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Opinion & Analysis

‘Big is beautiful’ is blinding our energy policy makers

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

The future is energy democracy: a universe of micro-and small producers which leverage their creativity, writes Lorenzo Fioramonti

Opinion & Analysis

Tobacco rules will smother small business

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Impose formal age restrictions for those who may enter tobacconists, penalise proxy purchasing and launch education campaigns that would yield the kind of successes the department wants, writes Warren Dreyer

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Little room left to pause on rates

Majuba power station. Picture: ESKOM

Balancing act between growth and inflation is always a tough one but this year could be tougher than ever

Columnists

Uproar at UCT has only been good for it

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National Heritage Resources Act characterises public monuments as part of the national estate and as protected by law, writes Anthony Butler

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Ailing system dooms NHI

Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: GCIS

Funding demands of state-owned enterprises such as Eskom, SAA and others have placed additional strain on SA’s finances

Columnists

Of mangoes, or not waiting for fruit of fraud to fall

President Zuma’s proactive approach to 'harvesting mangoes' gathers a following, writes Natasha Marrian

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Why Maimane feels EFF has not stolen DA’s thunder in Parliament

DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane shares his views with Marvin Meintjies on Nkandla, President Jacob Zuma and the antics of the Economic Freedom Fighters
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The only way to make sure there is a pool of budding Ntinis to replace an injured Philander one day is to start building a new class of rural ...

Want more black Proteas? Try this...

Is there one effigy that seizes the slow pace of progress? Of course there is … dump excrement on that carbuncle, Medupi, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

One monument cannot capture all country’s ills

Columnists

STREET DOGS: Invention and implementation

Sometimes you need a visionary to figure out what to do with a discovery, writes Michel Pireu

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Is this the number two source of gold?

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How this gold got into human waste in the first place ought to be a subject of study on its own

Columnists

TWEET OF THE WEEK: The DA’s McBride muddle

Looking for logic and consistency in ANC appointments these days is a futile exercise, writes Gareth van Onselen

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Lack of private GP buy-in is the Achilles heel of NHI

The main lesson that appears to have emerged from the recruitment drive is that it has not worked, writes Tamar Kahn

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Nigeria’s economic and political risks

Property is seen along a road in the Ikoyi district in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos.  Picture: REUTERS

SA should look at the lessons Nigeria holds for economic policy and politics, and learn from them

Opinion & Analysis

Extremists at war with humanity’s sublime potential

Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Picture: REUTERS

Neither beauty nor history has the least interest for modern political obliterators, writes Simon Schama

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Jiba unfit for top NPA job

Nomgcobo Jiba, acting national director of public prosecutions. Picture: SOWETAN

Persistently appointing unqualified and unsuitable people to positions of state authority has its consequences

Opinion & Analysis

Reaping the urban dividend

The Johannesburg CBD.  Picture: THE TIMES

State needs to meet private sector to turn our cities into growth engines, writes Lungisa Fuzile

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Don’t tell fans of colonial monuments

SA’s Imran Tahir covers his face with his cap next to his teammates after they lost their Cricket World Cup semifinal match against New Zealand in Auckland on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS

The pee-back project will not affect South African wall urinators

Opinion & Analysis

SA in for a bumpy ride over changes at WTO

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Amending SA’s Gats schedule could be a protracted and politically intricate procedure, writes Kholofelo Kugler

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Censure Ntlemeza for lying

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How is the public expected to trust one of SA’s premier integrity units if its head is a man who lies under oath and fabricates submissions in order to mislead a court

Opinion & Analysis

Africa plays limited role in international trade talks

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To play effective, important role in global trade negotiations, strategies to improve contribution from continent must be implemented, writes Daouda Cissé

Opinion & Analysis

Will broadband in schools flop too?

Pupils at Boitumelong Secondary School in Tembisa use their tablets for the first time, in January this year.  Picture: SOWETAN

A new drive to force the internet on teachers has been ill-conceived, writes Michael Rice

Columnists

Want more black Proteas? Try this...

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The only way to make sure there is a pool of budding Ntinis to replace an injured Philander one day is to start building a new class of rural boarding schools throughout SA now, writes Peter Bruce

Columnists

One monument cannot capture all country’s ills

Is there one effigy that seizes the slow pace of progress? Of course there is … dump excrement on that carbuncle, Medupi, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

Politics

Why Maimane feels EFF has not stolen DA’s thunder in Parliament

Mmusi Maimane.  Picture: SOWETAN

DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane shares his views with Marvin Meintjies on Nkandla, President Jacob Zuma and the antics of the Economic Freedom Fighters

Columnists

LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: Agoa hostage to party political manoeuvring

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Good news is that US companies are lobbying hard for SA’s continued inclusion in African Growth and Opportunity Act, writes Simon Barber

Columnists

Embrace competing narratives of history

Multilingualism at learning institutions would be an interesting and challenging step in the right direction, writes Anton Harber

Columnists

Saru old boys club must join modern world to level the field

There is no trade-off between competitiveness and transformation — look at Western Province, writes Liz McGregor

Health

Get sick — with a little help from your friends

A family eats their lunch as they sit on a bench outside a fish and chip shop in Towyn, north Wales. Friends, family members and even colleagues of smokers or obese individuals are more likely to smoke or be obese themselves, according to new studies. File picture: REUTERS

A growing body of evidence shows lifestyles that include smoking, physical inactivity and obesity are actually socially contagious, writes Sarah Jackson

Health

Hurdle for bionics: one size does not fit all

Hugh Herr, a professor and double amputee who heads the Biomechatronics research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, stands amid mannequins displaying various bionic limbs. File picture: REUTERS

Getting older and less steady on your feet? You need a bionic exoskeleton, suggests Jonathan Rossiter

Opinion & Analysis

Reforms to private security industry laws are justifiable

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The potential or opportunity for abuse and threats to national security need to be recognised and addressed, writes Nkosinathi Nhleko

Opinion & Analysis

Rule of thumb: use principles and not rules

Gordon Moore of Intel set the principle to ‘disagree and commit’. Employees debated proposals but then had to accept the outcome. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Principles liberate people to do the right thing by providing a framework for making the right choices, write Jenny Davis-Peccoud and Tiaan Moolman

Opinion & Analysis

More to gauging price than rarity

SHINE: Diamond buyer Elliot Tannenbaum, from the Leo Schachter Diamond Group, looks at uncut diamonds at De Beers’ offices in London in August this year. Picture: REUTERS

Humans are prone to ‘pricing bias’ but monkeys not, writes Tim Harford

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The Third Umpire

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who — unlike President Jacob Zuma — appears to understand that by law she is not entitled to intervene in the governance or management of SOEs that have their own boards.

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Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who has officially been dropped from the BBC show after being suspended for striking a producer who had failed to organise dinner for him. Being a complete git is not entertaining.

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