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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his medium-term budget statement on Wednesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

EDITORIAL: Nene not set to be Mr Popular

The finance minister is alive to the perilous fiscal situation SA finds itself in but not everyone will find his solutions palatable

EDITORIAL: Nene needs to announce bold actions

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Decisive steps must be taken to halt economic and fiscal deterioration

EDITORIAL: Does Ramaphosa have miracle cure?

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS
2 day(s) ago

Unless ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa manages to pull something from his hat, Cosatu’s central committee meeting promises to be explosive unless

EDITORIAL: MPs need more say on arms deals

Military parade at the Waterkloof  air force base in Pretoria last year. Picture: SOWETAN
3 day(s) ago

South African National Defence Force’s coat is going to have to be cut to suit cloth that is available, which is a task for Parliament

EDITORIAL: Grow wealth with stocks

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7 day(s) ago

Global wealth report which reveals that SA increased its dollar millionaires once again revived the old discussion about the extent of inequality in the country

EDITORIAL: Ebola challenges our assumptions

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9 day(s) ago

With the US confirming its second case of Ebola, it is apparent that containment may not be as simple as the world initially assumed

EDITORIAL: Need to push for infrastructure

Christine Lagarde.  Picture: REUTERS/JOSHUA ROBERTS
10 day(s) ago

Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank governors have cited infrastructure investment as critical to boost the global growth rate by 2%

EDITORIAL: Encouraging notes at mining indaba

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi addresses delegates at the Joburg Indaba on Wednesday. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
13 day(s) ago

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi seems to have an open mind on the mining industry

EDITORIAL: Make every month economics month

Picture: REUTERS
14 day(s) ago

The message from the IMF is that SA needs to sort out its labour relations environment and start delivering on infrastructure investment plans

EDITORIAL: SA has to face up to Eskom’s needs

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

Eskom is in serious financial trouble and needs money to have a decent chance of keeping the lights on

EDITORIAL: Wage demand unrealistic

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16 day(s) ago

Government’s reaction to demand for a 15% wage increase is something the Reserve Bank may need to act upon

EDITORIAL: US picks up as Europe dawdles

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17 day(s) ago

US has had to drive global growth as the economies of Europe and even Asia fall back

EDITORIAL: Shuttleworth levels the field

South African entrepreneur and multibillionaire Mark Shuttleworth. Picture: BUSINESS DAY
20 day(s) ago

Mark Shuttleworth has recognised a long-standing injustice

EDITORIAL: Banking on a vote-winner

Paul Mashatile. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
21 day(s) ago

It is not clear whether Paul Mashatile has done much research into the nuts and bolts of his ambitious plan to create a state bank

EDITORIAL: All is not well with job creation in SA

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22 day(s) ago

The lack of jobs growth in the private sector reflects a lack of dynamism in the economy, while SA can no longer afford to keep employing more public servants

EDITORIAL: Elephant in room invisible to ANC

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

President Jacob Zuma has become the main impediment to the ANC achieving its policy goals

EDITORIAL: Rand rate has a sorry tale to tell

Picture: REUTERS
24 day(s) ago

It is not looking good for the rand. Once again, South Africa’s currency has been hit

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

EDITORIAL: The AU has failed on Ebola

AU has shown little willingness to change the poor leadership narrative of the least developed continent on the planet

EDITORIAL: Time for SA to start saving

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1 day(s) ago

Country's dismal savings rate is one of lowest in world

EDITORIAL: Save SA’s postal service

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2 day(s) ago

The South African Post Office’s extensive network must be leveraged to serve all South Africans better

EDITORIAL: Oil’s slide is no guarantee of relief

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6 day(s) ago

South Africa is unlikely to get the full benefit of a lower dollar oil price

EDITORIAL: Prisons need more reform

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6 day(s) ago

Problems of corruption, nepotism, incompetence, gangsterism and abusive warders run deep in SA’s prison service

EDITORIAL: Irrelevance a real danger to Nedlac

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7 day(s) ago

Business is far from united and the fragmentation of business representative bodies has to be an issue in relation to Nedlac

EDITORIAL: Using law to placate public

WRECKED: The Road Accident Benefit Scheme Bill aims to compensate victims efficiently, without costly litigation. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH
9 day(s) ago

While the Oscar Pistorius verdict may have grabbed the lion’s share of the headlines, the NPA has reason to reflect on a bad run in other high-profile cases, too

EDITORIAL: Parliament failed on Tlakula

IEC chairwoman Pansy Tlakula. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
13 day(s) ago

IEC court action raises questions about the role of Parliament in the Tlakula fiasco

EDITORIAL: Earning more than kudos

PIC chief investment officer Daniel Matjila. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
14 day(s) ago

Daniel Matjila and his colleagues at the Public Investment Corporation should never forget on whose behalf they act

EDITORIAL: Playing politics on e-tolls

David Makhura. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
15 day(s) ago

The ANC in Gauteng must provide well thought-through alternatives to paying for the freeways

EDITORIAL: Reserve Bank appointment sets good example

16 day(s) ago

Kganyago’s appointment is being read by market players as a signal of policy continuity

EDITORIAL: China still stuck in autocratic treacle

A military guard welcomes the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, who is on an official state visit, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday.  Picture: GCIS
20 day(s) ago

The Chinese government has refused to countenance political reform that would enhance its citizens’ freedoms and elevate the country to the level of modern democracies

EDITORIAL: SAA’s story offers some hard lessons

Picture: SOWETAN
21 day(s) ago

Serious consideration should be given to merging SAA, SA Express and Mango

EDITORIAL: Health staff policy baffling

Picture: THINKSTOCK
22 day(s) ago

There is a desperate shortage of medical personnel, yet foreign doctors and nurses find it virtually impossible to register and obtain work permits

EDITORIAL: Water crisis of its own making

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23 day(s) ago

SA is a water-scarce country and there have been lots of warnings that water can become constraint on economic growth

EDITORIAL: Support carbon tax in principle

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27 day(s) ago

Companies and individuals who care about what sort of world their descendants will inhabit should at least support concept of a carbon tax

EDITORIAL: Use democracy to fight IS

US President Barack Obama delivers his state of the union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS
27 day(s) ago

While US president’s sense of broader responsibility for responding to IS continues to resonate, it was British Prime Minister David Cameron who struck a more realistic and measured tone

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The Third Umpire

SA Post Office chairwoman Hlamalani Manzini. A leaked draft annual report reveals not only chronic mismanagement and weak internal controls, but that the executive is dead set on awarding itself a 26% salary increase.

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It is great that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown is taking concerted action to address the leadership crisis at SAA, not so great that she seems to be choosing sides to favour her boss’s buddies.

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Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi. The problem of the state being tardy in paying suppliers was supposed to have been resolved; now we hear small businesses are still going to the wall due to cash-flow difficulties.

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