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Nkandla Phase 2

President Jacob Zuma will not have to pay a cent for the security upgrades at his Nkandla residence, but taxpayers will cough up much more for the president's homestead in future.

Polluters in firing line

If South Africa implements the World Health Organisation's landmark resolutions on air pollution, the government will have to take action against polluting companies, including Eskom.

Budget's 'in the toilet'

Cape Town needs to improve its planning to avoid having to spend millions on porta-potties and bucket-system toilets for informal settlements, says an academic expert.

Once we were speed freaks

Once we were speed freaks, revelling in our muscle cars as we diced between the lights.

The power of packaging

There's something I need to confess: I recently visited my liquor store in search of a bottle of Strawberry Lips to take to a braai.

Blatter takes a battering

Pressure mounted on Fifa president Sepp Blatter yesterday as the corruption scandal engulfing world soccer's governing body drew warnings from major sponsors and criticism from senior Western politicians.

Mashaba plays race card

Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba has entered dangerous territory by playing the race card in response to criticism of the team's plate semifinal exit from the Cosafa Cup.

PSL probe into fixing put on ice

The investigation into the alleged match-fixing of PSL games is unlikely to be concluded before the promotion play-offs end on Wednesday.

A spin doctor gets his turn

Eddie Leie wore a chain as thick as a cigar around his neck to the Gauteng Cricket Board awards last May.

Police minister's report on Nkandla just as predicted

Nkandla .... Nkandla! Where do we begin to interrogate and understand this saga surrounding President Jacob Zuma? Yesterday, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko told South Africans that Zuma was not liable to pay back even a single cent of the cost to the taxpayers of the non-security "upgrades" at his private residence in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

The Big Read: Protest, but don't become the enemy

When the Stuttgart docked in Cape Town harbour in 1937, the "welcoming committee" awaiting the Auerbach family included students from Stellenbosch University in whose number was a young man named Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd.

Cash makes ball go round

The media is salivating at the prospect of having the 2010 World Cup labelled "illegitimate" and "illegal".

Cape CBD gets luxury development

The face of Cape Town's lower city centre is set for a major change with the development of a new R1-billion five-star hotel and apartment block.

Retailer is in recovery aisle

Pick n Pay is firmly on a recovery path, a radical change from the dire straits it was in just two years ago.

Chink of light at Africa Bank

Failed unsecured lender Africa Bank has offered R1.65-billion to junior creditors in a restructuring plan agreed to yesterday that might please some investors who had not expected to get anything back.

Remembering the day Jacob Zuma met Jack Warner

On June 13 2009, just before the Confederations Cup in South Africa, president Jacob Zuma enjoyed a charming meeting with a Fifa vice-president called Jack Warner at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

On the box: Lady in red and blue

The world is addicted to superheroes. The success of film franchises such as Batman and The Avengers has led to a slew of übermensch-related fantasies flooding our screens. The latest is the television show Supergirl.

RZA banks on Azealia

Azealia Banks is set to star as an aspiring rapper in a feature directed by Wu-Tang Clan' s RZA.

Making love, not war...

South African soldiers aren't just keeping the peace - they're also spreading the love.

End of the road for Bennifer?

Speculation is mounting that the marriage of Hollywood power couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner is on the rocks.

Swazi Gold

Swaziland is not exactly a tourist hot spot. For some reason the globetrotting public does not generally bother to visit the world's last absolute monarchy.