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Economy

Business confidence, conditions slump

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Poor economic growth, rising electricity and labour costs add to the companies’ difficulties

Transport & Tourism

Union wants dodgy Prasa contracts to be annulled, not suspended

Popo Molefe. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

National Transport Movement also vows to push for all contracts to be scrutinised by public protector

Mining

Pilanesberg mine to ‘halt activities while land dispute is resolved’

A man walks past the tribal headquarters of the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela tribe in Pilanesburg in the North West province in this March 2011 file photo.  Picture: SUNDAY WORLD

Lawyers for Human Rights says Pilanesberg Platinum Mine ‘will immediately halt activities on portion of land on Wilgespruit’ after parties reach settlement

Transport & Tourism

Taxis directed onto a better road

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Proposal aims to reduce conflict on routes and encourage safer and more efficient transport for commuters

Financial Services

New thinking needed on taxes to buffer slowdown

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Effect of tax and policy framework on the South African economy to be discussed at Tax Indaba in Johannesburg next week

Transport & Tourism

Prasa to take legal action on maladministration allegations

Popo Molefe. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Passenger Rail Agency of SA board vows to deal with employees implicated in irregularities‚ wasteful, fruitless expenditure as contained in Public Protector report

Opinion

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Zuma’s misfit ministers stifle economy

If Zuma wants to get business investing again, he will need to send it some pretty strong signals in his next Cabinet shuffle

Opinion

EDITORIAL: More nuclear would be a folly

Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: FLICKR

Political leaders tie themselves in knots over nuclear while SA demands more affordable and less controversial solutions

LAWS: Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu addresses the media on the Lwandle evictions earlier this month. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Sisulu vows to open way for business to develop gap housing

Zoning bottlenecks targeted to clear way for private sector in state’s ‘mega projects’ drive

Standard Bank

Be a good farmer first, then introduce technology

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While adoption of precision technology can increase yields and improve quality of operation’s output, it can also impede operations if it isn’t part of integrated plan

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Opinion

Hierarchy issues can overpower creativity

Leaders’ responsibility is to trust and empower all employees and to allow creativity to flourish, writes Suhana Gordhan

Opinion

Revoking mining licences no cure for poser

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Better route to compliance can be found in Framework for a Sustainable Mining Industry to create real partnership between unions, the state and mining industry

Business

New JSE product to help investors keep up with fluctuating interest rates

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JSE launches product to support trade in interest rate futures swap market — a move that will make protecting portions of investor funds tied up in bonds easier to manage

Economy

Standard Bank PMI indicates tough climate for business

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Operating conditions for private-sector companies deteriorate for third consecutive month in August — yet another indication of poor economic growth environment

Trade & Industry

Specifications body moves to fast-track approvals process

Durban port. THE TIMES/MARIANNE SCHWANKHART

National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications is looking at ways to expedite its processes to approve technical specifications of imported products

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MPs alarmed as SAA executives fail to explain R85m contract

National carrier's executives hazy on R85m catering contract awarded to a German company

Health

Powering up the quest for cleaner air

Kensington Gardens. Picture: REUTERS/SUZANNE PLUNKETT

New CleanSpace venture taps ‘electromagnetic smog’ to power pollution meter while earning rewards for clean living, writes Clive Cookson

Business

Companies lagging in transformation, says BMF

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Study shows that Corporate SA engaged in malicious compliance and gate-keeping to keep blacks away from the table

Business

Top bosses gloomy about SA’s economy, survey reveals

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CEO confidence index records lowest score since its inception as SA’s top executives see little to cheer

Energy

Renewable power plan is SA’s hot ticket

Photovoltaic panels in the Spanish-built Sishen solar park at Kathu in the Northern Cape. SA is running a tender programme to tap new energy sources and encourage private firms to build power projects. Picture : BLOOMBERG/WALDO SWIEGERS

There is a lone bright spot in a blackout-weary energy industry, writes Paul Burkhardt

Management

Four tips for delivering feedback while minimising conflict

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If you’re worried about ruffling feathers, there are ways to provide your direct reports with input they need to learn and improve

Health

Antiretrovirals for staff good for business

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Drugs to all eligible employees cuts HIV/AIDS-related costs, study at Anglo American’s coal operations shows

Financial Services

Life assurance commission shake-up

Banking customers. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Structure of commission payments in life assurance industry poised for radical overhauled

Mining

Mine workers stage underground sit-in at Sibanye mine

Mine. Picture: SOWETAN

More than 1,000 mine workers at Sibanye Gold’s Driefontein mine stage sit-in to protest death of colleague, Amcu says

National

Transport laws need to move with the times, Uber tells MPs

The Uber logo is seen on a vehicle near Union Square in San Francisco, California. Picture: REUTERS/ROBERT GALBRAITH

Company business model and modus operandi as transport network carrier falls outside ‘metered taxi service’ in law

