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Decisions on public money not that democratic when the majority is not heard

Debate on spending is always about which insiders get what, not about what can be done to make outsiders become insiders, writes Steven Friedman

Opinion & Analysis

BEE MATTERS: Some ways to fund fees without gaps or taxes

University of Cape Town academics and health faculty students demonstrate outside Parliament last week. The government cannot promise to freeze university fees when it does not have the money. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

The government pleads poverty amid fees protests but it sends troops to DRC and Sudan and helps human rights violators such as Swaziland and Zimbabwe, writes Dion Gerber

Opinion & Analysis

Cities, not agriculture, will drive growth and job creation

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If SA’s economy is to grow, the growth of our cities’ economies has to accelerate dramatically, writes Ann Bernstein

Opinion & Analysis

Leader issue is key to revamp of ANC

The ANC is not in a growth phase. For the past decade its trajectory has been downhill as it grapples with a radically changed opposition. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

The task of reinventing the ANC and repositioning its brand cannot succeed without a leadership overhaul, writes Thabang Motsohi

Columnists

Myths pervade case for free tertiary education

The debate on free tertiary education has been marred with red herrings that may poison what should be an important debate for lasting social outcomes, writes Xhanti Payi

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EDITORIAL: Sham public consultation

The government’s newest plan to build nuclear plants is, so far, another case of sham public consultation and faces yet another court challenge

SA’s robust tobacco black market is a cautionary tale on implementation and policing, writes Hilary Joffe

Tobacco case provides lessons for potential sugar tax

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In public policy formulation, costs are often ignored, understated or denied, writes Leon Louw

Repeat after me: there are no free lunches

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Bowel movement does not get point across

Mark Bristow, CEO Randgold Resources. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Straight-talking Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow isn’t impressed with euphemisms

Opinion & Analysis

Central bankers and their pensions

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump says Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen should be ashamed of herself. Picture: REUTERS

Tim Harford: Are central bankers not the Marie Antoinettes of the modern world, recklessly imposing penury on the people, while ensuring they are protected?

Columnists

STREET DOGS: Carlson on safe but boring strategies

Michel Pireu: Maybe the hardest part of all is it’s much easier to do something when mostly the right move is to do nothing

The writer says even if the Treasury’s independence and SA’s investment-grade credit status are maintained and economic growth improves, a major historic challenge appears to have been provoked. Picture: SUPPLIED

SA suffers from too much patience with what is broken

In comparison with the many other countries, SA has a perplexing relationship with time, writes Peter Attard Montalto

Columnists

On the obsequiousness of SA universities

Many South African universities and ANC politicians are as thick as thieves, writes Gareth van Onselen

Columnists

Repeat after me: there are no free lunches

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In public policy formulation, costs are often ignored, understated or denied, writes Leon Louw

Columnists

EDITOR’S LUNCHBOX: Treasury austerity measures for dummies

Home Affairs got a free lesson on austerity when it asked the Treasury to cut it some slack, and Trump goes from angry to aggravated and back in his clash with Clinton

Opinion & Analysis

Why SA should consider EU-style payment rules

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A lighter touch does not necessarily mean heavier risk — and could be the fillip the online retail industry needs, writes David Liu

Opinion & Analysis

The jump from academic garden to policy jungle

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Research does not always translate well from its placid academic habitat to the wilder jungle of government policy making, writes Neva Makgetla

Opinion & Analysis

Tax hikes for free tertiary education feasible

STANDOFF:  Students from Wits University in Johannesburg demonstrate, as the #FeesMustFall protests resume. Picture: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

If higher education is financed solely through taxes we could avoid the practical problems of fees-based funding models, writes Co-Pierre Georg

Opinion & Analysis

Laughing all the way to a bankable error

President Jacob Zuma has escaped with only the lightest of ‘fines’ for nonsecurity Nkandla upgrades because he has not complied with the remedial action required by the public protector, says the writer. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Simple arithmetic reveals Jacob Zuma has still not paid in full for the nonsecurity upgrades at Nkandla, writes Paul Hoffman

Innovation

Marine law starts to get attention it desperately needs

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Africa’s only research chair in the law of the sea will compare and harmonise legislation on the continent’s marine environment, writes Nicky Willemse

Europe

Germany tries to distance itself from Deutsche Bank in election year

Visitors and exhibitors pass Deutsche Bank's booth at the Sibos 2016 expo in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday. Picture: EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI

Report says Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out state aid for Germany’s too-big-to-fail lender at politically sensitive time

Columnists

Player power of a different sort comes to the fore in Cobras coach debacle

Fed-up Cobras players a step away from emulating Australia’s drastic action — a strike, writes Neil Manthorp

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Sham public consultation

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The government’s newest plan to build nuclear plants is, so far, another case of sham public consultation and faces yet another court challenge

Columnists

Tobacco case provides lessons for potential sugar tax

SA’s robust tobacco black market is a cautionary tale on implementation and policing, writes Hilary Joffe

Innovation

App lifeline for small-scale fishers

Lamberts Bay, on the west coast, is home to small-scale fishers. The Abalobi app will allow these artisanal fishers to share information about their catches.  Picture: DAVID HARRISON

The Abalobi app will be the information management system for the small-scale fisheries industry, writes Sarah Wild

Columnists

Clinton frontrunner of structural reforms

If Hillary Clinton were to pursue structural reforms she would propel an economic policy theme that has struggled to gain traction, writes Trudi Makhaya

Opinion & Analysis

Eskom is considering tried and tested nuclear solutions

Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear plant looms over Melkbosstrand in Cape Town. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

The power utililty is looking for a modern standardised design under construction in the country of origin for SA, writes Matshela Koko

Columnists

STREET DOGS: How to beat data fog

Knowing what is actionable as opposed to observable can save you from drowning in a sea of information, writes Michel Pireu

Columnists

And so, we have come to expect disappointment

The country’s grand expectations are easy enough to map. Most have at their heart a number: 1994, writes Gareth Van Onselen

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Young deserve a shot at work

The Employment Tax Incentive allows employers to claim a tax concession if they employ young workers. Picture: ISTOCK

Two more years of a job incentive scheme that allows employers to claim a tax concession if they employ young workers is good news

Columnists

No more accounting as usual

Baruch Lev and Feng Gu argue for a radical overhaul in financial analysis, writes Michel Pireu

Columnists

ON THE WATER: Benefits could have trickled down to the poor

Herman Mashaba’s move against Sandton's bourgeoisie cycle-path project also ends rehabilitation of Joburg’s precarious storm-water drainage system, writes Neels Blom

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The Third Umpire

Proteas batsman Temba Bavuma let his bat do the talking during SA’s 50 overs against Ireland in Benoni on Sunday, scoring his debut century and his first outing as a Proteas opener in the absence of Hashim Amla.

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Airports Company SA spent R6.7bn building the struggling King Shaka International Airport near Durban, while CEO Bongani Maseko seems to think it was not a problem that there was no feasibility study.

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Possibly current SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng was reportedly paid an R11.4m bonus, despite the Supreme Court of Appeal ruling he be removed from that position. Let the lawsuits begin.

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