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Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Gill Marcus steps down, interest rate unchanged

54 minute(s) ago

Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus says this is her last MPC after announcing repo interest rate will be left unchanged at 5.75%

Mining

Gold Fields aims to cut debt by $300m over two years, says Holland

Nick Holland. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
2 hour(s) ago

CE says miner does not need to get bigger in terms of production, and any acquisition will be aimed at growing cash flow and total returns to shareholders

National

Families of SA pilgrims killed in Nigeria need support, says Zuma

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS
4 hour(s) ago

President Jacob Zuma says government in various sectors, including municipalities, will be affected by Nigerian tragedy and need to be ready and responsive

Trade & Industry

Cape Town harbour to get R650m multi-purpose storage facility

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

Expansion of facilities at terminal will include increased and more efficient truck loading, and an expansion of tanker-berthing facilities

Business

SA needs ‘better companies, not more funding’

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4 hour(s) ago

Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz tells EY Africa Tax Conference that money is available, but many small businesses have no compelling economic right to exist

National

SA sends team to Nigeria to assist TB Joshua guest house accident victims

Rescue workers watch as an excavator removes rubble at the site of a collapsed building at the TB Joshua Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS/AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE
11 hour(s) ago

Experts dispatched to evaluate needs of South African citizens who may have been involved in collapse of the Synagogue Church of Nations building

Companies

Crash aside, the new-look CIPC means business

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4 hour(s) ago

New system set to make life easier for companies that are frustrated by slow service from understaffed Companies and Intellectual Property Commission

Education

Poor grade R pupils have the least to show

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11 hour(s) ago

Introduction of grade R in schools has had almost no effect on the learning progress of poor children, shows study

Statistician-general Pali Lehohla. Picture: GCIS

Statistics on skills give South Africa reason to worry

Systematic exclusion of so many young people from the opportunities and rewards of the formal economy cannot continue, writes Mark Potterton

Columnists

Dreams of a Cape utopia, much like dreams of an independent Scotland, are best left on the beach for the high tide to wash away, writes Bronwyn Nortje

Do the sums: no to secession

Rugby

The five-year road map is a great plan, but relies too heavily on the provincial unions to make it happen, writes Liz McGregor

Saru’s plan pulls no punches about transformation pace

Business

Guarantees to state enterprises reach limit

Picture: THINKSTOCK
11 hour(s) ago

Sharp rise in guarantees and their draw-down rate will be closely watched by credit rating agencies, concerned about the deterioration in the current account deficit

National

Ramaphosa asks for time to sell businesses

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
10 hour(s) ago

Deputy president asks Jacob Zuma to give him time to complete disposal of business interests that could create conflict with his new role in government

Retail & Consumer

New entrants set to heat up SA pizza market

11 hour(s) ago

The world’s two largest pizza chains are wading into the South African pizza market with the arrival of Pizza Hut and Domino’s Pizza

Americas

US Federal Reserve renews zero rate pledge, but hints at steeper rate hike path

The sun rises to the east of the US Federal Reserve building in Washington DC.  Picture: REUTERS
10 hour(s) ago

Fed still waiting ‘considerable time' before first hike, but indicates it could raise borrowing costs faster than expected

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Robust demand for gold from East to continue

Silver, at about $18.60 an ounce, seems to be undervalued and prices at this level are close to a bottom in terms of price and market structure, blogs Dave Levenstein

Trade & Industry

UK wants bids from SA’s defence firms

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10 hour(s) ago

UK government department is seeking joint ventures and industrial partnerships with country’s defence companies

Politics

Baleka Mbete, EFF rift deepens

EFF leader Julius Malema and chief whip Floyd Shivambu leave the house as Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa answers questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
10 hour(s) ago

EFF walks out of National Assembly again after Mbete ordered Julius Malema to withdraw remark directed at Cyril Ramaphosa

Retail & Consumer

Expectations of Remgro mount as share price discount narrows

Remgro CEO Jannie Durand. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
10 hour(s) ago

Investment behemoth facing great market expectations, with results showing share price discount on underlying investments has been whittled down to just a sliver

Telecoms & Technology

Focus on fibre optic cable network for Vodacom

Vodacom branding on the Ponte Building in Hilbrow, Johannesburg, in 2011. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/FOTO24/FELIX DLANGAMANDLA
11 hour(s) ago

Company plans to use its agreed acquisition of Neotel to speed up introduction of high-speed fibre optic cable for businesses and homes in SA

Trade & Industry

New scrap metals policy criticised

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11 hour(s) ago

Fresh amendments to policy on scrap metals will not remedy long-standing viability issues in the sector, say industry players

Retail & Consumer

Richemont slides on lower sales update

A pedestrian walks past a Cartier store, operated by Richemont, as it stands illuminated at night in Shanghai, China. Picture: BLOOMBERG
11 hour(s) ago

Research house reduces its growth rate forecast

Labour

Mashaba believes minimum wage concept is a mistake

OUTSPOKEN: Herman Mashaba, chairman of the Free Market Foundation, says it is time for business leaders to speak truth to power.  Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
22 hour(s) ago

Black business icon joins minimum wage debate as he believes it is set to hurt small business and is doomed for failure

Europe

Turkey faces balancing act in fight against IS

DIVIDED: US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Friday September 12, 2014. Mr Kerry arrived in Ankara for talks aimed at  a coalition against Islamic State. Picture: AFP
11 hour(s) ago

