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SPARKING GROWTH: An employee works in a ferronickel smelter owned by state miner Aneka Tambang  in the Pomala district in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province. The country accounts for roughly 7%  of the world's total nickel mine output. Picture:REUTERS

Norilsk severs its connection with Africa

2 hour(s) ago

Norilsk stated its intention to sell its 50% of Nkomati Nickel, which it owned jointly with JSE-listed African Rainbow Minerals, and its 85% stake in Tati Nickel Mining in Botswana towards the end of last year

Europe

Total CEO dies in plane accident

Christophe de Margerie. BLOOMBERG/FABRICE DIMIER
13 minute(s) ago

Christophe de Margerie is killed when business jet collides with snow plough during takeoff at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow

Industrials

PPC raises defences against Foord ‘demand’

Ketso Gordhan. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
2 hour(s) ago

Foord says it has been able to gain the support of another shareholder, Visio Capital Management, to support its bid to replace the board

Politics

‘Political meddling harms parastatals’

Black Business Council spokesman and businessman Sandile Zungu. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
2 hour(s) ago

Zuma adviser highlights governance decay, says there is often no clear line between 'enthusiastic' ministerial oversight and political interference

Health

Bedaquiline approved to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis

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3 hour(s) ago

Experts say patients on bedaquiline recover faster and transmit TB for a shorter time than patients who are not, writes Tamar Kahn

National

Arms deal critic spurns subpoena

2 hour(s) ago

Paul Holden and former African National Congress MP Andrew Feinstein also will not travel to SA to testify

National

Durban beaches closed on shark fears

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2 hour(s) ago

Many beaches will remain shut at least until the end of November

African News

No E-word on AU crisis-talks agenda

Ebola survivor.  Picture: EPA/EMILO NARANJO
3 hour(s) ago

African governments and most pan-African institutions are making only marginal contributions to the fight against the biggest threat to the continent for years

African Business

Ebola hits Heineken sales in Sierra Leone

DRIVE-BY SHOT: A ban on liquor advertising could force smaller agencies to close. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
3 hour(s) ago

Company’s Sierra Leone unit sends staff home and halts expansion plans as it joins growing number of firms cutting operations in West African nations hit hardest by Ebola outbreak

Trade & Industry

US commerce body goes to bat for SA

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2 hour(s) ago

Chamber says extension of African Growth and Opportunity Act would have mutual benefits

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Public protector has teeth to back up the quest for truth

The right of the public protector to take appropriate remedial action goes far beyond merely speaking truth to power, writes Paul Hoffman

Columnists

Nomalanga Mkhize

We must insist on all our schools providing quality African language instruction for all children, writes Nomalanga Mkhize

Quest for English robs our schools of language

Columnists

Ali Mazrui’s work opened one’s mind up to what it truly means to be African — and not the Africa of colonial Europe, writes Muthoni Maingi

Mazrui taught what it meant to be truly African

Mining

RBPlat’s new mine suffers difficulties

Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 hour(s) ago

Target date for steady state production now extended by six months

Retail & Consumer

Rekorderlig targets changing tastes

Cider products. Picture: ROBBIE TSHABALALA/FINANCIAL MAIL
2 hour(s) ago

Swedish cider company, which entered the SA market last month, is looking to tap into the same trend which is buoying craft beer producers

Financial Services

Guardrisk eyes Kenya and Mozambique

Guardrisk MDHerman Schoeman. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
3 hour(s) ago

Specialist insurer Guardrisk sees opportunities to introduce cell captive insurance

National

Sars closes in on trusts’ exploitation of system

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2 hour(s) ago

Details of parties benefiting from trusts required and greater disclosure, writes Amanda Visser

Business

Value of BEE over-counter share trade now R15bn

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3 hour(s) ago

SA’s over-the-counter market that was started for BEE shareholders has ballooned from the R2.3bn empowerment investors paid originally to participate in these schemes, analysts say

Healthcare

Aspen seals therapy licensing deal

Aspen Pharmacare CEO Stephen Saad. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
3 hour(s) ago

Drugs manufacturer signs agreements to acquire license rights to innovative unmodified oral testosterone replacement therapy from US specialty pharmaceutical firm

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

EDITORIAL: Does Ramaphosa have miracle cure?

