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Gun blazes in court

Security at law courts will be reviewed after a man standing trial for nine armed robberies shot a Pretoria policeman - who was trying to save his colleague's life - in the head at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court yesterday.

'No limits in Nkandla inquiry'

President Jacob Zuma's controversial Nkandla homestead will finally come under parliamentary scrutiny after the green light was given to establish another ad hoc committee.

Ringing in the holiday

What's the use of being on holiday if you can't take selfies in your shades, straw hats and swimwear with the perfect sunset in the background to make your Instagram followers jealous, right?

Death house 'not legit'

Construction on the house that collapsed in Meyersdal, southern Johannesburg - killing seven people - was illegal, preliminary investigations show.

Picture making a mint on art

If you are not sold on local art have another look. South African auction houses have noted a huge increase in purchases of art as an alternative asset class.

Love story ignites hate

Mahmoud Mansour, 26, and Maral Malka, 23, never imagined that on their happiest day they would walk down the aisle to racist chants by extremists opposed to the marriage of a Muslim to a Jew.

Masango on song

Easily their most frustrating 90 minutes this season saw Kaizer Chiefs still manage to extend their winning run to five matches with a 1-0 Absa Premiership victory over Bloemfontein Celtic at FNB Stadium last night.

Proteas' comedy of errors in Bulawayo

For a while in Bulawayo yesterday, the Proteas must have thought the script for the second ODI had been written by Lemony Snicket - he of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Matfield not on tour with Boks

While the Springboks were going through their paces in their first training session yesterday after arriving in Argentina, Victor Matfield was at Loftus undergoing rehabilitation on his injured knee.

Nat Nakasa left a journalistic legacy we strive to uphold

Arriving with a tennis racquet at work Nat Nakasa was bound to write his own history in a newsroom dominated by black journalistic giants.

The Big Read: Stop the news I want to get off

When things are grim, I think of a letter I once read. It was written by an old, sad man to his favourite nephew.

The robbers of SA, big and small

On Thursday afternoon I was in good spirits. I was composing notes about the male humour I experienced on the floor of the JSE, for a short talk I was to deliver that evening at the conclusion of a golf day arranged by our firm.

Billiton spin-off is biggest ever

BHP Billiton has announced what will be the biggest spin-off in the global mining industry, separating out its aluminium, coal and silver assets to create a company that will be valued at about R160-billion when it begins trading next year.

Africa right for Shoprite

Shoprites's march into Africa will continue, despite the unwillingness of South African consumer brands to wholeheartedly follow the retailer across the border.

Kids' portraits an indicator of IQ

A four-year-old child's ability to draw can be used to predict how intelligent he will be 10 years later, scientists claim.

In Focus: Comfort of strangers

Photographer Christina Primke does not publish the names of her subjects: "This is storytelling. Names don't add anything to the story."

Cape Town in the summers of the '60S

'Meester Vee' or Branislav Vasiljkovich, who died 24 years ago, snapped people in the streets and on the beaches of Cape Town. These photographs and his many others were taken from 1959 to 1963.

Actors on a soap-box

Like in the Bad Boyssequel, the principal cast of Generations is embracing the "We ride together, we die together" credo - but what if the entire local industry falls with them?

Bundchen earns model top dollar

With estimated earnings of $47-million during the past year from lucrative contracts and other business ventures, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen is the world's highest-paid model for the eighth consecutive year, Forbes.com said.

Fringe jokes to make you cringe

The Funniest Joke of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe award has been announced by British TV channel Dave. Tim Vine took the prize for the second time.