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Trump doesn’t grasp why US succeeds

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a rally in Bismarck, North Dakota, on Thursday. Picuture: AFP PHOTO/SPENSER PLATTE

Donald Trump misses a crucial point: the US has powerful allies not only because it is too, but also because of its enduring commitments — including trade relations, writes Martin Wolf

Opinion & Analysis

Potential for anti-nuclear protest movement in SA cannot be discounted

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Nuclear build association with Zuma faction in ruling ANC will be political hot potato for decades to come, writes physics professor Hartmut Winkler

Opinion & Analysis

New mission needed for SA’s kids

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Investing in the wellbeing of young children and early learning is the most powerful investment in human capital formation a country can make, writes David Harrison

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Teachers learn if they run the show

A teacher faces a packed classroom in a school in Mthatha. While many educators are low on morale and resistant to evaluation of their performance, a professional development initiative in the Swellendam district run by the teachers themselves is proving successful. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Barrydale educators take ownership of successful skills upgrading course, writes Michael Rice

Columnists

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Number of well-maturing Cape reds have made consumers blasé

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Michael Fridjhon: Expectations play a role in wine appreciation, but what if you don’t know what to expect?

Columnists

HALF ART: Tread carefully along the road of good intentions

Nudist photograher Spencer Tunick brings a knife to a gunfight trying to show up Donald Trump, writes Chris Thurman

Opinion & Analysis

Brexit opportunity for Britain to find the courage to change

Buildings including Citigroup’s offices, left, the HSBC’s headquarters, centre, and Barclays’ headquarters, right, in the Canary Wharf financial district in London. Picture: BLOOMBERG/LUKE MACGREGOR

The time has come to stop asking what Europe can do for Britain and start asking what can Britain do for Europe, writes Lorenzo Fioramonti

Opinion & Analysis

Who is watching WHO’s watch towers?

HOLY SMOKES: Japan Tobacco called the EU court’s ruling on plain-packaging requirements for cigarettes regrettable and inexplicable. As many as 695,000 people a year in the EU die from tobacco-related illnesses. Picture: BLOOMBERG

The WHO is pulling out all the stops with its monitoring centres to counteract the ‘darkness’ of sin industries, writes Yaël Ossowski

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EDITORIAL: An odorous oil reserves deal

Energy minister is unapologetic about cost and faces no censure on the unchecked sale of state assets

Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s idiocy and tyrannical impulse goes on full display, writes Gareth van Onselen

TWEET OF THE WEEK: The madness of King Motsoeneng

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The nuclear build is already deeply tainted, and will be obsolete technology by the time SA has paid off the R1-trillion, writes Peter Bruce

Trillion-rand nuclear build scares more than crows

Columnists

Inequality in SA will be colour-coded for some time

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Due to strong overlap between class and race forged by apartheid, inequality will continue to be colour-coded in SA for many generations to come, says Anthony Butler

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Bank needs to look at inflation in a new way

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Brian Kantor: Monetary policy in SA needs a different narrative, one that will preserve the credibility of the Reserve Bank

Columnists

STREET DOGS: A necessary learning curve

Michel Pireu: Unless you experience the unpleasant symptoms of being wrong, your brain will never revise its models

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Pentagon is still doing the floppy disk shuffle

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According to a report, the defence department systems that co-ordinate missiles, bombers and aircraft are still running on a 1970s system that uses eight-inch floppy disks

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Financial services firms struggle in Africa

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Having once been lauded as the next big investment destination, now Africa’s fading economies risk taking banks down with them, writes Renee Bonorchis

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Why it’s appropriate that South Africans rally behind Gordhan

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan arrives to deliver his 2016 budget address at Parliament in Cape Town. Picture:  REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS

SA still teeters on edge of possible downgrade and commentators highlighting this danger do so in interest of averting such a danger, writes Jannie Rossouw

Paul Kagame gestures during a panel session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2016. Bloomberg recently dubbed Rwanda the would-be Switzerland of Africa. Picture: BLOOMBERG/JASON ALDEN

Morning breaks out in country of skulls

Rwanda has maximised on its peace dividend, and the country knows what it wants and how to get it, writes Hilary Joffe

Opinion & Analysis

Drama above Atlantic ocean for EasyJet passengers

Passengers disembark from the EasyJet plane on the island of Porto Santo, Portugal. Picture: MARK SMYTH

Journalist Mark Smyth reports on how British press reported he nearly died when plane was forced to make emergency landing on island off North African coast

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Labour law fuels strife on mines

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union-affiliated workers strike at Marikana. An Extractive Industries paper argues that  intense competition between NUM and Amcu intensifies strikes, says the writer. Picture: SOWETAN

