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EDITORIAL: Skills crisis needs more than money

Political will and a change of mind-set at the top are required to properly address the skills crisis in South Africa

EDITORIAL: Open season on Madonsela

Thuli Madonsela. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
1 day(s) ago

As brave and principled as Thuli Madonsela may be, she is but one woman, and the pressure is clearly starting to tell at a personal level

EDITORIAL: Scots may take the low road

A pro-independence supporter flashes the victory sign as people gather in Edinburgh for a rally in support of a yes vote in the Scottish Referendum. Picture: AFP
2 day(s) ago

With nationalism on the rise across Europe, Scottish nationalists might not be the only ones willing to bet everything for political independence

EDITORIAL: AngloGold move has lessons for SA

AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
5 day(s) ago

Politicians would do well to take heed of what deals like AngloGold’s proposed demerger tell us about the pariah status of South African mining

EDITORIAL: A concurrence of unfortunate news

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6 day(s) ago

The Reserve Bank’s quarterly bulletin was released just as global markets were headed into a new bout of emerging-market volatility

EDITORIAL: Maphatsoe echoes ANC intolerance

Chairman of the MK Military Veterans Association, Kebby Maphatsoe.  Picture: SOWETAN
7 day(s) ago

The gratuitous attack on the person and office of the public protector is a shocking action by a member of the executive who has sworn to uphold the constitution

EDITORIAL: Index shows effect of SA’s many ills

MUCH AT STAKE: Men walk past the official logo of the World Economic Forum inside the Congress Hall in the Swiss Alpine resort of Davos. Picture: REUTERS
8 day(s) ago

Competitiveness index focuses on productivity, which is crucial for SA’s ability to grow and prosper

EDITORIAL: ECB’s monetary package unclear

Mario Draghi. Picture: BLOOMBERG/ANDREW HARRER
9 day(s) ago

European Central Bank set to embark on series of asset purchases

EDITORIAL: Judging employment equity

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12 day(s) ago

There will always be a fine line to walk when a decision hinges on race, this country’s most pervasive point of conflict

EDITORIAL: Medical schemes need policing

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13 day(s) ago

Government threats to intervene in medical schemes are inappropriate given that these are not public funds but the Government Employees Medical Scheme is surely obliged to set an example

EDITORIAL: Talk more to curb crisis in Lesotho

A worker hangs posters displaying newspaper headlines in Lesotho's capital Maseru on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS
14 day(s) ago

When the mess in Lesotho is over, a constitutional tweak or two will be in order — after some more talking

EDITORIAL: No need to rush through new laws

Western Cape finance MEC Alan Winde. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
15 day(s) ago

The new immigration regulations are but the latest of numerous examples of ill-considered laws being rushed through Parliament

EDITORIAL: Judiciary sole hope for justice

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16 day(s) ago

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
19 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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20 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
21 day(s) ago

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

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba addresses a media briefing after delivering his budget speech on Tuesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

EDITORIAL: Next time, consult better

Partnership between the government and business should be an ongoing effort to work together to build efficiency and effectiveness in our bureaucracy

EDITORIAL: SA’s fixation with nuclear is unwise

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1 day(s) ago

For SA Inc one question is how to reconcile our expensive tastes in new build with our industrial policy and beneficiation aspirations

EDITORIAL: More power to the PSC

Collins Chabane. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
5 day(s) ago

There should be sufficient political will to allow institutions such as the Public Service Commission to do their work without interference

EDITORIAL: Icasa shares the gloom

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6 day(s) ago

Neither of the two main players in the mobile market in SA, Vodacom and MTN, is exactly ecstatic over the new mobile termination rates revealed by Icasa last week

EDITORIAL: E-toll compromise needed

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
7 day(s) ago

The e-tolls issue cries out for compromise, not only in the interests of ANC politics but of democracy

EDITORIAL: Balancing competing needs

NEW TEAM: Guy Hayward, incoming CEO, and new chairman Kuseni Dlamini at Massmart’s annual  general meeting at Sunninghill on Friday. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
8 day(s) ago

Whose interests would be served if exclusivity clauses were banned?

EDITORIAL: Money alone won’t solve problem

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
12 day(s) ago

Changing the culture in combating crime demands political buy-in, not throwing money at the problem

EDITORIAL: Isis demands new thinking

A screengrab of Islamic State video message to the US.  Picture: YOUTUBE
13 day(s) ago

Middle Eastern countries need to be at the forefront of squeezing the life out of Isis and its ilk

EDITORIAL: Restore IEC’s credibility

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

Parliament is well placed to help restore public faith in the institution by finding a credible replacement for Pansy Tlakula

EDITORIAL: Policy certainty needed

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15 day(s) ago

One of the key objectives if we are to turn the economy around is to give businesses certainty about their operating environment

EDITORIAL: Fix municipalities

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
19 day(s) ago

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
20 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
21 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
22 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
26 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
26 day(s) ago

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

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The Third Umpire

Former Lonmin human resources head Barnard Mokwena, who has been forced to concede at the Marikana inquiry that he was wrong to tell police that upstart union Amcu called the 2012 wildcat strike.

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AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan, who has scrapped a planned $2.1bn rights issue and asset split in the face of strident shareholder opposition. Whether they’re right or wrong, they do pay his salary.

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Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, for making headlines by urging ANC members to defend President Jacob Zuma to the bitter end, so to speak, rather than for her achievements in this vital portfolio.

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