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Chaos as EFF once again delays speech and then stages walkout

Economic Freedom Fighters members leave the National Assembly on Thursday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
9 hour(s) ago

Unlike last year, the Economic Freedom Fighters did not push matters to the point where the Parliamentary Protection Services were called to evict them forcibly

Retail & Consumer

Bleaker outlook hits Woolworths stock

Woolworths CEO Ian Moir  presents the group’s results in Cape Town on Thursday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 hour(s) ago

Woolworths CEO Ian Moir reports robust trading, while analyst warns of tough times ahead for retailer in South African and Australian markets


Daimler unit to expand from SA base

Daimler’s truck brands increased their presence in 2015.
1 hour(s) ago

German motor company Daimler makes South Africa regional base for new global truck and bus strategy


Manufacturing and mining remain depressed

1 hour(s) ago

Weak performance in two sectors unsurprising as economy expanded just 0.7% in third quarter of last year

Transport & Tourism

Nersa urged to check validity of Transnet hike bid

Transnet Engineering workshops at Kilner Park Koedoespruit. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
1 hour(s) ago

Transport economist warns Transnet's proposed tariff increase must not end up as cross-subsidy for rail projects

Media & Advertising

SABC TV content deal not a merger, says tribunal

1 hour(s) ago

Competition Tribunal rules controversial multimillion-rand content deal between MultiChoice and SABC does not constitute a merger

Telecoms & Technology

Telkom set to land contract for state broadband rollout

Picture: THE TIMES
1 hour(s) ago

SA’s biggest landline provider inches closer to deal with government to start R750m first phase of broadband rollout


DA seeks review of ‘sham’ SABC probe

Advocate Zola Majavu and his client, SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA
1 hour(s) ago

DA battle revolves around whether broadcaster has complied with public protector’s finding on Hlaudi Motsoeneng

President Jacob Zuma pauses after being disrupted during his state of the nation address on Thursday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

GALLERY: State of the nation address 2016

After a day of marches and disruptions in the National Assembly, President Jacob Zuma is finally allowed to proceed with his state of the nation address


ANC Youth League leader shoots own goal for 'nonracist' party in calling EFF monkeys, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

Maine spoils it for the savvy party propagandists


Peter Bruce promo

In SA, China wants to build a relationship with a steady ship. Instead, Zuma’s Nene and Nkandla sagas make us look like a circus, writes Peter Bruce

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: China checks the SA cards it’s played

Middle East

Major powers agree to plan for ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Syria

US Secretary of States John Kerry (R) gestures beside of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) during a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich, southern Germany, on Friday. Picture: AFP / CHRISTOF STACHE
26 minute(s) ago

But US, Russia and more than a dozen other nations fail to secure complete ceasefire or end to Russian bombing


Zuma considers one capital for SA

President Jacob Zuma delivers his state of the nation address in Parliament on Thursday.  Picture: GCIS
10 hour(s) ago

President Jacob Zuma said in his state of the nation address that the executive had discussed the issue of two capitals in SA, and had found that the cost was too high


WATCH: State of the nation address 2016

The red carpet is rolled out on Wednesday during preparations for Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address.  Picture: GCIS
12 hour(s) ago

Watch President Jacob Zuma's full address to Parliament


Another red day in global markets

A man looks at a screen displaying market news inside the Bombay Stock Exchange building in Mumbai, India, on Thursday. Indian shares followed global stock markets down,  falling more than 3%. Picture: REUTERS/DANISH SIDDIQUI
7 hour(s) ago

Global equities teeter on precipice of a bear market amid growing concern central banks will not be able to boost growth


No coincidence so few post-TRC prosecutions have occurred, says Ntsebeza

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
11 hour(s) ago

Thembisile Nkadimeng says the prosecution of four men accused of murdering her sister, Nokuthula, was ‘a glimmer of hope’, but she did not trust it

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen speaks at a media conference on Thursday. The central bank held off on a historic rise in interest rates yesterday on concerns about the Chinese economy and other global risks. Picture: BLOOMBERG/ANDREW HARRER

EDITORIAL: Yellen spooks the markets

Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen’s warnings about outlook for US growth spark widespread sell-off

Retail & Consumer

Astral chooses to take the acquisitive route

1 hour(s) ago

Sovereign still on ‘big bird’ of poultry industry’s radar after company sidesteps hostile approach

African Business

Sasol seeks to fuel performance in Africa

1 hour(s) ago

Group in talks to set up chemicals plant with potential African partners while focus fixed on high GDP performers such as Angola, Mozambique and Nigeria

Retail & Consumer

Italtile profit improves on fewer imports

1 hour(s) ago

Home-finishing goods retailer manufactures 60% of its goods locally and the balance is imported


Central banks increase gold reserves in face of global risks

1 hour(s) ago

World Gold Council reports renewed vigour in central banks’ gold purchasing programmes spurred by economic and political risks

Financial Services

Investec Africa fund closes with almost $300 raised

Investec. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
1 hour(s) ago

Investec Africa Private Equity Fund 2 raises $295m war chest to expanded investments in SA and Africa

