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Transport & Tourism

Protesters stone buses taking over Putco routes

Putco bus. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Despite heavy police presence, protesters stone busses, demonstrators are said to be from taxi associations that claim they were promised routes abandoned by Putco

Labour

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

Media

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'

Labour

Unions may take MTN strike abroad

MTN. Picture: BLOOMBERG/NADINE HUTTON

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

National

Gauteng police watchdog head in nepotism probe

Picture: THINKSTOCK

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

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

Opinion

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

Opinion

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

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

Politics

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

Transport & Tourism

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

Picture: THINKSTOCK

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

Labour

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

National

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

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

Business

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

Management

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

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

Rebel unions to participate at Cosatu congress

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

National

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

Opinion & Analysis

Lonmin has broken law by dodging housing obligation

MEMORIAL: Crosses planted on the koppie near the Nkaneng informal settlement in Marikana where 34 miners lost their lives at the hands of police during a protest in August 2012. Picture: THE TIMES

Social and labour plans are binding legal obligations, not targets to be pursued if the company does well, writes Lisa Chamberlain

National

Mpshe denies delaying Zuma prosecution

Mokotedi Mpshe, former acting director of public prosecutions. Picture: SOWETAN

Former acting head of NPA Mokotedi Mpshe says decision to delay prosecution of President Jacob Zuma in 2007 was made by former Scorpions head Leonard McCarthy

Opinion

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

Opinion

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

National

Gigaba vows immigration policy overhaul to meet economic goals

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

SA’s ‘outdated’ immigration laws will undergo an overhaul to accommodate economic migrants, among other changes

Mining

Poor mining districts benefit from R18bn projects

Platinum miners queue to undergo essential medical and safety procedures at the Wonderkop mines in Marikana Rustenburg on Wednesday, after a five-month long strike. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN

President Jacob Zuma says R18bn has been ‘dedicated to ongoing work’ since an interministerial committee for the revitalisation of distressed mining communities was established in 2012

National

Sibiya’s lawyer casts doubt on police’s evidence and witnesses

Shadrack Sibiya. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Lawyer insists there is ’no credible or reliable evidence’ Gauteng Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya gave go-ahead for illegal rendition of Zimbabweans

Transport & Tourism

Bus services in Gauteng ‘will not be disrupted’

Putco bus. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Provincial department of roads and transport says termination of Putco’s services on eight contracted routes in Gauteng will not affect commuters

Economy

Discouraged young work seekers at 1.5-million

Unemployment rate among young people remains stubbornly high as discouraged young work seekers grew from 809,000 in 2008 to 1.5-million this year

Politics

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

Labour

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

Picture: BLOOMBERG/ANDREW HARRER

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

Picture: MICHAEL ETTERSHANK

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

Mining

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

National

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

Politics

Paraffin-for-votes contract fuels tensions over tenders

The sprawling township of Katlehong in Ekurhuleni.  Picture: THE TIMES

Residents claim the paraffin is selectively delivered by people wearing ANC shirts

Labour

SA lost 44,000 jobs in first quarter

A group of men sit along a road looking for work. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Statistics SA quarterly employment statistics show loss of jobs is consistent with slowdown in economic activity during first three months of this year

Transport & Tourism

Bus services in Gauteng ‘will not be disrupted’

Putco bus. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Provincial department of roads and transport says termination of Putco’s services on eight contracted routes in Gauteng will not affect commuters

Politics

Bargaining weakens the ANC alliance, report says

Picture: SIMON MATHEBULA

Policy differences between the ANC and allies have caused deep divisions, with the most serious arising after the party endorsed the National Development Plan in 2012

Transport & Tourism

Sanral defends signs of loopholes in new e-toll rules as critics cry foul

Picture: SOWETAN

New e-tolls dispensation requires ‘regulatory and system changes’ still to be gazetted, says South African National Roads Agency

Opinion

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

Opinion

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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