It always seemed obvious that the stage show, Jersey Boys, would be turned into a movie and follow in the successful footsteps of Hairspray, Mamma Mia! and Dream girls.
The National Assembly has resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to consider President Jacob Zuma’s response to the Nkandla controversy amid protest from the DA that its mandate is too narrow.
Former DA MP and author Raenette Taljaard has been requested to identify the individuals who benefited financially from the 1999 arms deal.
The City of Cape Town has welcomed the judgment by the Western Cape High Court in civil action against an informal settlement organisation and its members.
This is Itekeng, where a putrid sewage swamp lies metres away from a playground, a borehole and a communal tap.
Four new Springboks, eight tries, 55 points and a possible serious injury were the order of the day after Victor Matfield and his men went on the rugby equivalent of a spot of grouse shooting in Port Elizabeth yesterday.
Hot or Not
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.
When science is cool, it’s really cool. European spacecraft Rosetta caught up with a comet this week. It will attach a probe to 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko – Chury to its friends – and gather data from its surface. This will offer a peek into what reports call a kind of “astronomical time capsule” to see what things were like when our solar system was born.Not:
Lending money to poor people at high interest rates is bad enough. Springing one of the biggest shockers in South Africa’s corporate
history is not hot either. Not long ago, African Bank’s management indicated it was at rock bottom. Almost R10 billion got burnt this week once the extent of its problems became clear.
Team SA for their 37-medal haul with three days to go at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, getting closer to the target of 43 set by Sascoc and already surpassing the 33 from the 2010 Games. The SA lawn bowls (five gold medals), judo (one) and Rugby Sevens teams proved that the nation should not only always rely on swimming and athletics for gold medals.Not:
What will it take for the US to finally ditch its “softly, softly” approach to Israel? Not even the bombing of a UN-run school in Gaza by Israeli forces could do it. The US called the act “indefensible” and called on Israel to “live up to their own standards” of protecting civilians. That’ll show ’em, Obama. Or not.
It is common cause that when a minister’s official car breaks down, the department hires a replacement. Not for Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who chose to drive her own private car when her state car was not in use. At a time when government is calling for cuts in excessive spending, Pandor’s action shows a minister leading by example.Not:
Dragged for kilometres during a hijacking and then dying. That’s the end of life for four-year-old Taegrin Morris. His death should shock us all into taking a stand against crime. The fight against crime cannot be relegated to the police alone. It will also take society’s efforts to clear our country of violent criminals.
Nelson Mandela, who has provided one of the very few reasons to believe in humanity this week. Even after death, the statesman has us out on Mandela Day doing our 67 minutes for the needy. In the week of atrocities like the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and the escalating carnage in Gaza, we needed this. Thanks again, Madiba.Not:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who ordered ground troops into Gaza this week after his armed forces rained bombs on the area, killing more than 260 Palestinian civilians. Among them were four cousins, aged between
9 and 11, who were photographed running for their lives on the beach before being killed.
Cape Town’s tallest new skyscraper, the R1.6 billion glass-encased Portside building, is now open for business.
The idea of cultural appropriation is actually not that confusing. If you take a symbol, an element, a ritual from a culture that’s not yours and use it in a way that divorces it from its cultural context, chances are that it’s cultural appropriation.
South Africa is looking to increase its energy generation capacity through both traditional and green sources.
When this newfangled app first appeared, it promised to give a magazine-like experience to the iPad. Quite quickly, it became the poster child for how to read on a tablet.
Dewald van Rensburg’s article on the problem properties draft bill (“Brave new Joburg, City Press, November 24) was dominated by the issue of the treatment of street traders by the council.
The Cry of Winnie Mandela by Njabulo S Ndebele was first published 10 years ago. Using Madikizela-Mandela as inspiration, it tells the stories of four other women, much like the mythical Penelope, who also have to wait for husbands. Charles Cilliers interviews Ndebele following the release of a new edition of his novel.
- Listen – Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: We cannot blame apartheid for mud schools
- Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: We should have done better after apartheid
- ‘Ancestors are keeping Mandela for us’ – Winnie
- Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s birthday party goes ahead without her
- Full statement: ANC responds to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's 'regrettable comments'
Abortions are performed in South Africa at an average rate of more than 200 a day, according to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.
- Marikana: Focus shifts to second phase of inquiry
- Pansy Tlakula can still play crucial role in society – ANC
- Buthelezi: Oriani-Ambrosini sent message to friends before suicide
- Africa’s middle class is smaller than we thought – Standard Bank
- Hlaudi Motsoeneng didn’t claim to have matric – lawyer
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Charity is a step back in alleviating poverty. At the recent economic summit held in the US, President Barack Obama stressed the need to increase funding to Africa.
The ANC stalwart, Pallo Jordan, did the right thing. Upon being found to have pimped his qualifications by the Sunday Times, he resigned as an MP.