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Energy

Government confident it can finance energy needs, says Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: SOWETAN
33 minute(s) ago

The deputy president affirmed that nuclear would be part of the future energy mix, alongside natural gas, shale gas, coal and renewable energy

Telecoms & Technology

Vodacom takes hit from rate changes

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

Mobile operator Vodacom says ‘dramatic decrease’ in mobile termination rates affected revenue, but customer base grew during period under review

Property

Porsche SA pays R205m for Kyalami race track at auction

The Kyalami race track in Kyalami, north of Johannesburg. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
1 hour(s) ago

Porsche buys Kyalami race track for R205m — the highest price paid for a property in liquidation in South Africa

African News

Missing Air Algerie flight has crashed, say aviation authorities

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1 hour(s) ago

The Air Algerie airliner with 119 people on board went down on Thursday during a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers, says an Algerian aviation official

Retail & Consumer

Strong African demand boosts SABMiller

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6 hour(s) ago

Brewer says growth in Africa, Europe balanced by slower momentum in North America, reduction in net producer revenue in Australia in difficult trading conditions

Middle East

US lifts ban on flights to Israel as death toll tops 700

WAR-TORN: Smoke rises after Israeli tanks shelled the Shejaiya neighbourhood during a military operation in the eastern part of Gaza City on Monday. The Palestinian death toll has grown to 548 while 13 Israeli soldiers were killed inside Gaza on Sunday. UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrived in Cairo for top-level talks on Monday, which US Secretary of State John Kerry was expected to attend. Picture: REUTERS
4 hour(s) ago

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, says there is ‘a strong possibility’ Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza

Americas

Apple investors look forward to new gadgets later this year

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5 hour(s) ago

Investors barely reacted to the third-quarter results as CEO Tim Cook assured the public of its ‘incredible pipeline’, writes Adam Satariano

Health

HIV/AIDS pills at early stage ‘unwise’

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9 hour(s) ago

Health activists and top doctors have questioned government plans to start treating HIV/AIDS patients earlier, saying it will further strain already overstretched clinics and hospitals

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Geopolitical uncertainty brings certainty to safe-haven assets

Downing of Malaysian airliner, Israel’s ground offensive against Hamas have significantly influenced sentiment towards silver and gold, blogs Dave Levenstein

Columnists

Open journalism is about accepting a radically changing relationship between journalists and their audience, writes Anton Harber

SABC plan is antithesis of open journalism

Columnists

As the metal strike drags on, it is common to blame the economy’s problems on the radicalism of trade unions, writes Steven Friedman

Unions want to join club, not change the rules

Trade & Industry

Citrus black spot still haunts local industry

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9 hour(s) ago

Anxiety over an EU ban after the fungal infection was found in oranges, writes Amanda Visser

Transport & Tourism

Media ‘saboteurs’ taking toll on Sanral

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
10 hour(s) ago

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters accuses media houses and criminals of launching cyber attacks on Sanral

Retail & Consumer

Urbanisation drives hunger for luxury goods

The Louis Vuitton shop in Sandton City, Johannesburg. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
8 hour(s) ago

Sub-Saharan Africa is a promising market for luxury goods as urbanisation, economic development and increased affluence among rising middle class drives growth

Labour

Numsa told job losses probably unavoidable in pay deal

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9 hour(s) ago

Numsa says mandating meetings with members will continue ahead of a meeting of national leadership to decide how to respond to the latest offer

Politics

EFF objects to being compared to Nazis

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema leads his team, including Floyd Shivambu, left, and Dali Mpofu, right back. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
9 hour(s) ago

African National Congress MP Buti Manamela accuses Economic Freedom Fighters of peddling unrealistic stories to voters, says Hitler told his followers lies too

Asia-Pacific

Chinese aware of imbalance in their trade with Africa

WONDERS: Visitors look at  products of the  future at the South China Innovative Design Institute in Dongguan, a research and design hub in Guangdong province. Picture: ZHAN LISHENG, CHINA DAILY
8 hour(s) ago

With a growth outlook of ‘only’ 7.4% predicted for this year, China is the world’s envy, writes Nicholas Kotch

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EDITORIAL: SA needs bang for training buck

There is a critical shortage of the funds required to produce the kind of skilled graduates SA so desperately needs, and much of the expenditure that is taking place is ineffectual

African Business

Zimbabwe rules out lifting ban on raw chrome exports

2 hour(s) ago

Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidakwha says the state is also considering stopping the sale of rough diamonds to the international market

National

Focus falls on Lonmin’s refusal to talk to staff

Judge Ian Farlam addresses a witness during the Marikana commission of inquiry. Picture: DANIEL BORN
9 hour(s) ago

Company’s refusal to engage with striking miners in the lead-up to the August 2012 Marikana shooting under spotlight at Farlam commission of inquiry

Americas

IMF says US will grow fastest in a decade next year on labour recovery

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8 hour(s) ago

IMF says it is ‘optimistic’ about the outlook for the US, where the labour market is ‘steadily improving’

National

State to meet ‘Boer’ group over self-rule

GOING OWN WAY: Boer-Afrikaner Volksraad president Andries Breytenbach, right, briefs the media on Wednesday on a court application to have a separate state. The group will meet the Presidency over self-determination. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
9 hour(s) ago

