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IMF slashes SA’s growth outlook for 2015

International Monetary Fund slashes economic growth forecast for SA, citing electricity load shedding and other supply bottlenecks among reasons for revision


NEWS ANALYSIS: DA leaves door open to coalition with EFF in 2016

Mmusi Maimane.  Picture: SOWETAN

Maimane says coalition will be considered if necessary after next year’s local government elections


Not practical for Hartebeespoort to fall under Gauteng, says DA

Hartbeespoort Dam is shown in this June 2008 file photo.  Picture: THE TIMES

Democratic Alliance dismisses as impractical a call by Hartbeespoort ratepayers’ association for popular tourist town to fall under Gauteng, instead of North West


Task team to make recommendations on financial aid for students

Stellenbosch University. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Joint task team to make recommendations by end of year on short-term measures to boost financial aid to poor students, President Jacob Zuma announces

Law & Constitution

Two more judges for Labour Court


It remains to be seen whether increase of only two judges will suffice to ease pressure of crippling workload in Labour Court


Pistorius ordered to undergo psychotherapy

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday. Picture: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS

Review panel decides that earlier decision by parole board to allow athlete out on house arrest was ‘premature’; case referred for reconsideration


Noah must nail political colours to the mast

South African comedian Trevor Noah should not sit on fence any longer — we need him to cut through perplexing, self-defeating nature of politics and lighten our load, writes Nomalanga Mkhize


The DA’s ANC moment

Judgment against tyrannical king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo exposes the Democratic Alliance’s craven self-interest and gutless expedience

The defaced statue of Paul Kruger in Pretoria’s Church Square on Monday. Picture: SIPHO MASOMBUKA

Kruger statue in Pretoria defaced again

Latest vandalism to Paul Kruger statue in Church Square thought to be timed for erstwhile political leader’s birthday on October 10


Tackle corruption Chinese-style to build trust in SA, says Manuel

Trevor Manuel. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Former finance chief Trevor Manuel says South Africa lacks concerted, unified leadership to champion existing economic progammes


Court rules Department of Labour registrar be reinstated

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD

Department of Labour registrar Johan Crouse free to return to post after defying labour minister over Cosatu-aligned union

Law & Constitution

Black counsel are loath to act, Judge Mlambo says

Gauteng judge president puzzled by low number of black women coming forward to act in High Court despite invitations and career prospects


DA to go to court if ANC persists with proposal to adjust provincial borders

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

DA says it will approach Constitutional Court should ANC proceed with proposal to slash number of provinces from nine to six to ‘improve service delivery’


SA government asks ICC for more time to explain why it did not arrest Bashir

Sudanese president Omar al- Bashir at the African Union summit in Johannesburg in June. He narrowly escaped arrest, fleeing SA as the High Court was hearing his case. Picture: THE TIMES

Department says SA has approached International Criminal Court for more time to respond ‘in view of complex, conflicting legal principles involved’


Switch to renewables can benefit municipalities

Picture: REUTERS

Municipalities urged to be more creative in diversifying revenue, such as hire purchase agreements for rooftop solar panels for households

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

Auditor-general’s role demystified

Key for those charged with governance to act on deviations, writes Kimi Makwetu

Opinion & Analysis

Britain’s nuclear folly a lesson for SA

Britain's Sizewell B nuclear power plant in Southwold, Suffolk. The reactor is expected to operate until 2055. Picture: REUTERS/RUSSELL BOYCE

Politics and special interests drove the UK’s flawed and heavily biased decision-making process to nuclear, writes Nick Segal

Land & Agriculture

Minister Senzeni Zokwana tries to pour oil on troubled waters

Gansbaai harbour. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana says black ownership profile raised in fishing rights process but communities should not worry

Transport & Tourism

Rare plaudits for Sanral ahead of bond auction


Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu says new e-toll dispensation has removed uncertainty over tolling


UNEMBARGOED: Saving the ANC will take drastic measures

The ANC, an organisation that sees itself as an organism, is a shadow of its former self


ANC and thuggery have some of our universities on the run

Universities under siege by ruling party bent on capturing ‘centres of power’ too weak or supine to resist, as well as from student thuggery

