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Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

EDITORIAL: Wage hike of 10% could be a tipping point

Public servants clamour for more amid weak economic growth prospects, high levels of public debt and urgent developmental needs

EDITORIAL: Risks to internal army deployment

Bongiwe Zulu. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Calling in the army sends a strong message — but also flags government’s loss of faith in the police

EDITORIAL: Courts remedy for badly written laws


The question is not whether SA’s law-making is up to scratch, but why it is so poor, and what can be done to change that

EDITORIAL: Molefe enters an Eskom minefield

Brian Molefe.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

The relief that comes with the appointment of Molefe must be tempered with a degree of wariness

EDITORIAL: Sober lessons in Evraz Highveld’s demise


Evraz Highveld succumbed to tough conditions, as falling prices for steel inputs have depressed steel prices

EDITORIAL: Tackle root causes of xenophobia

Children eat a meal provided by members of the community in Isipingo, south of Durban. Several hundred foreign nationals have sought refuge in the tents after xenophobia driven violence forced them to flee their homes and businesses. Picture: REUTERS/ROGAN WARD

Problem stems from a refusal to acknowledge the extent of the influx of foreigners and from the failure to address structural unemployment

EDITORIAL: SA must not make light of power cuts


Clear message for SA is that it cannot rely on global or regional demand to boost its economic prospects to the extent that it has in the past

EDITORIAL: Delays imperil SA’s digital migration


By the time SA’s migration from analogue to digital television happens the ‘new’ technology will be redundant

EDITORIAL: Major challenges for next DA leader

African National Congress (ANC) President Jacob Zuma (left), Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille (centre) and ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe (right).  Picture: THE TIMES

Helen Zille’s successor will need to overcome icy ANC hostility and persuade voters their lived experience is understood

EDITORIAL: Eurozone pinch threat to exports

A euro sign stands outside the European Central Bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Picture: REUTERS

That so large a trading partner faces low average growth rates over the next few years must be a concern

EDITORIAL: Diplomacy trumps force


History will be kind to US President Barack Obama’s ‘softly spoken with a big stick’ diplomacy

EDITORIAL: Inflows welcome but with concerns


Rand has strengthen over the past few days in response to the recent Fed meeting, and since then about R30bn has flowed into SA’s equity and bond markets

EDITORIAL: Ignoring terrorist threats a big risk

A Garissa University student arrives at Nyayo stadium to meet his relatives in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday, after Thursday's attack by gunmen in their campus in Garissa.  Picture: REUTERS

There is more to combating terrorism than preventing physical attacks that have already been planned

EDITORIAL: China-led bank heralds new era

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde delivers a speech at the China Development Forum in Beijing last month.  Picture: REUTERS

China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is set to compete with IMF and World Bank, and may dispense with the US as 'underwriter of the global economic system'

EDITORIAL: Treasury’s big stick may just work

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Censure for consistent material breaches of a host of entities’ financial obligations may instil fiscal discipline

EDITORIAL: Elegant solution to a sticky problem

Picture: ARDBEL

The government’s recognition that speed and collaboration are of the essence should provide some comfort for investors

EDITORIAL: Industrialists can’t simply be created

Black industrialists need the same as others: electricity, fewer strikes, and customers with cash in their pockets


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

EDITORIAL: Quick excisions needed at CIPC

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

Rob Davies should have opted for a less clumsy approach to stave off the paralysis and dysfunction other entities have had to endure

EDITORIAL: The imbizo: too little, too late

Traditional leaders and Zulu warriors attend an imbizo called by King Goodwill Zwelithini on Monday.  Picture:  NCE MKHIZE

Intervention might not have become necessary had King Goodwill Zwelithini chosen his words more carefully

EDITORIAL: SA a laggard in ICT


It is disturbing to see that SA has fallen five places in network readiness rankings

EDITORIAL: Mbete’s improper outburst

Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

ANC’s national chairwoman reveals her unstinting deference to Zuma and, in the process, why she should not be the parliamentary speaker

EDITORIAL: The rand’s mixed fortunes

Whether South Africa’s currency is weak or strong is a matter of perception

EDITORIAL: Testing times for Baxter

Roger Baxter.  Picture: SOWETAN

Gold Fields’ quick and expensive labour deal a harbinger for Chamber of Mines CEO designate Roger Baxter

EDITORIAL: Foolish to press on with carbon tax


Carbon tax needs to be aligned with the rest of the tax system as well as SA’s energy and climate response policies

EDITORIAL: Leaders without stature

A statue of Cecil John Rhodes at UCT stands covered by black plastic bags. Students have pelted the statue with faeces, saying that the artwork represents white supremacy. Picture: ADRIAN DE KOCK

Angry exchanges on social media reveal an intense bitterness lurking beneath the surface

EDITORIAL: Make Phiyega probe public

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

To prevent doubts being raised about whether he has a firm handle on his portfolio, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko needs to be transparent

EDITORIAL: SARS figures reassure


The revenue figures show that the tax office has been resilient enough to ride out its ructions

EDITORIAL: Perils of Cosatu’s implosion

Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi took everyone by surprise when he announced that he would no longer participate in the federation's boardroom battles and resigned.  Picture: MOELETSI MABE/THE TIMES

The current strife does not make for a stable labour environment and unionised workers are unlikely to see their interests being put ahead of those of their leaders

EDITORIAL: SA scores an own goal

Malusi Gigaba. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

SA is only just starting to count the cost in terms of lost tourist visits under new visa regulations

EDITORIAL: Little room left to pause on rates

Majuba power station. Picture: ESKOM

Balancing act between growth and inflation is always a tough one but this year could be tougher than ever

EDITORIAL: Jiba unfit for top NPA job

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

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

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The Third Umpire

Former police commissioner Bheki Cele. He may be right that the police are “bleeding” under the command of his successor, Riah Phiyega, but has he forgotten how many of those wounds were inflicted on his watch?

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Eskom acting CEO Brian Molefe may not have any experience in the power generation sector, but he is an innovative manager. With a bit of luck, some of his ideas aimed at ending load shedding may just work.

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Former Tesco CEO Philip Clarke. The UK supermarket group’s announcement of a R115bn loss, one of the biggest in British corporate history, points to why he was so unceremoniously given the boot in September

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