Presidency agrees to meet Afrikaner group seeking self-determination to establish its own state within South Africa

Education

Department prefers pupils to take maths, rather than maths literacy

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7 hour(s) ago

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the department aims to have at least 60% of pupils taking ‘pure maths’ in the next five years

Markets

Geopolitical tensions could play havoc with petrol price

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23 hour(s) ago

The oil price remains highly volatile due to an escalation in global crises and could move quickly in the next week, as could the rand, writes Evan Pickworth

Business

Draft tax bill favours flat corporate rate of 28%

9 hour(s) ago

Bill proposes that small business corporations be taxed the same as large businesses, but receive an annual tax rebate of R15,000 to help with compliance costs

Americas

Questions raised about US death penalty after yet another botched execution

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5 hour(s) ago

Arizona inmate takes almost two hours to die by lethal injection, lawyers say procedure violated his right to be executed without suffering cruel, unusual punishment

Economy

Inflation respite raises hope of steady rates

The Reserve Bank in Pretoria. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
10 hour(s) ago

Inflation slightly better than expected last month, with some economists saying this could contribute to interest rates being kept steady

Trade & Industry

First special economic zones on way

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
9 hour(s) ago

The Dube trade port and the Tshiame industrial development zone in Harrismith will both be transformed into special economic zones as soon as the regulatory framework has been established

Europe

Stronger pound weighs on Johnson Matthey

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11 hour(s) ago

Johnson Matthey posts an 11% fall in first-quarter underlying profit and expects a worse-than-expected impact from a stronger British currency

Europe

Rebels down two more aircraft, says Ukraine

A local resident walks past debris at the site where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, near Petropavlivka village in the Donetsk region on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
9 hour(s) ago

Aircraft hit by missiles fired by rebels close to the village of Dmytrivka, about 45km southeast of the MH17 crash site towards the Russian border

Europe

UK rate hikes to be ‘limited and gradual’

Bank of England governor Mark Carney. Picture: REUTERS
5 hour(s) ago

Interest-rate increases will be more restrained as Bank of England governor Mark Carney warns that ‘extraordinary forces’ are still confronting the British economy

African News

Bombers strike at sheikh’s convoy, Nigerian transport hub, killing 82

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8 hour(s) ago

Sheikh Bauchi escapes unhurt but his convoy is left splattered with the blood and flesh of the bomber and his victims

Companies

Moody’s downgrades Vodafone to Baa1

ASPIRATIONS: With potential buyers likely tied up with other deals, Vodafone will be on its own into building up out its internet infrastructure and restoring revenue growth.  Picture: BLOOMBERG
20 hour(s) ago

Downgrade reflects the company’s weak operating performance and the expectation of lower cash-flow generation, particularly in Germany and Italy

Industrials

Murray & Roberts rises on winning of contract for De Beers’ Venetia mine

Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
1 day(s) ago

Underground diamond mine project in Limpopo is set to see overall investment of about R20bn over seven years

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Cartoons

POROUS PERSON: Playwright Eve Ensler believes internalising stories of abuse caused the cancer she has shaken off. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Sickening effect of violence

The author of The Vagina Monologues has beaten cancer, writes Christina Kennedy

Arts & Entertainment

Outrage that acknowledges ambiguity

A FINE BALANCE:  Works from Peter Mammes’s Iconography of the Just, an exhibition at ROOM Gallery in Braamfontein that brings a nuanced approach to its theme of justice, and draws on imagery inspired by the artist’s travels in India and Russia. Here is Justice for the unjust, 2014, Ink and paintbrush on Drafting Paper, Diameter 42cm.
11 hour(s) ago

My grandfathers were of that generation of white English South Africans whose heads were filled with Victorian and Edwardian witticisms, songs and nonsense poems

Arts & Entertainment

Odds of an artist like me proves key to Battson

Odds of an artist like me, by Liberty Battson. Picture: ABSA L’ATELIER/LIBERTY BATTSON
11 hour(s) ago

Pretoria artist wins the Absa L’Atelier Art Competition, which for 29 years has boosted the careers of many of SA’s most prominent artists, writes Sue Blaine

Arts & Entertainment

ON THE STAGE: Fluffy yet fun

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11 hour(s) ago

With few profound insights other than the fact that most families are screwed up, it’s a fluffy cream cake of a play crammed with a fabulously funny filling

Health

Aiming to understand the nature and science of sleep

CONNECTED: Faldeilah Agherdien, left, a nursing student, is a subject in UCT’s Sleep Sciences lab. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

A neuropsychologist at University of Cape Town is comparing volunteers’ sleep patterns to those of trauma survivors, writes Tamar Kahn

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Safa expecting a profit after cutting costs

Players and officials were told to fly economy class to save money

Other Sport

Tartan-tastic ceremony opens Glasgow Games

Fireworks light up over the Commonwealth Games venues in Glasgow, Scotland, on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS/RUSSELL CHEYNE
8 hour(s) ago

Glasgow welcomed a large part of the world and remembered recent tragedies as a diverse and colourful opening ceremony signalled the start of the 20th Commonwealth Games

Soccer

Rodriguez realises Spanish dream with Real

James Rodriguez of Colombia. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/CLIVE ROSE
1 day(s) ago

Transfer fee for Colombian striker is unknown, but Spanish media report a figure of between € 75m and € 80m

 
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