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Cosatu national spokesman Patrick
Craven quits

Congress of South African Trade Unions spokesman Patrick Craven.  Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
1 hour(s) ago

Mr Craven follows axed general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi out of trade union federation, saying he ‘could not defend the indefensible’


New vehicle sales record muted growth in March, while exports surge

5 minute(s) ago

SA’s new vehicle market records muted growth in March, as cash-strapped consumers halt purchases of new cars, while Naamsa says outstanding feature is growth in exports


PMI shows slight improvement in March

factory manufacturing XXX Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 hour(s) ago

Kagiso purchasing managers index data indicate that activity in manufacturing sectors increased, but remained at levels that suggest output is weak


Vavi may take Cosatu leaders to court

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: SOWETAN
3 hour(s) ago

Expelled Congress of South African Trade Unions Zwelinzima Vavi accuses federation leaders of making statements bordering on ‘defamation and criminal libel’

African Business

SA businesses seek new African frontiers

CHANGING TIMES: A family passes a newly-opened Shoprite supermarket in Nigeria’s northern city of Kano. Picture: REUTERS
2 hour(s) ago

The troubles in Africa’s two top economies have left executives juggling cost-cutting there, while plotting to boost business in smaller but promising African countries


Cosatu-aligned public sector unions ‘hope conciliation will end impasse’

Bereng Soke.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
1 hour(s) ago

Congress of South African Trade Unions aligned public sector unions ‘to receive mandates from members to bring pressure on state amid deadlock in wage talks’

African News

Buhari hails Jonathan as ‘worthy opponent’

Muhammadu Buhari. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
6 hour(s) ago

Nigerian election winner Muhammadu Buhari praises outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan for peacefully relinquishing power

Hydraulic fracturing drilling in Colorado, US. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Respite gives us opportunity to get shale gas laws right

Now that Shell fracking officials have retreated we can pay new attention to creating a decent system of laws and regulation, writes David Fig


Recent events show racism was not preserve of few white zealots, but ingrained in those who wash their hands of it, those who pursue it, writes ...

To fight racism, we must admit it exists


Leon Louw promo

However desirable civil liberty might be, economic liberty is a precondition for prosperity, writes Leon Louw

Civil control offset by economic freedom


Top Gear tour to go ahead without show’s branding, content

Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May entertain the crowd in Durban during the festival.  Picture: NCE MKHIZE
2 hour(s) ago

Jeremy Clarkson‚ Richard Hammond and James May will participate‚ but it won’t be "Top Gear", BBC Worldwide announces


ICC president quits over World Cup trophy snub

Mustafa Kamal. Picture: AFP
2 hour(s) ago

Mustafa Kamal resigns as president of International Cricket Council, saying he was prevented from presenting World Cup trophy after claiming one of matches was fixed

Media & Advertising

Xhosa daily launched in Eastern Cape

newspapers media xxx Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 hour(s) ago

Independent Newspapers has launched Ilisolezwe, digital platform is also up and running, but no traffic numbers available yet


Weak demand in Asia calls for more stimulus

factory manufacturing XXX Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 hour(s) ago

Companies struggle in China, much of rest of Asia in March amid weak domestic and global demand, suggesting policymakers may have to resort to more stimulus

Picture: ARDBEL

EDITORIAL: Elegant solution to a sticky problem

The government’s recognition that speed and collaboration are of the essence should provide some comfort for investors


Curator tool part of Twitter’s push to display more tweets outside its site

A pillow on a couch at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, California. Picture: REUTERS
1 hour(s) ago

New media tool will make it easier for media organisations to find, display stream of tweets, Vine video alongside broadcasts, stories


Mining Charter heading for court

Ngoako Ramatlhodi.  Picture: MARTIN RHODES
10 hour(s) ago

Disagreement centres on whether past deals count towards 26% black ownership when the transactions have fallen away


Turkish company floats power ship idea to buoy Eskom’s capacity

10 hour(s) ago

Private operator Karpowership has a fleet of seven ships and says it can save Eskom ‘hundreds of millions’ a year


Howden quizzed over halted dividends

A Howden factory in Booysens, Johannesburg. Picture: SUPPLIED
10 hour(s) ago

Disgruntled shareholders grill company leadership on decision to halt dividend payments


Higher pay makes miners’ fruitless wait for Marikana report bearable

Miners strike at Marikana, near Rustenburg, in this file image. Picture: AFP PHOTO
10 hour(s) ago

Miners waiting for Marikana report upbeat as some received their salaries, estimated to be at least R2,000 more for the lowest-paid worker compared with August 2012


Treasury to cut off Eskom defaulters

The government is targeting the recovery of unpaid municipal bills as part of the solution to Eskom’s financial recovery. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
10 hour(s) ago

Government has targeted the recovery of unpaid municipal bills as part of the solution to Eskom’s financial recovery, and municipalities owe the power utility R9bn

Trade & Industry

Shift in product focus will not threaten jobs, says GMSA

10 hour(s) ago

Operations vice-president Ian Nicholls says their objective remains to grow the locally assembled vehicle production for both the domestic and export markets

Middle East

Russia’s Lavrov says ‘key aspects’ agreed as Iranian nuclear talks extended

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Picture: REUTERS/STRINGER
4 hour(s) ago

