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Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

EDITORIAL: Retraction was empowering

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies did well to so swiftly acknowledge the government’s error, now a few more policies need to be repealed

EDITORIAL: E-tolls still in dock despite new deal

Picture: SOWETAN

Issue now as much a middle-class tax- and ratepayer revolt as a protest over inadequate public consultation and excessive collection costs

EDITORIAL: SA latest to target currency collusion


Competition Commission’s probe may be a spin-off of international investigations

EDITORIAL: ANC needs more than a new mayor

Port Elizabeth. Picture: THINKSTOCK

What Nelson Mandela Bay needs in order to reverse its decline is accountability and transparent governance

EDITORIAL: Demands reflect stress on workers

Picture: AFP

As SA heads into its usual winter wage storm, it’s worth taking a step back to focus on the structural issues that lie behind the conflict-ridden industrial relations environment

EDITORIAL: It is not a time for division

Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: THE SOWETAN / VELI NHLAPO

Most striking thing about empowerment ownership figures released by Department of Mineral Resources and Chamber of Mines is not how different they are, but how similar

EDITORIAL: New visa rules need a rethink

Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom. Picture: SOWETAN

Ministers appear to be at odds over controversial new visa regulations that Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom insists will damage SA as a tourism destination

EDITORIAL: Sell SAA before hiving off Eskom


If the government wants to talk seriously about privatisation, it should be taking a serious look at all state entities, not just the one most in need of cash

EDITORIAL: A laudable BEE deal

Lazarus Zim. Picture: Martin Rhodes

JSE listing of Zambezi Platinum is encouraging for two reasons — it may be a good transaction and an exemplary BEE deal

EDITORIAL: Maimane heralds a new age for DA

Mmusi Maimane, the Democratic Alliance's newly elected leader, gives his maiden speech following his election in Port Elizabeth at the weekend. Picture: AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Mmusi Maimane represents a new generation of politician: young, black and articulate

EDITORIAL: A new era in British politics

Workers applaud as Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha return to Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, on Friday.  Picture: REUTERS

Winning Tories to be tested on the European Union and the economy

EDITORIAL: BEE code change inept and cynical

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies briefs media regarding plans to improve trade ties between South Africa-Japan, on Friday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Department of Trade and Industry must directly address fronting and passive shareholders if this is the concern — not make blanket rules affecting all broad-based and employee schemes

EDITORIAL: Dramas worthy of a soapie


Vacancies at the SABC show the shambolic state of governance at the national broadcaster; appointing replacements is a matter of urgency

EDITORIAL: High cost of load-shedding


Soothing noises from Eskom about load-shedding is cold comfort for big industrial customers

EDITORIAL: Brave ruling on assisted suicide

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Judge Hans Fabricius reasons that if we have the right to have our inherent human dignity respected, that must include the right to end our own lives

EDITORIAL: All eyes are on iron-ore rally

ASSET: A clump of iron ore from a mine. Picture: REUTERS

For SA, it’s the broader commodity outlook that matters, with the key issue being what happens to our terms of trade

EDITORIAL: IMF’s growth prescription

International Monetary Fund’s ideas on global value chains should be required reading for SA’s industrial policy makers

The Reserve Bank in Pretoria. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

EDITORIAL: Warning — rate hikes ahead

Case for a hike will be much stronger next time if the risks from electricity, the rand and wages materialise

EDITORIAL: Public sector wage deal belated but welcome

Unions march through the streets of Pretoria. Picture: Dominic Skelton

Public sector wage agreement averts a potentially crippling strike by 1.3-million state employees that SA can ill afford

EDITORIAL: Reading the rates decision

The Reserve Bank in Pretoria. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Either way, there is no real case, even in theory, for monetary policy to do anything

EDITORIAL: A dangerous power game


It is disturbing to note the contradictory positions in the ANC’s politics of electricity provision and revenue

EDITORIAL: Zeal for retail probe baffling

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

It is debatable whether government is really concerned about competition in the traditional sense

EDITORIAL: Mbete is wrong to appeal

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete addresses the house during a debate on no confidence in President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Appeal betrays an attitude that shows speaker wishes to use strong-arm tactics against MPs she considers her political opponents

EDITORIAL: Inept NPA serves Zuma’s interests

Nazeer Cassim. Picture: JOHN HOGG

Cassim inquiry into National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana’s fitness for crucial post would have exposed President Jacob Zuma one way or another

EDITORIAL: Eskom tariff hike excessive


It is hard to see how an even higher price is going to change electricity users’ behaviour

EDITORIAL: Unintelligent investigations

Thuli Madonsela. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Attack on a Public Protector Thuli Madonsela at the hands of ANC MPs a shocking abuse of power that has Nkandla written all over it

EDITORIAL: SAA guarantees a perverse incentive

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown addresses the media on Wednesday during an update on the electricity crisis.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

National Development Plan prioritises the building of a ‘capable state’ as the bedrock for many of the objectives it identifies

EDITORIAL: Flawed UIF holiday canned

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

No doubt the issue of the UIF surplus should be addressed, but that should ideally be as part of a package of reforms to employee benefits

EDITORIAL: Playing politics over death penalty

Mmusi Maimane.  Picture: SOWETAN

DA’s Maimane has opened the way to a potential political and legal minefield by saying he supports a referendum on the death penalty

EDITORIAL: Sadc must tackle Burundi powder keg

Burundian soldiers contain demonstrators in Musaga, on the outskirts of Bujumbura, on Wednesday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA

Burundi is likely to degenerate into chaos because President Pierre Nkurunziza has violated the Arusha peace agreement

EDITORIAL: A shaky basis for findings on SARS


More questions than answers after finance minister’s advisory board on tax office’s covert unit endorses earlier findings

EDITORIAL: Leaders fail to admit to causes of migration

People observe a minute of silence for more than 700 African migrants who died last Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean. A protest was held against the current immigration policy of the European Union in Malaga, southern Spain, on April 24. Picture: REUTERS/JOH NAZCA

African leaders, a selfish lot at the best of times, have a duty to reflect honestly on why the continent’s people are left with no option but to flee

EDITORIAL: High price of learning


The latest inflation figures reflect intriguing shifts in the education system, especially schools

EDITORIAL: Rivalry good for consumers

Picture: THE TIMES

Pick n Pay’s results show the start of a turnaround, as well as the importance of competition in the marketplace

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The Third Umpire

Police commissioner Riah Phiyega. There is no excuse for so many top police officials failing to submit the information required for them to be vetted by the State Security Agency. She must crack the whip or explain.

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Justice Minister Michael Masutha. Clearing criminal records is not to be taken lightly, but if it is limited to giving young and minor offenders who have changed their ways a second chance, it should be supported.

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SA boxing legend Dingaan Thobela, who was arrested this week on charges of contravening the FAIS Act by failing to register as a financial adviser despite being the owner of a business that sells funeral policies.

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