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Faith Muthambi.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Cabinet breaks logjam over set-top boxes

7 hour(s) ago

Control system to be an integral feature of the set-top boxes, and broadcasters will not be allowed to use the boxes for their own commercial purposes

National

North West bans live tweeting during premier’s address

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1 hour(s) ago

Stringent measures for media reminiscent of signal jamming drama in Parliament are announced ahead of state of the province address

Land & Agriculture

Cape aims for ‘at least 70% success’ in agricultural land-reform projects

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1 hour(s) ago

Western Cape wants to ensure at least 70% of all agricultural projects are successful over next five years, finance MEC Ivan Meyer says in budget presentation

Trade & Industry

UN food price index decline likely to aid probable SA maize imports

LAND OF PLENTY: Farm workers pack maize cobs into bags on a farm on the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia. Picture: BLOOMBERG/
JEAN-CLAUDE COUTAUSSE
6 hour(s) ago

FAO says lower global prices for cereals, meat and sugar more than offset an increase in milk and palm oil prices

Labour

Cosatu gives Vavi last chance to explain himself

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
6 hour(s) ago

No individual was being targeted in the probe, but Cosatu leaders say Zwelinzima Vavi needs to substantiate his version

Politics

‘Open Parliament’ would benefit all, say media groups

Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 hour(s) ago

Parliament’s filming policy says when there are incidents of ‘unparliamentary conduct' the camera must remain trained on the speaker

Health

Gauteng health department pledges to pay overdue bills

Gauteng infrastructure development MEC Qedani Mahlangu. Picture: SOWETAN
6 hour(s) ago

Department looking to clean up its accounts as it prepares to come out of administration in May

Opinion

TWEET OF THE WEEK: Has the EFF run out of ideas?

Economic Freedom Fighters look like they are struggling to produce the screenplay for their next piece of theatre

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Zuma reveals family to lodge land claims

President’s nephew, Inkosi Simpiwe Zuma, has launched a land claim targeting more than 60 farms in Impendle in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, reports say

Opinion & Analysis

State has wrong culprit in drive for clean air

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6 hour(s) ago

In an imperfect world clean air is an impossible dream and compromise is the best we can hope for, writes Philip Lloyd

Property

Durban’s iconic Royal Hotel fetches R78m at auction

The well-known Royal Hotel, which once had a six star rating and hosted many celebrities, was auctioned in Durban for R78m. Picture: RAJESH JANTILA
1 day(s) ago

Grand hotel in its time hosted Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Anne and King Goodwill Zwelithini, Mark Twain and Phil Collins

Transport & Tourism

Sanral opts to postpone bond sale to next week

Picture: SOWETAN
1 day(s) ago

Roads agency struggles to attract bidders, last month it raised only R400m of the R600m it needs every month for operations and bond cover

Labour

Cosatu calls special meeting on purchase of new head office

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21 hour(s) ago

Meeting will also afford federation’s general-secretary an opportunity to explain his absence from its three-day central executive committee meeting

Politics

Questions on state of nation disruptions go unanswered

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa responds to questions in the National Assembly.  Picture: GCIS
1 day(s) ago

Both Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and State Security Minister David Mahlobo cite sub judice rule

Politics

Reshuffle means fewer state posts filled

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1 day(s) ago

In September more than half national departments did not meet the 10% vacancy rate target — with one department's vacancy rate of 37.5%

Food waste. Picture: REUTERS/LUCAS JACKSON

REVIEW: Developed world’s food waste is not only about the hungry

Tackling the issue can make a dent in greenhouse gas emissions, writes Ron Nixon

Labour

Piotrans replacing striking bus drivers

COMMUTE: Users of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transport service in Soweto. Picture: SOWETAN
1 day(s) ago

Spokesman Dumisani Mntambo says the firm is hopeful its move to ensure stability of the bus rapid transit system — through firing staff — will see passengers return

Politics

Reshuffle means fewer state posts filled

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

In September more than half national departments did not meet the 10% vacancy rate target — with one department's vacancy rate of 37.5%

National

Proposal to temporarily cut UIF contributions weighed

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

Finance minister proposes reducing earnings ceiling against which the 2% levy is calculated, which could release R15bn from the UIF’s financial surplus in a year

Opinion

Lamoer grilled on ‘white shirts’ in Parliament

EFF members clash with  Parliament Protection  Services during  the state of the nation address on Thursday in Cape Town. Picture: THE TIMES/ESA ALEXANDER

Security operation for Sona was organised at national level but that Western Cape police officers were mere role players, says Western Cape provincial police commissioner

Opinion

Vavi needs to realise life in Cosatu’s fold is over

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi fails to recognise that union federation has moved on without him

Opinion

Don’t stop at banning foreign land ownership

Clearly, the way to enrich South Africans is to prohibit all interaction with foreigners

Opinion

Has land reform lost its purpose?

