A dozen cars, spruced up as part of the pimp-my-ride sub-culture, were parked near the N1 City mall in Goodwood, Cape Town, this week. Many of the cars could be in breach of a city crackdown, which critics say is proof that premier Helen Zille is building a "nanny state".
How a jolly teacher became a struggle hero, an acclaimed negotiator and finally a national disgrace
Faisel Ali stood his ground as the violence and chaos unleashed by criminals and looters swirled around him.
A Canadian court has slapped a South African woman, the wife of a mining magnate, with a fine equivalent to R137000 after she caused a temporary flight diversion of an Air Canada flight last month.
Cabinet minister Lindiwe Sisulu was among thousands of mourners who yesterday attended the funeral of slain Bryanston couple Wendy Campbell and Wakelani Zuma-Memela.
For most South Africans, FW de Klerk's 1990volte face speech was jaw- dropping. In a just-in-time bit of politicking, it promised, among other things, the release of Nelson Mandela.
Paul O'Sullivan is the forensic investigator and former police reservist who uncovered Jackie Selebi's role in a crime racket.
The death of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi was sad, but was vindication for the official decision to release the disgraced former top cop on medical parole, said cabinet minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi yesterday.
Daisies in concrete planters, hedges and even vegetable gardens behind chained-off boundaries: these pretty pavements in suburban Johannesburg are the cause of great irritation to pedestrians, including moms pushing their babies in prams.
The embattled principal of a KwaZulu-Natal school accused of being the worst offender in the matric cheating scandal faces an uncertain future after parents resolved to oust her and her deputy.
Disillusioned with South Africa's public schools, more and more parents have been sending their children to low- and middle-fee private schools in the past 10 years.
A short walk from Vuleka High School in Randburg, Johannesburg, is a busy, noisy taxi rank. And no one minds; not the teachers, pupils or parents.
Looking for a lovely family home to rent? How about splashing out R120000 a month on a villa currently on the market in Westcliff, one of Johannesburg's most exclusive suburbs?
Zakhele Popo is covered in gold and can make up to R1000 a day, or more if he's lucky.
The war between the Hawks and the police may become bloodier and dirtier - at the cost of taxpayer millions.
The jury is still out on whether e-cigarettes are harmful, but the City of Cape Town is not waiting for the debate to be settled - it has declared its intention to regulate their use.
Government officials struggled this week to find accommodation in Cape Town for the opening of parliament as hotel costs increased to as much as R8000 a night.
President Jacob Zuma has promised to take oral questions in parliament on March 11, having missed a date with the National Assembly in the last quarter of 2014.
Sizwe Gqoqgo gave up his job as a TV talkshow host in Germany to return to South Africa. Now he is still chatting away, massaging the muscles - and minds - of Bafana Bafana.
Champagne flowed, vibey music rang out and hors d'oeuvres were devoured as Durban's poshest party boat cruised off for a night of dining and dancing.
The Durban municipality's plans for a 10km-long promenade linking Umhlanga Rocks and its main beachfront could be scuppered because businesses operating at Virginia Airport are preparing a legal challenge.
What are the essentials for a cruise holiday? Sun hat? Kindle? Condoms?
A Foie gras producer which supplied Gordon Ramsay and other leading chefs went on trial in France this week for "extreme cruelty" to ducks and geese.
The ANC has hauled a municipal speaker who lifted the lid on alleged corruption at a KwaZulu-Natal municipality before a disciplinary committee.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has accused a senior party member of trying to usurp the party leadership, and of racism.
Education experts say frustrated teachers at state schools are seeking better job opportunities in independent schools "to get the benefits of life".
Parents have been warned about fly-by-night private schools. A spokesman for the Department of Basic Education, Elijah Mhlanga, said every school, public or private, had to be registered.
Man falsely held for killing Senzo Meyiwa still recognised and accused months after cops let him go
Kelly Khumalo's new companion is the talk of the town.
Author JK Rowling thrilled Minecraft fans last week by revealing that she is one of the millions who build imaginary worlds on screen. How did the game become so popular?
Such is the popularity of the video game Minecraft that a dedicated website, Minemum.com, exists to demystify the game for parents. It hosts a forum to discuss the game's effect on children's health, safety and development.
The story of Martin Pistorius, who suffered "locked-in" syndrome and spent 12 years trapped in his own unresponsive body, looks set to become a major movie.
