Tom Phillips

US ratchets up tension with China

But the Pentagon is insisting its naval provocation did not breach any international maritime laws.

China seizes on (part of) its history

The horrors of Japanese camps are being told but nothing is being said of what followed.

The case of Wang Yu, emblem of China’s human rights crackdown

The detention of Wang Yu was the opening salvo in an unprecedented crackdown on China's human rights lawyers.

Inside the world of super-rich women

Welcome to Brazil's first reality show to delve into the lives of the country's growing class of super-rich.

Carlos the Jackal in new French trial

Venezuelan revolutionary Carlos the Jackal faces fresh charges over 1980s bomb attacks, but jail has only strengthened his beliefs, his brother says.

Oxi: The catastrophe is lurking

A highly addictive new drug has the potential to become a 'weapon of mass destruction,' writes <b>Tom Phillips</b>.

Rio raises the inner city ‘siege’

Town planners are hoping to set a world example.

Rio set to bulletproof favela schools

Authorities in Rio de Janeiro are under renewed pressure to bulletproof up to 200 schools in conflict-stricken areas, after an 11-year-old boy was kil

Rio to bulletproof favela schools

Authorities in Rio de Janeiro are under pressure to bulletproof schools in conflict-stricken areas, after a boy was killed by a stray bullet.

Fair cops in the favelas

New policing initiatives have made Rio de Janeiro a safer place, but the 'pacification' has been brutal.

Brazil’s future is here at last

Sitting in his air-conditioned office in Guaranta do Norte, a remote agricultural town on the edge of the Amazon rainforest, local mayor José Humberto Macedo looked a contented man. Thanks largely to the global boom in commodities, this soya-growing region has come to the vanguard of Brazil's march on to the world stage.

The Amazon burns again

Veteran Amazon pilots such as Fernando Galvao Bezerra are hard men to shock. During 20 years in aviation Bezerra (45) has ferried prostitutes and wildcat miners to remote, lawless goldmines. He has taxied wealthy loggers between ranches, and once survived when his plane plummeted out of the sky.


Yeoville can police itself, thank you

In the Johannesburg suburb, neat queues are enforced, physical distances maintained and fights stopped by its community policing forum

Worship during lockdown – in a different way

The bishop uses WhatsApp to share scripture readings, and prayers and comments with all his congregants during the lockdown

Slice of life: ‘People have more compassion’

You know, this coronavirus thing, I just feel, if South Africans can stick together, we’ll get through this

Press Releases

Rahima Moosa Hospital nursing college introduces no-touch facial recognition access system

The new system allows the hospital to enrol people’s faces immediately, using artificial intelligence, and integrates easily with existing access control infrastructure, including card readers and biometrics

Everyone’s talking about it. Even Kentucky

Earlier this year South African fried chicken fast-food chain, Chicken Licken®, launched a campaign for their wallet-friendly EasyBucks® meals, based on the idea of ‘Everyone’s talking about it.’

New energy mix on the cards

REI4P already has and will continue to yield thousands of employment opportunities

The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world