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Law enforcement officials were expected to be kept busy ahead of President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address on Thursday evening, with marches planned across Cape Town.  Picture: ANTHONY MOLYNEAUX/TMG MULTIMEDIA

Tensions mount ahead of state of the nation address

2 hour(s) ago

Public order police deployed to keep protesters out of sight ahead of Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address as marchers gather near the Parliament precinct

Mining

Competition Commission in favour of Tegeta’s move to acquire Optimum Coal

An Optimum coal colliery.  Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
3 hour(s) ago

Tegeta Exploration and Resources is owned by the Gupta family, who are friends of President Jacob Zuma, and by Zuma’s son Duduzane

National

Ses’khona protesters throw bottles and stones at riot police near Parliament

Marchers flood the streets of downtown Cape Town on Thursday ahead of President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address.  Picture: ANTHONY MOLYNEAUX/TMG MULTIMEDIA
1 hour(s) ago

The Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement wanted to march to Parliament and the Democratic Alliance’s offices to protest against racism, among other things

National

Noncore parliamentary staff asked to work from home

The red carpet is rolled out on Wednesday during preparations for Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address.  Picture: GCIS
3 hour(s) ago

Parliament insists that workers were not given the day off, but were asked to work from home to ease congestion and to allow them to work without distraction

Mining

Mining production falls again in December

Mining. Picture: SUPPLIED
6 hour(s) ago

Mining production declines, but at slower rate, indicating the extent to which weak global demand and low commodity prices are hurting the sector

Economy

Manufacturing production increases slightly in December

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 hour(s) ago

Statistics SA data show better than expected performance in manufacturing sector on higher output in food and beverages, among other divisions

Labour

About 800 NUM members to strike at Lafarge over salaries and grants

Members of the National Union of Mineworkers. PICTURE: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
4 hour(s) ago

The National Union of Mineworkers strike is due to begin on Thursday night at cement company Lafarge, and will continue ‘indefinitely’, NUM says

Mining

Rio Tinto slumps to annual loss

Rio Tinto’s Hamersley Iron ship is loaded with iron ore in Western Australia in this undated company handout photo. Picture: BLOOMBERG
7 hour(s) ago

Miner scraps its promise to maintain or lift its dividend annually from this year onward as prices for iron ore and copper plummet

Economy

Rising inflation outlook strengthens case for rate hikes

Reserve Bank. Picture: SUPPLIED
1 hour(s) ago

Reserve Bank set to continue raising interest rates modestly as worst drought in a century and weaker rand ramps up the outlook for inflation, poll finds

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: ELMOND JIYANE

EDITORIAL: Zuma abused state resources

Officials and MPs part of his fight over Nkandla

Columnists

The Granite State is virtually devoid of African-American and Hispanic voters, writes Simon Barber

New Hampshire is a poor pointer to nominations

Columnists

Nature of public protector’s powers a complex legal question under legitimate debate, writes Franny Rabkin

Nkandla case arguments focused on politics, not law

Politics

Millions cannot find a job ‘because President Zuma has one’, Maimane says

Jacob Zuma. Picture: EPA/NIC BOTHMA
3 hour(s) ago

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane says it will be ‘most appropriate’ for President Jacob Zuma to announce his resignation

Politics

Former leader of Save Mpumalanga ANC defects to EFF

Picture: EFF
4 hour(s) ago

Economic Freedom Fighters welcomes Sipho Monareng, who says he will ensure that his former party loses power in the local government elections later this year

Companies

Glencore reports drop in copper production

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 hour(s) ago

Mining and trading company sells $500m of future precious metals output from its Antapaccay mine to Franco-Nevada in attempt to reduce its debt

Economy

Trade conditions remain gloomy, says Sacci

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 hour(s) ago

South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry says that trading conditions were strained in January amid muted demand and the outlook remains uncertain

Companies

Moneyweb expects HEPS to plummet

7 hour(s) ago

The financial media group says it is ‘reasonably certain’ that HEPS for the six months to end-December will be down 675%-696%

