Phobos Grunt

Russia says US could be behind Mars probe failure

Russia says the failure of its Phobos-Grunt probe for Mars could have been caused by radiation from US radars.

Phobos-Grunt spirals closer to Earth

Russia's doomed probe for Mars spirals ever closer to the Earth before it plunges back into the atmosphere in a fiery end.

Parts of Mars probe predicted to hit Earth

Russian space agency Roscosmos says 200kg fragments of the Mars probe <em>Phobos-Grunt</em> may survive re-entry but expects toxic fuel to vaporise.

Botched Mars mission fails to restore Russian pride

Russia's failed Mars moon probe points to problems of a once-pioneering space industry struggling to recover after a generation of brain drain.

Stranded Mars probe ‘won’t phone home’

Russia has made desperate efforts to give a vital boost to a pioneering Mars probe that now hangs in a low Earth orbit and could crash back down.


From the archives: For the first time, an insiders’ account of the Third Force

Two young gangsters give an horrific account of how they were encouraged, equipped and trained to carry out violence against ANC-linked targets by the security forces.

Ramaphosa bets big on infrastructure to boost economy

Sona was a mixed bag but there were some meaningful announcements

Stranded commuters say Ramaphosa’s rail promises ring hollow

Cape Town’s largest passenger rail line has been closed for months, hitting people’s pockets and adding to road traffic congestion

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it