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Editorials

EDITORIAL: Defending the indefensible

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Defence of police commissioner Riah Phiyega adds to evidence President Jacob Zuma should not have appointed her in the first place

Columnists

State is best suited to be top dog in education

Curro has prompted society to reflect on what happens when business steps in to develop the sort of basic human capital needed to create mass open-access democracies, writes Trudi Makhaya

Opinion & Analysis

Patents threaten access to vital medicine

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SA’s patent system has allowed high numbers of unwarranted patent monopolies or extensions of existing monopolies which curb competition, write Marcus Low, Catherine Tomlinson, Julia Hill and Umunyana Rugege

Columnists

Go with the herd or your gut?

Eyal Winter makes the point that our emotional and intellectual mechanisms often work together — ‘there is logic in emotion and often emotion in logic’, writes Michel Pireu

Columnists

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Clever big Benz hybrid makes the greens see red

The full plug-in hybrid GLE500e has a 40km electric-only range, a switch to toggle to the engine, and automatic mode if you need help deciding, writes Alexander Parker

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Getting to the bottom of a bizarre deal

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‘Econopack Ass Apples’ may be bare cheek by the sign writer or is the consumer the butt of a joke?

Opinion & Analysis

Zuma successor race could split Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal

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Many have lacked the courage to speak openly because a climate exists in which it is much safer to act and speak in defence of the leader. This is about to change, writes Aubrey Matshiqi

Workers aligned to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union march to Wonderkop Stadium to demand rival NUM vacate the office at Lonmin mine in Rustenburg in 2013. Picture: SOWETAN

EDITORIAL: Much rests on gold
wage deal

Co-operation for the greater good has never been more urgent and unions should work together and with management to avoid a strike which could cripple the industry and economy as the gold price falls

Phakamisa Ndzamela: Failure to condemn antitransformation elements in corporate SA by its supporters reflects badly on white business-owned entities

It’s transformation, or a return to prescribed assets

Visa row has become a bit toxic because there’s a lot at stake, writes Marvin Meintjies

Zero-sum thinking is a visa to a moonless future

Opinion & Analysis

Innovation has cyclists’ back

A technological device that helps cyclists respond to traffic threats behind them will hopefully reduce road deaths of cyclists such as Burry Stander, whose body is carried out of a church. Picture: THE TIMES

A local radar invention, developed in Stellenbosch and bought by Garmin SA, will help cyclists to ride defensively, writes Graeme Addison

Columnists

STREET DOGS: Market wisdom

Perhaps none of the great investors has given us as many insights into the market as Jesse Livermore, writes Michel Pireu

Columnists

It’s a real test of skills when rain ruins the whole series

South Africa’s selectors, management and players may see some benefits later on after monsoon-ruined tour, writes Neil Manthorp in Dhaka

Opinion & Analysis

Iron ore’s ‘bull market’ shows rise of financial trading

A train carrying iron ore in Australia. Brazil’s Vale plans to cut 25-million tonnes of higher-cost ore, but it may not be enough to boost short-term prices. Picture: AFP PHOTO/Greg WOOD

One of the more fanciful notions from the recent rally in iron ore prices is that the steel-making ingredient is now back in a bull market, writes Clyde Russell

Mansa Musa. Picture: WIKIPEDIA

Labour laws feed poverty while elite get fat on dogma

The rich elite have no sympathy for the unemployed and promote policies that will make their lot worse, writes Andrew Kenny

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Much rests on gold
wage deal

Workers aligned to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union march to Wonderkop Stadium to demand rival NUM vacate the office at Lonmin mine in Rustenburg in 2013. Picture: SOWETAN

Co-operation for the greater good has never been more urgent and unions should work together and with management to avoid a strike which could cripple the industry and economy as the gold price falls

Columnists

ON THE MONEY: State must act on unsecured lenders’ bad faith practices

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For a government that professes to care about the poor the state of this regulation is an embarrassment, writes Stuart Theobald

Columnists

Global fall in metal prices calls for cool heads

Gavin Keeton

Government, mining companies and the trade unions need to talk, not shout, so that job losses can be minimised, writes Gavin Keeton

