Patrick Barkham

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Cloud seeding raises fears of weather weapons research

Many environmentalists criticise geoengineering for suggesting a simple techno-fix for global warming. But it may have a more sinister side.

Lions bred like lambs for slaughter

Despite efforts to ban the burgeoning business, canned lion hunting is bringing in big money from trophy - and bone - hunters.

Circumcision issue cuts two ways

American doctors say evidence suggests that circumcision is the kindest cut. But why then is it causing controversy around the world?

Channelling the energy of ADHD

Sport has helped many people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to focus and build their self-esteem, writes Patrick Barkham.

Wonder tape a sticky issue

Kinesio Tex has the makings of a fad, but some sportsmen and women swear by it. Patrick Barkham reports

Tattoos tell tales of life and death

Common symbols can have a multiplicity of meanings from the mundane to the bizarre, writes Patrick Barkham.

Albie Sachs: ‘I can’t tell my son everything’

Albie Sachs was nearly killed in 1988. He survived, and saw apartheid end, but how much should he tell his young son?

Flood disaster digs deep in Aussie psyche

The tiny town of Grantham bore the full force of the Queensland floods last month, with homes swept away and children torn from their parents' arms.

Stroke of genius a bitter pill for inventor of glucose sensor

With the aid of a toy microscope, Professor Ian Shanks came up with an idea that has improved the lives of millions of people.

Poverty haunts the Emerald Isle

Once the economic darling of Europe, Ireland's fortunes have dipped -- and its people are paying dearly for others' greed.

YouTube is more than work avoidance, it’s therapy

If YouTube has sprung from nowhere in five years, will it be in the internet graveyard alongside Friends Reunited in five years' time?

Can gay footballers ever come out?

It's time to tackle homophobia on the terraces and in the dressing room, say many people in football. Patrick Barkham reports.

Press Releases

Full-time Johannesburg-based CEO required for HI HOPES

An entrepreneurial, business-minded, impact-driven individual is sought to lead the organisation as it looks to scale and grow

Balwin properties and Absa launch South Africa’s first green home loan

Balwin Properties’ Edge registration of over 16 000 units was a global first, covering more homes than any single property developer in the world to date

Young professional gets a career boost from PSETA

SAICA makes ongoing efforts to encourage the professionalisation of financial offices in private and public sector organisations

Colgate-Palmolive South Africa donates one million bars of soap

The combination of limited access to quality soap and a lack of knowledge of how to properly wash hands is a challenge in many vulnerable communities

Cheque value bundles – real value

Most people do not pay much attention to what bank account they have and whether or not it is suited to their daily realities

Absa Rewards puts cash in your pocket

In addition to the cash benefits, you will receive special offers and exclusive deals from selected Absa Rewards partners

Municipal audit outcomes reveal public sector financial management must be professionalised

SAICA calls for a review of the mandatory minimum skills and qualifications required for all key financial management positions within the public sector

Eleven ways to protect yourself against fraud

While financial services firms work continuously to improve security, fraudsters are always devising new plans to circumvent the latest safety measures

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