Barely two months after implicating three top Hawks officers in the abduction and illegal deportation of Zimbabweans, the police watchdog authority has made an about-turn.
Oscar Wilde said: "Give a man a mask and he will show you his true face." Nothing could have provided a better mask than a signal-blocking device.
Western Cape premier Helen Zille says the ANC is trying to "out-EFF the EFF", following the chaos that ensued at the provincial legislature on Friday, effectively preventing her from delivering her state of the province address.
The debate on President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address was a lively affair, with MPs trading strong - and sometimes hilarious - statements. JAN-JAN JOUBERT gives examples:
She has been accused of having affairs and fighting with the president's other wives, so Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma is no stranger to controversy.
President Jacob Zuma's four officially recognised wives received R54.6-million in spousal support during his first term of office, from 2009 to 2014.
The detention of a Johannesburg businessman, Peter Wayne Roberts, in connection with the mysterious death of his girlfriend at a Mauritius resort has cast a spotlight on the country's bizarre legal system.
Cindy Crawford with stretch marks? Beyoncé with bad skin?
No longer satisfied with those boring selfie pics? Then these are a few ways you can take that selfie-obsession to the next level.
Kevin Pietersen, the former Brylcreem ambassador and South African-born ex-England cricketer, has seen his latest business venture fail dismally.
Famed Lion King producer Lebogang "Lebo M" Morake was paid R5-million of taxpayers' money in June last year to stage a new hit musical. But the curtain has yet to rise on the promised production - or a planned world tour.
"An Oscar win can enhance the value of a film, an actor or a studio significantly," said Oscar-winning producer Eric Abraham, "especially now films are available on streaming channels such as Netflix."
A public servant who bears the title of "superintendent-general" has allowed himself to be called an advocate even though he is not one.
When Terry-Jo Thorne saw her "tough guy" father crying quietly over a map at a carnival in the historic Cape Town suburb of Harfield Village, she knew it was time for her project to begin: a digital collection of photographs and stories of a community torn apart by the Group Areas Act.
Former Elizabeth Arden model and sports presenter Lerato Moloi regarded herself as a "very private public figure" until she became a contestant on Celebrity MasterChef South Africa.
Not since Hillbrow in the '70s has Johannesburg seen such an explosion of high-rise residential developments.
"I remember the first time I looked at you, walking towards me, and I realised that somehow the world would be better. I would have a friend.
A menu offering steak, breast and a bit of leg has landed a club boss in hot water.
One of the most successful former Springbok rugby coaches believes he is now an outcast in the South African game.
A Bold new effort is under way to boost the fight against cancer, which has long been overshadowed in South Africa by the war on HIV/Aids.
The government plans to improve early cancer screening and diagnosis.
Hawks investigators are paying "serious attention" to the beneficiaries of millions of rands awarded to Cape Town's minstrels by the National Lotteries Board.
As the HSBC banking scandal ripples across the globe, new details of its South African clients raise further questions over the Swiss bank's conduct.
Top brass in the South African Police Service are failing a flagship course in huge numbers because they don't know how to do research.
The use of state security agencies to tackle rowdy opposition MPs and the jamming of cellphone networks during the official opening of parliament have shone a light on the involvement of intelligence services in political affairs.
South Africa's soapies are being given a run for their money by an unusual rival - DStv's parliamentary services channel.
President Jacob Zuma's attempts to allay fears of a creeping police state and mend relations with the opposition are too little, too late, according to analysts.
A distraught 88-year-old Howick granny could have her favourite cat taken away this week - because of claims the animal is wreaking havoc among the wildlife at her retirement estate.
Hitch-hiking birds have become a pain in the neck for City of Cape Town officials.
Just days after a romantic holiday in Mozambique, retired cricket captain Graeme Smith told his wife he wanted "space".
At work they have the option of three meals a day and now, in a bid to help MPs lead a healthier lifestyle, the government is spending just short of R8-million so they can have a gym right on their doorstep at home.
Late-night fashion outing for superfans of local football clubs vies with sunset launch of modern gem designs in City of Gold
While most Capetonians were trapped in the CBD as a result of to the road closures for the state of the nation address last Thursday, invited guests and competition winners were partying away on board the Uber yacht.
Good As GoldTalent plays a role in Oscar success, but spending on publicity is the real star
It was a feast for the eyes — a racy, lacy, hard-bodied affair — when underwear house Jockey set pulses racing on Thursday night when it launched its latest summer and winter lines at the Waterfront Hotel and Spa on Thursday.
