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Top spy job goes to man said to have saved Zuma from corruption trial

Seasoned intelligence man Arthur Fraser, whose alleged leaking of secret recordings years ago "saved" President Jacob Zuma from corruption charges, has been made director-general of the State Security Agency

National

Treasury’s bid to tighten government spending meets with mixed results

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

The Treasury introduced mandatory cost containment measures across government three years ago in an attempt to rein in government spending

Education

UCT cancels graduation ceremonies for 2016

Max Price. Picture: THE TIMES

The institution has also suspended lectures for the remainder of the week, saying staff and students will use the time to explore an end to the standoff

Education

University worker dies after unrest on campus

Picture: CHRIS THURMAN

Cleaner at Wits University dies after being injured by fire extinguisher during student protest action on campus

Education

Academic begs colleagues to help end crisis at University of Zululand

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The appeal comes after university staff have been on strike for seven weeks‚ since wage talks broke down between management and the trade union Nehawu

Education

Police have not started to investigate the teaching jobs-for-cash scandal

Nathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS/SIYABULELA DUDA

Police are waiting for forensic investigators to do their job before they start probing teaching jobs-for cash allegations, says Police Minister Nathi Nhleko

Energy

Auditor-general finds disposal of strategic fuel stocks illegal

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: THE TIMES

The secret sale of SA’s strategic fuel stockpile contravened the Public Finance Management Act in two instances, auditor-general says

National

Law expert says it would be hard to justify Jiba and Mrwebi staying at NPA

Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: SOWETAN

Top NPA officials Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi are said to be unlikely to get leave to appeal against a high court decision to strike their names from the roll of advocates

National

Winnie celebrates 80th birthday in Soweto

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Picture: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS

The struggle stalwart celebrated her birthday in characteristic style with thousands of ANC Women’s League members in Orlando West‚ Soweto, on Monday

Education

Plight of a student desperate to study, but afraid of protesters

Police detain a man during student protests in Johannesburg on Wednesday.  Picture: ALON SKUY/THE TIMES

With the University of the Witwatersrand’s academic programme suspended, vice-chancellor Professor Adam Habib has told of a plea by a student who wants to study but fears militant protesters

Opinion

And so, we have come to expect disappointment

The country’s grand expectations are easy enough to map. Most have at their heart a number: 1994

Opinion

POINT OF ORDER: A simmering constitutional crisis

SA is currently involved in a low-level, unacknowledged constitutional crisis

Politics

Will Thandi Moraka escape ire of ANC?

TOGETHER:  President Jacob Zuma is not convinced that SAA chairwoman Dudu Myeni, right, needs to be replaced before a state guarantee to the airline can be extended. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

ANC Youth League deputy secretary-general follows EFF leader Julius Malema’s lead and refers to SAA chairwoman as Dudu Myeni Zuma

National

Treasury aims to extend tax incentives

The writer says even if the Treasury’s independence and SA’s investment-grade credit status are maintained and economic growth improves, a major historic challenge appears to have been provoked. Picture: SUPPLIED

There's disagreement that the employment tax incentive to encourage youth employment has resulted in more jobs

Transport & Tourism

No feasibility study for Durban airport

King Shaka International Airport. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Court challenge by a Ghanaian businessman reveals there was no feasibility study for Airports Company SA’s King Shaka International Airport

Education

Built-in limits in student aid scheme’s pilot project

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NSFAS chairman Sizwe Nxasana says the ‘missing middle’ will be funded by a mix of grants and loans

Education

Call for education to shift to thinking, analytical skills

Sizwe Nxasana. Picture: THE HERALD

The emphasis in learning should be on the development of thinking, analytical and entrepreneurial skills, says co-founder of new education group

Politics

ANC’s recovery has started in Gauteng, says premier Makhura

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

The party is looking at new way to elect its leader in 2017, Zizi Kodwa confirms

Science & Environment

Mountain zebra back from the brink, says minister

Edna Molewa. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says a proposal on not trading in the animal is expected to be adopted at the Cites CoP17 conference in Sandton

Politics

President Jacob Zuma's brother urges him to quit

Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

Michael Zuma and his wife Thembekile MaXulu Zuma have expressed their fears for the president’s life

Fire burns part of an estimated 105 tonnes of ivory and a tonne of rhino horn confiscated from smugglers and poachers at the Nairobi National Park near Nairobi, Kenya, in April. Picture: REUTERS/SIEGFRIED MODOLA

Bio-engineered rhino horn could be on market within two years

A number of US companies attempting to produce bio-engineered rhino horn believe it will undercut the illegal trade that is decimating the species

