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Opinion & Analysis

THE CHATTER: Africa’s Ebola victims suffer as two worlds fall apart

A health worker prepares to disinfect a van used for burial purposes in Freetown, Sierra Leone, this week.  Picture: REUTERS
15 hour(s) ago

The Ebola crisis has wiped out years of development gains and is threatening to increase the fragility and the stability of the affected regions, writes Marianne Buenaventura Goldman

Opinion & Analysis

Fear drives Facebook to invade workplace

Facebook. Picture: REUTERS
9 hour(s) ago

Taken to the office the ultimate distraction will lose its mischievous nature, writes Emma Barnett

Opinion & Analysis

Band Aid fails to heal tax scourge

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9 hour(s) ago

The commitment that wealthy companies put into tax avoidance and their ability to dictate government policy on the matter highlight just how trivial the Band Aid affair is, writes Ann Crotty

Columnists

Makro goes online locker, stock & barrel

15 hour(s) ago

Company’s aggressive moves into the e-commerce space could ruffle feathers among the internet pure-plays, writes Duncan McLeod

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Red flag over PetroSA board

A chimney flares at PetroSA's Mossgas facility in Mossel Bay. Picture: THE TIMES
2 day(s) ago

If SA’s state-owned enterprises have anything in common, it is that their boards are weak, incompetent or politically compromised

African Perspectives

No one-size-fits-all approach to African investing

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2 day(s) ago

Ibrahim Foundation’s praise for Zimbabwe reinforces view that country is at start of turnaround that will restore it to its former glory, writes Andrew Robinson

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Comforting debut by Kganyago

Lesetja Kganyago, deputy governor of the Reserve Bank. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

Clear signals from the new governor and his team, and in an environment which is as uncertain as ever

Columnists

STREET DOGS: Humility

2 day(s) ago

‘You can't do the big things in this world unless you have humility; the sort of humility that makes a fellow proud of a chance to work’

Opinion & Analysis

MARKET COMMENT: Kganyago ticks the right boxes

Lesetja Kganyago, deputy governor of the Reserve Bank. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
3 day(s) ago

New Reserve Bank governor left the market with no doubt that the independence of the Bank is not under threat, writes Evan Pickworth

Columnists

TWEET OF THE WEEK: A giant parliamentary mess

2 day(s) ago

The ANC seemed eager to bully itself to a pulp while the DA made one tactical blunder after the other, writes Gareth van Onselen

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RANTS AND SENSE: In a jam over nutting much

Corporate battle involving company behind Nutella and Kinder Surprise has no shortage of irony, writes Bruce Whitfield

Finally, there is an alternative for smartphone users who want their operating system free of business encumbrance, writes Arthur Goldstuck

New phone system aims to set SA afire

Company’s aggressive moves into the e-commerce space could ruffle feathers among the internet pure-plays, writes Duncan McLeod

Makro goes online locker, stock & barrel

Opinion & Analysis

Resolving to do more with less in 2015

9 hour(s) ago

Several harsh realities will re-emerge for South Africa early in 2015, writes Raymond Parsons

Opinion & Analysis

State needs to give more comprehensive response to Meyiwa’s murder

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2 day(s) ago

Mere legislative amendments are not enough — there should be a meticulous review and audit of the entire firearm control system, writes Guy Lamb

Opinion & Analysis

State-owned enterprises subverted on Zuma’s watch

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS
2 day(s) ago

The government wanted a bigger say in strategy decisions, with contradictory signals given to boards, writes Carol Paton

Columnists

Division caused Eskom crisis, but can save it too

2 day(s) ago

Few seem to appreciate that Eskom remains an apartheid construct, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

Columnists

WINE: First among equals

Michael Fridjhon promo
2 day(s) ago

While many winemakers happily affirm their role in production process is akin to that of a midwife, there is clearly more to a producer’s success than minimal-intervention winemaking, writes Michael Fridjhon

Columnists

Regionalist dangers of Cosatu move on Numsa

Anthony Butler promo
2 day(s) ago

Numsa’s ejection, and the threatened action against Vavi may be the start of what is becoming a permanent ANC succession campaign, writes Anthony Butler

Opinion & Analysis

Time for action in collective bargaining is long overdue

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3 day(s) ago

Successful system will address problems of minimum standards, inequality, poverty, while ensuring continued survival of businesses in sector, writes Gordon Angus

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Death penalty is not a magic wand for SA

The call for the reinstatement of the death penalty is a red herring — the real problems must be tackled if we are to radically reduce crime, writes George Devenish

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Chicken and egg puzzle of life and death

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2 day(s) ago

Chickens, like cats, may have several lives

Arts & Entertainment

JAZZ: Kenny G in the house

Gwen Ansell promo
4 day(s) ago

For fans, the fact that this saxophonist is almost universally derided in the jazz world is either irrelevant or incomprehensible, writes Gwen Ansell

Opinion & Analysis

Turkey is privileged to be strategic partner of Africa

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan listens during a news conference after the opening session of the fifth United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Vienna on Wednesday.   Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Republic will join African nations to overcome challenges through more trade, investment, humanitarian assistance, writes Mevlut Cavusoglu

Columnists

STREET DOGS: Altshuller’s Moneyball

3 day(s) ago

Good data may be cheaper than bad management, writes Michel Pireu

Motoring

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Take a leaf from Mexico

4 day(s) ago

They haven’t flipped the V at Uncle Sam and cosied up to Venezuela. They’ve stayed the course, writes Alexander Parker

Columnists

ANC’s Mr Fix-it finds some problems intractable

2 day(s) ago

Ramaphosa’s smooth diplomacy and affability fall flat in the face of the mediocrity and pettiness that have come to define our body politic, writes Natasha Marrian

