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Battle for water gets ugly in Vryheid as locals come to blows

In Vryheid, northern KwaZulu-Natal, water is so valuable that people are having fist fights over it. In this town of 211 000, a story is playing out of how things fall apart when the water dries up. And, as parts of South Africa wilt under a crippling drought, the story that Vryheid has to tell is not pretty. In fact, it’s damn ugly.

Garden held grisly secret

Every Sunday Molefe Molefe would visit the home of his sister's boyfriend. They would sit in the garden, share advice, fix their bikes and discuss his sister's disappearance.

SARS 'plot to get rid of me'

Former SARS spokesman Adrian Lackay is expected to detail how he was "sidelined" when he testifies before the CCMA today.

These are South Africa's most expensive addresses

If you live on The Ridge or Cliff Roads in Clifton, you have bragging rights to the most expensive streets in South Africa. Cape Town's swanky suburb, with its sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, is home to the country's costliest addresses.
A man poses with a magnifier in front of a Facebook logo on display in this illustration taken in Sarajevo.

Suspect bust for 'Facebook rapes'

For months they stalked young women and teenagers in Pretoria's Mamelodi township.
exam, matric, school, file photo

Home is where the learning is

Parents who choose to educate their children at home have some tough hurdles to overcome.
A Harley-Davidson bike is displayed in their office in Singapore

'Guy didn't steal his own bike'

A North West High Court judge rapped a police officer over the knuckles for arresting and detaining a Harley-Davidson owner for allegedly stealing his own motorbike.
President Jacob Zuma's scandal prone leadership is leaving South Africa in flames‚ says Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane.

Zuma shouted down by calls for textbooks

President Jacob Zuma’s chants of “amandla” were met by calls for books as he addressed a crowd in Limpopo‚ a province plagued by school textbook delivery scandals.
Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow is seen after his inauguration at Gambia's embassy in Dakar, Senegal

Senegalese general leads troops into The Gambia

African troops entered The Gambia yesterday to secure President Adama Barrow's arrival from neighbouring Senegal .
Donald Trump Addresses Faith And Freedom Coalition Road To Majority Conference

Crowds and the media don't add up for Trump

Donald Trump's White House came under fire yesterday for falsely accusing the media of misreporting inaugural crowd numbers after millions took to the streets in protest against the new president.
A photo taken from a video shows firefighters work at Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola

Avalanche survivors ate snow to stay alive

Survivors of Italy's avalanche disaster ate snow to stay hydrated and sang to keep their spirits up as they huddled in the mangled wreckage of the Hotel Rigopiano.
Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates winning match point against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York

Serena grinds down dogged Strycova to reach quarter-finals

Serena Williams battled a misbehaving serve and scorching heat but stayed cool under pressure in a 7-5 6-4 win over Czech Barbora Strycova to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Monday.

Konta dispatches Makarova, to meet Serena in quarters

Johanna Konta advanced to an Australian Open quarter-final showdown with Serena Williams after the ninth seed dismantled Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 6-4 in their fourth-round clash on Monday.

Djokovic to lead Serbia in Davis Cup tie against Russia

Ousted Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic will lead hosts Serbia against Russia in their Feb. 3-5 Davis Cup first-round tie, the world number two said on Sunday.

Disinformation scandal: the truth behind the 'white monopoly capital' propaganda assault

Zuma’s nasty gang of allies are fighting a dirty propaganda war to deflect us from the truth, writes Justice Malala

We suspect not even Trump knows what he'll do next

Listening to Donald Trump's bombastic speech at his inauguration as US president on Friday, a thought kept nagging away: "I hope this guy has got a workable plan to ensure he can keep all these lofty promises."

Why no cure for wrap rage?

Is it really that hard to design a six-pack of long-life milk that won't rip apart before you can get it from the shelf to the kitchen? It would appear so.

Economy's snail's-pace progress

The economy will get a boost from higher commodity prices, a benign inflation outlook and better rains that will benefit agriculture, Reuters said yesterday.

Muso Spoek goes Mutant

Musician and documentary maker Spoek Mathambo is focusing his lens on controversial Western Cape rapper Isaac Mutant in his latest film project.

4 fitness trends that'll take your workout to the next level

Some of these new fitness trends are as fun as a sweaty night out in a Brazilian dance club

Inner-city runs put the fun back into exercise

Calling all late risers, TV series binge watchers, snackaholics, and those who think walking from their desk jobs to their cars is plenty strenuous.