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Mining

Coal reserves study gives lie to Eskom supply scare

Picture: THINKSTOCK
8 hour(s) ago

Review shows resources adequate to allay ‘strategic mineral’ fears

Financial Services

Fines put spotlight on whether banks prioritise certain rules over others

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

Big four hit with R125m in penalties over controls related to money laundering

Politics

Vavi must campaign for ANC, says Cosatu

Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
8 hour(s) ago

Contradictions in ANC-brokered peace process to resolve factional battle within its alliance partner are showing

Land & Agriculture

Farm equity proposal is ‘smoke and mirrors’

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 hour(s) ago

Professor says proposal will not become policy and that government is only talking to farm workers now, a month before elections

Companies

PSG sets aside Curro rights issue funds

Piet Mouton, CEO of PSG. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
7 hour(s) ago

Education group to take lion’s share of R500m for investments

Economy

SA must integrate with global economic system, says Gordhan

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers the 2013 budget speech in the National Assembly, Parliament. Picture: GCIS
17 hour(s) ago

SA is not an island, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan tells round-table discussion

Africa

NEWS ANALYSIS: Facing a bleak future, Zimbabwe’s rulers prefer to embrace the past

MELTDOWN: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s country faces severe economic challenges.  Picture: REUTERS
8 hour(s) ago

The hunt for real and recent achievements by the leader and the party who have ruled Zimbabwe for more than three decades is a harder task than ever, writes Ray Ndlovu

Business

SAA washes hands of catering unit’s blunder

Picture: SOWETAN
18 hour(s) ago

Airline says it is one of Air Chefs’ clients and is not involved in cancelled Mantelli’s tender

Picture: THINKSTOCK

EDITORIAL: Finding other ways to mine in South Africa

As the Amcu strike at the platinum mines approaches its 100th day, investor confidence in SA’s economy is hitting a post-apartheid low

Columnists

If SA isn’t building infrastructure it needs for growth, that’s certainly not for lack of plans, committees, structures and spreadsheets, writes ...

Zuma may be remembered for plans, but no action

Columnists

Gareth van Onselen presents a series of quotes that speak to the overarching narrative that has defined the official election period

The 2014 election in 35 quotes

Media

DA’s ‘banned’ election ads to return to SABC

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
19 hour(s) ago

Democratic Alliance election campaign adverts pulled by SABC will be aired by state broadcaster over Easter long weekend

Politics

ANC members at odds over Nkandla committee

Speaker of Parliament Max Sisulu. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD
7 hour(s) ago

National Assembly speaker Max Sisulu agrees that ad hoc committee should start work as soon as possible

Economy

Retail sales slowdown is more than expected

Picture: THINKSTOCK
8 hour(s) ago

Growth in retail sales slow to four-month low, reflecting households’ moderating spending as higher borrowing costs, and rising food and fuel prices erode disposable income

Europe

Kiev’s effort against pro-Russian separatists fails

LOYALTY: A woman poses with a Ukrainian, left, and a Russian passport outside a government, where she received a Russian passport, in the Crimean city of Simferopol last Monday. Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

Ukraine government’s operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans fails

Education

Wits scraps four-year law degree to give ethical grounding

HIGHER LEARNING: Students stroll past the University of the Witwatersrand's Great Hall. Picture: THE TIMES
6 hour(s) ago

Decision aimed at producing graduates to fill the general leadership gap in SA, where ‘both mettle and imagination is missing’

MELTDOWN: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s country faces severe economic challenges.  Picture: REUTERS

Facing a bleak future, Zimbabwe’s rulers prefer to embrace the past

The hunt for real and recent achievements by the leader and the party who have ruled Zimbabwe for more than three decades is a harder task than ever, writes Ray Ndlovu

Asia-Pacific

China’s iron-ore hopes may be dashed

WARES: A labourer smokes as he works at a steel market in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, in this January 11 2013 file picture. China’s steel and iron-ore futures extended losses on Monday driven by a weak outlook for China demand. Picture: REUTERS/ALY SONG/FILES
8 hour(s) ago

Low quality ore, costs have hit mine projects, write Ruby Lian and David Stanway

National

Political debate in SA ‘being harmed by misconceptions about economy’

Economist Mike Schussler speak at a breakfast briefing on political and economic post-election challenges in Pretoria on Wednesday. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
1 day(s) ago

Absence of credible information and data about state of economy and land ownership is exacerbating situation in lead-up to elections, says economist

Media & Advertising

Blackstar plans to increase TMG stake to 34.9%

Times Media Group CEO Andrew Bonamour.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
8 hour(s) ago