The issue of whether President Jacob Zuma would pay back the money spent on upgrades to his Nkandla home has harmed both the African National Congress and Parliament. Picture: REUTERS/ROGAN WARD

NEWS ANALYSIS: Impeachment — easier said than done

EFF will have a tough time pushing it through as process is political and requires a two-thirds majority

Retail & Consumer

Woolworths to conserve cash as growth slows

Woolworths. Picture: JAMES OATWAY
4 hour(s) ago

Retailer warns rising interest rates will further pressure South African consumers

Europe

Nato sends warships on Aegean migrant mission

54 minute(s) ago

Nato’s unprecedented naval mission to block people smugglers taking refugees and migrants from Turkey to Greece comes as Ankara threatens to send millions more to Europe

Companies

Tesla promises to make money this year

Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO Elon Musk put his staff on crisis footing in 2013 to deal with problems surrounding the Model S. File picture: BLOOMBERG
7 hour(s) ago

Electric luxury car maker tells investors it will turn a profit on an adjusted basis, company shares increase sharply as a result, despite a wider fourth-quarter loss

Economy

Weak rand boosts tourism

Picture: THINKSTOCK
12 hour(s) ago

Statistics SA says number of visitors to South Africa rose in December — despite concern from the industry new visa regime harmed its festive season prospects

Middle East

Tensions rise as US supports Syrian Kurds

Syrian Kurds demonstrate against Turkish army oppression in the Turkish southeastern town of Cizre on Monday. Picture:  AFP PHOTO/DELIL SOULEIMAN
12 hour(s) ago

Turkey’s Erdogan says US support of Syrian Kurdish rebels turning region into ‘sea of blood’

Retail & Consumer

Brait plans to offload Consol and Primedia

Brait CEO John Gnodde. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
13 hour(s) ago

Spun off companies likely to be listed separately in near future

Education

Student certificate chaos as Sita sets new deadline for backlog

higher education XXX.   Picture: THINKSTOCK
12 hour(s) ago

State agency's new deadline to resolve nine-year certificate backlog fails to impress opposition parties

Industrials

US sales and weak rand lift Sappi’s profit

FUTURE: Workers stand beside storage towers at Sappi’s Ngodwana wood mill in Mpumalanga on  Wednesday. Picture: BLOOMBERG
12 hour(s) ago

Weak rand helps boost margins and exports from South African operations, despite increased input costs

African Business

Mining firms ‘must get used to’ higher electricity tariffs in Zambia

Residents walk down a road in front of a plant owned by Mopani Copper Mines Plc in Kitwe, a town on the Copperbelt in northern Zambia.  Picture: BLOOMBERG/JEAN-CLAUDE COUTAUSSE
1 hour(s) ago

The Zambian government increased electricity charges for mining companies to 10.35 US cents a kilowatt-hour from January 1

Asia-Pacific

Kaesong shutdown severs co-operation between North and South Korea

STALLED: The inter-Korean Kaesong industrial complex is seen behind the propaganda village of Gijungdong in North Korea, in this picture taken near the truce village of Panmunjom, just south of the demilitarised zone dividing the two Koreas, in Paju, about 55km north of Seoul. Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

Halting activity at Kaesong Industrial Complex as punishment for the rocket launch cuts the last significant vestige of North-South co-operation

Americas

US can still meet climate goals despite court decision

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 hour(s) ago

The White House vows that commitments to cut carbon emissions can still be met after Supreme Court delays implementation of Clean Power Plan

National

Prince goes before ANC disciplinary panel

Truman Prince. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
12 hour(s) ago

Controversial Beaufort West mayor Truman Prince accused of writing to construction firms to solicit cash for ANC in return for tenders

Companies

SABMiller to sell off European beer brands to Japanese brewer

DEBT BREWING: AB InBev agreed to buy SABMiller in October for about $110bn. Picture: REUTERS
12 hour(s) ago

SABMiller’s ownership of the brands is seen as a stumbling block for Anheuser-Busch InBev’s proposed $108bn acquisition of the brewer

