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People clear rubble in Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a Unesco World Heritage Site that was severely damaged by an earthquake on Saturday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PRAKASH MATHEMA

Department says all South Africans in Nepal have been accounted for

13 hour(s) ago

Thousands of people fleeing the capital Kathmandu after an earthquake that killed more than 3,700

Asia-Pacific

Desperate Nepalis flee capital as aftershocks spread fear

Local people gather at the top of large mound where once stood a temple to view the scene of devastation in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday following the massive earthquake that hit the country on Saturday. Picture: EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH
13 hour(s) ago

Authorities have not been able to establish contact with some of the worst affected areas and say that the death toll could reach 5,000

National

Authorities working with embassies to identify xenophobic violence victims, says Zuma

Jacob Zuma.  Picture: GCIS/ELMOND JIYANE
12 hour(s) ago

President Jacob Zuma says Mozambican Emmanuel Sithole was an illegal immigrant whose real name was Manuel Jossias

World

GLOBAL ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: More central banks meet, but ability to pilot economies in doubt

The sun rises to the east of the US Federal Reserve building in Washington DC.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Many expect the Fed to make it clear that it is inclined to take the first solid opportunity it can find to set extraordinarily accommodative interest rate policy back on a more normal path

African News

Sudanese President Bashir wins 94.05% of vote, say election organisers

Omar al Bashir. Picture: AFP
12 hour(s) ago

The 71-year-old looks set to tighten his grip on the unstable oil producer, facing a divided and diminished opposition

Asia-Pacific

Quake also devastates Nepal’s economy

Rescue team member works to dig out the trapped body of a woman from a collapsed house a day after an earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
11 hour(s) ago

Nepal faces a crippling multibillion-dollar post-quake reconstruction bill that will set it back years

Europe

Volkswagen investors hope Piech exit may usher in change

An employee holds an emblem for a Volkswagen Golf car in a production line at the Volkswagen headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, in this November 14 2008 file photo.  Picture: REUTERS
12 hour(s) ago

Almost 80% of VW investors expect the carmaker’s stock market value to increase after the chairman’s departure

Europe

Deutsche Bank pledges overhaul, shares slide

Deutsche Bank. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
10 hour(s) ago

Deutsche Bank will cut €200bn in investment bank assets and exit a tenth of the countries in which it operates

A Nepalese man and woman hold each other in Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a Unesco World Heritage Site that was severely damaged by an earthquake on Saturday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PRAKASH MATHEMA

GALLERY: Nepal earthquake

Nepalese resucers search for survivors after earthquake kills thousands, destroys historic landmarks and triggers a deadly avalanche on Everest

Columnists

Anthony Butler promo

The trouble is not so much what King Goodwill Zwelithini says as what he represents, writes Anthony Butler

Criticism of Zulu king mostly unjustified

Columnists

Simon Lincoln Reader advises Labour supporters who acknowledge the party’s folly, yet still wish to support Miliband, to ‘do a Zwelithini’

Zwelithini could teach Miliband a trick or two

Labour

Court backs police promotion policy ‘to reverse historical patterns’

Picture: THINKSTOCK
8 hour(s) ago

Labour Appeal Court gives its approval to employment equity plan that sees black policeman promoted over an Indian who scored slightly higher

African News

Burundi police confront anti-president protesters

A soldier walks away from protesters as they clash with riot police against the decision made by Burundi's ruling CNDD-FDD party to allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third five-year term in office, in the capital Bujumbura, on Monday. Picture: REUTERS
13 hour(s) ago

Protestors take to the streets for a second day of demonstrations against the president’s decision to run for a third term

Markets

Oil’s 45% rebound could be markets’ next headache

Picture: REUTERS
8 hour(s) ago

No fewer than 27 central banks have eased monetary policy to some extent this year in a battle against deflation, slowing growth or both

African News

Government says it's committed to good relations with Nigeria after recall of diplomats

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media after delivering her vote speech in Parliament on Tuesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Acting High Commissioner Martin Cobham and Deputy High Commissioner Uche Ajulu-Okeke were asked to return to Nigeria

