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Markets

JSE rockets 4.25% on stronger performance from platinum, gold and banks

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JSE recovers strongly on Thursday in the best daily gain since 2010‚ closing 4.25% up on widespread buying led by platinum‚ gold and banking shares

African News

Six die in Nairobi building collapse, 11 injured

Rescuers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed residential building in Makongeni estate in Kenya's capital Nairobi December 17 2014. REUTERS / NOOR KHAMIS
24 minute(s) ago

Toll could rise as crews continue to dig though rubble, say officials

Economy

Producer inflation slows as expected

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6 hour(s) ago

Mainly influence is smaller price increases in intermediate manufactured goods, while electricity and water prices rise faster

National

South Africa hails US move to normalise ties with Cuba

Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS
7 hour(s) ago

SA government welcome release of last of Cuban Five and lifting of decades-long trade embargo, says it used "fraternal" relationship with Cuba to facilitate talks

Markets

Rand falls to near six-year low as rouble’s collapse shakes markets

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12 hour(s) ago

Russian implosion puts emerging currencies under severe pressure, Indonesian rupiah also falls to record lows

Asia-Pacific

UN sends team to help clean up Bangladesh oil spill

Bangladeshi workers from the forestry department use water to clean oil-covered vegetation on the banks of the Shela River. Picture: AFP PHOTO
2 hour(s) ago

UN sends team to support Bangladesh’s efforts to clean up world’s largest mangrove forest after it is hit by huge oil spill

Energy

Chevron SA says Burgan licence a ‘wake-up call’ on weak petroleum policy

Two men pass a long-liner docked at Cape Town harbour.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
1 hour(s) ago

Local refining industry cannot compete with international players who leverage market share by importing products from mega-refineries in India and the Middle East

Asia-Pacific

Pakistan court grants bail to alleged Mumbai attack mastermind

FORGING AHEAD: Nawaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League: Nawaz, addresses an election campaign rally in Rawalpindi. Picture: REUTERS
2 hour(s) ago

Relations between nuclear-armed rivals worsened dramatically after 60-hour siege on India’s economic capital left 166 people dead

Education

Department forced to refund schools

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12 hour(s) ago

High Court in Grahamstown orders the Eastern Cape education department to hire an administrator to ensure it obeys an order to pay more than 90 schools R81m

Transport & Tourism

Motorists to start new year with cheaper petrol

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12 hour(s) ago

The lower fuel price has contributed to bringing inflation down to 5.8% year on year in November from highs of 6.6% in June

Education

Freedom of ideas drives talented youth

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12 hour(s) ago

Experts say creative opportunities at work count more than pay

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SA's most high-profile court cases in 2014

Murder trial of Oscar Pistorius took centre stage while Shrien Dewani, accused of having his wife murdered, and the man accused of killing Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa, were both released because of a lack of evidence

Columnists

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Behind all this apparent confusion … Zimbabwe may be in the process of remaking itself. Of transforming, writes Allister Sparks

Behind Zimbabwe’s chaos lies glimmer of a new dawn

Columnists

News that Chinese nationals set up hacking centre in heart of one of Nairobi’s plush estates is met with grave concern, writes Muthoni Maingi

Kenya faces intensifying threats to cybersecurity

Americas

Cuban author Valdes sceptical about US rapprochement

Cuban students march in a street of Havana, on December 17, 2014, after Washington released three Cuban spies, heroes in Cuba, who had been in a US prison since 2001. The United States and Cuba brought their bitter Cold War stand-off towards a historic close Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties and to ease a five-decade US trade embargo. Picture: AFP PHOTO/AIN/ROBERTO MOREJON
1 hour(s) ago

Renown author Zoe Valdes says move not likely to improve lives of people in Cuba

Europe

Top EU court rejects British visa rule

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3 hour(s) ago

European Union’s top court finds Britain at fault for demanding that non-EU citizens with resident permits issued in other member states must obtain a visa

Europe

France fines cosmetic companies €950m for price collusion

The logo of French cosmetics group L'Oréal on the company's building in Clichy, near Paris. Picture: REUTERS
3 hour(s) ago

Thirteen top manufacturers of cosmetics and cleaning products slapped with €950m in fines for price collusion between 2003 and 2006

Europe

EU approves new Crimean sanctions

A man installs a Russian flag on the local administration building in the Crimean resort city of Alupka on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
2 hour(s) ago

EU bans all investment and cruise ships from its ports to force home message bloc will not recognise Russia’s ‘illegal annexation’ of Ukrainian territory

Americas

BlackBerry launches new phone

The new Blackberry Classic smartphone. Picture: REUTERS
4 hour(s) ago

BlackBerry unveils the Classic, a new offering meant to lure back traditional customers with signature features such as a physical keyboard and trackpad

Europe

Many Europeans have never used the internet

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5 hour(s) ago

Nearly 20% of respondents in Eurostat survey say they have never used the internet — and 39% of Romanians — while almost all Icelanders are online every day

National

Ebola screenings clog Beitbridge border post

IN THE QUEUE: Lenghty delays are often experienced at Beitbridge border post. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
12 hour(s) ago

Facilities at the post, particularly on the Zimbabwean side, have long been described as grossly inadequate

Politics

IPID’s apology over Selebi ‘should also come from Mbeki’

