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EDITORIAL: Judiciary sole hope for justice

It is only the judiciary that stands between us and a government that has little respect for democracy, the rule of law, the constitution or even common decency

EDITORIAL: Overregulating healthcare industry is futile

Medical aid fraud drives up the cost of your contributions by an estimated R2,500 a year. Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Excessive regulation has effect of deterring competition and putting upward pressure on prices in long term

EDITORIAL: Think differently on economic growth

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4 day(s) ago

We need to move away from the defensive to the proactive and focus on what needs to be done to remove the constraints and get the economy going

EDITORIAL: Zuma’s Russian respite

NEW PLANS: South African President Jacob Zuma (right) shakes hands with Russian President Vladmir Putin before their bilateral meeting at the Brics Summit in Durban on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

There are many unanswered questions regarding President Jacob Zuma’s visit to Russia, and the timing of the trip is mystifying

EDITORIAL: Land Bank on right track

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6 day(s) ago

Under adept leadership of former CEO the bank has been turned around and repositioned, and although Phakamani Hadebe’s contract expired in December, the bank continues to look good

EDITORIAL: NewCo could be good for SA

7 day(s) ago

With almost a third of its assets in SA and plans to employ 200 at its new shared services centre, NewCo is taking SA seriously

EDITORIAL: Moody’s off mark on big four banks

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11 day(s) ago

Moody’s faith in the SA government’s willingness to rescue even one of our small banks was touching

EDITORIAL: Another hollow Sadc summit

NEW SEAT: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Sadc's new chairman, speaks at the Sadc summit in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, on Sunday. Picture: EPA/SIYABULELA DUDA
12 day(s) ago

The agenda and proceedings at the latest regional summit served largely to highlight just how little has changed for the better

EDITORIAL: Capitec too swims in rough waters

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13 day(s) ago

Capitec is in the same market as African Bank, so it is hard to see how it can be unaffected by Abil’s woes

EDITORIAL: Shale oil changes Mideast dynamics

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17 day(s) ago

Since bulk of world’s known crude oil reserves are in the Middle East, any development that threatens supplies can be expected to result in higher world prices

EDITORIAL: Talk will not solve mining’s problems

Mine worker.  Picture: EPA
18 day(s) ago

The state of SA’s mining industry has been debated ad nauseam in the past few years, in particular after the Marikana massacre

EDITORIAL: Jordan saga about ethics, not titles

Pallo Jordan. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
19 day(s) ago

Academic titles are not the be-all and end-all but they imply particular knowledge and expertise

EDITORIAL: Proof of the plan is in implementation

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20 day(s) ago

We tend to be good at documents and diagnosis, but not at implementation

EDITORIAL: Blame lies with Abil’s leaders

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21 day(s) ago

A public inquiry must probe the causes of the disaster and the issues it highlights on the fragility of unsecured lending

EDITORIAL: Quiet meltdown in emerging markets

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24 day(s) ago

A quiet meltdown in emerging markets is happening worldwide

Municipal workers fix potholes in Zola, Soweto, in this picture taken in February 2013. The Financial and Fiscal Commission says there is lack of investment by local government in the maintenance of roads and sewerage infrastructure.  Picture: SOWETAN

EDITORIAL: Fix municipalities

Municipalities haven’t proven to be paragons of good management and governance, as demonstrated by numerous reports of auditor-general

EDITORIAL: No winners in Gaza

Palestinians sit on a couch as they return to the remains of their house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli offensive, after a ceasefire was declared, in the east of Gaza City on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

If the past is anything to go by, the boxers of Hamas and Israel will soon regain their breath and, and unless a referee intervenes, before long the next round will commence

EDITORIAL: Executive does not govern legislature

A panoramic view of Parliament, at the swearing-in ceremony of new members of Parliament in the National Assembly on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS
5 day(s) ago

The legislature is recognised by the constitution as a separate pillar of the state, distinct from the executive and the judiciary

EDITORIAL: Delaying tactics reach sell-by date

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS
6 day(s) ago

The ’Stalingrad’ defence employed by President Jacob Zuma to avoid having to account for the range of crimes and indiscretions he is alleged to have committed is hardly new

EDITORIAL: Eskom’s problems are deep-seated

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Eskom's Kusile coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga.  Picture: SIKONATHI MANTSHANTSHA/MAKWENA MANAMELA
10 day(s) ago

The depth of Eskom’s problems leaves very little room for an outsider to understand the soft underbelly of the organisation

EDITORIAL: IS brutality tests the West

A masked Islamic State militant holding a knife speaks next to man purported to be US journalist James Foley at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website. Picture: REUTERS
10 day(s) ago

Deliberate brutality intentionally distributed as widely as possible is by definition an act of terrorism

EDITORIAL: Learn from cigarette tax

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11 day(s) ago

Taxation is a necessary evil in modern societies, but it is no panacea, as SARS learnt through its experience with cigarette taxes

EDITORIAL: Acres of room at the top

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12 day(s) ago

With corruption usually the focus of discussions on governance, the matter of leadership and strategic bungling is often forgotten

EDITORIAL: Grim economic data a warning

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14 day(s) ago

Tackling the low growth outlook requires attention to the domestic economy and how to get the key players to work together to make it more robust

EDITORIAL: Merits to worker ownership

UP IN ARMS: Amcu members listen to leader Joseph Mathunjwa at Wonderkop Stadium in Marikana, near Rustenburg earlier this month. Workers’ show of force signalled their intention to continue striking. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
13 day(s) ago

Our history of labour strife in mining and other sectors is partly driven by a lack of a sense of ownership by workers of the companies that employ them

EDITORIAL: Mystery of ANC proposals

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17 day(s) ago

It is something of a mystery why the government often feels need to make extreme proposals which are sure to alienate the private sector and dent confidence

EDITORIAL: Flat retail sales a concern

18 day(s) ago

Weak retail sales figures are of interest for a number of reasons, not least of which relates to the crash and curatorship of African Bank

EDITORIAL: Super official not so likely

A panoramic view of Parliament, at the swearing-in ceremony of new members of Parliament in the National Assembly on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS
19 day(s) ago

The introduction of a ‘super director-general’ is likely to meet several obstacles on the way, some of which are insurmountable

EDITORIAL: Playing politics on pricing

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
20 day(s) ago

Better control over administered prices might achieve the desired aim of boosting downstream industry and bringing more black-owned companies into the economy

EDITORIAL: US taking Africa seriously

US President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the close of the US-Africa Leaders Summit at the US State Department in Washington on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
24 day(s) ago

The US is now seeing Africa as a continent to be taken seriously, and this is no bad thing

EDITORIAL: Party, union rivalry heats up

Irvin Jim. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
25 day(s) ago

Attempts by the ANC to preserve tripartite alliance unity have yielded naught so far, signaling an environment in which political maturity remains a pipe dream

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, for sending troops across the border into Ukraine even as he sat down with his Ukrainian counterpart, supposedly to negotiate an end to the conflict that is destabilising the region.

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Proteas one-day cricket captain AB de Villiers, whose superb 136 not out — his 18th century in the limited-overs format — helped SA to a seven-wicket victory over number-one-ranked Australia in Harare on Wednesday.

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