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EDITORIAL: Zwane missed an opportunity

Mosebenzi Zwani. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Mining Indaba speech avoids the tough issues: commodities crisis, production shutdowns, and further decimation of jobs

Opinion & Analysis

Groceries sector needs fewer walls

The South African supermarket industry remains concentrated, with large, well-known names dominating this space. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Consumers and suppliers benefit greatly from vigorous competition between grocery retailers, write Reena Das Nair and Shingie Chisoro

Columnists

Huge opportunities in pipeline

We are working on how we will market Huge Group to the investment community, writes Michel Pireu

Opinion & Analysis

ANC is the biggest reason for the faltering economy

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The government’s claim it is not the cause of country’s economic problems is the most successful pieces of propaganda post democratic South Africa has seen, writes Dean Macpherson

Columnists

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: A decade of messing about in cars

Cars will change beyond all recognition over the coming years, but will remain at heart of very human urge to explore, writes Alexander Parker

Opinion & Analysis

Industry can help Zuma to fashion address

Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies and Mining Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Big business should not squander opportunity to influence content of possibly most important state of the nation address since Jacob Zuma took office, writes Coenraad Bezuidenhout

Opinion & Analysis

Economic stagnation feels just like recession to the South African consumer

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There is no catalyst to spur stronger growth soon, and SA has not announced structural measures to turn economic growth around, writes Francois van der Merwe

Columnists

Alexander Forbes shuffle leaves questions hanging

Phakamisa Ndzamela examines changes in Alexander Forbes’ leadership and what drove CEO Edward Kieswetter to resign so suddenly

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON

Uncritical business acts as a Band-Aid on ailing policies

Lack of coherent business strategy or effective organisation to make strong case for how to achieve high and inclusive growth deprives SA, writes Ann Bernstein
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Devil in a business suit usually colludes with Faustian elements in ANC, private sector and hidden policy communities, writes Aubrey Matshiqi

Guptas are just tip of iceberg of political patronage

Nomalanga Mkhize

'Maiden bursary' should be challenged in court as the neotraditionalist hijacking it is, writes Nomalanga Mkhize

Elites abuse traditions to entrench power

Opinion & Analysis

E-mails provide secure harness in Cliff case

Gareth Cliff. Picture: THE TIMES

E-mail correspondence in Gareth Cliff court challenge shows clear intention he would be a judge on Idols 2016, and M-Net’s conduct proved this, writes Gugulethu Majija

Columnists

Cricket SA’s lack of reassurance amid extensive corruption probe is corrosive

It is an indictment that there appears to be neither the will nor skill to offer immediate reassurance that all is in order, writes Neil Manthorp

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Nice work if you can get it (or don’t need it)

Masked revellers attend the Wey parade in Lucerne, Switzerland, on Monday. Citizens will vote in a June referendum on a R40,400 state basic income grant. Picture: EPA/ALEXANDRA WEY

Basic income grant in Switzerland will buy a life of genteel desperation

Columnists

STREET DOGS: A warning from Investopedia on penny stocks

Some penny stocks might be of a good quality, but then there are also many good opportunities in stocks that aren’t trading for pennies, writes Michel Pireu

Columnists

UNEMBARGOED: Zuma must set the frame for Gordhan's budget

Key question is whether Jacob Zuma will be honest in his appraisal of South Africa’s economy and finances, writes Songezo Zibi

Opinion & Analysis

Power-drunk leaders block Africa’s dawn

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni —  with Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe — is again running for president. Picture: REUTERS/EMMANUEL HERMAN

Leaders who personalise power often have human rights abuse records and rule repressive regimes, write Mike Cohen and David Malingha Doya

Afrikaners revere Paul Kruger as a rebel against imperialism, but for black people he is a symbol of the land grabs of the 19th century. Picture: THE TIMES

One man’s hero is another’s villain

During four years as president Paul Kruger enjoyed global acclaim as a figurehead of resistance against British empire, aided by black leaders in 19th-century subjugation of fellow blacks, writes Hans Pienaar

Columnists

ON THE WATER: Smidgen of bile from a struggle stalwart

Condemnation of state theft, cronyism and corruption crippling SA’s economy and destabilising society nothing to do with race, writes Neels Blom

Opinion & Analysis

Three mining changes that could net major investment

Platinum. Picture: REUTERS

With $1.7-trillion floating around the world seeking the best returns, SA could capitalise significantly, writes Ross Harvey

Opinion & Analysis

Pros and cons of the new tax law on pension payouts

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New tax law governing pension fund payouts is well intended but could infringe on the ability of retirees to participate meaningfully in economy, writes Bridgette Mokoetle

Opinion & Analysis

Nuclear energy just not natural for SA

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Facts speak for themselves: we need electricity now; nuclear energy can’t provide this, but renewable energy can — at far less cost, writes Geoff Davies

