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Editorials

EDITORIAL: More tax hikes on the cards

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his maiden budget speech on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
22 hour(s) ago

It is hard to believe Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s assurances, he had already made it clear he will implement a ‘structural’ increase in tax revenue

Columnists

ON THE MONEY: Court to rule on exchange controls

Stuart Theobald promo
23 hour(s) ago

The exchange control regime has changed … banks behave as if it hasn’t, writes Stuart Theobald

Opinion & Analysis

Show us the budget, Africans ask

Employees drive past Africa’s largest methanol plant, at Punta Europa, Bioko island, last year. On land cleared of tropical forest, gleaming new office towers, apartment blocks, homes and highways dazzle the eye in Equatorial Guinea. But few of its citizens know anything about their financing — the country has scored zero in the latest Open Budget Index. Picture: REUTERS/PASCAL FLETCHER
22 hour(s) ago

Fiscal accounts are often top secret on the continent, writes Karen Hasse

Columnists

Victor Matfield remains a Titan of the game

Marco Wentzel of the Sharks tackles Victor Matfield of the Bulls during the Super Rugby match between Vodacom Bulls and Cell C Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on February 28 in Pretoria.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEE WARREN
22 hour(s) ago

He is the most capped Bok and regarded internationally as one of the finest to have played the game, writes Mark Keohane

Opinion & Analysis

Lobbying of politicians no longer an ‘infamous employment’

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23 hour(s) ago

Justice Swayne has warned that a preponderance of paid lobbying is a harbinger of the decay of the public morals, writes John Kay

Columnists

Cost of Zuma’s secretive VIP protection monster hits R2bn

23 hour(s) ago

Numbers do not lie: there is a small, elite and almost entirely unaccountable army growing inside the South African security services, writes Gareth van Onselen

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SA policy should rather seek to focus on equality of opportunity

Using the rich as scapegoats by focusing on income inequality misdiagnoses the problem and shifts attention away from the real reason why millions are poor, writes Jasson Urbach

It is extremely important that the integrity of the institution is left intact, while facts are properly established, writes Songezo Zibi

UNEMBARGOED: Credibility of SARS in the balance

Gavin Keeton

State must focus on securing higher levels of investment and encouraging job creation wherever possible, writes Gavin Keeton

Government must face up to its failed policies

Columnists

STRAIGHT TALK: On law, Swiss banks and dope

Mark Barnes promo
23 hour(s) ago

Everybody knew that Switzerland was the place to hide your money. It was arguably its raison d’être. No one objected, writes Mark Barnes

Opinion & Analysis

Slavery scholar more feted abroad

A bronze statue of former president Nelson Mandela  at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. File picture: REUTERS
22 hour(s) ago

In SA — where we orate endlessly about heritage — there has been little other recognition of Robert Shell, writes Bryan Rostron

Columnists

ON WORK: Choosing to unfollow where the thirdpartybraggers lead

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22 hour(s) ago

Why do people demean themselves in this way? Partly it is because such retweeting administers a stroke to the ego, writes Lucy Kellaway

Columnists

ON THE WATER: Chasing chickens beats paying tax

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his maiden budget speech on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
22 hour(s) ago

The government does everything with your tax except the bare minimum, writes Neels Blom

Nazil Munssi, surrounded by police, in front of his looted shop on Friday. Townships including Soweto have been hit by looters targeting foreign-owned stores. Picture: AFP/STEFAN HEUNIS

Forget the myths about foreigners

The facts show they create jobs — and just work harder, write Caroline Skinner and Jonathan Crush

Business Times

Share buybacks offer execs an easy way out

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1 day(s) ago

It’s time lawmakers and the regulators in this country started taking share buybacks seriously, writes Ann Crotty

Business Times

STOCK TALK: Laughter, tears and questions as execs quit

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1 day(s) ago

Exit packages should be part of resignation announcement, writes Ann Crotty

Business Times

Converging pressures dictate austerity

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1 day(s) ago

Nhlanhla Nene’s cap on public service pay could prompt new strikes, writes Azar Jammine

Business Times

HSBC, tax and why good firms go bad

The retreat by international banks such as HSBC from the Middle East has pushed Arab lenders to step up to the plate. Picture: BLOOMBERG/MATTHEW LLOYD
1 day(s) ago

Why do companies that spend so much time and money promising to be good do bad things? Michael Skapinker weighs in

Opinion & Analysis

SA’s understanding of rights is synonymous with entitlement

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3 day(s) ago

SA is a land of individuals unwilling to accept responsibilities associated with constitutional rights, writes Tafadzwa Tivaringe

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Cloak-and-dagger privatisation

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his budget speech in Cape Town  on Wednesday. Picture: BUSINESS DAY/TREVOR SAMSON
3 day(s) ago

There is still no clarity on the promised ‘sales of nonstrategic state assets’ to fund Eskom’s considerable capital expenditure requirements

Columnists

LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: SA’s nuclear Zumacrats ignore energy advances

