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A firefighter tries to stop a blaze in Cape Town on March 2 2015. Picture: EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Four homes destroyed in Muizenberg fire

2 hour(s) ago

Cape Town Disaster Risk Management says there are 28 fire-fighting vehicles, 16 supporting vehicles on scene of Western Cape fire

Labour

Cosatu firm on public sector pay rise

Cosatu. Picture: REUTERS
7 hour(s) ago

Chief negotiator Mugwena Maluleke warns lack of progress in the wage talks could result in a strike

National

SA engineers condemn hiring of Cubans for water projects

Water from a burst pipe shoots  into the air next to a road near Motherwell, Port Elizabeth.  Picture: THE HERALD
6 hour(s) ago

Local engineers not given the chance to apply for jobs with same incentives as the Cubans in rural communities and elsewhere

National

Ramaphosa visit to SKA site affirms support

Naledi Pandor and Cyril Ramaphosa at one of the two MeerKAT dishes that have so far been built. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 hour(s) ago

Treasury’s trim to the SKA budget is relatively minor, says scientists, and will not affect construction deadlines or instruments’ capabilities

Energy

Eskom’s low capacity blamed for power delay

Department of Energy acting director-general Wolsey Barnard speaks at the Energy Indaba held at the Sandton Convention Centre on Tuesday. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
6 hour(s) ago

Frustration over postponements in naming successful bids for the fourth round of renewable power by independent power producers

Opinion

One step forwards, one back for democracy

Journalists elsewhere in Africa are jailed or killed, but in SA the problem is that authority or power seldom take responsibility

An illegal immigrant is arrested in Korsten, in the Eastern Cape, after a chase on foot involving customs officers in this file photo. The Customs and Excise Act goes further than other laws affecting SARS in granting powers to officials. Picture: THE HERALD/ B-JAY PIERCEY

The Pillay case tests the limits of what SARS can or cannot do in law

As documents slowly trickle into the public domain, separating gossip from verifiable truth remains a continuing task, writes Franny Rabkin

National

IFP rejects proposed municipal merger

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 hour(s) ago

President Jacob Zuma’s home village is at the centre of a political battle over the R246m of taxpayers funds

National

POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Zuma faces no-confidence vote in Parliament

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 hour(s) ago

Key question facing Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will be about when he knew about the signal jammers, writes Wyndham Hartley

National

‘Covert unit’ has so far elicited five investigations

State Security Minister David Mahlobo responding to questions during a media briefing by the justice, crime prevention and security cluster of ministers on Thursday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 hour(s) ago

No fewer than five investigations were or are being conducted into the ‘covert unit’ at SARS, writes Natasha Marrian

Picture: THINKSTOCK

UCT programme to address skills shortage in public sector

University of Cape Town college of accounting launches postgraduate diploma in public sector accounting, course to cover financial management, governance, reporting

Telecoms & Technology

Security minister to address cybercrime conference

State Security Minister David Mahlobo responding to questions during a media briefing by the justice, crime prevention and security cluster of ministers on Thursday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
3 day(s) ago

As intelligence community reels from damage caused by so-called ‘spy cables’ leaks, David Mhlobo is due to speak on problems of cybercrime and hacking

National

Joburg residents can profit from solving city’s problems

FALLING BEHIND: Cars move over a highway with Johannesburg’s skyline in the background.  Picture: BLOOMBERG
3 day(s) ago

Challenge is offering R5m in prize money for digital solutions

Opinion

EDITORIAL: SSA needs to be more open

State security department and SSA give us the impression that they are exempt from accounting to the public even when it is necessary

Opinion

THE INSIDER: Pretzel logic in parole bid Shaik didn’t make

Chippy Shaik.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

So the man who is said to be severely ill would like to have his medical parole converted to normal parole

Opinion

The belief that Pretoria will provide is passé

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Communities need to take their future in their own hands, not to look solely to government, corporations for progress, growth

National

Anti-corruption institutions: public protector to receive R60m boost

Thuli Madonsela. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
4 day(s) ago

Government set to strengthen institutions that fight corruption, with Office of Public Protector and Financial Intelligence Centre receiving R60m respectively

National

Smokers and drinkers will pay more for their vices

4 day(s) ago

But there is hope for those who prefer brandy and sparkling wine

Land & Agriculture

Drought puts maize harvest in peril

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Small crop likely to push food prices higher because maize prices underpin food prices locally

National

King’s culture call is all about land

Threats to his control over land through the Ingonyama Trust are at the core of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s wrath over African culture. He has called on young initiates to defend it against criticism and work for Nguni unity against unspecified threats. File pictures: SUNDAY TIMES/TEBOGO LETSIE
3 day(s) ago

Traditional leaders are the products of social distortions due to colonialism, writes Nomboniso Gasa

Politics

Zuma ‘plays hide and seek’ as opposition awaits answers

John Steenhuisen addresses the rules committee in Cape Town on February 4. Picture: BUSINESS DAY/TREVOR SAMSON
3 day(s) ago

No ’common date’ yet for Zuma to answer questions over the R246m taxpayer-funded Nkandla upgrade

National

Greenpeace head wants answers on spy claims

International director of Greenpeace Kumi Naidoo attends the opening session of the 51st Munich Security Conference in Munich on February 7. Picture:  REUTERS/MICHAEL DALDER
3 day(s) ago

