Diamonds, hijacked planes and vendettas

The Daily Dispatch’s veteran hack Eddie Botha has  such a fascinating two-part tale in the paper about  SA’s first hijacker who,  in 1972,  laid his hands on an SAA Boeing   to force Anglo American and De Beers to pay him money for missing diamonds he had recovered. Botha has known Kamil for years and … Read more

Can’t someone come up with a better name?

Five things you need to know about SA today 1. It looks like swine flu is headed our way with two suspected cases in SA. To find out more about this horribly named influenza, click here for an FAQ on WebMD. 2. The High Court has interdicted President Kgalema Mtlotanthe from granting presidential pardons, which … Read more

Can't someone come up with a better name?

Five things you need to know about SA today 1. It looks like swine flu is headed our way with two suspected cases in SA. To find out more about this horribly named influenza, click here for an FAQ on WebMD. 2. The High Court has interdicted President Kgalema Mtlotanthe from granting presidential pardons, which … Read more

All nature of silliness

It never ceases to amaze what lengths adrenaline junkies will go to for a rush. Bungee jumping off the cable car in Cape Town. Cage diving with great whites. Gorge gliding. Driving drunk on a Friday night. So now, it appears, you can cage dive with the crocs at the Cango Caves in Oudsthoorn. What … Read more

What Justice Seagroatt said

Thank you for your e-mail of today with copy of James Myburgh’s article in ‘South Africa at a Glance’. Now I know that it is nothing to do with Am Kau Han’s case the picture is clearer. I have a keen recollection of my decision in the Lee Ming Tee case in which the Court … Read more

Don’t follow the light…

Five things you need to know about SA today 1. Snuki Zikalala, the SABC’s head of news and current affairs (and seen as in the Thabo Mbeki camp), has got the heave-ho as the SABC board has announced that it will not renew his contract at the end of the month. Journalist Phil Molefe is … Read more

Don't follow the light…

Five things you need to know about SA today 1. Snuki Zikalala, the SABC’s head of news and current affairs (and seen as in the Thabo Mbeki camp), has got the heave-ho as the SABC board has announced that it will not renew his contract at the end of the month. Journalist Phil Molefe is … Read more

Tendulkar, the God

I hear from a couple of sports hacks that there are about 40 Indian journalist in SA for the IPL tasked with just following Sachin Tendulkar around. Man, that’s something. I don’t think any sports star anywhere could claim that kind of media attention. Not even Becks! But then cricket is a religion in India … Read more

Hair today, gone tomorrow

My husband opined the other day that you can judge the state of the economy by how skinny boerewors is getting these days. Personally, I’m really feeling the pinch in the hair care department. Not so long ago, I’d splash out on salon products (about R260 for a bottle of shampoo) when I went to my hairdresser. I know that sounds outrageous but it lasted far longer than supermarket shampoo and in really is in a completely different league. You know those silly shampoo ads on TV where Andie McDowell or Sarah Jessica Parker shake their gleaming locks? Well, it only get silky and shiny like that if you use R260 bottles of shampoo (and certainly not the products they are advertising) and shine a blinding TV studio light on it. vintagehair

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Repo rate cut in the offing

Five things you need to know about SA today 1. The Reserve Bank Monetary Policy Committee will say on Thursday if we’re going to have another rate cut. The repo rate is at 9.5% at the moment. See the Business Report story here. 2. A scary new flu called swine flu has crossed from North … Read more