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Kalay Vani Nair

Who’s who in the lad mag zoo?

The rise of the metro sexual has seen not only men's grooming habits change, but also their reading habits. And nowhere is this more evident than in the enormous growth the men's magazine sector has experienced in the last few years.

The catch-up game

<Media24's wonder child <i>Weg</i>, the country's first travel glossy in Afrikaans, is certainly putting pressure on the competition. But old hand <i>Getaway</i> remains the advertisers' favourite - for now. Kalay Vani-Nair reports.

German toy boy needs lobola in the zoo

German toy boy Makoko the Gorilla appealed on Thursday to Jo'burgers to dig deep into their pockets to assist him with paying lobola for Max the Gorilla's widow, Lisa. Makoko (19) moved from Munster Zoo in Germany last November to be with the 33-year-old Lisa, who has been single since the death of the crime-busting Max last May.

Prisons union plans march in Pretoria

Trade unions are gearing up for a march in Pretoria on Thursday to protest staff shortages in prisons. Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union president Zizamele Cebekhulu said the Department of Correctional Services has thus far failed to address the issues of prisoner overcrowding and staff shortages.

Let the MDC meet, says ANC

If Zimbabwe's elections are to be declared free and fair, the opposition Movement for Democratic should be allowed to hold public meetings, African National Congress secretary general Kgalema Motlanthe said on Monday. He was addressing the media after the ANC's national executive committee meeting at the weekend.

Cave divers’ bodies found at Boesmansgat

The bodies of Australian diver Dave Shaw and South African Deon Dreyer were recovered from the world's third-deepest freshwater cave, Boesmansgat, in the Northern Cape on Wednesday. Shaw went missing on Saturday while trying to recover the remains of Dreyer, a diver who blacked out and drowned in the cave while diving there in 1994.

ANC Youth League, Markgraaff to bury hatchet

The African National Congress Youth League leadership and former Springbok coach Andre Markgraaff hope to find ''common ground'' when they hold talks on transformation in rugby on Thursday. Markgraaff has made himself available for the position of SA Rugby deputy president.

Hamba kahle, Beyers Naude

Thousands of mourners, of all races and creeds, packed the Aasvoëlkop Dutch Reformed Church in Northcliff on Saturday to pay their final respects to Afrikaans anti-apartheid activist Beyers Naude in a moving ceremony. ''Oom Bey'' -- once rejected by his own people for rejecting his church's justification of apartheid -- died on September 7 at the age of 89. President Thabo Mbeki said it was because of Naude that black and white South Africans could walk together.

Still ‘no reason’ for Telkom job cuts

Three trade unions at Telkom maintained on Tuesday that there is no reason for job cuts at the telecommunications monopoly. A union negotiator told reporters in Johannesburg the unions signed an agreement with Telkom on Monday so they can have some control over the retrenchment process.

Theft victims complain about airport security

Police say crime at Johannesburg International airport is low and ''there is nothing out of control'', but it appears theft victims are discouraged from reporting their cases. Two passengers recently fell victim to what seems to be a trend that is swept under the carpet: theft by officials and porters from travellers.

Mbeki pays tribute to SA women

President Thabo Mbeki on Monday paid tribute to the role South African women played in the struggle against apartheid. Addressing a half-full stadium in Witbank, Mbeki said South Africa had to salute every woman who contributed to the country's liberation. ''We must look and see at what our women leaders did and what it is that we must do to follow in their footsteps.''

Work, work, work for the birthday boy

President Thabo Mbeki will spend his 62nd birthday on ''work, work, work'', his spokesperson Bheki Khumalo said on Friday. ''The president doesn't believe in festivities and big bashes. It embarrasses him,'' said Khumalo. However, his colleagues in the National Assembly decided that his big day could not go unmarked and in a motion the political parties wished him a happy birthday.

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