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DA’s James throws his hat into the ring for top job

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

Democratic Alliance MPs pleased change of leadership will be ‘race, not coronation’ as stalwart Wilmot James goes up against parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane


State revises wage offer for public servants

Nathi Mthethwa.  Picture: GCIS

Government revises wage offer to public servants, but it is still far from trade union demands of 10% cost of living increase


Police draw flak over unresolved attacks on foreigners in Alexandra

Maggie Sotyu.  Picture: THE HERALD

Deputy police minister, other police leaders field criticism from township residents regarding unresolved attacks, indifference toward victims

Transport & Tourism

Suspended SAA CEO resigns

Monwabisi Kalawe.  Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

South African Airways says Monwabisi Kalawe has terminated his contract with national carrier, he will also step down as director


Medical watchdog head Monwabisi Gantsho may settle

Monwabisi Gantsho.  Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

After year of suspension, inquiry into Council for Medical Schemes registrar Monwabisi Gantsho may not happen


Position of IEC chairman ‘remains vacant’

Vuma Mashinini.  Picture: THE TIMES

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj says chairmanship of Electoral Commission of SA has not been determined, stresses Vuma Mashinini is ordinary commissioner


DA delegates left in the dark on policy

Democratic Alliance supporters.  Picture: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS

Democratic Alliance members have not yet been sent discussion documents on the party’s policies ahead of national congress


Hlaudi Motsoeneng digs in after High Court ruling

SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng leaves the Western Cape High Court on Thursday. Picture: ESA ALEXANDER/THE TIMES

Judge upholds a DA application that the SABC immediately suspend controversial SABC head Hlaudi Motsoeneng pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing


A host of hidden dangers to naming and renaming

The rash naming of places could have serious economic costs in the future if we are not careful


EDITORIAL: Tackle root causes of xenophobia

Children eat a meal provided by members of the community in Isipingo, south of Durban. Several hundred foreign nationals have sought refuge in the tents after xenophobia driven violence forced them to flee their homes and businesses. Picture: REUTERS/ROGAN WARD

Problem stems from a refusal to acknowledge the extent of the influx of foreigners and from the failure to address structural unemployment

At Thursday’s march against xenophobia, key leaders from the coalition of faith-based organisations, trade unions, NGOs and corporate SA spoke out against xenophobia alongside people directly affected by the violence. Picture: MOELETSI MABE/THE TIMES

NEWS ANALYSIS: Government response to xenophobia too little, too late

Ministers quick to blame the media for fanning xenophobic flames, but not once have they mentioned the state’s failures nor a plan to deal decisively with rising poverty, inequality and unemployment


Leadership battle will be bruising

Mmusi Maimane.  Picture: SOWETAN

Race to capture the heart of the DA and key positions within the party is for the first time dominated by black candidates


NEWS ANALYSIS: Selfe clears the way for Maimane and rivals claim return of the ‘Leon group’

Democratic Alliance federal executive chairman James Selfe. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Former DA leader Tony Leon says the coming term simultaneously presents a huge opportunity for the next leader while being fraught with danger


March against xenophobia allots blame

Demonstrators carry placards during a march against xenophobia in Johannesburg on Thursday. Picture:REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS

Leaders sign pledges and call for an end to crippling joblessness, ‘exploitative’ big business, and unfair labour systems that fuelled the fury


Strife-torn North West village becomes hunting ground for EFF

Children draw water from a borehole in Ledig village in Rustenburg, North West. Picture: SOWETAN/SUNDAY WORLD

Economic Freedom Fighters muscles in to platinum-rich Ledig outside Rustenburg as African National Congress battles to restore order


Unions claim state is pushing SA to crisis

Unions march through the streets of Pretoria. Picture: Dominic Skelton

Failure to reach an agreement may see the state implement its offer after electronically balloting employees


Cape leader De Lille comfortable in dual role

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille arrives at Parliament on Thursday for President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Patricia de Lille backs Mmusi Maimane, lending key support from the Western Cape


Activists want Cape Town to spend more on toilets

A woman inspects a newly installed enclosed toilet in Makhaza, Cape Town, in 2011. Picture: THE TIMES

Lobby group calls on the Cape Town city council to spend more money on flush toilets in poor communities

Transport & Tourism

Xenophobic attacks ‘chase away foreign visitors’

Smoke rises from a burning vehicle as South Africans stand in the morning light after they attacked and burned vehicles and buildings in the area following another night of xenophobic related violence in downtown, Johannesburg.  Five people have been killed nationally during recent xenophobia attacks that started in the port city of Durban. Picture:  EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

South African National Parks says there have been booking cancellations from neighbouring countries in wake of recent xenophobic violence


Unionists gather to march against state’s public sector wage offer

Unions march through the streets of Pretoria. Picture: Dominic Skelton

Busloads of unionists begin gathering in Marabastad‚ Pretoria‚ to march to Department of Finance and Public Services and Treasury in protest against wage offer