Retail & Consumer

NEWS ANALYSIS: Chesa Nyama owner listing short of gravy

1 hour(s) ago

Gold Brands listing fails to whet appetite of investors after series of small fast food/restaurant businesses leave lingering bitter taste on JSE, writes Marc Hasenfuss


Glencore reports drop in copper production

19 hour(s) ago

Mining and trading company sells $500m of future precious metals output from its Antapaccay mine to Franco-Nevada in attempt to reduce its debt


Gordhan praises ‘bold’ address

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
8 hour(s) ago

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan impressed by president's commitment to fiscal discipline, while opposition leader critical of missed opportunity to cut bloated Cabinet


Punters see glass half empty even though Pernod gains market share

DOWNER: Shares in Pernod Ricard, the maker of Ricard anisette liqueur, fell 7% as it posted interim sales figures on Thursday. Picture: BLOOMBERG/CHRISTOPHE MORIN
1 hour(s) ago

Shares tumble after world’s second-biggest distiller fails to catch Chinese rebound wave


Calls for more cuts at Barclays

1 hour(s) ago

JPMorgan Chase advises British bank to deepen cuts at investment bank as outlook deteriorates further


Nato sends warships on Aegean migrant mission

German Defence Minister Ursula Von der Leyen (right) and French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attend a Nato Defence Ministers' Council meeting at alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium,  on Thursday. Picture: EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET
13 hour(s) ago

Nato’s unprecedented naval mission to block people smugglers taking refugees and migrants from Turkey to Greece comes as Ankara threatens to send millions more to Europe


Former leader of Save Mpumalanga ANC defects to EFF

Picture: EFF
16 hour(s) ago

Economic Freedom Fighters welcomes Sipho Monareng, who says he will ensure that his former party loses power in the local government elections later this year


About 800 NUM members to strike at Lafarge over salaries and grants

Members of the National Union of Mineworkers. PICTURE: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
16 hour(s) ago

The National Union of Mineworkers strike is due to begin on Thursday night at cement company Lafarge, and will continue ‘indefinitely’, NUM says


Millions cannot find a job ‘because President Zuma has one’, Maimane says

Jacob Zuma. Picture: EPA/NIC BOTHMA
15 hour(s) ago

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane says it will be ‘most appropriate’ for President Jacob Zuma to announce his resignation

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The BBC production of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy’s book, written more than 150 years ago, has been watched by more than 5-million viewers. But there have been complaints about the sex scenes and loose interpretation of the original. Picture: MITCH JENKINS

Much to love about War and Peace

Classic work sketches an intimate panorama of human endeavour, linked to fate, writes Maarten Mittner

Arts & Entertainment

Film industry has added more than R15bn to SA since 2004

Rob Davies on the Of Kings and Prophets set in Durbanville on Thursday. Picture: JULIAN GOLDSWAIN
13 hour(s) ago

At ABC’s production Of Kings and Prophets, being filmed in Cape Town, almost all the crew, including extras and some actors, are South African


Age of plastic surgery is upon us

As society increasingly places more value on appearance, the use of interventions such as cosmetic medicine and make-up are becoming more commonplace — and even expected. Picture: ISTOCK
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Psychological studies support the idea that cosmetic surgery builds self-confidence, writes Rinny Gremaud


Put this in your pipe and smoke it

Overall, studies found that the odds of quitting smoking were 28% lower among people who used e-cigarettes. Pictures: REUTERS/NEIL HALL
1 day(s) ago

E-cigarettes cut odds of quitting and may even keep smokers hooked, writes Andrew Seaman


Work e-mail still relevant to the performance of a business

13 hour(s) ago

Some digital networks within workplaces are more effective than others if they include highly influential people


The right sort of fat can do you a lot of good

Picture: ISTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Drastic reduction in fat content of red meat over past 40 years means South African red meat can generally be classified as lean, writes Nicolette Hall


Jet lag could be minimised in a flash

Picture: ISTOCK
1 day(s) ago

New study shows specialised flashing lights at night during sleep change timing of circadian clock and may ease jet lag, writes Kathryn Doyle

England’s Joe Root hits out in the last match at Centurion w ith Quinton de Kock behind the stumps. Both Root and De Kock have been in  excellent form with the bat and the pair will be looking for more runs at the Wanderers today. Picture: AFP

Another must-win game for Proteas

SA will not be out of the woods even if they win on Friday


Stormers to try out players in Jaguares friendly

Robbie Fleck (Interim Coach)  during the DHL Stormers press conference at High Performance Centre, Bellville on January 19, 2016 in Cape Town. Picture: GRANT PITCHER/GALLO IMAGES
50 minute(s) ago

Coach Robbie Fleck forced to leave out several resting or injured key players

Other Sport

Confidence arrives at right time for Harding

56 minute(s) ago

Justin Harding says opening round at Tshwane Open a bit of a surprise and needs to keep going


Ajax off to Angola ‘under threat’, but may end up in Brazil — De Sa

33 minute(s) ago

Ajax withdrew last Friday over concerns about travel arrangements in Angola and inability to insure their players


Chiefs and Sundowns seek end to African misery

Teko  Modise says  Sundowns must  win their home  matches. Picture: GALLO  IMAGES
27 minute(s) ago

Last year PSL champions Kaizer Chiefs and Sundowns crashed out of Caf Champions League in first round

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