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Politics

Zuma takes the mickey out of Maimane

President Jacob Zuma responds to questions on his budget in Parliament on Wednesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

President mocks opposition in Parliament, performing imitation of DA leader, and saying incessant references to Nkandla ‘emphasise poverty of politics in opposition parties’

Economy

Bank still in a tightening cycle, says deputy governor Groepe

Reserve Bank deputy governor Francois Groepe. Picture: THE HERALD

Reserve Bank deputy governor Francois Groepe says bank in a rate-tightening cycle — implying interest rates will rise again

National

SA troubled but doing well, says Zuma

President Jacob Zuma delivers his budget vote speech in Parliament on Tuesday. Picture: GCIS/NTSWE MOKOENA

Opposition parties insist the economy is in tatters, jobs are being lost and the future looks bleak

Education

School admissions policy unchanged

university lecture hall education XXX   Picture: THINKSTOCK

In partial victory for school governing bodies, court orders that school candidates disclosure process must continue

Media & Advertising

Set-top boxes: e.tv tells court policy bars encryption ‘forever’

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Battle has potentially far-reaching implications for broadcasters such as e.tv and the SABC

Economy

Treasury to rethink planned electricity levy increase

Ismail Momoniat. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA

Eskom’s unexpected, and late, request for a huge tariff increase prompts Treasury to reconsider while the Carbon Tax Bill is due to be submitted to Cabinet

National

City of Johannesburg defends steep rates and services hikes

The Johannesburg CBD.  Picture: THE TIMES

Metro residents may face property rate rises of 6%, in line with the Reserve Bank’s inflation target range

Opinion

WEASEL WORD WATCH: Debate

A popular concept in SA’s democratic lexicon, the word ‘debate’ is abused and misunderstood

Opinion

If cruelty excites you, consider a council job

Ground-breaking case may stop councils looting and sweeping enterprising people off the streets

Jacob Zuma. Picture: KOPANO TLAPE

EDITORIAL: Do the right thing, Mr Zuma

It would be a grave error for President Jacob Zuma to underestimate how important handling the Marikana matter correctly could be to the country’s future

Transport & Tourism

Striking taxi drivers and owners bring Durban CBD to a standstill

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Commuters left stranded in Durban city centre as striking taxi drivers and owners erect barricades, attack vehicles and destroy property

Transport & Tourism

Sanral plans information sessions

Picture: SOWETAN

Certainty has been re-established on e-tolls, giving investors comfort, says Sanral

Energy

Nuclear not the full solution, former watchdog boss tells SA

Mohamed Elbaradei Picture: JAN POTGIETER/UJ

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei says nuclear is a clean form of energy, but there are major risks

National

SA’s urban population ‘growing larger and younger’

A view of the Johannesburg skyline.  Picture: THE TIMES

Nearly 80% of the country’s total population will be living in urban areas by 2050, says government report

National

Former District Six residents incensed at ‘foreigners’ renting houses

District Six/Woodstock. Picture: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS

Former District Six residents target beneficiaries of reparation homes on prime property who rent the units to foreigners

Labour

Pro-Vavi unions snub Cosatu meeting

Fawu general secretary Katishi Masemola says some unions do not want to be part of processes in Cosatu that do not include Numsa and Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Numsa wants its expulsion and that of Zwelinzima Vavi debated and hopes its members will reverse the decision

National

Use of force ‘unnecessary in combating xenophobia’

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: GCIS

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe says ensuring that every person in country is documented is way to address xenophobia

Labour

Peacemaking chief asks unions to be realistic in gold sector’s wage talks

Phathekile Holomisa (right). File picture: DAILY DISPATCH

Deputy Labour Minister Phathekile Holomisa says companies should also be more open, writes Natasha Marrian

National

Derby-Lewis’ lawyer calls for compassion in parole plea

Clive Derby-Lewis listens to questions during the Truth Commission hearing at Pretoria City Hall in 2012. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD

Lawyer for convicted killer of South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani calls on court to set example of compassion and ubuntu and grant him parole

Defence force members keep watch during a crime-prevention exercise in Mayfair, Johannesburg, last month.  Picture: SOWETAN

EDITORIAL: Heavy force under guise of security

It has become clear that Operation Fiela was not primarily intended to protect foreign shop-owners from xenophobic attacks

National

Department launches awards to ‘honour and recognise migrants’

Malusi Gigaba. Picture: Picture: SOWETAN FILE PHOTO/PETER MOGAKI

Awards are the latest attempt at creating an atmosphere of acceptance for migrants, weeks after a fresh wave of attacks on foreign migrants

National

City of Johannesburg budgets for R4bn for consultants

The Johannesburg CBD.  Picture: THE TIMES

City of Johannesburg to spend over R4bn in coming financial year on consultants and outsourcing of special expertise for delivery of services and projects

National

Irish trade mission coming to SA

Fred Klinkenberg. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charles Flanagan to lead four-day Irish trade mission to South Africa this week

Opinion

Corrosive emphasis on black victimhood

Black South Africans are buckling under the weight of stereotypes that threaten to be self-fulfilling

