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The Sunday Times's weekly Business Times section. A selection of this content is also featured in various sections of BDlive
Brian Molefe.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Molefe given SA's worst job

Brian Molefe has stepped into the country's hottest seat after Lynne Brown named him acting CEO of Eskom. His first priority: get runaway load-shedding under control

Business Times

Xenophobia hits MTN, Sasol square on

Lagos, Nigeria. Picture: EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

Officials of Nigerian government hands memorandum to SA, demanding that South Africa take swift action against the attackers — or else South African business in Nigeria would be shut down, say reports

Business Times

Please Call Me inventor says Vodacom not off the hook

Nkosana Makate. Picture: SOWETAN

Nkosana Makate, inventor of 'Please Call Me' SMS service, just won't give up. Former Vodacom employee files papers in the Constitutional Court in yet another bid to force the cellular giant to pay for 'stealing' his idea

Business Times

Sanlam's Van Zyl mum on big idea

Johan van Zyl. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

It looks as if Johan van Zyl, outgoing CEO of Sanlam who is credited with turning around what was a lumbering Afrikaans insurance giant back in 2003, may team up with his family in a new business venture

Business Times

State oil plans 'will put SA on slippery slope'

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Fuel industry body warns that new facility will undercut local viability and harm SA in the long term, writes Chris Barron

Business Times

THE CHATTER: Europe's woes given the confetti treatment

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A few weeks ago, the European Central Bank began a bond-buying programme intended to stimulate the economy and to last at least 18 months — Europe's own version of quantitative easing

Business Times

R100bn splurge on share buybacks

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SA firms are major players in the global buyback mania, which, some say, is fed by executive greed

Business Times

A win-win scheme for CEOs and shareholders

Picture: MICHAEL ETTERSHANK

One compelling reason why shareholders back share repurchases is that they generally lead to a share price increase

Business Times

More disclosure needed from JSE-listed firms

Picture: MICHAEL ETTERSHANK

We all know about the repurchasing activity of big dual-listed entities because they are required by the London Stock Exchange to disclose their repurchases on a daily basis

Business Times

Telkom maintenance at risk in fleet dispute

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Telkom is at the mercy of the North Gauteng High Court, which will decide whether the state-controlled company must hand back 6 000 vans it has been leasing from Daimler Fleet Management

Business Times

Private-equity poster child Brait beefs up at the gym

Customers take a break at Virgin Active's Soweto gym. Picture: THE TIMES

A Sizeable war chest from the sale of Pepkor enabled investment company Brait to clinch a last-minute deal to buy 80% of the Virgin Active health club chain for R12.2-billion

Business Times

Land claim puts brake on innovative energy plant

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A KWAZULU-Natal sugar-cane farmer's grand plan to build an R800-million renewable energy plant on his farm could be thwarted by a massive land claim that could swallow the entire earmarked property

Business Times

Sun Air's sudden departure haunts embattled SAA

SAA. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ALON SKUY

SAA faces R1-billion damages claim from Johannesburg businessman Robert Watson for allegedly orchestrating the failure of rival airline Sun Air in 1999 and misleading shareholders

Business Times

A plunge from Cadiz into icy territory

File image of Ram Barkai. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL/HETTY ZANTMAN

New beginnings can be daunting, but few can match the tale former Cadiz Holdings CEO Ram Barkai has to tell

Business Times

STOCK TALK: Amplats had the heft to keep lid on board battles

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It looks as if we missed a humdinger of a boardroom battle at Amplat) a few years ago if last week's account by former CEO Neville Nicolau is anything to go by

Business Times

The cost of companies' efforts to avoid paying tax

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Shifting profits to low-tax jurisdictions not only erodes SA's tax base, it erodes the base for paying living wages to employees and the base for creating value for BEE partners

Business Times

'Global calamity' if Fed hikes rates rapidly

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US poised to raise rates much more sharply than markets expect, risking a potential storm for global asset prices and a dollar shock for much of the developing world, says IMF

Business Times

Investors say they may blacklist hacked firms

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Less than half of company boards are thought to have skills needed to manage the rising threat of cyber attacks, says a survey. Four of five respondents suggest they may blacklist those that have been hacked

Business Times

Pink diamond, Burmese ruby to star

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Sotheby's to auction off extremely rare and historically important pink diamond and an equally exceptional Burmese ruby, hoping to get up to R216-million for each

Opinion

SIGN POST: Being different is what will make Huawei a success

As Samsung and Apple fight a marketing and innovation war for leadership in the consumer device market, it's easy to imagine it's all about the technology

Opinion

RANTS AND SENSE: Move to curb the churn behind battle for brokers

Picture: THE NEW YORK TIMES/TONY CENICOLA

Being manipulated to take a particular editorial stance is one of the perils of the job. At the same time, industry sources can be helpful when it comes to identifying whether this week's corporate high-flyer could be next week's Bernie Madoff

Opinion

Crisis at parastatals is a golden chance for change

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In the world of business, it can be very challenging to overcome fear. Too often the response to uncertainty is a knee-jerk reaction to fix the problem, patch up the hole, fire the scapegoat

Opinion

Court bid by e.tv could delay digital migration

Just as SA's broadcasting digital migration project looked to be making solid progress, one of the protagonists in the long-running war over the encryption of TV signals is unleashing its lawyers

Opinion

Maximising value all the way to zero

Picture: THINKSTOCK

It is becoming increasingly evident that if we don't stop paying our executives as if there's no tomorrow, there might be no tomorrow

Opinion

THE LAST WORD: Eskom fluffs its lines as bosses lose the plot

With a power grid that lost 45% of its available capacity on Tuesday, Eskom seems to have stopped bothering trying to communicate

Business Times

HOW TO... Get a promotion

MOST companies are keen to develop and promote those employees who have proved themselves, rather than looking outside the organisation.

Business Times

MY BRILLIANT CAREER: Relating to people puts the fizz in his hard-working life

PEOPLE PERSON: Hugh Wilson knew a friend who knew an MD.

Hugh Wilson is the general manager and commercial director of home sparkling-water maker SodaStream South Africa. He tells Margaret Harris that, as a child, he wanted to be a professional golfer

Business Times

FAME & FORTUNE: Tips on fashioning a top career

CRAFT: Khothatso Tsotetsi, who is the power behind Tsotetsi KL Designs, learns from any criticism that comes his way.  Picture: Courtesy of KHOTHATSO TSOTETSI

Khothatso Tsotetsi, the force behind the fashion house Tsotetsi KL Designs, talks to Thekiso Anthony Lefifi about the financial challenges facing the fashion industry, being compared with European designers and how he spends his money

Business Times

STRANGE BUT TRUE... Curtain falls for parents behaving badly

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An independent cinema has cancels its baby screenings due to the ‘difficult’ nature of its clientele

Business Times

Marriage made in fast-food heaven

Burger King has paid all expenses for the wedding of American couple Joel Burger, 24, and Ashley King, 23

Business Times

Smartwatch preview heralds witching hour for Apple

A customer leans over to view a selection of Apple Watches in Palo Alto, California, on Friday.  Picture: REUTERS

Consumers flocked to Apple's stores around the world to get the first close look at the tech giant's smartwatch, which it expects will be its next runaway hit

Business Times

Pearl Thusi: Addicted to watching her money multiply

Pearl Thusi. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/WALDO SWIEGERS

TV and radio presenter, actress and modeling agency owner Pearl Thusi, 26, tells Asha Speckman about being enterprising and her penchant for fast cars and property

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