4 day(s) ago

Every revolution has its reactionaries. In the US, these include the billionaire Koch brothers, who have been bankrolling the Tea Party wing and the climate-change deniers of the Republican Party, writes Simon Barber

Columnists

STREET DOGS: Technology and the human mind

3 day(s) ago

Michel Pireu looks at the importance of defining ones own life and saving free time from the tide of technology

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Things go smashingly in Nelson Mandela Bay

Benson Fihla. Picture: THE HERALD
3 day(s) ago

In light of target-smashing service delivery achievements , PE mayor Benson Fihla can go out and get smashed this weekend

Columnists

Wealth taxation: ‘Shared sacrifice’ key to courting investment and ending instability

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4 day(s) ago

South Africans have seen huge growth in their assets since the global financial crisis, writes Xhanti Payi

Columnists

With luck, Nene’s holding operation can work for now

4 day(s) ago

Faced with load shedding and a growth outlook that is lower still, he has stayed on track to trim the deficit, writes Hilary Joffe

Opinion & Analysis

Boom and bust are par for the course

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4 day(s) ago

It beggars belief that we continue to expect more from the Reserve Bank than we do from, say, the Department of Water and Sanitation, writes Loane Sharp

Opinion & Analysis

Boko Haram is on the run but can a lasting peace be found?

A newspaper with its frontpage headline on an abduction of women from a village in northeast Nigeria, is displayed at a vendor's stand along a road in Ikoyi district in Lagos, Nigeria. Picture: REUTERS
23 hour(s) ago

It is time for the international community to take seriously the evidence of outside financial sponsors, writes Phillip van Niekerk

Columnists

UNEMBARGOED: Credibility of SARS in the balance

23 hour(s) ago

It is extremely important that the integrity of the institution is left intact, while facts are properly established, writes Songezo Zibi

Columnists

Government must face up to its failed policies

Gavin Keeton
23 hour(s) ago

State must focus on securing higher levels of investment and encouraging job creation wherever possible, writes Gavin Keeton

Business Times

THE LAST WORD: A sweet something for Steinhoff in JD deal

1 day(s) ago

Investors should keep a watchful eye on Steinhoff for signs that it may overstep the traditional rules of a parent-child relationship, writes Rob Rose

Business Times

SIGN POST: At last, technology that specifically targets African needs

1 day(s) ago

Samsung Electronics’ new range of products — and the way they will be marketed — signals a shift in thinking, writes Arthur Goldstuck

Business Times

Here’s a better plan for the broadband roll-out

1 day(s) ago

DA leader Helen Zille is right to be concerned that the government has done a cosy deal with Telkom, writes Duncan McLeod

Columnists

THICK END THE WEDGE: Singapore in Africa? Here’s how to do it

Peter Bruce promo
3 day(s) ago

You cannot become a developmental state and remain an importing economy at the same time. Something has to go, writes Peter Bruce

Travel & Food

WINE: Despite the kindness of strangers, Pinotage still suffers from its past

Michael Fridjhon promo
3 day(s) ago

Antipathy among South Africans runs deep, well beyond the sniff-and-spit brigade, writes Michael Fridjhon

Columnists

Will revising contentious e-tolls win back ANC votes?

4 day(s) ago

The new dispensation should provide major financial relief to motorists, writes Natasha Marrian

Opinion & Analysis

Technology can turn haves and have-nots into partners

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3 day(s) ago

Most rich people agree with the goals of redistribution but would like to ensure that their money is well spent, and new technologies can help in this regard, writes
Lorenzo Fioramonti

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Economic damage control

Cosatu members attend a protest against labour brokers in Port Elizabeth. File picture: THE HERALD
3 day(s) ago

Growth projection of as little as 1% — based on electricity constraints — highlights the importance of labour peace and tackling the crisis at Eskom

Opinion & Analysis

Drought should ring alarm bells

DIRE SITUATION: A drought-affected maize crop is seen near Paris, Missouri. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Persistent dry weather raises the spectre of drought in areas that produce about 75% of SA’s white maize — a staple food for millions of people, writes Wandile Sihlobo

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Nene fails to give crucial details

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his budget speech in Cape Town  on Wednesday. Picture: BUSINESS DAY/TREVOR SAMSON
4 day(s) ago

No mention in the budget of how two huge future financial commitments the government has made on our behalf — national health insurance and nuclear procurement — will be funded

Opinion & Analysis

The belief that Pretoria will provide is passé

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4 day(s) ago

Communities need to take their future in their own hands, not to look solely to government, corporations for progress, growth, writes Thembelani Tukwayo

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Letters

LETTER: No secrets in independent taxes

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On the other hand, a single land tax is a user charge that lowers the cost of jobs, wealth and land

LETTER: A nonracial vision

LETTER: Competent staff cut

LETTER: Wrong to raise taxes

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The Third Umpire

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, who made the best of a bad hand with a holding budget that may just do the trick if economic growth starts to pick up. That’s a very big “if”, of course, with many a slip twixt cup and lip.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose credibility on the issue of Iran’s nuclear ambitions has been badly undermined by Mossad spy cable leaks showing that he lied blatantly to the US Congress.

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