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EFF members refuse to leave Parliament on Thursday in defiance of an order by Speaker Baleka Mbete to vacate the National Assembly.   Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

‘Pay back Nkandla cash’, says defiant EFF in Parliament

8 hour(s) ago

Economic Freedom Fighters members disrupt proceedings in National Assembly, call on president to pay back part of money spent on Nkandla security upgrades

African Business

Cabinet approves Congolese hydroelectric project ratification

POWER ON: A surge of water signals that President Jacob Zuma has opened the control valves during the opening ceremony of the De Hoop Dam, near Steelpoort in Limpopo, earlier this week. Picture: KOPANO TLAPE, GCIS
7 hour(s) ago

Cabinet approves ratification of Grand Inga Treaty with Congo, which will allow for construction of first phase of huge hydroelectric project on Congo River

Health

US-sponsored MomConnect app provides free antenatal information

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3 hour(s) ago

Health minister launches messaging service to provide pregnant women with free antenatal information

Politics

Assembly adjourns after EFF protest

Julius Malema, centre, and EFF members return to the party's offices.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 hour(s) ago

Speaker Baleka Mbete adjourns Parliament shortly after 4pm, announcing President Jacob Zuma will not complete presidential question time because of EFF protest

Energy

State set for tighter control of Eskom

Tshediso Matona. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
17 hour(s) ago

New CEO Tshediso Matona cites failure to account and will have to ensure utility complies with proposed bill that Department of Public Enterprises is working on

Mining

Gold Fields production unaffected by safety stoppages

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12 hour(s) ago

Gold miner says it maintained its full-year production forecast despite severely disrupted production due to work to improve support in tunnels

Financial Services

S&P will not follow Moody’s downgrade of big four banks

Standard & Poor's in New York. Picture: REUTERS
17 hour(s) ago

Ratings agency says Reserve Bank rescue ‘in line with global best practice and principles on how to resolve problems with banks in crisis’

Europe

Airlines go on Iceland volcano watch

A file photo shows the Iceland volcano Eyjafjallajokull as it continued to erupt in 2010. Picture: EPA
17 hour(s) ago

Airlines on alert as one of Iceland’s biggest volcanoes rumbles to life, threatening ash clouds that could force flight cancellations across North Atlantic

Land & Agriculture

Zuma’s land claim remarks ‘misleading’

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

President accused of creating false hope by promising that the reopened land claims process will allow people to lodge claims on land that was lost before the 1913 Native Land Act

Mining

Exxaro coal exports shoot up by 43%

Picture: THINKSTOCK
14 hour(s) ago

Trading conditions during past six months challenging as the average price of export coal dropped more than expected

Middle East

US military failed in rescue attempt for Foley

A masked Islamic State militant holding a knife speaks next to man purported to be US journalist James Foley at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website. Picture: REUTERS
16 hour(s) ago

US official says the military carried out an attempt to rescue journalist James Foley and other hostages held in Syria in an operation that the Pentagon said ultimately failed to find the captives

EFF leader Julius Malema gestures as he addresses the National Assembly on Thursday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

GALLERY: Disruption in the National Assembly

EFF members disrupt proceedings in the National Assembly and refuse to leave Parliament despite being ordered to do so by Speaker Baleta Mbete

Columnists

Negative results, assessed honestly, are a supreme catalyst to progress and ultimately, success, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

Eskom needs to confront its failures to facilitate its success

Columnists

Because SA’s market is so concentrated, investing in a tracker fund means you are in effect taking some active bets, writes Bronwyn Nortje

Investing on autopilot: pros and cons

Health

South Africa issues Ebola travel ban

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6 hour(s) ago

Cabinet issues immediate travel ban for non-South Africans from countries affected by Ebola virus outbreak, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announces

National

DA inspection confirms ‘runners’ working at CIPC

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7 hour(s) ago

In loco inspection of Companies and Intellectual Property Commission by the Democratic Alliance shows people are willing to expedite registration process for large fee

Retail & Consumer

Massmart leads fall in retail shares as consumers battle

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16 hour(s) ago

Massmart’s trading warning is the retail sector’s second blow following Shoprite’s full-year earnings miss earlier this week

African News

US doctor who treated Ebola victims recovers

Dr Kent Brantly, right, at work at the case management centre on the campus of ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, in this undated handout photograph courtesy of Samaritan's Purse.  Picture: REUTERS
9 hour(s) ago

Dr Kent Brantly, who contracted deadly virus in Liberia, will be discharged from Atlanta hospital where he is being treated with experimental drug ZMapp

Europe

Russian food watchdog denies political motive in McDonald’s inspections

Picture: MARTIN RHODES
12 hour(s) ago

Food safety agency says it will conduct unscheduled checks at restaurants in Sverdlovsk after ordering suspension of four stores in Moscow

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Zuma sticking with signature strategy: stall and obfuscate

What does President Jacob Zuma’s response to the Nkandla findings really mean, asks Mcebisi Ndletyana

