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Thuthukile Zuma speaks during the Jacob Zuma centenial lecture at Nelson Mandela Banquet Hall in Potchefstroom in this 2012 file picture. Picture: SOWETAN/SUNDAY WORLD/VATHISWA RUSELO

Ministry defends appointment of Zuma’s daughter

7 hour(s) ago

Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services says appointment of Thuthukile Zuma as chief of staff is based on her ‘capacity’ for position

Labour

Wages take back seat over ‘peace clause’ fight

Irvin Jim. Picture: MASIMBA SASA
16 hour(s) ago

Numsa likely to reject latest offer unless it is adapted to preserve rights of workers to take action over shop-floor issues after a collective deal is struck

Politics

De Lille finds the going tough at arms deal commission

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
15 hour(s) ago

Patricia de Lille tells arms procurement commission she will not answer questions on details of allegations made in the ‘De Lille dossier’

Law & Constitution

Top court appoints woman acting judge

Picture: THINKSTOCK
16 hour(s) ago

North West Judge President Monica Leeuw has been appointed as an acting judge in the Constitutional Court in an effort to widen the pool of potential women candidates for a permanent post in the court

Telecoms & Technology

Telkom bid to end reform stalemate

Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
16 hour(s) ago

Company hopes for union deal on job cuts as it hires one of SA’s top labour mediators to resolve the impasse

Politics

De Lille wants Seriti Commission to probe contents of dossier

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
1 day(s) ago

She also asks that the commission investigate what happened to charges she laid against 29 South Africans who benefited from discounted luxury vehicles

Economy

Johannesburg needs to diversify its economy — 2013 economic report

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

The city’s main economic driver is its finance sector which has, however, been offset by the steady decline of its manufacturing sector

Opinion

THE INSIDER: Floyd’s pinkish economic outlook mocked by MPs

Floyd Shivambu. Picture: SOWETAN

Shivambu comes under heavy fire for his enthusiasm for diving into deep intellectual waters and coming up with swift solutions to intractable problems

Opinion

LETTER FROM CAPE TOWN: It won’t be business as usual after strike ends

Seifsa members may ride out the storm but it is clear many Neasa-aligned companies risk bankruptcy

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Budget votes revealing of state’s agenda

Lisa Vetten: Could it be that the desire to tell ‘a good story’ is trumping considerations of cost and equity?

Politics

Zuma reads unruly MPs the riot act

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS
17 hour(s) ago

A jovial President Jacob Zuma went on the attack, rebuking unruly MPs for crossing the line of decorum during the debate on his budget vote

Science & Environment

Sharks Board looks into hi-tech repellents

Picture: THINKSTOCK
17 hour(s) ago

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board is researching hi-tech methods of keeping sharks away from the coastline

Media

Muthambi to oppose bid to unseat Motsoeneng

Department of Communication Minister, Faith Muthambi addressing post cabinet media briefing at Imbizo Centre in Cape Town on Thursday. Picture: GCIS/NTSWE MOKOENA
15 hour(s) ago

Communications minister indicates that she intends to oppose high court bid by the DA to have SABC head Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment reviewed and set aside

Health

HIV/AIDS pills at early stage ‘unwise’

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Health activists and top doctors have questioned government plans to start treating HIV/AIDS patients earlier, saying it will further strain already overstretched clinics and hospitals

Education

Department prefers pupils to take maths, rather than maths literacy

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the department aims to have at least 60% of pupils taking ‘pure maths’ in the next five years

Politics

EFF objects to being compared to Nazis

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema leads his team, including Floyd Shivambu, left, and Dali Mpofu, right back. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

African National Congress MP Buti Manamela accuses Economic Freedom Fighters of peddling unrealistic stories to voters, says Hitler told his followers lies too

Labour

Numsa told job losses probably unavoidable in pay deal

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Numsa says mandating meetings with members will continue ahead of a meeting of national leadership to decide how to respond to the latest offer

National

SA team heads to the Netherlands to identify pilot killed in Ukraine

A guard stands on a train carrying the remains of victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine after it arrived in the city of Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Brother says the South African helicopter pilot was killed when the Malaysia Airlines jetliner crashed in the Ukraine almost a week ago

