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Students from Stellenbosch University protest against fee hikes, through the centre of town. Picture: AFP/ RODGER BOSCH

Stellenbosch University decision called a victory for Afrikaans

5 hour(s) ago

The university’s council has turned down a plan to make English the main language of instruction and business, and has called for an increase in the use of Afrikaans


Kumba faces further cutbacks as iron-ore prices bite

Picture: ISTOCK
3 hour(s) ago

Pressure is mounting on Anglo American’s SA iron-ore unit to make further cutbacks as rout in prices for steel-making ingredient accelerates


Petra and Ekapa to buy Kimberley retreatment operations from De Beers

2 hour(s) ago

London-listed Petra Diamonds and Ekapa Mining are jointly buying Kimberley Mines tailings retreatment operations from De Beers for R102m


Eskom ends Exxaro’s coal contract for Arnot power station

4 hour(s) ago

Exxaro can bid for a new contract but Eskom says it cannot afford to pay R900 a tonne, as the cash-strapped utility exits its cost-plus agreements with mines

Transport & Tourism

Prasa court case on shaky ground

9 hour(s) ago

Rail agency will need graft conviction against Swifambo for success in court bid to end R5bn contract


Reserve Bank defends need for two rate hikes

Lesetja Kganyago.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
9 hour(s) ago

Rate hikes target worsening inflation outlook and ‘not aimed at interfering with weakening rand’


EFF’s door is open to Vavi but egos are in the way, says Malema

Julius Malema. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 hour(s) ago

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema talks to Marvin Meintjies about making MPs earn their money, and what Jacob Zuma’s presidential guffaw hides

Financial Services

Standard Bank fined $33m for bribery at its Tanzanian unit

9 hour(s) ago

Shareholders to bear brunt of penalty as group locked in indemnity at sale of 60% stake in London unit to China’s ICBC

BANKABLE: Trials for the Fair Pay smart-card payment system are under way in Pietermaritzburg. The aim is to have 10,000 taxis converted from a cash-based transaction system to the smart-card system next year. Picture: MARK SMYTH

Minibus taxi industry pilots card payments

New scheme could revolutionise banking system for lower-income groups, writes Mark Smyth


Nomalanga Mkhize

Prof Sam Moyo’s outlook was shaped by anticolonial and anti-apartheid struggles and the ideal of African unity, writes Nomalanga Mkhize

Pan-African intellectual towers above us


The Prius is just a much-improved version of its original self, writes Alexander Parker

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Prius remains relevant


South Africans remain reluctant to report crimes

Pali Lehohla.  Picture: GCIS
32 minute(s) ago

Statistician-general Pali Lehohla says prevalence, under-reporting of crime to South African Police Service remain major concern


PMI contracts significantly in November

3 hour(s) ago

Sharp drop in Barclays purchasing managers index to six-year low indicates decrease in manufacturing activity, weak demand remains big challenge

Retail & Consumer

SABMiller’s Chinese partner weighs its options

An employee monitors a production line at the SABMiller plant in Cape Town. The acquisitive brewer is now a target of AB Inbev, the world’s largest.  File picture: BLOOMBERG/DEAN HUTTON
3 hour(s) ago

State-backed China Resources Beer is seen as the logical buyer if SABMiller is required to sell its stake in Snow Breweries for Anheuser-Busch InBev tie-up to get nod

African Business

Zimbabwe power utility secures loan from Chinese bank

Geothermal power plant. Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 hour(s) ago

Export-Import Bank of China will provide loan to upgrade two generators at Zimbabwe Power Company’s Hwange thermal power plant

Narendra Modi.  Picture: REUTERS

India looks to improve African health

India can be proud of its role in driving down the cost of HIV treatment in Africa, write Nilanjan Banik and Philip Stevens


ANC gears up to implement minimum wage

Gwede Mantashe. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
8 hour(s) ago

Governing party under pressure from Cosatu and opposition parties to swiftly implement minimum wage


Top court rules by-elections irregular

INDEPENDENT:  Batiki ‘Stone’ Mahlabe won the 2013 by-election in ward 26 in Tlokwe. The Constitutional Court has ruled that seven other by-elections held in Tlokwe wards in 2013 were not free and fair. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
8 hour(s) ago