Founder of the PAC Robert Sobukwe

Sobukwe’s PAC teachings can go long way in solving SA’s problems

The foundation upon which SA was built is made of sand and will not hold unless there is a radical paradigm shift in consciousness, writes Sam Ditshego

Americas

NEWS ANALYSIS: Petrobras overhaul calls for much more than corruption clean-up

A file picture of Petrobras oil platforms at Campos basin in Rio de Janeiro. The state oil company is embroiled in a growing corruption scandal. Picture: REUTERS
8 hour(s) ago

A fraction of Petrobras’ $17bn write-down relates to corruption, the rest is incompetence — bad investment decisions, flawed execution, political interference and falling oil prices

Business

‘Name and shame’ those guilty of collusion, says Madonsela

Thuli Madonsela. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

Public protector says business people would rather be guilty of collusion than corruption

Asia-Pacific

It took Modi minutes to help neighbouring Nepal after earthquake

Narendra Modi.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

India has dispatched a military plane and disaster management personnel to Nepal

Labour

State revises wage offer for public servants

Nathi Mthethwa.  Picture: GCIS
3 day(s) ago

Government revises wage offer to public servants, but it is still far from trade union demands of 10% cost of living increase

Transport & Tourism

Suspended SAA CEO resigns

Monwabisi Kalawe.  Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
3 day(s) ago

South African Airways says Monwabisi Kalawe has terminated his contract with national carrier, he will also step down as director

Retail & Consumer

Brait still has R24bn to spend, says Wiese

Christo Wiese. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
3 day(s) ago

Company that last week agreed to buy Virgin Active has ‘very substantial war chest’ to spend on deals, according to largest shareholder Christo Wiese

National

Department of Science and Technology launches app to fight xenophobia

Picture: BLOOMBERG
3 day(s) ago

As part of its own anti-xenophobia campaign‚ department launches online app where people can pledge support against xenophobia and report incidents thereof

Mining

Anglo favours listing of platinum mines

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
3 day(s) ago

Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani says company is in talks regarding potential sale, but preferred option in divesting platinum mines is initial public offering

Middle East

Saudis pound arms depots in Yemen as bread and medicine run short

A boy waits for his father in front of a damaged factory after an air strike by a Saudi-led coalition struck a nearby missile base, in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Monday. Picture: REUTERS
9 hour(s) ago

A humanitarian crisis is worsening as both sides block aid

Politics

DA’s James throws his hat into the ring for top job

Democratic Alliance trade and industry spokesman Wilmot James. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
3 day(s) ago

Democratic Alliance MPs pleased change of leadership will be ‘race, not coronation’ as stalwart Wilmot James goes up against parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane

Americas

Top US court appears on cusp of declaring right to gay marriage

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

The US Supreme Court’s arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes

Politics

Strife-torn North West village becomes hunting ground for EFF

Children draw water from a borehole in Ledig village in Rustenburg, North West. Picture: SOWETAN/SUNDAY WORLD
3 day(s) ago

Economic Freedom Fighters muscles in to platinum-rich Ledig outside Rustenburg as African National Congress battles to restore order

Labour

Numsa wants representation on Eskom board

Irvin Jim. Picture: THULANI MBELE
3 day(s) ago

National Union of Metalworkers of SA says workers have right to know inner workings of embattled utility, it is ‘suicidal’ for workers to sit outside, looking in

National

DA accuses minister of protecting RAF head

Road Accident Fund CEO Eugene Watson. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
3 day(s) ago

Democratic Alliance says Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters is ‘clearly protecting’ Road Accident Fund CEO without considering evidence party has provided

Media & Advertising

Underlying investments boost Blackstar

Blackstar executive chairman Andrew Bonamour.   Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
3 day(s) ago

Investment group says in 2014 performance of investments, operations exceeded expectations, company was able to arrange two large transactions

Politics

Selfe clears the way for Maimane and rivals claim return of the ‘Leon group’

Democratic Alliance federal executive chairman James Selfe. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
3 day(s) ago

