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Labour

Defiant Vavi dares Cosatu to sack him

Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi took everyone by surprise when he announced that he would no longer participate in the federation's boardroom battles and resigned.  Picture: MOELETSI MABE/THE TIMES
9 hour(s) ago

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi reveals federation running out of cash

Energy

Eskom board to decide Tsotsi’s fate

Zola Tsotsi. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LUCKY NXUMALO
9 hour(s) ago

Beleaguered chairman is fighting back against a proposal for a no-confidence vote and last week asked for time to make representations

Transport & Tourism

SA’s visa requirements ‘hurting tourism’

Michael Tollman. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
9 hour(s) ago

Dramatic decline in visitors from China — down nearly 50% last year — while competitor countries, such as Zimbabwe, offer Chinese travellers visas on arrival

Labour

CWU threatens Telkom strike

Picture: CHARLES GALLO/GALLO IMAGES
8 hour(s) ago

Union may down tools to try to delay the transfer of outsourced staff to new employers

Media

Broadcasting unrest in Parliament will only encourage it, says Mbete

Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete addresses reporters during a media briefing on Tuesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
8 hour(s) ago

Ban on live coverage in Parliament is to protect its dignity and is only a ‘minor’ interference with the right to freedom of expression

National

NEWS ANALYSIS: To merge or not to merge as elections near?

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan addresses a parliamentary committee in Cape Town on Tuesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON/BUSINESS DAY
8 hour(s) ago

Department is facing unprecedented criticism over demarcation proposals ahead of local government poll, writes Khulekani Magubane

African Business

Nigerian credit-rating outlook cut to negative by Fitch

Internally Displaced People who fled areas affected by Boko Haram violence, queue at a polling station in Maiduguri on Saturday. Picture: AFP
3 hour(s) ago

Nigeria’s outlook is cut to negative by Fitch Ratings, which cites falling oil prices, rising political risks amid tightly contested elections in Africa’s largest economy

Nathi Nhleko. Picture: EUGENE COETZEE

Police minister Nhleko gets on the wrong side of international law

It seems remarkable that the president did not announce the global investment policy shift after saying at Davos SA is open for business, write Peter Leon and Ben Winks

Columnists

Mark Barnes promo

Our infrastructure decay is at once a backlog and an opportunity to create jobs, writes Mark Barnes

STRAIGHT TALK: Europe fails on teamwork

Columnists

Lucy Kellaway promo

How people arrive at and leave an office building provides rewarding insights for companies, writes Lucy Kellaway

Your rudeness could be used against you

Economy

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Focus shifts to trade balance

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8 hour(s) ago

The South African Revenue Service will release trade data for last month, writes Ntsakisi Maswanganyi

Companies

Lufthansa may face unlimited liability

Airplane of German air carrier Lufthansa lands at the airline's main hub in Frankfurt. Picture: REUTERS
2 hour(s) ago

Unusual circumstances surrounding Germanwings crash won’t necessarily free airline and insurers from claims of negligence, aviation lawyers say

Retail & Consumer

Raw material shortages raise fears of limited drug supplies

Clicks has run short of Atorlip Atorvastatin, a common cholesterol control drug. Picture: SUPPLIED
8 hour(s) ago

Scarcity is due to suppliers unable to meet demand and a limited availability of imported raw material

National

SAPS forensic backlog drastically reduced

Picture: SOWETAN
4 hour(s) ago

South African Police Service manages to reduce forensic backlog by 92%, including backlogs in DNA and drug analysis

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EDITORIAL: Eskom fails to convince

We are facing a never-ending drip feed of steep electricity tariff increases that is becoming ever more burdensome, albeit ever more essential to ensure Eskom remains a going concern

Companies

Lafarge shares drop as Holcim shareholders balk at new deal terms

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2 hour(s) ago

Shares in French cement group Lafarge fall by about 2% after two shareholders of its Swiss merger partner Holcim appear unhappy with revised deal terms

Europe

Germanwings pilot’s former girlfriend speaks

Forensic experts of the French gendarmerie disaster victim identification unit working in a warehouse near the site of the March 24 crash of a Germanwings Airbus A320.  Picture: AFP
8 hour(s) ago

Co-pilot of Germanwings aircraft told ex-girlfriend ‘one day I’m going to do something that will change the whole system, and everyone will know my name and remember’

National

Iota of stolen grants recovered

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
8 hour(s) ago

In past three years R149m has been stolen and only R2.3m recovered, says social development minister

Labour

Bid to curb labour broking ‘negates job creation efforts’

Platinum miners queue to undergo essential medical and safety procedures at the Wonderkop mines in Marikana Rustenburg on Wednesday, after a five-month long strike. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN
8 hour(s) ago

Changes to the Labour Relations Act, which employers must implement, will cost the economy 254,000 jobs, says Free Market Foundation economist

Politics

POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: New faces in ANC executive

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
8 hour(s) ago

A major public service strike could be declared this week after talks between public service unions and the government deadlocked, writes Setumo Stone

Middle East

Diplomats resume Iran nuclear discussions

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Picture: REUTERS
8 hour(s) ago

If a deal is reached, Iran could add its stockpiles into an oversupplied oil market where prices have fallen more than 50% since June

