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Sifiso Dabengwa. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

MTN to spend R30bn on infrastructure upgrades

2 hour(s) ago

MTN will invest close to R30bn this year with the lion’s share set for Nigeria and SA as company targets 17.5-million new users

Economy

Prospect of rate rise looms ever nearer

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

Economic growth slowed from 2.2% in 2013 to 1.5% last year — the second-lowest rate in 16 years

Media & Advertising

Battle for set-top box control heats up

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 hour(s) ago

At issue is whether set-top boxes should have a built-in access control mechanism to protect free-to-air providers from piracy

Financial Services

MMI has R1bn for Africa acquisitions

MMI CEO Nicolaas Kruger. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
1 hour(s) ago

Group also looking for potential acquisitions in SA, possibly to build its short-term insurance business or to grow in the middle market

Politics

Reshuffle means fewer state posts filled

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 hour(s) ago

In September more than half national departments did not meet the 10% vacancy rate target — with one department's vacancy rate of 37.5%

Politics

Questions on state of nation disruptions go unanswered

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa responds to questions in the National Assembly.  Picture: GCIS
2 hour(s) ago

Both Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and State Security Minister David Mahlobo cite sub judice rule

Middle East

US and Iran dismiss Netanyahu fears

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (front) addresses a joint meeting of Congress in Washington on Tuesday. Speaker of the House John Boehner, (left)  and president pro tempore of the US Senate Orrin Hatch (right) listen. Picture: REUTERS/JOHATHAN ERNST
2 hour(s) ago

US and Iran ignore passionate plea from the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ditch nuclear negotiations

Property

Growthpoint CEO pleased with sustainable distribution

Norbert Sasse,  CEO of Growthpoint. Picture: JEREMY GLYNN
2 hour(s) ago

CEO Norbert Sasse says financial engineering undertaken by other funds unsustainable

President Jacob Zuma's residence in Nkandla. Picture: SOWETAN/SUNDAY WORLD

Nkandla and affirmative action

A philosopher’s argument on compensation throws new light on the saga, writes Robert Kowalenko

Columnists

Fitch’s warning of a possible ratings downgrade was not nearly as bad as it has been made out to be, writes Bronwyn Nortje

Things may be looking up for rand

Columnists

Michel Pireu provides Pragmatic Capitalism’s 10 rules for achieving financial independence at a relatively young age

STREET DOGS: Guidelines for life

Labour

NEWS ANALYSIS: Misplaced priorities said to be at heart of Cosatu’s cash crisis

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
2 hour(s) ago

Cosatu’s political levy was paid by only five affiliates, raising R1.5m, with R8.8m outstanding, plus drying up of subscriptions from the expelled Numsa has not helped

National

Arms exports slow as demand falls and research lags

Helmoed Romer-Heitman. Pictures: MARTIN RHODES
2 hour(s) ago

Authorised exports of conventional weapons last year fell to less than 10% of what the country sold three years ago

African News

Opposition to rule Lesotho in coalition

MPs stand as Lesotho’s parliament reconvenes.  Picture: GCIS
2 hour(s) ago

Opposition Democratic Congress party wins most seats in parliamentary election and will join smaller parties to form a coalition government

Retail & Consumer

More Poco stores for Western Cape

Markus Jooste. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
2 hour(s) ago

Retailer’s expansion plans prompted by trial Strand outlet, which exceeds expectations

Food waste. Picture: REUTERS/LUCAS JACKSON

Developed world’s food waste is not only about the hungry

Tackling the issue can make a dent in greenhouse gas emissions, writes Ron Nixon

National

Lamoer grilled on ‘white shirts’ in Parliament

EFF members clash with  Parliament Protection  Services during  the state of the nation address on Thursday in Cape Town. Picture: THE TIMES/ESA ALEXANDER
2 hour(s) ago

Security operation for Sona was organised at national level but that Western Cape police officers were mere role players, says Western Cape provincial police commissioner

National

Proposal to temporarily cut UIF contributions weighed

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
12 hour(s) ago

Finance minister proposes reducing earnings ceiling against which the 2% levy is calculated, which could release R15bn from the UIF’s financial surplus in a year

Property

Durban’s iconic Royal Hotel fetches R78m at auction

The well-known Royal Hotel, which once had a six star rating and hosted many celebrities, was auctioned in Durban for R78m. Picture: RAJESH JANTILA
2 hour(s) ago

Grand hotel in its time hosted Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Anne and King Goodwill Zwelithini, Mark Twain and Phil Collins

Economy

Growth ‘not just a job for the Treasury’

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 hour(s) ago

Entire state will have to pitch in to reach growth targets, says tax professionals president

Asia-Pacific

India’s censor blocks ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ from cinemas

A film poster for
13 hour(s) ago

Government censors say they will not allow the big-screen adaptation of erotic novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ to be shown in Indian cinemas