Electoral Commission of South Africa vows to recover from damning ruling by Constitutional Court nullifying Tlokwe election

African News

Talks before peacekeepers in Burundi, says Ban

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses a press conference in Jerusalem, Israel, on Tuesday. Picture: EPA/ATEF SAFADI
4 hour(s) ago

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tells Security Council deploying peacekeepers to quell ‘alarming levels’ of violence is an option but dialogue must be top priority

African News

Kabore wins Burkina Faso election after first round

Roch Marc Christian Kabore, centre, of the People's Movement for Progress, waves to supporters as he accepts victory in the general elections in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Tuesday, 1 December 2015. Picture: EPA
4 hour(s) ago

Roch Marc Christian Kabore says it is time to get to work, after victory in the country’s first election in almost three decades following the ouster of Blaise Compaore


Searing stakes for climate change deal

BURDEN: People wait next to colourful sculptures of animals on Monday in Le Bourget, near Paris, during the opening day of the United  Nations climate conference. More than 150 world leaders are meeting under heightened security. Picture: AFP
8 hour(s) ago

Scientists say failure to agree on strong measures would doom the world to ever-hotter average temperatures


Russia not keen on thaw with Turkey at talks in Paris

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, on Monday at Le Bourget, on the outskirts of the French capital Paris. Picture: AFP
8 hour(s) ago

Putin snubs meeting with Erdogan in Paris as body of pilot killed when Ankara downed one of Moscow’s warplanes was flown home


Sasol invests in Mozambican gas and loop line infrastructure

Sasol's headquarters in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
8 hour(s) ago

Investments reflect growing demand for gas from industrial customers, and Sasol’s efforts to find more gas and boost infrastructure

African News

Ugandan rebels kill Congolese soldiers and UN peacekeeper

CALLED TO ACTION: Congolese army soldiers ride on Sunday towards the frontline where they are fighting against M23 rebels outside the eastern Congolese city of Goma. Picture: REUTERS
8 hour(s) ago

At least four Congolese soldiers and 12 Islamist militants killed in clashes, while seven civilians were hacked to death with machetes at a hospital

Middle East

Saudi invites Syrian opposition figures to Riyadh ahead of talks

Bashar al-Assad. Picture: EPA/SANA
1 hour(s) ago

Saudi Arabia issues invitations to 65 opposition figures to attend conference in Riyadh to try unify positions ahead of proposed peace talks, newspapers report


Appeal judges to hear state argument on Sudan’s Bashir

8 hour(s) ago

State has three months to prepare oral argument against earlier ruling it acted illegally by failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir


Pikitup and Samwu locked in stalemate over strike

Pikitup. Picture: SOWETAN
8 hour(s) ago

Waste-removal agency toughens stance against striking Samwu workers, insisting they return to work before considering their demands


China leads the gloomy news from Asia’s factories

5 hour(s) ago

Factory activity deteriorates across most of the region, with China sinking to a three-year low as the spectre of a US interest rate increase looms

Financial Services

Alexander Forbes dips on dull results

Edward Kieswetter. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
8 hour(s) ago

CEO Edward Kieswetter says group has held its own in tough market and blames cost rebase for lower overall profit growth


Santova’s foreign expansion boosts overall profitability

8 hour(s) ago

Santova’s cash flow is strong and company's apparent shift to less-regulated regions has taken pressure off balance sheet, says analyst


BHP Billiton falls on Brazil plans to sue for burst dam

8 hour(s) ago

Attorney-general says Brazil wants $5.2bn to fund a 10-year clean-up in the Rio Doce valley affected by the disaster


Japanese state pension fund in worst drop since 2008 crisis

8 hour(s) ago

Global stock rout in August and September wipes $64bn off Japanese asset manager’s investments

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There is significantly more to acquiring a Powerwall than just buying and installing it.Picture: REUTERS/PATRICK FALLON

Want a home battery? Be ready for the long haul

For Tesla Powerwall to be a viable option the family home will need an radical energy-efficiency overhaul, and expect return on investment within a decade, writes Darryl Devar


Beacons may steer retail — or just fade in the fog of fads

A merchant would need only beacons capable of communicating with an iPhone, and shoppers would almost magically receive cereal discount coupons for the very boxes they happened to be viewing at that moment. Picture: REUTERS/JIM YOUNG
8 hour(s) ago

