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Farms are dying

Rural areas are in a "death spiral", with thousands of farmers abandoning their land.

Neighbours slug it out

Christine Phillips and David Bradbury are neighbours who don't like each other much.

Healthy, not by choice

If the current wave of health legislation continues, we may all be forced into compulsory exercise as in North Korea.

We're jolly, and trusting

We hardly ever read the fine print, we think our parents had it better and, as for government, don't get us started.

The war zones we fly over

Hundreds of flights leaving South Africa each week are flying over war zones.

Girl, 10, caught with suicide belt

A 10-year-old girl strapped with a suicide bomber's explosives belt has been taken into police custody alongside her 18-year-old sister in northern Nigeria, police said.

Cornel blows out world champion

Cornel Fredericks blew away a field featuring the reigning world champion to claim the Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles crown at a wet Hampden Park last night.

More gold from bowlers

South Africa scored a Commonwealth Games first yesterday when they won gold in the lawn bowls para open triples, defeating New Zealand 13-11 in the final at Kelvingrove.

Volatile Cheika on brink of history

It's revealing that several high-profile rugby brains who have worked with current Waratahs coach Michael Cheika do not want to discuss the man.

Don't just talk about women, speak to them

Today is the start of Women's Month and we can expect a number of festivities and talk shops from the government and the private sector.

The Big Read: Tackling the violent male

We need to talk - about men.

Mtembu issue not black and white

The reaction to Tera Mtembu being named the Sharks' first black captain has been predictably mixed.

Transnet faces R80bn suit

Former Transnet employees have the green light to launch a class action to try to recoup R79.96-billion in pension funds and interest they accuse the parastatal of losing through mismanagement.

Exports strong despite labour unrest

Exports increased and imports dipped in June, preventing the gaping trade deficit from ballooning further.

Sibanye's platinum dream iced

Sibanye Gold doubts it will make its first platinum-asset buy this year as sellers such as Anglo American are slowing the process.

The Great War was not all quiet on the home front

If a vignette provides one way of reflecting on World War 1, here is a random sample of microcosmic histories.

Heavy Petting: Tonight, Josephine?

Truth is stranger than fiction. And history even stranger.

Film Review: A thrilling plot for peace

South Africans like to gripe about films that harp on the past, but in this 20th year of our democracy there are a number of documentaries coming out that explore our achievements and challenges.

Bieber vs Bloom: Let there be blood

At the age of 37, Orlando Bloom should have better things to do with his time than scuffle with a 20-year-old delinquent like Justin Bieber, purportedly over Miranda Kerr, Bloom's ex-wife.

Pumped up Chad 'tired'

This time there were no girls begging him to accompany them to their matric dances, and none of Bert le Clos's hilarious theatrics, but the focus - as it was after the London Olympics two years ago - was again on Chad le Clos yesterday.

Checker settles penis app lawsuit

Singer Chubby Checker, 72, has settled a lawsuit in which he accused Hewlett-Packard of using his trademarked name without permission on a software app purported to measure the size of a man's penis.