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Arms inquiry crisis

The commission of inquiry into the multibillion-rand arms procurement deal faces a fresh crisis - two top advocates involved in gathering evidence about alleged kick-backs and corruption have quit.

Unrepentant minister shields Motsoeneng

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi says she has filed an affidavit opposing the DA court bid to reverse the SABC board's decision to appoint Hlaudi Motsoeneng permanently as chief operations officer.

Cauliflower power

Cauliflowers are flying off the shelves.

Porsche laps up Kyalami

Toby Venter is South Africa's motor sport man of the hour.

The red-tape shredders

What is "strong and sticky" and can slow business development to a crawl?

Algerian plane down in strife-torn Mali

An air Algerie flight crashed yesterday en route from Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso, to Algiers with more than 110 people on board.

SA bag medal 2

Richard Murray and Siyabulela Mabulu yesterday showed Team South Africa how to win Commonwealth Games medals.

Shark of Messina poised to rejoice

Race leader Vincenzo Nibali stamped his class on the Tour de France yesterday, catching and accelerating past Mikel Nieve, the last of a long breakaway group, 8km from the finish at Hautacam to win his fourth stage of the year.

Mahela takes charge

Everyone who was at the Sinhalese Sports Club yesterday to see Mahela Jayawardene take a superb century off the Proteas attack on the first day of the second Test should be thankful he did so.

We need leaders, not a bunch of unruly children

It can, in a way, be amusing to watch politicians reduce parliament to being one big circus - but there is nothing funny about having our democracy reduced to the level of a cartoon network.

The Big Read: The land that laughter forgot

It was 23 years ago that I last visited Zimbabwe while doing fieldwork for my doctoral dissertation.

Jake's vast box of tricks

In his first Tri-Nations tour as Springbok coach, Jake White asked a bar full of rugby hacks who was the best fetcher in South Africa. After much head-scratching among the media, White gleefully answered: "It's [centre] De Wet Barry."

Samsung jobs for KZN

Electronics giant Samsung will pump hundreds of millions into the South African economy when it builds a manufacturing plant here later this year.

Cyril in favour of strike polls

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said unionised workers should be allowed to vote on whether to strike.

Data windfall for Vodacom

Vodacom's first-quarter revenue rose 4.3% as customers used more data outside its domestic market.

It's true - dogs are green-eyed monsters

In the Descent of Man, Charles Darwin noted that "everyone has seen how jealous a dog is of his master's affection, if lavished on any other creature".

The Leftovers Season one: The stranger the better

So if the celebrity rags are to be believed, the preposterously handsome Justin Theroux - who is engaged to Jennifer Aniston - used to have to scavenge through rubbish bins as a struggling actor.

On the radar

In the 1950s, the film industry was threatened by the rise of television and had to think of new ways to keep people going to cinemas.

Heading for stardom

Charlize Theron is not the only South African star coming soon to a cinema near you. Former Capetonian Stelio Savante has landed five movie roles and two television series just this year.

Final reel at famous cinema

John Cleese once walked past the Labia Theatre in Cape Town, saw that a Monty Python movie was showing, and went inside to watch it.

Snoop gets high at the White House

Snoop Dogg says he enjoyed a joint in the bathroom of the White House. According to Britain's Daily Mail, the rapper confessed to the indiscretion on his YouTube show Snoop Dogg's Double G News Network.