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Mauritius woos show business

The Mauritian government plans to expand its rebate scheme to attract foreign film companies, writes Lindsay Fortado


Global fund helps Western Cape women fight HIV infections

Picture: ISTOCK

Western Cape health department’s efforts to slow new HIV infections among girls and women gets a R81m booster from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria


Paris Motor Show: Car makers band together against Silicon Valley

Volkswagen will be showing its new electric car strategy.   Picture: NEWSPRESS UK

It is clear the big names are worried by the threat posed by autonomous driving systems, as they start co-operating where before they would have competed


BEE MATTERS: Some ways to fund fees without gaps or taxes

University of Cape Town academics and health faculty students demonstrate outside Parliament last week. The government cannot promise to freeze university fees when it does not have the money. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

The government pleads poverty amid fees protests but it sends troops to DRC and Sudan and helps human rights violators such as Swaziland and Zimbabwe, writes Dion Gerber

Western Cape tackles alcohol menace

New green paper recognises economic, social and rights-based complexities of alcohol-related harms; it's a step in the right direction, writes Charles Parry

Arts & Entertainment

Noem My Skollie SA’s official Oscars selection

A screengrab from the film Noem My Skollie.

The local box office sensation has been nominated as South Africa’s selection in the category for Best Foreign Language Film Award


INTERNATIONAL LAUNCH: Winding it up in the Caymans

The Cayman is a sharper looking weapon in its new guise.   Picture: PORSCHE

Motor News travelled to Germany to sample the Porsche 718 Cayman and Cayman S


Nine out of 10 people breathe harmful air

A World Health Organisation study reveals dirty air is to blame for millions of deaths every year, writes Pilita Clark

Cars, motorcycles & driving

Expect the new BMW 5 Series to feature carbon fibre elements similar to those in the Carbon Core of the 7 Series.   Picture: BMW

RUMOUR HAS IT... Calling time on MG; honours for Dieselgate

The owner of MG announces it will cease production of MG vehicles in the UK, and VW has won the Ig Nobel award for chemistry


FUTURE MODELS: Land Rover Discovery 5 — a design to expand the fan base

The Discovery 5 echoes some of the styling of the Disco Sport but with a whole lot more.  Picture: LAND ROVER

Land Rover finally unveiled its new Discovery this week and there is lots to look forward to, writes Michael Taylor


SA CAR OF THE YEAR: Top 10 vie to be country’s best drive

The 10 finalists for this year’s competition were announced during a reveal  at The Country Club Johannesburg in Woodmead.  Picture: SA GUILD OF MOTORING JOURNALISTS

The Wesbank/South African Guild of Motoring Journalists has announced its finalists for the 2017 Car of the Year competition


LAUNCH NEWS: Cats with attitude

The 322km/h F-Type SVR was the star of the show. Picture: JAGUAR LAND ROVER SA

Mark Smyth put the new F-Type SVR and other Jags through their paces at the Kyalami circuit


INTERNATIONAL MOTORSPORT: Evolution’s test run impresses the team

The Toyota Hilux Evo underwent testing on various terrains at its first test outing.  Picture: QUICKPIC

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s new Hilux entry for the Dakar Rally is faster over the rough stuff

Travel, food and restaurant news & reviews

Poultry accounts for about 35% of all meat eaten globally, and is soon predicted to overtake pork, which is now at 36%. Picture: ISTOCK

Masterchef Australia judges wine and dine in SA

The trio of top chefs applauds SA’s culinary offerings, variety of foods and quality restaurants


The ups and downs of treating bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is characterised as dramatic shifts in mood and activity levels that affect a person’s ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Picture: ISTOCK

Stigmas surrounding mental illness are slowly melting in the face of understanding, writes Nick Rojas

Travel & Food

Keeping the fynbos heritage alive

Rudy and Marietjie Visser have re-energised the Cape Floral Kingdom Expo in Bredasdorp to showcase the beauty and diversity of the province’s fynbos and to promote conservation efforts. Picture: LESLEY STONES

Conservation-focused fynbos show reawakens to promote the beauty and diversity of SA’s heritage, writes Lesley Stones

Travel & Food

Appetite for fermented food grows

Nick Vadasz, owner of Vadasz Deli in London,  helped his Hungarian grandmother ferment pickles — not  an English tradition. Picture: SUPPLIED

Pickles, kombucha, and sauerkraut are catching on as a healthy alternative to fast food, writes Madeleine Morrow

Travel & Food

Bid to put local food on the map

Slow Food Italy’s Francesco Anastasi, left, and Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini visit the garden of Soweto smallholder Phila Cele to sample his special brand of chilli. Picture: MALCOLM DRUMMOND

Slow Food Italy’s Francesco Anastasi is on a mission to preserve and defend local products and cuisine around the world, writes Sue Blaine


LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Tim Rands cultivated the rootstock of wine innovation

The South African wine industry loses one of its most innovative producers and distributors

Music, theatre, art, dance & design

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Art is a joy — but just watch those legalities

