Sport Jacques Kallis gets a kiss on the head from South Africa captain Graeme Smith after the all-rounder's century

He allowed himself a brief teary moment as he reached his 45th Test ton

Pietersen feels best form is close

Kevin Pietersen was satisfied with his first outing for South African side Dolphins, saying he felt that his best form was not too far away.

My career is 'on the way down' admits Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen has admitted that he may never reach the heights he did previously as an international batsman.

Pietersen wants to make most of South Africa stint

Kevin Pietersen is hoping to make the most of his brief stint with South African side the Dolphins ahead of what he expects to be a very tough winter.

A taste of Africa

Exotic meats, red-hot peppers and Nelson Mandela's favourite pudding – foods from Ghana to Botswana are starting to tempt British palates, says David Gerrie

Cullinan diamond sale boosts Petra

Petra diamonds, the largest diamond producer on London's junior AIM market, posted better-than-expected annual results yesterday, boosted by the sale of the 507-carat Cullinan Heritage diamond.

Summertime, By JM Coetzee

A curious novel, in which fiction and biography are mingled, leaving one to wonder fruitlessly how much is true. The story begins with a few notebook extracts, dated from the 1970s, by the late writer "John Coetzee".

Busi Mhlongo: Singer whose music came to symbolise the struggle for justice in South Africa

A spirited and versatile performer who could switch from a whimper to a roar in a single note, the South African singer Busi Mhlongo achieved worldwide fame in the latter part of her career. She spent many years in exile from the horrors of apartheid, living and working in Portugal, North America, the Netherlands and the UK. Of the half-dozen solo albums she released, Urbanzulu (1998) was the best known, an innovative reinvention of the tough, bouncy maskanda music of her Zulu roots, hitherto an almost exclusively male preserve.

Kings of the Water, By Mark Behr

Early in the new millennium, Michiel Steyn returns to his family's farm in South Africa for his mother's funeral. It proves a difficult experience: his political views, forged in left-liberal circles in California during his long exile, clash with those of his Afrikaner family, while his elderly father, in particular, struggles to accept his homosexuality.

County round-up: Pietersen falls for one after latest struggle to find form

Kevin Pietersen's miserable time with the bat continued yesterday when he dismissed for just one in Surrey's Second Division match against Glamorgan, which petered out into a draw.

Pietersen cleared to play in South Africa

Cricket South Africa has approved a request from the Dolphins for Kevin Pietersen to play two games for his former team next month.

Ultra-Running: A marathon is no longer good enough

Running 150 miles across the Sahara is the new way middle-aged men are coping with their mid-life crises

Leading article: Blow out

The South African World Cup is over, but the great debate of the tournament drones on. Vuvuzelas: an atmosphere enhancer and wonderful new way for fans to project their support for their team? Or a diabolical, ear-splitting, enjoyment-shattering health hazard? It is safe to say that Uefa has taken up its place in the anti-vuvuzela camp with its decision yesterday to ban the plastic horns from Euro 2012 qualification and Champions League games.

Sleeper's Wake, By Alistair Morgan

After surviving a car crash in which his wife and five-year old daughter are killed , Durban-based journalist, John Wraith, travels to the coastal region of Nature's Valley to recuperate. Here he meets another family traumatised by loss, including a devout bereaved father and damaged teenage girl, Jackie.

South Africa: Million state workers strike

More than one million state workers went on strike for more pay yesterday.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003