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Six classrooms in North West school torched in alleged political violence

SENSITIVE: Mphagane Junior Primary School in Vuwani was set alight. Pictures: TREVOR SAMSON

A North West education department spokesperson says disruptions began at the school on Tuesday, and there had been no lessons since then


Books of ballot papers stolen in Soweto


Any ballot papers recovered will be ‘quarantined’ and contingency measures are in place to replace them at the voting stations affected


Refill your petrol tanks as normal, petrol association urges motorists

A worker at state-owned Pertamina, the country's main retailer of subsidised fuel, fills a vehicle at a petrol station in Jakarta. Picture: REUTERS

On the second day of Ceppwawu’s strike in the petroleum industry, fuel stations in various spots across SA were already running dry


Karima Brown quits Independent Media

Professor Tawana Kupe speaking to  Karima Brown. Picture: ALIX CARMICHELE.

Chief content officer Brown, who previously was political editor at Business Day, said in a statement that she had resigned for personal reasons


Come August 3, South Africans will pay almost R1 less for a litre of petrol


The drop in fuel prices is due mainly to a firmer rand against the dollar, while oil prices have remained stable


Goodman Gallery did not reject polemic painting by Iven Amali, it says

The Goodman Gallery in Rosebank. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO/THE TIMES

The owner of the painting, Kenny Kunene, says Amali told him ‘a white lady at the gallery’ told him it was disgusting and the gallery was not interested


Photos of apparent rife and bomb belt found on Thulsie twins’ devices

Relatives of terror-accused twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie leave the Magistrate Court after their bail application was postponed, in Johannesburg on Monday.  Picture: AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN

The photographs were submitted in court on Friday, and also included images of public executions conducted by Islamic State, police say


‘Sputla’ Ramokgopa bids farewell as Pretoria’s first citizen

Kgosientso Ramokgopa.   Picture: SOWETAN

Soon-to-be former Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa thanks the ANC for appointing him as a ‘young fellow’ to take the helm of the capital


Eskom wages strike will ‘damage business’, union threatens

The government’s response to Eskom’s bullying has been startling. Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown have said absolutely nothing. Picture: REUTERS

The National Union of Mineworkers, which represents 16,000 workers at Eskom, is threatening to strike from August 8


Strike not severe enough ‘to change motorists refilling patterns’

A worker at state-owned Pertamina, the country's main retailer of subsidised fuel, fills a vehicle at a petrol station in Jakarta. Picture: REUTERS

South African Petroleum Industry Association says there is no need to panic despite disruptions caused by strike in petrochemical sector


Will the flip of a coin decide who runs your council?

Picture: THE TIMES

The August 3 elections are expected to be closely contested, which means a ‘game of chance’ may be used to decide who should be an office bearer


Hlaudi’s hellish future apes fellow spin doctors

If this is true, Motsoeneng was appointed because his dad is or was Number One’s personal druid


Little kings rule alike in splendid, quiet towers

Despite the apparent parallels, Hlaudi Motsoeneng is reportedly outraged that critics have likened him to Max Price


What is behind the ANC’s displays of odd behaviour?

The unfolding drama in our body politic is a clear indication that the organisation that dominates it is in serious decline


Thulsie twins dispute police evidence ‘linking’ them to terror plot

Brandon-Lee Thulsie and Tony-Lee Thulsie pose for a photograph that they shared on Facebook.

They claim their arrests and detentions are unlawful as the police who took them into custody did not have warrants for their arrest


ANC worst hit in political violence ahead of municipal polls

Nathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS/SIYABULELA DUDA

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko set up a task team to probe the political killings, which the ANC says has claimed 13 ANC members’ lives in KwaZulu-Natal alone


‘Toilet wars’ not the hot topic it was in the 2011 elections

Residents of Khayelitsha stand at an outdoor toilet. Picture: THE TIMES

This may be because StatsSA data show the proportion of households with no access to any type of toilet facility has almost halved since 2011


Commercial caterers down tools over wages


They want an across the board increase of R600 per month, a minimum wage of R4‚500 per month, and a new commission structure for sales staff

Science & Environment

Kruger National Park ranger caught poaching rhino

Picture: REUTERS

The regional park ranger was arrested with a veterinarian technician in the Department of Agricultural and Forestry’s animal health directorate at Skukuza


More voters than ever before set to make their mark in municipal polls

More than 63,000 candidates are competing for councillor positions, while 204 parties are contesting the elections


Marius Fransman to face disciplinary charges for tarnishing ANC’s image

RADICAL: Commentators say ANC provincial leader Marius Fransman may prove to be the DA’s ‘secret weapon’ in the elections. Picture: THE TIMES

The ANC integrity commission says in its report into Fransman’s conduct that sexual harassment allegations against him are ‘more likely to be true‚ than not’