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12 hour(s) ago

Forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan’s seven-year investigation of convicted former police chief Jackie Selebi uncovered a trail of corruption, drug dealing and eventually the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble

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Greater mobility is key to regional growth

If governments want to encourage the growth of business, they should not see the free movement of goods and people as a threat, writes Boye Gbadebo

Asia-Pacific

North Korea government ‘behind Sony hack’

Kim Jong-un. Picture: REUTERS/KYODO
10 hour(s) ago

White House expected to say cyber attacks and threats to theatres are work of Kim Jong-un’s regime as Sony halts release of The Interview

Industrials

PPC names mining executive Darryll Castle as next CEO

Ketso Gordhan. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
1 day(s) ago

PPC names mining industry veteran as CE, ending a three-month leadership vacuum that has hit its shares

Asia-Pacific

Instant noodles recalled as Taiwanese food scare widens

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3 hour(s) ago

Taiwanese authorities order leading food company to recall two flavours of instant noodles over fears they contain banned dye

Science & Environment

Czech police charge 16 for trading in rhino horns

Rhino horn. Picture:  AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT
12 hour(s) ago

Not rhino trophy-hunting trips for the sport but cold-blooded executions for black market in Vietnam, says inspector

National

Three communities make it on their own

Bafokeng mine. Picture: BLOOMBERG/NAASHON ZALK
12 hour(s) ago

The best known D-Account opt out is the Bafokeng nation, whose crowning achievement has been the establishment of a JSE-listed mining firm

African Business

Mozambique publishes law for gas investment

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10 hour(s) ago

Law sets legal, labour and fiscal terms for Anadarko and ENI’s multibillion-dollar projects that will make Mozambique a leading exporter of liquefied gas

Property

Apartment owner inherits debt of previous tenant

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12 hour(s) ago

Pensioner is evicted from luxury apartment following a dispute over unpaid levies

Mining

Probe may shed light on community’s missing millions

Supra Mahumapelo. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/ SIMON MATHEBULA
12 hour(s) ago

In the North West communities have for generations allowed companies to mine platinum on their land — in return they earned royalties. But hundreds of millions of rand have gone missing. Setumo Stone investigates.

Markets

Russia’s rouble firms as oil prices stabilise

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8 hour(s) ago

Russian rouble firms in early trade on Thursday before President Vladimir Putin’s end-of-year news conference, expected to be dominated by the currency’s dramatic decline this year

Mining

Lonmin stake ‘too small’ for some in Bapo ba Mogale deal

The Lonmin mine, near Marikana. The  Bapo ba Mogale community accepted a  2,5% stake in the firm. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA
12 hour(s) ago

In 2010 the Bapo ba Mogale was elbowed out of a possible 18% stake by Shanduka Holdings. The community blames Lonmin for irregularly bringing on board Shanduka

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Cartoons

Mark Henegan.  Picture: NADIA NEOPHYTOU

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Harlem warms to SA tastes

Expatriate Mark Henegan serves New Yorkers food and philosophy in his Madiba restaurant, writes Nadia Neophytou

Arts & Entertainment

FILM: Miyazaki is the great magician of modern cinema

Hayao Miyazaki. Picture: REUTERS
12 hour(s) ago

Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s complete works are a triumph of organised, poetic insanity touched with magic, writes Nigel Andrews

Arts & Entertainment

William Kentridge? I know that guy

The Refusal of Time, a collaboration between William Kentridge and other artists. Pictures:  SUPPLIED
11 hour(s) ago

There were, until a few days ago, three galleries in Johannesburg alone displaying Kentridge exhibitions, writes Chris Thurman

Lehlohonolo Majoro. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Majoro saves Bucs blushes with equaliser

Coach Madida’s job on the line after Swallows once again squander lead

Cricket

Amla and De Villiers dominate West Indies

Hashim Amla. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/DUIF DU TOIT
11 hour(s) ago

Amla scored 133 not out, De Villiers made an undefeated 141, and they will resume their partnership Thursday morning

Soccer

Penalty saves highlight Casillas’ return to form

Iker Casillas. Picture: EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA
11 hour(s) ago

The Real captain saved his second penalty in consecutive matches when he kept out a spot kick against Cruz Azul at the Club World Cup in Morocco on Tuesday to emphasise his return to form

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The Third Umpire

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, who was elected to the position unopposed at the weekend despite the inevitable rowdy dissent and personality clashes. At least there wasn’t a bare bum in sight.

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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, who will be breathing the biggest sigh of relief of all after ratings agencies Fitch and S&P left their SA ratings unchanged on Friday. It’s going to be an intense six months to the next update.

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Tharisa Minerals chairman Loucas Pouroulis, who faces a R50m lawsuit, plus interest and court costs, for allegedly failing to pay for shares he agreed to buy from Cayman Islands-registered Siebels Hard Asset Fund.

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Governors of some US states are sticking to plans to quarantine healthworkers returning from countries with Ebola, despite pressure from the White House. What you think of these measures?


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It’s fair, countries should be able to protect their people by whatever means necessary
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This is not fair to healthworkers volunteering to assist, and will badly affect Ebola-hit countries without sufficient help
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They are allowed to stay in their homes, and this is fair enough to minimise risk for all
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