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Lesetja Kganyago.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

EDITORIAL: MPC predictable but far from boring

Monetary policy committee’s statement on Thursday was one of the more interesting we have had lately

EDITORIAL: President needs better legal advice

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: MICHAEL BRATT
1 day(s) ago

The governing party needs to start appointing competent individuals who are not merely there to tell the president what they think he wants to hear

EDITORIAL: EFF must bow to rule of law

Economic Freedom Fighters. Picture:  BALESENG MOSOTHO
2 day(s) ago

Economic Freedom Fighters’s attempt to keep convicted murderer Papiki Babuile in his post is travesty

EDITORIAL: Zambia worth celebrating

Edgar Lungu at his inauguration on Sunday. Picture: SALIM DAWOOD / AFP
3 day(s) ago

There is even more confidence that Zambians know how to govern themselves, and that is worth celebrating

EDITORIAL: ECB QE poses some threats

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi addresses a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

The fallout from the Federal Reserve’s decision to start reducing the monetary stimulus has been particularly tough on emerging markets

EDITORIAL: Alarming use of secrecy on nuclear

Cows graze at a field near the Doel nuclear plant in northern Belgium in this August 22 2012 file photo. Picture: REUTERS
8 day(s) ago

South Africans must demand the transparency they deserve of a government that claims to have open, democratic credentials

EDITORIAL: Ruling good for democracy

DA national spokesman Mmusi Maimane. Picture: SOWETAN
9 day(s) ago

The decision of the Constitutional Court in the election campaign SMS case is to be applauded

EDITORIAL: Welcome rethink on flawed resources bill

10 day(s) ago

The different reactions from mining and oil and gas sectors shows Cabinet may also need a rethink

EDITORIAL: Swiss add a dash of volatility

Swiss National Bank. Picture:  REUTERS / THOMAS  HODEL
11 day(s) ago

When even conservative, predictable Switzerland goes back on its promises, it does nothing for stability

EDITORIAL: Stagnation a risk as outages persist

15 day(s) ago

Progress on resolving the electricity crisis is urgent in addressing the anaemic state of SA’s manufacturing sector

EDITORIAL: Folly averted as PetroSA deal folds

16 day(s) ago

Petronas’s decision to pull the plug on the proposed sale of its controlling stake in Engen to PetroSA is a welcome development

EDITORIAL: ANC doublespeak on graft

President Jacob Zuma says SA 'cannot ignore the scourge of corruption', but the ruling party's recent actions do not back up the rhetoric.  Picture: SIYASANGA MBAMBANI
17 day(s) ago

Ruling party and its leader seem to be undermining exactly those institutions whose task it is to fight corruption

EDITORIAL: Assault on a basic freedom

New Yorkers hold up posters, which include Charlie Hebdo Editor Stephane Charbonnier (front), a cartoonist known as Charb, and Jean Cabut (back L), a cartoonist known as Cabu, during a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of a shooting, by gunmen at the offices of weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
21 day(s) ago

Paris massacre is bound to have a chilling effect on writers and cartoonists everywhere

EDITORIAL: Two sides to the coin

22 day(s) ago

There are many disadvantages to a depreciating currency and volatile exchange rate

EDITORIAL: Integrity can’t be legislated

23 day(s) ago

As long as the leadership itself is corrupt, the culture of corruption is likely to be pervasive


EDITORIAL: Uncertainty will cost SA

Why does the ANC consistently propose policies that are guaranteed to discourage foreign investment in SA?

