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Opinion & Analysis

Emerging farmers need to be skilled to thrive

Tractor farm food farming. Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 hour(s) ago

There are proven solutions that can be and are being implemented to establish sound commercial ventures, writes Mandla Nkomo

Columnists

LAW MATTERS: Gender transformation

4 hour(s) ago

The long-term consequences for the JSC’s appointment process and its constitutionally mandated project to get more women on the bench are worrying, writes Franny Rabkin

Columnists

Nene spreads pain between spending cuts and tax moves

4 hour(s) ago

Cabinet support or not, one of the biggest risks to the budget framework might well be ‘number one’ himself, writes Hilary Joffe

Opinion & Analysis

Reform alone is no solution for the eurozone

A euro sign stands outside the European Central Bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Picture: REUTERS
2 hour(s) ago

The big challenge for the eurozone is not to create institutions, but to promote adjustment and restore growth, writes Martin Wolf

Editorials

EDITORIAL: The AU has failed on Ebola

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
4 hour(s) ago

AU has shown little willingness to change the poor leadership narrative of the least developed continent on the planet

Opinion & Analysis

Rule of law the exception for China

INTERACTING: Pro-democracy protesters watch talks between student leaders and government officials on a video screen in Hong Kong on Monday. Picture: REUTERS
4 hour(s) ago

State routinely censors activists who support protests, writes Xia Yeliang

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his medium-term budget statement on Wednesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

EDITORIAL: Nene not set to be Mr Popular

The finance minister is alive to the perilous fiscal situation SA finds itself in but not everyone will find his solutions palatable

Anton Harber: Journalism is about providing families and histories and individuals with faces, rather than numbers and quantities

Ebola stories divide people into
‘others’ and US

Most forex traders lose money; the most active learn nothing and see their losses mount over time, writes Michel Pireu

STREET DOGS: Forex losses accumulate for regular investors

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Lekota’s debt clock would set off alarms

Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
4 hour(s) ago

Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota has a suggestion for keeping us all in low spirits — a digital national-debt clock on the internet

Markets Blog

MARKET BLOG: Why buy government bonds when you can buy gold?

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4 hour(s) ago

With money printing once again ramping up, gold remains key defensive asset to help portfolios endure potential damage of financial bubbles, writes Dave Levenstein

Gadgets & Gear

Rage, rage against the dying of the Wi-Fi

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1 day(s) ago

As with other rages, Wi-Fi rage can lead to outrageous behaviour, writes Penny Haw

A statue of Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of apartheid.   Picture: AVUSA

What has become of Boer racism?

Despite disinformation to the contrary, Leon Louw finds Afrikaners transformed

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Nene not set to be Mr Popular

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his medium-term budget statement on Wednesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
4 hour(s) ago

The finance minister is alive to the perilous fiscal situation SA finds itself in but not everyone will find his solutions palatable

Columnists

Ebola stories divide people into ‘others’ and US

4 hour(s) ago

Anton Harber: There is often debate about whether western coverage of our continent is relentlessly negative, built on stereotypes and quick to report on conflict and disease

Columnists

STREET DOGS: Forex losses

4 hour(s) ago

Most forex traders lose money; the most active learn nothing and see their losses mount over time, writes Michel Pireu

Columnists

The DA’s statements reveal how uninfluential it really is

1 day(s) ago

DA’s ‘must’ infatuation highlights its great weakness as it fails to get results, writes Gareth van Onselen

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Time for SA to start saving

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1 day(s) ago

Country's dismal savings rate is one of lowest in world

Opinion & Analysis

Pilot schemes help ideas take off

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1 day(s) ago

Test cases can take some risk out of business ventures, writes Tim Harford

Motoring

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: For the love of hybrids

EFFICIENCY: Hybrid cars look likely to remain popular. The Renault Sandero. Picture: QUICKPIC
1 day(s) ago

It is not only high prices that make me think the hybrid will live on — the fact is, I enjoy filling up once a month, writes Alexander Parker

Columnists

STREET DOGS: Advice from a champion checkers player

1 day(s) ago

Sound advice for checkers players that could just as easily have been written for the equity markets

Arts & Entertainment

JAZZ: Kesivan Naidoo and Brotherhood

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1 day(s) ago

Naidoo has never much cared about labels, but Brotherhood is certainly jazz, writes Gwen Ansell

