More than 2000 tigers killed and trafficked this century — report

With an average of more than 120 illegally trafficked tigers seized each year, Traffic warned there was little sign of respite for the species.

Ban on sending wild elephants to zoos a step closer

A large majority of countries voted in Geneva to prohibit the transfer of elephants caught in the wild to so-called captive facilities

Ambassador spreads fear in Geneva

She locked officials in a boardroom for five hours when some employees didn’t attend a meeting

Iran nuclear talks stretch into third day

High-stakes talks between Iran and global powers on reining in its nuclear programme will stretch into a third day in Geneva.

North Korea and US seek to reboot nuclear dialogue

North Korea and the US will hold new talks in Geneva to discuss ways to restart regional talks on disabling North Korea nuclear weapons programme.

LHC sets brilliant new record

The world's biggest atom smasher has set a new world record for luminosity, a key measure of performance and power, Cern said on Friday.

Tie my kangaroo tail on, sport

Thousands of strange inventions are on display at the world's biggest invention fair, including a kangaroo tail for chairless humans who need a rest.

UN needs $256m more to cope with rising food prices

The United Nations agency charged with relieving world hunger on Friday made an appeal for $256-million more in funds to cope with sharp rises in food prices. The World Food Programme request came on top of another "extraordinary emergency appeal" of $500-million made by the agency in March to top up its 2008 budget.

Former fireman jailed for starting 20 fires

fireman was found guilty of arson and sentenced to seven-and-a-half years behind bars on Friday after being convicted of starting 20 blazes across northern Switzerland. The 31-year-old farmer even set his own property alight, with total damage from his spree during 2002/04 running to several million Swiss francs (one Swiss franc equals $1).

EU ‘afraid of losing foothold in Africa’

The European Union is concerned about competing with China for access to resources and markets in Africa, which partly explains its drive to hook African states into economic partnership agreements (EPAs). According to South Africa's deputy minister of trade, the EU is afraid that it will lose its foothold on the African continent

UN agency quits Darfur border amid new bombings

The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday it had withdrawn a team caring for refugees from the Chad/Darfur border after aerial bombing. Seven refugees from Darfur crossed the border into Chad on Monday night, carrying with them a 55-year-old woman who had lost both her legs during an alleged bombardment.


Democracy will flounder sans Stats SA

As the government bails out state-owned entities, it is leaving a hole in the budget of the agency tasked with telling us what South Africa looks like — one that is crucial to government decisions

The Facebook group taking on South Africa’s white right

Online battle over the ‘white genocide’ narrative on social media has dangerous real-world consequences

Trolley tender causes Acsa eruption

Stolen contract exposes rift in the senior ranks at the state airport’s management companies

Press Releases

Over R400-m given to businesses since launch of three-minute overdraft

The 3-minute overdraft radically reduces the time it takes for businesses to have their working capital needs met

Tourism can push Africa onto a new path – minister

The continent is fast becoming a dynamic sought-after tourist destination

South Africa’s education system is broken and unequal, and must be fixed without further delay

The Amnesty International report found that the South African government continues to miss its own education upgrading targets

Business travel industry generates billions

Meetings Africa is ready to take advantage of this lucrative opportunity

Conferences connect people to ideas

The World Expo and Meetings Africa are all about stimulating innovation – and income

SAB Zenzele Kabili B-BBEE share scheme

New scheme to be launched following the biggest B-BBEE FMCG payout in South Africa’s history