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Mahmoud Abbas. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

EDITORIAL: A peace worth pursuing

Apart from the depth of the issues that divide the antagonists in the Palestine-Israeli conflict, there has been so much bloodshed over the past five decades that failure of peace talks is certain

EDITORIAL: Cook up a proper plan for Eskom

Tshediso Matona. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Utility's own CE, Tshediso Matona, describes Eskom as ‘living on the edge’

EDITORIAL: Blackmail won’t help Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 day(s) ago

Contrary to the Zimbabwean finance minister’s upbeat assessment of Zimbabwe’s prospects, analysts with a firmer grip on reality and morality see plenty of red lights flashing

EDITORIAL: Danger of relying on outdated plans

Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

The Integrated Resource Plan 2010 was promulgated only in 2011 but the information and modelling on which it is based is much older and now quite out of date

EDITORIAL: Cost of Cosatu split sinking in

MISSING IN ACTION: Cosatu members ask where their general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is during a march against e-tolls and labour brokers in the Johannesburg CBD. Picture: DANIEL BORN
4 day(s) ago

The longer Zwelinzima Vavi sits on the fence, the longer it will take for the split in Cosatu to become a clean break

EDITORIAL: Comforting debut by Kganyago

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

Clear signals from the new governor and his team, and in an environment which is as uncertain as ever

EDITORIAL: Pupil assessments are a bad omen

Picture: THE TIMES
9 day(s) ago

Producing matriculants who are adequately prepared for higher education and the workplace is a goal that will be achieved only in the long term

EDITORIAL: G-20 must turn pledges into action

US President Barack Obama departs after holding a news conference at the conclusion of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, on Sunday.  Picture: REUTERS
10 day(s) ago

The politics of collaboration that saw G-20 leaders come together to save the world in 2008 is as necessary now as it ever was

EDITORIAL: It’s either Zuma or democracy

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: SOWETAN
11 day(s) ago

The problem is that the ANC has been abusing the power that comes with its majority in Parliament for years

EDITORIAL: Action over errant police all too rare

Robert McBride. Picture: THE TIMES
14 day(s) ago

Procedures under the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Act are seldom followed

EDITORIAL: Hear business on nuclear

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

As the engine of the economy, businesses of all sizes would be profoundly affected by the decision

EDITORIAL: Putin evokes fears of a new Cold War

Russia's President Vladimir Putin arrives for a Security Council meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow. Picture: AFP
16 day(s) ago

There are worrying signs of a new Cold War beginning, with Russia once again playing a leading role

EDITORIAL: Limits to social spending

Picture: THINKSTOCK
17 day(s) ago

We can look to the government to sustain the social spending and social policies it already has in place, but there are limits to social spending

EDITORIAL: Fundamental problems

Picture: REUTERS
18 day(s) ago

It is the growth story that worries rating agency Moody’s most, and is the main driver for downgrade of SA’s foreign currency rating

EDITORIAL: Seeing benefits of social spending

22 day(s) ago

The message from the World Bank’s latest South African economic update is that we cannot just look to fiscal policy to combat poverty and inequality

EDITORIAL: ANC needs to be candid with public

 Lindiwe Sisulu. PICTURE:PUXLEY MAKGATHO
23 day(s) ago

Most of the outrage has to do with the minister’s assertion that people under 40 years old have not been directly affected by apartheid, which was ill-advised and perhaps a touch disingenious

ArcelorMittal SA's Vanderbijlpark plant. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

EDITORIAL: Shining a light on murky waste plan

We should as a society be having serious and well-informed debates about those environmental and economic trade-offs

EDITORIAL: Racial legacy fuels violence

Police officers hold a line before advancing on protesters during the second night of demonstrations in Oakland, California, following the grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Picture: ELIJAH NOUVELAGE / REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Most black people’s interaction with police is dramatically different to that of whites’

EDITORIAL: Restore respect to house

Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, left, accompanies Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu during the fracas in the National Assembly on Thursday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

A dysfunctional Parliament is in danger of providing respectability to misrule

EDITORIAL: End the monopoly on rail

Picture: JEAN LOUIS HUISMAN
3 day(s) ago

A strong regulator is urgently needed if SA is to become more competitive

EDITORIAL: ANC crisis agitates MPs

Luthuli House, the ANC's headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: SOWETAN
8 day(s) ago

With the governing alliance disintegrating and the ANC’s hegemony weakening, the core of the problem resides in Luthuli House

EDITORIAL: Red flag over PetroSA board

A chimney flares at PetroSA's Mossgas facility in Mossel Bay. Picture: THE TIMES
7 day(s) ago

If SA’s state-owned enterprises have anything in common, it is that their boards are weak, incompetent or politically compromised

EDITORIAL: Council will add allure to platinum

Heaps of platinum ore before the refinery process. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
8 day(s) ago

Investors likely to take a shine to platinum with the formation of a council, which could not have come at a better time for the industry

EDITORIAL: More mistletoe, fewer lights

9 day(s) ago

SA is no longer in a position where we can afford to waste electricity, least of all on frivolous uses

EDITORIAL: Belated, but still a victory

People wait for Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to address at the Heroes Day commemorations in Harare on Monday. Picture: REUTERS
10 day(s) ago

The release of the report on the 2002 Zimbabwe election is a victory for the rule of law and media independence in SA

EDITORIAL: Regulation fails — again

Picture: BLOOMBERG/CHRIS RATCLIFFE
14 day(s) ago

This time it was foreign exchange market dealers colluding in trades around the daily Bank of England ‘fix’

EDITORIAL: Developmental pricing at all costs

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
15 day(s) ago

Government’s continued devotion to the idea of developmental pricing is surprising

EDITORIAL: Eskom deep in junk zone

Eskom's Medupi station. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
16 day(s) ago

It is long past the time for the tough decisions to be made to alleviate Eskom’s financial crisis

EDITORIAL: Beginning of the end of the alliance

Cosatu. Picture: REUTERS
17 day(s) ago

It appears the alliance that has dominated SA politics for the first two decades of democracy has finally reached its sell-by date

EDITORIAL: Blame SAA board rot on government

Dudu Myeni. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
21 day(s) ago

There is now so much wrong with the board, the chair and the shareholder at SAA that the entire system of governance is in question

EDITORIAL: Republicans’ hollow victory

US President Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS
21 day(s) ago

Whether through gridlock or impotence, US policy paralysis seems likely to be with us for some time to come

EDITORIAL: A folly to reinstate Cele

Bheki Cele. Picture: SAPA
22 day(s) ago

Cantankerous former national police commissioner does not appear to appreciate the gravity of his failure in his previous job

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The Third Umpire

ANC president Jacob Zuma. It’s hard to know who was “shaken” most by his public admission that the party is in trouble, his youth league audience or the senior comrades who fell over themselves to shut him up.

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Nedlac business convener Laurraine Lotter, whose persistent efforts have seen the protection provisions of the draft Investment Promotion and Protection Bill strengthened, which can only help boost investment.

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Competition commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele, for attaching unreasonable job retention conditions to Clover’s acquisition of part of DairyBelle's business. Redundancies are a consequence of greater efficiency.

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