Baleka Mbete has been one of Jacob Zuma's staunchest backers, writes S'thembiso Msomi
1925-2015: Michele Ferrero, who has died aged 89, was the patriarch of the Italian family firm behind confectionery brands such as Nutella chocolate spread, Kinder Eggs, Ferrero Rocher and Tic Tac mints.
1961-2015: Lesley Perkes, who has died in Johannesburg at the age of 53, was the most enthusiastic and energetic champion of public art in South Africa.
Leaders of all parties must negotiate to ensure parliament can function, writes Ben Turok.
I called a friend the other day and she quickly snapped: "How can you call me during parliament?" I pointed out that I always called her at this time, but she forcefully argued that it was tactless of me to call at such a crucial time. "I don't want to miss out," she said.
When Pretoria town planner Basson Geldenhuys got an SMS from FNB saying it had not received a R265 instalment due, he brushed it off.
Watching a loved one struggle through the harrowing cycle of diagnosis and treatment of cancer has become an all too familiar experience in the 21st century.
President Jacob Zuma is said to have turned on the charm in parliament this week, possibly hoping a well-timed bout of reasonableness and goodwill would help undo the damage caused by the events surrounding his state of the nation address.
1930-2015: Louis Godfrey, who has died in Somerset West at the age of 84, was an internationally acclaimed ballet dancer, teacher and producer.
After decades of rot, the dysfunctional National Assembly is at last the focus of citizens’ anger and concern, writes Tony Leon
Baleka Mbete is the chairwoman of the ANC who occasionally moonlights as the Speaker of the National Assembly. They let her preside whenever they want her to mess up proceedings in the House. She never disappoints. She sticks religiously to her brief.
Zimbabwean Nora Chipaumire tells Robyn Sassen how she found her calling in America
According to a survey by the South African Institute of Race Relations, prosecutors are rejecting 78% of cases referred to them by the
police. Chris Barron asked Gareth Newham of the Institute for Security Studies . . .
An exhibition of street photography showcases the hopes and lives of those depicted by this disappearing art form, writes Tymon Smith
A Kaizer Chiefs fringe side strolled over their first hurdle in the Nedbank Cup - fourth division Edu Sports - with Siphelele Mthembu boosting his confidence with a hat-trick.
Growing up, Conrad Smith was never the biggest backline player, nor was he the fastest or the most prodigious young rugby player New Zealand produced.
Namuhlanje elamanqamu ebholeni lakuleli. Today is a day of reckoning for South African soccer.
Amazulu's relegation plight has set alarm bells ringing in local government that Durban and its Moses Mabhida Stadium could have no Absa Premiership team next season.
Do not laugh, but SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie once fancied himself as a young Tana Umaga, the former All Black rugby great.
Souleymane S, the man pushed off a Paris métro train by Chelsea fans, has said he will not accept the club's offer of a free trip to Stamford Bridge.
Boxing's richest, record-breaking superfight was confirmed on Friday evening when Floyd Mayweather told the world that he will face Manny Pacquiao on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
It has been three weeks since Xolisani ''Nomeva" Ndongeni won the Premier Boxing League's (PBL) top prize, but the boxer hasn't seen a cent of his R1.2-million jackpot.
If there was ever going to be a one-sided Dusi Canoe Marathon, the 64th edition of the 120km race was the one as Team Eurosteel's Andy Birkett monstered his way to a second K1 title yesterday.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Mario Balotelli was Liverpool's nominated penalty taker once he took the field against Besiktas on Thursday evening.
Years from now, we will call this the Henry Ford World Cup. As in, you can have any game you like as long as it involves a glut of runs.
"Huss," Faf du Plessis said from his end of the pitch in the Melbourne Cricket Ground nets this week, "angles OK?"
The last time Darren Clarke was in the Ryder Cup spotlight, the tears poured down his face before the Guinness spilt over his shirt. It is that extraordinarily emotional experience of 2006 which makes Europe's new captain believe he can withstand anything the US can throw at him at Hazeltine in 18 months' time.
The Bulls' 2015 Super Rugby season remains in a critical but stable condition at the Loftus Versfeld hospital.
The image of a black man being denied entry to a train carriage is a shameful sight, echoing some of the bleakest moments of history.
On Wednesday morning, a few folks at Mamelodi Sundowns could not stop raving about the slender boy wearing the No 13 training jersey.
Dutchmen Alje Schut and Kees Kwakman were in Sandton sharing a meal a few days ago when they became nostalgic and reminisced about their time in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Fifa presidential hopeful Luis Figo put pressure on current president Sepp Blatter this week by adding his voice to calls for a public pre-election debate between the four candidates.
A promising young American with South African roots has got tongues wagging in local swimming circles.
