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SA in perilous stalemate period and cannot afford the patronage machine

President Jacob Zuma waits in line to cast his vote at Ntolwane Primary School in Nkandla, KwaZulu Natal on Wednesday. Picture: SUPPLIED

SA’s great task now is to convert the poor to middle class — not to set the two groups against each other, writes Shawn Hagedorn

Columnists

EDITOR’S LUNCHBOX: Dipuo Peters OK to sweep Prasa mess under the rug

Corruption Watch weighs in on the designate Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, and a gender breakdown of Olympic medals won in Rio

Opinion & Analysis

The altruistic history of the billable hour

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The current adaptation of the billable hour provides no real reason to work faster or innovatively, writes Naseem Ameer-Mia

Columnists

STREET DOGS: Sleep deprived

Besides the health issue, there’s another potential cost to not sleeping properly

Columnists

What is state medical aid hiding?

Gems has been unwilling to put rumours to bed, writes Bronwyn Nortje

Opinion & Analysis

Collective leadership is the only way out of this mess

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gives a speech in Wilmington, the US, on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS/ERIC THAYER

Relying on leaders to ‘do the job’ is a convenient escape route from our own responsibility, writes Lorenzo Fioramonti

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Wind of change already setting jocks adrift

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A weather-hit rafting event sends scores of unlikely American refugees to Canada’s shores

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: ALON SKUY/THE TIMES

EDITORIAL: Stand up — or stand down

We must all resist the groundless pursuit of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the transparent attempt to force him out of office

The popular call is for an early conference, but ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe’s instinct is to avoid a ‘blood on the floor’ fight, writes ...

ANC weighs risk of calling early elective conference

Stories of Victorian thrift and perseverance bootstrapping people out of poverty are an antidote to modern day whiny victimhood, writes Robert Laing

Businessmen go down in history as society’s doers

Opinion & Analysis

Pricing of power strains finances of towns

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Municipal financial sustainability nears a cliff as cross-subsidising poor households no longer works, write Patrick Kelly and Patrick Naidoo

Columnists

LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: Republicans deft at exploiting ticket to power

BITTER BATTLE: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addresses supporters during her campaign stop at Adams City High School in Commerce City, Colorado on Wednesday. Picture: EPA

Hillary Clinton could win on November 8 only to face a Congress with a rabid Republican majority itching to impeach her, writes Simon Barber

Columnists

AT HOME AND ABROAD: ANC mute as arrogant Zuma grabs the reins

President Jacob Zuma. Picture:  REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Jacob Zuma executes personal coup d’etat in seizing the entire public sector economy, writes Allister Sparks

Opinion & Analysis

Walk the talk for happy workforce

US President Barack Obama, right, with Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards, left, after a tour of a flood-affected area in Louisiana on Tuesday. Obama is notable as a fan of the walk and talk meeting style, which has health benefits, saves time and aids creative thinking. Picture: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST

Companies are most effective when they create a wellbeing culture, write Leon Ayo and Ross Tucker

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Science has a role to play in picking Madonsela successor

The right temperament able to handle the pressures of the public protector’s office will be vital to its viability, writes Paul Hoffman

Opinion & Analysis

Is there a reason to complain about the ‘sugar tax’?

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People may choose not to cut out soft drinks, but compensate for the additional expense by cutting out healthy food and drink, writes Garth Zietsman

Columnists

Businessmen go down in history as society’s doers

Stories of Victorian thrift and perseverance bootstrapping people out of poverty are an antidote to modern day whiny victimhood, writes Robert Laing

Opinion & Analysis

Olympics make us happy, for a bit

AFTER THE EVENT: People walk past the Tennis Centre in Olympic Park a day after the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, on Tuesday.  REUTERS/BRUNO KELLY

Tim Harford argues not every expenditure needs to turn a profit, some can be just for the sake of happynomics

Opinion & Analysis

THE POINT: All energy options have pros but one has major defects

The Cookhouse Wind Farm is located between the towns of Cookhouse and Bedford in the Eastern Cape. This wind farm is the largest in SA and has 66 turbines with a generating capacity of about 138.6MW. Picture: WIKIMEDIA

Nuclear causes the most disquiet when measured against future demand and budget projections, writes Owen Skae

Opinion & Analysis

Bridging job-loss shock and finding a new role

How did your company’s restructuring make you feel? Few South African companies have fully embraced outplacement as a way to soften the pain of retrenchment. Picture: ISTOCK