African News

Latest report reveals stalled progress of African governance


Ibrahim index gives assessment of safety and rule of law; participation, human rights; sustainable economic opportunity; human development


NEWS ANALYSIS: Bashir issue shows shift in SA’s priorities

Under former president Thabo Mbeki, the government and the ruling party supported the Rome Statute.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Betrayal of Rome Statute leaves late Nelson Mandela’s ideal of foreign policy based on human rights in tatters, writes Wyndham Hartley

Law & Constitution

Tight contest for six Gauteng high court posts


Gauteng division SA’s busiest and gets the lion’s share of big commercial and high-profile administrative law cases


Damning report puts SARS spy unit in spotlight again

Pravin Gordhan.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

KPMG report recommends that former finance minister Pravin Gordhan should face a probe into whether he knew of the rogue unit


30,000 NUM members to down tools


Over 30,000 members of the National Union of Mineworkers in the coal sector will down tools on Sunday evening


SAHRC gives Eastern Cape department emergency services deadline

The interior of this ambulance can vary from the basic essentials to full intensive care equipment.  Picture: QUICKPIC

South African Human Rights Commission gives department of health six months to report back to rights body on what it has done to improve medical services in province


Khoisan reclaim roots and rights

Tania Kleinhans-Cedras, secretary-general of the Institute for the Restoration of the Aborigine of SA, says the Khoisan must be constitutionally recognised as a sovereign nation. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Khoisan nationalism movement aims to make its voice heard to claim large swathes of land, writes Bekezela Phakathi


Race is open for DA’s Johannesburg mayoral candidate

 Athol Trollip. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH

While no names have been announced officially yet, various DA sources indicate four possible contenders for mayor of major municipality

Law & Constitution

Malema’s turn to quiz magistrate

Julius Malema. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Tables turn as magistrate who ruled Julius Malema guilty of hate speech faces questioning by firebrand EFF leader


Crippling strike at Ceres continues


No end in sight for strike at one of SA’s biggest apple and pear packaging and storage companies that threatens fruit exports to Europe

Law & Constitution

NEWS ANALYSIS: Strong female contenders for seat on Johannesburg High Court


Worst-performing High Court divisions on gender are Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, writes Franny Rabkin


Communities to screen ANC poll hopefuls

ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte says election candidates must resonate with their communities and must be known among community members. Picture: DAYLIN PAUL

New grass-roots selection process part of more stringent guidelines for branch structures to follow before choosing representatives


From Hitachi deal with arm of ANC to power cuts


Hitachi’s $19m settlement with US Securities and Exchange Commission provides insight into how company became crucial supplier to SA’s power plants


Madonsela wants in on Nkandla court fight

Thuli Madonsela. Picure: TREVOR SAMSON

Thuli Madonsela has asked the Constitutional Court to admit her as a respondent in the matter of public money being used on President Zuma’s private residence


Gold producers strike deal with unions, but Sibanye refuses to sign


Harmony Gold, AngloGold Ashanti and Evander strike deal with three of four unions in sector, for increases of 10% to 13% on basic salary for three years


NUM accepts latest wage offer in gold sector

Members of the National Union of Mineworkers at the 15th national congress in Boksburg. PICTURE: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Sector’s biggest union and two smaller unions accept companies’ most recent offers, but it is unclear whether Amcu, with 30% representation, will follow suit


Violent crime still defines Khayelitsha

SEEING IS BELIEVING:  Police officials visit Khayelitsha last year. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Khayelitsha commission report on community torn up by violence gathers dust, writes Bekezela Phakathi


Health department mulls new HIV treatment protocols


Body recommends patients start treatment as soon as they are diagnosed with HIV, rather than waiting until their immune systems weaken

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


ON THE WATER: We can all see through transparent party punt

Anglo American Platinum chairman Valli Moosa’s expedient call for transparent party-political funding a classic straw man fallacy


Teaching men how to unlearn violent behaviour


Men’s violence is a near universal phenomenon, but SA has one of the highest incidences of intimate partner violence in the world

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