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Politics

ANC warns EFF not to disrupt parliamentary proceedings in the future

Economic Freedom Fighters leader and a group of EFF members march to the Gauteng legislature on Tuesday.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
5 hour(s) ago

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete appeals for robust debate that deepens democracy but which avoids politicking and observes the rules

Health

SA to treat HIV patients earlier, says Motsoaledi

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
8 hour(s) ago

Plan likely to please patient advocates but places fresh strain on the public health system, already battling to maintain drug supplies to clinics and hospitals

Education

Team will address posts for sale allegations, says Motshekga

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
7 hour(s) ago

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says department has taken alleged selling of principal, deputy principal positions at schools ‘very seriously’

Labour

Seifsa sets Friday deadline for offer

Kaizer Nyatsumba.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
15 hour(s) ago

Talks to end the three-week strike in the metals and engineering sector inch forward

National

Sanral ‘was aware of the outcome of eviction’

Lwandle residents rebuild the houses from which they were evicted. Picture: ESA ALEXANDER
13 hour(s) ago

The chairman of the Lwandle evictions inquiry has accused Sanral of adopting a ‘supine attitude’ when it kicked people out of the informal settlement last month

Education

Nzimande vows to turn training colleges into ‘institutions of choice’

Blade Nzimande. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
13 hour(s) ago

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande says government plans to increase the number of technical and vocational education and training colleges

Labour

Seifsa to consider state-sponsored proposal

Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa says it has reluctantly accepted wage proposal from Labour Department aimed at ending strike

Opinion

THE INSIDER: Floyd’s pinkish economic outlook mocked by MPs

Floyd Shivambu. Picture: SOWETAN

Shivambu comes under heavy fire for his enthusiasm for diving into deep intellectual waters and coming up with swift solutions to intractable problems

Opinion

LETTER FROM CAPE TOWN: It won’t be business as usual after strike ends

Seifsa members may ride out the storm but it is clear many Neasa-aligned companies risk bankruptcy

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Budget votes revealing of state’s agenda

Lisa Vetten: Could it be that the desire to tell ‘a good story’ is trumping considerations of cost and equity?

Europe

Train carrying bodies from MH17 reaches government-held city

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
10 hour(s) ago

Remains of many of 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight arrive in Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, first leg of final journey home to be reclaimed by their families

National

SA treads softly around Russia’s possible role in air disaster in Ukraine

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media after delivering her vote speech in Parliament on Tuesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
13 hour(s) ago

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane calls for a thorough, transparent and independent investigation of the incident

Science & Environment

Groups seek new freeze on fracking licences

BIG PLANS: Shell has reserved another $250m for drilling exploration wells in the Karoo. Picture: THE HERALD
13 hour(s) ago

AfriForum has stepped into the fray in support of the Treasure the Karoo Action Group, which is opposed to hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo

Education

Science minister calls for R5.8bn to raise PhD output

13 hour(s) ago

Minister says said the NDP sets a target of training 100,000 PhD students by 2030 and that South Africa’s annual output is a mere 1,800

Health

Calls grow to decriminalise sex work

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

South African researchers estimate that half of South Africa’s 150,000 female sex workers are HIV-positive

Arts & Entertainment

Johannesburg orchestra postpones third season due to lack of funds

1 day(s) ago

The philharmonic orchestra is in a business rescue process and its creditors include the South African Revenue Service

National

DA-led Cape Town ‘punishing Lwandle residents for voting ANC’

Helen Zille. Picture: THE TIMES
1 day(s) ago

ANC councillor tells inquiry that City of Cape Town is dragging its feet in dealing with housing crisis, a situation that led to ‘brutal’ evictions

National

Political murder case in limbo after court ruling

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Police say they are studying a recent ruling that resulted in a case of alleged political murder being thrown out of court

Business

Upgrade of convention centre expected to boost SMEs

The Cape Town International Convention Centre.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 day(s) ago

Multimillion rand expansion of Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) to provide opportunities for small, medium-sized and micro enterprises