Land & Agriculture

Proposed farm size limit is negotiating tactic, says minister

Picture: THINKSTOCK
17 hour(s) ago

Proposal by state to limit farm size to 12,000ha is ‘negotiating tactic’ as it tries to press ahead with redistribution of land to black farmers, minister says

World

Climate buzz set to grow as insects join the fray

Malaria infected child. Pictures: REUTERS/MARY F ADAMS
2 hour(s) ago

Global warming remains a substantial threat to future human health as disease carriers such as mosquitoes shift to formerly inhospitable climes, writes Paul Parham

Mining

Mining sector ‘ripe for deals’

Picture: ARDBEL
2 hour(s) ago

Large swathes of the mining sector around the world are in financial difficulty, which could see ’significant quantities’ of distressed mining assets with low valuations

National

Home Affairs’ extended office hours hope to end long queues

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 hour(s) ago

The department has long been plagued by long queues as members of the public wait to be serviced with identity documents and passports

Transport & Tourism

Sanral opts to postpone bond sale to next week

Picture: SOWETAN
2 hour(s) ago

Roads agency struggles to attract bidders, last month it raised only R400m of the R600m it needs every month for operations and bond cover

Politics

Mnqasela joins race for DA top post

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/SHELLEY CHRISTIANS
2 hour(s) ago

Controversial DA man Masizole Mnqasela plans to contest top posts at Democratic Alliance national elective conference in Port Elizabeth in May

Middle East

Netanyahu says he gave ‘practical alternative’ to Iran deal

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the US Congress on Tuesday at the US Capitol in Washington. Picture: AFP
18 hour(s) ago

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voices satisfaction that he has made his own message heard around the world

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Cartoons

That rear simply screams high-performance.

GALLERY: Showstoppers at Geneva Motor Show

There is a great deal to be seen at the 85th Geneva Motor Show, the first European-based automotive exhibition on the calendar this year

Health

Efficacy of anti-ageing pill may take a lifetime to prove

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 hour(s) ago

Company says it will be turning chemicals that lengthen the lives of mice and worms in the laboratory into over-the-counter vitamin pills that people can take to combat ageing

Motoring

Stylish bruiser rules supreme

The design tweaks on the new C63 are more subtle than in the old model.
1 hour(s) ago

Motor News travelled to Portugal to get to grips with the latest Mercedes-AMG C63

Motoring

CONCEPT NEWS: Daring vision for the future

The EXP 10 Speed 6 concept clearly echoes famous Bentleys of the past.
1 hour(s) ago

Bentley has unveiled a stunning concept at Geneva that echoes its famous classic models

Motoring

DRIVING IMPRESSION: Bigger may not always be better

The Mini Cooper S five-door still has all those Mini character traits.
1 hour(s) ago

Is the five-door Mini the answer for those who need rear seats and space? Mark Smyth is not so sure

Orlando Pirates’ Rooi Mahamutsa and Tsepo Masilela, right.  File picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Ronaldo-beating Masilela finds form on home soil

Tsepo Masilela’s perfection in defence and trademark overlapping runs are a key cog in the Chiefs machine

Other Sport

Africa Open holds Sterne’s mojo hope

Richard Sterne: Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LUKE WALKER
2 hour(s) ago

Golfer's performance at Joburg Open this weekend reflects the sense that Richard Sterne feels a bit stuck at the moment

Cricket

Records fall as fast as wickets at the WACA

Australia batsman David Warner hooks the ball against Afghanistan during their Cricket World Cup match in Perth on Wednesday, on his way to a total of 178. Picture: REUTERS/DAVID GRAY
2 hour(s) ago

Australia hit the tournament’s third 400-plus total in the past six days after SA breached the barrier against West Indies and Ireland

Rugby

Gold’s sympathy for the Cape stretches only as far as the fire

Gary Gold. Picture: GALLO IMAGES / MOUTON VAN ZYL
2 hour(s) ago

The Sharks and Stormers have been the pacesetters at Super Rugby level and … the animosity between the teams has risen

Cricket

SA will have fight on their hands against Pakistan

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 hour(s) ago

The likes of Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz and Rahat Ali will make SA work for a win at the weekend

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The Third Umpire

National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete, for arguing in court papers that she needs to be able to block television coverage of debates when things get unruly to “protect the dignity of Parliament”. Maybe a little late for that.

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Bidvest CEO Brian Joffe, who seems unlikely to succeed in his bid to buy out Adcock minorities, but certainly can’t be accused of lacking determination. And at least Adcock’s BEE shareholders now have an exit option.

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Agang MP Andries Tlouamma. If you're going to insist on tabling a no confidence vote you know full well will be defeated, then you should at least carry it through, otherwise you’re just wasting everyone’s time.

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