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BOOK REVIEW: Submission

Michel Houllebecq. Picture: REUTERS

A vision of Europe that gains from Muslim rule of family from author Michel Houellebecq, writes Ashraf Jamal


Cookbook preserves South African legacy recipes

A Culinary Journey of South African Indigenous Foods documents dishes from Amadombolo to Phutu


How AIDS activists took down pharma Goliaths

Treatment Action Campaign activist Zackie Achmat was at the forefront of the fight to obtain affordable antiretrovirals for all South Africans. Picture: REUTERS/JUDA NGWENYA

Author Liz Mcgregor chronicles life and death battle between MSF and Treatment Action Campaign’s Zackie Achmat against Big Pharma, writes Liz Mcgregor


Global epidemics loom in not so distant future

Medical workers at a hospital in Spain with a suspected Ebola patient. There is a significant chance that an epidemic of a substantially more infectious disease than Ebola will occur in the next 20 years, warns Bill Gates. Picture: REUTERS

The world is less prepared for illness and disease than war, writes , writes Andrew Ward


LAUNCH NEWS: BMW’s town cruiser joins the brotherhood

BMW has given the new X1 the X-family look. Pictures: QUICKPIC, MARK SMYTH

BMW has pulled its X1 into line with the rest of the X-family, writes Mark Smyth


DRIVING IMPRESSION: Jaguar F-Type V8 has a firm grip on things

Adding all-wheel drive to the Jaguar F-Type gives it far more traction in the corners. Picture: NEWSPRESS UK

The gloriously raucous Jaguar F-Type V8 coupe has been made even sweeter thanks to its AWD traction, writes Lerato Matebese


Qatari slavery museum opens amid forced labour complaints

Men work on the Sport City tower in Doha. Picture: REUTERS

Museum explicitly links historic slave trading to modern-day human trafficking and bonded labour


Musical pays tribute to township jazz artists

Actresses perform renditions of ’50s and ’60s songs as a hip-hop artist tells the story and links the past to the present in Songs from Jazztown at the Market Theatre


The truth lets you free in reputation management

Andrew Boraine. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Attitudes of humour, level-headedness, a strong social conscience and an authentic approach go a long way towards winning back public trust, writes Vanessa Rogers


How to read your baby’s smile


Researchers say the grin on your baby’s face provides clues to their social and emotional development


Cinemas must box clever to remain in the frame

As  movie streaming becomes a hallmark of contemporary life, traditional cinemas have to work hard to retain their audiences.  Picture: ISTOCK

Disruptive technology is rewriting the script of cinemas, featuring plots and players we would never have contemplated about a decade ago


Chocolate pill enters supplement market — but scientists aren’t swallowing the hype

Sweet makers are ramping up production of nutritional supplements with flavanols, a cocoa extract said to improve blood circulation, but some confectioners are sticking to enjoyable chocolate. Picture: BLOOMBERG/PHILIPP SCHMIDLI

Sweet makers pump up production of nutritional supplements with flavanols, a cocoa extract said to improve blood circulation, writes Corinne Gretler


Experts propose changes to how infectious diseases are handled

Picture: ISTOCK

Panel of health experts is calling for sweeping changes to way infectious disease threats are managed, saying bungled response to Ebola epidemic exposed dangerous vulnerabilities

Cars, motorcycles & driving


LAUNCH NEWS: Ford Figo raises the bar, and the price

The design fits more with the latest Ford family look. Picture: QUICKPIC

The new Ford Figo is a huge improvement, but it’s costly


FUTURE MODELS: Mercedes SL — putting a roof over elegance

The new SL will have a redesigned facade. Picture: DAIMLER AG

Mercedes will be hoping that changes to its SL will put it back in the sales race, writes Michael Taylor


INTERVIEW: Renault’s French pick-up revolution

Marina Picard, assistant director in charge of LCV product range at Renault Global. Picture: RENAULT

Mark Smyth spoke with two of the Renault executives in Paris responsible for the brand’s new LCV strategy

The Fiat 124 concept. Picture: NEWSPRESS UK

LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW: Focus on electric, plug-in hybrids

The quietest LA auto show in years saw some critical launches, power upgrades and a Volkswagen trying to lay low, writes Michael Taylor


NEW MODELS: Volvo S60 Polestar is functional and fun

Almost all of the 25 Volvo S60 Polestar derivatives allocated to SA have already been sold. Picture: QUICKPIC

Volvo has introduced the hottest version of its S60 yet

Travel, food and restaurant news & reviews

Thabang Skwambane. Picture: SUPPLIED

Executive intends taking flag to unimagined heights

Advertising prodigy Thabang Skwambane likens SA Tourism account to ‘playing for your country’, writes Sue Grant-Marshall

Travel & Food

Douglas Green Bellingham to install solar plant at Wellington facility


Wholesale wine producer is installing solar plant that will take largest production plant off-grid in bid to reduce electricity costs, stabilise production, improve marketability


The man bringing tourists to Durban

Phillips Sithole. Picture: SUPPLIED

Tourism head Phillip Sithole works tirelessly to make Durban a must-visit destination, including township tourism and Commonwealth Games, writes Nce Mkhize


LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Vine art of seeing stars and scoring points while sipping

Professional tasters seem to manage a degree of consistency, despite potential for things to go wrong

Music, theatre, art, dance & design

Picture: THE TIMES

Captain who is steering uShaka Marine World to prosperous future

Dynamic Stella Khumalo puts theme park on track to healthy profit and as one of Africa’s leading marine attractions

Arts & Entertainment

Bold insistence to reclaim blackness

Bester V, Mayotte, 2015 (detail). Silver gelatin print.  Picture: STEVENSON GALLERY

Black and white self-portraits by award-winning photographic artist Zanele Muholi demand acceptance without prejudice

Arts & Entertainment

Education is circus school’s main act

Zip Zap’s meteoric success takes school to millions of fans, while it's not all fun and games, writes Eugene Yiga

Arts & Entertainment

Joburg Ballet and former CEO in legal dance

Joburg Ballet. Picture: ALON SKUY

Both parties set to take civil action against each other after company boss resigns amid internal hearing

Arts & Entertainment

Art exhibition sheds light on an eccentric snake man

Snake, 2015 (detail) linocut on Zerkall Litho Paper 110 x 76cm. Picture: SUPPLIED

David Brits takes archives of newspaper cuttings and photographs that feature his grandfather, John Wood, as a starting point for his exhibition at Smith Studio


HALF ART: Artist Muholi brings us face to face with performed authenticity

Roles Zanele Muholi’s Somnyama Ngonyama 'performs' depict the black face and the black body as both regal and vulnerable

Personal technology news & reviews

Google’s clever artificial intelligence move

The development of smarter and more pervasive artificial intelligence is about to shift into overdrive, writes David Tuffley

Gadgets & Gear

App ensures that Nelson Mandela’s wisdom lives on

A portrait of former president Nelson Mandela painted on a wall in Johannesburg in July 2012. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/THE TIMES

Nelson Mandela Foundation has releases quotations app, so words of former president Nelson Mandela can be at your fingertips

Gadgets & Gear

Spyproof Blackphones hit the spotlight


Blackphone with its cutting-edge cryptography impermeable to snooping is becoming a coveted device for rich, powerful and secretive, writes Sam Jones

Gadgets & Gear

Africa apps give BBC a leg up

Developers of smartphone dating app Paktor log in to their accounts to show their Paktor profiles at their office in Singapore. Homegrown apps hope their understanding of local cultural norms will give them a leg up over global rivals such as US-based Tinder, which has millions more users but which is seen as conduit for finding sexual partners, as well as friends. Picture: REUTERS/EDGAR SU

Two applications developed on continent set to help broadcaster as source of trusted news

Opinion & Analysis

Onward march of the robots

CYBORG BIKER: Yamaha’s prototype model of a motorcycle-riding robot at the Tokyo Motor Show this week. Picture: REUTERS/ISSI KATO

Not quite so fast — singularity is not yet upon us, writes Tim Harford

Books news & reviews

BESTSELLER: Novelist Lauren Beukes.

Beukes raises money for children’s book charity

Johannesburg event is on November 26 for Book Dash, a nongovernmental organisation that creates open-licensed books




Skin — a triumphant and intriguing exploration of being an outsider in your own community


AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Pitt plumbs depths of fading memory to free family’s secrets

Bridget Pitt. Picture: SUPPLIED

Brain-damage survivor Iris Langley is convinced her mother carries a secret to the grave, writes Sue Grant-Marshall


BOOK REVIEW: Sweet Medicine


Debut novel by Ruth First fellow Panashe Chigumadzi has a political undercurrent that reflects Zimbabwe’s political situation, writes Edward Tsumele


AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Beer Safari puts microbrewers on the map

Lucy Corner. Picture: SUPPLIED

In her second book, Beer Safari: A Journey through the Breweries, Lucy Corne explores South Africa’s growing independent brewing community

Health & lifestyle news

Salmon. Picture: REUTERS

Engineered salmon fit to jump onto dinner table

US regulator clears salmon genetically altered to grow twice as fast as farm fish, but consumer advocacy group vows to take fight to court, writes Andrew Pollack


Alternative health treatments needle out chronic neck pain

Acupuncture. Picture: REUTERS/KIM HONG-JI

Acupuncture and Alexander Technique offer longer-term solution to chronic muscle tension, stress or pain, writes Kathryn Doyle


Shades of shame marked abortion trial

Picture: ISTOCK

Crichton-Watts trial in 1972 reveals courtroom humiliation of young white women with embarrassing questions about their sex lives and bodies in puritanical society, writes Susanne Klausen


Lower bars to new drug equivalents may cut price

An employee assembles an injection-pen for the diabetes drug Lyxumia at a manufacturing site of French drug maker Sanofi in Frankfurt, German. Picture: REUTERS/RALPH ORLOWSKI

Biosimilars will reduce drug prices, but not to the same degree generics do, writes Austin Frakt


Workplace wellness programmes get the best out of employees


Businesses offer employee health, wellness and lifestyle programmes to cut absenteeism, writes Vanessa Rogers

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