Columnists

ON THE WATER: Anti-hunting gang stands on a rotten carcass

Professional hunters are this week’s distraction because they exploit hunters’ bloodlust for mere money, writes Neels Blom

Opinion & Analysis

Africa needs speed to leap from stalls to viable stores

Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST

Access to finance will help small firms cross over to the formal sector, writes Antonio Fierro

Opinion & Analysis

Let’s drop the J-word from our vocabulary and stop evolving

Satya Nadella. Picture: REUTERS

Both ‘evolution’ and ‘journey’ are wimpish attempts to disguise decisions that may turn out to be right or wrong, writes Henry Mance

Columnists

UNEMBARGOED: Consumers to pay for Zuma’s nuclear tsunami

The arrogant government faces no real consequences and will have SA’s consumers on the road to ruin, writes Songezo Zibi

Columnists

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Tasting for Nederburg Auction unveils the princes-in-waiting

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Distell will profit from the skills and insights of Nederburg cellarmaster Razvan Macici, writes Michael Fridjhon

Columnists

STREET DOGS: From the QI Book of the dead

There is something oddly liberating about those who die with nothing, writes Michel Pireu

Columnists

It’s transformation, or a return to prescribed assets

Phakamisa Ndzamela: Failure to condemn antitransformation elements in corporate SA by its supporters reflects badly on white business-owned entities

Columnists

Zero-sum thinking is a visa to a moonless future

Visa row has become a bit toxic because there’s a lot at stake, writes Marvin Meintjies

Columnists

STRAIGHT TALK: Beyond lose-lose wage talks

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If the government insists on creating jobs where none are required, it should be prepared to face the inevitable job cuts, writes Mark Barnes

Columnists

Toothpicks are symbolic of Nigeria’s industrial policy weakness

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Nigeria’s best chance of building a consumer class is by enabling the growth of efficient and sustainable manufacturing companies, writes Dianna Games

Opinion & Analysis

Steps to protect debtors from law abuse

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Emoluments ruling raises the longer term consideration of whether law societies are best suited to protect the public from unethical behaviour within their ranks, writes John Jeffery

Editorials

EDITORIAL: SA’s precarious growth formula

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SA would ideally like to shift to a growth path that is driven less by consumption and more by investment

Opinion & Analysis

Steelpoort shows economic logic of violent protests

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi answers questions during an economic cluster media briefing on Tuesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi gets a clear signal from residents: The unrest will stop when people are employed, writes Setumo Stone

Columnists

Effect of bullies on Musk is not rocket science

Elon Musk will almost certainly have lived one of the most fascinating lives of the 21st century, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

Columnists

Few silver bullets from taxation for SA’s woes

Anthony Butler promo

Tax committee’s work is now beginning to bear fruit in a series of fascinating analytical papers, writes Anthony Butler

Columnists

HALF ART: Recognising a hero’s flaws in a faraway plaster cast

Clive Rice was a man to hold a grudge, distrusted transformation and hated Cricket SA, writes Chris Thurman

Opinion & Analysis

Mulishness over travel hoops reflects a Stalinist world view

Malusi Gigaba. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and the like reflect the Soviet belief that you can bend reality to fit your vision, writes Michael Fridjhon

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Letters

LETTER: No, debt gaffes tripped Greece up

John Maynard Keynes. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

John Maynard Keynes stated the case for budget deficits on the understanding that the economy could be stimulated that way and that in the period of prosperity, tax revenue will be available to service the debt

LETTER: Heed the African call

LETTER: Flap, Mr Mantashe

LETTER: Smit out of his crease

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The Third Umpire

Energy portfolio committee chairman Fikile Majola, for opting to hold public hearings on the government’s decision — without having the faintest idea of what it will all cost — to build 9,600MW of nuclear power reactors even though the cost is still up in the air.

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Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Given the serious fraud allegations that have been leveled levelled against the Prasa board by fired CEO Lucky Montana, asking the auditor-general auditor-general to conduct a forensic investigation is a wise move.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is reportedly planning to run for a fourth term in 2017. The two-term limit advocated by US President Barack Obama during his recent visit to Africa surely applies to Europe too.

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