Eskom has been criticised for relying on Cape Town's ageing Acacia power plant, one of Koeberg's major lines of defence against a nuclear incident, to power the national grid.
Entrepreneur Lere Mgayiya’s shoeshine stalls at airports around South Africa have flourished into a well-groomed multimillion-rand business
Wouter Basson has 10 days to lodge an application for the recusal of two members of the panel involved in the disciplinary inquiry into his professional conduct.
You can tell JanuWORRY is almost over when the J&B Met street banners and store decorations start showing up all over Cape Town.
The holidays are over and everyone's back in Joburg. Thursday night was a clear sign of this when just about every celeb in town made it to an event for the release of nominations for the 14th annual MetroFM music awards.
Judith Macgregor, British High Commissioner to South Africa, stepped practically straight off a plane to welcome 80 guests at a function for the press and public affairs officers.
You might think that the initial abolition of Page 3 - no more pictures of bare-chested women in the print edition of The Sun before it did an about-turn on Thursday - marked a real breakthrough in male-female relations.
If you're a 30-year-old man with a degree, weigh more than 90kg and value looks and personality in a potential bride, then you could be worth 10 cows or R75 000.
Mr Bean star Rowan Atkinson, who is going through a divorce, is to sell his McLaren F1 supercar for a multimillion-pound profit.
A test to determine if elderly patients will die within 30 days of being admitted to hospital has been developed by doctors to give them the chance to go home or say goodbye to loved ones.
Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to accept an invitation to address the U.S. Congress just days before Israel's parliamentary election offers him invaluable pre-vote publicity, but may also have shaken the balance of U.S.-Israel ties.
He is not even two years old, but already he's worth more than R5.2-million and has South Africa's horse racing fraternity abuzz.
Since perhaps the dawn of time, the rhino, ubejane, tsukudu, renoster, has been emblematic of Africa. Of us as a continent, and as a people.
It's a consumer health warning. But it's not accurate. Well, it's kind of accurate, depending.
KZN Basic Education MEC ’s bizarre call for phrenology tests for pupils borders on pseudo science, writes Nic Spaull
Wayne Barker’s new exhibition reflects his response to recent events, writes Tymon Smith, but as always, with a twist or three
This week Hogarth talks about the things that had us giggling, from sports talk in Davos to Beyonce wisdom for Bafana at Afcon.
Not since the apartheid-era pencil test has a politician come up with anything that comes close as a predictor of one's worth to society.
The Economic Freedom Fighters say they will disrupt the president’s state of the nation address next month. Chris Barron asked ANC chief whip in parliament Stone Sizani . . .
1928-2015: Jannie Graaff, who has died in Cape Town at the age of 86, was one of the greatest and certainly most original economists South Africa has produced, and the author of South Africa's current tax legislation.
In August 2003, the US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, authorised a plan to subject Guantánamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi to "special interrogation", whereby he would be put through a fake rendition process and led to believe he had been delivered to another country to be subjected to more brutal treatment. On August 24, an interrogation team burst into his isolation cell. In his diary, Slahi describes what followed:
I won't offer an opinion on whether President Jacob Zuma or Zelda la Grange is right on whether South Africa's troubles began with the arrival on these shores of Jan van Riebeeck.
Stunned and shamed by events in Soweto this week, it may be tempting for some of us to look the other way or simply disbelieve what we see.
According to the SABC, President Jacob Zuma says the government needs prayers for good leadership and peace. No; we just need good leadership. Many are praying, but it is just not working.
Cricket, George Bernard Shaw once suggested, was invented by the English because they were not a spiritual people and needed an idea of eternity.
The Senzo Meyiwa story is frightening in many respects, an arresting barometer of just how brutal life can still be in South Africa's now-mature democracy.
Sunday Times readers' weigh in on everything from accepting gay children, Zelda la Grange's twitter 'implosion' and African lives.
1914-2014 Christiane Lecocq, who has died aged 103, was regarded as the doyenne of the naturist movement. With her husband, Albert, she founded the world's first naturist holiday resort in France and spearheaded the International Naturist Federation, an organisation that now has some 16 million members in 38 countries.
1924-2015 King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, who has died after a short illness, presided over his oil-rich, deeply religious and often divided nation at a time of unprecedented upheaval in the Arab and Muslim worlds.
Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo was supposed to take over the No1 jersey from demoted rival Darren Keet when Bafana Bafana faced Senegal in an African Nations Cup group match on Friday night.
