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EDITORIAL: Deafening silence on SARS panel

The way the SARS debacle has been handled so far has reflected a failure of transparency and accountability

EDITORIAL: New boundaries won’t fix councils

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan addresses a parliamentary committee in Cape Town on Tuesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON/BUSINESS DAY
1 day(s) ago

Political will is needed to stop the cronyism that plagues municipal appointments

EDITORIAL: Investors daunted by BEE confusion

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2 day(s) ago

Issue is another on a growing list of uncertainties that are making investing in SA unattractive

EDITORIAL: Public sector wage hike a test for ANC

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his budget speech in Cape Town  on Wednesday. Picture: BUSINESS DAY/TREVOR SAMSON
3 day(s) ago

Significant growth in the head count and pay packets have not been accompanied by improvements in service delivery

EDITORIAL: More tax hikes on the cards

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his maiden budget speech on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
4 day(s) ago

It is hard to believe Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s assurances, he had already made it clear he will implement a ‘structural’ increase in tax revenue

EDITORIAL: Cloak-and-dagger privatisation

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his budget speech in Cape Town  on Wednesday. Picture: BUSINESS DAY/TREVOR SAMSON
7 day(s) ago

There is still no clarity on the promised ‘sales of nonstrategic state assets’ to fund Eskom’s considerable capital expenditure requirements

EDITORIAL: To succeed, Nene needs support

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: ELMOND JIYANE
9 day(s) ago

The ANC government must recognise the urgency of the situation

EDITORIAL: Politics undermine state institutions

SANDF members in November 2013 in Westdene, Johannesburg, after the Freedom of the City Parade. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
10 day(s) ago

Political interference in cases of disciplinary action against public servants and employees of parastatals is a growing problem in SA

EDITORIAL: Core problem in Greece remains

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11 day(s) ago

The core economic problem still has to be to be addressed — the inability of Greece to repay its debt

EDITORIAL: Investors balk at unpredictable law

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
14 day(s) ago

Many policies are being formulated in response to populist pressure, which is guaranteed to increase uncertainty and discourage foreign investment

EDITORIAL: Sanctions don’t always work

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
15 day(s) ago

The EU has probably seen through the shambles the MDC has become, and decided to hedge its bets on a post-Mugabe Zanu (PF) government

EDITORIAL: Little rationale for state drug firm

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16 day(s) ago

SA has a natural advantage in the extraction of high-quality fluorspar at a relatively low price, but lags behind China and others in terms of production

EDITORIAL: Business should emulate Cutifani

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
17 day(s) ago

Anglo American CEO should be applauded for not mincing his words in describing the government’s decision to reopen debate about the pricing of mineral sales as an act of bad faith

EDITORIAL: A speech short on substance

President Jacob Zuma delivers his state of the nation speech in Parliament on Thursday. Picture: GCIS
18 day(s) ago

Almost every results announcement has cited the power crisis as a negative, yet all President Zuma has to offer is a subcommittee

EDITORIAL: Ramatlhodi misses a trick

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
21 day(s) ago

Minister’s speech at Mining Indaba create impression he doesn’t see the full the extent of the crisis

EDITORIAL: Zuma has his own Rubicon to cross

President Jacob Zuma delivers his state of the nation speech in Parliament on Thursday. Picture: GCIS
22 day(s) ago

The means of crossing President Jacob Zuma’s Rubicon are no secret but what is missing is the will to do so

EDITORIAL: Inept new parties erode democracy

EFF land spokesman Andile Mngxitama. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
23 day(s) ago

The problem of erosion of leadership in SA requires the emergence of fresh thinking from a new cohort of leaders who can restore the early promise of democracy

MPs stand as Lesotho’s parliament reconvenes.  Picture: GCIS

EDITORIAL: Still a fragile democracy

The structural impediment to Lesotho consolidating its democracy is the country’s economic dependence on South Africa

EDITORIAL: The beginning of the end

Cosatu. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Union federation Cosatu has become the perfect vehicle to political status and enrichment for unionists with such ambitions