Blackstar looking to raise stake in Times Media Group to 34.9% over the medium term

Politics

UDM’s Holomisa makes most of Amcu’s rise

8 hour(s) ago

Party confident it will play prominent role in North West government after election, writes Setumo Stone

Americas

How to get a car to the top of the Empire State Building

The new 2015 Ford Mustang GT is seen on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
21 hour(s) ago

Ford celebrates 50th birthday of Mustang by displaying new model of convertible on top of Empire State Building in New York

Europe

Ex-DA man Ryan Coetzee in political firing line in the UK

Ryan Coetzee, former chief strategist for the Democratic Alliance. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
20 hour(s) ago

Storm erupts around former Democratic Alliance strategist Ryan Coetzee, who faces allegations of abuse of public funds in the UK

Land & Agriculture

IFP says state must redistribute own land to emerging farmers

Tractor farm food farming. Picture: THINKSTOCK
22 hour(s) ago

Party says state must stop relying solely on private farms for its land redistribution programme

National

Expert witness in Pistorius trial admits to ‘layman’ conclusions

Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his murder trial in the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
18 hour(s) ago

Oscar Pistorius’s defence in his murder trial in the High Court in Pretoria has been dealt a potentially crippling blow

Mining

BHP Billiton stats give share price a boost

BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie.  Picture: REUTERS
5 hour(s) ago

Miner achieves record iron ore and metallurgical coal production

Soccer

Bafana coach Igesund’s fate known today

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU
7 hour(s) ago

Investigation is complete and the findings have been considered

Politics

High-profile awards ‘part of ANC campaign’

WORRIED:  James Selfe says holding the event close to the election, certainly politicised it. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
8 hour(s) ago

Release of an unusually long list of people due to get National Orders prompts accusations that the Presidency is using the annual awards ceremony as an electioneering event

Property

Randburg mall revamp ‘a success’

Laurence Rapp, CEO of Vukile Property Fund. Picture: BUSINESS DAY
5 hour(s) ago

Vukile spends R207m on upgrading mall, increasing footfall 20% in last quarter of last year

Healthcare

Private healthcare market inquiry ‘might find nothing wrong’

Justice Sandile Ngcobo briefs the media on the market inquiry into private healthcare in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
22 hour(s) ago

Chairman of panel appointed to conduct inquiry stresses it is merely an investigation into the nature of competition in the sector

Economy

Some relief on Chinese GDP but deeper concerns remain for SA

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

China’s first-quarter GDP growth of 7.4% bring some relief to currencies and risk markets but rate of growth still slowest since 2009

Asia-Pacific

Nearly 300 missing after Korean ferry capsizes

South Korean ferry
23 hour(s) ago

Nearly 100 ships and 18 helicopters involved in frantic efforts, but manage to save only 164 in what could be the country’s biggest maritime disaster in 20 years

Telecoms & Technology

Cape Town broadband access may soon be ‘cheaper, more reliable’

Patricia de Lille. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
21 hour(s) ago

City concludes deals with internet service providers who have taken up spare infrastructure capacity generated via broadband network

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Cartoons

April 17 2014

The Soweto Gospel Choir. Picture: JOBURG THEATRE

The soundtrack to the struggle

A stellar line-up of music greats gathers for SA’s 20th anniversary of democracy, writes Christina Kennedy

Motoring

LAUNCH NEWS: Sporty offering takes on all comers

The designers have done a good job with the styling of the GLA.
8 hour(s) ago

Farzana Chaumoo travelled to Knysna to experience the stylish new Mercedes GLA

Motoring

INTERNATIONAL LAUNCH: A potent mix of super DNA

The influence of the P1 is clear in the new front.
8 hour(s) ago

Motor News took to the track in Spain in the new McLaren 650S

Arts & Entertainment

Township art for Mount Nelson

Detail of a work by artist Boyce Magandela. Picture: NKANYEZI GALLERY
8 hour(s) ago

The Maboneng Township Arts Experience has evolved into a fully fledged cultural initiative experienced nationwide, writes Penny Haw

Arts & Entertainment

Story of Mandela’s red Merc is more complex than you think

The Goethe Institut’s exhibition throws light on an inspiring venture that had no happy ending. Picture: MASIMBA SASA
8 hour(s) ago

Chris Thurman on a new exhibition and documentary at the Goethe Institut in Johannesburg

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Trouble-hit IPL limps onwards

Organisers are hoping for high-quality cricket to mask stink of corruption

Opinion

Mayambela’s transformation confounds sceptics in SA

Cynical snickers almost inevitable after it became public knowledge that SA football reject Mark Mayambela was desperately trying to facilitate a move to Sweden

 
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