Under the Labour Relations Act of 1995 — still in effect — the majority mine union has sole organising rights, pitching unions against each, writes Ross Harvey

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State’s industrial policy needs support

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Ipap objectives are excellent — to stimulate manufacturing and to bring about more industrialisation, writes Philippa Rodseth

Opinion & Analysis

Privacy risk keeping some people off Facebook

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Important that social network site developers and marketers specifically plan for and design websites to address privacy concerns, doctoral study finds

Columnists

Pursuit of Treasury will be Zuma’s Achilles heel

Natasha Marrian: Economic decline may be Zuma’s Achilles heel, implying that his course of action with regard to the Treasury could be the key to his eventual downfall

Opinion & Analysis

SA economy should be democratised in line with the Constitution

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Discourse is needed on the relationship between the macro economic and constitution frameworks, write Richard Kurt Pfaff and Vanessa Ludwig

Markets

STREET DOGS: Timing isn’t everything

Why buy-and-hold may be the better investment strategy, writes Michel Pireu

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Huawei not keen on wooing the customer

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Huawei’s fantastically irrelevant response to a post on its Facebook page

Opinion & Analysis

THE POINT: New student body grows entrepreneurship

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Nonprofit Student Business Council wants to bridge academic and practical know-how for aspiring young entrepreneurs, writes Owen Skae

Columnists

The top 10 bogus ANC conspiracy theories

The ANC has deliberately created an environment in which any threat to its rule is blamed on "outside forces", writes Gareth van Onselen

Opinion & Analysis

Africa does not have just one tale to tell

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Africa presents a paradox of risk and opportunity; of weak infrastructure coupled with bounding innovation, writes Morne Mostert

Columnists

TWEET OF THE WEEK: The madness of King Motsoeneng

Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s idiocy and tyrannical impulse goes on full display, writes Gareth van Onselen

Columnists

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Trillion-rand nuclear build scares more than crows

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The nuclear build is already deeply tainted, and will be obsolete technology by the time SA has paid off the R1-trillion, writes Peter Bruce

Editorials

EDITORIAL: An odorous oil reserves deal

Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Energy minister is unapologetic about cost and faces no censure on the unchecked sale of state assets

Columnists

SABMiller’s financial statement ‘fluff’ cannot hide bad results

The strategy does not impress institutional investors or they would not have voted out SABMiller leadership in favour of Anheuser-Busch InBev, writes Robert Laing

Columnists

Instagram logo switch reflects our insta-lives

Instagram’s logo change will stop being important very quickly because that’s just the world we live in now, writes Suhana Gordhan

Opinion & Analysis

Living in an upside-down world of two sets of laws

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The law can be manipulated as an instrument for use against political enemies and to allow the privileged to exempt themselves from the consequences of their actions, writes Tony Leon

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Be wary of the easy money

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Mozambique in dire straits following disclosures that the government hid at least $1.4bn in government-guaranteed foreign debt from its creditors

Opinion & Analysis

Finding new ways to make private equity deals work

In modern capitalist countries, amassed economic power defines the royalty of the day, says the writer.  Picture: THINKSTOCK

Buy-and-build strategies suit conditions and public-to-private deals are on the up, write Hugh MacArthur, Graham Elton and Andrei Vorobyov

Columnists

Why an inward-looking ruling party is so knotty

Without reform, political elites will continue to amass power and influence, while South Africans are pushed further away from the people they elect, writes Lindiwe Mazibuko

Columnists

Stats SA will do the GDP job, but let’s be vigilant

Changes at Stats SA are in line with international practice and the agency remains under the watchful eye of the Reserve Bank, writes Hilary Joffe

Columnists

AT HOME AND ABROAD: A scary right-wing wave is sweeping a fractured world

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Don’t imagine you would be better off leaving the country, for the wider world seems also to be undergoing a spasm of political lunacy, writes Allister Sparks

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Letters

LETTER: ANC must ask itself hard questions

Finance minister Pravin Gordhan puts the finishing touches to the 2016 budget presentation. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

The infiltration of the ANC by business people who do not contest for political power in elections is unacceptable

LETTER: Fuel’s stinking mess

LETTERS: Spread the blame

LETTER: Retain school quality

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The Third Umpire

Whether the “rotation” of SA’s oil stocks is legitimate or an enrichment scam, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson must know she needs the finance minister’s permission to dispose of significant state assets

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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s daughter, Rev Canon Mpho Tutu-Van Furth, has chosen to return her licence to the Anglican Church rather than have it revoked for entering into a same-sex marriage. Sad, but dignified.

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Zimbabwe Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa. Without the reserves to back them, the “bond notes” he plans to print to supplement scarce dollar supplies will result in runaway inflation. Has his government learnt nothing?

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