Star 2021-10-20

Unchallenged as South Africa’s most influential daily newspaper, The Star covers the heart of the nation with unequalled reporting of local, national and international news and sport. It is widely considered to be a superb advertising environment.

South Africa
Independent Media Pty Ltd
R 6,99
R 1 099,99
253 Issues

in this issue

4 min
zuma network mobilises to ‘correct’ nasrec outcome

THE national welcoming prayer event for former president Jacob Zuma in Durban last week following his earlier release on medical parole is the clearest indication yet that he and his supporters will bide their time to wrestle back control of the ANC. In recent times, as is also evident regarding the contested candidate lists for the local government elections next month, individuals have jumped ship to stand as independents against the ANC – a practice that Zuma has specifically frowned upon in his message of appreciation to his supporters at the prayer meeting. He is not yielding an inch, and fellow travellers in the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) brigade are canvassing votes for the ANC in their individual capacities as members despite some having had to step aside from official…

4 min
never let a good crisis go to waste, says

Philippa Larkin South African online student accommodation marketplace, has entered into an agreement with the world’s largest student accommodation site,, enabling the start-up to expand its presence to 30 new countries and 400 new cities in the next six months. DigsConnect was founded in 2018 and is a service to students and landlords, matching students to suitable accommodation in the areas around universities and colleges. The platform has to date, connected more than 65 000 landlords and tenants. chief executive and co-founder Alexandria Procter explained that the service was free for students and also free for landlords to create listings on DigsConnect, although they went through a vetting process to ensure that their standards were up to scratch. “If a landlord successfully finds a tenant via…

4 min
sa’s not only country in world with food insecurity, but needs to expand its agricultural production

Given Majola SOUTH AFRICA will need to expand agricultural production to continue improving South African food security and boost job creation in various sectors of the economy, according to the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz). This comes after The Economist released its Corteva-sponsored Global Food Security Index results for 2021 placed South Africa at 70th position out of 113 countries, down from 69th in last year and 44th in 2019. Agbiz chief economist Wandile Sihlobo said at face value this decline might seem worrying. However, when one looks at the index scoring's technical position, it becomes clear that South Africa is not doing as badly as the headline “ranking” suggests. In this case, South Africa's scoring remained unchanged from 2020, following a point drop in 2020 from 2019. The…

1 min
what to watch on tv tonight

SUCCESSION S3 SHOWMAX The new nine-episode season opens with Logan in a perilous position, scrambling to secure familial, political, and financial alliances as tensions rise and a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war. WENTWORTH S8 M-NET, DSTV CHANNEL 101, 10.30PM Judy makes an enemy of Ann Reynolds but enables Ruby to finally get in touch with Rita. YOU S3 NETFLIX Now married with a young baby, Love and Joe try to forge a normal life in the affluent suburb of Madre Linda. But old habits die hard.…

4 min
7 books by women in spy world show a female 007 can be done

Christina Hillsberg THE latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, has – pardon the word play – stirred up a discussion about the role of women. Emmy Award winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge, of Fleabag and Killing Eve fame, was recruited to polish the dialogue and add her signature wit to the film. And this time, the “Bond girl” has been replaced by a “Bond woman”, an elite 00-agent poised to take an even bigger job. Daniel Craig, playing Bond for the last time, suggested that the role has limits: “Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?” As a former CIA intelligence officer, I know how much women can do in the field (and everywhere…

2 min
celebrities reveal their lives through written word

Buhle Mbonambi Books about and written by celebrities are always popular. Unlike books by unknown authors, they have a pre-existing fanbase and they will make sure they purchase these books. Publishing houses see a great return on their investment, where books fly off the shelves. Just in time for the festive season, there is a new crop of books from the world of celebrities. Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci (R422 on At the height of the pandemic when everyone was spending time in the kitchen, The Devil Wears Prada and The Hunger Games star created what he calls the perfect Negroni. This led to him exploring his roots as a member of an Italian American family who cooked every day. Taste is a reflection on…