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EFF’s door is open to Vavi but egos are in the way, says Malema

Julius Malema. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema talks to Marvin Meintjies about making MPs earn their money, and what Jacob Zuma’s presidential guffaw hides


ANC gears up to implement minimum wage

Gwede Mantashe. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

Governing party under pressure from Cosatu and opposition parties to swiftly implement minimum wage


Pikitup and Samwu locked in stalemate over strike

Pikitup. Picture: SOWETAN

Waste-removal agency toughens stance against striking Samwu workers, insisting they return to work before considering their demands


Top court rules by-elections irregular

INDEPENDENT:  Batiki ‘Stone’ Mahlabe won the 2013 by-election in ward 26 in Tlokwe. The Constitutional Court has ruled that seven other by-elections held in Tlokwe wards in 2013 were not free and fair. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Electoral Commission of South Africa vows to recover from damning ruling by Constitutional Court nullifying Tlokwe election


Appeal judges to hear state argument on Sudan’s Bashir


State has three months to prepare oral argument against earlier ruling it acted illegally by failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir


Western Cape aims to become greenest province

Western Cape finance MEC Alan Winde. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde activates solar-powered system at V&A Waterfront


ANC motion to impeach Zille set for debate on Tuesday

Helen Zille. Picture: THE TIMES

ANC says it has initiated process of impeaching Western Cape premier after accusing her of hiring Paul Scheepers to spy on party, with Zille saying party is ‘manufacturing scandal’


Anti-TB fight has big return on investment, says health minister

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Investing in fight against TB offers potentially huge future savings, with an estimated return of $85 for every dollar spent, says Motsoaledi


Oliphant must explain labour broker claims, says Cosatu

Newly elected Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali. Picture: THE TIMES

Trade union federation wants labour minister to provide proof of her allegations that some unions were working with labour brokers


Cosatu to keep fighting to strengthen working class

Sdumo Dlamini. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Congress of South African Trade Unions says it will continue to push for reconfiguration of tripartite alliance


More prayers to patron of hopeless causes needed

The leadership and membership of Cosatu must distinguish between fractionalism and factionalism


Pan-African intellectual towered above us

Prof Sam Moyo’s outlook was shaped by anticolonial and anti-apartheid struggles and the ideal of African unity

Farmers and other stakeholders in agriculture insist the dire consequences on food security and livelihoods need to be addressed more decisively at the highest level. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Agriculture not hot enough topic

Draft agreement in Paris stops short of committing to action to protect agriculture — and the millions who depend on it — from ravages of climate change, writes Manyewu Mutamba


Lack of basic health literacy is an obstacle for medical aid users

Sibongile Mamafha. Picture: THEBEMED

To become health literate, learn how to use medical aid properly, take advantage of information your scheme supplies to increase general medical knowledge

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Transport & Tourism

Minibus taxi industry pilots card payments

BANKABLE: Trials for the Fair Pay smart-card payment system are under way in Pietermaritzburg. The aim is to have 10,000 taxis converted from a cash-based transaction system to the smart-card system next year. Picture: MARK SMYTH

New scheme could revolutionise banking system for lower-income groups, writes Mark Smyth


POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Parliament scrambles to meet budget deadline

National Council of Provinces races against deadline to approve the medium-term budget, writes Wyndham Hartley


NEWS ANALYSIS: Muthambi appeal shows contempt

Hlaudi Motsoeneng cuts a controversial figure as some think the government is protecting him. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ELIZABETH SEJAK

Contempt for public protector behind Communications Minister Faith Muthambi’s defence of the indefensible, writes Bekezela Phakathi


Tlokwe candidates who claim vote-rigging secure victory in top court

MARK THE SPOT: A voter casts his vote at Boitshoko Secondary School polling station in Ikageng, Tlokwe, during a by-election in August this year. Picture: SOWETAN/SUNDAY WORLD

Constitutional Court declares by-elections held in seven wards of Tlokwe municipality between August and December 2013 were not free and fair


