News in a Nutshell


The NEWS – Wednesday 1 April 2015

EWN - A Metrobus driver has been rushed to hospital in a serious condition after being shot by alleged robbers in Newlands, north of Johannesburg, this morning. It's believed a group of criminals got on the bus, opened fire on the driver and robbed some passengers of their … [Read More...]

South Africa, Reality Check

Nomgcobo Jiba

The curious case of Nomgcobo Jiba

Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance SA Today Some of you may be watchers of the excellent American political drama series, House of Cards. It portrays the ruthless manipulation of … [Read More...]


Eskom, government keeping SA in the dark on Operation Breaking Dawn

Mmusi Maimane, Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Eskom need to take the nation into their confidence and be frank about the possibility of a … [Read More...]



NPA’s answering affidavit bolsters DA’s request to reinstate charges against Zuma

James Selfe Shadow Minister of Correctional Services 31 March 2015 - Today the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has at last filed its … [Read More...]



It’s all true: SA Journalism is in an “Unprecedented Crisis”

Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance SA Today This newsletter is a little longer than usual because it includes examples and anecdotes illustrating just how serious the threat to media … [Read More...]

Matters Financial


Trade Statistics for February 2015 – SARS

Statement issued by Marika Muller, SARS on March 31 2015 Including BLNS The South African Revenue Service (SARS) releases trade statistics for February 2015 that recorded a trade deficit of … [Read More...]



April dvd Releases

MY OLD LADY Comedy, Drama, Romance Mathias Gold (Kevin … [Read More...]


March dvd Releases

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Comedy, Drama When their father … [Read More...]

Food & Wine


Authentic Spanish TAPAS

Tapas is essentially a style of eating rather than a form of … [Read More...]


Thanks for COFFEE!

In the Ethiopian highlands, where the legend of Kaldi the … [Read More...]

The Musician


TED – The healing power of music

Nuvi Mehta, the San Diego Symphony Special Project Director, … [Read More...]

The Artist

This oil painting by Anthony Toney done around 1990 is a colorful abstracted landscape inspired by local scenery in Westchester, New York. (Collection of the Toney/Graeter Family)


A painter, muralist and long-time teacher at the New School of … [Read More...]


Aegirocassis benmoulae

Extinct giant lobster bigger than a human

Earthsky Newly-discovered fossils of a giant, extinct sea … [Read More...]



Understanding STRESS

Stress is a normal part of life that can either help us learn and … [Read More...]


This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Feb. 3, 2013), plus three exposures taken during Sol 270 (May 10, 2013) to update the appearance of part of the ground beside the rover.

Curiosity Rover Finds Biologically Useful Nitrogen on Mars

NASA - A team using the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument … [Read More...]

pulsar - neutron star

Ever wondered about a “pulsar”?

A pulsar is a rapidly spinning neutron star which is the small, … [Read More...]

In History


March 17 Celebrates the Patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything … [Read More...]

The Written Word


Remains of literary giant Miguel de Cervantes unearthed

Spain on Tuesday unearthed the apparent remains of Spanish … [Read More...]

Animal Talk

Iberian lynxs

Spain’s Last Lynx

The Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) is a critically endangered … [Read More...]


angry cat

Cats – Is Biting really Aggression?

Barbara George Cat Behaviourist Cell … [Read More...]



Understanding your dog’s body language

By Taryn Blyth While most people quickly recognise obvious … [Read More...]


whale tail

Extraordinary Whale Watching Moments from Hermanus

With most whales on their migratory route from Hermanus, South … [Read More...]



Think your email’s private? Think again!

TED October 2014 - Sending an email message is like sending a … [Read More...]



Mercedes to produce the first premium bakkie

Mercedes says that it plans to enter the market by 2017 and that … [Read More...]

Home Improvement


Armchair tray for drinks, books or magazines

By Janice Anderssen Home-Dzine After posting this armchair … [Read More...]

On the Water

Abu Dhabi take Volvo Ocean Race fifth leg lead as fleet round infamous Cape Horn coast
Members of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in action during the Volvo Ocean Race fifth leg. (Photo courtesy Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing)

Abu Dhabi takes Volvo Ocean Race lead as fleet rounds treacherous Cape Horn

The National Sport Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ador) has moved … [Read More...]



Rugby Weekend Fixtures

SA Rugby Duane Vermeulen will assume the DHL Stormers … [Read More...]


Australia lift the Cricket World Cup for the Fifth Time

 Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc was named as the player of … [Read More...]


Super RUGBY Roundup

SA Rugby Bulls down Crusaders in thriller Brenden … [Read More...]