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Malema tells UK investors to include workers

WELCOMED: Students applaud Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema at Oxford University on Wednesday. Picture: THABO JAIYESIMI

Julius Malema says BEE a disaster at the heart of South Africa’s economic woes and collapse of state-owned corporations including South African Airways


National Empowerment Fund call for BEE to remain policy

Philisiwe Mthethwa , CEO National Empowerment Fund. Picture: WALDO SWIEGERS/ SUNDAY TIMES

National Empowerment Fund CEO Philisiwe Mthethwa says policy is still relevant, critical, must still be implemented


Nene will not sign up government for R500bn nuclear bill, says Louw

Leon Louw, executive director of the Free Market Foundation. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Free Market Foundation’s Leon Louw says Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has shown himself to be responsible, and private investment will be needed

Transport & Tourism

Gigaba reiterates SA’s visa regulation changes

Malusi Gigaba. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says biometrics will be captured on arrival at a port of entry

Transport & Tourism

Private sector should invest ‘lazy cash’ in infrastructure, says Transnet acting CEO

Siyabonga Gama. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Transnet head urges companies to invest 'lazy cash sitting on their balance sheets' in upgrading plant and equipment to grow the economy


Business confidence falls to five-year low


Bureau for Economic Research’s business confidence index falls two points to 36 in fourth quarter as weak demand weighs on company sales volumes, profit


Nene gives his support for retirement reforms that will ‘protect’ pensioners

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON

Retirement reforms so strongly opposed by Cosatu are good ones that will help protect pensioners against old-age poverty, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says


Eskom tries to secure lower debt costs

Transnet group chief operating officer Anoj Singh. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Utility to explore funding options other than international bond market after being downgraded to junk by rating agencies

Financial Services

JSE opposes latest twin peaks regulation bill

Picture: JSE

JSE’s legal counsel warns if its clearing house is rendered illegal resulting local derivatives market exodus will cause ‘massive loss of liquidity’

Transport & Tourism

Railway body concerned at high cost of rail track switch


Regional railways association backs Trasnet’s call for restraint over new high-cost standard gauge rail track

Transport & Tourism

Local fun seekers help liner industry cruise into bay of plenty

BUOYED: The recently renovated MSC Sinfonia is one of the cruise liners that will carry some of the 108,000 passengers MSC expects in SA during the 2015-16 season. Picture:THE HERALD

Cruise liners a hit with local holiday makers


Legislators need to consider ways BEE laws can be misused

Worthy objectives were behind black economic empowerment, but unintended consequences may blight policy, writes Deon Oberholzer

Business Connexion

Why the Internet of Things is such a good thing


Whether you’re a car manufacturer or a government, a brewer or a builder, Business Connexion can help you on your journey towards a digital future

Featured Partner


Barclays Africa opening doors to global markets for its commercial clients


Vital that business leaders acquire deeper understanding of global economy by familiarising themselves with international business trends and best practices

Featured Partner

Standard Bank

Agriculture value chain is a powerful sustainability tool

Picture: THE TIMES

Globally, farmers, agribusinesses, governments, financial institutions are beginning to see value chain holds untapped opportunities for strengthening development

Featured Partner

Chivas Regal

Enter The Venture to win the right way

This year The Venture covers even more extensive global range, welcoming entries from over 25 countries, including SA

Featured Partner


When it comes to money, there is nothing new under the sun

Even an apparently hi-tech currency like Bitcoin differs little from the monetary systems of the ancients

Transport & Tourism

Companies among top e-toll dodgers

Picture: SOWETAN

Firms with fleets dominate e-toll defaulters’ ranks as total outstanding debt reaches R5.9bn

Financial Services

Plan to allow SA banks to issue covered bonds muted


Reserve Bank, Treasury discuss introducing securities that were previously banned because of concern they may undermine interests of depositors


SA’s choice: populism or growth

If SA had a labour force employment ratio similar to Latin America, employment would be ‘higher by 66%’. This shows how far SA is falling short, writes Martin Wolf


World Bank unit issues first green bond in SA


International Finance Corporation issues first rand-denominated green bond, raising about $71m for climate-friendly investments in emerging markets


Reform of retirement savings to go ahead


ANC determined to push matter through while finance committee whip points out members of provident funds can get a tax deduction and take home more pay


New service delivery centre in Cape Town set to create 3,000 jobs

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies briefs the media on the amended black economic empowerment act on Tuesday.  Picture: GCIS

SA’s business process outsourcing sector receives major boost thanks to new EXL Cape Town delivery centre


Gauteng looks to ‘diversify’ as declines in mining and steel weigh on economy

David Makhura. Picture: SOWETAN

Premier David Makhura says province will shift its focus to tourism, agriculture, agroprocessing and renewable energy to mitigate effects of deindustrialisation


State ‘to intervene to boost economy and save jobs’

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel addresses the opening of the Hisense factory in Atlantis in the Western Cape on Thursday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel tells Cosatu delegates the government will continue to use instruments of state to bolster key economic sectors


ANC to go head to head with Cosatu over retirement reforms


Members of parliamentary standing committee on finance agree that retirement reforms should be introduced next year, but federation opposes plan

Transport & Tourism

Committee too busy for Prasa hearings

Popo Molefe. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Transport chairwoman Dikeledi Magadzi justifies decision to skip Scopa hearing on messy Prasa business, saying committee’s plate full


