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President Jacob Zuma's  Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Wrangling stymies Nkandla committee

3 hour(s) ago

Special parliamentary ad hoc committee to look into the R246m spending on President Jacob Zuma’s private home in Nkandla has still not begun its work as MPs argue over constitutionality and operational details

National

Pravin Gordhan pins hope on ‘back-to-basics’ strategy

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

Plan expected to focus municipalities on getting small things right such as fixing street lights, leaking taps and collecting refuse

National

Oversight structures not independent

Themba Godi, chairman of Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
3 hour(s) ago

Political interference weakens the work of standing committees on public accounts, writes Setumo Stone

Energy

Nuclear economist warns SA will ‘run into problems’

Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear plant looms over Melkbosstrand in Cape Town. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 hour(s) ago

Financing of nuclear projects is highly risky and is regarded as credit-negative by ratings agencies

National

Mbete appeals for national unity at joint parliamentary sitting

Baleka Mbete. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/WALDO SWIEGERS
14 hour(s) ago

Speaker’s appearance in the debate unusual as the established practice has been that the speaker only makes a speech when presenting Parliament’s budget

Law & Constitution

Judge slams illegal deportation of murder accused

Picture: THINKSTOCK
14 hour(s) ago

Officials who wrongfully deported a murder accused to Botswana, where he could face the death penalty, should be charged with attempted murder, court hears

National

Families of SA pilgrims killed in Nigeria need support, says Zuma

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

President Jacob Zuma says government in various sectors, including municipalities, will be affected by Nigerian tragedy and need to be ready and responsive

Opinion

Youth league still just a vehicle to high office

ANC Youth League national co-ordinator Mzwandile Masina. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO

Recent promotion of the league’s interim chairman, Mzwandile Masina, to deputy minister — after just more than a year in the chairman’s seat — provides some perspective, writes Setumo Stone

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Skills crisis needs more than money

Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Political will and a change of mind-set at the top are required to properly address the skills crisis in South Africa

Cape Town at night. Picture: THE TIMES

Global home buyers flock into Cape Town

International celebrities, captains of industry and other well-heeled globetrotters are increasingly keen to own a piece of Cape Town real estate

Business

Guarantees to state enterprises reach limit

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Sharp rise in guarantees and their draw-down rate will be closely watched by credit rating agencies, concerned about the deterioration in the current account deficit

Politics

Baleka Mbete, EFF rift deepens

EFF leader Julius Malema and chief whip Floyd Shivambu leave the house as Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa answers questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

EFF walks out of National Assembly again after Mbete ordered Julius Malema to withdraw remark directed at Cyril Ramaphosa

National

SA sends team to Nigeria to assist TB Joshua guest house accident victims

Rescue workers watch as an excavator removes rubble at the site of a collapsed building at the TB Joshua Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS/AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE
1 day(s) ago

Experts dispatched to evaluate needs of South African citizens who may have been involved in collapse of the Synagogue Church of Nations building

National

Ramaphosa asks for time to sell businesses

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Deputy president asks Jacob Zuma to give him time to complete disposal of business interests that could create conflict with his new role in government

Politics

NEWS ANALYSIS: Partisanship and one-upmanship made for a noisy no confidence debate

A panoramic view of Parliament, at the swearing-in ceremony of new members of Parliament in the National Assembly on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS
1 day(s) ago

DA increasingly suspicious that ANC is using majority to protect its interests, writes Paul Vecchiatto

National

Organisers cancel TribeOne fest, Tshwane to take spat to court

Picture: TRIBEONE
1 day(s) ago

City ‘shocked’ by Rockstar 4000’s decision to can Cullinan music event after Tshwane ‘fell behind schedule’ on preparations

Health

DA will ‘oppose medical bill’s plans to commercialise cannabis’

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Democratic Alliance will not support proposals to legalise dagga for medical, commercial and industrial purposes

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Poor grade R pupils have the least to show

Introduction of grade R in schools has had almost no effect on the learning progress of poor children, shows study

National

McBride ‘unable to provide names’ of recent Ipid appointments at meeting

Robert McBride.  Picture: SOWETAN
1 day(s) ago

New head of Independent Police Investigative Directorate gets off to rocky start with committee when he and team are unable to name recently appointed provincial heads

