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FNB preferred bidder for Gauteng government’s banking tender

But bank has one more hurdle to cross before it clinches tender — an independent probity team has to draft report in which it recommends FNB as tender winner


NPA ‘sidesteps’ merits of case against Zuma — again, says DA

Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: THE TIMES

Democratic Alliance says National Prosecuting Authority has again failed ‘to deal with merits’ of application to have prosecution of President Jacob Zuma case reinstated

Transport & Tourism

Five shot in protests over Putco routes

People walked distances to try to reach their work places after state bus operator Autopax failed to find drivers for some of the routes it took over from Putco recently. Picture: SOWETAN

Taxi driver protest over who will take over routes abandoned by Putco turns even more violent as a driver, four passengers are shot


Eskom freezes job cuts to retain vital skills


Jobs growth has averaged 20% a year since 2008 even as electricity output fell amid frequent breakdowns of ageing coal-fired generation plants


Land claim threatens community’s Lonmin deal

Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti addresses the media after his budget vote to the National Assembly on Friday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Multimillion-rand equity deal between Lonmin and a Marikana community could be in jeopardy due to a revived land claim


EFF to lay charges against Ramaphosa and Mthethwa for Marikana

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa briefs the media on the new e-tolls dispensation on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS

Economic Freedom Fighters concerned Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former police minister Nathi Mthethwa will go unpunished for massacre of striking Lonmin mineworkers


Zuma and apartheid: The excuse with a thousand faces

President's remarkable recent threat, that he would consider "relooking" at apartheid uses of force to quell university unrest unless students started to behave


Eskom's tariff application blew up over timing and future costs

Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

The timing was never going to fly once the finance minister refused another extension

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

Masipa voices concern about state ignoring court rulings

Judge Thokozile Masipa warns that if state does not lead by example in respecting court rulings, there is cause to fear for the future

Transport & Tourism

Child advocacy groups back new visa rules


Save the Children, ChildlineSA, the United Nations Children’s Fund, Molo Songololo and World Vision back stringent travel papers and argue children’s safety most important


SA has UN’s HIV testing goal in sight


SA to meet United Nations’s goal of diagnosing 90% of HIV-positive adults by 2020, an important for gauging the effect of countries’ HIV programmes

Telecoms & Technology

Sadc agrees on new target for digital TV

Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS/NTSWE MOKOENA

Southern African Development Community states agree to complete migration process by next June — ambitious since most have not yet started


NEWS ANALYSIS: Migration operation a precursor to border agency

Defence force members in Mayfair, Johannesburg, on Monday during a crime prevention exercise with police and government officials. Picture: SOWETAN

The new migration approach will be elaborated in the green paper to be released by March 2016, writes Khulekani Magubane

Telecoms & Technology

PIC scores big in Vodacom stake buy

PIC chief investment officer Daniel Matjila. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

PIC secured itself a 10% discount when it came to the government’s rescue by buying its 13.9% stake in cellphone operator Vodacom


NUM concludes wage deal with Samancor

Workers at an iron-ore smelter. Picture: REUTERS

National Union of Mineworkers agrees three-year wage agreement with Samancor Chrome, covering company’s operations in Rustenburg area

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

EDITORIAL: Suspension would be a prudent move

Retired judge Ian Farlam’s stinging criticism of national police commissioner Riah Phiyega leaves little doubt, except for President Jacob Zuma


Unions may take MTN strike abroad


Escalation of boycott hinges on whether MTN accedes to the demands made by the Communication Workers Union


Engineer’s innovation gives power to rural people

Electrical engineer Herman Mphaphuli, CEO of engineering company Mphaphuli Consulting. He has worked out a way to get municipalities’ permission to use their budgets for electrifying houses in advance. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Electrification of rural communities isn’t difficult technically, but politics and money hold things back, writes Lesley Stones


Gauteng police watchdog head in nepotism probe


Documents appear to show Ipid head Felicia Ntshangase chaired an interview panel despite being cited as a reference in the three candidates’ CVs


Alliance resurrects Moseneke’s Zuma criticism

Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Justice Dikgang Moseneke takes brunt of alliance meeting's criticism of 'overarching' judiciary, as parties identify blind spots included a disconnect between leaders and the masses


How to build an absurd Trojan horse

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir greets supporters at the airport in the capital, Khartoum, Sudan, on Monday. Mr Bashir flew out of SA in defiance of a Pretoria court that later said he should have been arrested to face genocide charges at the International Criminal Court. Picture: REUTERS/MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH

