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Opinion & Analysis

What will be the cost of Tshwane-style political violence?

Protesters blockade the road in Pretoria on June 21. Picture: THE TIMES/ALON SKUY

The loss of life over political differences is unacceptable, and does nothing to help solve the country’s problems, writes Ryan Ravens

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We should not ditch BEE — but we do need to overhaul it

Black Economic Empowerment. Picture: ISTOCK

Real empowerment means better skills and productivity, more black investment, less poverty and joblessness, and a bigger tax base, writes Tryphosa Ramano

Opinion & Analysis

Technical analysis — a tool to cut through the hive mind of the market

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Share prices are moved far more by market sentiment than by company fundamentals, writes Katherine Barber

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We are far from powerless against the quiet horror of censorship at the SABC

Journalists protest against censorship outside the SABC offices in Cape Town earlier in July. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

The broadcaster needs reminding that SA is a constitutional democracy — and, unlike China, our Constitution is given teeth by our laws, writes Ziyaad Bhorat

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We know racism is wrong, but our instinctive aversion to difference remains

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The relatively rapid physical mixing of races and cultures has outpaced humankind’s ancient, socially formed response to difference, writes David Matthews

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The stories about Africa that the numbers can’t tell

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Data on about Africa often paint a skewed or incomplete picture. Morten Jerven looks at how scholars and policy makers can shed light on what they’ve got to work with

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Bowing to pressure on South China Sea may be hard to swallow for China

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China’s dilemma: continue expansion into and militarisation of South China Sea, or succumb to international pressure, writes Jonathan Ripley-Evans

Opinion & Analysis

Business intelligence must look at internal and external data

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When you can see, enrich and analyse internal data in the context of the external, you can see how the operation’s pieces work together, writes Hjalmar Gislason

Columnists

EDITORS’ LUNCHBOX: Fraud finances movie about fraud, and SAA ditches BnP

Does ANC head of elections Nomvula Mokonyane know something about the future of Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman that we do not?

The government’s response to Eskom’s bullying has been startling. Energy Minister Joemat-Pettersson and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown have said absolutely nothing. Picture: REUTERS

EDITORIAL: State must flick Eskom’s switch

Cutting private power is a policy decision that will put all renewable-energy gains in jeopardy
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Peter Bruce: The lecture IMF deputy MD David Lipton delivers is a warning and a supplication. Change or die

IMF executive’s lecture a warning to change course

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Anthony Butler: Danger is that nepotism, self-enrichment and cronyism are not going to end, but instead monopolised

Abuse of government tenders may soon be curtailed

Opinion & Analysis

Aligning deformed university fee structure is now a priority

University of Cape Town. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

The problems plaguing the university economy will continue unless fundamental problems are addressed, writes Belinda Bozzoli

Opinion & Analysis

Johan Ackermann must keep the shackles off the Lions

REWARDED:  Johan Ackermann will swop his Lions coaching cap for that of the SA A team. Picture: BACKPAGEPIX

Fickle fans should admit the coach was right to trust his gut about the trip to Buenos Aires — and now a full-strength squad will face the Crusaders, writes Sibusiso Mjikeliso

Columnists

THE INSIDER: A wee victory — and no sign of imminent arrest

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A drunk man has used the ‘no notice’ defence after being caught peeing against a wall at a popular Joburg shopping mall

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Media freedom in SA not shared in region

The political environment in which the media in Swaziland operates is particularly hostile, says the writer. Picture: ISTOCK

With the exception of Namibia, free speech is either under serious threat or nonexistent in southern Africa, writes Mia Swart

Columnists

The tale of two blue-collar voters polls apart

The poor and marginal in Britain and SA are leading their nations down a path that fills the well-heeled with fear, writes Jonny Steinberg

Columnists

TWEET OF THE WEEK: The ANC’s hate factory

The ANC has a production factory for hate and there is no line they are not willing to cross, writes Gareth van Onselen

Opinion & Analysis

We all want to see better healthcare for all, but will NHI policies deliver?

Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

National Health Insurance will perversely increase the inequalities in healthcare, while concentrating power in the hands of state officials, writes Jasson Urbach

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SA’s power lies in breaking up Eskom’s monopoly model

SA needs a separate state-owned electricity market and transmission operator, writes Anton Eberhard

Opinion & Analysis

The inconvenient truth about the Open Government Partnership

There are too many examples of corrupt and lazy politicians who don’t inspire confidence, says the writer. Picture: THE TIMES

Countries cannot join the Open Government Partnership and continue to treat civil society as the enemy, writes Mukelani Dimba

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South Africans resilient in a strained business environment

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Having learned a great deal from political and economic stressors that continue to challenge them, SA businesses as innovative as global counterparts, writes Janine Hills

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Bank failed nation with blanket rates hikes

The Reserve Bank in Pretoria. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

The South African economy deserved a very different narrative from the Reserve Bank on rates and the forces driving prices higher, writes Brian Kantor

Columnists

STREET DOGS: The importance of saying no

Michel Pireu: According to Josh Billings half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying ‘yes’ too quickly and ‘no’ not soon enough

Opinion & Analysis

Space project can lift African science

MISSION:  One of the two MeerKAT dishes at the SKA site, Northern Cape. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Space technology projects have a built-in inspiration dividend for young Africans, writes David Pilling

Columnists

HALF ART: Beautiful truth of even the ugliest art

Irate artist Ayanda Mabulu launched the crusade to show our lecherous, treacherous leader is not wearing any clothes, writes Chris Thurman

Columnists

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Shiraz producers have pulled up their socks