Nene says he has his finger on the pulse at SARS

Finance Minister puts faith in retired Judge Frank Kroon who provides guidance on matters such as personnel, budget and technology

Trade & Industry

Wesgro intent on helping Cape Town take advantage of opportunities in Angola

Western Cape’s official trade promotion agency will be leading delegation to Angola, with view to growing tourism, trade and investment as part of focus on Angolan market


Gigaba to thank Kagiso residents for ‘portraying SA in a positive light’

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

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba will visit township where residents prevented foreign-owned shops from being looted

Transport & Tourism

Talks could end SAA’s court battle with CEO

Monwabisi Kalawe.  Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

Over the past six years four CEOs and one acting CEO have left state-owned South African Airways


EDITORIAL: Risks to internal army deployment

Bongiwe Zulu. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Calling in the army sends a strong message — but also flags government’s loss of faith in the police


EDITORIAL: The imbizo: too little, too late

Traditional leaders and Zulu warriors attend an imbizo called by King Goodwill Zwelithini on Monday.  Picture:  NCE MKHIZE

Intervention might not have become necessary had King Goodwill Zwelithini chosen his words more carefully


THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Is a Cape Flats activist our best hope?

The only way to address xenophobia is to devise an entry system for migrants that is tough, fair, easy, transparent and humane, writes Peter Bruce


MPs sent home to face violence

Foreign nationals and members of various South African civil society groups march against xenophobia in Cape Town on Wednesday. Picture: EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Politicians, as leaders in their constituencies, have to be on the ground to help deal with the situation, say party whips


Tension high in Durban camps

eThekwini municipality mayor James Nxumalo speaks to ANC delegates after being elected the region’s chairman at the weekend, at the International Convention Centre in Durban. He beat Zandile Gumede to the post. Picture: RAJESH JANTILAL

Malawians at Westcliff train station camp in Chatsworth refuse to eat and demand to see their high commissioner


Auditor-general sues Makana Municipality for outstanding audit fees


Kimi Makwetu is suing beleaguered and broke municipality for about R10m in outstanding audit fees, with municipality filing notice to defend matter


Call for ‘offensive’ statues to move to theme parks

A statue of Cecil John Rhodes is prepared for removal at the University of Cape Town on Thursday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Following furore over ‘inappropriate’ colonial and apartheid-era statues, SA looking at relocating them to historical theme parks


DA accuses Dipuo Peters of protecting head of RAF

Road Accident Fund CEO Eugene Watson. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Democratic Alliance says Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters is ‘clearly protecting’ Road Accident Fund CEO without considering evidence party has provided


Listless growth fuels frustrated attacks on foreigners, says Mkhize

ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Notion that xenophobic attacks are fuelled by South Africans frustrated at foreigners taking their jobs is flawed


Police minister to decide fate of Ipid chief

Nathi Nhleko. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate head Robert McBride’s fate to be decided by minister of police, committee told


Public sector demand will bust budget by R50bn

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Senior government official warns 10% increase will ‘drastically skew wage bill’


Compliant hostel residents appear to have little to hide during raid

Police search local residents during a raid on a hostel in Johannesburg's Alexandra township. Picture: REUTERS

Police search for unlicensed weapons, drugs, goods believed to be stolen during uneventful raid on Madala Hostel in Alexandra township


CCMA finds in favour of asylum seeker in job ruling

Nerine Kahn. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Labour Relations Act protects foreign nationals' right to legal employment in SA. Employers who think otherwise are victimising foreigners, says CCMA


SA companies in Africa warn of adverse effects of attacks

Foreign nationals and members of various South African civil society groups march against xenophobia in Cape Town on Wednesday. Picture: EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Finance minister says companies operating across the continent warn of long-term damage of the xenophobic attacks


Embattled SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng suspended

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

Cape Town High Court orders South African Broadcasting Corporation to institute disciplinary action against Hlaudi Motsoeneng


Numsa blames ANC for xenophobic violence

Irvin Jim. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

National Union of Metalworkers says failure of government to implement Freedom Charter, make transform economy is at heart of attacks


Molefe aims to end blackouts by year end

Eskom acting CEO Brian Molefe addresses the portfolio committee on public enterprises in Parliament on Wednesday. He told MPs the country’s electricity predicament had been overstated. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

While African National Congress MPs praised Mr Molefe’s optimism, opposition MPs made it clear they did not buy his positive story


European heritage symbolises the oppression of Africans

An AfriForum protester hangs a sign on the partially defaced statue of Louis Botha outside Parliament, Cape Town, on Thursday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Europeans should forswear writing unsubstantiated stories and distorted, falsified history of Africa


ON THE WATER: A flyfisher’s struggle with mud, race war

Had we squabbled over the folly of going beyond that ugly little monument ... only ruin would have followed us off that mountain

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