Vernon Philander. Picture: REUTERS/DINUKA LIYANAWATTE

Ball-tampering — it’s just one of the original sins of the game

Ball-tampering is one of the most overrated, overhyped ‘crimes’ in cricket, writes Neil Manthorp

National

Focus falls on Lonmin’s refusal to talk to staff

Judge Ian Farlam addresses a witness during the Marikana commission of inquiry. Picture: DANIEL BORN
1 day(s) ago

Company’s refusal to engage with striking miners in the lead-up to the August 2012 Marikana shooting under spotlight at Farlam commission of inquiry

Science & Environment

Groups seek new freeze on fracking licences

BIG PLANS: Shell has reserved another $250m for drilling exploration wells in the Karoo. Picture: THE HERALD
2 day(s) ago

AfriForum has stepped into the fray in support of the Treasure the Karoo Action Group, which is opposed to hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo

National

SA treads softly around Russia’s possible role in air disaster in Ukraine

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media after delivering her vote speech in Parliament on Tuesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane calls for a thorough, transparent and independent investigation of the incident

Education

Science minister calls for R5.8bn to raise PhD output

2 day(s) ago

Minister says said the NDP sets a target of training 100,000 PhD students by 2030 and that South Africa’s annual output is a mere 1,800

Opinion

Country’s shareholders need greater say on executive pay

Picture: THINKSTOCK

The exact nature of any ‘say on pay’ regulation should be coupled with an equally vigorous debate on regulation and policy related to job creation

Opinion

New bourgeoisie must set course for greater equality

The new bourgeoisie must demonstrate that it is in the business not only of enriching a few, but of transforming the deeply entrenched socioeconomic imbalances

National

DA-led Cape Town ‘punishing Lwandle residents for voting ANC’

Helen Zille. Picture: THE TIMES
3 day(s) ago

ANC councillor tells inquiry that City of Cape Town is dragging its feet in dealing with housing crisis, a situation that led to ‘brutal’ evictions

National

Political murder case in limbo after court ruling

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Police say they are studying a recent ruling that resulted in a case of alleged political murder being thrown out of court

Business

Upgrade of convention centre expected to boost SMEs

The Cape Town International Convention Centre.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
4 day(s) ago

Multimillion rand expansion of Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) to provide opportunities for small, medium-sized and micro enterprises

Politics

NFP leaders deny party is facing a financial crisis

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

The party’s headquarters in Clark Road, in Durban’s Glenwood suburb, has been put on auction and is due to be sold next month

Labour

SA faces risk of human capital flight

Striking miners at Marikana, near Rustenburg. Picture: AFP PHOTO
4 day(s) ago

Country risks losing more businesses and skilled young people because of rating downgrades, a potential recession and persistent labour unrest

National

Clash brewing between Eskom and Sowetans over prepaid meters

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 day(s) ago

The utility plans to invest about R216m installing prepaid systems in Soweto this year to arrest the culture of nonpayment for services

National

Households lead in delinquent municipal debt

Salga CEO Xolile George. Picture: THE TIMES
4 day(s) ago

Revenue collection remains weak at municipalities, with debt for services ballooning from about R81bn last year to more than R93.4bn this year

Labour

New complication in Numsa strike

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant takes a break at the Nedlac labour council conference in Pretoria on Tuesday. She has questioned the logic of pursuing a strike to the point where it damages workers’ interests. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
7 day(s) ago

The tiff between the two employer organisations, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa and National Employment Association of SA, could end up in court

National

Mpofu calls police witness ‘delusional’

Dali Mpofu. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
3 day(s) ago

Dali Mpofu pulls a rabbit out of a hat by representing mine worker Devana Madumbe at the Farlam commission

Arts & Entertainment

Johannesburg orchestra postpones third season due to lack of funds

3 day(s) ago

The philharmonic orchestra is in a business rescue process and its creditors include the South African Revenue Service

National

Radebe’s reappointment as head of arms control body widely welcomed

Jeff Radebe.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
4 day(s) ago

Democratic Alliance defence spokesman David Maynier says under Jeff Radebe the National Conventional Arms Control Committee stabilised

National

Minister sets five-year target to fix defence

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: SOWETAN
1 day(s) ago

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula agrees with the Defence Review finding that the SANDF is in critical decline