The Bulls and Cheetahs used this friendly match in Polokwane yesterday to shed off-season rust, test new combinations and see what untested and inexperienced players have to offer.
Cameroon and Guinea shared the spoils last night in the fourth 1-1 draw in as many matches in Group D of the Africa Cup of Nations at the Estadio de Malabo.
A week after the start of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, fears the tournament in Equatorial Guinea would be a disaster are proving to be a little wide of the mark.
Eight runs are all you have left in the bank. The batsmen are well set. You stand at the top of your run, ball in hand, about to deliver the last over. What do you do?
Alex Ferguson - anyone who calls him "Sir" should be taken out and shot - is not the safest source of sanity on most matters. But even he cannot get all of it wrong all of the time, his slew of trophies excepted.
"Average at best. Always, since 1992." This comment, from a disgruntled Bafana supporter, caught the eye not long after the final whistle had sounded in South Africa's 1-1 draw against Senegal in their second match of the Africa Cup of Nations in Group C here on Friday night.
To the unacquainted, football agent Tim Sukazi comes across as a devil's advocate with a fondness for the conflict created by contractual negotiations.
One goal can hide a multitude of problems. For 92 minutes, Ghana toiled against Algeria, rarely looking like creating a chance, never mind scoring, but then Asamoah Gyan ran on to a long ball, held off Carl Medjani and directed an awkwardly bouncing ball into the corner.
Fired-up top seed Novak Djokovic powered into the Australian Open fourth round yesterday, joining sizzling fellow-world No1 Serena Williams and injury-free two-time winner Victoria Azarenka.
Do not tell Quinton de Kock what we all know and what he might have realised himself: that he is an important part of SA's team. And that's on the captain's orders.
Substitute Max-Alain Gradel's late equaliser earned a disjointed Ivory Coast side a 1-1 draw with Mali in the Africa Cup of Nations yesterday as the Elephants kept alive their hopes of reaching the quarterfinals.
Premier League leaders Chelsea crashed out of the FA Cup after being sensationally beaten by lower-league opponents in the fourth round yesterday.
India's Supreme Court has cleared International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman N Srinivasan of a cover up in the Indian Premier League (IPL) fixing case, but has delivered a damning verdict on the running of the world's richest and most powerful cricket board.
Manuel Pellegrini admitted Manchester City must now defeat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge later this month after suffering a major setback to their title hopes by losing at home to Arsenal for the first time in five years.
More than once during the one-day series in Australia in November, South Africans saw the worry in each others' eyes and tried not to miss JP Duminy. Four times out of five, they failed.
Almost every time a national team squad for a major tournament is announced a name is mentioned during the roll call that makes you gawp in befuddlement.
AB de Villiers is the quintessential modern-day batsman. In a game where test, one-day internationals (ODIs) and T20 cricket can all be played in one month, his ability to adjust his game both technically and mentally across all these formats sets him apart from any other batsman in the world today.
Class Acts Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa light up the English Premier League.
Given that Liverpool will have a vacancy for the role of global superstar at the end of the season, Raheem Sterling's timing is impeccable.
South African boxing faces a desperate race against time, if it wishes to avoid taking a further beating, to figure out what the paying public wants to see.
Several leading Springboks in high demand to take up lucrative contracts in Europe and Britain after the Rugby World Cup might miss out because they are prohibited from negotiating with foreign clubs until September.
Former South African ambassador Yusuf Saloojee, the man who was allegedly bribed by an MTN official in Iran, has emerged as the chairman of South Africa's newest low-cost airline, Pak Africa Aviation, which is due to be launched next month.
Business ConfidenceInvestors wary for a host of reasons, says chamber of commerce
The annual gathering at Davos is derided by critics as narcissistic and out of touch.
Trade Minister Rob Davies warned potential investors at Davos this week about the threat of power shortages, but the acting head of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Peggy Drodskie, says this is only a small part of why business is losing confidence in the country.
Last week's announcement by Google that it was suspending production of Google Glass was, ironically, a step forward for the search giant.
Gwyneth Paltrow named her children Apple and Moses, Beyoncé gave birth to Blue Ivy and Kim Kardashian has a daughter called North. But what if you want something really unique?
Biotechnology sits at the very edge of the scientific envelope and backing this kind of research and development with your own money is not for the fainthearted.
