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South Africans want to save, they just need the right products

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Anton Krone of SaveAct says the clamour for his NGO’s services shows a high demand for innovative products that can help the poor take control of their finances

Opinion & Analysis

Private equity funds will need the reflexes they have honed

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After a great year to sell, exits from funds will slow as the industry settles into a more sedate new normal, write Hugh MacArthur, Graham Elton and Andrei Vorobyov

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Farmers need a better policy

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Although the government declared eight provinces as disaster areas during the worst of the drought, there’s been very little help for the sector

Columnists

‘Rhino war’ a colonial narrative of violence

Kelly-Jo Bluen: 'Rhino wars' come at the confluence of a series of global and local racist and xenophobic narratives

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Policy battles are not court battles

Minister of State Security Siyabonga Cwele delivered his budget speech on Tuesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

The key players in communication in South Africa are just not talking

Opinion & Analysis

Black Americans’ lot shows it is not about creating wealth

What is happening in the US is not only the outcome of a justice system that makes a mockery of its name, it is the result of an economic system that has perpetuated and often glorified social inequalities, says the writer. Picture: REUTERS/ERIC THAYER

There is a need for a more inclusive economy, where blacks have more opportunities to live a decent life, writes Lorenzo Fioramonti

Columnists

STREET DOGS: Could it be indifference that’s driving the markets?

According to Barry Ritholtz, the lack of enthusiasm for equities highlights a number of truths, writesMichel Pireu:

Columnists

Right energy mix is what matters

Eskom doesn’t want you to know a mix of new-build renewables and gas is now cheaper than the proposed mix of existing coal and new coal and nuclear builds, writes Bronwyn Nortje

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Breaking noodle treaty lands man in hot water

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A Shanghai businessman rocks the boat by violating a Shaanxi-Gansu-Ningxia treaty that keeps rival noodle makers 400m apart

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Law: Arbitration bill the first step towards investment repair

It is an opportune time for SA to opt into the international standard for the resolution of disputes, write Peter Leon and Ben Winks

If this is true, Motsoeneng was appointed because his dad is or was Number One’s personal druid, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

Hlaudi’s hellish future apes fellow spin doctors

SA’s politicians are in the grip of tweet delete fever, but the internet — as ugly as it is beautiful — never forgets, writes Gareth van Onselen

TWEET OF THE WEEK: Internet doesn’t let you off the hook

Columnists

Was Democratic hack a Russian Trump card?

Simon Barber wonders if the data drop grenade, courtesy of the Russians, will still explode in Donald Trump’s face

Opinion & Analysis

Thinking local can help towns

The Marikana central business district was badly affected by the prolonged platinum miners’ strike in 2014. Small towns cannot wait for a top-down approach from the government but can blossom on the efforts of their own entrepreneurs if development is facilitated. Picture: SOWETAN

The state’s top-down policy has had its limitations, writes Stephan J Lamprecht

Opinion & Analysis

Spoke in wheel for price fixing

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Decisions by the Competition Tribunal reaffirm its tough stance against cartels, writes Hardin Ratshisusu

Columnists

You can’t do too badly with any exchange-traded funds long term

You don’t have to keep most of your money at home, which good investment textbooks explain is dangerous no matter which country you live in, writes Robert Laing

Opinion & Analysis

SA’s unemployed need to be set free from the shackles of labour laws

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Stringent laws provide protection for those South Africans who are already employed, but deprive others from ever getting work, writes Eustace Davie

Opinion & Analysis

Is Eskom building a case for nuclear power?

One of the biggest headaches for Eskom’s nuclear bid is that no one seems to be able to provide an objective price for nuclear energy, says the writer. Picture: REUTERS

Freeze on agreements with independent power producers strengthens the case for direct procurement by municipalities and metros, writes Saliem Fakir

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We can’t turn back on the path of IPPs

Tina Joemat-Pettersson: The imperative is to diversify our energy mix to one that includes new generation capacity including independent power producers

Opinion & Analysis

Eskom should not leave IPPs in the cold

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Switching off independent power producers will be a blow to SA’s world-acclaimed renewables programme — one of the country’s rare successes, writes Landiwe Mahlangu

Columnists

Was Democratic hack a Russian Trump card?