Healthcare

Medical aids spend more on hospitals and specialists

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Medical schemes’ outlay on specialists and private hospitals soars in above-inflation trend, Council for Medical Schemes report shows

Business

Brian Joffe slams BEE for ‘not working’

Bidvest CEO Brian Joffe. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Bidvest chief executive Brian Joffe says SA needs more black entrepreneurs and fewer people on government grants

National

Focus on land rights for African women, says Dlamini-Zuma

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

African Union head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says empowerment starts with agriculture and women’s land rights

Energy

Gas could mitigate SA’s electricity crisis, report says

Russia gas. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Natural gas power generation should be prioritised to help tackle SA’s energy crisis, which has hobbled growth, led to rolling black-outs, McKinsey & Company report says

Opinion

Time for pension industry to leave complex and opaque products behind

South African pension system is riddled with flaws, biggest being that funds are typically managed by employers rather than individuals

Opinion

Skills for young people must be a priority

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Youth poverty interventions should focus on improving education outcomes

Economy

Business confidence falls to 16-year low

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South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry says lower commodity prices, weakening rand, sluggish demand have weighed on sentiment

Mining

SA gold faces uncertain future

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Upended by toxic combination of falling prices, intensifying labour disputes and surging cost of exploration, country’s largest producers are flailing

Energy

Updated IRP may raise share of nuclear power

Parliament’s  energy committee chairman Fikile Majola said on Tuesday the committee wanted to be involved in the process to procure nuclear power. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Integrated resource plan could make case for over 9.6GW while dirty coal stations set to close

Energy

Specs and costs stall enacting of clean fuel standards

A chimney flares at PetroSA's Mossgas facility in Mossel Bay. Picture: THE TIMES

Financing still under discussion — earlier estimate at about R40bn to modernise refineries that were built in the 1940s and 1950s

Opinion

Car apps an invite to thieves for a ride

Tesla Model S. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON

Car makers are planning to bring e-commerce to the dashboard, but cybercriminals pose a significant threat

Opinion

Consumer choice lost in tsunami of twaddle

‘Consumers uber alles’ must drive free-market policies in a rapidly changing world, writes Leon Louw

Labour

Irvin Jim decries state incoherence

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim says the government’s lack of a plan to save the struggling economy is leading to job cuts in the steel-making sector, where ArcelorMittal is to retrench workers. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEON SADIKI

Numsa head blasts state for lack of coherent economic agenda as ArcelorMittal launches retrenchments process

Innovation

Will Constitutional Court make good call on ‘bad faith’ on Please Call Me case?

Nkosana Makate. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Nkosana Makate’s ‘Please Call Me’ intellectual property claim against former employer Vodacom offers valuable insights, writes Pieter Koornhof

Innovation

Israel woos Africa through novel agriculture

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel’s role in areas such as drip-irrigation, water recycling and desalination can boost food security in Africa.  Picture: REUTERS/FLAVIO LO SCALZO

Israel showcases expertise in drip-irrigation technology with giant 'vertical field' model expected to enhance food security in Africa, writes Angus MacKinnon

Management

Three ways to fend off stress

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Rather than trying latest stress-release techniques, it may be more effective to understand how stress works and where it comes from

Innovation

Dial M for an easier life, Facebook tells 1.5-billion users

David Marcus. Picture: BLOOMBERG/DAVID PAUL MORRIS

Facebook service M takes on Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana as virtual personal assistant, writes Hannah Kuchler

Mining

Mining industry, unions and government agree on plan to stem job losses

Platinum. Picture: REUTERS

Three weeks of talks result in series of joint programmes, including commitment from government to establish fund to assist in retraining retrenched workers

Energy

Koeberg unit shut for maintenance, system stable, says Eskom

Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear plant looms over Melkbosstrand in Cape Town. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

One of two units at the Koeberg nuclear plant offline for routine maintenance but power supply remains stable as other plants come back from repairs, Eskom says

Industrials

Pakistan firm fights SA duty

Concrete mixing trucks are seen at Lafarge concrete production plant in Pantin, outside Paris. Picture: REUTERS/CHRISTIAN HARTMAN

Lucky Cement contests the antidumping duty on its cement exports to the Southern African Customs Union by the International Trade Administration Commission

Management

Five stressors caused by tech — and how tech can cure them

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From pressure to keep up with social media to irritating beeps of devices, technology produces plenty of anxieties, but it can also be key in alleviating stress it brings

National

Lesetlheng village takes mine to court

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Lawyers for Human Rights takes fight to halt Pilanesberg Platinum Mine operations to North West High Court

Energy

New Medupi unit to add 794 megawatts to national grid

Medupi Power Station Unit 6 in  Liphalale, Limpopo. Picture: GCIS

President Jacob Zuma opened Medupi’s Unit 6 power station on Sunday, the largest coal-fired power station in the country

Standard Bank

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