Retail & Consumer

Rejuvenated Sandton City to see more global brands

Italian fashion designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce. Picture: REUTERS
8 hour(s) ago

US fashion brand Forever 21 will be an anchor tenant, joined by international designer brands Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Jimmy Choo and Tod’s

Economy

Growth in credit extension slows in February

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2 hour(s) ago

Growth in credit extension to both households and corporates slows as expected last month amid weak economic growth environment

Politics

Zuma family has not used chopper, says SANDF

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3 hour(s) ago

South African National Defence Force rejects ‘spurious allegations’, says ‘at no point has helicopter been used to transport family members of President Jacob Zuma

Europe

British Queen’s staff threaten industrial action

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1 hour(s) ago

Staff at Queen Elizabeth II’s Windsor Castle are threatening to take industrial action over pay, says trade union

Africa

Econet, Zimbabwean government clash over mobile phone infrastructure

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 hour(s) ago

Econet Wireless says state’s requirement to have mobile phone operators share telecommunications infrastructure is disguised move to seize assets

Industrials

Algeria back in focus as AfriSam deal flops

CEO Darryll Castle has been ‘most impressed’ with what he has found as he acquaints himself with PPC’s operations. ‘I am very excited about the company’s future.’ Picture: SUPPLIED
8 hour(s) ago

PPC has yet to decide whether to build a 2-million-tonne-a-year plant in Algeria, a deal put on the table almost 14 months ago

Europe

French Socialists face drubbing in local polls

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
8 hour(s) ago

France’s governing Socialists look set for a drubbing with local elections expected to deliver a boost for former president Nicolas Sarkozy and far-right challenger Marine le Pen

Cricket

Philander’s selection ‘was forced on Proteas for World Cup semi’

Vernon Philander. Picture: REUTERS/DINUKA LIYANAWATTE
8 hour(s) ago

Cricket SA’s forcible inclusion of Vernon Philander made captain AB de Villiers reluctant to play in the match, say sources

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Cartoons

Picture: THE TIMES

Monopolist’s quest for martyrdom

Rhodes sought immortality in ways that are hard to ignore, writes Prince Mashele

Management

Five things to keep in mind before you end a meeting

Picture: THE NEW YORK TIMES/TONY CENICOLA
2 hour(s) ago

To maximise effect of meetings, actively design conversation, to ensure alignment and clarity on next steps, close conversations effectively

World

Community acceptance is the mother lode of mining

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani. Picture: REUTERS
8 hour(s) ago

Opposition to mines is nothing new, the issue is a growing concern for miners such as Anglo American — and billions of dollars are at stake

Gadgets & Gear

TV channel sets its sights on infant viewers

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 hour(s) ago

BabyFirstTV uses mostly animation programmes that focus on rudimentary skills to reach children as young as six months

Opinion & Analysis

Newspapers are more than mere commodities

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille hosts a talk show on Power FM in Johannesburg last year. Her request to departments in her administration not to renew their subscriptions to the Cape Times has sparked debate about state intervention in the media. File picture: SUNDAY WORLD
8 hour(s) ago

The Western Cape cabinet is, in fact, imposing a boycott on the Cape Times by all the departments, writes Raymond Louw

Opinion & Analysis

Singapore has a lot to teach SA about SOE governance

Singapore’s central business district is home to the headquarters of Temasek Holdings. The investment corporation enjoys extensive operational autonomy, though key decisions are made in consultation with its owner, the government.  File pictures: BLOOMBERG
7 hour(s) ago

Temasek is wholly owned by the city-state, but has been a huge commercial success, writes Mills Soko

African Perspectives

Tale of two women with a different take on Angola’s vast oil wealth

Isabel dos Santos. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/JAMES OATWAY
7 hour(s) ago

One is Africa’s richest woman, the other has lost 10 children in a life of pain, writes Nicholas Kristof

Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: THE TIMES

Transform or face the music, says sports minister

Mbalula says memorandums of agreement would be signed with some federations next month, including Cricket SA, South African Rugby Union and South African Football Association

Cricket

Australians gunning for Test top spot

Australia captain Michael Clarke sits on the shoulders of teammates Aaron Finch, right, and David Warner, left, while holding the 2015 Cricket World Cup trophy after they trashed New Zealand in the final in Melbourne on Sunday. Picture: AFP PHOTO
17 hour(s) ago

Skipper Michael Clarke praises his bowling unit after the left-arm pace trio of Mitchell Starc, James Faulkner and Mitchell Johnson share eight wickets to set up the emphatic victory

Opinion

SA Super Rugby teams’ lack of consistency raises questions

Lions player Julian Redelinghuys (bottom centre) reacts at the bottom of a driving maul during the Super 15 rugby match between Queensland Reds and South Africa's Lions at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on March 27. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PATRICK HAMILTON

The Lions have won the hearts of many because they refuse to surrender

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The Third Umpire

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who — unlike President Jacob Zuma — appears to understand that by law she is not entitled to intervene in the governance or management of SOEs that have their own boards.

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SARS commissioner Tom Moyane, for refusing to release the controversial Sikhakhane report to MPs, apparently because it does not justify his decision to suspend Ivan Pillay and other senior officials.

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Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who has officially been dropped from the BBC show after being suspended for striking a producer who had failed to organise dinner for him. Being a complete git is not entertaining.

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