Columnists

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: This is not a crisis. This is SA. Relax

Peter Bruce promo
2 day(s) ago

Let’s all calm down a little. Zuma’s not going anywhere. And we’re not falling apart, writes Peter Bruce

Opinion & Analysis

State needs to give more comprehensive response to Meyiwa’s murder

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2 day(s) ago

Mere legislative amendments are not enough — there should be a meticulous review and audit of the entire firearm control system, writes Guy Lamb

Columnists

MPs more free in the street than in Parliament

3 day(s) ago

The successful functioning of Parliament is dependent on the conduct and attitude of the speaker, and how he or she uses the rulest, writes Anton Harber

Editorials

EDITORIAL: ANC crisis agitates MPs

Luthuli House, the ANC's headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: SOWETAN
3 day(s) ago

With the governing alliance disintegrating and the ANC’s hegemony weakening, the core of the problem resides in Luthuli House

Columnists

A spectacular reef — if you can avoid the tech groupies

Penny Haw promo
4 day(s) ago

An impenetrable and prickly forest covers the island’s jagged surface, writes Penny Haw

Columnists

Moves to empower chiefs bad for democracy

Steven Friedman
4 day(s) ago

ANC’s shows signs it may feel traditional leaders are a better bet than black middle class, writes Steven Friedman

Columnists

Time for government to throw in towel on SAA

Leon Louw promo
4 day(s) ago

Leon Louw: State needs to terminate all support and allow SAA’s liquidators to maximise asset value by negotiating a compromise with creditors

Columnists

Proof that Zuma did intervene on Nkandla

4 day(s) ago

President says the only issue he debated was the size of his bedroom window — illustrating both general ignorance and specific involvement, writes Gareth van Onselen

Editorials

EDITORIAL: More mistletoe, fewer lights

4 day(s) ago

SA is no longer in a position where we can afford to waste electricity, least of all on frivolous uses

Opinion & Analysis

Nuclear should be key part of energy mix in SA

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2 day(s) ago

The government’s motivation remains the provision of adequate energy to boost economic growth

Opinion & Analysis

Women need to stop feeling like frauds

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4 day(s) ago

Women often feel they are not worthy of recognition and will be ‘caught out’, writes Nazreen Pandor

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Now we see the artist through a glass darkly ...

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3 day(s) ago

Sculptor Michael Elion is missing a trick in the whole ‘Ray-Ban Island’ debacle

Columnists

LAW MATTERS: Courts absorb pressure of political battles

A panoramic view of Parliament, at the swearing-in ceremony of new members of Parliament in the National Assembly on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS
3 day(s) ago

Some of the biggest political battles have been fought in the courts rather than where they should be fought — in Parliament, writes Franny Rabkin

Opinion & Analysis

Global summit on racism has work cut out

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3 day(s) ago

Global summit must resolve to combat the ubiquitous demons of racism and xenophobia, writes Ebrahim Harvey

Opinion & Analysis

US and Chinese climate action is small step in right direction

AMBITIONS: US President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping drink a toast in Beijing on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

The deal between the world’s two largest economies is not a game-changer yet as none of us can negotiate with the climate, writes Harald Winkler

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Council will add allure to platinum

Heaps of platinum ore before the refinery process. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
3 day(s) ago

Investors likely to take a shine to platinum with the formation of a council, which could not have come at a better time for the industry

Columnists

No bad taste to chocolate just yet

3 day(s) ago

The panic sparked by two of the world’s biggest chocolate producers is nothing short of fear-mongering, Bronwyn Nortje assures chocolate lovers

Columnists

Is Russia putting the nuclear gun on the table?

Gideon Rachman promo
3 day(s) ago

We may now be returning to an era in which the threat of nuclear warfare can no longer be treated as the stuff of science fiction, writes Gideon Rachman

Columnists

Blacks must overcome reliance on state

Thami Mazwai promo
4 day(s) ago

If people think affirmative action and black economic empowerment will be perpetual, they are dreaming, writes Thami Mazwai

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Pupil assessments are a bad omen

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4 day(s) ago

Producing matriculants who are adequately prepared for higher education and the workplace is a goal that will be achieved only in the long term

Columnists

Kganyago can only benefit from Marcus’s open style

4 day(s) ago

Lesetja Kganyago will be able to build on the legacy left by his predecessor, writes Hilary Joffe

Opinion & Analysis

No pattern behind the patterns

CORRELATION IS NOT CAUSALITY: The ‘jelly bean problem’ illustrates the trouble with analysing statistical patterns where no genuine causal relationship exists. Picture: BLOOMBERG
4 day(s) ago

New research casts a poor light on financial research, writes Tim Harford

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Toilet people cover topic from top to bottom

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4 day(s) ago

Emphasis on design, safe toilets and health

Opinion & Analysis

New exam for CAs aims to mend profession

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5 day(s) ago

SA’s CAs are being called upon to demonstrate that they are not just knowledge experts but are also competent business leaders, writes Paul Maughan

Columnists

AT HOME AND ABROAD: Our political and economic crises are about to collide

Allister Sparks masthead
4 day(s) ago

Our leaders in the government, labour and business, seem to be sleepwalking towards the cliff’s edge, writes Allister Sparks

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Belated, but still a victory

People wait for Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to address at the Heroes Day commemorations in Harare on Monday. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

The release of the report on the 2002 Zimbabwe election is a victory for the rule of law and media independence in SA

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The Third Umpire

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. SA abstained from voting on a landmark UN resolution condemning North Korea’s rights abuses. Does this mean we condone them, or just don’t care?

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The writing is clearly on the wall for Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, yet he cannot bring himself to take the plunge and commit to the new socialist political movement that is being started by Numsa.

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