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EDITORIAL: Factories in a fragile state

PMI bodes ill for the third quarter numbers — and suggests business conditions in six months could be even worse

EDITORIAL: A meeting to reset relations

President Jacob Zuma and Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at Thursday’s meeting. Picture: MOELETSI MABE/THE TIMES

Unprecedented talks between President Jacob Zuma and Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng a positive step towards easing tension the success of which will be measured by need for another one

EDITORIAL: Africa’s potential remains huge


Hard knocks aplenty call for structural reforms — it’s time to speed up growth and cut poverty

EDITORIAL: Mining pact is a good start

Workers drill in a gold mine in Kibali, Democratic Republic of Congo. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON

Broader discussion on issues affecting industry long overdue since platinum sector labour crisis

EDITORIAL: Minimum wage quandary

Workers load Rooibos onto a tractor. Audacia Wines in Stellenbosch has found a way to  use indigenous Rooibos wood to produce a preservative-free wine.  Picture: REUTERS//MIKE HUTCHINGS

Conundrum to be addressed is how to ensure workers are paid a living wage without causing more joblessness

EDITORIAL: Migrants a tough test for EU

Migrants arrive in the landing dock of the HMS Bulwark in the middle of the Mediterranean on May 13. The migrants are from North Africa, according to the  British Ministry of Defence, which made the picture available. Picture: EPA/CARL OSMOND

Beleaguered Greece bears the brunt of historic influx as Germany pushes for European Union asylum policy review and tensions rise

EDITORIAL: Coal cliff could hit Eskom hard

Picture: THE TIMES

Power utility and mines need to work together — it is not the time for grandstanding

EDITORIAL: Take emotion out of parole

Michael Masutha. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha's misguided decision to postpone Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s release brings politics and sentiment into a process prescribed by law

EDITORIAL: A controversy the NPA can ill afford

Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: SOWETAN

Has Shaun Abrahams no regard for the very serious credibility problem that the NPA faces?

EDITORIAL: ANC mixes denial with candour


ANC is quite candid about some of its own failings — and even critical of the government’s performance in particular areas

EDITORIAL: A demographic asset squandered


World Bank’s message to SA is focus economic policy on job-creating growth to reap our demographic dividend

EDITORIAL: Mines and tax neutrality

Judge Dennis Davis briefs the portfolio committee on Wednesday on trade and industry on the issue of transfer pricing.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

World of mining has changed and the industry is much less important to the economy — there is no justification for special regimes anymore

EDITORIAL: Political will needed

Nkandla. Picture: GCIS

Perpetrators get away not because they are not found out, but often because they enjoy political protection — Nkandla is a case in point

EDITORIAL: Zuma’s progress report far from it

President Jacob Zuma briefs the media on Tuesday on his administration’s progress since he delivered his state of the nation address in February.  Picture: GCIS

Timing and ‘good news’ spin of President Jacob Zuma’s economic progress report raise serious questions about his motives

EDITORIAL: More of the same despite new leader


Dire state of the Women’s League in many respects reflects factionalism, corruption and weak leadership of the ruling party

EDITORIAL: Mining chiefs talk straight — finally

Neal Froneman. Picture: BUSINESS DAY / MARTIN RHODES

End of the unofficial moratorium on executives’ plain-speaking will do away with dishonest discussion and help government and the sector deal with harsh realities

EDITORIAL: End the farce in Parliament

President Jacob Zuma pauses while answering questions in the National Assembly on Thursday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Until SA changes to a new electoral system that ensures more accountability, MPs will continue to behave without honour


EDITORIAL: Make conditions better for teachers

It's irrational to expect excellent results when teachers are stressed by resource shortages, unengaged parents and poor service delivery

EDITORIAL: State to blame too for making SA ‘sick’

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

President Jacob Zuma’s overdue comments on 'sick' economy welcome but fail to acknowledge state’s hand in country’s decline

EDITORIAL: Bank on message amid markets rout

Lesetja Kganyago.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Governor Lesetja Kganyago reiterates central bank will not move to defend the rand — nor use interest rates to try to stem currency’s weakening

EDITORIAL: Steel crisis forges laudable approach

Steel coils.  Picture: BLOOMBERG

Steel talks a model for social compacts and genuine partnerships — even if it took a crisis to get the parties together

EDITORIAL: Bogus Treasury claims a diversion

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Affordable, reliable power supply to meet South Africa’s future needs far more important than spurious allegations tied to special interests’ profit

EDITORIAL: China fuels more market volatility

Kazakhstan’s tenge on Thursday lost about a quarter of its value after the authorities let it float freely. Picture: REUTERS/PAVEL MIKHEYEV

Universe of hard-hit currencies expands daily driven by weakness on several fronts in China and an imminent Federal Reserve ‘lift-off’

EDITORIAL: SA Post Office needs a radical revamp

Picture: SOWETAN

A radical restructuring of Sapo, the services it provides and the way it is managed will save it from going the way of the dinosaurs

EDITORIAL: A long regulatory road


We need to watch that SA’s increasingly drawn-out regulatory processes don’t become a deterrent to doing deals

EDITORIAL: State must act on Marikana

A mine worker burns a shirt as a torch during a ceremony marking the third anniversary of the Marikana massacre of 34 striking platinum miners, near Rustenburg, on Sunday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN

Wound in the national psyche will not heal unless those responsible are held to account for what most consider to be a heinous crime at Marikana

EDITORIAL: Pain and relief in yuan devaluation

REFORMS: An employee counts Chinese 100 yuan notes at a branch of Bank of Communications in Shenyang, Liaoning province. Picture: REUTERS

A managed devaluation of the yuan may help relieve deflation in China by exporting it to the rest of the world

EDITORIAL: Let the courts decide on BEE status


Since the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act's inception there has never been agreement on what constitutes black economic empowerment status

EDITORIAL: UCT case a lesson on rights


Gay marriage dissident case has broader implications for how South Africans perceive the meaning of their constitutionally enshrined rights and freedoms

EDITORIAL: Yuan gets more recognition


The rapid growth in yuan-based transactions has been boosted by bilateral trade and investment deals

EDITORIAL: Rand a proxy for sentiment on SA

Local currency reflects investors’ perceptions of how SA Inc is faring — but recent currency gyrations more about global than local factors

EDITORIAL: Cleaning up its act


Hard-pressed coal-mining companies face the prospect of further declines as the world’s biggest consumers cut carbon emissions and reduce air pollution

EDITORIAL: Greater force not an answer

Police undergo riot training at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth. File picture: THE HERALD

Fractious political climate, stagnant economy and high youth unemployment appear to have heaped pressure on an already overburdened and underequipped police force

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The Third Umpire

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Conducting a witch-hunt to find scapegoats for the volatility on China’s stock markets is a bit rich when the state is clearly at least as responsible as anyone else.

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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. It’s not nice to accuse people of, um, being economical with the truth, but her briefing to Parliament’s energy committee yesterday was about as riddled with porkies as they come.

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Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. Business Day may not be his favourite newspaper but we noticed Minister Nzimande’s recognition that we highlight the leadership deficit.

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