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Property is seen along a road in the Ikoyi district in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos.  Picture: REUTERS

EDITORIAL: Nigeria’s economic and political risks

SA should look at the lessons Nigeria holds for economic policy and politics, and learn from them

EDITORIAL: Traditional leader power overstated

President Jacob Zuma at a traditional  ceremony at his home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.    Picture: ELMOND JIYANE

If President Jacob Zuma continues to undermine the fundamental rights of rural people he will surely lose their support

EDITORIAL: Tsotsi at heart of Eskom crisis

Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Tsotsi’s chairmanship should have rung alarm bells long ago, given that many competent executives were driven out during his tenure

EDITORIAL: Parties try to get balance right


ANC and other parties face conundrum as they square up to contest for power at vital level of local government

EDITORIAL: Netanyahu plays a dangerous game

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and his son Yair leave a note in the Western Wall as they come to pray at the Jewish holy site in Jerusalem's Old City, Israel, on Wednesday. Picture: ABIR SULTAN

A Palestinian state and US deal with Iran may force the Israeli government to engage more honestly with the fate of the Palestinians

EDITORIAL: It’s clear what SA needs to fix

Khanyisile Kweyama. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

If the government fails to take action to arrest SA’s economic decline it’s not because it hasn’t been told what’s wrong with the economy

EDITORIAL: SA must take the long view on shale

Rigs contracted by Apache Corp drill for crude oil locked tight in shale in west Texas' Permian Basin near the town of Mertzon, Texas, in this October 29 2013 file photo. Picture: REUTERS

It does not make sense to keep pouring money into fracking exploration as long as the oil demand-supply equation is so out of balance

EDITORIAL: Nhleko is violating a sacrosanct rule

Nathi Nhleko. Picture: EUGENE COETZEE

The separation of powers must remain sacrosanct if we want to continue calling ourselves a democracy

EDITORIAL: Crisis needs urgent attention


Country needs to take heed of International Monetary Fund’s warnings

EDITORIAL: Outrageous move at crisis-hit Eskom


You wouldn’t even run a spaza shop the way the Eskom board and its shareholder, the government, is running the utility

EDITORIAL: Prepare for more intense volatility


The best thing to do in uncertain markets is to sit tight and avoid panic — but brace oneself in case it gets worse

EDITORIAL: Fix health system to avoid lawsuits

Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: GCIS

If criminal syndicates including state-employed doctors, lawyers and justice department officials are conspiring to milk the system, they must be flushed out and jailed

EDITORIAL: Sacu formula needs revision


Concerns about the distortions Sacu’s revenue-sharing formula creates are mounting — and rightly so

EDITORIAL: Stop sending mixed messages

Senzeni Zokwana. Picture: SOWETAN

Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana should take note that land reform is a serious and emotional matter and not something for silly brinkmanship

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

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

EDITORIAL: Investors daunted by BEE confusion


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

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

Nomgcobo Jiba, acting national director of public prosecutions. Picture: SOWETAN

EDITORIAL: Jiba unfit for top NPA job

Persistently appointing unqualified and unsuitable people to positions of state authority has its consequences

EDITORIAL: Censure Ntlemeza for lying


How is the public expected to trust one of SA’s premier integrity units if its head is a man who lies under oath and fabricates submissions in order to mislead a court

EDITORIAL: A fractious alliance

Picture: THE TIMES

Divisions in the tripartite alliance are already too deep to be reversible

EDITORIAL: Addled communications

Faith Muthambi. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Communications minister is rapidly becoming an unmitigated disaster for the broadcast sector

EDITORIAL: Grants are not the answer

People queue at an Absa ATM in Oxford street, East London, to get access to their social grant money.  Picture: DAILY DISPATCH

Social grants are not meant to be a substitute for real incomes

EDITORIAL: Unnecessary bullying

Helen Zille. Picture: THE TIMES

Tension between the Fourth Estate and powerful people in society should not degenerate into dissembling, defamation and intimidation

EDITORIAL: Lesson of Collins Chabane’s death

The car in which Collins Chabane was travelling at the weekend when he was involved in a fatal accident.  Picture: SOWETAN

Accident merely a repeat of the many similar incidents that claim the lives of South Africans who could have made an incalculable contribution to the prosperity of our society

EDITORIAL: Ambitious but misguided


The Film and Publications Board is not supposed to act as a prepublication censor

EDITORIAL: Slow off the digital mark


Regulatory, political and leadership failures in the digital realm have left SA eating the rest of the world’s dust

EDITORIAL: Danger of racial profiling


Worcester policing forum needs to do away with decision to issue 'work-seeker reference cards' and find better ways of keeping its neighbourhood safe

EDITORIAL: Long march to equality not over

President Jacob Zuma, front, walks alongside US President Barack Obama at an official dinner at the Sefako M Makgatho presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Saturday. Picture: GCIS

As deplorable as recent incidents of crude racism in SA are, the reason they have got so much attention is because they are no longer the norm

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: Still a fragile democracy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Third Umpire

President Jacob Zuma. It is undoubtedly true that far too many South Africans are reliant on the state, but most have little other choice due to a lack of opportunity. And what kind of example is he setting, anyway?

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Parliamentary communications committee chairwoman Joyce Moloi-Moropa, for rejecting Lumko Mtimde’s application for appointment to the SABC board because he failed to furnish proof of his qualifications. About time.

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Capitec CEO Gerrie Fourie. If the proof of the unsecured lending pudding is in the eating, the bank’s shareholders are pronouncing it delicious as the share price tracks profits upwards. Long may it continue.

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