Of all the feeble World Cup displays that England have turned on - a whole raft since 1992 - this defeat by New Zealand, who knocked off their target in 12.2 overs, has to be the most ignominious.
West Indies condemned hapless Pakistan to a record-shattering start to a one-day international yesterday before completing a 150-run World Cup rout, while Australia's clash with Bangladesh was abandoned in cyclone-battered Brisbane.
Shane Warne stood smirking with his arms folded and ball in hand, not 22 yards away from me. We were surrounded by the monotonously straight lines of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Us, that is, as well as untold numbers in the stands, who burbled expectantly as they waited for the game to start.
The dramatic exit of SABMiller's finance director, Jamie Wilson, which shocked company insiders and the investment community this week, could spur Anheuser-Busch InBev into making its long-expected move on its rival.
A key voice in black business defends President Jacob Zuma's reaction to the events in parliament
During last week's state of the nation address, President Jacob Zuma barely mentioned the National Development Plan.
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will present his first budget against a backdrop of the country's toughest economic conditions since the advent of democracy two decades ago.
To be in the top 1% - or at least to act like it - you need to have a Samsung, not an iPhone, prefer Google+ to LinkedIn and use the internet mostly for online banking and checking the weather, a new report has found.
South African stocks edged higher for a second successive session on Friday, led by coal producer Exxaro, where the full-year loss was not as bad as analysts had forecast.
Bernard Swanepoel, a mining veteran and chairman of Village Main Reef, says it is "naive to expect a CEO to publicly say what he thinks".
Delta International, the only property fund on the JSE that is focused on Africa, has learnt some valuable lessons about the challenges of owning shopping malls outside South Africa.
John Tyler, a businessman seeking to claim R256-million in damages from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), suffered another setback this week in his long-running battle with the state finance institution.
Edcon's dismal results for the third quarter to December reinforce analysts' views that the once high-flying clothing retailer has little future in its present form.
In a low-growth global investment environment, equities that provide the bonus of consistent dividends become a compelling target.
When Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson faced off in the 1992 movie 'A Few Good Men', it created one of the more memorable movie interactions that year.
Trade union Solidarity has tempered its tough talk on Sasol after striking a behind-the-scenes deal that lays the groundwork for job cuts throughout the company.
The state of the nation address and the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba, which took place in Cape Town earlier this month, have dominated headlines. Bernard Swanepoel, former Harmony Gold CEO and chairman of The Joburg Indaba, which takes place in October, shares his thoughts.
Competition commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele believes one important reason so many mergers and acquisitions fail is that the merging parties have not put enough thought into the "people" aspect of the deal.
In January 2013, Anglo American's CEO, Mark Cutifani, visited the Vatican to chat with Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana.
Telkom and Cell C both face significant upheaval in the short term - much more so than their rivals MTN and Vodacom.
Green car sceptics take note: Japan now has more electric vehicle charging spots than petrol stations.
SAA has hinted that it may drop all local and short-haul, "full-service" flights, making way for its low-cost carrier, Mango, to fill the gap.
Khathutshelo Masheleni, who runs the Green Eden Nursery next to Sasol's plant in Sasolburg, has been having sleepless nights since the petrochemicals giant announced plans to slash spending on projects to deal with the oil price crash.
Billionaire Natie Kirsh, 83, has launched a scathing attack on President Barack Obama's government, accusing it of hurting Swazi citizens in a bid to send a message to Swaziland's absolute monarch, King Mswati.
Walking into the Waterberg Coal Company's boardroom, finance director Lawrie Mackintosh picks up a R2 coin and puts it in his pocket. "Times are hard and I'm a Scotsman," he says.
The brains behind a new South African stock exchange, 4 AFRICA Exchange (4AX), say it could cripple the AltX - the JSE's board for small and medium-sized high-growth companies - should the Financial Services Board give it the green light.
Court action this week by the University of Stellenbosch's Legal Aid Clinic (LAC) looks set to fast-track changes to the laws dealing with emolument attachment orders (EAOs), which are seen as particularly harsh on poorer borrowers.
Big smiles over lower petrol prices these past few months turned upside down this week as South Africa's petrochemicals group Sasol announced it could cut its dividends.
Curro investors are not afraid to back the rapidly expanding private education group as it pursues yet another rights offer.
Morningstar's South African Fund Observer for the last quarter of 2014 shows that while some sectors rode out some negative economic news last year, returns from general equity funds are beginning to slow.
At about $60 a barrel, crude oil prices are nearly half their peak of $107 in June last year. They may fall more, perhaps even as low as $10 to $20.
