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Irma Stern's 'Gladioli'. Picture: SUPPLIED

Irma Stern’s $3.7m works up for sale at Bonhams

Bonhams London will auction eleven paintings with combined estimated value of $3.7m during its biannual South African sale


BOOK REVIEW: Rachel’s Blue

1 day(s) ago

Zakes Mda explores social issues in US depressingly familiar to South Africans, writes Rehana Rossouw


VRROOM WITH A VIEW: BMW’s dark horse

SWOOPY: The BMW X4 rides lower than its  more sedate sibling, which is useful when cornering.  Picture: QUICKPIC
15 hour(s) ago

The X4 proves to be more than a sexed-up version of the X3, with a tighter drive and barely compromised space, writes Alexander Parker


Supercar owners defy recession

WHEELS:  This year’s Rogue Rally will see plenty of competitive events and a bit of partying. This picture from last year suggests the flavour of the event. Picture: ROGUE RALLY
15 hour(s) ago

Supercar owners across the country have pulled the dust covers off their precious possessions, writes Mark Smyth

Gadgets & Gear

Contrite Silicon Valley failed to judge force of anti-tech backlash

15 hour(s) ago

Industry has failed to appreciate mounting concern over its record on online privacy and must act fast to prevent deeper damage to image, top executives concede, writes Richard Waters

Cars, motorcycles & driving


LAUNCH NEWS: Niche player comes to town

Like the X6, the typing of the X4 is likely to be a controversial topic.  Picture: BMW SA
6 day(s) ago

Motor News travelled to the Western Cape to sample BMW’s latest addition to its X family, the X4


FOCUS ON DRIVERISK: Awareness drives behaviour change

Louis Swarts founded the company out of his passion for road safety.
6 day(s) ago

DriveRisk is the perfect tool for changing driver behaviour to make roads safer and fleets more efficient

The styling sets the MG3 apart in the segment. Picture: QUICKPIC

LAUNCH NEWS: Funky, with street cred

MG is aiming to offer something fiery in the compact segment with its new MG3, writes Brenwin Naidu

Travel, food and restaurant news & reviews


New wave of luxury Parisian hotels beckons

A band of Asian-owned luxury hotels is challenging the city’s old guard by offering modern, high-end facilities to woo wealthy tourists, writes Adam Thomson

Travel & Food

Alaska not as it seems

FINAL FRONTIER: The town of Homer — ‘halibut fishing capital of the world’ — is a major fishing port surrounded by lofty mountain ranges in southern Alaska.  Picture: BRENDAN RYAN
5 day(s) ago

Even summer is chilly, but birding and scenery are magnificent, writes Brendan Ryan

Travel & Food

TRAVEL: London, Tyrol, Berlin and Ravello

19 day(s) ago

A shopping and packing service for men, The Jakobskreuz, Deutsche Bahn restructuring and a unique table-with-a-view


WINE: Cape Winemakers Guild auction

The Cape Winemakers Guild has come a long way in three decades, writes Michael Fridjhon

Travel & Food


5 day(s) ago

Allée Bleue is pop-up venue worthy of repetition, writes Eugene Yiga

Travel & Food

MasterChef judge Matt Preston writes with real, messy cooking in mind

Matt Preston.  Picture: MARTIN RHODES
13 day(s) ago

Preston explains why burgers are essential, the joys of cooking with his children and why the TV series resonates with so many viewers, writes Sue Blaine

Music, theatre, art, dance & design

ANTISOCIAL: Emma Sadleir, left, and Tamsyn de Beer warn that our reputations can be harmed by social media. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Think before you post

Words or images online can have disastrous consequences for the unsuspecting, writes Sue Grant-Marshall

Arts & Entertainment

ON THE STAGE: Brilliant but unsettling satire

IN THE FRAME Daniel Janks, Jessica Friedan, Ashleigh Harvey and James Alexander in Neil Labute’s Bash, at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton. Picture: THEATRE ON THE SQUARE
1 day(s) ago

Playwright, director, screenwriter Neil LaBute has made career out of showing middle class to be thoroughly nasty pieces of work, writes Christina Kennedy



Hearing Only Love Can Break Your Heart as a full-throated four piece affair is worth quite a lot of the asking price, writes Richard Haslop


Quality of life is this architect’s keystone

HANDS ON: Sindile Ngonyama’s flair for drawing led him to pursue a career in architecture. Picture: SUPPLIED
2 day(s) ago

Sindile Ngonyama’s deprived upbringing has shaped his theory on the built environment, writes Patricia McCracken

Personal technology news & reviews

Dummies of new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are displayed with a figure of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs at a mall selling smartphones in Hong Kong on Friday.  Picture: REUTERS

Apple receives record pre-orders for new iPhones

Apple says it received record 4-million first-day pre-orders of new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning many customers will have to wait until October for phones

Gadgets & Gear

VIDEO: Eastern Cape learners first African team in international electric car challenge

2 day(s) ago

Two teams of learners from the Mandela School of Science and Technology in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape will participate in the International Greenpower Challenge in the UK


Google taps Japan in attempt to narrow mobile revenue gap

Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

World’s biggest app market could help Google trim Apple’s lead because Japan’s developers have figured out how to get people to pay for games and extras


Jobs was a visionary, Cook relies on others to dream

Apple CEO Tim Cook.  Picture: REUTERS

Apple chief Tim Cook’s job is to keep market happy, not with innovative products but with turnover and profit growth, writes Chris Powell

Books news & reviews



Two misfits meet in a shadowy future regime in Howard Jacobson’s dystopian novel J, which could be a sequel to his Booker-winning The Finkler Question


BOOK REVIEW: The Bloomsbury Cookbook

1 day(s) ago

The Bloomsbury Cookbook offers a seat at the table of London bohemia, writes Madeleine Morrow


BOOK REVIEW: How to Speak Money

8 day(s) ago

John Lanchester argues that bankers are not always out to trick us, they just don’t know how to explain, writes Lucy Kellaway

Health & lifestyle news

ON THE HOP: Health and fitness experts regularly advise that you starve a fever of exercise but say feeding a cold moderately, with a brisk walk, may not be a bad idea. Picture: THINKSTOCK

To make the most of a workout, experts say set the proper pace

Setting proper workout pace deflects boredom and fatigue, syncs body and mind, and enables the everyday exerciser to keep pushing on

Gadgets & Gear

Gyms barter to build bottom line

7 day(s) ago

The work-for-workout barter agreement means that gyms keep their costs down and individuals who can’t afford gym membership stay fit, writes Penny Haw


Sugar tax mooted to save lives and money

Picture: REUTERS
28 day(s) ago

Study shows 20% tax on sugar-sweetened drinks could cut number of obese South Africans by almost a quarter of a million

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