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Opinion & Analysis

Statistics on skills give SA reason to worry

Statistician-general Pali Lehohla. Picture: GCIS
18 hour(s) ago

Systematic exclusion of so many young people from the opportunities and rewards of the formal economy cannot continue, writes Mark Potterton

Opinion & Analysis

Masipa got Pistorius judgment right — on the law

Oscar Pistorius is comforted by his uncle, Arnold Pistorius, before the verdict in his trial is delivered at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday. Picture: REUTERS/ALON AKUY
18 hour(s) ago

Acquittal of Oscar Pistorius on murder charge rests on two things: reasonable doubt, and the difference between objective and subjective legal tests, writes Kim Hawkey

Columnists

Loeries are a showcase of work that defines us

Picture: THINKSTOCK
18 hour(s) ago

The festival reminds us about the chasm between brilliance and mediocrity, between work that moves you and work that fades into oblivion, writes Suhana Gordhan

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Clarity needed on cross-border deals

AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan presents the group's results for the financial year to end-2013 on Wednesday.  Picture: MARTIN RHODES
18 hour(s) ago

Now seems a good time to revive the discussion on cross-border deals

Columnists

LETTER FROM CAPE TOWN: We should opt for discussion before destruction

Dave Marrs promo
18 hour(s) ago

My moan for the week is South Africans’ apparent preference for violence and destruction over discussion and negotiation in what passes for disagreement, writes Dave Marrs

A 'Yes' campaign supporter is seen near the town of Portree on the Isle of Skye on Wednesday.  Picture: REUTERS

On Scotland, just where did the English go wrong?

It seems natural to look back at how the relationship began, where it went wrong, and try to remember the good times, writes Nicholas Kotch

Dreams of a Cape utopia, much like dreams of an independent Scotland, are best left on the beach for the high tide to wash away, writes Bronwyn Nortje

Do the sums: no to secession

The five-year road map is a great plan, but relies too heavily on the provincial unions to make it happen, writes Liz McGregor

Saru’s plan pulls no punches about transformation pace

Editorials

EDITORIAL: RBPlat shows leadership

Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
18 hour(s) ago

Platinum miner has to be commended for continuously trying to find new ways of effectively managing SA’s very difficult labour relations environment

Columnists

THE INSIDER: One grateful patient is putting his foot in it

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18 hour(s) ago

A man suffering from a pain in his right foot has decided that is the right media space to place an advert for the doctor who has helped him on the path to recovery

Opinion & Analysis

Illegal mine workers reveal flaw in the labour model

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1 day(s) ago

If pay went up and down with the gold price, the gold mining industry would surely be willing to bear the risks of hiring more workers, writes Brian Kantor

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Black youth dynamics not clearly understood

Xhanti Payi: We have to do more to change the dynamics and environment we depend on to produce black skilled young people. Transformation in corporate SA is critical

Opinion & Analysis

Youth league still just a vehicle to high office

ANC Youth League national co-ordinator Mzwandile Masina. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
1 day(s) ago

Recent promotion of the league’s interim chairman, Mzwandile Masina, to deputy minister — after just more than a year in the chairman’s seat — provides some perspective, writes Setumo Stone

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Skills crisis needs more than money

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1 day(s) ago

Political will and a change of mind-set at the top are required to properly address the skills crisis in South Africa

Finance Blog

BLOG: A search for good debate, not conspiracy theory

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1 day(s) ago

Elitists governing, leading financial services sector have demonstrated pattern of ruthless behaviour to protect weakening, vulnerable currency, blogs Kevin Wakeford

Opinion & Analysis

Masipa’s decision to acquit Oscar of murder justified

Judge Thokozile Masipa delivers her judgment in the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.   Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

But it is unfortunate that judge did not spell out her findings on absence of knowledge or foresight of unlawfulness of killing more fully, writes Jonathan Burchell

Columnists

Markets, not regulators, sank AngloGold foreign deal

1 day(s) ago

AngloGold has for a decade or more been using cash from its operations in SA to fund its international expansion, writes Hilary Joffe

Columnists

Ignorance fuels feeding frenzy over Pistorius

Leon Louw promo
1 day(s) ago

Even some usually sober ‘legal experts’, who should be explaining the judicial process, have been sucked in, writes Leon Louw

Opinion & Analysis

Bric concept is bad tool for making investment calls

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2 day(s) ago

For emerging market investors, the bloc approach is far more useful than the Bric approach, which is an exercise in size-ism, writes Michael Power

Cricket

CSA won’t say it, but lady luck was shining on their finances

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2 day(s) ago

There’s something just a little too rose-tinted about the presentation of Cricket SA’s year-end financials, writes Neil Manthorp

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Open season on Madonsela

Thuli Madonsela. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
2 day(s) ago

As brave and principled as Thuli Madonsela may be, she is but one woman, and the pressure is clearly starting to tell at a personal level

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Peters’s predecessors’ deep, dark pasts …

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

How can the security of Dipuo Peters’s predecessors be compromised in the present by something they did in the past?

