Horological Machine 7: The R1.5m watch that is causing a stir

MB&F founder Maximillian Büsser was inspired by the anatomy of a jellyfish

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Welcome to the great disruption

'Pursuing protectionism is like locking oneself in a dark room. Wind and rain may be kept outside, but so are light and air'

1 day ago
JONATHAN JANSEN: Here come the vultures with their bogus diplomas

They do not care about academic preconditions because that would hurt their margins — too few qualifying students mean too little money

4 days ago
TOM EATON: Nostalgia ain't what it used to be

When people fall in love, the music of the time often becomes the melody of their happiness

6 days ago
CHARMAIN NAIDOO: How will we remember them when they’re gone?

You notice it first as you drive out of the airport: swags of black fabric that go on and on as far as the eye can see, draped across walls and fences, ...

9 days ago
JONATHAN JANSEN: Turning the matric funeral into a party

It is clear that the standards of achievement are now so low that to fail requires a considerable effort on the part of the pupil

11 days ago
I spent a year living David Bowie's life

I was listening to nothing but music from the early to mid-1970s, reading the novels of Evelyn Waugh in paperback, and wearing only vintage clothes

12 days ago
The real numbers about matric don't lie

About 56% of the cohort now passes matric, up from 49% in 2014. This is not smoke and mirrors — these are genuine and significant achievements

12 days ago
Hong Kong mansion sold for US$86-million

The property was acquired through the transfer of shares of an offshore company in whose name the property is registered, enabling the deal to go through ...

12 days ago
TOM EATON: When politicians tell you 'It's not sinking, it's a submarine'

Who, these days, would risk the wrath of one of the many inquisitions doing the rounds, or has the energy to take on the legions of know-nothings?

13 days ago
A fractious ANC is organising a birthday party. Expect a damp squib

There is so much infighting and squabbling and fractiousness within the ranks of the ruling party that any show of unity or attempt at celebration will be a ...

16 days ago
Dear Grade 12 pupil: Let's talk about your matric pass

Dear Grade 12 pupil IF YOU passed, congratulations. If you failed, try again — it‘s not the end of the world, and many young people have bounced back from ...

18 days ago
How bureaucrats are condemning a generation of South African kids

As I write this, the Google icon is furiously counting down the hours to midnight when we will usher in the New Year, 2017. A New Year, with the promise of ...

20 days ago
CHARMAIN NAIDOO: The grinch that stole South Africa

When Jacob Zuma finally goes, it will be too late. Things will have soured to a point of no return

1 month ago
CHARMAIN NAIDOO: The SABC's reptilian leader takes the glitter off of Christmas

Communication is the national public broadcaster’s chief function: to keep the nation informed and entertained is its mission statement. We pay the SABC, ...

1 month ago
JONATHAN JANSEN: South Africa’s scary new culture of reckless disrespect

We tend to estimate the direction of the country based on daily headlines. The staggering arrogance of Hlaudi Motsoeneng. The shocking decline of Springbok ...

1 month ago
TOM EATON: A small lifeboat bobbing brightly on a sea of heaving despair

YOU probably haven‘t heard of Hans Rosling. That‘s because he‘s trying to cheer you up.The retired Swedish professor calls himself an “edutainer”, a ...

1 month ago
CHARMAIN NAIDOO: What the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood could teach Zuma and Hlaudi

We South Africans are living in an immoral time, when faithfulness to the principles of truth and honour and commitment and the keeping of promises and ...

1 month ago
JONATHAN JANSEN: Maths and science - Preparing our children for failure

'Sixty-one percent of South African pupils lack the minimum competency in basic mathematics knowledge'

1 month ago
Christmas: A birth in the desert, celebrated with snowflakes in the African summer

"They knew they had to buy something, but they had no idea what. Worse, they had no idea why"

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