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EDITORIAL: Davies retraction was empowering

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies did well to so swiftly acknowledge the government’s error, now a few more policies need to be repealed

Columnists

ON THE WATER: Resistance to e-tolling is not about the money

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa briefs the media on the new e-tolls dispensation on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS

Resistance is about the obscenely cynical way Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, his boss and the rest of the government feed us ordure and expect us to like it, writes Neels Blom

Columnists

Ruling Nigeria may be a poisoned chalice for new president

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Inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari is expected to bring significant change to this large, complex nation, writes Dianna Games

Opinion & Analysis

Africa has the world at its feet but its problems abound

Climate change is only one of the challenges facing Africa as the sub-Saharan Africa region pursues growth which the International Monetary Fund expects to be 5.7% between 2014-19. File picture: REUTERS/SIEGFRIED MODOLA

Continent suffers more from the effects of climate change and environmental degradation because it is heavily dependent on agriculture and natural resource extraction — but is the least equipped to cope, writes Stephen Onyeiwu

Columnists

ON THE MONEY: Oddities of foreign exchange probe

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The commission is a soft touch and restricted in what fines it can apply, writes Stuart Theobald

Opinion & Analysis

Trade patterns underline Africa’s shifting role

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Though there is a broad realignment, the data suggest we cast aside oversimplified emerging/developed world frameworks, writes Simon Freemantle

Opinion & Analysis

SA hangs on to obsolete power plan as Eskom is left in the cold

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Johan Muller: Who will pay for nuclear energy if more and more industrials and corporate businesses are weaning themselves from public sector-provided power?

Columnists

ON WORK: Brushing up can bring a shine to the daily life of a city banker

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The pay is terrible, but it appears the shoeshine man has a better quality of life than your average bank manager, writes Lucy Kellaway

Columnists

Ten examples of public-funded self-indulgence

African National Congress government has delivered an excellent growth rate for the booming ego economy, writes Gareth van Onselen

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Code revisions on the right road, but vigilance still vital

In one cautionary tale the only beneficiaries of a BEE scheme were Mercedes-Benz Financial Services SA and the management companies … all of them white, writes Onkgopotse JJ Tabane

When expenditure is mostly on consumption rather than investment, the long-term financial future becomes bleak, writes Songezo Zibi

UNEMBARGOED: Eskom a symptom of SA’s deeper affliction

Gavin Keeton

Debate about privatising parts of Eskom may be overtaken by events and the choices of thousands of individual consumers, writes Gavin Keeton

Post office, Telkom, Eskom becoming obsolete

Columnists

STRAIGHT TALK: If state can’t do it, let us help it

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Everyone is up in arms, objecting to privatisation. Well, you’re too late. It’s already happened in education, security…, writes Mark Barnes

African Perspectives

Nigeria’s new leader brings the will to tackle graft

Former British prime minister Tony Blair visits Nigeria’s president-elect Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on May 13 2015. In his pre-election ‘Covenant with Nigerians’, Buhari pledged a new focus by his administration on corruption, security and jobs. Picture: REUTERS/AFOLABI SOTUNDE

Buhari’s priorities include jobs and fighting corruption, write Dawn Dimowo and Abdulhameed Abubakar

Opinion & Analysis

Pursuit of nuclear energy likely to be more wasted time

Picture: BLOOMBERG

It is likely that SA’s attempts to order nuclear plants will collapse under the weight of the required finance and years will be wasted pursuing an impossible objective, writes Steve Thomas

African Perspectives

Truth commission tackles decades of torture in Tunisia

Tunisians march against extremism. A commission plans to reveal the full range of human rights violations during nearly 60 years of authoritarian rule. Picture: REUTERS

Tunisia is daring to examine its past abuses publicly, writes Carlotta Gall

Columnists

Bismarck’s brilliant display and SA’s poor Super Rugby season is good news

Bismarck du Plessis. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG

Bismarck du Plessis’s performance against the Reds is his best of the year and proof of why the Springboks will always be a World Cup threat, writes Mark Keohane

Opinion & Analysis

Policy rethink must consider SA’s need for skills dividend

Zimbabweans stand in queues at a Department of Home Affairs office in Johannesburg. Refugees are again under strain after the attacks in 2008. 
This is not because of large numbers streaming into SA but rather due to the department’s lack of clear vision over its refugee and immigration policy. File picture: SUNDAY TIMES

South Africa’s migration policy must be considered in the context of the national imperative of growth, employment and skills, writes Ann Bernstein

Transport minister Dipuo Peters, left, and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa brief the media regarding the new e-tolls dispensation on Wednesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Distrust hurdle to e-toll buy-in by motorists

The major hurdle to ‘user pays’ buy-in is the track
record of the administration — if the user pays,
the state must give the user what he has paid for, writes Michael Fridjhon

Editorials

EDITORIAL: E-tolls still in dock despite new deal

Picture: SOWETAN

Issue now as much a middle-class tax- and ratepayer revolt as a protest over inadequate public consultation and excessive collection costs