Storm clouds gather over weather chief

Linda Makuleni. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH

Weather Service employees call for axing of CE Linda Makuleni after prolonged wage talks fail


Eskom gives councils time to pay up before pulling plug


Crucial cash injection for struggling municipalities from Treasury in form of expected equitable share of budget and conditional grant allocations


Joburg’s mass recycling project crucial as landfills run out of time

GRAB THE MOMENT: A separation-at-source project is to be extended across Johannesburg, says Pikitup’s Amanda Nair. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Pikitup’s pilot to be rolled out from next year as landfill sites run out of room, writes Charlotte Mathews


Folktale embroidery project patches social fabric for struggling women

Ina le Roux (in blue checked shirt) holds a meeting with the women who embroider folktales for the Tambani project, which has resulted in the lives of participants being uplifted. Picture: SUPPLIED

Inspired idea unites Venda folk yarns and bustling village embroidery team, writes Corne Coetzee


Syria and Labour Party ructions stump Malema-Corbyn meeting

Julius Malema. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Julius Malema takes a back seat as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sidetracked by crisis in his party over Syrian vote


State and private sector must plough resilience into farms

Unpredictable times loom for the entire value chain of the agricultural sector, write Tatjana von Bormann and Alexis Scholtz


The casualties of the strike at Parliament

Parliament workers occupy the public gallery of the National Assembly in Cape Town on Tuesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Reports on oversight visits, the Performing Animals Protection Amendment Bill and the passing of the new National Assembly rules affected


CCMA director Nerine Kahn to step down in December

Nerine Kahn. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

After 10 years in position, Ms Kahn will leave to pursue other opportunities in labour market, with Cameron Morajane to take up position in acting capacity


Zuma gets ‘worst ever’ annual assessment from Democratic Alliance

In a zero-sum communication game, people tell those in power, such as President Jacob Zuma, what they think they want to hear, or what they think will make them laugh. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

DA cites international law violations, evading critical questions, as well as disregard for authority of courts as some of reasons why Zuma scored an ‘F’ on report card


Phiyega’s spokesman is suspended


Spokesman for suspended national police commissioner Gen Riah Phiyega is suspended, acting commissioner says matter is between employee, employer


Unisa bosses row over council terms

Mathews Phosa. Picture: THE SOWETAN

University allegedly tried to extend terms of three council members, including former chairman Mathews Phosa


Cosatu must probe possible brokering backhanders, says minister

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant appointed a task team whose work has led to various steps at the Compensation Fund. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant says the labour federation must investigate whether affiliates are striking deals with employers to allow brokering to continue


Teachers quit class to oppose tests


Mpumalanga teachers protest against annual national tests after talks at Department of Basic Education fail

Transport & Tourism

Gigaba reiterates SA’s visa regulation changes

Malusi Gigaba. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says biometrics will be captured on arrival at a port of entry


Pensioners gamble with grants


Gambling board study shows high number of pensioners gambling in bid ‘to supplement their income’


Auditor-general laments state’s repeated failures to comply with finance act


Kimi Makwetu says despite slight improvement in audit results of two spheres of government, R32m is spent to prevent further fruitless expenditure


Schools start assessments amid tension between unions and department

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: GCIS

Department spokesman says annual national assessments are going according to plan at most schools, despite teacher boycott


Malema refuses chamber’s request to tone down rhetoric

Julius Malema. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Economic Freedom Front leader had robust private meeting with members of the South African Chamber of Commerce at Deloitte’s London headquarters

Science & Environment

Judge lifts ban on rhino horn trade


Ban is reportedly lifted by decision of High Court in Pretoria on grounds public were not properly informed about ban, consultation process was not followed

Retail & Consumer

Game fails to overturn High Court judgment

A Game store, operated by Massmart, in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Supreme Court of Appeal says retailer Masstores acted in breach of restraint clause in lease with CapeGate shopping centre


