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The Soweto Gospel Choir. Picture: JOBURG THEATRE

The soundtrack to the struggle

A stellar line-up of music greats gathers for SA’s 20th anniversary of democracy, writes Christina Kennedy

Motoring

LAUNCH NEWS: Sporty offering takes on all comers

The designers have done a good job with the styling of the GLA.
15 hour(s) ago

Farzana Chaumoo travelled to Knysna to experience the stylish new Mercedes GLA

Arts & Entertainment

Story of Mandela’s red Merc is more complex than you think

The Goethe Institut’s exhibition throws light on an inspiring venture that had no happy ending. Picture: MASIMBA SASA
15 hour(s) ago

Chris Thurman on a new exhibition and documentary at the Goethe Institut in Johannesburg

Motoring

INTERNATIONAL LAUNCH: A potent mix of super DNA

The influence of the P1 is clear in the new front.
15 hour(s) ago

Motor News took to the track in Spain in the new McLaren 650S

Arts & Entertainment

Township art for Mount Nelson

Detail of a work by artist Boyce Magandela. Picture: NKANYEZI GALLERY
15 hour(s) ago

The Maboneng Township Arts Experience has evolved into a fully fledged cultural initiative experienced nationwide, writes Penny Haw

Arts & Entertainment

FILM: One Chance; Son of God; The Legend of Hercules

James Corden in One Chance
15 hour(s) ago

Phillip Altbeker reviews the week’s latest movie releases

Arts & Entertainment

ARTS: ‘I’m trying not to be rude’

15 hour(s) ago

Andrew Clark speaks to Graham Vick, one of the UK’s few internationally recognised opera luminaries


Cars, motorcycles & driving


Motoring

ROAD TEST: Space is not an optional extra

One of the major styling changes is the wider kidney grille up front.
15 hour(s) ago

The new BMW X5 looks set to ensure its ongoing success, writes John Floyd

Motoring

INDUSTRY NEWS: Consumers in cautious mode

Picture: SOWETAN
15 hour(s) ago

Farzana Chaumoo reports on the latest Wesbank Vehicle Sales Confidence Indicator figures

Opinion

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: New C-Class is regulation-proof

BEYOND REQUIREMENTS: Mercedes’s safety and fuel standards do more than the Eurocrats insist on.

Mercedes shows it is possible to stay ahead of government ministers and their predilection for creating laws, writes Alexander Parker

The influence of the P1 is clear in the new front.

INTERNATIONAL LAUNCH: A potent mix of super DNA

Motor News took to the track in Spain in the new McLaren 650S

Motoring

LAUNCH NEWS: Sporty offering takes on all comers

The designers have done a good job with the styling of the GLA.
15 hour(s) ago

Farzana Chaumoo travelled to Knysna to experience the stylish new Mercedes GLA

Motoring

INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Setting the standard

The BMW 5 Series was the New Company Car of the Year at the awards.
15 hour(s) ago

BMW has come out on top in a number of key categories in the UK Fleet News Awards


Travel, food and restaurant news & reviews


Swimming with dolphins off Mauritian coast is a memorable experience

New resort offers luxury homes and outdoor life in island paradise, but at a hefty price tag

Travel & Food

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Signal Restaurant

Picture: www.capegrace.com
6 day(s) ago

Signal Restaurant offers a feast of historical references, writes Penny Haw

Travel & Food

Fro-yo the cool way to chill out

CHERRY ON TOP: Patrons can customise their fro-yo at the toppings bar, with fruit, nuts, chocolate raisins, wafers, even sweets
13 day(s) ago

Making food fun turned this family yoghurt business into a home-grown brand, writes Patricia McCracken

Opinion

WINE: Twenty years of wine making

Where the Cape wine industry is today is vastly better than where it was in the early 1990s

Travel & Food

Blissful solitude on a pirate’s island

BREATHTAKING: Anse Georgette, ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, is a must-visit location in 
the Seychelles. Picture: MARK SAMPSON
6 day(s) ago

The Seychelles score high for remoteness and just as high for accessibility and comfort, writes Mark Sampson

Travel & Food

Meander through the Natal Midlands

TRANQUILITY: Bellwood Cottages, an ideal place to relax and unwind on a stud farm near Nottingham Road. Picture: MARK SAMPSON
13 day(s) ago

Made famous by the quaint little towns and exquisite landscapes, the Midlands Meander sets this gorgeous part of South Africa apart from the rest, writes Mark Sampson


Music, theatre, art, dance & design


Picture: THINKSTOCK

ON THE STAGE: Freedom Day in retrospect

Ticket losses are a luxury few theatres can afford, which is why several art exhibitions are offering a critical retrospective on Freedom Day, writes Christina Kennedy

