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EDITORIAL: Much rests on Zuma’s speech

Recognition is needed of the crisis South Africa is in as environment becomes ripe for dangerous populism that could further divide society

EDITORIAL: Growth of 7% may be a pipe dream

A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo in October 2012. Picture: REUTERS

World Bank shows National Development Plan’s economic growth targets are unrealistic

EDITORIAL: Don’t let dogma shape the budget

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan addresses a media briefing in Pretoria. Picture:  REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

In tough economic times, nothing is sacrosanct. It's time to make hard decisions and implement them

EDITORIAL: Curb bonuses in straitened times


Inequality makes high remuneration and shunting so much money into ‘bonus pools’ a hot topic

EDITORIAL: A belated move to fix policing ills


Painfully slow public order policing inquriy must be asked to speed up its work

EDITORIAL: Beware further fallout over SARS

SARS commissioner Tom Moyane. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Tax agency cannot be made a political battlefield with potential implications that threaten well-functioning organisation and stability

EDITORIAL: SA can’t afford more missteps

Konrad Reuss, Standard & Poor’s MD in South Africa. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

South Africa, like all emerging markets, is facing major headwinds

EDITORIAL: House prices a signal of gloom


Sector reflects lower consumer confidence as SA faces a slide in house prices that could become something of a vicious cycle

EDITORIAL: Gordhan needs Zuma’s support

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan addresses a media briefing in Pretoria. Picture:  REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Pravin Gordhan alone cannot arrest SA’s economic slide, there must be political will to face tough road ahead

EDITORIAL: Obama’s fitting swan song

US President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Tuesday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/EVAN VUCCI

With eloquence, he urges US to embrace change if superpower wants to maintain a position of global leadership

EDITORIAL: Zuma’s cynical take on markets


Clearly unrepentant Zuma does not see harm done by ignominious firing of former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene

EDITORIAL: Rand exposed by SA’s weaknesses


With the firing of former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, the currency has been made more vulnerable

EDITORIAL: Agoa row about a deeper discord


Pretoria cannot line up with the Brics bloc on foreign policy issues and bad-mouth Washington — while still demanding privileged access to US markets

EDITORIAL: A mess of its own making


On January 8 ANC must offer remedy for SA’s ills — 2016 offers bleak economic growth and a probable downgrade

EDITORIAL: Liftoff to new economic era

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as a television screen displays coverage of US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen's press conference on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS/LUCAS JACKSON

Start of rate hikes indicates solid US recovery and that it no longer needs stimulus it has had in seven years of easy money

EDITORIAL: Nene axing a lesson for Zuma

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON

Crisis averted by about-turn on novice minister, but damage is going to be hard to undo


EDITORIAL: Necsa must clean up its act

Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA currently not fit to lead R1-trillion or more investment in new nuclear power stations

EDITORIAL: Prince a symbol of deep malaise

Truman Prince. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Seismic shift needed to uproot corrupt system where political parties extract funds in return for deals

EDITORIAL: Rate rise augurs tough year ahead

Lesetja Kganyago. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Interest rate hike maintains Reserve Bank’s policy credibility as guardian of economic stability

EDITORIAL: Eskom’s debt is a fiscal risk


State backing allows power utility to borrow at high cost

EDITORIAL: Rates dilemma for Reserve Bank

South African Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago announces the decision on interest rates in Pretoria on Thursday. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Reserve Bank has to weigh high inflation against low growth, while rand will no doubt be biggest consideration in its ‘data dependent’ decision this week

EDITORIAL: Sports stars behaving badly


Match-fixing and other cheating the antithesis of values sports men and women are meant to uphold. Persistent scandals make supporters cynical

EDITORIAL: Dispute is about deeper divisions


Cosatu lost provident fight as it has no influence while its interests are too intertwined with ruling party's to call for outright vote boycott

EDITORIAL: Conspicuous by their absence

Mmusi Maimane. Picture: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS

ANC and DA leaders fail to tackle racism — race, identity and their role in social and economic oppression and exclusion are a festering sore

EDITORIAL: Students need new tack on fees

Blade Nzimande. Picture: GCIS

Demands for past debt write-off are unrealistic while intimidating others and preventing registrations belies quest for education

EDITORIAL: The harvest of neglect

PARCHED:  A cattle farm in Jozini, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, shows the devastating effects of the drought, said to be the worst in 20 years. Picture: KHAYA NGWENYA

Drought a reminder of how vital farmers and agriculture are for SA and its economy

EDITORIAL: Matric results mirror SA divide

Picture: THE TIMES

Worst performers were in poorest provinces, revealing deep structural failings in our education system

EDITORIAL: Gordhan passes the test on SAA

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan addresses a media briefing in Pretoria. Picture:  REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Reconfirmation of Airbus deal brings respite and is a crucial first step in establishing Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's authority

EDITORIAL: No remedy in NHI white paper


Disappointing proposals on National Health Insurance still unclear how the system will be paid for

EDITORIAL: Tread carefully in a minefield

Rand SA flag. Picture: THINKSTOCK

JSE alerts policy makers to the casualties so far — effects of weakening rand on ordinary South Africans, equity and bond markets

EDITORIAL: Ipid ruling strikes a blow for independence

Robert McBride. Picture: SOWETAN

Second ruling to offer shield against politicians could prove hugely beneficial to fight against crime and our democracy too

EDITORIAL: SA on the brink of junk status

Picture: REUTERS

Ratings agencies Fitch and S&P warn of the perils of low growth as latter shifts SA’s rating closer to sub-investment grade

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The Third Umpire

Former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni, whose appeal to the ANC to exercise caution on nationalisation, the nuclear power plan and land reform is well timed. The more people of stature to speak up now, the better for SA.

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MTN CEO Mteto Nyati, for calling for Icasa to crack down on “freeloading”, over-the-top operators such as WhatsApp that are offering voice calls. Ag shame, is the duopoly starting to feel the heat from innovative competition?

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There’s many a potential slip before a deal is finalised, but SABMiller chairman Jan du Plessis’s handling of AB Inbev’s takeover bid has so far been by the book, putting shareholder-interests before management’s.

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