Columnists

Masipa’s Pistorius ruling puts judicial error in the spotlight

Judge Thokozile Masipa delivers her judgment in the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.   Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Too many wrongful acquittals suggest a system in crisis but so would too few, writes Trudi Makhaya

Editorials

EDITORIAL: SA’s fixation with nuclear is unwise

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2 day(s) ago

For SA Inc one question is how to reconcile our expensive tastes in new build with our industrial policy and beneficiation aspirations

Opinion & Analysis

The question is whether Venezuela should default

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

The moral calculus becomes a bit more intricate when you cannot make good on all of your commitments and have to decide which to honour and which to avoid, write Ricardo Hausmann and Miguel Angel Santos

Rugby

Saru’s plan pulls no punches about transformation pace

16 hour(s) ago

The five-year road map is a great plan, but relies too heavily on the provincial unions to make it happen, writes Liz McGregor

Columnists

Do the sums: no to secession

18 hour(s) ago

Dreams of a Cape utopia, much like dreams of an independent Scotland, are best left on the beach for the high tide to wash away, writes Bronwyn Nortje

Columnists

On Scotland, just where did the English go wrong?

A 'Yes' campaign supporter is seen near the town of Portree on the Isle of Skye on Wednesday.  Picture: REUTERS
18 hour(s) ago

It seems natural to look back at how the relationship began, where it went wrong, and try to remember the good times, writes Nicholas Kotch

Other Sport

Even a child can see what’s wrong with boxing in SA

Mninawa Ntloko promo
1 day(s) ago

Things have plumbed such embarrassing depths that fans don’t bother to show up even when entry is free, writes Mninawa Ntloko

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Next time, consult better

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba addresses a media briefing after delivering his budget speech on Tuesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Partnership between the government and business should be an ongoing effort to work together to build efficiency and effectiveness in our bureaucracy

Opinion & Analysis

Bucket challenge is charity genius

McLaren Mercedes team members dump buckets of ice water onto Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain as he takes part in the
1 day(s) ago

Who is to say which worthy cause is most deserving, asks Tim Harford

Arts & Entertainment

JAZZ: Spring bounty for jazz lovers

Gwen Ansell promo
1 day(s) ago

There is a feast of live jazz for music lovers in the month of September, writes Gwen Ansell

Motoring

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: BMW’s dark horse

SWOOPY: The BMW X4 rides lower than its  more sedate sibling, which is useful when cornering.  Picture: QUICKPIC
1 day(s) ago

The X4 proves to be more than a sexed-up version of the X3, with a tighter drive and barely compromised space, writes Alexander Parker

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Tshidi is holed up at the Financial Services Board

NOT OUR FAULT: Dube Tshidi, head of the Financial Services Board. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA
1 day(s) ago

Chairwoman of Parliament’s trade and industry portfolio committee, Joan Fubbs calls out ‘recalcitrant’ members of the former board of the National Credit Regulator

Columnists

Preference for insult over argument will damage SA’s democracy

1 day(s) ago

Politicians and activists are not representing us better when they smear and slur instead of speaking and arguing, writes Steven Friedman

Telecoms & Technology

We must go digital to realise economic potential

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2 day(s) ago

Digitisation of the country will lay the groundwork for what is the next phase of the internet — the ‘Internet of Everything’, writes John Chambers

African Perspectives

Screws tighten on taxing expats in African countries

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3 day(s) ago

Days of staff being paid offshore to avoid in-country tax, social security responsibilities are fast drawing to an end, write Jeff Blackbeard and Davis White

Columnists

How the ANC damages its own idea of patriotism

1 day(s) ago

The ruling party has created a multitude of negative symbols that unite South Africans against it, writes Gareth van Onselen

Opinion & Analysis

Is biometric voter registration a necessity in the 21st century?

A voter’s finger is inked during a referendum in Zimbabwe earlier this year.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 day(s) ago

Most manual methods cannot detect multiple registrations, so unscrupulous individuals can register, vote more than once, writes Mohammad Shahnewaz

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Parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete. Surviving a no-confidence vote through a crude majority in the house is all very well but what matters is credibility, and the sad reality is she has precious little of that.

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Nigerian “prophet” Temitope Balogun Joshua, who bears responsibility for the horrific deaths of scores of pilgrims, apparently including numerous South Africans, who are feared crushed under a collapsed church building.

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De Beers CEO Philippe Mellier, who is fighting a losing battle in trying to restore the group to its former money-printing glory. Those days are gone, along with the cartel’s diamond supply monopoly.

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