Simon Barber wonders if the data drop grenade, courtesy of the Russians, will still explode in Donald Trump’s face

Columnists

Leon Louw slipped date rape drug at conference banquet

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I needed to call for help but standing and walking caused me to deteriorate so rapidly that I never reached the telephone on the far side of the bed, Louw writes

Opinion & Analysis

Modi’s four-state tour a sign of resurgent interest in continent

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tour was a charm offensive to promote his ‘made in India’ initiative in Africa, writes Kudrat Virk

Columnists

The ANC and DA battle for the past

Political parties’ obsessive claims on the past for legitimacy martyrs collective suffering and deprives SA of a vision for the future, writes Gareth van Onselen

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Pokémon’s unintendo consequences

A gamer sporting a shirt with an image of fictional creature Pikachu plays Pokemon Go on his mobile phone. Picture: EPA/DAVID MOIR

Nintendo shares take a beating after the Japanese giant admits it neither makes nor owns Pokémon Go

Opinion & Analysis

Experts need dirt on the soles of their shoes

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The economics profession should embrace ‘ground truth’ philosophy to keep spreadsheets in perspective, writes Sarah O’Connor

Opinion & Analysis

Remain voters had their own myths

People hold banners during a March for Europe demonstration against Britain’s decision to leave the EU. The event took place in central London in June. Picture: REUTERS

The problem is that there’s been little income growth to benefit anyone, writes Tim Harford

Opinion & Analysis

New hand shakes up Tanzania

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has put his energies into revitalising and developing the country. Picture: REUTERS/SADI SAID

New sheriff in town President John Magufuli should institutionalise his development-focused, zero-tolerance brand of leadership, writes David Pilling

Columnists

STREET DOGS: When market participants can’t see the bigger picture

Market myopia - when market participants either ignore the implications of their investment decisions or can’t see the bigger picture, writes Michel Pireu

Columnists

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Apartheid relic Eskom holds back transformation

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Peter Bruce: Monopolies have same effect on economies as cartels: thet inhibit competition

Columnists

TWEET OF THE WEEK: Internet doesn’t let you off the hook

SA’s politicians are in the grip of tweet delete fever, but the internet — as ugly as it is beautiful — never forgets, writes Gareth van Onselen

Columnists

Hlaudi’s hellish future apes fellow spin doctors

If this is true, Motsoeneng was appointed because his dad is or was Number One’s personal druid, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

Columnists

‘Rhino war’ a colonial narrative of violence

Kelly-Jo Bluen: 'Rhino wars' come at the confluence of a series of global and local racist and xenophobic narratives

Opinion & Analysis

Australians still have plans for Xolobeni

Activists have won a reprieve with the announcement by Australian company Mining Commodities that it will sell its 56% share in the mineral sands project at Xolobeni, but the beneficiary is a variant of one of its vehicles, the writer says. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH

The government has long had the strategy of cutting intragovernment transfers to local authorities and urging them to become self-sufficient, writes Leonard Gentle

Opinion & Analysis

BEE MATTERS: Mismanaged Setas squander business money

In the face of increasing unemployment and a growing need for workplace training, management of corrupt Setas should be improved to stem the loss of the money companies are obliged to pay, the writer says. Picture: SOWETAN

Setas have wasted billions of rand on administrative and bureaucratic functions, mismanagement, and corrupt activities, writes Gideon Gerber

Opinion & Analysis

How firms can avoid a Kodak moment

The Kodak logo is seen at the now mostly unused Kodak factory in Rochester, New York in this January 1, 2013 file photo. Picture: REUTERS

The companies that make the future will be those that can embrace uncertainty, write Martin Toner and Joachim Breidenthal

Opinion & Analysis

Taxman ropes in debt collectors to chase defaulters

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Three agencies have been chosen to collect R15bn in tax debt older than four years. They have access to SARS’s database and have been sworn to secrecy, writes Lesedi Seforo

Opinion & Analysis

Big names are no match for the little guy in Ghana’s retail sector

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The struggle to take market share from the informal market is just one of the hurdles international retailers entering the country face, writes Martyn Davies

Opinion & Analysis

OPINION: An open letter about Uber from the metered taxi industry

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The City of Cape Town has flooded an overtraded market, imposed unfair rules and allowed operating conditions to favour a single company, writes David Drummond

Columnists

Inclusion about opening up economy to new entrants

Inclusiveness that makes economies dynamic and creates jobs is about opening up the playing field, not just levelling, writes Hilary Joffe

Columnists

Economy bridled by high number of excluded

Simply improving the formal economy will not solve the problem, writes Steven Friedman

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The Third Umpire

Cyclist Louis Meintjes, for finishing in the top 10 of the Tour de France at the weekend, the first South African to have achieved this feat, and just seven minutes behind the SA-educated winner, Chris Froome.

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