New beacon technology tells advertisers exactly which aisle you’re in to offer seemingly magical discounts on your iPhone, writes Joshua Brustein


Homeboys help metered cabs get even with Uber

Tim Pearson. Picture: SUPPLIED
8 hour(s) ago

Local upstart start-up Ryda to level the playing field for metered taxis and registered drivers in South Africa, writes Eugene Yiga


Pioneers bid to make virtual universe a reality

Virtual reality is still in the brick-size cellphone days, says one futurist, but film directors and even journalists are exploring the medium to bring it to the masses. Picture: REUTERS/MARIO ANZUONI
8 hour(s) ago

Gold rush around virtual reality technology is about to pick up speed with headsets from leading brands, writes Lorne Manly


‘Windgas’ could drive car industry

An employee prepares to refuel an Audi A3 g-tron automobile with e-gas at Audi AG's power-to-gas plant, which uses electricity from wind turbines to turn water and carbon dioxide into synthetic methane, in Werlte, Germany. Picture: BLOOMBERG/JASPER JUINEN
8 hour(s) ago

Power-to-gas proves to be a viable alternative to electic cars, writes Horst Hamm


Dry stacking can better contain detritus

The mudslide disaster at the Samarco iron-ore mine in Brazil early last month killed at least 11 people and left another 12 missing. Millions of tonnes of ore waste in man-made dams need to be treated. Picture: REUTERS/RICARDO MORAES
8 hour(s) ago

Alternative engineering called ‘dry stack’ removes water to make tailings safer to store, and put an end disasters such as toxic Samarco mudslide, write James Regan and Susan Taylor


A recall by any other name might mask fatal truth

The Volkswagen emissions scandal has put the spotlight on recalls. Stephanie Erdman, injured when a Takata airbag in her Honda Civic exploded, testifies at a US Senate Committee hearing last year. Picture: BLOOMBERG/STEPHANIE ERDMAN
8 hour(s) ago

Car dealers’ ‘service campaigns’ can masquerade as cover to rectify potentially lethal gitches, writes Mark Smyth

BLOWING COLD: AB de Villiers cuts as wicketkeeper Sanjay Samson looks on during Tuesday’s warm-up match in New Delhi. Picture: AFP

Batsmen should decode AB ’s innovative batting

Rahul Dravid says his sons always try to play the shots AB de Villiers does


Day-night Test signals a new dawn

STYLISH:  Australia captain Steve Smith plays a shot as New Zealand’s wicketkeeper, BJ Watling, looks on during the first day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval. It was also the first time a pink ball was used in a Test match. Picture: AFP PHOTO/SAEED KHAN
9 hour(s) ago

Adelaide match a roaring spectator success, but work is needed on the pink ball


Learning curve for Bucs

BEAUTIFUL BUCS:  Orlando Pirates players celebrate after scoring against Egypt’s Al Ahly during their African Confederation Cup semifinal in Suez on Sunday night. Picture: REUTERS/AMR ABDALLAH DALSH
9 hour(s) ago

Bucs centre-back Ayanda Gcaba says Gift Motupa and Menzi Masuku will learn from their experience of playing in Orlando Pirates’ Caf Confederation Cup final second leg


Final Eden Park ‘Ka Mate’ haka for Lomu

Picture: REUTERS/Nigel Marple
9 hour(s) ago

All Blacks team and thousands of fans pay tribute to legendary wing, Jonah Lomu at Eden Park


Mashaba parachuted in to assist Under-23s

Shakes Mashaba feels he is being crucified.   Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU
9 hour(s) ago

Shakes Mashaba has been sent to Senegal to give "additional support" to Under-23 coach Owen da Gama


Barcelona acts over Neymar slights from Real pundits

9 hour(s) ago

Club files a complaint with Spanish government commission that seeks to combat violence in sport


Dubai Blitzboks’ training mountain before climbing Everest of Olympics

9 hour(s) ago

Blitzboks arrive in Dubai ahead of Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August


To extreme pitches testing SA add extreme climates

Smog-blighted Delhi far more suitable venue for climate change talks to sharpen world leaders’ minds

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