SABMiller may have set a new standard for disclosing details about departing executives.
Losses that have dogged Blue Label Mexico are set to become a thing of the past soon, much to the relief to the South African prepaid company.
His financial stature is colossal but, at 83, Natie Kirsh is small and slight.
Dear Corruption Watch, I live in an area where corruption is rife. The police are indifferent at best, and often complicit.
Reflecting on Ralph Waldo Emerson's remark that "men are conservative after dinner", economist and philosopher Amartya Sen commented: "It is much harder to pursue conservatism when the belly is empty."
Bad advice - there's an awful lot of it going around right now.
Debrett's has updated its essential guide to etiquette, abandoning missives on what to call the lavatory for advice better suited to the iPhone generation.
In recent years, cognac has become a kind of magic potion for American rap stars, Chinese bureaucrats and African strivers - and it earns tens of billions for its rural French heartland. Carlos Amato went to Cognac to find out why this spirit is hipper than ever
Comedian Deep Fried Man reflects on society's current obsession with allure of the female behind
The Sun-Kissed Salsa club meets every second Sunday to swing their hips on the Sea Point beachfront
The Audi S1 is everything a hot hatch should be, but then so are several other brands - and at a far more affordable price. By Thomas Falkiner
Imagine, in Estonia, a restaurant chain called Kraal. It says it gives homage to Zulu history, but something's not right. The paintings are more San; the textiles more Ndebele. The staff wear imitation-fur loincloths - more Tarzan than imitsha - and Technicolor Basotho blankets. The logo depicts someone with a spear and shield. Is it supposed to be Shaka? Dingaan?
Turns out you're never too young to mourn your lost youth: 20-something punk-poppers Shortstraw are doing exactly that on their new album 'Youthless'
Sue de Groot muses about how the same words are spelt differently in "British English" and "American English"
Ndumiso Ngcobo laid down some rules for acceptable behaviour when you're a passenger in someone else's car
Mpho "Popps" Modikoane is an unapologetic mama's boy. He refers with reverence to "Mum", a teacher of 30 years whose stories inspired his comedy. "Whether I'm doing foreskin jokes or losing-virginity jokes, Mum comes to all my shows. She is my biggest critic."
Shanthini Naidoo muses about the age gap parents should aim for when having children
Ferrari red flows in the veins of this car-mad Italian couple from Joburg, who met at a racetrack - and included one of their sleek vehicles in the wedding festivities
If Patricia Lewis's sauce on 'Celebrity MasterChef SA' was a tad salty, it was because she kept bawling into it, writes Rebecca Davies
Behind the saucer-eyed waifs in an artist's paintings lies a tale of fraud and enslavement
Clint Eastwood-directed biopic of a sharpshooter triggers emotion but misses the target
the Seychelles' primary money maker is tourism. But the activity of business, in another sense, is set to contribute a significantly greater share to the economy.Keith Tamkei discovers a tropical Eden perfect for boardroom meetings
An entertaining culinary tour gives Nigel Tisdall an insight into life within the hypnotic, labyrinthine souks of this Moroccan city
Marianne Schwankhart adventures across Mozambique choosing the roads less travelled - and only possible on motorbike - along the way
A stay at Villa Castollini allows you to enjoy Knysna, from both near and far
To stand a chance of winning R500, tell us the name of the the city where the Opera Ball is held.
Pick your own winner from this mixed bag of recipes - including some tasty vegetarian options - which were inspired by Oscar-nominated actors who love to cook
Joanne Gibson points Merlot lovers in the direction of a wine that's sure to bring them much berry-flavoured joy
Owner of Carne SA, Giorgio Nava, is absolutely unapologetic for his eyebrow-raising approach to handling steak, writes Richard Holmes
Dhania (coriander) seeds are the foundation of garam masala. Find out how to make this versatile spice mix and use it in a flavourful turkey dish
This pie is inspired by the movie 'Bugsy Malone' (pictured below). In the great tradition of face-pies, or pie mixes shot from bazookas, it is easy to make and easy to throw
A simplified version of the legendary timpano (pictured below) from the movie 'Big Night'
Hilary Biller experiences an evening of carefully-engineered dishes coupled with South Africa's finest wines in the company of a discerning Frenchman
Traditionally used to make soup, trendy kale is delicious raw in salads or served as a green vegetable, much like its cousin, the cabbage. Turn this leafy veggie into a nutrition-packed delicious snack using this recipe
South African flautist Wouter Kellerman and Indian musician Ricky Kej won a Grammy for best new age album of the year, 'Winds of Samsara'. Kellerman says eating well is key