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Time to pay, guys

State money was spent on drug- and alcohol-fuelled parties, gambling, cars and buying expensive properties.

What a load of rubbish

Johannesburg's landfills are filling up so fast that the city could run out of rubbish dumping space in nine years.

Big Mac, big on salt

South Africa, a global leader in legislation forcing manufacturers to reduce salt in food by 2019, has one of the saltiest Big Mac burgers in the world.

Plan was to 'kidnap Anni, not kill her'

Anni Dewani's death could have been orchestrated from the switchboard of a luxury hotel by a receptionist who had used one of the hit man's bullets to ward off evil spirits - and a mysterious fifth man might be involved.

Jihadists on the run

Hunkered at the western edge of Kobane, clothes stained with sweat and the blood splatters of wounded comrades, the rebel commander and his men believed they had made their last stand.

Anglo mine on Ebola alert

South African gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti has stepped up "surveillance" of its employees at a gold mine in Guinea near a town listed in a Guinea government report at the weekend as a newly Ebola- affected area.

Chiefs land a record 15

Tefu Mashamaite's header just after half-time gave Kaizer Chiefs a 1-0 victory over Ajax Cape Town yesterday and opened up a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier Soccer League standings.

Lions won't stop attacking

The Lions will stick to their exciting brand of running rugby in the Currie Cup final against Western Province on Saturday, coach Johan Ackermann has vowed.

Big names lining up for Ram Slam

Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat confirmed yesterday that Kevin Pietersen is in negotiations with local cricket authorities to play in the Ram Slam T20 domestic competition this season.

Medical parole obviously only for the well-connected

We were told he had a few months, maybe just weeks, to live. We were told he was entitled to early release from prison so that he could be cared for by his loved one in his dying days.

The Big Read: A brief history in time

Inside the cave was cool blue shade but out in the valley the sunlight fell like sheets of yellow stone.

Bet on Jozi Jockeys

Minibus taxis barrelling down the unlovely streets of downtown Johannesburg isn't promising material for promotion of a posh event. It might scare the horses - not to mention folk from beyond the Hottentots Holland.

Tax policy delay 'a bad idea'

The Treasury's plan to postpone implementation of some of its retirement reforms is a bad idea, according to the country's accountants.

Investors still can't bank on Zimbabwe

Investors in South African and other banks with operations in Zimbabwe are still bedevilled by uncertainty despite an announcement last week by Empowerment Minister Francis Nhema that virtually all foreign-owned financial institutions in the country were now in compliance with its "indigenisation" policy.

BlackBerry comeback as the Apple toys hit town

By Friday South African gadget junkies will have their hands on Apple's newest smartphones. But another, less hyped, device will be in the country shortly thereafter.

Killer ways to meet a sticky end

Two hundred years ago a tidal wave of beer swept through London.

Saving Grace: Eggs fresh or frozen, ma'am?

The news that tech giants Facebook and Apple have offered to cover the costs of egg- freezing for female employees has revived a conversation South Africa is yet to have.

Health Briefs

Combo drugs new way to target prostate cancer cells

Boffins brainstorm beauty of the booty

Top medical minds spent hours this weekend at a plastic surgery conference at Spier, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, discussing the perfect butt.

Made your million bucks? Sorry for you

They have yachts, fancy cars and private jets. But pity the super rich - they're miserable.

Clarkson gets points for speeding

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has admitted he is to receive points on his driving licence after being caught speeding.