Nuclear critic Kumi Naidoo wants answers on SA government’s request for information on his movements ahead of the G-20 summit in Toronto

Education

Budget: Education given heftiest slice of the pie

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 day(s) ago

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene announces that education will continue to receive the lion’s share of the national budget

National

Roads: New monthly ceilings could end e-tolls impasse

Highway protest against e-tolls. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
4 day(s) ago

Government will provide assistance to people who find it hard to pay

National

Budget: rural councils still to benefit from funding allocations

Johannesburg's skyline. Picture: THE TIMES/ALON SKUY
4 day(s) ago

Budget tabled will support close links between the state and SA’s largest cities

Telecoms & Technology

Telkom told to consult union

Telkom. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
4 day(s) ago

Telkom says the law differentiates between recognised and registered unions

Health

Hopes dashed as HIV measure found to be useless

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

FACTS consortium scientists announce microbicide that showed promise did not protect women from HIV

National

Zuma praises SACP veterans as their remains arrive in SA

President Jacob Zuma addresses the formal reception service of the mortal remains of struggle stalwarts, Moses Kotane and John Beaver Marks held at Waterkloof Airfoce Base, Pretoria on Sunday. Picture: GCIS
19 hour(s) ago

Remains of SACP stalwarts Moses Kotane and John Beaver Marks arrive from Russia for state funeral in North West

Business

Inaction over R2m alleged Nedlac corruption

Democratic Alliance MP Ian Ollis. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
22 hour(s) ago

DA demands answers over apparent inaction of Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant following forensic audit report detailing alleged corruption by two former Nedlac executives

National

Probe into violence against foreign-owned businesses

Lindiwe Zulu. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
3 day(s) ago

Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says a team will be set up to examine causes and make recommendations

National

Planned SA attack was stopped, says leaked report

Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LISA HNATOWICZ
3 day(s) ago

Documents posted on Al Jazeera website say local authorities foiled planned terrorist attack involving five suicide bombers

Politics

NFP gears up for birthday bash despite threats to disrupt event

Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, leader of the National Freedom Party. Picture: RAJESH JANTILAL
2 day(s) ago

National Freedom Party is on Saturday due to hold fourth anniversary celebrations rally in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal, amid fears warring factions may turn on each other

Politics

Cosatu affiliates threaten to ‘intensify campaign’ to restore Numsa

Cosatu. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Dissident unions stage protest outside labour federation’s headquarters, presenting memorandum of demands that comes with threats to escalate campaign to restore Numsa

National

Special visas for Brics business people to foster investment

Malusi Gigaba. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
3 day(s) ago

Tourist arrivals from Brics countries are dramatically down since the introduction of the new regulations, which require travellers to apply in person for their visas

Politics

Personal income tax irks opposition MPs

4 day(s) ago

Majority of opposition MPs disappointed by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s announcement that personal income tax will be increased

Education

Maths project counts its successes

Pupils who obtained top marks in maths in their matric results celebrate with Tumelo Mabitsela, the founder of the Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology.  File picture: THULI BUTHELEZI
4 day(s) ago

Kutlwanong offers its Promaths programme to 5,000 pupils, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

National

Gauteng waiting list for housing to be digitised

David Makhura.  Picture: SOWETAN
4 day(s) ago

New listing system will incorporate biometrics to reduce graft

Politics

Mixed reaction from MPs and analysts on budget speech

4 day(s) ago

Majority of opposition MPs disappointed by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s announcement that personal income tax will be increased

National

Opposition parties take Makhura to task for not scrapping Gauteng e-tolls

David Makhura.  Picture: SOWETAN
3 day(s) ago

During debate on premier’s state of province speech, MPs say he missed ‘golden opportunity’ by not announcing e-tolls will be scrapped

National

Judge to lead review into SARS governance

Tom Moyane. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
4 day(s) ago

Minister moves to limit damage done by revelations of ‘covert unit’ at the tax office by setting up an advisory panel

National

Spy agency too ‘embarrassed’ to air its view

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, left,  and State Security Minister David Mahlobo at the justice, crime prevention and security cluster briefing last week. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
4 day(s) ago

State Security Minister David Mahlobo says it is illegal to disclose confidential state information ‘outside classification protocols’

National

State salaries: Public service wage bill is ‘concerning’

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, right, has a word with his deputy Mcebisi Jonas at a media briefing ahead of the 2015 budget speech on Wednesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
4 day(s) ago

South Africa saddled with a problematically high wage bill for public servants

Other Sport

Durban bid book for Commonwealth Games sent to London

South Africa’s flag is carried by Cecil Sebastian Afrika as the team enters the stadium during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS/JIM YOUNG
4 day(s) ago

The projected cost of the 2022 Commonwealth Games remains undisclosed — but is said to be considerably cheaper than the reported R10bn price tag

Opinion

LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: SA’s nuclear Zumacrats ignore energy advances

Every revolution has its reactionaries. In the US, these include the billionaire Koch brothers, who have been bankrolling the Tea Party wing and the climate-change deniers of the Republican Party, writes Simon Barber

Opinion

Leading Japanese firms become sugar daddies for SA rugby stars

They not only pay huge salaries but they also provide a much more holistic, family-friendly playing environment

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