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Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Dipuo Peters requests forensic probe into allegations of financial mismanagement at Prasa

Transport ministry commissions Auditor General’s office to look into alleged violations of Public Finance Management Act and other related statutes regarding contracts

National

Expropriation Bill amended to avoid robbing owners of true property value

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Significant improvements introduced to the Expropriation Bill, but draft law needs to be more explicit about the evaluation of properties, says Agri SA

National

Term of Post Office administrator extended

Simo Lushaba.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele extends term of administrator appointed to deal with shambles at postal authority

Mining

Cutifani takes on Mantashe over job cuts

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani. Picture: REUTERS

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani criticises labour and black economic empowerment in forthright remarks on South Africa

Energy

Petrol price to drop by 51c per litre on Wednesday

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Petrol prices in Gauteng will decrease by 51c per litre for 93 octane and 95 octane from August 5, Department of Energy announces

National

Lottery operator Ithuba denies not meeting standard

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

National lottery operator is alleged to be about R150m behind schedule for R1.56bn it must pay this year

National

‘Poo thrower’ Lili to remain in custody after prosecution opposes bail application

Andile Lili (left). Picture: ESA ALEXANDER / SUNDAY TIMES

Western Cape provincial executive member Andile Lili, charged with inciting violence, to spend five more days behind bars after prosecution opposes bail application

Opinion

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: This isn’t government. This is just drivel

The economy is truly doomed if Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi represents Cabinet’s consensus view on the roles of the state and the private sector

Opinion

Steelpoort shows economic logic of violent protests

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi answers questions during an economic cluster media briefing on Tuesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi gets a clear signal from residents: The unrest will stop when people are employed

Workers aligned to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union march to Wonderkop Stadium to demand rival NUM vacate the office at Lonmin mine in Rustenburg in 2013. Picture: SOWETAN

Amcu rejects wage hike from gold producers

Members of Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union rejects wage offer from gold producers of increases of up to 17%, says spokesman

Education

Bleak outlook by auditor-general for new schools

Seven-year-old Barack Obama Okoth, named after the US president, sits in an empty classroom at the Senator Obama primary school in Nyangoma village in Kogelo, west of Nairobi, last month. Picture: REUTERS/THOMAS MUKOYA

The auditor-general paints grim picture of infrastructure development and procurement for schools around the country

National

ANC MPs block bid for Madonsela appearance

Thuli Madonsela. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

ANC in fiery opposition to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela appearance before Nkandla ad hoc committee

Life

Bump in road sets off a chain reaction of unrest

Members of the National Union of Mineworkers protest outside a mine in Steelpoort. Picture: SETUMO STONE

Mining town protests highlight new pattern of broad demands, writes Setumo Stone

National

Airport police ‘have to keep syndicates at bay’

OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Picture: ACSA

South African Police Service says multiskilled team is needed to repel syndicates, criminal suspects from passing through OR Tambo International Airport

National

Council for Medical Schemes speaks on prescribed minimum benefits

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Changes define how much a scheme is expected to pay if a member voluntarily uses the services of a doctor or hospital outside its network

National

Legislature suspends security heads

Parliament in Cape Town. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Immediate suspension of head of protection services follows a spate of alleged security breaches and other issues

National

EFF rejects rules over disruptions in Parliament

Economic Freedom Fighters MPs Floyd Shivambu (left) and Mbuyseni Ndlozi attend a rules committee vote in Parliament, Cape Town, on Thursday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

National Assembly adopts tough new rules to combat Economic Freedom Fighters-style disruption, including physical removal of unruly MPs by parliamentary protection service — not police

National

Lack of skills, capacity hinders water delivery

A Johannesburg Water employee attends to a leak.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Shortage of skills and capacity among municipalities in SA is at heart of poor water service delivery, chief engineer in Department of Water and Sanitation says

NEW CULTURE :  Saving regularly will improve your life.