National

Lonmin ‘pleaded poverty but paid dividends’

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

Mining company continued paying out dividends to shareholders — despite pleading that it had no money to fulfil its legal obligation to build houses for employees

National

Boughey appointed as CEO of the Democratic Alliance

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille speaks at the launch of the party's 'Know Your DA' campaign on Monday.   Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

Paul Boughey appointed CEO after Jonathan Moakes, who has held the position since 2009, resigned last month to pursue ‘private business interests’

Opinion

How the ANC damages its own idea of patriotism

The ruling party has created a multitude of negative symbols that unite South Africans against it, writes Gareth van Onselen

Opinion

Black youth dynamics not clearly understood

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Xhanti Payi: We have to do more to change the dynamics and environment we depend on to produce black skilled young people. Transformation in corporate SA is critical

Economy

Economists expect rates to remain unchanged despite higher CPI

1 day(s) ago

Inflation rises slightly more than expected in August, but analysts do not believe Reserve Bank will hike rates at monetary policy committee meeting

Politics

Holomisa calls for inquiry into Mbete’s BEE dealings

LEND AN EAR: National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete addresses supporters before  a debate of  no confidence in her outside Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday. Picture:TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

UDM leader will ask for inquiry into role of Baleka Mbete in controversial Invictus Gold-Gold Fields BEE deal

Health

Complementary medicine rules revised

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

After industry pressure, Department of Health is proposing changes to some controversial regulations introduced last year, which may allow greater number of products to stay on market

Media

Minister defends SABC chairwoman over qualifications

Zandile Tshabalala, right.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
2 day(s) ago

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi says it is unfair to ask SABC chairwoman Zandile Tshabalala about her qualifications as due process is still to be followed

Health

Dagga for cancer sufferers gets its day

IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini in the study of his Hout Bay, Cape Town, home.  Oriani-Ambrosini has died after a long battle with cancer. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 day(s) ago

Oriani-Ambrosini’s dying wish now with the National Assembly, writes Tamar Kahn

National

Police fire rubber bullets at Grabouw protesters

Picture: GALLO IMAGES/DIE SON/WILLIAM McKINTOSH
2 day(s) ago

Members of public order policing unit fire rubber bullets at protesters after service delivery protests broke out on Monday, causing school closures, looting and vandalism

Labour

Black Africans lag in acquiring skills

Picture: THE TIMES/LAUREN MULLIGAN
3 day(s) ago

Youth unemployment review cites ‘far from optimal’ education as white, coloured, Indian and Asian counterparts overtake

National

ANC branch leader shot at party

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3 day(s) ago

Limpopo party branch chairman becomes second local politician to suffer from a violent attack in the past fortnight, suspect arrested

National

Western Cape acts on inquiry advice on policing

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, left, Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato, centre, and Premier Helen Zille  on Monday study the recommendations of the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry on policing. Picture:TREVOR SAMSON
3 day(s) ago

Western Cape government wastes no time in implementing some of the recommendations of Khayelitsha commission of inquiry

Politics

DA accuses ANC of ‘dirty tricks in struggle to cling to power’ in Oudtshoorn

Young ostriches are seen in a camp on the Ostrich Safari farm just outside Oudtshoorn.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
3 day(s) ago

DA constituency head leads march by hundreds of DA supporters and residents to municipal offices ‘to demonstrate concern for state of democracy’

Politics

NEW ANALYSIS: Years of band-aid therapy over Nkandla pay off for Zuma

President Jacob Zuma's  Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
4 day(s) ago

Nkandla issue continues to fester like a sore for both country and ANC, writes Paul Vecchiatto

Business Times

Crisis of relevance for unions

OPPOSITION: Cosatu members attend a protest against labour brokers in Port Elizabeth in March 2012. Picture: THE HERALD
4 day(s) ago

Union membership is waning as workers lose confidence, writes Asha Speckman

Labour

Mashaba believes minimum wage concept is a mistake

OUTSPOKEN: Herman Mashaba, chairman of the Free Market Foundation, says it is time for business leaders to speak truth to power.  Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
1 day(s) ago

Black business icon joins minimum wage debate as he believes it is set to hurt small business and is doomed for failure