Mildred Oliphant threatens to expose labour hypocrisy

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant says Cosatu opposes labour broking while some affiliates’ investment arms hold stakes in its purveyors


IEC close to finalising electoral system overhaul

MARK THE SPOT: A voter casts his vote at Boitshoko Secondary School polling station in Ikageng, Tlokwe, during a by-election in August this year. Picture: SOWETAN/SUNDAY WORLD

The R5m revamp will change how polls are conducted


Budget squeeze for Agricultural Research Council amid drought

A farm worker sits on a water tank as he supplies his livestock with water at a farm outside Utrecht, a small town in the northwest of KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

ARC chief financial officer Gabriel Maluleke says budget cuts saw its operational Parliamentary Grant being increased by 1%


Zuma flags municipalities’ successes but says service delivery must improve

President Jacob Zuma answers question in the National Assembly on Thursday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

President Jacob Zuma emphasises achievements of municipalities over past 15 years, saying SA will hold local elections next year with more to celebrate than criticise


Cosatu backs alliance and wants bigger shift to left

Newly elected Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali. Picture: THE TIMES

Talk of unity with ruling ANC diluted by strong hints of need for a stronger leftward shift


Cosatu delegates vote to affirm Numsa expulsion

PLANNING: Cosatu acting general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali says shutting down Kopano ke Matla is a political decision, but that it will help the federation overcome its financial difficulties. Picture: THE TIMES

The expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA has been reaffirmed by Congress of South African Unions delegates


Western Cape to ask to be declared drought disaster area

Emaciated cattle roam through the dried up Mfolozi River in Ulundi in Kwa Zulu Natal, as a sever drought affects South Africa. Picture: AFP/MUJAHID SAFODIEN

Local government, environmental affairs and development planning MEC says province will ask for funding to be made available for disaster relief


Cosatu delegates scramble to conclude business on final day of congress

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini salutes delegates at the federation's national congress in Midrand on Monday.  Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Delegates rush to conclude all business of 12th national congress, with some affiliates challenging powers of federation’s highest decision-making body


Public service ‘has to grow less and push productivity’

Ngoako Ramatlhodi.  Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi wants more bang for multibillion-rand wage bill and backs hiring freeze


SA, Zuma come up short in Afrobarometer survey

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

Presidential approval ratings plummet, while country’s economic performance ranks with Zimbabwe


Arsenal of laws must be used against abusers of women, children, says Zuma

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

SA must begin to eradicate the culture of violence, says Zuma at launch of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign


Parliament knuckles down amid tight security after workers’ strike

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete addresses the house during a debate on no confidence in President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Parties in rowdy exchange over lockdown before race to clear National Assembly business ahead of Friday's annual shutdown


Western Cape’s crime rate comes under the spotlight

Cape Town residents Dorothy Pieterson and Hilton Esau watch the sunrise from a bridge in Cape Town’s central business district.  Picture: THE TIMES

Cape Chamber of Commerce survey finds 83% of businesspeople feel more unsafe than they did five years ago with only 2.4% feeling safer


Tacit endorsement for Ramaphosa given at Cosatu congress

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

Union says African National Congress must uphold principle of deputy president ascending to helm of party, highest office in the land


Gauteng looks to ‘diversify’ as declines in mining and steel weigh on economy

David Makhura. Picture: SOWETAN

Premier David Makhura says province will shift its focus to tourism, agriculture, agroprocessing and renewable energy to mitigate effects of deindustrialisation


Third potential nominee emerges for sole contested Cosatu leadership post

Zingiswa Losi, Cosatu's second deputy president. Picture: THE TIMES

Zingiswa Losi, at the centre of a credentials dispute at the union federation’s national congress, was being pushed to stand for deputy general secretary as Cosatu rebuilds


The world according to a progressive patriot and idealist


There is nothing intrinsically problematic in self-identifying community wanting to live in their own space, according to their own rules


What would a 15-member Cabinet mean for job cuts?

Job cuts make for good political rhetoric; actually cutting jobs is nigh on impossible in South Africa today

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