Six world powers, Iran miss deadline to reach outline accord reining in Tehran’s nuclear programme, extending talks as they edge towards deal

Arts & Entertainment

Comedy Central sticks by Trevor Noah

Comedian Trevor Noah. Picture: ANTONIO MUCHAVE/SOWETAN
5 hour(s) ago

Comedian Trevor Noah may be welcome breathe of fresh air for US audiences, providing late-night comedy, with international perspective


Scorpions boss conspired against Zuma to help Mbeki, says Hofmeyr

10 hour(s) ago

NPA deputy head spills the beans in detailed account of how the agency became an ‘instrument’ in political battles in the ANC


Vavi's ousting ‘will lead a revival’

Moeletsi Mbeki speaks on SA’s political future at the University of the Witwatersrand on Tuesday with Dr Johan van den Heever. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
10 hour(s) ago

Split in Cosatu underscores a conflict between the use of the public wage bill for patronage and the need for re-industrialisation, says analyst

Financial Services

Blue sues Absa for R70m over former CEO’s ‘loan’

Blue Financial Services CEO Johan Meiring. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
9 hour(s) ago

Forensic investigation shows Absa received a sum for which Blue had no liability, says CEO


Cosatu bars members from ‘Vavi-led activities’

Zwelinzima Vavi and Sdumo Dlamini. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
10 hour(s) ago

Cosatu moves to prevent ‘interceptions and hacking of computers’, and blocks staff — including provincial secretaries, many of whom continue to support Vavi — from taking instructions from him

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Business too far removed from research

We need to ask whether enterprises are being fostered at academic bodies, writes S’onqoba Maseko

Opinion & Analysis

Skills in office politics will take you far

9 hour(s) ago

Find out who the influencers are and tread carefully when interacting with them, writes Les Weiss


Five ways to make your open office a bit quieter

1 day(s) ago

It is possible to design an open office in such as way that it not only offers employees a gorgeous workspace but also peace and quiet


How worry can help at work

33 minute(s) ago

Most people seek to project an upbeat, confident attitude on the job, but sometimes it is better to be a worrywart


Quick walk to success in sandals with a good sole

Adihambo Mula-Landers partly ascribes the success of her Galago Sandals to good networking. She could get material and proper staff and product in the right boutiques. Pictures: MARTIN RHODES
9 hour(s) ago

Creativity and hard work pay off for entrepreneur and customised footwear designer Adihambo Mula-Landers at Galago Sandals, writes Sue Blaine


Inequality debate has US firms on defensive

A worker  arranges Xbox game console boxes on stage during a Microsoft  event in New York, US.  Technology companies have found themselves at the centre of the inequality debate partly because of the huge wealth they have generated for their founders and shareholders.  File picture: BLOOMBERG/VICTOR BLUE
9 hour(s) ago

Software giant Microsoft wades into income inequality debate, and insists that its suppliers give their US workers paid leave

Opinion & Analysis

More required than understanding needs

Workers at a call centre. New  technologies allow for rapid, very public feedback from customers, which makes poor performance visible. Picture: THINKSTOCK
9 hour(s) ago

Building a truly customer-centred culture and organisation involves people throughout the organisation, write Jenny Davis-Peccoud and Tiaan Moolman


Power Horse joins Castle as Cosafa Cup sponsors

Tournament seen as important for helping national coaches to assess fringe players

Other Sport

Makabu decides to return to Durandt

Ilunga Makabu is preparing to fight Thabiso 'The Rock' Mchunu for the WBC cruiserweight title  in Durban on May 16. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEE WARREN
10 hour(s) ago

‘Prodigal son’ rejoins trainer Nick Durandt to prepare for the WBC cruiserweight title eliminator against ‘The Rock’ Mchunu next month


Muller sidelined at Lions for Bulls clash at Ellis Park

Lions key lock Martin Muller is out with a torn calf muscle. File Picture: STEVE HAAG/GALLO IMAGES
18 hour(s) ago

Muller pivotal because the combination of himself, lock partner Franco Mostert and eighthman Warren Whiteley has contributed to all the nine lineout steals this season


Hugely improved Odendaal excels on Super Rugby debut

Burger Odendaal of the Bulls during the Absa Currie Cup match between Vodacom Blue Bulls and GWK Griquas at Loftus Versfeld in October last year.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEE WARREN
10 hour(s) ago

Burger Odendaal proves himself worthy against star-studded Crusaders after five-month injury lay-off


Johnson and Stars’ fortunes entwined

Cavin Johnson has replaced Allan Freese as coach of Platinum Stars. He has eight matches to prove his usefulness to the embattled club. File picture: LEFTY SHIVAMBU/GALLO IMAGES
10 hour(s) ago

New Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson needs to save team from relegation and retain the hot seat at the end of the season


Mashaba’s to-do list: dodge the brickbats and find the net

It is going to be tough for the Bafana coach to find a clinical striker when even his Premier Soccer League counterparts are also crying out for this rare breed

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The Third Umpire

Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi, who jumped just before being pushed at Monday’s board meeting. Not that there’s much of a board left. The best part is, the last man or woman standing won’t even have to turn off the lights.

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