Politics

‘Glamorous’ politicians ‘no longer following a vocation’

President Jacob Zuma greets supporters of the African National Congress during their final election rally at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, May 4, 2014. Picture: REUTERS
16 hour(s) ago

A Human Sciences Research Council State of the Nation report shows that politics in SA is no longer a commitment to serving the people

Middle East

Hamas says Israel killed three top Gaza commanders

The mother of a Palestinian Hamas militant whom medics said was killed in an Israeli air strike, mourns as she looks at his body during his funeral in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday. Picture: REUTERS
11 hour(s) ago

Air strike kills three senior Hamas commanders in Gaza Strip, Islamist group says, the clearest sign yet Israel is focusing assault on those leading attacks from Palestinian enclave

Economy

Inflation moderates for first time this year

Picture: THINKSTOCK
17 hour(s) ago

Higher interest rates weigh on overindebted consumers but are good news for investors as they mean higher rates of return

Politics

Mabe can still run for ANCYL president, says convenor

Pule Mabe. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
1 day(s) ago

Pule Mabe is facing charges of corruption and fraud, following allegations that funds were directed from the SA Social Security Agency to companies he owns

Industrials

Manufacturers want more than ‘talk shops’ on transformation

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16 hour(s) ago

Social dialogue must be ‘replaced with something entirely different’ as it only reinforces positions adopted by government

Labour

NUM critical of Amcu interest in investment

Julius Malema. Picture: SOWETAN
17 hour(s) ago

NUM member Peter Bailey say unions organising in the mining sector should not invest in the same sector

Asia-Pacific

Chinese, Japanese August factory surveys signal economic softness

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12 hour(s) ago

China’s manufacturing activity hits three-month low, while poll shows Japan’s economic recovery is likely to be modest

National

Redistribution ‘prepares land for elite seizure’

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14 hour(s) ago

HSRC report shows that the government’s programmes to address land reform, rural poverty and food insecurity have had little success

African News

Kenya suspends ‘reciprocal’ visa requirements for South African visitors

Tourists arrive at Moi International Airport in Kenya's coastal town of Mombasa. Picture: REUTERS
16 hour(s) ago

Kenya has put a hold on its stricter immigration controls, which were to be implemented after South Africa’s changed requirements for visitors

Europe

Beer industry looks bearish as top brewers cut revenue forecasts

An employee looks through the inspection hatch of a beer brewing vat at the Paulaner Brauerei GmbH brewery in Munich, Germany, on Monday. (Aug. 18, 2014) Picture: BLOOMBERG/MARTIN LEISSL
18 hour(s) ago

Geopolitical events in eastern Europe add to brewers’ woes as drinkers shift to rival craft brews and spirits, writes Katarina Gustafsson

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Cartoons

A still from Die Spook van Uniondale, film producer Dumi Gumbi’s latest product.  Picture: SUPPLIED

Bottom lines make showbiz

Film production needs business acumen as well as creativity, writes Matthew Partridge

Motoring

INTERVIEW: Dragon with a passion

Caan views his Rolls-Royce Phantom as the “black-tie” of cars.  Picture: SUPPLIED
17 hour(s) ago

Mark Smyth spoke to entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den star James Caan about his relationship with his cars

Motoring

AUCTIONS: Hammer falls on classic art

Bonhams auction house sold a legendary Ferrari 250GTO for $38.12m.  Pictures: FERRARI, RM AUCTIONS
17 hour(s) ago

The Pebble Beach auctions again saw some incredible vehicles and some incredible prices

Arts & Entertainment

Appropriate venue for depictions of Marikana’s tragic cast

MOURNING: The face of a Marikana miner’s widow, from Khehla Chepape Makgato’s exhibition, Voices from the Koppie, at the Johannesburg Public Library. Picture: SUPPLIED
18 hour(s) ago

Surrealism and stark reality converge in Khehla Chepape Makgato’s Voices from the Koppie exhibition, writes Chris Thurman

Arts & Entertainment

In character and in a state of perpetual performance

Senzeni Marasela. Picture: SUPPLIED
18 hour(s) ago

Visual artist Senzeni Marasela is quite vocal on women’s contribution to society and their space within the cut-throat art business, writes Edward Tsumele

RARING TO GO: Bryan Habana tackles a teammate during the Springboks’ training session at San Isidro rugby club in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Tuesday. The Boks beat Argentina 13-6 in Pretoria last Saturday. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/DANIEL JAYO

Springboks ‘must destroy Pumas’

Heyneke Meyer signals his intent with changes to team for Test against Argentina

Opinion

Von Zeuner has passion and drive to turn Saru around

Look out for a subtle but seismic improvement in the quality of South African rugby administration over the next year or two

 
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The Third Umpire

John Capel, executive director of the Bench Marks Foundation, a constant thorn in the mining companies’ sides. If the state can’t or won’t safeguard the interests of mining communities, civil society has to step in.

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