‘Outplacement’ acts as a bridge between the shock of dismissal and the daunting prospect of finding a suitable new role, writes Madge Gibson

Opinion & Analysis

Germany: a pioneer of viable renewables

Wind turbines in front of the cooling towers of a coal-fired power station near Cottbus, Germany, in 2009. The country is gradually proving it does not have to rely on nuclear and coal for mass energy supply. Picture: REUTERS/PAWEL KOPCZYNSKI

Germany is making a rapid transition to clean energy, writes Klaus Streicher

Opinion & Analysis

Multiparty governance set to test politicians

South Africa map with flag

SA needs wise and prudent local governments, writes George Devenish

Columnists

Will the right to vote become an obligation?

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The creeping conversion of rights into obligations struck its first blow against democracy on Monday when secrecy became obligatory, writes Leon Louw

Columnists

The DA’s road to metro
victories

Like Usain Bolt’s relay gold medal, the DA’s election glory is the finale of a story told in stages, with the most damaging leg run in 2011, writes Gareth van Onselen

Columnists

EDITORS’ LUNCHBOX: Is this a case of the fox guarding the henhouse?

One can’t help but think that the move to give Jacob Zuma oversight of parastatals is meant to bypass the Treasury

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Stand up — or stand down

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: ALON SKUY/THE TIMES

We must all resist the groundless pursuit of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the transparent attempt to force him out of office

Opinion & Analysis

Has SA’s foreign policy smoothed the way for companies in Africa?

President Jacob Zuma, left, speaks to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari during a visit to Nigeria.  Picture: GCIS

SA’s presidential visits look more like recreational excursions than well planned efforts to advance SA’s economic interests, writes George Rautenbach

Columnists

ANC weighs risk of calling early elective conference

The popular call is for an early conference, but ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe’s instinct is to avoid a ‘blood on the floor’ fight, writes Natasha Marrian

Opinion & Analysis

Power and local trusts

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Community trusts misused as slipshod empowerment deals fail to protect local assets or deliver long-term gains, writes Fumani Mthembi

Opinion & Analysis

The positively charged politics of negative interest rates

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Central bankers responding creatively to the Great Deflation have jettisoned the myth of independent monetary policy, writes Yanis Varoufakis

Columnists

THE INSIDER: What’s loud, brash and wears no Speedo?

A poster showing a likeness of disgraced US swimmer Ryan Lochte in in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture: REUTERS/PHIL NOBLE

US swimmer Ryan Lochte loses all his sponsors after faking a robbery in Rio to cover up for vandalism

Opinion & Analysis

Online courses a link to low-cost education

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JP Smit: Expanding the online course format offers a viable and cost-effective alternative for poor students to obtain meaningful degrees

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Johannesburg Like Me

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Johannesburg’s new mayor Herman Mashaba has the perfect rags-to-riches story

Columnists

What the choice of protector will say of the ANC

One of the great myths the election exposed is that corruption is a middle-class hang-up, writes Steven Friedman

Columnists

STREET DOGS: A survivor’s guide to investment principles

There’s scary but not dangerous, dangerous but not Scary and dangerous and scary, writes Michel Pireu

Opinion & Analysis

African initiative aims to step into breach for civil society

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Impunity is rife, conflicts are on the increase and states use modern technology as a tool of repression, writes Kumi Naidoo

Opinion & Analysis

Cornerstone of US finance will become a monopoly

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JPMorgan’s exit will leave the crucial triparty repo sector almost exclusively in the hands of Bony, writes Gillian Tett

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Letters

LETTER: Save the country from the Hawks/Gordhan drama

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: THE TIMES

If Gordhan loves SA, he should do the right thing. Save the country from the drama. If he believes he is innocent, he should subject himself to the legal process

LETTER: Motsoeneng insane

LETTER: Try Zuma or SA falls

LETTER: Mashaba may be our Bloomberg

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The Third Umpire

There’s nothing like a thrashing at the polls to concentrate minds. It is dawning on the ANC that Western Cape leader Marius Fransman has become a liability to the party, just like his pal Jacob Zuma.

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NUM general secretary David Sipunzi, for trying to justify defying an interdict against a nationwide strike by Eskom workers. If the union believes this is not an essential service, it should challenge the notion directly.

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Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. In the context of the Westinghouse legal action, the “precautionary suspension” of Koeberg executives for the unauthorised distribution of information looks disturbingly like a witch-hunt.

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