Education

Cyril Ramaphosa says ‘corridors of power’ are hearing students’ cries

ABOVE BOARD:  Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is poised to dispose of food company McDonald’s SA so that there is no conflict of interest with his position in the government. Picture: SIYASANGA MBAMBANI

However, deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has cautioned students against the ‘senseless destruction of property’ during student protests

Media

Thuli Madonsela asks Faith Muthambi not to reappoint Hlaudi Motsoeneng

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

If Motsoeneng is returned to his job as operations chief, the board’s conduct should be investigated, the public protector says

Education

Classes still suspended at Wits as university considers closing the campus entirely

Students from Wits University demonstrate in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Picture: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Wits management says if conditions do not improve‚ it may have to close the university‚ including residences‚ to ensure students and staff are safe

Education

Warning on hiking taxes for free tuition

TOUGH STANCE:  Academics, lecturers and students protest against university fee increases under the banner #feemustfall outside Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday. Picture: EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Business already makes a significant tax contribution to Setas, Sacci CEO Alan Mukoki warns

Media

Presidency ‘respects SCA’s decision’ removing Hlaudi Motsoeneng from his post

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

Motsoeneng is effectively an ordinary SABC employee after the SCA dismissed his application for leave to appeal a court ruling setting aside his permanent appointment

Education

Students who damage university property will be taken to court, Zuma says

University of KwaZulu-Natal burn 'imphepho' outside the legislature during the #FeesMustFall protest on September 20. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/JACKIE CLAUSEN

President Jacob Zuma has also asked universities and students to co-operate and work with Blade Nzimande to find solutions to the challenge of student funding

National

Sign bill into law to curb graft, says Patel

SCRUTINY: Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel wants lifestyle audits conducted on public figures. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

Ebrahim Patel is the first Cabinet minister to speak out on Zuma’s FIC bill delay, and calls for lifestyle audits of ministers and public figures

Media

Union resists bid to give Motsoeneng new job

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

Chairman Obert Maguvhe is said to be leading the campaign to keep controversial Hlaudi Motsoeneng at the SABC

National

Opposition blocks attempts to interview SAHRC candidates in one day

African National Congress chief whip Mathole Motshekga addresses the National Assembly debate on Monday on the recent deaths of initiates in Mpumalanga.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

The committee must select seven people to fill as many vacancies for outgoing SA Human Rights Commission commissioners by October 25

Travel & Food

Tracing the veins of the past in Joburg’s new heart

Sculpture of Brenda Fassie by Angus Taylor Picture: YVONNE FONTYN

A passionate guide reveals the breathtaking historic extremes in the City of Gold’s constantly evolving Newtown, writes Yvonne Fontyn

National

Call for ministers’ bank accounts to be scrutinised

SCRUTINY: Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel wants lifestyle audits conducted on public figures. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel calls for law to be passed to allow ministers’ bank accounts to be scrutinised to combat corruption and state capture

Science & Environment

Zuma defends the country’s hunting industry

Seasonal hunters at the end of their day of hunting in the Kalahari, Northern Cape, South Africa.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

President Jacob Zuma says the hunting industry generates R1bn a year

Education

Archbishop begs students to halt fees violence

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba teaches a course on spiritual leadership at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. Picture: SOWETAN

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba says he burning of schools‚ libraries‚ and institutions of higher learning sets us back from progressing as a nation

Education

Wits will only open when ‘safety of staff‚ students and property can be guaranteed’

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University warns that should the situation not improve‚ residences may have to be closed

Opinion

ON THE WATER: Benefits could have trickled down to the poor

Herman Mashaba’s move against Sandton's bourgeoisie cycle-path project also ends rehabilitation of Joburg’s precarious storm-water drainage system

Opinion

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: So, Zuma’s going won’t help? Don’t you believe it!

When Zuma goes what really gets saved is the ANC but, sadly for the ANC, it hasn’t figured that out yet

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How to prevent these new scams from destroying your business

The scam with the highest yield for criminals, which has hit two-thirds of South African businesses, involves defrauding companies using a change of banking details

Education

Burning books‚ schools and lecture halls an assault on our collective being‚ says Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says education remains the most potent asset in the hands of South Africans to restore their dignity

Media

DA heading back to court over Motsoeneng

South African Broadcasting Corporation chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

DA back in court over the re-appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as ‘acting’ chief operating officer of the SABC

Energy

Empire Technology given huge contract for nuclear build programme

Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson told Parliament that by the end of July, R22.8m of a R171m contract had been paid to Empire for project management systems

Opinion & Analysis

Dagga industry could put SA on a high

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South Africa has the best climate for growing both dagga and hemp, and could reap rewards unfolding in US cannabis states, writes Keith Bryer

Media

NEWS ANALYSIS: What will SABC cook up with its hot potato?