As the government seeks to manage the fallout of the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir debacle, it is unsurprising part of its strategy involves demonising the Southern Africa Litigation Centre


Bashir issue is one of being African

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's arrest and surrender to International Criminal Court would have made SA the polecat of Africa


Wage mediation starts for municipal workers

Municipal wage mediation begins on Thursday, with a strike looming if the process fails. Samwu strikes are often marked by violence, as seen in this incident in East London in 2011.  Picture: DAILY DISPATCH

Mediation will be between the South African Local Government Association, the South African Municipal Workers’ Union and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union

Telecoms & Technology

Phone coverage ‘on track’ for underground Gautrain

ALL ABOARD: Commuters wait to board the Gautrain at Rosebank station in Johannesburg. Picture: DANIEL BORN

MTN and Vodacom have installed network infrastructure at Johannesburg’s Park, Sandton and Rosebank stations, enabling subscribers to access data and voice services


Rebel unions to participate at Cosatu congress

Numsa president Andrew Chirwa addresses the media in November last year on the Cosatu crisis. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Unions vow to put expulsions of Numsa and Zwelinzima Vavi at ‘centre stage’ amid perception of widespread support for both


Nhleko unpacks Nkandla report at media briefing

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko briefs the media on Nkandla on Thursday.  Picture: ESA ALEXANDER

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko defends his report into security upgrades and presents video as evidence of how swimming pool can be used to fight fires

Transport & Tourism

New toll tariffs and caps to kick in for account holders

Sanral communications manager Vusi Mona. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Sanral says government reduced tariffs after taking into account concerns of low- and middle-income users around transport budget issues


CEO appointment above board, says SABC

SABC television studios in Auckland Park. The uptake of digital broadcasting technology will see an increase from three SABC channels to more than 10 channels. Picture: KEVIN SUTHERLAND

Latest ruction at South African Broadcasting Corporation centres on appointment of executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng 'favourite'

Transport & Tourism

Prasa boss does U-turn on stepping down

Prasa CEO Lucky Montana. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO

Lucky Montana calls bluff of nonexecutive chairman Popo Molefe and Transport Minister Dipuo Peters with the surprise announcement that he is willing to stay on

Transport & Tourism

New trains are on track — now race is on to run them


Prasa due to spend R45bn over the next three years in upgrading infrastructure and getting ready for the new trains


Joburg city ombudsman ready to investigate

Johannesburg's skyline. Picture: THE TIMES/ALON SKUY

Houghton-based Joburg ombudsman Siduduzo Gumede has a startup budget of R20m and 15 staff to deal with residents' complaints about municipalities


Almost 67,000 taxpayers submit returns via eFiling as tax season starts

Picture: SOWETAN

Tax season gets off to a positive start, with 67,231 tax returns filed since midnight‚ South African Revenue Service says


ANC and Ses’khona bury the hatchet

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

Improved relations follow election of leader of Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement to serve on the party’s provincial executive committee


Kasi Careers Expo expected to draw 3,500

People attend a job training and resource fair at Coney Island in New York, us, in this December 11 2013 file photo. Picture: REUTERS

More than 80 companies set to exhibit at expo, aimed at providing opportunities for bursaries, learnerships and employment for students

Transport & Tourism

Uber accuses Cape Town law enforcement of targeting its drivers


Uber says impoundings of vehicles escalated last weekend, at a time when demand for the service usually peaks

Law & Constitution

Shoprite cannot sell wine on shelves in Eastern Cape


Constitutional Court ruling that a licence to sell wine is ‘property’ in terms of the Constitution, breaks new ground on the Constitution’s property rights


Rob Davies looks into platinum special economic zones

Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies and Mpact CEO Bruce Strong attend the annual Manufacturing Indaba in Boksburg on Monday. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Platinum-based special economic zones — one in Limpopo and one in North West — under investigation, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies


Nhleko offers new Nkandla scapegoat

UNDER A CLOUD: President Jacob Zuma's homestead in Nkandla. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Latest claim states bulk of the spending on Nkandla was on 21 houses built outside Jacob Zuma’s property for police and military personnel


EDITORIAL: Watchdog fails the public

Monwabisi Gantsho.  Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Tainted Monwabisi Gantsho affair reflects poorly on Council for Medical Schemes — whose duty it was to ascertain the truth


Time for COPE and the UDM to join the DA

Congress of the People, United Democratic Movement could achieve more as part of Democratic Alliance than they ever will outside it

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