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Festivities: A combination picture shows the cleavage of Oktoberfest visitors wearing traditional Bavarian dirndl dresses in Munich on Saturday (September 20 2014). Millions of beer drinkers from around the world will come to the Bavarian capital over the next two weeks for the 181st Oktoberfest, which starts today and runs until October 5.

Picture: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Hot or Not

  • This Week

    Hot:

    School kids are not sex objects for teachers. This is the message ­Gauteng and Free State education MECs ­Panyaza Lesufi and Tate Makgoe, ­respectively, are sending out. The ­politicians have axed several teachers found guilty of having sex with schoolchildren. Such brave action means ­culprits cannot hide behind their ­profession while abusing our children.

    Not:

    It’s obvious. No words necessary. Bleddie agent!

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    South Africans are closer to knowing the contents of the spy tapes that saw President Jacob
    Zuma evading criminal prosecution. For years, the DA has gone to the courts to force the National Prosecuting Authority to hand over the recordings. In it, we can only hope, are the answers the country has been waiting for.

    Not:

    Mpumalanga culture, sport and recreation MEC Norah Mahlangu-Mabena seems not to know how to divide her duties between the party and the government.
    Addressing a Women’s Day event, she lashed the Public Protector for being sent to destroy Zuma. Really. Clearly, the MEC knows more than we know. We’re listening...

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Beyoncé. And no, she is not hot ­because of that rhinestone bodysuit alone. We salute the singer for proudly proclaiming herself a ­feminist at the MTV Video Music Awards and for so beautifully ­sampling Nigerian writer ­Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s thoughts on what it means to be a feminist today.

    Not:

    Marikana strike leader Xolani ­Nzuza. This week he told the ­Marikana Commission of Inquiry into the deaths of 44 people two years ago that he bore no ­culpability and would not apologise for the brutal deaths of security guards Hassan Fundi and Frans Mabelani at ­Lonmin.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    When it’s your time, it’s really your time. Fresh from a gold in triple jump at the Commonwealth Games, Khotso Mokoena led the South African ­contingent with a solid victory in the men’s long jump event at the ­Diamond League meeting in Stockholm this week. This could prove to be Mokoena’s year to capture the world stage and make it his own.

    Not:

    Ratings agencies have become one of those things we love to hate. Whether anyone agrees with the downgrades or not, the minute they declare a company or country junk, a whole lot of investment protocols kick in, ensuring that the rating is proven correct. We have felt their scorn, and we want them to go away and pick on someone else.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Laughter is the best medicine, but it wasn’t enough to cure actor Robin Williams of his deep depression. He made us weep with laughter and, in his darker roles, just weep – and hid his own demons behind a wide smile and sad eyes. His ­suicide this week left the world a little emptier.
    Thanks for the memories, Robin – we’re sorry for your pain.

    Not:

    President Jacob Zuma has mastered the art of passing the buck. After keeping us waiting for months for a response to the Public Protector’s Nkandla report, he delivered what was essentially two pages of a reply as most of the 20 pages were a regurgitation of other reports. And the substance was: Ask the police minister.

King Zwelithini’s sixth wedding, tight deadlines and 3G gridlock

Saturday. The Croc and I are in Ulundi. Again. We’re waiting, but not for the Commander in Chief. This time. The CiC’s here, but he’s not the reason why we’re waiting.

Heels over Head: Say cheese and bite through le mud

Running comfortably downhill is something I’ve given up trying to achieve in this life. Give me an uphill and I love it, but only until facing the downhill that complements it.

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I miss her.
Nomathemba Muholi who has not heard from her daughter who was in Nigeria during the church collapse

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