called Feedie helps the food-obsessed help the hungry, writes Richard Holmes

Heroes of yesteryear rode the high tides

Tales of Men and the SeaLong before deep-sea trawlers came to Durban, seine-netting teams from the Indian community began local fishing industry

Men in Laudium assault video face multiple charges

Three men from Laudium, Gauteng - whose intimidation and assault of a Durban man was filmed and went viral - were arrested and released on warning by police.

Diwali sets off political fireworks

As Hindus celebrated Diwali this week, the religious festival sparked a volley of insults and accusations in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.

Diwali and interracial love themes in new short film

BUDDING filmmaker Sheetal Magan will have a firecracker of a movie for the Durban Film Festival next year.

Showmanship on a plate at trendy venue

YOU can always rely on celebrity chef Reza Mahammad to dish up his creations with a dash of showmanship and the live demonstration he participated in on Thursday was no exception.
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Meren lands role in popular series 'Homeland'

When you spot a familiar face in the popular American political thriller Homeland, season four, your eyes are not deceiving you - it's really Meren Reddy.

Five-year-old dashes around in a Jeep

WHILE Deshan Naidoo's playgroup pals probably boast about their dad's cars, the five-year-old boy scoots around in his own.

An act of kindness led to real love

WHEN Suhana Ramkissoon opened the door for Sheldon Ramkelawan, it was the start of a happily ever after.

Vijay at the top of his game in double roles

AR Murugadhaas, the director of hit films includingDheena, Ghajini and Thuppakki, presents Vijay in a new avatar in his latest film, Kaththi.

Cheryl feels fierce behind the wheel of her bakkie

MALVERN, Durban, mom Cheryl Naidoo is a petite woman, but behind the wheel she wants to project the bulk of a colossus.

Slowly does it for hearty meal of spicy lamb

Slow-cooked lamb on the bone with a blend of aromatic spices, ginger and tomatoes.

'My six years as a Mumbai mistress'

Life as the mistress of a Bollywood producer and the dirty side of the film industry are just some of the revelations in a tell-all book by film photographer Gené Gualdi.

Celebrity match-up takes in New York and New Delhi

Actress Dia Mirza, sporting a Ritu Kumar-designed green and beige ensemble, exchanged marital vows with her beau and business partner Sahil Sangha in New Delhi on Saturday last week.

Stellar cast for caper promises huge hit

IT'S traditional that the second half of every year is dedicated to the big guns of Bollywood, who come out blazing.

How to put a town on the map

Well SuitedNewcastle's mayor has been named the province's best -- again. He says this is due to open communication channels and the support of staff

Durban tailor shares ramp with two top SA designers

IT was the turn of the guys to shine at the SA Fashion Week men's autumn/winter 2015 collection recently.

And one of the designers was a ...

'Temple leader abuses funds'

THE 60th birthday party of the "spiritual head" of a temple organisation is under scrutiny after members cried foul over "financial irregularities".

Golf brings sporty Sahra to the fore

IN another life, Sahra Hassan would be a professional tennis player. In this one, she's a professional golfer instead, touring the world for tournaments such as the SA Women's Open, which brought her to South Africa last week.
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