Unless ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa manages to pull something from his hat, Cosatu’s central committee meeting promises to be explosive unless

Industrials

Sappi redeems part of R750m bond

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

Paper group faces a number of local and offshore debt obligations over the next five years

Americas

Poll shows Rousseff has momentum in run-off

Dilma Rousseff. Picture: REUTERS/ RICARDO MORAES
3 hour(s) ago

Brazil’s currency and stock markets extended losses after the poll showed Aecio Neves, an investor favourite from the centrist Brazilian Social Democracy Party, losing momentum

Business

First SMME colloquium will focus on ‘favourable tax regime’ for small business

OPPOSITION: Black Business Council CEO Xolani Qubeka says sector codes amount to ‘window-dressing’. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD
15 hour(s) ago

Favourable tax regime for small business will be focus of first-ever gathering to develop master plan for newly created Department of Small Business Development

National

Zuma compares Nkandla with apartheid George airport

President Jacob Zuma's residence in Nkandla. Picture: SOWETAN/SUNDAY WORLD
20 hour(s) ago

President Jacob Zuma says he feels ‘persecuted’ by local media about upgrades, points to airport near home of PW Botha that was not built for ‘economic reasons’

Labour

Factional battles will lead to Cosatu’s collapse, says Vavi

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: BLOOMBERG/NADINE HUTTON
12 hour(s) ago

Cosatu general secretary warns that should the situation in Cosatu continue, where workers are divided due to factional interests, the federation would split in half

Europe

US bombs own arms supply to Kurds after fearing it went astray

Turkish Kurds watch the Syrian town of Kobani from a hill near the Mursitpinar crossing, on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 hour(s) ago

US, French and British aircraft also carried out six more strikes in neighbouring Iraq against Islamic State positions near Fallujah, on the Baiji oil refinery

African News

Zambian president travels abroad for medical check-up

Zambian President Michael Sata.  Picture: REUTERS
17 hour(s) ago

Michael Sata leaves for medical check-up abroad at an undisclosed destination, his office says

African Business

IMF expects ‘robust growth’ in sub-Saharan Africa

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18 hour(s) ago

But International Monetary Fund warns that energy supply constraints, strikes, weak global and domestic demand will limit growth in SA

Americas

Lengthy to-do list awaits US Ebola czar

US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, right, talks to Ron Klain at the US Capitol in Washington in this December 8 2009 file photo.  Picture: REUTERS
18 hour(s) ago

‘Problem solver’ Ron Klain will need to soothe jitters about virus, smooth over tension with legislators angry about missteps, mixed messages from government

Asia-Pacific

Japanese prime minister suffers setback as two ministers quit

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacts as he speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
18 hour(s) ago

Two Japanese cabinet ministers resign over dubious use of political funds, dealing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe his biggest setback since he took office in December 2012

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Cartoons

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BOOK REVIEW: Linguistic mischief for readers’ imagination

Michael Frayn, playwright, novelist, farceur and philosopher, talks to Sarah Hemming about fear, chaos and his newest book Matchbox Theatre

Arts & Entertainment

ON THE STAGE: Women’s Theatre Festival

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 hour(s) ago

Ntshieng Mokgoro's never-say-die attitude helped her pull off a Women’s Theatre Festival with a paltry R5,000 in the kitty, writes Christina Kennedy

Multimedia

VIDEO: Vigorous bidding on South African old masters at recent auction

17 hour(s) ago

Important South African art from the Carl Schweickerdt collection recently came onto the market, the auction sent ripples of excitement though the community of collectors here and abroad

GLASS HALF FULL: Jean de Villiers believes the Stormers are showing signs of improvement, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. Picture: CARL FOURIE/GALLO IMAGES

Springboks kick off preparations

Captain says there is ‘a great mood and a positive atmosphere’ at Stellenbosch training camp

Soccer

Ajax plan rebound after defeat

Ajax. Picture:  Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ LANCE PRINSLOO
3 hour(s) ago

Ajax host Platinum Stars at the Cape Town Stadium just three days after defeat in their top-of-the-table clash with AmaKhosi in which they lost their 100% home record

Rugby

Management turmoil behind Sharks’ losses

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2 hour(s) ago

The boardroom problems threaten to destabilise a union that for years has been the model of consistency

 
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The Third Umpire

Former PPC CEO Ketso Gordhan, who seems to have recruited enough shareholders to force the board to hold a special general meeting. Whether he has enough support to reconstitute the board remains to be seen.

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