Mining

CEOs want state to take ‘decisive action’

Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan, CEO AngloGold Ashanti. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
12 hour(s) ago

A sense of growing urgency to tackle deepening economic problems in SA has seized the business community and the government

Telecoms & Technology

Altech subscriber base may be sold

Picture: REUTERS
12 hour(s) ago

Competition Tribunal fells opposition to R1.5bn sale of cellphone service provider Altech Autopage’s subscriber base to MTN, Vodacom and Cell C

Economy

Anomalies not Zuma’s address delay Stats SA report

Picture: THINKSTOCK
13 hour(s) ago

Stats SA insists delay of fourth-quarter Quarterly Labour Force Survey related to anomalies from new master sample

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Cartoons

Rob Davies on the Of Prophets and Kings set in Durbanville on Thursday. Picture: JULIAN GOLDSWAIN

Film industry has added more than R15bn to SA since 2004

At ABC’s production Of Kings and Prophets, being filmed in Cape Town, almost all the crew, including extras and some actors, are South African

Health

Age of plastic surgery is upon us

As society increasingly places more value on appearance, the use of interventions such as cosmetic medicine and make-up are becoming more commonplace — and even expected. Picture: ISTOCK
13 hour(s) ago

Psychological studies support the idea that cosmetic surgery builds self-confidence, writes Rinny Gremaud

Health

Put this in your pipe and smoke it

Overall, studies found that the odds of quitting smoking were 28% lower among people who used e-cigarettes. Pictures: REUTERS/NEIL HALL
13 hour(s) ago

E-cigarettes cut odds of quitting and may even keep smokers hooked, writes Andrew Seaman

Management

Work e-mail still relevant to the performance of a business

Picture: THINKSTOCK
38 minute(s) ago

Some digital networks within workplaces are more effective than others if they include highly influential people

Health

The right sort of fat can do you a lot of good

Picture: ISTOCK
13 hour(s) ago

Drastic reduction in fat content of red meat over past 40 years means South African red meat can generally be classified as lean, writes Nicolette Hall

Health

Jet lag could be minimised in a flash

Picture: ISTOCK
13 hour(s) ago

New study shows specialised flashing lights at night during sleep change timing of circadian clock and may ease jet lag, writes Kathryn Doyle

Health

Dyspraxia’s virtues offset its burdens

Sheryl Sandberg
13 hour(s) ago

Different thought processes mean employees bring fresh insights to work life, writes Sarah Laitner

A technician analyses blood samples. The clinic in Rio de Janeiro searches for dengue, Zika and chicungunya viruses in blood, a process that takes 30 minutes. Picture: AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

Local athletes urged to be vigilant in Brazil about Zika virus transmission

SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee says athletes and officials should pay special attention to their health for 12 days after returning from Brazil

Cricket

De Kock plans on doing it again in Joburg

ON A ROLL: Quinton de Kock says he has thrown all his superstitions out the window and is keeping things simple. Picture: REUTERS
13 hour(s) ago

Quinton de Kock licking his lips at prospect of taking guard at Wanderers in Friday’s decisive fourth one-day international against England

Cricket

‘Injured’ Steyn gets nod for World Twenty20 ahead of firing Morné

Bowler Dale Steyn reacts after New Zealand won their Cricket World Cup semi-final match in Auckland in March. Picture: REUTERS/NIGEL MARPLE
13 hour(s) ago

Morné Morkel left out of Proteas squad despite his fine form this season

Other Sport

Ondruska has faith in rookies

Tucker Vorster. Picture: SUPPLIED
13 hour(s) ago

New South African Davis Cup captain Marcos Ondruska springs no surprises as he announces maiden squad for next month’s Euro-Africa Group 2 home tie against Luxembourg

Other Sport

Coetzee warns off pretenders hunting his Tshwane Open title

BULLISH: George Coetzee relishes home advantage. Picture: GALLO IMAGES
10 hour(s) ago

George Coetzee’s message to youngsters: ‘they mustn’t come to my home course and think they’re going to take the food off my plate’

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