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Telecoms & Technology

Department denies ANC discussed digital policy

Faith Muthambi. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Department of Communications says ANC did not discuss possible reversal of broadcasting digital migration policy at national general council meeting


Utilities not keen on prompt payment rules

Eskom's Medupi power plant. Picture: SOWETAN

State-owned companies Eskom, Transnet and Sanral say payment overhaul could lead to job losses, writes Fifi Peters


Energy efficiency will help power growth

COUNTING THE COST: A pile of coal is seen at Exxaro Group’s Inyanda Coal Mine in Witbank. The mining company estimates that the carbon tax will cost it about R100m a year. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA

Private sector co-operation critical to help solve SA’s energy shortage and meet carbon reduction commitments, say state


Talks raise hopes for an end to the coal strike


NUM says agreement hinges on employers’ willingness to negotiate on amendments to offer, while Amcu mineworkers launch strike at Delmas Coal


Red tape a real hazard to SA’s road to ecomobility

Swapping private cars for bicycles and feet is a good idea, but Sandton’s infrastructure limits the reach of the ecomobility campaign. Picture: MARK SMYTH

Johannesburg EcoMobility Festival to feature numerous alternatives to private cars, but Sandton lacks infrastructure for walkers and cyclists, writes Mark Smyth


Survey finds companies are wary of government deals

Deviations from prescribed rules governing supply chains often indicate that environments are vulnerable to fraud and corruption. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

International Attitudes to Corruption survey shows local companies see greatest corruption risk in transactions associated with routine governmental transactions

Transport & Tourism

Truck drivers ‘in short supply’


South Africa needs about 15,000 new professional truck drivers every year but is not able to recruit so many


Seven ways to keep talent poachers at bay


The smart, talented people on your team are bound to get calls from recruiters. Here’s what to do when that happens

Telecoms & Technology

Muthambi gets stick for digital TV defiance

Faith Muthambi. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi may be forced to reverse her policy on the nonencryption of set-top boxes — a new delay in digital migration process

Retail & Consumer

Boxing clever: used shipping containers fill gap in retail


Faster to build than bricks-and-mortar malls, Maersk sells boxes for $700-$1,200


Piketty breathes new life into debate on inequality in SA


Economist Thomas Piketty does sterling work reviving debate that should have been at forefront of our national dialogue every day for past 21 years


SA can lead the world on 2030 UN agenda

SA should prioritise the sustainable development agenda, the real test of the nation’s political strengths and virtue, writes John Stremlau


Businesslike responsibility in a green and circular way

Picture: Petco South Africa

PET industry a good example of circular economy successfully at work

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Be a good farmer first, then introduce technology

Picture: THE TIMES

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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Financial service BEE unsustainable in current form

Empowerment deals falter in financial services sector as transactions hamstrung by policy uncertainly


The odd business of prediction

Stocks have performed better than average following an exceptionally strong year


Activists gear for class action bid against gold sector

Picture: THE TIMES

If granted, class certification of former mineworkers in gold sector who contracted occupational lung disease could lead to largest class action lawsuit in SA history

Land & Agriculture

AgriSA worries labour plans will complicate farm evictions

Workers harvest fruit at the award-winning Luthando Farm in the Eastern Cape. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH

Experts warn bill fails to address burgeoning, poorly serviced informal settlements outside of farms following evictions

Trade & Industry

SA likely to remain beneficiary of Agoa, says Davies

Rob Davies. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Trade minister says SA will probably retain duty-free access for exports to the US under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, pending a review of SA’s status

Trade & Industry

Cheap but no longer nasty — Tata’s big plans for SA

The Tata Bolt. Picture: SUPPLIED

Indian car maker Tata says it is anxious to transform its South African image through value-for-money vehicles


Property owners unhappy at new levy

Community Schemes Ombud Service fails to attract large property owners, who say additional levy will hit them hard

Land & Agriculture

Unusually dry weather in Western Cape poses serious risk to farming

A drought-affected region is shown in George in the Western Cape in this December 2009 file photo.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Water shortages could potentially have devastating effect on key agricultural sector, with main feeder dams at lowest average levels in 20 years


Four ways that rookie managers can shine


The only way to manage the transition from team member to manager is to embrace your status as a beginner and admit your limitations


NUM considers coal mines’ wage offer

Picture: THE TIMES

Chamber of Mines tables new offer that could end standoff over two-year wage agreement and bring relief for under-pressure coal companies


Specialist tobacconists seek exemptions from display laws


Owner of country’s oldest specialist tobacconist describes as ‘absurd’ proposed regulations to restrict display of tobacco, tobacco-related products at point of sale


Minister Brown says no to privatisations

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown addresses the media on Thursday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Antiprivitisation stance effectively puts to rest any prospect of mixed ownership for state-owned entities

Transport & Tourism

Prasa berated for wasteful spend

Prasa chairman Popo Molefe and acting CEO Nkosinathi Khena face a tough job putting the rail parastatal back on track. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Auditor-general condemns almost R20m in ‘fruitless and wasteful’ expenditure including interest on late payments and cash to employees and consultants


Greenpeace boss says plan for nuclear power stations is impossible to fund

International director of Greenpeace Kumi Naidoo attends the opening session of the 51st Munich Security Conference in Munich on February 7. Picture:  REUTERS/MICHAEL DALDER