Serious art collecting requires the input of various advisers, not least the legal profession

Arts & Entertainment

NBCUniversal gets rights to ‘Harry Potter’ films in deal worth as much as $250m

A young witch with her new book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, at the launch at Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Cape Town, in July 2007.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES/DENZIL MAREGELE

NBCUniversal in the US will also get the rights to the coming ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise from ‘Harry Potter’ author JK Rowling

Arts & Entertainment

Mda brings ‘new’ work to Market

Friends Zakes Mda, left, and John Kani will be staging their first professional collaboration, The Dying Screams of the Moon, at the Market Theatre in July and August. The play is written by Mda and directed by Kani. Picture: EUGENE GODDARD

Collaboration brings to life Zakes Mda’s The Dying Screams of the Moon in its first ever professional staging at the rechristened Mannie Manim Theatre, writes Christina Kennedy

Arts & Entertainment

Trevor Noah is coming home to MAMAs

Comedian Trevor Noah. Picture: ANTONIO MUCHAVE/SOWETAN

The comedy star, host of The Daily Show in the US, will be the main presenter at the MTV African Music Awards in Johannesburg

Arts & Entertainment

Fair accents East African art

The East African-focused 2016 edition of the FNB JoburgArtFair has been given a makeover.  Picture: SUPPLIED

Visitors to the FNB JoburgArtFair can peruse art from seven galleries or platforms in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda, writes Mary Corrigall


HALF ART: Easy to be smug about trigger alerts when you’re not being shot at

Smugness and indifference to alerts on persecution or injustice are highly inappropriate when the threat is real, writes Chris Thurman

Personal technology news & reviews

Stephen Hawking. Picture: AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

Innovations must benefit and not harm humanity, says Stephen Hawking

Scientist and author Stephen Hawking warns against a "two-speed world" in which some people feel left behind by innovation

Gadgets & Gear

GoPro Review: a camera with smartphone smarts

GoPro. Picture: ISTOCK

Hurt by cheaper rivals, GoPro has been buying software companies — and it shows in the Hero 5 Black and Session which makes it easier than ever to make cool videos

Gadgets & Gear

Cover your laptop webcam to make sure your private life remains private

Picture: ISTOCK

Such cameras can be hijacked by hackers to gather sensitive or even compromising images, the US’s FBI says

Books news & reviews


BOOK REVIEW: This Present Darkness

Historian Stephen Ellis examines the Nigerian diaspora and why organised crime flourishes in the country’s society, writes David Reiersgord


How unwanted second-hand books became big business


The explosive success of World of Books is a story of unlikely origins stumbling on underlying value, writes Jonathan Margolis


JM Coetzee left off Man Booker shortlist

Novels written by author JM Coetzee. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Novels on subjects ranging from murder in 19th-century Scotland to classical music in revolutionary China short-listed


BOOK REVIEW: The Way I See it: Musings Of A Black Woman In the Rainbow Nation


Author Lerato Tshabalala risks a big blacklash taking sides in race relations, writes Lungile Sojini


JM Coetzee’s ‘mesmerising tale’ grapples with battle between head and heart

Novels written by author JM Coetzee. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

If the author wins the Man Booker Prize for The Schooldays of Jesus it will be his third, after winning in 1983 and 1999

Health & lifestyle news

Mental health still stigmatised and underfunded

Treatable mental illness underfunded ‘despite evidence it makes business sense to treat it — is a clear sign of stigma’, writes Yvonne Fontyn


Fitbit moves to step up digital health ambitions

Fitbit is updating its Blaze watches, above, as demand for activity trackers is expected to soar. The new Charge wristband shows incoming calls from a paired smartphone, and an app can estimate a user’s cardio fitness level. Picture: REUTERS

Despite reporting a 47% jump in second-quarter sales in August, Fitbit’s stock has still lost about half its value so far in 2016


Why purging is so bad for your mind

Retreats and holiday spas based on detox therapies are a luxury option, provided you can afford to pay many thousands of rand and are prepared for a diet of birch sap, black coconut ash and broccoli smoothies. Picture: ISTOCK

There’s no need for expensive treatments as the body has its own detoxification system which includes the liver and the kidneys

Opinion & Analysis

A buzzing economy helps keep malaria at bay

CARRIER: Malaria is caused by plasmodium parasites that are spread to people through the bites of infected anopheles mosquitoes, called 'malaria vectors', that bite mainly between dusk and dawn. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Socialist Venezuela, dirt poor and adrift, is an exception as the tide turns in the global war on malaria


Study fails to close divide on statins

While a study claims the benefits of statins outweigh the risks of taking them, opponents of the drugs remain concerned about its serious side effects that include muscle, nerve, liver and cardiovascular damage, endocrine disruption, erectile dysfunction and an increased risk of diabetes, cancer and birth defects. Picture: ISTOCK

New British study claims finally to put to rest the rancorous debate worldwide over the risk-versus-benefit profile of statins

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