Workers harvest fruit at the award-winning Luthando Farm in the Eastern Cape.   Picture: DAILY DISPATCH

Open debate on land reform is lacking

Innovation

Province mulls turning cheap wine into biofuel

VinPro MD Rico Basson says another potential 8,000ha of land for wine, citrus and fruit farming could be unlocked if access to nearby water schemes were provided. File picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
2 day(s) ago

Move to find alternative uses for low-grade wines could face resistance from producers

Economy

Growth ‘not just a job for the Treasury’

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1 day(s) ago

Entire state will have to pitch in to reach growth targets, says tax professionals president

Labour

NEWS ANALYSIS: Misplaced priorities said to be at heart of Cosatu’s cash crisis

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
1 day(s) ago

Cosatu’s political levy was paid by only five affiliates, raising R1.5m, with R8.8m outstanding, plus drying up of subscriptions from the expelled Numsa has not helped

Politics

Mnqasela joins race for DA top post

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/SHELLEY CHRISTIANS
1 day(s) ago

Controversial DA man Masizole Mnqasela plans to contest top posts at Democratic Alliance national elective conference in Port Elizabeth in May

National

Home Affairs’ extended office hours hope to end long queues

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1 day(s) ago

The department has long been plagued by long queues as members of the public wait to be serviced with identity documents and passports

Business

Exit charges on taking money out of SA ‘not a tax’

South African entrepreneur and multimillionaire Mark Shuttleworth. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 day(s) ago

'Exit charge' on the export of capital — which entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth has fought all the way to the Constitutional Court — is no longer in place

National

Arms exports slow as demand falls and research lags

Helmoed Romer-Heitman. Pictures: MARTIN RHODES
1 day(s) ago

Authorised exports of conventional weapons last year fell to less than 10% of what the country sold three years ago

National

South Africans, rich or poor, guilty or innocent, ‘are equal in health and death’

Dr Victor Ramathesele.  Picture: SOWETAN
1 day(s) ago

Dr Victor Ramathesele says you cannot let a criminal’s history cloud your judgment

National

Oliphant confirms legal services chief’s suspension

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD
1 day(s) ago

Nkahloleng Phasha, suspended on full pay for reasons that are still not clear, is one of 16 suspended Department of Labour officials

Land & Agriculture

Proposed farm size limit is negotiating tactic, says minister

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1 day(s) ago

Proposal by state to limit farm size to 12,000ha is ‘negotiating tactic’ as it tries to press ahead with redistribution of land to black farmers, minister says

Politics

Merger of municipalities not an election ploy, says Gordhan

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan addresses a parliamentary committee in Cape Town on Tuesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON/BUSINESS DAY
2 day(s) ago

Minister says the review is aimed at reducing the number of unviable municipalities

Labour

Fresh Vavi claims and Cosatu cash crisis

Zwelinzima Vavi and Sdumo Dlamini. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
2 day(s) ago

Forensic report alleges that Zwelinzima Vavi did not follow tender procedures in awarding a contract to a service provider

National

Cape Town fire contained as rain brings welcome relief

A firefighter tries to stop a blaze in Cape Town on March 2 2015. Picture: EPA/NIC BOTHMA
1 day(s) ago

Officials say fire that has devastated South Peninsula over past three days has been contained, but it is believed it could take another week or two to completely douse flames

National

Oliphant confirms legal services chief’s suspension

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD
1 day(s) ago

Nkahloleng Phasha, suspended on full pay for reasons that are still not clear, is one of 16 suspended Department of Labour officials

National

Vulnerable groups regarded as legitimate targets for violence

PERCEIVED THREAT: The ANC’s proposal to tighten immigration controls may increase the vulnerability of migrants, rights groups say. Picture: SOWETAN
1 day(s) ago

Opportunistic criminals prey on such groups as the government continues to ignore xenophobic violence

Labour

Piotrans replacing striking bus drivers

COMMUTE: Users of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transport service in Soweto. Picture: SOWETAN
1 day(s) ago

Spokesman Dumisani Mntambo says the firm is hopeful its move to ensure stability of the bus rapid transit system — through firing staff — will see passengers return

National

SA veterans welcome increase in benefits

Chairman of the MK Military Veterans Association, Kebby Maphatsoe.  Picture: SOWETAN
2 day(s) ago

South African National Military Veterans Association welcomes increases in veterans’ benefit but notes delays in development of national database

National

Presidency proposes dates for Zuma to answer questions in Parliament

Jacob Zuma.  Picture: GCIS/ELMOND JIYANE
2 day(s) ago

Three dates for president to answer questions before National Assembly have been proposed to meet Parliamentary rule that he appear at least four times a year

Transport & Tourism

Gauteng to announce contribution to GFIP ‘once e-toll team concludes work’

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3 day(s) ago

MEC for finance tells legislature provincial government will announce contribution to repayment of Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project once task team concludes work

National

Education and health biggest beneficiaries in Gauteng budget

Gauteng finance MEC Barbara Creecy. Picture: VELI NHLAPO/SOWETAN
2 day(s) ago

Provincial government has to reduce spending on noncore services, programmes, expand own-revenue generation to make up for reduction from Treasury

Opinion

Government needs to display its faith in blacks

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Transformation and opportunity is important both for the spirit of our society as it is for its quantitative structure

Opinion

One step forwards, one back for democracy

Journalists elsewhere in Africa are jailed or killed, but in SA the problem is that authority or power seldom take responsibility

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