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Correctional services minister S'bu Ndebele briefs portfolio committee on Tuesday. 
PICTURE: Trevor Samson/ Business Day

Sbu Ndebele recalled from top post as High Commissioner to Australia

This was revealed in Constitutional Court papers in the case against Tasima, which is accused of bribing Ndebele to extend its contract to run the eNaTIS system


NEWS ANALYSIS: Mchunu exit set to deepen KwaZulu-Natal divisions

OUT OF FAVOUR:  Senzo Mchunu stepped down as KwaZulu-Natal premier on Tuesday after the ANC ordered him to resign. His removal has strengthened President Jacob Zuma’s position in the province. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

The ‘Premier League’ has cemented its support in KwaZulu-Natal, leaving those left in the province fearful of a purge, writes Natasha Marrian


IDC’s restructuring of loan to Gupta-owned Oakbay was ‘political expediency’

Geoffrey Qhena. Picture: SUPPLIED

The DA says IDC CEO Geoffrey Qhena’s statement that there were ‘no political considerations’ associated with the restructuring of the loan, is nonsense


ANC names MPs selected to choose new public protector

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela presents her strategic review plan to Parliament’s justice portfolio committee on Thursday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

They will be on a committee to make the decision with two members of the DA, one of the EFF and two from other parties


Joburg residents can expect 6.93% electricity hike

EFFICIENCY: The Department of Energy wants increased targets on the reduction in national energy consumption by 2030. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

This was lower than the National Energy Regulator of SA’s recommended increase of 7.61%, the City of Johannesburg said in its budget


Bill giving state more say over varsities passed


Critics say the bill gives the state sweeping powers over universities and colleges


School repairs set to cost R175m

The town of Vuwani in Limpopo has been declared a disaster area in the wake of 21 torched and vandalised schools. Picture: SOWETAN

It remains unclear when schooling in Vuwani will return to normal as emergency plan sees mobile units arrive for up to 60,000 learners but some teachers are too afraid to return to work


SACP eyes legal route in fight with Hawks head

CLAIM:  The SACP says Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza is harassing the party. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

South African Communist Party takes press its allegation Hawks head is part of a plot to target the party


Badly built RDP houses no longer the government’s responsibility, Sisulu says

OUR HOME: The issuing of title deeds for properties like these has been hampered by administrative problems in municipalities. Picture: SOWETAN

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says the National Home Builders Registration Council must track down contractors and ensure they fix their mess


Funds allocated for merger of Randfontein and Westonaria municipalities

Gauteng local government and housing MEC Paul Mashatile. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Gauteng co-operative governance MEC Paul Mashatile says his department will work closely with municipalities to fight corruption


AT HOME AND ABROAD: A scary right-wing wave is sweeping a fractured world

Don’t imagine you would be better off leaving the country, for the wider world seems also to be undergoing a spasm of political lunacy


The top 10 bogus ANC conspiracy theories

The ANC has deliberately created an environment in which any threat to its rule is blamed on "outside forces"


Stress-eating, self-medicating nation needs rehab

Our failure to binge to lift the economy suggests a desperate need to do something different to turn around the economy

John Volmink. Picture: TYRONE ARTHUR

EDITORIAL: Learn lessons of teachers scam

The Volmink report offers a guide on what to fix — the education system clearly needs radical repair


Report on Tongaat Mall heads for prosecutors

A view of the mall under construction that collapsed in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal, last week. Picture: REUTERS

The commission into the collapse of the Tongaat Mall finds noncompliance in the supervision of construction, failure to get approval for plans and the use of defective materials

Science & Environment

Environmental Affairs to study rhino horn ruling

Rhino horn. Picture:  AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT

The Supreme Court of Appeal has upheld a Pretoria High Court ruling lifting a seven-year ban on domestic trade in rhino horn


Police budget used to buy Zuma’s wives 10 vehicles

South African president Jacob  Zuma  poses for photographs with three of his wives, Sizakele Khumalo (R) Nompumelo Ntuli (L) Thobeka Mabhija (2-L) in this file photo. Pic: ESA ALEXANDER/SUNDAY TIMES

Nhleko says the vehicles, worth R9m, were bought between 2013 and 2016, to ensure the women’s protection

Chivas Regal

South African in the running for global social entrepreneurship prize

Jaco Gerrits will be vying for a portion of a $1m pool with 26 other young entrepreneurs from around the globe when he pitches his idea to a panel in New York

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Prosecutors handed report on Tongaat Mall collapse

A view of the mall under construction that collapsed in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal, last week. Picture: REUTERS

Charges could soon be laid over deaths of two men in collapse of cement beam during construction of Tongaat Mall north of Durban in November 2013


IDC met Oakbay Resources parties before offering the Gupta-owned firm a loan

Geoffrey Qhena. Picture: SUPPLIED

All meetings with officials, executives and shareholders of Oakbay Resources took place at offices of IDC, not at Gupta’s home, IDC CEO Geoffrey Qhena says