Columnists

AT HOME AND ABROAD: Nene has no shortage of bad news to deliver to the nation

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1 day(s) ago

Finance minister will face the harsh fact that government expenditure is now greater than its income. And that can only mean misery, writes Allister Sparks

Columnists

Rebasing GDP is set to boost SA’s financial ratios

1 day(s) ago

Every five years Stats SA rebases and rebenchmarks the national accounts figures to bring them up to date, writes Hilary Joffe

Columnists

SA needs hard bargaining rather than indabas

Steven Friedman
1 day(s) ago

After democracy, our leaders ducked a key task — how to tackle poverty and inequality without damaging wealth creation, writes Steven Friedman

Opinion & Analysis

Public protector has teeth to back up the quest for truth

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

The right of the public protector to take appropriate remedial action goes far beyond merely speaking truth to power, writes Paul Hoffman

Gadgets & Gear

Rage, rage against the dying of the Wi-Fi

Penny Haw promo
1 day(s) ago

As with other rages, Wi-Fi rage can lead to outrageous behaviour, writes Penny Haw

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Football isn’t quite a gentlemen’s game

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1 day(s) ago

Nationalism, territorialism, religion, language, skin colour and history all sit uncomfortably in grandstands

Columnists

Symbiosis is crucial in small business ecosystem

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1 day(s) ago

Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu's task is to turn things around and, among many stratagems, she must make all of us work together to grow small business, writes Thami Mazwai

Columnists

Information must not be kept behind locked doors

1 day(s) ago

The high cost of the internet not only affects the economy, it disempowers young people who have grown up in a different world to that of previous generations, writes Zama Ndlovu

Opinion & Analysis

Legalising drugs could benefit the economy and save lives

A Swazi policeman stands guard over a field of  marijuana during a drug raid in the remote northern Lebombo mountains.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Thriving Prohibition-era black market showed how legislation can distort markets and prop up drug lords, writes Zenande Meyiwa

Columnists

SA may be forced to face West Indies has-beens

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2 day(s) ago

There is a rich tradition of intransigence and stupidity in cricket — it comes from spending so much time in the company of the same people playing a sport in which every individual is destined to fail more than they succeed, writes Neil Manthorp

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Zuma proves immune to Hong Kong protests

Riot police line up in front of protesters in the Mongkok shopping district of Hong Kong on Sunday.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Hong Kong ‘open for business’, says Zuma at a time when the former British territory’s youth are standing up to Beijing

Columnists

STREET DOGS: Second-hand thinking

2 day(s) ago

Jiddu Krishnamurti, a great thinker and writer, spent his life urging others to investigate things for themselves — advice that applies to equity investors, writes Michel Pireu

Columnists

Mazrui taught what it meant to be truly African

2 day(s) ago

Ali Mazrui’s work opened one’s mind up to what it truly means to be African — and not the Africa of colonial Europe, writes Muthoni Maingi

Columnists

Quest for English robs our schools of language

Nomalanga Mkhize
2 day(s) ago

We must insist on all our schools providing quality African language instruction for all children, writes Nomalanga Mkhize

Opinion & Analysis

Peaceful poll offers hope for struggling Mozambique

An elderly woman casts her vote at a polling station in Maputo, Mozambique, on Wednesday. Picture: ANTONIO SILVA/EPA
2 day(s) ago

Poll should offer fresh hope for peace in a country still struggling to overcome poverty, rising inequality, and risks of renewed conflict, write Denis Kadima and John Stremlau

Opinion & Analysis

Investors hold key to putting focus on ethics

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2 day(s) ago

Savvy organisations can choose to meet customers where they are, allow them to align investments with their ethics, writes Stephanie Giamporcaro

Columnists

Bears in the flip-flop market

2 day(s) ago

Some popular explanations for and against a US equity market crash, writes Michel Pireu

Columnists

STRAIGHT TALK: Yield seekers will prove fickle

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3 day(s) ago

We fixed the financial crisis overnight, writes Mark Barnes, but no one needs a financial industry if there isn’t a real economy

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The Third Umpire

SA Post Office chairwoman Hlamalani Manzini. A leaked draft annual report reveals not only chronic mismanagement and weak internal controls, but that the executive is dead set on awarding itself a 26% salary increase.

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It is great that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown is taking concerted action to address the leadership crisis at SAA, not so great that she seems to be choosing sides to favour her boss’s buddies.

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Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi. The problem of the state being tardy in paying suppliers was supposed to have been resolved; now we hear small businesses are still going to the wall due to cash-flow difficulties.

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