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Europe

Ireland backs gay marriage in historic vote, ministers say

A couple watch the count at a count centre in Dublin following the vote on same-sex marriage in Ireland on Saturday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PAUL FAITH
5 hour(s) ago

This marks a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country

Americas

BlackBerry cuts jobs worldwide as it consolidates businesses

Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

Company does not specify how many employees will be affected

African News

Calm as Burundi truce starts after deadly protests

Pierre Nkurunziza. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ALAIN JOCARD
4 hour(s) ago

Truce in place to allow people to bury those who died in violence but protests are expected to resume on Monday

African News

Rights groups decry Ethiopia press clampdown ahead of elections

People take part in a Blue Party election rally in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS
4 hour(s) ago

Expert say in a country with limited independent media, many Ethiopians struggle to find the information needed to help them make informed decisions

National

Motorists must pay e-tolls to help state pay debt, says Momoniat

Ismail Momoniat. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA
1 day(s) ago

Motorists using Gauteng’s freeways should pay for e-tolls to help state meet debt obligations and avoid ratings downgrades, says Treasury deputy director-general

National

Chamber calls on Cape Town to withdraw from Salga

Cape Town city SA flag XXX  Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry says it does not make sense for wage negotiations be left in hands of South African Local Government Association

National

Struggling Post Office like pilotless aircraft, says minister

Siyabonga Cwele. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele.says even though Post Office is on the mend, competent leadership is urgently needed to turn it around

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

NEWS ANALYSIS: State’s explanation on BEE bungle unconvincing

There is a great deal missing in the explanation from the department as to how the ‘mistake’ was made, writes Carol Paton

Columnists

The ANC views itself as the cure to all ills spawned by apartheid, but it is itself like a virus and may well kill its host to survive, writes Gareth ...

Dr Jacob Zuma’s cure for SA

Columnists

Allister Sparks promo

With local government elections due in less than a year, the Democratic Alliance’s proposed policies should not be taken lightly, writes Allister ...

Golden DA policy nuggets that the media missed

Europe

Draghi urges eurozone to unite for economic reform

Mario Draghi. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL ROLAND
4 hour(s) ago

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi says sharing sovereignty was an opportunity and not a threat

Americas

US Senate votes to grant Obama fast-track power on trade deals

Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS / LARRY DOWNING
5 hour(s) ago

Vote will help wrap up negotiations on a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia

Americas

Mexico gunfight kills 43 as government targets gang

Members of the Mexican Army leave the ranch where gunmen took cover during an intense gun battle with the police, along the Jalisco-Michoacan highway in Vista Hermosa, Michoacan State, on Friday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/HECTOR GUERRERO
6 hour(s) ago

This is one of the bloodiest shootouts in a decade of gang violence wracking the country

Financial Services

HCI releases ‘flat set of results’

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Hosken Consolidated Investments says main asset, interest in Tsogo Sun, continues to invest heavily in refurbishing, expanding facilities

The Reserve Bank in Pretoria. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

EDITORIAL: Warning — rate hikes ahead

Case for a hike will be much stronger next time if the risks from electricity, the rand and wages materialise

African Business

Africa robbed of about R500bn each year through illicit capital outflows

PASSIONATE: Former president Thabo Mbeki at his Johannesburg home where he busies himself with  promoting the continental agenda. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
1 day(s) ago

African leaders hammer their corrupt colleagues and crooked business people for robbing continent of as much as R500bn through illicit capital outflows

Europe

Eiffel Tower shut as staff walk out
over pickpockets

The Eiffel Tower, Paris. PICTURE: REUTERS/CHARLES PLATIAU
1 day(s) ago

Paris’s iconic Eiffel Tower is shut to tourists as staff walk off job to protest surge in gangs of pickpockets roaming around monument

Americas

McDonald’s CEO gets grilled at first annual meeting

Picture: MARTIN RHODES
1 day(s) ago

Shareholders take new CEO Steve Easterbrook to task over wages, advertising and food

National

State to provide ‘open access’ broadband

Siyabonga Cwele. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Government has designated Telkom as lead agency in the rollout of its broadband programme amid some controversy

Transport & Tourism

Gibela Rail confident of meeting 2017 target

Lucky Montana, left, group CEO of Prasa, and Gibela Rail MD Marc Granger are optimistic about the regulatory progress being made towards delivering the first 20 trains being built in Brazil. File picture: MARTIN RHODES
1 day(s) ago

Programme on track despite claims of nepotism in empowerment deals, writes Nicky Smith

Economy

Rate hike to hinge on Eskom tariff

Lesetja Kganyago.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Reserve Bank warns of risks from wage deals, power outages and weaker rand

National

eNatis unable to police e-toll payments, says Outa

PAY UP: An e-toll gantry on the N1 through Pretoria. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD
1 day(s) ago

Beleaguered electronic National Traffic Information System comes under fire for flawed billing and policing

Science & Environment

SA needs more funds for research to compete globally, says Pandor

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor. Picture: GCIS
1 day(s) ago

Department of Science and Technology’s budget is too smalll to allow SA to compete on global stage‚ science minister Naledi Pandor tells Parliament

Americas

Hewlett-Packard says split will cost billions

1 day(s) ago

Hewlett-Packard’s upcoming split into two separate companies will cost billions — but there will be $1bn in cost savings too, company says