Arts & Entertainment

After 30 years it still needs saying: black men can desire each other

FORBIDDEN: Detail of Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s Nothing To Lose, 1989. Picture: AUTOGRAPH ABP
7 day(s) ago

Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s latest exhibition is informed by his preoccupation with what he sees as the tension between western and African world views, religious practices and artistic techniques, writes Chris Thurman

Arts & Entertainment

FILM: All is Lost; Non-Stop; Noah

A scene from the film Noah (2014).
7 day(s) ago

Philip Altbeker on what’s new on the silver screen, with additional reviews of Darren Aranofksy’s Noah; The Forgotten Kingdom and That Awkward Moment and more

Arts & Entertainment

Gaza conflict film spares no detail

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 day(s) ago

Gaza: Chronicles of a Conflict is a film that portrays in their naked state the birth of hatred and the pathetic fragility of hope, writes Peter Aspden

Opinion

JAZZ: The Crypt and The Orbit

With April marking the first year of existence for The Crypt and the first month for Orbit, it is a good time to reflect on how both venues are faring

Opinion

CRUCIAL CD COLLECTION: Beck

Beck Hansen appears to be more or less constantly on the verge of becoming one of the signature artists of the past 20 years, writes Richard Haslop

Arts & Entertainment

ABBA mark 40 years since Waterloo

Picture: BUSINESS DAY
9 day(s) ago

Swedish band celebrate 40 years of breathtaking success with party at London’s Tate Modern to mark their groundbreaking song Waterloo

Arts & Entertainment

ON THE STAGE: Grahamstown gears for National Arts Festival

Picture: THINKSTOCK
9 day(s) ago

The National Arts Festival has been soldiering on for four decades, attracting thousands of visitors to the Eastern Cape every year, writes Christina Kennedy


Personal technology news & reviews


VIDEO: ‘Smart cities’ the future for urbanising Africa

Technology-integrated cities might be one way of solving the problem of an ever-urbanising world population, delegates at the 14th International Winelands Conference hear

Gadgets & Gear

YouTube sees money in gaming-video eyeballs

The YouTube PewDiePie channel. Picture: BUSINESS DAY
15 day(s) ago

Video gamers, who spent more than $70bn last year on hardware and software, have gravitated to YouTube

Gadgets & Gear

No one knows what the next big thing will be — but it will be big

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and CE. Picture: REUTERS
15 day(s) ago

If Silicon Valley’s frenzy of speculative building and scattergun buying sounds a bit desperate, it is, writes Tim Bradshaw

Opinion

TECHNO FILE: Samsung’s Galaxy S5 deserves to get credit from iPhone snobs

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is an excellent smartphone, packed with enough hi-tech wizardry to make one salivate

Opinion

Eat water rather than fizzy words

A group of students from the UK have developed a spherical membrane that they propose could replace plastic water bottles

Gadgets & Gear

A candid camera that stalked me in the bathroom

8 day(s) ago

Tiny camera creates tense moments when people become aware of it, and then relief when they realise it only takes stills...


Books news & reviews


AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The calamity that is still with us

As a plethora of books on the Great War looms, here is an intelligent, critical assessment, writes Richard Steyn

Books

BOOK REVIEW: The Man Who Loved Dogs

2 day(s) ago

In a world in which the characters are ‘embalmed in cynicism’, the only unconditional affection they can muster is aimed at their dogs, writes John Thornhill

Books

BOOK REVIEW: Dissident Gardens

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

Jonathan Lethem’s ninth novel is a standout story grounded in his obsession with those at the margins of society, writes Ayana Mathis

Books

BOOK REVIEW: Chester Missing’s Guide to the Elections ‘14

WHO’S TALKING?: Chester Missing with Conrad Koch. Picture: SUE GRANT-MARSHALL
2 day(s) ago

South Africa’s hottest young political commentator offers a dummy’s guide to the upcoming elections, writes Sue Grant-Marshall

Europe

Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies aged 68

Picture: BUSINESS DAY
6 day(s) ago

British author responsible for multimillion-selling Adrian Mole series dies aged 68, her son tells the BBC


Health & lifestyle news


Picture: THINKSTOCK

Medical boost for elderly mice, humans

British scientists have, for the first time, used regenerative medicine to fully restore an organ in a living animal

Health

Scientist may have key to nodding syndrome

Picture: THINKSTOCK
9 day(s) ago

A Belgian scientist believes it is due to a virus carried by the blackfly

Health

Ballet-inspired fitness classes tap the inner ballerina

Picture: THINKSTOCK
10 day(s) ago

Exercise classes draw inspiration from dance, Pilates, bungee jumping to help students sculpt upper bodies, while strengthening core muscles, lower bodies

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