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Shots and shoppers

The recent spate of robberies at shopping malls has police and security personnel on heightened alert, so much so that an undercover police officer was shot when he was mistaken for an armed robber.

Look - our officials at work

The City of Johannesburg is taking transparent governance to a whole new level with the construction of a R130-million glass-facaded building that will include the council chamber.

WP's order of the boot 'surprising'

Western Province Rugby's decision to rule out a move from Newlands to Cape Town Stadium is "surprising and disappointing", says the City of Cape Town.

Young, rich and black

The chasm between the wealthy and poor shows no signs of narrowing, but the pool of super-rich people appears to be changing colour.

The year we went backwards

Most people would describe 2014 as "a tough year", "a bad year", even "a grim year". Why is this so? What happened to make this the annus horribilis of the new South Africa?

Cuba's Berlin Wall moment

The US's decision to end more than 50 years of hostility towards Cuba was greeted with shock at home and tears of joy on the streets of Havana.

Amla: batting speaks louder than words

Two days ago, Hashim Amla shrugged off questions about the added pressure on his shoulders now that he would captain SA's Test team at home for the first time.

Dan the £1m rugby man

Racing Metro announced in Paris, France, yesterday, the signing of All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter as the world's first £1-million (R18-million) rugby player.

Shakes sticks to plan with Afcon squad

Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba yesterday named a 34-man provisional squad for next month's Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea that has few surprises.

Ship of State adrift and the captain's nowhere in sight

Hope is defined as an "optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large".

The Big Read:Rolene's picture-perfect story

It has been a dark year, and the pun is intended. Then into our lives comes this bright, shining light from a place most South Africans would not be able to locate on a map.

The Treu value of Sevens coach

When Paul Treu finally threw in the towel on his Kenyan Mission Impossible on Sunday, watching his former team - the Blitzboks - go on to win the Sevens title in Port Elizabeth would have done little to ease his sense of failure.

Recovering oil price pulls energy shares

Global markets stabilised yesterday, with US and European equities rebounding as a comeback in oil prices drove up energy shares.

Movie Review: Portrait of the artist

The last film reviewed for this year is also one of the best, almost wiping out the memory of the plethora of over-the-top franchise blockbusters starring men in tights tasked with saving the universe.

On the radar

The Bioscope in Johannesburg hosts a marathon tribute to actor Bill Murray tomorrow, starting at 12pm with Kingpin.

Radical Alert

The hottest shows on the small screen dished up some wicked quotes this year

Tweets, treats and twits

Let's be honest, half of us would have deactivated our Twitter accounts if it weren't for the scandals.

Fury as Sony backs out of 'kill Kim' flick

Hollywood has reacted with incredulity over the decision by Sony Pictures Entertainment to cancel the release of its controversial film The Interview, criticising the studio for bowing to the demands of North Korean hackers.

Minaj wears Cavalli like a second skin

Nicki Minaj, the bootylicious rapper, has turned her hand to modelling, lending her New York sass to the Roberto Cavalli spring/ summer 2015 campaign.