Hammanskraal calm after police promise halt to evictions

A resident walks past a group of shacks in the Thembelihle informal settlement near Lenasia, Johannesburg.  Picture: SOWETAN

Uneasy calm descends on Hammanskraal outside Pretoria after violent eviction protests on Monday leave two dead and six critically injured


Zuma appeals against corruption charges ruling

Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP PHOTO

He believes the Pretoria High Court erred in finding that the withdrawal of graft charges against him was ‘irrational’


DA calls public protector resolution an ANC attempt at ‘cadre deployment’

DA MP David Maynier

ANC wants six ANC councillors, two from the DA, one from the EFF and two others on a committee tasked with choosing a new public protector


Appeal looks beyond Zuma case, says NPA

CONFLICT: National Prosecuting Authority head Shaun Abrahams has to deal with court cases that threaten the leadership. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Prosecutions head Shaun Abrahams insists important principles are at stake in ‘spy tapes’ appeal


IEC called to brief Parliament on state of readiness for election


This was deemed necessary because of the number of recent court cases about the upcoming local government elections involving the IEC

Picture: THE TIMES

THE POINT: New student body grows entrepreneurship

Nonprofit Student Business Council wants to bridge academic and practical know-how for aspiring young entrepreneurs, writes Owen Skae

Telecoms & Technology

Reunert lifts empowerment level

Picture: ISTOCK

Reunert sells stake in its cable businesses to black investors for an undisclosed amount, as part of a plan to align it with new broad-based black economic empowerment codes


Property rates in Joburg to rise almost 6% from July

The Atrium on 5th, part of the Sandton City complex. Office developments in Sandton and Rosebank are driving demand for executive residential properties. Picture: SUPPLIED

Metro residents should expect a 6.93% tariff hike for electricity and an average 6% rise in tariffs for waste removal, the City of Joburg’s Geoffrey Makhubo says


Willies Mchunu sworn in as acting KwaZulu-Natal premier

Newly appointed KwaZulu-Natal premier Willies Mchunu (right) sits with President Jacob Zuma at a National Prayer Day gathering in Durban on Sunday. Picture: THULI DLAMINI

He replaces Senzo Mchunu, who resigned on Monday following sustained campaigning for his removal after he lost the ANC provincial chairmanship


Suspended soldier protesters to be recalled to the military

A study of highly trained people, including special-operations soldiers, found they were adept at listening to their bodies during stressful situations. Picture: REUTERS

SANDF chief Solly Shoke made the decision because he was ‘tired’ of having to pay them while they sat at home doing nothing


Nhleko warns SACP against ‘malicious’ political criticism of the Hawks

Nathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS/SIYABULELA DUDA

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko was addressing claims by the Communist Party that Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza was part of plans to target and harass party officials


Education officials call for harsher vandalism laws

The town of Vuwani in Limpopo has been declared a disaster area in the wake of 21 torched and vandalised schools. Picture: SOWETAN

Municipal demarcation protests in Vuwani, Limpopo, have seen more than 20 schools torched, resulting in damage estimated at R175m


Zuma man Willies Mchunu takes helm as KwaZulu-Natal’s new premier

Willies Mchunu, left, shares a light moment with President Jacob Zuma in this March 2013 file photo.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

The new leader is not new to power struggles with axed KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu


Jiba trials set to continue after court throws out DA challenge

Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: SOWETAN

Senior prosecutor Nomgcobo Jiba still faces an appeal and three more court cases

Transport & Tourism

Task teams formed to try to resolve SAA issues

IT’S LIKE THIS:  Federation of Unions of SA general secretary Dennis George makes a point. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA

Parties streamline representative teams to push forward talks on resolving the crisis at South African Airways


State proposes new rules for school posts

REFORM:  The Department of Basic Education has proposed that the minister be empowered to prescribe how the hiring of teachers should be done. File picture: THE TIMES

The Department of Basic Education has proposed new rules for the appointments of teachers after an investigation found senior posts were being sold


Abattoir workers taking dismissals to appeals court

Picture: ISTOCK

They claim they were axed for refusing to work long hours in oppressive working conditions for low salaries, but the Labour Court dismissed their case

Science & Environment

Local trade in rhino horn gets go-ahead as bid to extend ban is dismissed

Picture: REUTERS

The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed a government bid to keep a seven-year ban in place on domestic trade in rhino horn


NPA’s Zuma appeal a ‘blatant delaying tactic’, says DA

VIEW: National director of public prosecutions Shaun Abrahams has until Friday to appeal against the ruling or place it on the court roll. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

DA accuses NPA of trying to shield Zuma from the 783 charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering brought against him almost a decade ago


Trollip asks DA leaders not to publicise party disagreements

Democratic Alliance mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay municipality Athol Trollip addresses supporters during a rally outside mayor Danny Jordaan’s office on Thursday in Port Elizabeth. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MICHAEL SHEEHAN

DA leader in the Eastern Cape calls on provincial party leaders to communicate with structures before publicly announcing their resignations


SA needs a crisis to spur societal change

The lack of a real sense of crisis has put on hold the difficult discussions that could lead SA out of a cul de sac

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