Former DA leader Tony Leon says the coming term simultaneously presents a huge opportunity for the next leader while being fraught with danger

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Cartoons

microphone music XXX Picture: THINKSTOCK

South African bass to make his debut London solo appearance

Simphiwe Simon Shibambu is studying towards a master’s degree in Arts at London’s Royal College of Music and earlier this year won first prize and the Audience Prize in the UK’s Clonter Opera Competition

Arts & Entertainment

Man who gets stars to talk astrophysics

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, left, and Seth MacFarlane, executive producer of Cosmos, participate in the Television Critics’ Association winter presentations in Pasadena, California last year. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

He has transferred his skill to social media, where he has amassed more than 3.5-million followers with his tweets, writes Nadia Neophytou

Arts & Entertainment

Swan Lake shows value of multicultural harmony

Von Rothbart (Juan Carlos Osma) advances on Odile (Viengsay Valdes) and Prince Siegfried (Brooklyn Mack) in Act 3 of Joburg Ballet’s Swan Lake. Picture: BARRY GOLDMAN
3 day(s) ago

The cast is an amalgamation of three professional styles into a single artistic vision, writes Andrew Gilder

Arts & Entertainment

HALF ART: Cow dung rather than faeces, but it is of our time

People need to be controlled (The Fall): Mawande Ka Zenzile’s take on the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue. Picture: SUPPLIED
3 day(s) ago

Mawande Ka Zenzile’s Statecraft earns the epithet ‘timely’, even as it takes a ‘long view’ of human history, writes Chris Thurman

Gadgets & Gear

Facebook’s Hello app is caller ID on steroids

Facebook. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Facebook says new app will show users info about who is calling them, including details such as residence, employer and website address

Arts & Entertainment

Murray’s art more tragic than comic

Brett Murray’s Lying Pig on show at the Goodman Gallery in Cape Town. Picture: GOODMAN GALLERY
3 day(s) ago

Nietzsche’s spooky notion of the ‘eternal return’ springs to mind, writes Ashraf Jamal

Books

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: A book that is meant to be read for the satire it is

Christopher Hope says older South Africans will remember the greeting, “how are you doing Jim Fish”. Picture: Jerry Bauer
3 day(s) ago

Christopher Hope's latest novel, Jimfish, is as much a travelogue as it is a fierce commentary on politics and abuse of power across Africa, Europe and Russia, Sue Grant-Marshall

Opinion

WINE: Bordeaux fails to weather price climate as sunnier SA wines do

Since 2011-2013 didn’t sell, why would anyone want to buy the 2014s?

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after winning the London Marathon on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Kipchoge wins fierce London Marathon battle with Kipsang

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge wins London Marathon by five seconds

Soccer

De Sa has tough selection call for SuperSport clash

Ajax Cape Town reserve goalkeeper Jody February trains at the club’s Ikamva base on Thursday, ahead of Saturday’s Nedbank Cup semifinal against SuperSport United. Picture: GRANT PITCHER/GALLO IMAGES
3 day(s) ago

SuperSport captain Clayton Daniels wonders why former Ajax mates are ignoring him ahead of cup semifinal

Other Sport

Five Aussies threaten to rule Turffontein

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

With Friday’s going likely to be good, it is a chance to recoup those losses although French Navy and Mike Azzie’s new acquisition, Amsterdam, will pounce if the favourite fluffs his lines again

Soccer

Sundowns focus on cup and a place in continental league

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Pitso Mosimane says loss to Chiefs hurts, but the outcome means South African football does not have a single team dominating the competition

Rugby

Burger needed at his best in Stormers clash against Bulls

Schalk Burger trains with the Stormers on Thursday at Newlands in Cape Town, where they host the Bulls on Saturday. Picture: PETRI OESCHGER/GALLO IMAGES
3 day(s) ago

Schalk Burger has reinvented himself as a linking, passing, running flank since his illness in 2013

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Former police commissioner Bheki Cele. He may be right that the police are “bleeding” under the command of his successor, Riah Phiyega, but has he forgotten how many of those wounds were inflicted on his watch?

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