Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who, after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter...
Casually searching for possible causes and remedies for a minor ailment on the internet may not seem like much of a big deal to you, but for many, it’s an obsession. Called cyberchondria, this disorder is evident in people who...
Oscars host Chris Rock hit early and hard on the race row overshadowing Hollywood’s biggest night, mercilessly ribbing both the movie industry and its critics. The comedian wasted no time raising the controversy over the lack of African American acting...
Almost 20 years after her murder‚ the weird tale of what happened to Johannesburg restaurant chef Betty Ketani is coming full circle‚ says journalist Alex Eliseev. However‚ lots of questions remain. Eliseev’s book‚ Cold Case Confession‚ sets out one of...
Have you ever perused your Twitter or Facebook feed and realised you have no idea what anyone is saying? You are not alone. Words like “lit” and “woke” have entered the lexicon wearing new clothes, but what do they mean? The South...
Sextortion is a flourishing new illicit global online trade which has South African sexual predators increasingly targeting younger and younger victims. For a Cape Town family, it’s a nightmare they are far too aware of. For the past 16-months they’ve battled...
It was a cramp in her side that persisted for two weeks which left Duncan Village resident Xolelwa Joni wondering whether she might be ill. The cramp, which only affected her left side and only at night, was so painful...
TAKING the necessary time to make a monthly plan for your money is one of the smartest things you can do to ensure a safer financial future. Sadly, budgeting is a skill that many people never master for reasons that...

Weekend Life

Andre the Hypnotist ANDRE the hyponotist is live at the Guild Theatre until Saturday. His show starts at 7pm each evening. Tickets are R80. Available at Computicket. Queen’s Race THE Queen’s Race at Jan Smuts Stadium on Saturday from 6.30am is to...
If you are wondering how to pass time this weekend, look no further – there is music, movies and dancing activities to suit everyone. Eagles tribute CENTRESTAGE is recreating the Hell Freezes Over acoustic renditions of popular Eagles classics. The show...
As a committed pan-Africanist Thabo Mbeki was keen to see the Namibian transitional process started, and it proceeded well. After extensive consultation, we agreed that I should get the Tanzanian government to mobilise the rest of the Frontline States’...
Losing a husband can have a crippling effect on a woman who suddenly has to face the world without a life partner, and she can easily be overwhelmed and vulnerable. Widows need to deal with their loss, prepare funeral arrangements...
Twitter Inc’s 140-character tweets are here to stay, chief executive Jack Dorsey said, ending speculation that the microblogging site might abandon one of its trademark features for a 10000-character limit. “It’s staying. It’s a good constraint for us and it...
The figures are staggering. Statistics from the World Health Organisation show that one in four South Africans are obese. South Africa and Egypt reportedly have the highest overweight and obesity rates on the African continent. Yet each day delivers a...
Before enrolling your child into a private school in South Africa, you should do your homework. They have mushroomed in the past few years and while many deliver on their promise to improve on government-level resources – others leave much...
Of all the people who have toiled in the Daily Dispatch’s building in Caxton Street, the most legendary is Donald Woods, who became editor in 1965. Besides growing the paper’s circulation from 18000 to 33000 by 1977, making it one...
IMPRESSED by his hard-working nation, that subscribe to the notion of Vukuzenzele (wake up and do it for yourself), senior traditional leader and head of Mbhashe Traditional Council, Nkosi Xhanti Sigcawu, will reward those individuals who go the extra...
Besides the glitz and the glamour they offer, many believe beauty pageants are only about watching women with picture-perfect bodies strut their stuff on stage, showing off their pretty faces, professionally done hair and make-up, while they compete for...
Soap operas continue to rule the airwaves in South Africa, as they remain the most-watched genre on South African television. And this is in keeping with the local is lekker theme as home grown productions lead the pack. The latest Television...
CONGRATULATIONS: you’ve survived the first weeks of the year back at work. You may not feel much like celebrating, however: Blue Monday – the third Monday of January, and supposedly the most depressing day of the year – lies ahead,...
While the idea of a strictly gay radio station might once have been dismissed as chasing rainbows, Pretoria-based Gay SA radio has turned that notion on its head. Not only has the online station caught the rainbow, it is now...
FROM Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke and Aladdin Sane, David Bowie was rock’s definitive chameleon. A master of reinvention whose career spanned two generations, he dazzled millions with his taste for experiment, taking on everything from glam rock...
Local rapper Gigi Lamayne takes the colloquial term schoolin’ to a new level after completing her undergraduate studies in media and anthropology with four distinctions. Lamayne, real name Genesis Manney, aced subjects new media, consumer culture, anthropology of the state...
Yellow bone is defined by the Urban Dictionary as a light-skinned black female. According to this website – a crowdsourced online dictionary of slang – the condition was a rarity in the black population, but thanks to skin lightening or skin...
Healthcare practitioners working in the rural Eastern Cape struggle not only with a lack of staff and resources but also with the belief systems at play in most of the communities they service. This is most notable in pregnant women...