Chemical workers’ strike spreads to drug sector


About 8,000 Ceppwawu members in the pharmaceutical sector have joined their colleagues in the fuel sector


Parties push hard for votes in key metro of Nelson Mandela Bay Metro

DOOR TO DOOR:  DA leader Mmusi Maimane campaigning in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, on Thursday. Picture: BEKEZELA PHAKATHI

The ANC and DA bring out the big guns in closely contested Nelson Mandela Bay Metro


Vote against ANC corruption, Malema tells rally

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses supporters in Etwatwa, near Benoni, on Wednesday. Picture:  REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

EFF leader Julius Malema hammers home the message the ANC has betrayed voters


Kenny Kunene has naked Zille and Maimane in his bedroom

Kenny Kunene. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

The businessman explains why he bought Iven Amali's painting of naked DA leaders but not Ayanda Mabulu's paintings of Jacob Zuma

Law & Constitution

Land rights act is entirely invalid, Constitutional Court judges declare


The court says provinces gave out notices just days before hearings on the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act‚ and many of those affected were excluded


DA ‘going for the win, not playing for penalties’

DA leader Mmusi Maimane on the campaig trail. Picture: THE HERALD

Many observers believe DA has good chance of unseating ANC in NMB, and perhaps running municipality as part of coalition


Deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga fails to tell panel of Wits axing

Kevin Malunga. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Public Protector hopeful Kevin Malunga evades full disclosure in answers to parliamentary committee deciding who will replace Thuli Madonsela


Marius Fransman drops legal battle with ANC

Marius Fransman. Picture: GCIS

Fransman, accused of sexual harassment, says he never wanted to go to court but had no choice, and will now study the integrity commission’s report


‘Dictatorial SABC’ using technicality to keep Vuyo Mvoko off air, SACP says

Hlaudi Motsoeneng.   Picture: SOWETAN

Talks between the SABC and Mvoko broke down on Thursday when he refused to retract his public criticism of the lack of editorial independence at the SABC


ANC will keep all of its 10 municipalities in Gauteng, Paul Mashatile says

Paul Mashatile,left, and David Makhura.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Gauteng ANC chair Mashatile says claims the ANC will ‘steal’ votes are just an excuse by political parties that know they will not win the elections


Pravin Gordhan sounds a warning on state-owned enterprises

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: THE TIMES

To avoid a downgrade, SA needs to instil greater confidence that entities with R500bn in government guarantees are being properly run, the finance minister says


UCT’s Sports Injury Clinic helps patients unable to afford rehab

Groote Schuur Hospital. Picture: WIKI COMMONS

Dr Jeroen Swart and Dr Caroline Dalton will provide clinical sports medicine services to the public one day a week at Groote Schuur’s orthopaedic outpatient clinic


Danny Jordaan: Nelson Mandela Bay metro could become investment hub

Danny Jordaan.  Picture: SOWETAN

The metro’s mayor says R30bn in job-creating investment flowed in over the past year and there’s more the pipeline


Makhura’s new broom battles to sweep clean

ACTION MAN:  Gauteng Premier David Makhura has started a pilot programme to open tender adjudication to public scrutiny; has made surprise calls on public servants, to check attendance at work; and has set up a ‘service delivery war room’ to collect data on basic services in communities and to monitor progress. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Gauteng premier David Makhura has made progress, but provincial sphere cannot greatly influence jobs and safety, writes Carol Paton


The ANC and DA battle for the past

Political parties’ obsessive claims on the past for legitimacy martyrs collective suffering and deprives SA of a vision for the future


‘Rhino war’ a colonial narrative of violence

The 'rhino wars' come at the confluence of a series of global and local racist and xenophobic narratives that seek to legitimise the erasure of human life

Election posters on a pole in Tlokwe municipality ahead of the August 3 local government elections. Picture: SOWETAN

WATCH: Is the ANC destined to become a rural party?

Dumisani Hlophe says if the ANC loses the main metros, it will be a big blow to the party as ‘to exact real political power, you need to have control of the metros’


Community groups threaten political parties’ voter base


The rise of community-backed independent candidates poses a real threat to political parties in the August poll


Fears over dry fuel pumps as strike continues


The core issues are the petrochemical sector employers want to avoid annual wage talks and contain their wage bills


Charles Standers should have been fired long ago, DA’s Mmusi Maimane says

Mmusi Maimane. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Former George mayor Standers was due to face an internal disciplinary hearing relating to complaints of poor leadership from the party’s caucus there


Two suspects are arrested for theft from naval base

POWER: A submarine is docked at the South African  naval   base  in  Simon’s Town for the annual South African Navy Festival in 2012. Picture: ANTONIO MUCHAVE/SOWETAN

Weaponry theft puts spotlight on security at military installations with many observers asking how it could be possible to breach security

Financial Services

Prolonged petrol industry strike would affect banks, but they have a plan B

The combined fuel levies will add R4.43 to the price of a litre of fuel. Picture: THE TIMES

