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KwaZulu-Natal Health Department under fire for insisting on birth control

54 minute(s) ago

Female students, due to leave for India on Thursday on scholarships provided by the province, will receive birth-control implants, says MEC

National

Municipalities fail to come clean

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

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu finds R3.6bn unaccounted for, writes Setumo Stone

National

SA inches towards second peer review after seven-year hiatus

Collins Chabane. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 hour(s) ago

African Peer Review Mechanism a painfully slow and voluntary process whose stated ambition is to improve political, economic and social governance in Africa

Transport & Tourism

Visitors ‘just have to bear new visa rules’

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6 hour(s) ago

Those wishing to come to SA will have to take the pain of complying with new immigration regulations while the system is being perfected, says Gigaba

Labour

New equity act to take effect after uproar

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7 hour(s) ago

Act will come into force without controversial regulations that had threatened to block coloured and Indian people from senior management positions

National

SAA not suspending routes over Ebola

Samaritan's Purse medical personnel transport a person who died from the Ebola virus in the Case Management Center in Foya, Liberia. Picture: REUTERS/SAMARITAN'S PURSE
7 hour(s) ago

SAA has not had notification from a ‘competent’ authority in SA to initiate travel-related health warnings to deal with the deadly virus, but ports of entry are on high alert

National

Less than 10% of municipalities receive clean audits

Kimi Makwetu. Picture: KEVIN SUTHERLAND/SUNDAY TIMES
1 day(s) ago

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu says results for 2012-13 mark improvement from previous year, but target set in 2009 to have 100% clean audits has been missed

Media

Minister’s co-operation crucial in SABC probe, says Madonsela

Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS
19 hour(s) ago

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says she needs input from Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to establish appointment process of Hlaudi Motsoeneng

National

Suspended NPA unit chief opts to throw in the towel

Glynnis Breytenbach at the Labour Court in Johannesburg in 2012. Picture: THE TIMES
19 hour(s) ago

Integrity management unit head Prince Mokotedi — who is facing a disciplinary hearing — says he will resign at the beginning of August

Politics

Mantashe warns of ‘fascist movement’

Gwede Mantashe. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
1 day(s) ago

ANC ups ante in its attacks on EFF, sparked by the shenanigans in Parliament, likening it to the Nazi party in Germany

Opinion

Newspapers’ scrutiny of each other can be good

If our newspapers are aware that their rivals are paying attention to them, maybe they will work harder to meet the criteria for good governance their journalists expect of others

Opinion

SA should try reconciliation — for real this time

Claiming that reconciliation has failed assumes that a serious attempt has been made over the past 20 years to address our racial divides

Cedric Gina. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

New union in ANC fold to target Numsa

Entrance of a new union to the sector that Numsa has dominated is likely to intensify organised labour rivalry

National

Municipal finances remain in a shambles

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan present municipalities’ audit results in Pretoria on Wednesday. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
9 hour(s) ago

Pravin Gordhan to look for more effective ways to punish corruption and to bring discipline into how consultants are hired

National

Suspended NPA unit chief opts to throw in the towel

Glynnis Breytenbach at the Labour Court in Johannesburg in 2012. Picture: THE TIMES
19 hour(s) ago

Integrity management unit head Prince Mokotedi — who is facing a disciplinary hearing — says he will resign at the beginning of August

Health

Medical Research Council on drive to find private funders

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19 hour(s) ago

Medical Research Council appealing to big business and ‘angel philanthropists’ for more money so it can do bigger and better science, it tells Parliament

Opinion & Analysis

Graft informers are being given a raw deal

Former president Thabo Mbeki testifies at the Seriti Commission on Thursday.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
1 day(s) ago

Mukelani Dimba: How do we encourage culture of speaking out against corruption if language used to define those who courageously speak out against these social ills remains so acutely negative?

National

Private security industry is worth R50bn a year

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19 hour(s) ago

It is benefiting from South Africans’ need for protection from criminals

Politics

Mantashe defends Zuma daughter’s promotion

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. Picture: THE TIMES
1 day(s) ago

ANC secretary-general says children should not suffer for parents’ sins

Law & Constitution

Attorneys Amendment Bill aims to end multiple law societies

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1 day(s) ago

A number of law societies to regulate the operations of attorneys are refusing to co-operate in matters of unprofessional conduct

National

Tribal landlords vote over mining royalty funds

1 day(s) ago

Divided Bapo ba Mogale community start voting over platinum miner Lonmin’s offer to swap royalties for an equity stake, which is estimated to be more than R1bn, excluding dividends

Law & Constitution

Unions argue SANDF may not discriminate against HIV-positive recruits

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1 day(s) ago

High court hears about ‘blanket exclusion’ of HIV-positive recruits from South African National Defence Force through health tests

Obed Bapela, deputy minister in the Presidency for performance monitoring and evaluation. Picture: THE TIMES

THE INSIDER: Bapela is imagining better municipalities

Another dreamer, and seemingly a John Lennon fan, is Obed Bapela, the Deputy Minister for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Health

Plans to regulate where doctors work put on ice

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1 day(s) ago

Sama wants enabling act overhauled, saying it is unclear, unconstitutional and threatens doctors’ livelihoods

Labour

Solidarity accepts metals wage offer

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2 day(s) ago

Union says it will accept Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of SA’s offer of three-year salary agreement

Politics

Former MEC to face ANC panel over fraud claims

Brian Hlongwa. Picture: MOHAU MOFOKENG/SOWETAN
2 day(s) ago

ANC Gauteng chief whip Brian Hlongwa will explain to its integrity committee his alleged involvement in a R1.4bn tender fraud