The Public Investment Corporation is spitting mad at Ecobank's former CEO, Thierry Tanoh, for suing it as well as the bank.
Component distributor Hudaco has dodged a full R1.9-billion penalty in a tax dispute with SARS and will instead pay only R312-million after a two-year fight over how it financed its BEE scheme.
PPC, South Africa's largest cement producer, is set to make history tomorrow at its annual general meeting.
Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona's warning about the possibility of a catastrophic total collapse of the grid was simply "the wrong use of grammar", says the power utility now.
The South African Reserve Bank has slammed the auditors of Carmol, a suspected R450-million Ponzi scheme offering investors 96% returns, for providing false hope to scores of its bewildered investors by promising the repayment of frozen funds.
If anyone else said they wanted to change the way the world thinks about chicken and to "change people's lives, one chicken at a time", they would probably be laughed at. But when Robbie Brozin says it, it does not seem quite such a cliché.
It was expected to be a fairly routine keynote address, with Microsoft using an event in Seattle on Wednesday to take the wraps off the consumer features of its new operating system, Windows 10.
South African stocks ended slightly lower on Friday, snapping a four-day winning streak, dragged down partly by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), which issued a profit warning.
Gas giant Afrox has taken some well-deserved flak since last week when it insulted the intelligence of just about anyone who has ever read a stock exchange announcement.
Eskom's power crisis is pushing consumers and businesses to alternative sources of power - and one of the most obvious is gas.
A strike is looming at Comair, where trade union Solidarity is demanding a 15% pay rise for cabin crew.
Back in the '30s, Imperial Airways' aeroplanes blazed an impossibly stylish (and perilous) trail over Africa. Paul Ash retraced their journey, and felt echoes of their glory in the Airbus A380
Car enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to this year with the launch of some cracking new releases
Some people, like me, are born with the technophobia affliction. However, a lot of old folks are technophobic merely as a consequence of being old, writes Ndumiso Ngcobo
The streaming-TV boom is channelling a rich range of voices - and being recognised for it, writes Rebecca Davies
Daniel Browde went to his 20-year matric reunion, and found himself back in the labyrinth
'Skylanders' is part video game and part physical toy. It's a craze that's fun for kids, but pricey for parents, writes Matthew Vice
Tune in or turn off: Matthew Vice's take on this week's movies that'll be airing on DStv
Paige Nick questions gender-bending developments in the world of birth control
David Cronenberg's latest film, 'Map to the Stars', burns holes in the fabric of Hollywood, writes Sue de Groot
These SA-based novelists' books promise to be well worth reading
Fiction and non-fiction books that have been flying off bookshelves
'Alice in Wonderland' turns 150 this year, and these stamps are part of an anniversary series released by Britain's Royal Mail. The artwork is by the award-winning illustrator Grahame Baker-Smith.
Searching for his bin on refuse-collection days has become Patrick Bulger's new pastime
After a monosyllabic start at a soccer tournament, this Joburg couple's relationship quickly bloomed into articulate romance, writes Sibongile Mafu
The country at the 'crossroads of the Middle East' contains scenic splendours - and one of the world's truly great sights. Chris Leadbeater suggests how best to visit
If you only do one great local trip or adventure this year, make sure it's something you've never done before, writes Paul Ash
Egypt is on this city girl's bucket list. She tells us about her best and worst trips
When you're making travel plans, be sure you know where you're going, writes Bridget Hilton-Barber
Travel news for people on the move
Our travel expert answers queries on routes and destinations around the world
Sophie Campbell visits Bletchley Park, the World War 2 code-breaking site in Hertfordshire, at the centre of a new film
The Hotel de Paris will auction more than 4000 lots before a grand refurbishment. By Anita Singh
John O'Ceallaigh dines at Faviken, a remote Swedish restaurant that serves up an epic, multiple-course set menu to just a dozen diner a night
To stand a chance of winning R500, tell us the name of the tower in this photograph
Overberg village Suurbraak is a picture-perfect, timeless spot to unwind, writes Janine Stephen
Sibonile Catherine Ndlovu enjoys the high-action drama of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Claire Keeton enjoys a five-star stay with some watersports in the Waterberg
As Ridley Scott's latest film revisits the flight of the ancient Israelites from Egypt, Chris Leadbeater reveals how much of their journey can be done today
Horatio Clare delights in a tour of Britain's hidden byways, following in the footsteps of cavers and ley-line hunters, balloonists and Druids