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Producers who rose above the morass of mediocrity were all adept at managing vineyards and producing appealingly refined reds, writes Michael Fridjhon

Opinion & Analysis

SABMiller merger brews skewed rewards

SABMiller CEO Alan Clark will receive as much as R1.2bn in bonuses and share options when the merger with AB InBev is completed. Picture: SABMILLER

With CEO Alan Clark set to make R1.2bn in the AB InBev takeover, workers in the Zenzele share scheme are trying to get a better deal, writes Fifi Peters

Opinion & Analysis

Get the show on the road to depose Emperor Hlaudi

Hlaudi Motsoeneng.   Picture: SOWETAN

It is not enough to condemn what is happening at the SABC – we need to stop it before it is too late, writes Zwelinzima Vavi

Opinion & Analysis

How local tour operators can tap into the huge potential of China

Clifton. Picture: THEMBINKOSI DWAYISA

China is an enormous and widely diverse market. Here are some insights into the specific preferences of this under-exploited source of visitors, writes Enver Duminy

Columnists

Abuse of government tenders may soon be curtailed

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Anthony Butler: Danger is that nepotism, self-enrichment and cronyism are not going to end, but instead monopolised

Columnists

Intra-party conflict adds to IEC woes ahead of election

The IEC faces unprecedented challenges in the August 3 election of tests, writes Natasha Marrian

Columnists

Maimane stakes DA campaign on Zuma

Scrutiny of DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s election messaging reveals a narrow focus and possibly a missed opportunity, writes Gareth van Onselen

Opinion & Analysis

Private sector must rein in Zokufa

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Lack of corporate governance at the Board of Healthcare Funders in its support of the NHI betrays the interests of medical schemes, writes Johann Serfontein

Columnists

Brands can brand their core values for all to see

SA brands reserve the right to speak out against American bigot Steven Anderson and make clear the values for which they stand, writes Suhana Gordhan

Columnists

Commission should not be the ref of racist rants

Anger and reporting are understandable, but unsustainable responses to a generations-old conflict, writes Lindiwe Mazibuko

Opinion & Analysis

Malawi may have to choose between peace or prosperity in lake dispute

A boy swims in Lake Malawi. Both Tanzania and Malawi claim  sovereign rights over the eastern half of the northern part of the lake separating them. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

International arbitration may be the best route to appease all parties in bitter territorial dispute over lucrative slice of Lake Malawi, writes Jackwell Feris

Opinion & Analysis

Ivorians jittery over vote on citizenship

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, right, with army chief Gen Soumaila Bakayoko at a ceremony in April in Abidjan to honour soldiers killed in the al-Qaeda attack on Grand-Bassam. The attack highlighted Ivory Coast’s fragile security situation. Picture: REUTERS/LUC GNAGO

Ivory Coast has posted good growth figures, but ethnic tension keeps it fragile, writes Richard Chelin

Opinion & Analysis

Apply right remedies for real ills

BE CAREFUL: Aspirants to power such as Donald Trump in the US and Marine Le Pen in France offer clear, simple and wrong solutions. Picture: REUTERS

The remedies some aspirants to power offer are bogus but the illnesses are real, writes Martin Wolf

Opinion & Analysis

Empowering women to eradicate poverty in SA

Mamphela Ramphele, centre, and Zanele Mbeki attending the Women Development Businesses (WDB) dialogue, last week, to celebrate WDB’s 25th anniversary. Mbeki founded the organisation on her return from exile. Picture: WDB

Women Development Businesses celebrates its 25th anniversary with sobering look how poverty enslaves women, writes Max Marx

Columnists

Post-Brexit Britain’s resolve unlike SA’s rigid attitude

Brexit government’s openness to advice is in stark contrast to SA’s government, writes Hilary Joffe

Opinion & Analysis

Role of medical scheme brokers is crucial

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Healthcare brokers do not work for medical schemes, and offer a valuable advice to consumers, writes Butsi Tladi

Editorials

EDITORIAL: State must flick Eskom’s switch

The government’s response to Eskom’s bullying has been startling. Energy Minister Joemat-Pettersson and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown have said absolutely nothing. Picture: REUTERS

Cutting private power is a policy decision that will put all renewable-energy gains in jeopardy

Columnists

IMF executive’s lecture a warning to change course

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Peter Bruce: The lecture IMF deputy MD David Lipton delivers is a warning and a supplication. Change or die

Opinion & Analysis

Insurmountable obstacles surround AU’s plan for pan-African passport

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There are too many social, cultural and, above all, economic issues that will make the use of such a passport impractical

Opinion & Analysis

Brexit fear bargains to be had for private investors

A British flag flutters in front of a window in London, the UK, after the vote to leave the European Union. Picture: REUTERS/REINHARD KRAUSE

Opportunities must be approached with caution as fund managers may have good reason to shun an under-priced blue chip share, writes Katherine Barber

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Letters

LETTER: Eskom’s bad attitude

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In a way, it is a pity that the Guptas didn’t go into the renewable energy development business instead of coal and uranium

LETTER: Cosatu’s ominous fall

LETTER: SABC election ploy

LETTER: ANC party is over

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Cartoons

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Social networking service Twitter, which has finally cracked down on abusive behaviour by banning a user who led a campaign vilifying actress Leslie Jones. There is a difference between free speech and vitriol.

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Texas senator Ted Cruz, for resisting pressure to endorse Donald Trump’s nomination as Republican presidential candidate. Apart from the moral issue, association with the Trump brand is destined to be a political millstone.

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Sharks hooker Monde Hadebe, who has been banned from participating in all forms of rugby for four years after testing positive for steroids. What a senseless waste of a potentially stellar career.

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