Education

New tool to help balance gender scales on campus

university lecture hall education XXX   Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

The instrument comes in the form of a questionnaire covering six categories and will be distributed to all higher education institutions on the continent

Opinion

Let’s all ‘go home’ to Krugersdorp (if we can fit)

This notion of whites ‘going back home’ is gargantuan twaddle spewed by pseudo-intellectual, antiwhite racists

Opinion

AT HOME AND ABROAD: Youth orchestra a neglected public relations investment

Young musicians are South Africa’s greatest source of undervalued talent

Energy

Earthlife Africa tells court Pelindaba smelter ‘illegal’

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3 day(s) ago

The lobby group wants it shut down as it says the possibility exists that it could be turned to commercial use which would result in SA becoming ‘a nuclear waste junkyard’

Media

Prophet cartoon a bad call, says Dawes

Mail & Guardian editor Nic Dawes addresses the Right2Know campaign outside parliament in November last year.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
3 day(s) ago

Former Mail & Guardian editor says the ‘as a matter of editorial process’ it was not appropriate to publish the cartoon of the prophet by Zapiro

Labour

Strike deadlock threatens centralised bargaining

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
3 day(s) ago

Numsa balks at Seifsa condition, as failure to end strike could precipitate collapse in central bargaining for a bargaining council

Media

Motsoeneng stares down Malema

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
3 day(s) ago

Julius Malema is threatening to lead the Economic Freedom Fighters in a mass action to burn television licences on the SABC’s doorstep

National

Rushed MPs pass budget law just in time

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
3 day(s) ago

Parliament manages to pass in the nick of time the law that gives effect to the 2014-15 budget — preventing a shutdown of government

National

Government sets 1.5-million target for homes — and then aims to exit

Lindiwe Sisulu.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
3 day(s) ago

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu would like the state step away from the large-scale provision to avoid dependency by poor

Labour

Numsa to clarify position on Seifsa offer

Irvin Jim. Picture: MASIMBA SASA
3 day(s) ago

National Union of Metalworkers of SA holds special executive meeting to discuss employers’ offer after talks to end five-week strike fail

Politics

De Lille finds the going tough at arms deal commission

6 day(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

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6 day(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
6 day(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

Ministry defends appointment of Zuma’s daughter

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
6 day(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

Strike ballots ‘can be useful’ for unions

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1 day(s) ago

The debate over strike balloting has once again surfaced in the wake of violent and lengthy strikes over the past two years

Politics

DA heads to court on ANC failure to hand over Oudtshoorn council

Kimi Makwetu. Picture: KEVIN SUTHERLAND/SUNDAY TIMES
1 day(s) ago

The DA has filed court papers demanding their councillors be reinstated, and that the mayor, speaker and town managers surrender their offices

Labour

Employers at odds over strike settlement

Irvin Jim. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
2 day(s) ago

End to month-long strike welcomed amid fears that the full picture of its negative effect on economy is still to emerge

Labour

Numsa, Solidarity sign wage deal with Seifsa

Irvin Jim, general secretary of Numsa. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Unions in metal and engineering sectors sign three-year wage deal with employer body, but National Employers’ Association of SA declines to sign until its demands are addressed

Transport & Tourism

Sanral tries to keep Cape toll details secret

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2 day(s) ago

SA National Roads Agency will ask court to grant secrecy application, which will allow it keep details of proposed tolling of N1 and N2 highways confidential

Labour

Sentech workers strike for 13th cheque

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2 day(s) ago

Company has been locked in negotiations with CWU in a bid to resolve impasse, while strike could disrupt the signal services Sentech provides

National

US expands initiative to train leaders in Africa

LONG GAME: US President Barack Obama has tried to debunk the critique that being a reluctant  warrior is a weakness. Picture: AFP PHOTO
2 day(s) ago

Barack Obama says his country is expanding an initiative to develop and train political and economic leaders in Africa, including South Africa

Politics

New code will ban MPs from deals with state

ANC chief whip Stone Zisani. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

News of the new code follows reports detailing extensive business interests of President Jacob Zuma and his family, as well as those of a number of Cabinet ministers

Politics

Government says it has ‘turned the corner’ on Limpopo crisis

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

Moves are under way to restore the province’s authority, by replacing the Section 100 notices that put five provincial departments under administration with less invasive measures

Education

Colleges probed over ‘irregularities’

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

Department to spend as much as R10m probing four technical and vocational education and training colleges over procurement irregularities and nepotism

Labour

Numsa agrees to wage deal to end four-week strike

Irvin Jim. Picture: MASIMBA SASA
2 day(s) ago

Numsa, South Africa’s largest union, accepts 10% annual pay rise fixed for three years for lowest-paid workers, says union leader Irvin Jim

Politics

EFF playing the big league after only a year, says Malema

Julius Malema. Picture: SOWETAN
3 day(s) ago

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema in expansive mood at celebration of first anniversary, eyes liberation of ‘all the world’s oppressed’

Politics

Zuma reads unruly MPs the riot act

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS
6 day(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

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6 day(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
6 day(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

Education

Department prefers pupils to take maths, rather than maths literacy

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7 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

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
7 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

Opinion

Absence of evidence does not prove innocence

The phrase ‘the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence’ is a handy guide and frame for a welter of present events contending for attention

Opinion

Economy would reel from a domestic workers strike

The debate on pay should be extended to everyone who has an employee, both in informal and formal employment

 
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