EDITORIAL: Well done, now do better

The site, formerly the farm Naauw Ontkomen, was bought from Kumba Coal (now known as Exxaro Coal) and measures 883 hectares.  Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
2 day(s) ago

Power stations’ performance seem to be deteriorating rather than improving and that needs to change

EDITORIAL: Wrong for the job

Mninwa Mahlangu.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
3 day(s) ago

The wrong people are being appointed to senior positions for all the wrong reasons

EDITORIAL: Economic damage control

Cosatu members attend a protest against labour brokers in Port Elizabeth. File picture: THE HERALD
7 day(s) ago

Growth projection of as little as 1% — based on electricity constraints — highlights the importance of labour peace and tackling the crisis at Eskom

EDITORIAL: Nene fails to give crucial details

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his budget speech in Cape Town  on Wednesday. Picture: BUSINESS DAY/TREVOR SAMSON
8 day(s) ago

No mention in the budget of how two huge future financial commitments the government has made on our behalf — national health insurance and nuclear procurement — will be funded

EDITORIAL: SSA needs to be more open

8 day(s) ago

State security department and SSA give us the impression that they are exempt from accounting to the public even when it is necessary

EDITORIAL: Double standards

Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin briefs Parliament’s public works committee on the draft version of the highly controversial Expropriation Bill on Tuesday in Cape Town. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
9 day(s) ago

ANC mirrors the same EFF tactics Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin calls Nazi behaviour

EDITORIAL: A welcome new rival to JSE

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10 day(s) ago

New stock exchange could shake incumbents and prompt them to upgrade and improve their own offerings

EDITORIAL: Scrambled accountability

State Security Minister David Mahlobo responding to questions during a media briefing by the justice, crime prevention and security cluster of ministers on Thursday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
14 day(s) ago

The battle for parliamentary accountability continues but least the security apparatus is finally owning up to its part in the signal jamming drama

EDITORIAL: SA must capitalise on disinflation

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15 day(s) ago

Businesses and labour unions should be more responsive when it comes to the pricing of goods and services, and that of labour

EDITORIAL: Blackouts fuel pessimism

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16 day(s) ago

There is a message for policy makers who focus on industrial policy at the expense of making support for mining a priority

EDITORIAL: A clause by any other name

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17 day(s) ago

The brain-teaser clause contained in the original version of the draft Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill fooled hardly anyone

EDITORIAL: Chaos sign of SA’s democratic decline

21 day(s) ago

The unprecedented presence of infantry vehicles and arrest of an opposition MP in a protest outside Parliament do not bode well

EDITORIAL: High debt fuels resignations

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22 day(s) ago

Continued resignations signal that attempts to educate and inform have met with only limited success

EDITORIAL: Deferment won’t secure poll

SETBACK: People hold signs to protest against the postponement of elections, as police officers hold hands to blocks protesters, on Saturday in Abuja. Picture: AFP PHOTO/STRINGER
23 day(s) ago

President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to delay Nigeria’s election by six weeks due to insecurity in the northeast of the country is open to criticism

EDITORIAL: Be clear on media freedom

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24 day(s) ago

Freedom of the media is a precious asset in a democracy, but it’s not always easy to hold onto the tools that protect it

EDITORIAL: HSBC leaks show up nefariousness

An HSBC logo is pictured at a Swiss branch of the bank in Geneva.  Picture: REUTERS
24 day(s) ago

Leaked files provide a rare glimpse into the highly secretive Swiss banking system

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The Third Umpire

MTN Group CEO Sifiso Dabengwa. The cellular network has almost doubled its budget for infrastructure in SA this year despite experiencing a decline in revenue, in part because of the sharp cut in termination rates.

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Toyota SA CEO Johan van Zyl, who has been appointed head of the motor manufacturer’s European operations in addition to his day job as CEO for SA and Toyota Africa. SA is clearly a good training ground.

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, for hiding behind the much-abused “sub judice rule” to avoid having to answer parliamentary questions about this year’s chaotic state of the nation address. Nobody is fooled.

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