South Africans have too few savings to cope with unexpected expense, survey shows

More than half working South Africans, if faced with unexpected expense of R10‚000, will be forced to take out loan‚ rely on credit or borrow from family or friends, survey shows

Business

New CEO Mukoki in the clear, says Sacci

Alan Mukoki is the new CEO of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Investigations allay concerns over South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s new head Alan Mukoki

Industrials

Durban to get supplier park

Supplier park plan comes as the automotive industry awaits government word on the review of the automotive production and development programme

Labour

Gold mining companies table final wage offer

Elize Strydom.  Picture: MARTIN RHODES

After five weeks of talks gold mining companies table final wage offer to four unions in sector, saying offer will not be amended, even during mediation

Opinion

LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: Knee-jerk communists kick at Agoa delusions

Rob Davies backs condemnation of Agoa as weapon of newly confident ‘monopoly capital’ to force neo-liberal policies down the throats of SA’s working class

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Nkandla stage show

Emergency services staff give a demonstration of how to fight fire from the ‘fire pool’ on Sunday. Picture: DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

Decision to allow MPs and media representatives access to Nkandla a wily move that has so far succeeded in deflecting public attention in direction that better suits Jacob Zuma’s agenda, even if it paints less than flattering picture

Land & Agriculture

Western Cape winery believes rooibos can revolutionise industry

Tea leaves in a plantation. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Audacia Wines has replaced traditional imported oak wood derivatives with indigenous rooibos wood to produce wine with no added sulphites

National

SA stuck in low growth trap, Nene warns ANC

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Nhlanhla Nene sketches bleak picture of the country’s economy to the African National Congress lekgotla and warns of several risks

National

ANC firebrand Andile Lili arrested for incitement

Andile Lili (left). Picture: ESA ALEXANDER / SUNDAY TIMES

ANC Western Cape provincial executive member and leader of Ses’khona pressure group, Andile Lili, arrested following remarks encouraging vigilantism

National

Rationality must guide Zuma over Phiyega

The Marikana commission report agreed with the opinion of an expert that the police’s tactical response team armed with R5 weapons was effectively operating as a firing squad. Picture: THE TIMES

Any attempts by President Jacob Zuma to dodge this problem can be challenged, writes Franny Rabkin

National

Ousted labour registrar Johan Crouse takes department to court

Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Ousted labour registrar Johan Crouse lost his position allegedly after failing to suspend a move to place a Cosatu-aligned union under administration

National

Nkandla officials ‘abused Zuma name’

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, left, addresses Parliament’s ad hoc committee on Nkandla on Wednesday as Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi looks on. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Police minister portrays President Jacob Zuma as an innocent victim whose name was abused by local officials

National

EFF lays charge over burglary in parliamentary office

Julius Malema. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Economic Freedom Fighters says parliamentary support staff found locks had been changed, doors left opened, private files were missing

Healthcare

Proposed medical schemes change misunderstood, says state

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Controversial plans to limit responsibility of medical schemes for paying prescribed minimum benefits never intended to leave patients footing part of bills

National

Unions and DA in jobs focus

Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Cosatu welcomes improved job figures but calls for high-level employment indaba

National

Oudtshoorn accepts Western Cape plan to intervene

A young boy plays with his cart in the temporary housing settlement in Riemvasmaak, the poorest township in Oudtshoorn.  Picture: THE TIMES

Oudtshoorn municipality's move means the province will oversee the embattled municipality’s key functions

National

Labour chief to testify in Nedlac card case

Department of Labour director-general Thobile Lamati. Pictures: SUNDAY TIMES

Battle to get the forensic audit report discussed continues as ANC MPs equivocate and lawyers counterattack

Opinion

Eyes in the sky can help secure SA

Picture: REUTERS/CHAD SLATTERY

SA has long borders and a vast coastline that present a challenge to the agencies responsible for border security

Opinion

UNEMBARGOED: SA is crying out for unwavering, ethical leaders

Bantu Holomisa is a rare breed with unwavering ethical standing while the majority have chosen silence over the unpopularity and insults that accompany owning your beliefs

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