Opinion & Analysis

Conservatives should learn from Greece over Brexit

 David Cameron. Picture: AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL

Newly re-elected British Prime Minister David Cameron must fudge to avoid the fate of Syriza, writes Chris Giles

Columnists

Tory victory is one for all right-thinking people

Simon Lincoln Reader: Lib Dems believed the pursuit of greater representation relied upon impeding energy development — and they have paid at the polls for this foolishness

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Hi-tech window dressing from boys in the bushes

Ekurhuleni metro police during a meeting in April to prepare for a strike. Picture: SOWETAN

Metro cops should monitor the roads and ensure compliance with the law before paying IT fundis millions to adjust the window dressing

Columnists

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: More marketing than craft as winemakers get on bandwagon

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Winemakers are keeping up with craft liquor trend to maintain their revenue stream, writes Michael Fridjhon

Opinion & Analysis

Constituency system is no cure for our voting shortfalls

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In SA’s context, the concept of ‘one person one vote’ is deeply ingrained in the struggle for freedom, writes Mosotho Moepya

Opinion & Analysis

Obama’s Pacific deal will not tame Chinese dragon

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It is too late to prevent China from becoming the core of the Asian economy, writes Gideon Rachman

Opinion & Analysis

More ruthless approach to referee efficiency required

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It is no surprise that there are only four referees from the southern hemisphere at the Rugby World Cup — they are generally not good enough, writes Jonathan Kaplan

Opinion & Analysis

UCT can retain quality or play politics

University of Cape Town operates like almost all quality western universities: academic staff are recruited largely on the basis of academic credentials, writes Robert Schrire

Opinion & Analysis

Code revisions on the right road, but vigilance still vital

Picture: THINKSTOCK

In one cautionary tale the only beneficiaries of a BEE scheme were Mercedes-Benz Financial Services SA and the management companies … all of them white, writes Onkgopotse JJ Tabane

Columnists

UNEMBARGOED: Eskom a symptom of SA’s deeper affliction

When expenditure is mostly on consumption rather than investment, the long-term financial future becomes bleak, writes Songezo Zibi

Columnists

Post office, Telkom, Eskom becoming obsolete

Gavin Keeton

Debate about privatising parts of Eskom may be overtaken by events and the choices of thousands of individual consumers, writes Gavin Keeton

Columnists

How the JSE can unite business in SA

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Peter Bruce: If business establishment wants rid of BEE then it should invent a new, inclusive game all of its own and save its balance sheets

Columnists

TWEET OF THE WEEK: Mbalula’s thug life

International sport is, at its worst, much like Hollywood, which suits Fikile Mbalula — SA’s minister of bling, writes Gareth van Onselen

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Warning — rate hikes ahead

The Reserve Bank in Pretoria. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Case for a hike will be much stronger next time if the risks from electricity, the rand and wages materialise

Columnists

HALF-ART: Narcissistic Venice piece lacking in nuance and intellect

Willem Boshoff, Racist in South Africa, 2011 Anodised aluminium panel, engraved and filled with ink. This is Boshoff’s contribution to the South African Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, a work he says speaks for itself. Picture: WILLEM BOSHOFF

When I look to SA’s artists, I expect to see nuanced and not narcissistic responses to our social and political challenges, writes Chris Thurman

Columnists

STREET DOGS: Generally speaking …

In the 21st century, there is a good chance that most humans will lose, they are losing, their military and economic value, writes Michel Pireu

Columnists

No Eskom solution without deep reform

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The state faces a big challenge: Anthony Butler asks how it can ensure that recapitalisation goes hand in hand with governance reforms and an end to patronage

Editorials

EDITORIAL: SA latest to target currency collusion

Picture: BLOOMBERG/CHRIS RATCLIFFE

Competition Commission’s probe may be a spin-off of international investigations

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Public sector wage deal belated but welcome

Unions march through the streets of Pretoria. Picture: Dominic Skelton

Public sector wage agreement averts a potentially crippling strike by 1.3-million state employees that SA can ill afford

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Letters

LETTER: E-toll roads do nothing to ease flow

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Please publish one study to support their claims about fuel savings, taking into account the economy rate of modern engines

LETTER: DIY transformation

LETTER: Sanral still in the dark

LETTER: Settle e-tolls with poll

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The Third Umpire

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, for eating humble pie in reversing the department’s shock decision to reduce the value attributed to broad-based BEE schemes. A sledgehammer to kill a fly, indeed.

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Oceana CEO Francois Kuttel. The group is on track to become one of the biggest fishing companies in the world after acquiring Louisiana-based Daybrook in a R4.6bn deal that will double revenues earned outside SA.

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Banyana stalwart Portia Modise, SA’s most capped female footballer and most successful player of either gender in terms of goals scored in international matches, who has hung up her boots to start coaching.

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