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

Should Motsoeneng go down, the executives he hired could fall too, writes Genevieve Quintal

Land & Agriculture

SA’s wheat production estimate likely to be raised after better rainfall

Picture: REUTERS/ILYA NAYMUSHIN

Local growers will probably produce 1.7-million tonnes of wheat this season — 18% more than the 2015 season’s harvest

Education

Black South Africans spend more on education relative to other races

Students from Wits University demonstrate in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Picture: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Finscope SA 2016 consumer survey shows that for the average black South African‚ education expenses constitute 7% of their income

National

Why VBS is obliged to stay mum on Jacob Zuma’s home loan

President Jacob Zuma addresses the Opening Plenary of the High-Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the migration in New York, United States of America. Photo: GCIS

Banking secrecy is founded on legislation, contract and the protection of privacy, South African banks say, though legal precedent does offer a few loopholes

National

SARS springs to Tom Moyane's defence against ‘negative media’

SARS commissioner Tom Moyane. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

The revenue service has also issued a veiled accusation of hypocrisy, saying media harp on ‘due process’ but seem happy to forgo when it comes to Jonas Makwakwa

National

Parliament’s audit to come under intense scrutiny from MPs

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

Nothing will be off limits when the auditor-general meets the joint standing committee that is the sole overseer of the legislature’s financial management

Media

Hlaudi Motsoeneng hits a false note blowing his own trumpet at Mandoza funeral

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Mourners at the kwaito star’s funeral were amazed when Motsoeneng took the opportunity to sing his own praises — and ended by shouting, 'Pay your TV licence'

National

Xolobeni to court on state consultation

South Africa map with flag

The court case could have wider implications, affecting mining rights applications on land owned by traditional communities

Media

Will Hlaudi Motsoeneng still earn R3.7m a year as a ‘normal’ SABC employee?

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

One advocate says Motsoeneng is liable to pay back all the money he acquired from the SABC since his initial appointment in 2011 as chief operating officer

Media

‘I don’t know stress,’ Hlaudi Motsoeneng tells mourners at Mandoza’s funeral

Hlaudi Motsoeneng.   Picture: SUNDAY WORLD

The controversial SABC former chief operating officer said at the funeral that if he left the SABC, ‘it will not be the first time… I came back stronger and stronger’

Education

Free funding for students but certain graduates must pay later

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A study by PwC has found that the cost of delivering university education in SA amounts to close to R50bn a year

Transport & Tourism

Department of Transport in contempt of court

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Pretoria high court orders the committal of transport department officials to prison if they did not pay what is owed to Tasima within two days of the order

Education

The latest on fee protests: NMMU students’ case is postponed

STANDOFF:  Students from Wits University in Johannesburg demonstrate, as the #FeesMustFall protests resume. Picture: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Fort Hare students have burned down a building, and Rhodes activists are calling for a total shutdown of the university

Politics

ANC cannot pretend ‘things are not wrong in SA’, says Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Picture: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS

When the ANC got into government in 1994‚ the party realised that the free education it promised was not going to be easy, Madikizela-Mandela said

National

Rush to fill seats on human rights body has civil society concerned

African National Congress chief whip Mathole Motshekga addresses the National Assembly debate on Monday on the recent deaths of initiates in Mpumalanga.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Parliament’s justice committee has a list of 80 candidates to fill seven vacancies next month, and there is concern that public participation will be jeopardised

Education

Wits School of Governance cancels debate with Pravin Gordhan

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Protests have forced the school to abandon a high-level debate on the economy featuring the finance minister and the EU’s ambassador, and moderated by Cas Coovadia

Politics

Gupta PR firm knew about Zwane's banks inquiry before it was announced

Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture: GCIS

Bell Pottinger has confirmed it knew about Mosebenzi Zwane’s recommendation that the banks that closed Gupta companies’ accounts be investigated

Labour

Cosatu praises ACDP’s ‘progressive’ proposal for more parental leave

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The ACDP’s bill proposes to give fathers 10 days’ paid paternity leave on the birth of a child, improving the three days they are currently allowed for family responsibility

Education

Campus chaos roundup: another university closes

Police detain a man during student protests in Johannesburg on Wednesday.  Picture: ALON SKUY/THE TIMES

UCT closes for the week, students arrested in Port Elizabeth as protests spill over onto the streets, and a Stellenbosch staffer lays assault charges

Opinion

TWEET OF THE WEEK: Bring on the violence!

@eNCA highlights a creeping tendency towards sensationalism that excludes measured solutions and the biggest question of all: #whereisthemoney?

Opinion

Scheming Manyi risks being left high and dry

Jimmy Manyi will end up like the astonishingly troubled Ronald Suresh Roberts, who nailed his colours to Thabo Mbeki’s mast, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

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