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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan briefs the media before delivering his budget speech in Parliament on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON Feb 26 2014

EDITORIAL: Municipal debt is Gordhan’s poser

Pravin Gordhan will have his work cut out with his ‘back to basics’ plan for South Africa’s municipalities

EDITORIAL: Plenty of money for development

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1 day(s) ago

New development institutions are welcome, but Brics bank may be limited in the extent to which it is the answer

EDITORIAL: Small business will bear the brunt

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6 day(s) ago

Why should small businesses be forced to implement an agreement to which they were not party?

EDITORIAL: Brics reflects a changing world

Delegates from the Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA (Brics) group of countries engage in discussions at a summit in Brazil on Tuesday.  Picture: GCIS
5 day(s) ago

Whether a rebalancing of power relations in the world is desirable or not, it seems to be gathering pace

EDITORIAL: Time to tighten by 25 basis points

Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus and deputy governor Daniel Mminele. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
7 day(s) ago

There is a strong case to be made for 25 basis points this time around, however timid this might seem

EDITORIAL: Brazil — wiser if not richer

A street vendor sells Brazilian paraphernalia for the Soccer World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ YASUYOSHI CHIBA
8 day(s) ago

World Cup’s legacy is mainly intangible, on one estimate, the tournament will have contributed no more than 0.2 of a percentage point to economic activity

EDITORIAL: Wanton disregard for protector

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
12 day(s) ago

It is hard to interpret the SABC appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng in any way other than as a middle finger from the government

EDITORIAL: Who guards the guardians?

Dines Gihwala.  Picture: ROBERT BOTHA
13 day(s) ago

If poor oversight levels persist, distrust in regulators will only worsen

EDITORIAL: Minister sounds a new note on SABC

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14 day(s) ago

But the question is whether the good intentions of the public enterprises minister and communications minister will translate into action

EDITORIAL: Government can take the initiative

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15 day(s) ago

Compared with the platinum strike, this round of industrial action could be a body blow to a beleaguered economy

EDITORIAL: Speed bumps in Woolworths deal

TARGET:  Shoppers pass a David Jones store. Australia’s corporate regulator is worried Woolworths’ offers for David Jones and Country Road might benefit shareholder Solomon Lew. Picture: REUTERS
18 day(s) ago

Woolworths’ takeover of David Jones has not gone as smoothly as the group had hoped

EDITORIAL: Makhura’s costly e-tolls gamble

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19 day(s) ago

Governing party can ill afford to allow an issue that was so significant a contributor to its resounding electoral scolding to remain unresolved

EDITORIAL: Transnet still has a long way to go

Transnet CEO Brian Molefe. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
20 day(s) ago

There is still a long way to go to ensure that Transnet can provide the efficient transport and logistics infrastructure which will unblock constraints to SA’s export and economic growth potential

EDITORIAL: Beware gumboots and all approach

Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: SOWETAN
21 day(s) ago

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi’s ability to show initiative could be an asset but he must invest some time in understanding the industry’s complexities

EDITORIAL: State obliged to bail out Eskom

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22 day(s) ago

THE recent news that three Cabinet ministers are working together on a recapitalisation plan for Eskom is encouraging — if belated.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Picture: REUTERS

EDITORIAL: Let Russia do the right thing

Vladimir Putin must be given the space to do the right thing in terms of international law, which he has indicated he will do

EDITORIAL: Mixed news for Woolworths

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4 day(s) ago

For Woolworths, the hard work of turning its R23.3bn David Jones acquisition to account now begins

EDITORIAL: Inflation trumps growth fears

Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus announces the monetary policy committee's decision on interest rates in Pretoria on Thursday.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
4 day(s) ago

The clear signal from the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy is that it will act to tackle inflation risks

EDITORIAL: Gauteng’s e-tolls revolt

Sanral communications manager Vusi Mona. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
5 day(s) ago

News of wide support for the civil disobedience campaign which groups opposed to the e-toll concept have been calling for should be of concern to Gauteng government leaders

EDITORIAL: Tax not really the problem

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6 day(s) ago

It is important that SMEs engage with the Davis tax committee committee and offer constructive input

EDITORIAL: Dismantle barriers to trade

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7 day(s) ago

The African Union needs to do everything in its power to dismantle the barriers to intra-African trade

EDITORIAL: Masutha right on De Kock

Eugene de Kock.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
11 day(s) ago

The question of whether former apartheid death squad commander Eugene de Kock should be granted parole has moral and legal facets

EDITORIAL: Gloomy outlook for SA economy

11 day(s) ago

The real economy is limping along, if the latest mining and manufacturing numbers are anything to go by

EDITORIAL: An unhealthy obsession

Trade and industry deputy director-general Garth Strachan makes a presentation to Parliament’s trade and industry committee on the impact of administered prices. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
12 day(s) ago

Import-parity pricing has long been something of an obsession at the Department of Trade and Industry

EDITORIAL: Beware what you tax

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13 day(s) ago

It is responsibility of the legislative and executive branches of government responsibility to try as far as possible to foresee the potential negative effects of policy decisions

EDITORIAL: New rules hurting tourism

Cape Town at night. Picture: THE TIMES
14 day(s) ago

Tourism is the kind of sector South Africa should be developing: it has the potential to employ lots of relatively unskilled people and to earn foreign exchange

EDITORIAL: Much ado about dress code

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema leads his team, including Floyd Shivambu, left, and Dali Mpofu, right back. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
18 day(s) ago

National and provincial houses need to prevent the fight over dress code from degrading their stature

EDITORIAL: Consumer optimism a relief

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19 day(s) ago

Consumer confidence index report suggests that households are readier to spend than might have been expected given tight credit conditions

EDITORIAL: Learn from past mistakes

Gugile Nkwinti.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
20 day(s) ago

South Africa simply cannot afford another botched land claims process

EDITORIAL: Past still haunts many of us

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21 day(s) ago

Van Damme matter makes apparent several salient points pertaining to the credibility of aspects of our political system

EDITORIAL: Pros and cons to protection

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25 day(s) ago

There is a real need for caution against trade protectionism

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The Third Umpire

President Jacob Zuma, for his balanced and pragmatic response to the appalling situation in Gaza, in contrast to that of the ANC. The death and destruction must end, but choosing sides is not the solution.

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Impala Platinum CEO Terence Goodlace. The mining company is struggling to get back on its feet after the longest strike in SA’s history; now the collapse in its largest mine in Zimbabwe will halve production.

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Proteas captain Hashim Amla, who has kicked off his international Test captaincy career with a decisive win against Sri Lanka, SA’s first at the home side’s Galle stronghold. Pity about the ball-tampering row, though.

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