Conciliation body called in to intervene in Foskor deadlock

factory worker XXX  Picture: THINKSTOCK

Strike brings activity at chemical producer’s Richards Bay plant down to 10% for past three weeks


Four things to do before asking for an increase


Four steps toward acknowledging your self-worth and proving your value

Law & Constitution

Commission limits extent of leniency with tribunal referral


Path open for third parties to sue whistleblower


Eskom ‘not entitled to 11-hour changes to tender criteria’

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

Toshiba subsidiary Westinghouse argues at appeal Eskom not entitled to 11-hour changes to tender criteria in R5bn tender decision

Transport & Tourism

Ethiopian Airline reopens Durban-Addis route


Airline sees great potential for KwaZulu-Natal to trade goods with East Africa through cargo freight operations

Financial Services

Government to tackle loopholes in Fica amendment

WARNING:  The Banking Association of SA’s Stuart Grobler told Parliament that deviations in the Financial Intelligence Centre Act could put local banks’ relationships with international banks at risk. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

State moves to tackle money laundering and terrorist financing


Food and beverage industry continues to attract global investment


Industry holds up better than many others as companies continue to increase investment, with total income from food and beverages increasing by 9.2% to R4bn in September

Transport & Tourism

SA to draw up rules for drone makers


Risk of harm to humans and midair disruptions cited for tightening of regulations governing operation of drones, including requirements for manufacturers


Leaders who ask for trust, trust others

Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Creating trust is urgent to stimulate productivity and economic growth, and enable SA to fulfil its potential


Botswana seeks to expedite nickel deal

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane speaks during a visit to Harmony Gold's Doornkop Mine on Tuesday.  Picture: GCIS

Nickel a central platform Botswana’s government will use to diversify its economy away from diamonds

Land & Agriculture

US fund plans to plough into African agricultural sector

Agriculture tractor. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Fund capitalised mainly by wealthy US individuals — including beer brewing family, the Coors, as well as the Belk family


The man bringing tourists to Durban

Phillips Sithole. Picture: SUPPLIED

Tourism head Phillip Sithole works tirelessly to make Durban a must-visit destination, including township tourism and Commonwealth Games, writes Nce Mkhize


Executive intends taking flag to unimagined heights

Thabang Skwambane. Picture: SUPPLIED

Advertising prodigy Thabang Skwambane likens SA Tourism account to ‘playing for your country’, writes Sue Grant-Marshall


State should offload SAA divisions


Government needs to stop using taxpayers to pay for its mistakes, and send a message to investors it is committed to fiscal restraint and market-friendly policies


Christmas ads should embrace tenderness

Drop the promotion-driven, generic and overly clichéd. Christmas ads should reflect SA’s humaneness and spirit of kindness and sharing


Eskom says new build programme ‘progressing well’

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Eskom’s Medupi power plant

Power utility says it is fast-tracking capacity build programme, which includes construction of two coal-fired power stations and a pumped storage scheme

Financial Services

Banks oppose regulation plans


Banking Association SA says Treasury’s system to regulate banks far too intrusive and gives regulators too much power

Transport & Tourism

Gauteng money for Sanral ‘a waste’

Picture: SOWETAN

Lobby group Outa warns Gauteng taxpayers’ money again wasted on ‘Sanral’s e-toll extravagance’

Transport & Tourism

SA’s ports gear for bumper cruise season

Picture: REUTERS

At least eight luxury cruise ships and over ten passenger vessels of varying sizes set to ferry international and domestic tourists to and from the country’s port cities


Car makers drive platinum demand beyond supply


Car makers to buy more platinum to use in devices that curb harmful emissions, though growth rate will slow

Land & Agriculture

State allocates additional R96m for drought relief efforts

Residents of Bhobhoy, some 120 km north of Durban, that has been badly affected by the recent drought, collect water from a free water point sponsored by concerned citizens. Picture: AFP/MUJAHID SAFODIEN

Minister says state has added R96.6m to R352.6m set aside for relief efforts, which will be used to buy 45 tankers, and for borehole drilling as well as water conservation

Opinion & Analysis

Business must act despite state failures on Marikana

Miners strike at Marikana in 2012. The Marikana commission found that Gen Riah Phiyega was untruthful. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Corporate leaders should proactively recalibrate their government relations and social stakeholder engagement strategy, write Richard Calland, Ian Farmer and Lawson Naidoo


Eskom signs R2.3bn credit deal with French agency


Parastatal, French funding agency sign credit facility agreement to finance Eskom’s distribution projects in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo

Retail & Consumer

I&J unveils new vessels as part of fleet upgrade

I&J’s new trawler “Ramoen” that will arrive in Cape Town in August 2015. Image courtesy of I&J

Subsidiary of JSE-listed AVI group is spending R500m on fishing vessel, freezer trawler, with investment creating 75 jobs in Western Cape

Transport & Tourism

Home affairs ‘slow’ with visa changes


World Travel and Tourism Council says key for government to communicate changes — in clear language — to all affected by revised visa rules

Financial Services

Cardless bank fraud soars as cloning drops


Online and telephone banking fraud soars to its highest level in 10 years and cost the industry millions in losses

Standard Bank

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