Relax kids: Now it's 2+2 = 5

The Department of Basic Education is setting pupils up for failure, say education experts who have slammed the department's decision to pass pupils who get only 20% for mathematics in Grades 7 to 9.

Cape's soaring success

Cape Town International Airport is to reach a milestone in the next few weeks - 10 million passengers in a year for the first time.
British Finance Minister Philip Hammond gestures as South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan looks on during a media briefing in Pretoria

UK courts SA after dumping the EU

Britain's Finance Minister Philip Hammond yesterday pledged millions of pounds in aid for South Africa's developmental programmes, describing the country as a "key strategic partner" for the UK post-Brexit.

School's out for summer

School's out for 2016 but Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi already has his sights set on 2017.

Sinister forces at work: Nhleko

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko hinted yesterday at a campaign against him and the SAPS, telling parliament that there were "sinister attempts to tarnish the work we do".

'Take me, not my prophet,' church member tells court

The Hillbrow Magistrate's Court was taken to church yesterday when Koabeng Qhobela, a member of the Revelation Church of God, took to the stand to defend allegations he had threatened the chairman of a commission investigating alleged dodgy practices in South African churches.

Plett Rage scamster left pupils stranded

A man who allegedly ran an accommodation scam that left about 100 pupils stranded in Plettenberg Bay may have pocketed more than R1-million through dubious deals.
German Chancellor and leader of the conservative CDU Merkel is pictured at the CDU party convention in Essen

Merkel acts on migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives yesterday toughened their tone on integrating migrants, passing a resolution tackling forced marriage and honour killings, and cracking down on dual citizenship.

Tinkler is twitchy over final venue

Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler has questioned the decision to play the Telkom Knockout final in Polokwane.

Now ill-disciplined cricketers face the red card

Cricketers could from next October be "red-carded" by umpires and ejected from the ground for the duration of a match after the sport's legislators yesterday recommended on-field sanctions to address declining standards of player behaviour.

Polokwane off the map: coach

Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler has questioned the decision to play Saturday's Telkom Knockout final at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Cape City stripped of Majoro's silky touch

Cape Town City will be without experienced striker Lehlohonolo Majoro for the Telkom Knockout final against SuperSport United on Saturday, a blow that coach Eric Tinkler says the club will have to overcome.

Confidence in Tinkler's tinkering

Aubrey Ngoma has thanked Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler for giving the club's attacking players freedom to express the best of their talents as they look ahead to the Telkom Knockout final against SuperSport United on Saturday.

Proteas selectors' daunting mission

So you want to be a selector?

SABC investigating committee sees how the wind is blowing

Today something very odd took place. A parliamentary committee began a hearing into the bona fides of the SABC board. All good and well, except for one thing:

The Big Read: The measure of our misery

Like every December, you know it's a slow news month by the desperate headlines. A former Wits student leader, the Hitler-admiring one, calls the vice-chancellor "evil, the third force and uncircumcised at heart".

Sevens show the way ahead

The Blitzboks' impressive tournament victory in Dubai - the first event of 10 on the World Sevens Series - has lifted the mood among South African rugby supporters after the Springboks' dismal showing this season.

Go on, we dare you to ignore these tips

December is a time for beige and putty-coloured offices to somehow become even more depressing with the appliance of tinsel. Most disturbingly, it's a time for the unavoidable office Christmas party - a time of damage limitation and bizarre human behaviour.

Steinhoff just grow'd, like Topsy

Steinhoff plans to double its clothing stores in eastern Europe to 2000 in the next five years, its CE said yesterday, extending the South African retailer's reach in one of its fastest-growing regions.
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks to Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba during a meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

Chinese buy Xi's pub of choice for R35m

A 16th century British pub made famous by the visit of China's President Xi Jinping and former prime minister David Cameron has been bought by a major Chinese firm.

Grave measures to boost lira

Convert your hard currency to Turkish lira and you could enjoy a free wedding package, a meal and a loaf of bread. Or even a gravestone.

Business nibs

Business confidence rose to its highest in four months in November, helped by improvements in new vehicle sales and manufacturing output, a survey showed yesterday .

Hit List: We'll tell you what you want

Women think men love getting socks - and the brighter the better. But he likes his socks grey and from Woolworths.

Night market: Popping in to Plett pop-up

A two-night extravaganza of entertainment, boutique shopping and family fun is promised at Plett Starry Nights in the week before Christmas, the resort town's first pop-up market.

What he thinks she wants

They are gorgeous and I'm sure your mother looks at her set with googly eyes every time she cooks, but don't do it.

Uh-oh - here's Johnny

Johnny Depp and Will Smith topped a list of Hollywood's most overpaid actors, an illustration that star power does not always bring in dollars at the box office.

Early Christmas gift for fans goes rogue

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, fans had to wait years between Star Wars movies - but the space saga is back with the most hotly anticipated spin-off in cinema history.