Turkey has made clear that it is still unconvinced by US President Barack Obama’s plans to bomb IS fighters in two of its neighbours

African Business

Namibia to start sooner on new port

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11 hour(s) ago

Work on new port in Namibia to export commodities and import fuel for southern African states will start next year, a year earlier than initially planned

National

Cabinet approves new antigraft rules

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10 hour(s) ago

Plan to reduce corruption in government will prohibit public servants from accepting any gifts, hospitality and other benefits irrespective of value

Economy

Inflation remains outside target range

11 hour(s) ago

Inflation rises slightly more than expected in August, but analysts do not believe Reserve Bank will hike rates at monetary policy committee meeting

Health

Free State scientists a step closer to building human heart

HISTORY: The world’s first heart transplant was carried out in Cape Town in 1967 by a surgical team led by South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard. Now scientists are seeking to build a human heart. Picture: SHELLEY CHRISTIANS
11 hour(s) ago

Scientists at the University of the Free State say they are a step closer to their dream of building a human heart, after making an important advance working on baboons

Retail & Consumer

Total to woo high-end customers with Thrupps forecourt offering

NEW BEGINNINGS: An artist’s impression of the new Total SA, Famous Brands and Thrupps offering.
11 hour(s) ago

Famous Brands and Total are testing a new forecourt grocer that analysts say could rival Engen’s Woolworths offering

Europe

Scotland to vote but still too close to call

A 'Yes' campaign supporter is seen near the town of Portree on the Isle of Skye on Wednesday.  Picture: REUTERS
11 hour(s) ago

Pro-independence side says it has the momentum to win the ballot, while the ‘no’ camp urges voters not to use it as a protest

Transport & Tourism

Relief in sight for timeshare owners

Picture: THINKSTOCK
11 hour(s) ago

Relief could be in sight for holders of timeshare contracts if National Consumer Commission wins case it is planning to take to the National Consumer Tribunal

Labour

Higher minimum wage ‘might hit farming jobs’

Picture: THE TIMES
10 hour(s) ago

Trend in job losses shows agricultural sector cannot absorb more significant hikes

Health

DA will ‘oppose medical bill’s plans to commercialise cannabis’

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10 hour(s) ago

Democratic Alliance will not support proposals to legalise dagga for medical, commercial and industrial purposes

Europe

Bling-Bling Sarkozy back to ‘save’ France from economic crisis

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy attends the inauguration of the Institut Claude Pompidou, a new centre for care and research of Alzheimer disease, in Nice in this March 10 2014 file photo. Picture: REUTERS
11 hour(s) ago

Undeterred by a tangled web of interconnected legal difficulties, Nicolas Sarkozy has been agonising for months about a return to front-line politics

Politics

Partisanship and one-upmanship made for a noisy no confidence debate

A panoramic view of Parliament, at the swearing-in ceremony of new members of Parliament in the National Assembly on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS
8 hour(s) ago

DA increasingly suspicious that ANC is using majority to protect its interests, writes Paul Vecchiatto

National

Organisers cancel TribeOne fest, Tshwane to take spat to court

Picture: TRIBEONE
9 hour(s) ago

City ‘shocked’ by Rockstar 4000’s decision to can Cullinan music event after Tshwane ‘fell behind schedule’ on preparations

Asia-Pacific

NEWS ANALYSIS: China’s new coal quality rules not a fatal blow to exporters

GAME CHANGER: Employees work on a pile of coal gangue in Huaibei, Anhui province in this file picture. China will ban coal imports above certain ash and sulphur contents from next year. Picture: REUTERS
11 hour(s) ago

If the aim of the new Chinese rules is to improve air quality, then limiting the domestic mining industry would be far more effective than restricting imports, writes Clyde Russell

Retail & Consumer

Nestlé to revamp South African factories

The Nestlé logo on the company’s building in Mexico City. Picture: REUTERS
4 hour(s) ago

Swiss food group Nestlé will invest in expanding coffee factory in South Africa, revamping other facilities producing consumer goods

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Cartoons

DIVERSIFY:  Cape Town already has strong single-genre festivals that focus on jazz, comedy, literature and so on. National Arts Festival CEO Tony Lankester says theatre audiences will benefit from the fringe coming to the Mother City. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH

Festival spreads its fringe beyond Grahamstown

Grahamstown arts feast now has a Cape Town wing, thanks to CEO Tony Lankester, writes Eugene Yiga

Arts & Entertainment

Exile and longing in Feni retrospective

Dumile Feni and Louis Maholo, London 1971 (detail), by George Hallett. Picture: MOMO GALLERY.
11 hour(s) ago

It seems impossible to discuss Dumile Feni’s work without a framing discourse that invokes alienation and absence, writes Chris Thurman

Arts & Entertainment

FILM: Million Dollar Arm; Drive Hard

Picture: THINKSTOCK
11 hour(s) ago

Phillip Altbeker reviews the latest films showing at cinemas

RELIABLE: Senzo Meyiwa saves a goal during the penalty shoot-out in the MTN8 quarterfinal match between Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Sunday. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Fernandez sees Meyiwa shining in derby final

But Amakhosi’s rich vein of form will help them conquer archrivals

Opinion

Saru’s new plan pulls no punches about the slow pace of transformation

The five-year road map is a great plan, but relies too heavily on the provincial unions to make it happen

 
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The Third Umpire

Parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete. Surviving a no-confidence vote through a crude majority in the house is all very well but what matters is credibility, and the sad reality is she has precious little of that.

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