Banks and other firms that receive goods have fuel depots where they store fuel to help them when there are supply changes, the Banking Association of SA says


It remains to be seen whether Parliament should move to Pretoria

HUNDREDS OF COMMENTS: The informally named twin peaks bill will go back to Parliament in August. Organisations representing the banks and savers have already expressed their views on the bill. Picture: THE TIMES

Parliament invites bids from those interested in conducting feasibility study on viability of its relocation to Pretoria


Faith Muthambi denies there's censorship at SABC

Faith Muthambi. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Communications minister accuses commercial media of writing negatively about the government and feeding propaganda to the public


Taxi drivers to earn a minimum of R3,218.57 a month from August

Noord Street taxi rank in Johannesburg is part of a much larger system that has democratised the movement of people. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/ERIC MALEMA

The Department of Labour has lifted minimum wages for the taxi sector an average of 6.2% from the beginning of August

Financial Services

Weather leads to spike in short-term insurance claims

Phumulani Mall in Tembisa, northeast of Johannesburg, was  struck by a tornado on Tuesday, causing damage to part of the shopping centre’s roof and to vehicles parked outside. Gauteng  continued to be affected by extreme   weather for a second day on Tuesday. Picture: ER24

All insurers see a sharp rise in claims for July amid severe weather, including tornadoes in Tembisa

Science & Environment

Fix the environment now as later is too late, aquatic ecologist Jackie King says

Jean Brundrit’s exhibition, No Place, deals with oceanic themes. One of the seascapes in the exhibition. Picture: SUPPLIED

It costs much more to fix something in the environment than it does to take care of it in the first place, and some things are not fixable, King says


AfriForum to carry on its fight for Afrikaans at Unisa

PROTEST: Students demonstrate in support of the retention of Afrikaans as the primary medium of instruction outside the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield campus in February. Picture: THE TIMES

The High Court in Pretoria dismisses AfriForum’s challenge of Unisa’s plans to dispense with Afrikaans as a medium of instruction, but only on the grounds of urgency


Terror suspect’s wife Aadila Alben says police ‘degraded’ mother-in-law

Relatives of terror-accused twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie leave the Magistrate Court after their bail application was postponed, in Johannesburg on Monday.  Picture: AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN

Tony-Lee Thulsie’s wife says officers also disrespected the Koran on the day her husband and brother-in-law Brandon-Lee Thulsie were arrested


Thulsie brothers’ police documents signed in ‘climate of fear’, wife says

Relatives of terror-accused twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie leave the Magistrate Court after their bail application was postponed, in Johannesburg on Monday.  Picture: AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN

On Thursday, the case against brothers Brandon-Lee Thulsie and Tony-Lee Thulsie was postponed to give the state time to respond to an application brought by them


SABC bars journalists from work despite Labour Court ruling

IN THE NEWS:  The SABC’s Auckland Park headquarters. The broadcaster is under attack from outside forces, says its chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

The SABC says it will appeal the ruling and the four journalists may not return to work pending the outcome of the appeal


Talks between SABC and Vuyo Mvoko break down

Vuyo Mvoko. Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI

Vuyo Mvoko refuses to retract his public criticism of the lack of editorial independence at the SABC, leading to impasse in talks with the public broadcaster


Murder of ANC candidate Nceba Dywili is ‘heartbreaking’, party says


Dywili was shot several times on Tuesday after spending the day campaigning in his constituency in the Eastern Cape


Revolutionary designer of the dolos, Aubrey Kruger, dies

A younger Aubrey Kruger, with his ingenious interlocking concrete dolos design, which is used to dissipate waves at breakwaters throughout the world. Picture: SUPPLIED

Kruger designed the ingenious dolos sea buffer system 50 years ago, which is now used to dissipate waves at breakwaters throughout the world


Mokonyane will not say if she faces ANC censure for comments on spending

ANC head of elections Nomvula Mokonyane said the party’s integrity committee commission would not be used as  a ‘political tool’.  Picture: SOWETAN

The ANC’s head of elections, Nomvula Mokonyane, has said the party has spent more than R1bn campaigning for the local government elections


Is DHA dragging its feet on denying ‘antigay’ pastor entry into SA?

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Home Affairs is still looking into how to deal with petition to stop "antigay" pastor Steven Anderson from entering country, saying it will meet ‘as soon as we get time’


Opinion polls show ANC losing control of major metros after polls

The ANC launches its manifesto for the August 3 municipal elections in which polls suggest it will struggle to hold several metros. Picture: SOWETAN

The ANC’s support looked set to slip to 31% in Johannesburg from 59% in the 2011 local elections, an Ipsos survey shows


An open letter about Uber from the metered taxi industry

Picture: ISTOCK

The City of Cape Town has flooded an overtraded market, imposed unfair rules and allowed operating conditions to favour a single company

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