Opinion & Analysis

Masipa’s decision to acquit Oscar of murder justified

Judge Thokozile Masipa delivers her judgment in the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.   Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

But it is unfortunate that judge did not spell out her findings on absence of knowledge or foresight of unlawfulness of killing more fully, writes Jonathan Burchell

National

ANC defeats Mbete no confidence motion after opposition walkout

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane Mmusi Maimane starts the debate on the vote of no confidence in National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete on Tuesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

Insult-laden debate ends in walkout by opposition parties looking to bring vote of no confidence in National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete

African News

Building collapse in Nigeria kills scores of South Africans

Emergency workers transporting an injured man on a stretcher after he was pulled out from the rubble of the collapsed guest house of The Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, linked to preacher TB Joshua. Picture: AFP/NEMA
2 day(s) ago

President sends condolences after sixty-seven South Africans die in building collapse in Nigeria

National

Tshwane ‘will help township businesses’

Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa at the Tshwane township revitalisation summit in Pretoria on Tuesday. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
2 day(s) ago

Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa tells small business owners the municipality will prioritise their businesses in the procurement of goods and services

National

Presidential library to be established in honour of Thabo Mbeki

Former president Thabo Mbeki. Picture: THE TIMES
2 day(s) ago

The presidential library will be the first of its kind on the continent, writes Setumo Stone

National

Ipid backs NPA's decision not to prosecute Riah Phiyega

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
1 day(s) ago

Independent Police Investigative Directorate conducted independent investigation into allegations that Gen Phiyega defeated the ends of justice

National

SAPS investigates three over $9.3m cash seizure

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Three foreign nationals being investigated after they try to bring cash into SA illegally, reportedly to buy arms

Labour

Sacked Generations actors prepared to return to work

BIG EARNERS: Former 'Generations' actors address the media in Johannesburg this week about being axed from the popular soapie. Picture: KEVIN SUTHERLAND
3 day(s) ago

City Press online reports that in letter drafted by Generations Actors’ Guild, actors have agreed to return to work, but negotiations are still under way

National

Lonmin boss says he was wrong about Amcu

Lonmin vice-president for transformation and former head of human resources Bernard Mokoena testifies at the Farlam commission of inguiry into the August 2012 Marikana shooting. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
3 day(s) ago

Head of human resources says at the time, he believed Amcu was behind 2012 wildcat strike at Marikana

National

NEWS ANALYSIS: ANC likely to flex its muscles for Mbete

Baleka Mbete. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/WALDO SWIEGERS
3 day(s) ago

African National Congress likely to flex its muscles for Baleka Mbete, writes Wyndham Hartley

Labour

Wage deal averts clothing strike

A woman works on machines at a Newcastle clothing factory. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Union settles for increases of 7% to 11%

National

Dalai Lama ‘must get SA visa’

Dalai Lama
3 day(s) ago

Furore over Dalai Lama being granted a visa to attend a World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates casts doubt over government’s involvement at the prestigious event

African News

Summit to tackle Congo and Lesotho

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
4 day(s) ago

President Jacob Zuma to host regional mini-summit on how to resolve contrasting security issues in Democratic Republic of Congo and Lesotho

Health

Gauteng health department still plagued with problems

Barbara Creecy.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
4 day(s) ago

Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy says five provincial departments out of a total of 13 and three out of 22 entities received clean audits in the 2013-14 financial year

Labour

Minimum wage ‘does not kill farm jobs’

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 day(s) ago

Academic says macroeconomic and trade policies have been main cause of fall in employment in farming sector

Economy

Australia and SA ministers meet ahead of G-20 summit

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, left, greet British Prime Minister David Cameron at the start of the Nato summit at the Celtic Manor resort, near Newport, Wales, earlier this month.  Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Australian foreign affairs minister meets International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to discuss the summit due to be held in Brisbane in November

Opinion

Mao Zedong a bizarre choice of icon for ANC to honour

A portrait of Mao Zedong is displayed at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.  Picture: THINKSTOCK

History and all its messiness is not a guide to best democratic practice, moral virtue or principled action

Opinion

DA needs to meet challenge posed by EFF’s antics

Malema actually stands for something but it is not certain if the official opposition greatly supports any causes

 
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