African Business

Disease, violence take toll on African tourism

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Ebola, terrorist attacks and violence against foreigners are striking heavy blow against Africa’s increasingly critical tourism industry

Retail & Consumer

Foreign exchange losses take toll on Richemont

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

Swiss-based luxury goods group posts drop in full-year net profit due to foreign exchange losses after Swiss National Bank ends peg of Swiss franc to euro

National

‘Political interference’ blocked TRC prosecutions

Former national director of public prosecutions Vusi Pikoli says political interference was behind the lack of prosecutions after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission process. Picture: THE HERALD/JUDY DE VEGA
1 day(s) ago

The almost total dearth of prosecutions for apartheid-era crimes continues to rankle

National

Minister Mokonyane vows to replace bucket toilets

Nomvula Mokonyane. Picture: SOWETAN
1 day(s) ago

New toilets will not necessarily flush using fresh water, as the department is elevating the use of recycled water and dry sanitation solutions

Politics

NEWS ANALYSIS: ANC’s shaky hold on metros may cost it dearly next year

Picture: DAILY DISPATCH
1 day(s) ago

Radical plans such as appointing Danny Jordaan will not save it from the damaging effects of a shrinking economy, writes Setumo Stone

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Cartoons

A Joburg Ballet member gives  a performance at the Gautrain Station in Sandton. Picture: SUSANNE HOLBAEK

Afrikaner ballet diplomat gets Joburg twirling

Ballet is not a job for wimps and now more than ever the art form needs its defenders

Travel & Food

How ‘Satan’ took me to the holy sites and Buddha Cave in Laos

Ban Konglor is a sleepy  agrarian town in southern Laos with a good selection of budget accommodation for visitors to the nearby Konglor Caves.   Pictures: LISA JOHNSTON
1 day(s) ago

The rest of the route was not easy, as naming the scooter Satan, that got me to the Konglor Cave, writes Lisa Johnston

Books

BOOK REVIEW: The Fetch

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Finuala Dowling combines warmth, wit and comedy in her rendering of life in an emblematic Cape coastal town, writes Leon De Kock

Books

Seven books Bill Gates thinks you should read this year

Bill Gates. Picture: BLOOMBERG
2 day(s) ago

Always topical, informative and highly enjoyable Gates’ reading list this year takes a deliberately lighter slant

Arts & Entertainment

Engaging the senses to hone persuasive powers

South African mentalist  Gilan Gork has written a book exposing psychics’ methods. Picture: SUPPLIED
1 day(s) ago

Gilan Gork says the more we are able to influence people and persuade them ethically, the more effective we can be in our lives, writes Lesley Stones

Books

BOOK REVIEW: A country boy’s tale of making it in the big city

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Defying the odds is the only option if you’re looking to make it in Johannesburg’s concrete jungle

Opinion

HALF-ART: Narcissistic Venice piece lacking in nuance and intellect

Willem Boshoff, Racist in South Africa, 2011 Anodised aluminium panel, engraved and filled with ink. This is Boshoff’s contribution to the South African Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, a work he says speaks for itself. Picture: WILLEM BOSHOFF

When I look to SA’s artists, I expect to see nuanced and not narcissistic responses to our social and political challenges

Opinion

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: More marketing than craft as winemakers get on bandwagon

Winemakers are keeping up with craft liquor trend to maintain their revenue stream

Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba arrives with the South African national team at OR Tambo International Airport on January 31.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES / LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Shakes upbeat ahead of Bafana’s Cosafa Cup clash

SA are being careful not to underestimate their Southern African competition

Soccer

Banyana set off on long road to Rio

1 day(s) ago

First leg of the first-round tie will be followed next weekend by the return match in SA

Rugby

Bulls must beat Chiefs to secure home play-off spot

Pierre Spies.  File Picture: GALLO IMAGES, LEE WARREN
1 day(s) ago

Pretoria side has indicated through captain Pierre Spies they have their eyes set on securing a home play-off spot

Soccer

Xavi’s magic will be missed by all

Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez, left, and teammate Andres Iniesta celebrate winning the championship and the game after the La Liga match against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon Stadium on Sunday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/CESAR MANSO
1 day(s) ago

Midfield maestro Xavi Hernandez announces he is leaving Barca after more than two decades with the Catalan club he joined at the age of 11

Rugby

Lions remain wary of Cheetahs’ attack

Robbie Coetzee of the Lions during the training session on Thursday. Picture: LEE WARREN/GALLO IMAGES
1 day(s) ago

Captain Warren Whiteley, one of the players coach Johan Ackermann cannot do without, also expects rivals will be dangerous on attack

Soccer

Hummels opts to stay at Dortmund

Mats Hummels. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ODD ANDERSEN
1 day(s) ago

No transfer for Germany defender Mats Hummels after he turns down approach from English league giants Manchester United

Other Sport

New studs to keep Summerhill on top

ON THE HOOF:  Fewer mustangs run wild than are held in corrals. Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Champion thoroughbreds Capetown Noir and Linngari, who probably earned more air miles than Gary Player during his career, on stud duty

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The Third Umpire

Police commissioner Riah Phiyega. There is no excuse for so many top police officials failing to submit the information required for them to be vetted by the State Security Agency. She must crack the whip or explain.

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