Opinion

Cities need a radical rethink on outdated zoning practices

The Johannesburg CBD.  Picture: THE TIMES

Our cities have the potential to be game-changing engines of job growth, but only with the right reforms

Science & Environment

Blotches in Cape sea ‘untreated sewage’

Picture: THINKSTOCK

City denials fail to convince some residents amid outcry over suspected untreated sewage in the sea near Clifton, Camps Bay and Hout Bay

Science & Environment

SA undecided on sale of rhino horn stockpile

A government committee is examining whether to propose legalisation of the trade in rhino horn. File picture: WEEKEND POST

Belief persists in some circles that flooding the market with legal horn will reduce prices and poaching

National

State pledges aid for Mandela Bay water plant

Water Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has promised state aid to complete the Nooitgedacht water scheme. File picture: PARLIAMENT

National government to give Mandela Bay Municipality R120m to fast-track expansion of the Nooitgedacht water scheme

Labour

Unions’ dispute may spur strike in sugar sector

Sugar cane. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Industrial action will compound the sugar industry’s woes at a time when it is yet to shake off the effects of a drought

Labour

Cosatu executives gather to plan special congress

Sdumo Dlamini. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Congress of South African Trade Union’s central executive committee meets to discuss preparations for special congress to be held in July amid divisions in organisation

National

Struggling Post Office like pilotless aircraft, says minister

Siyabonga Cwele. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele.says even though Post Office is on the mend, competent leadership is urgently needed to turn it around

Science & Environment

SA needs more funds for research to compete globally, says Pandor

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor. Picture: GCIS

Department of Science and Technology’s budget is too small to build economy and allow SA to compete on global stage‚ science minister Naledi Pandor tells Parliament

Politics

Maimane takes blue wavelet to Soweto

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane speaks to residents in Jabavu, Soweto, on Monday as he campaigns for next year’s election. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

In first public event in Soweto since his election as DA party leader Mmusi Maimane targets Eskom’s failures and e-tolls

National

City of Johannesburg budgets for R4bn for consultants

The Johannesburg CBD.  Picture: THE TIMES

City of Johannesburg to spend over R4bn in coming financial year on consultants and outsourcing of special expertise for delivery of services and projects

National

Former transport DG ‘deviated from department’s plan’

Transport director-general George Mahlalela talks to the media on the e-tolling that will be implemented before year end. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Former transport department director-general George Mahlalela currently under investigation for extending Prodiba’s contract to produce drivers’ licence cards

National

Legal adviser finds axing of SABC board members illegal

Parliamentary legal advisors Zuraya Adhikarie and Nathi Mjemxawa at the end of the session of the communications committee meeting regarding 3 SABC board members dismissed. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Parliament’s legal services office finds removal of three board members of troubled South African Broadcasting Corporation was not in line with Broadcasting Act

National

Marikana lawyer to ask court for timeframe for release of report

FORCE: Police stand guard over mine workers, who had been shot near the Nkaneng informal settlement on August 16 2012. Picture: ALON SKUY

Lawyer representing mine workers says he will approach courts to force President Jacob Zuma to announce when Farlam Commission of Inquiry report will be released

National

ANC to continue lobbying government to withhold MyCiti bus expansion funding

The roll-out of Cape Town’s MyCiTi bus service has not been without its problems. Now the city is implementing a ticket covering this and other modes of transport. File picture: SUNDAY TIMES

ANC is against the expansion until the party’s call for ‘genuine’ consultation with affected communities has been met

National

SA's drinking age may be raised

Alcohol.. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Government proposal published in the Government Gazette suggests that the minimum age for consuming alcohol be increased to 21 from 18

National

Soccer boss and mayor-elect Danny Jordaan sworn in as councillor

Danny Jordaan.  Picture: SOWETAN

Mayor-elect Danny Jordaan, Bicks Ndoni and Litho Suka sworn in as Nelson Mandela Bay councillors on Friday amid rumblings from opposition parties

Education

Our right to learn is under siege

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has, according to media reports,  said that ‘ensuring every student had every textbook by the first day of school amounts to a level of perfection that is not standard requirement from government’. Picture: GCIS

Government is behaving oddly about textbook saga, writes Kate Van Niekerk

Health

SA looks to Chinese model for government-owned medicine producer

Minister of Home Affairs Naledi Pandor. Picture: GCIS

Government remains commitment to state-owned pharmaceutical company and will emulate China’s approach of earmarking a share of state contracts for such businesses

Health

MPs grill commission on ‘sanitised’ health services report

Democratic Alliance trade and industry spokesman Wilmot James. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO

Public Service Commission commissioner delivers modified version of reports on serious shortcomings at clinics and hospitals in Free State, Western Cape, North West and Limpopo

Opinion

Post office, Telkom, Eskom becoming obsolete

Debate about privatising parts of Eskom may be overtaken by events and the choices of thousands of individual consumers

Opinion

Protecting or targeting migrants?

Defence force members keep watch during a crime-prevention exercise in Mayfair, Johannesburg, last month.  Picture: SOWETAN

Operation Fiela has given rise to growing concern

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