EDITORIAL: A self-inflicted crisis

Vladimir Putin. Picture: Picture: REUTERS/MAXIM ZMEYEV
1 day(s) ago

Standard & Poor’s downgrade of Russia’s sovereign credit rating to ‘junk’ status should serve as a cautionary tale for South Africa

EDITORIAL: Promises and compromises

Alexis Tsipras. Picture: BLOOMBERG / KOSTAS TSIRONIS
2 day(s) ago

The sensible course would be to agree to some debt relief for Greece in exchange for deep structural reforms

EDITORIAL: SA cannot deny its xenophobia issue

Nazil Munssi, surrounded by police, in front of his looted shop on Friday. Townships including Soweto have been hit by looters targeting foreign-owned stores. Picture: AFP/STEFAN HEUNIS
3 day(s) ago

Avoiding the reality of xenophobia out of political embarrassment is an obstacle that needs to be removed post-haste

EDITORIAL: End turf battles in Cabinet

A South African Airways Airbus A320. Picture: SAA
7 day(s) ago

Do our Cabinet ministers not talk to each other?

EDITORIAL: Long view on inflation is needed

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

There is no pressure on the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee to increase interest rates when it convenes next week

EDITORIAL: Zuma tainted by Guptagate

Atul Gupta, centre, and Rajesh Gupta, left, at the ANC ’s elective conference in Mangaung in December last year.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
8 day(s) ago

President Jacob Zuma will eventually have to answer uncomfortable questions over the so-called ‘Guptagate’ scandal

EDITORIAL: Beware of more turbulence ahead

President Jacob Zuma attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) plenary session on BRICS on Thursday.  Picture: GCIS
9 day(s) ago

There is little to be gained from going to Davos with a ‘good story to tell’ when nobody is listening

EDITORIAL: Eskom’s crisis is its leaders

Tshediso Matona. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
10 day(s) ago

New CE Tshediso Matona is frank, but there seems to be no clear messaging or communications strategy, nor any clear picture of what Eskom has in mind

EDITORIAL: Credit regulator’s role still unclear

Ubank CEO Luthando Vutula.  Picture: SOWETAN
14 day(s) ago

Spat between Ubank and the NCR touches on the question of whether the regulator should exist as an independent entity

EDITORIAL: Limits to restitutive policies

14 day(s) ago

SA is a rights-based democracy, which means the executive does not have carte blanche

EDITORIAL: Digital delay will be costly

15 day(s) ago

Any delays in the switch from analogue to digital television will have an economic cost that is hard to quantify but could run into billions of rand

EDITORIAL: Sanction must suit offence

EMBARRASSED: Matric pupils at the Gxaba Secondary School in Ngqeleni, in the Eastern Cape, hide their faces from the camera last week after their school was named as being one of those under investigation for allegedly being implicated in group cheating. Picture: THE TIMES
16 day(s) ago

The purpose of the Department of Basic Education’s threat to ban pupils who cheated in the matric examinations for three years appears to be punishment solely, rather than rehabilitation

EDITORIAL: Nigeria must lead Boko Haram fight

A screen shot taken from a video released in October 2014 by the Nigerian Boko Haram shows  Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau threatening Cameroon.  Picture: AFP PHOTO
17 day(s) ago

President Goodluck Jonathan sees fit to send condolences to French counterpart François Hollande but has precious little to say about the Baga massacre

EDITORIAL: Rooftop solar units offer hope

Solar PV panels installations on the  parking lot rooftops at Eskom’s head office,  Megawatt Park, in Sunninghill.  Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
18 day(s) ago

Perhaps the biggest issue would be the financial implications for municipalities, which depend on electricity for revenue

EDITORIAL: Fear makes ANC hanker after past

African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe arrives at a meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee on Wednesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
21 day(s) ago

This year’s January 8 speech will be an opportunity for the governing party to sell its vision for a future SA rather than glance back longingly at past glories

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The Third Umpire

SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who reckons he would be earning even more were he working elsewhere, despite his lack of qualifications. And he may just be right — if he was a politician on the take.

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ANC leader in the Cape Town council and Cosatu regional secretary Tony Ehrenreich. The ANC’s behaviour in the council chamber on Wednesday was worse than that of the EFF in Parliament, which they constantly condemn.

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VIP unit driver Joseph Semitjie, who has been sentenced to five years behind bars for reckless driving and fleeing the scene. Blue light accident victim Thomas Ferreira suffered permanent brain damage.

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