Greenpeace director Kumi Naidoo believes the SA plan for new nuclear power stations won’t come off


Residential property sales down on slowing economy


Average prices countrywide have risen 1.3% for the quarter, equating to an annualised 5.2% per annum increase in average home prices


Mncane Mthunzi to lead Black Management Forum

Massmart Africa food retail and supplier development executive Mncane Mthunzi  Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL/JEREMY GLYN

Mthunzi succeeds Bonang Mohale, Bonang Mpafa is elected as deputy president of the organisation

Land & Agriculture

State tables amendments to act to provide more security for farm dwellers

Farm dwellers at Boshoek in the North West stand next to houses demolished by the Royal Bafokeng Administration in this July 2013 file photo.  Picture: SOWETA

Government tables legislative amendments which it says are intended to provide greater security for tenants on farms, clarify who has right to stay on them

Financial Services

Spike in fraudulent insurance claims dogs industry


Fraudulent long-term insurance claims nearly double, lead by KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape


Lagos whizzes sow digital seed

Lagos, Nigeria. Picture: EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

With exclusively Nigeria-focused clickbait, listicles and quizzes, Zikoko is doing what BuzzFeed cannot do for Nigerians, writes Maggie Fick


Working across time zones to woo the world, a hotel MD never clocks out

Clive Bennett. Picture: SUPPLIED

One&Only MD Clive Bennett attributes hotel’s success to global market penetration and reach, and attracting local clientele, writes Eugene Yiga


ON WORK: Spare yourself the loneliness of long-term home workers

We need to go to the office to convince ourselves that what we do has some purpose


ON THE MONEY: Court gives companies a lesson: you can’t brush off information requests

Companies have legal obligation to assist applicants to obtain information and to respect their rights to it

Retail & Consumer

Consumers win as food retailers push price cuts

Picture: REUTERS

Latest survey shows most retailers see broad-based slowdown in volume growth and marked deterioration in profitability levels as competition intensifies


Industrial park to revive employment in Hammarsdale

factory worker XXX  Picture: THINKSTOCK

Park sited along N3 freeway that forms part of South Africa’s Strategic Integrated Project — one of government’s national priority projects

Transport & Tourism

Sanral return to bond market welcomed with oversubscription

PAY UP: An e-toll gantry on the N1 through Pretoria. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD

Roads agency has successful auction in difficult time in bond market with financial results said to have helped attract bids


Why De Beers lab near London makes diamonds it will never sell


Gems are as perfect as any found at Tiffany & Co, yet their destination is office complex where team develops machines for buyers trying to spot synthetic stones

Retail & Consumer

AB InBev urges SABMiller shareholders to seize ‘opportunity’

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

World’s biggest brewer urges shareholders at rival beer giant SABMiller to go against board and accept new takeover offer


STRAIGHT TALK: Data privacy an inviolable right

The Cloud is a sinister airborne dungeon where your intimate details are gathered, sorted and dissected


Reaching job creation targets no easy business

The Jobs Fund aims to create employment through supporting small businesses — however meeting the  targets can often be challenging. Picture: SUPPLIED

Often projections about job creation prove to be wrong; it depends on the kind of business owner being supported

Retail & Consumer

Brewers’ merger ‘would hurt consumers’

NO DEAL:  Public Investment Corporation CEO Daniel Matjila. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Public Investment Corporation CEO Daniel Matjila says Anheuser-Busch InBev takeover of brewer SABMiller would create ‘some kind of monopoly’

Transport & Tourism

Prasa to run all Gauteng trains from new centre


New rail centre in Kempton Park part of Prasa’s R172bn modernisation programme and is expected to improve train punctuality and safety


Ten more independent power bidders get the nod

Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

The Department of Energy announces the names of 10 preferred bidders in the small, independent, renewable energy producers’ programme

Trade & Industry

Security bill threat to SA-US relations

Mninwa Mahlangu.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Future funding from International Monetary Fund-World Bank may be vetoed by US


EpiPen draws new health line

Heather Bresch took a forgotten medication and turned it into a must-have. Picture: BLOOMBERG/CHRIS GOODNEY

Savvy branding combined with public awareness campaign on dangers of child allergies resuscitates solid concept, write Cynthia Koons and Robert Langreth


State agencies ‘nudge’ good citizenry

Oxford-educated scientist Maya Shankar leads a White House team dedicated to applying academic research on human behaviour to the business of running a government.  Picture: SUPPLIED

Oxford-educated scientist approaches public policy execution using significant new research on human nature, such as people are predictably irrational, writes Binyamin Appelbaum


Green energy needs more black owners in future, says state

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: THE TIMES

Political pressure grows on Department of Energy to ensure black entrepreneurs get larger slice of renewable energy pie


Power? Let the men have it

Picture: ISTOCK

Harvard Business School research shows women aren’t in leadership positions because they just don’t want the jobs, writes Rebecca Greenfield


Mining firms appeal commission merger decision

GOLD SMELTING: Job creation could best be achieved by industrial development. It was believed that manufacturing could employ a much higher proportion of workers than mining because of its greater need for skilled labour.  Picture: PIETER DE RAS

French-listed Imerys SA and Andalusite Resources tell Competition Tribunal appeal hearing they had no plans to set up monopoly with merger


Five ways to prepare employees for leaving company


Anything you can do to help departing employees land on their feet will increase team’s trust in you as leader, enhance company’s overall talent brand

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