National

Salga seeks easier funding of councils

Salga CEO Xolile George. Picture: THE TIMES
1 day(s) ago

Salga CEO Xolile George says there are 16 different facilities that councils can access but the procedures can be onerous for those without skilled staff

National

State to meet ‘Boer’ group over self-rule

GOING OWN WAY: Boer-Afrikaner Volksraad president Andries Breytenbach, right, briefs the media on Wednesday on a court application to have a separate state. The group will meet the Presidency over self-determination. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
1 day(s) ago

Presidency agrees to meet Afrikaner group seeking self-determination to establish its own state within South Africa

Politics

EFF threatens to use force over clothing etiquette row

Economic Freedom Fighters leader and a group of EFF members march to the Gauteng legislature on Tuesday.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
1 day(s) ago

Party makes fresh threats that the next sitting of the legislature will be targeted for another round of ‘rolling mass action’

Land & Agriculture

State eager to pass five land bills this year

Gugile Nkwinti. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Despite the funding of land reform remaining an unresolved issue, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti is determined to press on with the process

Education

Funding for student loans, bursaries stands at R8.9bn, says Nzimande

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande addresses a press briefing after delivering his budget vote speech in Parliament on Tuesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
3 day(s) ago

Minister says from 1991 to 2013 the student financial aid scheme assisted more than 1.4-million students and will aid a further 430,000 students this year

Health

SA to treat HIV patients earlier, says Motsoaledi

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

Plan likely to please patient advocates but places fresh strain on the public health system, already battling to maintain drug supplies to clinics and hospitals

Politics

ANC warns EFF not to disrupt parliamentary proceedings in the future

Economic Freedom Fighters leader and a group of EFF members march to the Gauteng legislature on Tuesday.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
2 day(s) ago

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete appeals for robust debate that deepens democracy but which avoids politicking and observes the rules

Labour

Seifsa to consider state-sponsored proposal

Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa says it has reluctantly accepted wage proposal from Labour Department aimed at ending strike

Education

Nzimande vows to turn training colleges into ‘institutions of choice’

Blade Nzimande. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande says government plans to increase the number of technical and vocational education and training colleges

National

Sanral ‘was aware of the outcome of eviction’

Lwandle residents rebuild the houses from which they were evicted. Picture: ESA ALEXANDER
2 day(s) ago

The chairman of the Lwandle evictions inquiry has accused Sanral of adopting a ‘supine attitude’ when it kicked people out of the informal settlement last month

Labour

Seifsa sets Friday deadline for offer

Kaizer Nyatsumba.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 day(s) ago

Talks to end the three-week strike in the metals and engineering sector inch forward

Education

Team will address posts for sale allegations, says Motshekga

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says department has taken alleged selling of principal, deputy principal positions at schools ‘very seriously’

Health

Calls grow to decriminalise sex work

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

South African researchers estimate that half of South Africa’s 150,000 female sex workers are HIV-positive

Arts & Entertainment

Johannesburg orchestra postpones third season due to lack of funds

3 day(s) ago

The philharmonic orchestra is in a business rescue process and its creditors include the South African Revenue Service

National

MPs remind minister he has inherited problems in police

Dianne Kohler Barnard. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
3 day(s) ago

Nathi Nhleko told he has inherited a ‘shambles’ arising from the legacy of two national commissioners — Jackie Selebi and Bheki Cele

National

Zuma to dispatch team to Israel, Palestine

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media after delivering her vote speech in Parliament on Tuesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
3 day(s) ago

President Jacob Zuma also to invite Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on a working visit to South Africa, and country pledges $1m in humanitarian aid

Labour

Long strikes could be held in check with plan for interest arbitration

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: SOWETAN
4 day(s) ago

Department looking into a binding ruling on parties if the settlement of the strike is in the broader public interest

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Municipal debt is Gordhan’s poser

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan briefs the media before delivering his budget speech in Parliament on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON Feb 26 2014

Pravin Gordhan will have his work cut out with his ‘back to basics’ plan for South Africa’s municipalities

Opinion

STRAIGHT TALK: We want to belong — but to Brics?

If the Brics funds are to go to the most needy we’re bound to benefit from more than our proportional share, or contribution

 
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