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Bloodbath leaves Winelands reeling

Residents of an exclusive Cape Winelands golfing estate were left reeling after three members of a family were murdered, a fourth was critically injured and a fifth "taken away" by the police.

Warders' jobs are hard labour

On any given day a single prison official can find himself up against 100 to 350 inmates.

Vigilantes running riot

Cape Town has been rocked by a rise in vigilante attacks that have resulted in the deaths of two men and a teenager in the past week.

A medicine beyond reach

Suzette Vermaak of Mandini on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast is 49 but cannot stand up any more and can barely use her hands.

Varsity's cat experiments lab shut down

A US university research laboratory attacked for using live cats in experiments is closing this year.

Twitterati passionate about pot

There is a drug war on Twitter - it is the dope heads versus the anti-smokers, and research has found the dagga users are winning.
Eskom Chief Executive Tshediso Matona, addresses media from Megawatt Park, Johannesburg.

Eskom may charge more when power is short

Cash-strapped Eskom is piloting a system that would give it the option of charging more when the chances of load-shedding are high.

Zuma's sick health act

President Jacob Zuma's decision to sign a proclamation that forces healthcare workers to obtain government permission to work in their preferred location was "irrational and invalid".

Post Office losses at R360m

The South African Post Office recorded losses of R360-million in the last financial year, and the situation is expected to get even more grim as the state-owned enterprise projects losses of R1.3-billion this financial year as a result of ongoing strikes.

The Cape of mayhem

A report on violence worldwide singles out Cape Town as one of the most violent cities, with Durban and Nelson Mandela Bay also in the top 50.

Last chance saloon

How different it might have been. Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba, flanked by national team skipper Dean Furman, last night faced the media at Estadio de Mongomo ahead of what could be their last match at this year's Africa Cup of Nations here when they take on Ghana this evening.

Venus shines Down Under

A scintillating fireworks show that illuminated the cityscape and commemorated Australia Day fittingly capped an explosive performance by Venus Williams and the Stars and Stripes brigade at the Australian Open yesterday.

Super rugby gets 'high-octane' reffing

This year's Super rugby tournament will be characterised by referees trying to speed the game up, underlining the farcical nature of the application of rugby's laws.

Sturridge targets the Blues

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could make his long-awaited return from injury in their League Cup semifinal second leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight, manager Brendan Rodgers said.

Boko Haram not Nigeria's only intractable problem

Nigeria's electoral commission has decided to hold elections as scheduled on February 14 despite a raging insurgency in the country's northeast and a plea by an aide of President Goodluck Jonathan to postpone the polls.

The Big Read: If it looks like a quack and sounds like a quack...

MEC needs her head read after bizarre prescription for education.

'Guantanamo Diary' - insightful censoring included

A young Jewish writer, Alex Meier, who fled Nazi Germany for the US before World War 2, now finds himself a target of the McCarthy witch-hunts.

Juju's right, SA only moderately free

Economy freedom is a term bandied about in South Africa. We even have a political party that uses it in its name.

New BEE codes 'will bankrupt the little guy'

New black economic empowerment rules - set to come into effect in three months - could see many businesses in the red.

Rick Ross to 'burn' Durban hip-hop fest

Slimline Rick Ross, the man Vibe magazine calls "hip-hop's most well-connected man", is to headline the second Youth Hip-Hop Festival, in Durban, it was announced yesterday.

'Cruise wanted Kidman wiretapped'

Church of Scientology leaders ordered the wiretapping of Nicole Kidman's phones during her marriage to Tom Cruise as part of a campaign to break up the couple, according to a new documentary.

'Hay fever drugs fuel dementia'

Over-the-counter hay fever tablets, sleeping pills or asthma drugs significantly raise the risk of developing dementia, a study has shown.

Pot Perfect: Great taste down to a tea

I have long suspected it is the tea drinker's lot to nurse sugared dishwater whenever we go out with coffee-drinking friends.

Quick jab might cool off hot flushes

An anaesthetic injection near a nerve bundle in the neck might bring women relief from hot flushes, according to a recent study in the US.

5D Experience: Travel into another dimension

Hold on to your seat because it's a thrill ride. Artist Don Searll has created the first South African 5D experience.