Lucia Felix, a 15-year-old Mozambican girl, dreams of returning to her village school but instead she must prepare for motherhood after she was chosen for an arranged marriage and became pregnant. She is one of millions of “child brides” across...
A common shoulder surgery has become a testing ground for some novel painkilling techniques as doctors seek to reduce the use of prescription narcotics known as opioids.  Rotator-cuff surgery‚ which aims to repair a shoulder tendon that can get torn...
Tinie Tempah may be the only rapper in history who dreamed of becoming an accountant. “No one dreams of becoming an accountant,” I tell him. “I know. Even my accountant doesn’t want to be an accountant. He wants to...
Research has proved repeatedly that children undoubtedly achieve much better when they start schooling in a language linked to one they can already use quite well. Using a familiar language for schooling is a big part of such success,...
She was five months pregnant and eagerly awaiting the arrival of her son when Loyiso Lindani received the earth-shattering news that she was HIV-positive. Testing for the first time in her entire life, Lindani said although she had mentally prepared...
With the future of fashion shows in limbo, top-name designers used New York Fashion Week to erase any doubts about their own brands, making definitive statements about the clothes and lifestyle that critics and shoppers alike expect from them. Diane...
In a surprise twist for many, Cape Town pop trio Beatenberg walked away with seven awards at the SA music awards. Those betting on hip hop darling Cassper Nyovest, who had five nominations, would have regretted their investment as it...
When the makers of the Ghostbusters reboot (due out in about July) were working out which parts of the original film to reuse, you can bet chain-smoking wasn’t among them. One of the strangest sights in Ivan Reitman’s 1984 action-comedy –...
Rare is the modern parent who hasn’t complained that their child is “addicted” to screens. For most of us it’s a throwaway comment stemming from irritation with a teenager’s incessant messaging, or a toddler having an “iPaddy” when the...
In South Africa, ukuthwala is the practice of abducting young girls and forcing them to become child brides, often with the consent of their parents. The practice occurs mainly in rural parts of South Africa, in particular the Eastern...
It was the kind of evening that only crops up once every couple of years. My husband was away for work and my two children were with their grandparents. I had known for weeks that this rare window of freedom...
It was the results of a weigh-in at a general wellness assessment at work that paved the way for Carol Gajana’s social network health revolution. Called Team Asijiki (Xhosa for “we are not turning back”), the page provides a weight...
Meet the singing Tete brothers! This might sound far-fetched considering Zolani and his elder brother Makazole are known for their boxing exploits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wioWrlqmT8U&feature=youtu.be They have blazed a trail in the boxing world by beating every opponent with Zolani making history by...
There are certain universal rules: birds fly, politicians lie, Apple makes money. In the last three months of 2014, the firm behind the iPad and iPhone increased its profits by 37% to $18-billion (R209-billion) or $8.3-million (R51-million) per hour...
Thinking of walking down the aisle in a glamorous white dress inside a beautifully-decorated venue with a threecourse meal, four-tier cake, photographer and all?Then prepare yourself for a minimum financial setback of around R60 000 – an average outlay...
It’s safe to say Nakhane Tourè is certainly flying the SA flag high. In addition to performing overseas on several occasions‚ the openly gay singer-songwriter has attracted the attention of one of the leading LGBT websites in the world‚ The...
This is a collection of recipes of South African indigenous foods by generations of women. The book has familiar recipes of foods South Africans, from all walks of life, grew up eating. It covers Xhosa, Tswana, Ndebele, Swati, Sotho,...
Last week there was a fancy-dress party at our house that was a huge success, with a dozen kids and various riotous party games that were both hilarious and annoying in equal measure. My husband, meanwhile, has been amusing, frustrating...
In an increasingly competitive world, young people writing exams are arguably under more pressure than ever before, knowing that their results need to give them an advantage when applying for higher education or employment. Unfortunately, this means that they are...
Giraffes are facing a “silent extinction”, with only 90000 still roaming the African plains – far fewer than the endangered African elephant, a David Attenborough documentary warns. Just 15 years ago there were thought to be around 150000 giraffes in...
With more and more people opting to live in gated estates here in sunny South Africa, we find that gardens with plenty of space are becoming a thing of the past. This is not always a bad thing because it...
East London musical theatre fans, young and old, who have booked to see Stirling High School’s The Wizard of Oz which is now running at the Guild Theatre in East London, are in for a real treat. Not many schools...
In the main programme line-up for this year’s National Arts Festival (NAF), almost 80% is either written, directed, curated or headlined by women, with acclaimed playwright, director and producer Lara Foot leading the charge as 2016’s featured artist. The line-up for...
The heat is officially on for matrics now returning to school after the winter holidays, with just less than three months to go before they start writing final exams on October 19. Many of them will be entering this period...
“WE FELT like rock music has been done,” Chris Martin says, apparently dropping the lid on 60 years of swaggering guitar bands. Contemplating the zesty pop tones of Coldplay’s new album, A Head Full of Dreams, released on December 4,...