Vernon Philander. Picture: REUTERS/DINUKA LIYANAWATTE

Ball-tampering — it’s just one of the original sins of the game

Ball-tampering is one of the most overrated, overhyped ‘crimes’ in cricket, writes Neil Manthorp

Education

Funding for student loans, bursaries stands at R8.9bn, says Nzimande

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande addresses a press briefing after delivering his budget vote speech in Parliament on Tuesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Minister says from 1991 to 2013 the student financial aid scheme assisted more than 1.4-million students and will aid a further 430,000 students this year

Politics

NFP leaders deny party is facing a financial crisis

Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, leader of the National Freedom Party. Picture: RAJESH JANTILAL
1 day(s) ago

The party’s headquarters in Clark Road, in Durban’s Glenwood suburb, has been put on auction and is due to be sold next month

National

Clash brewing between Eskom and Sowetans over prepaid meters

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

The utility plans to invest about R216m installing prepaid systems in Soweto this year to arrest the culture of nonpayment for services

Labour

SA faces risk of human capital flight

Striking miners at Marikana, near Rustenburg. Picture: AFP PHOTO
2 day(s) ago

Country risks losing more businesses and skilled young people because of rating downgrades, a potential recession and persistent labour unrest

Opinion

Country’s shareholders need greater say on executive pay

Picture: THINKSTOCK

The exact nature of any ‘say on pay’ regulation should be coupled with an equally vigorous debate on regulation and policy related to job creation

Opinion

New bourgeoisie must set course for greater equality

The new bourgeoisie must demonstrate that it is in the business not only of enriching a few, but of transforming the deeply entrenched socioeconomic imbalances

National

Households lead in delinquent municipal debt

Salga CEO Xolile George. Picture: THE TIMES
2 day(s) ago

Revenue collection remains weak at municipalities, with debt for services ballooning from about R81bn last year to more than R93.4bn this year

Labour

New complication in Numsa strike

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant takes a break at the Nedlac labour council conference in Pretoria on Tuesday. She has questioned the logic of pursuing a strike to the point where it damages workers’ interests. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
5 day(s) ago

The tiff between the two employer organisations, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa and National Employment Association of SA, could end up in court

National

Costs taken into account in arms deal, says Mbeki

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

Former president says inter-ministerial committee on defence procurement had not ignored the cost implications of buying Grippen and Hawk jets for air force

Labour

Long strikes could be held in check with plan for interest arbitration

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: SOWETAN
2 day(s) ago

Department looking into a binding ruling on parties if the settlement of the strike is in the broader public interest

Telecoms & Technology

Cwele wants Telkom to share its network

Siyabonga Cwele. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 day(s) ago

Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele wants Telkom’s competitors to have access to the partly state-owned company’s infrastructure

Politics

Flak over Nkandla despite ‘turning corner’

Thulas Nxesi. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 day(s) ago

Not even an account of success in turning around the Department of Public Works could save its minister, Thulas Nxesi, from a barrage of criticism

Business

Security industry bill may open sector to small, local firms

Picture: BUSINESS DAY
6 day(s) ago

Small security companies are poised to cash in on the possible divestment by the industry’s large players should Zuma sign the bill compelling dominant players to cede majority shares to locals

National

Government to reclaim disputed state properties, says Nxesi

Thulas Nxesi.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
7 day(s) ago

State properties with no records of transfer include the notorious former police hit-squad farm Vlakplaas, says the minister

Energy

Eskom hopes Medupi schedule will weather protracted strike

Lynne Brown and Tshediso Matona. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 day(s) ago

Eskom puts short-term measures in place to limit effects of disruption the labour strike in the metal and engineering sector has caused to the construction of its Medupi power station

National

Sisulu promises 1.5-million houses in five years

Public Service Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
7 day(s) ago

Human settlements minister says South Africa is about to become the biggest construction site in Africa and most probably in the developing world

Media & Advertising

Muthambi stands by Motsoeneng

Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS
7 day(s) ago

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi defends permanent appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng, pledges to fill other posts soon

Labour

Seifsa says it will not return to Numsa with new offer

Numsa members strike. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
7 day(s) ago

Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa has exhausted its mandate from members, will return to its previous position

National

MPs remind minister he has inherited problems in police

Dianne Kohler Barnard. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Nathi Nhleko told he has inherited a ‘shambles’ arising from the legacy of two national commissioners — Jackie Selebi and Bheki Cele

National

Zuma to dispatch team to Israel, Palestine

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media after delivering her vote speech in Parliament on Tuesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

President Jacob Zuma also to invite Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on a working visit to South Africa, and country pledges $1m in humanitarian aid

National

Radebe’s reappointment as head of arms control body widely welcomed

Jeff Radebe.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

Democratic Alliance defence spokesman David Maynier says under Jeff Radebe the National Conventional Arms Control Committee stabilised

Arts & Entertainment

Johannesburg orchestra postpones third season due to lack of funds

1 day(s) ago

The philharmonic orchestra is in a business rescue process and its creditors include the South African Revenue Service

National

Mpofu calls police witness ‘delusional’

Dali Mpofu. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
1 day(s) ago

Dali Mpofu pulls a rabbit out of a hat by representing mine worker Devana Madumbe at the Farlam commission

Politics

EFF stages sit-in in Gauteng legislature

Economic Freedom Fighters leader and a group of EFF members march to the Gauteng legislature on Tuesday.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
1 day(s) ago

Group of Economic Freedom Fighters supporters breach, storming of main entrance on Rissik Street almost turns into stampede

Labour

Employers to meet after consulting constituencies

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: GCIS
2 day(s) ago

National employer bodies in steel, engineering sectors to have ‘off-the-record meeting’ after unions submit combined proposal demand

National

SAPS upgrading public order policing

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

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko says SAPS improving training, equipment for unit in line with vision of demilitarisation of service

National

Mbeki tells Seriti commission there is no evidence of corruption

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

Former president says those making the allegations of bribery in the arms deal have not come forward with facts that a law enforcement agency can act on

Energy

Minister plans to transform energy sector

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson plans speed up the empowerment of women and youth in the energy sector

Politics

POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Economic cluster to start debates

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS
2 day(s) ago

A key point of debate in the National Assembly is likely to be about breathing life into the economy and what is meant by the proposed radical economic transformation

Labour

Union ‘war’ — old pattern, new turf

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union members are seen at a mass meeting of union members at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Monday.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
3 day(s) ago

Strike at Marula resembles previous Amcu incursions as South Africa’s union turf war rumbles eastward

Business Times

Strikes are not the only disincentive

automotive factory manufacturing XXX
3 day(s) ago

Not every car manufacturer will pull its operation out of the country every time Numsa goes on strike

Business

Treasury proposes changes to venture capital company tax regime

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

Amendments aimed at encouraging potential funders to invest in small businesses, there has been limited uptake since regime was introduced in 2008

National

Back to basics for local government, says Gordhan

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan briefs the media before delivering his budget speech in Parliament on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON Feb 26 2014
6 day(s) ago

The co-operative governance minister says all municipalities will be required to deliver a basic package of services and all 278 of them will have to do it

National

State ready on public service housing plan

Collins Chabane and Mashwahle Diphofa. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
5 day(s) ago

Government is ready to launch a public servants’ housing scheme as soon as it gets the green light from the public sector trade unions in the upcoming wage negotiation

Business

Maximum fines sought for World Cup colluders who did not settle

5 day(s) ago

The Competition Commission will treat each project in the construction collusion case separately and will request maximum penalties for those successfully prosecuted

Politics

Zuma delays response on Nkandla report again

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

Jacob Zuma delays responding to Parliament about the R246m upgrade to his Nkandla home, despite his undertaking to do so to Baleka Mbete

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Municipal debt is Gordhan’s poser

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan briefs the media before delivering his budget speech in Parliament on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON Feb 26 2014

Pravin Gordhan will have his work cut out with his ‘back to basics’ plan for South Africa’s municipalities

Opinion

STRAIGHT TALK: We want to belong — but to Brics?

If the Brics funds are to go to the most needy we’re bound to benefit from more than our proportional share, or contribution

 
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