Columnists

AU summit of ghosts, guns and Mugabe’s angels

African Union summit of lame ducks continues ineffectual sniping and griping, writes Adekeye Adebajo

Opinion & Analysis

Education and business must work together

Unemployed graduate. Picture: SOWETAN

Equal access to education key to ending youth unemployment, writes Wendy Spalding

Opinion & Analysis

New approach needed to outfox costly predators

Black-backed jackal. Picture: SUPPLIED

SA urgently needs a formal, state-driven system to manage predation and employ best practices, writes Heather Dugmore

Opinion & Analysis

Shaming of poor South Africans does all citizens a disservice

Herman Mashaba. Picture: SOWETAN/SUNDAY WORLD

Herman Mashaba, like all who have contempt for the poor, believes poor people do not know how to handle finances — but this is untrue, writes Thabiso Bhengu

Columnists

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Jacob Zuma’s last shot at redemption

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President must harness capacity and know-how of business sector to turn around South Africa’s dire fortunes, writes Peter Bruce

Columnists

HALF ART: The artist’s clear vision echoes a tyrant’s mania

Artist William Kentridge warns against certainty: that way lies obsession and monomania, writes Chris Thurman

Opinion & Analysis

Pros and cons of the new tax law on pension payouts

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New tax law governing pension fund payouts is well intended but could infringe on the ability of retirees to participate meaningfully in economy, writes Bridgette Mokoetle

Opinion & Analysis

Uncritical business acts as a Band-Aid on ailing policies

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON

Lack of coherent business strategy or effective organisation to make strong case for how to achieve high and inclusive growth deprives SA, writes Ann Bernstein

Columnists

Elites abuse traditions to entrench power

Nomalanga Mkhize

'Maiden bursary' should be challenged in court as the neotraditionalist hijacking it is, writes Nomalanga Mkhize

Columnists

Guptas are just tip of iceberg of political patronage

Aubrey Matshiqi promo

Devil in a business suit usually colludes with Faustian elements in ANC, private sector and hidden policy communities, writes Aubrey Matshiqi

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Much rests on Zuma’s speech

Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP PHOTO/JOHN MACDOUGALL

Recognition is needed of the crisis South Africa is in as environment becomes ripe for dangerous populism that could further divide society

Columnists

Fifteen misconduct cases damaging ANC’s brand

Jacob Zuma heads long list of party members in office under nefarious cloud of crime and corruption, writes Gareth van Onselen

Columnists

STRAIGHT TALK: Ever had that deflated feeling?

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Even stock markets are experiencing year-on-year negative returns. Unheard of, it won’t last! But it could, writes Mark Barnes

Columnists

ON THE MONEY: New Fica iteration to compound rather than cure banks’ headache

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Changes afoot to legislation could significantly increase load for prominent individuals, writes Stuart Theobald

Columnists

ON WORK: Liberating gloves-off retort to advertiser’s threat after column

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Whiff of whiplash-smart Whitman behind marketing and communications at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, writes Lucy Kellaway

Columnists

A century on, Fort Hare must keep on liberating young minds

As in numerous other cases globally, the power of partnership was demonstrated in politics by Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela who formed the first black law firm in SA. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela and ZK Matthews on honour roll a powerful reminder of spectacular failure of apartheid project, writes Onkgopotse JJ Tabane

Opinion & Analysis

Will this be a bleak midwinter poll?

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Weather is just one variable — disenchanted voters not bothering to vote should be keeping politicians awake at night, write Karen Heese and Kevin Allan

Columnists

President who wields power from the periphery

Whatever Jacob Zuma’s fate, the battle lines he has drawn will not go away, writes Jonny Steinberg

Columnists

The damage is done, but does Zuma even know it?

Natasha Marrian: Election knock may be final straw for party that has placed itself firmly in ashes of Jacob Zuma blaze

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Necsa must clean up its act

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Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA currently not fit to lead R1-trillion or more investment in new nuclear power stations

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Letters

LETTER: Many factors in occupational choice

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In any period of 30 years, about a quarter of all named occupations disappear and a quarter of as-yet-unheard-of occupations appear

LETTER: Emerging emergency

LETTER: Zuma tears SA fabric

LETTER: Obsessively negative

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The Third Umpire

South African referee Craig Joubert, whose controversial decision to award a penalty to Australia in the dying seconds of their World Cup quarterfinal denied Scotland an historic win. Who would be a rugby referee these days?

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Secretary of Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana. Could the paranoid security crackdown he has initiated have anything to do with the fact that a “whistleblower” staff member accused him of abusing state resources? Surely not.

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When President Jacob Zuma says “it’s not a short journey to prosperity,” presumably he is excluding politicians who are fortunate enough to go from not having two cents to rub together to becoming millionaire property owners?

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