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UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Eskom's Kusile coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga.  Picture: SIKONATHI MANTSHANTSHA/MAKWENA MANAMELA

EDITORIAL: Eskom’s problems are deep-seated

The depth of Eskom’s problems leaves very little room for an outsider to understand the soft underbelly of the organisation

EDITORIAL: Moody’s off mark on big four banks

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1 day(s) ago

Moody’s faith in the SA government’s willingness to rescue even one of our small banks was touching

EDITORIAL: Another hollow Sadc summit

NEW SEAT: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Sadc's new chairman, speaks at the Sadc summit in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, on Sunday. Picture: EPA/SIYABULELA DUDA
2 day(s) ago

The agenda and proceedings at the latest regional summit served largely to highlight just how little has changed for the better

EDITORIAL: Capitec too swims in rough waters

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3 day(s) ago

Capitec is in the same market as African Bank, so it is hard to see how it can be unaffected by Abil’s woes

EDITORIAL: Shale oil changes Mideast dynamics

Picture: BLOOMBERG/DANIEL ACKER
7 day(s) ago

Since bulk of world’s known crude oil reserves are in the Middle East, any development that threatens supplies can be expected to result in higher world prices

EDITORIAL: Talk will not solve mining’s problems

Mine worker.  Picture: EPA
8 day(s) ago

The state of SA’s mining industry has been debated ad nauseam in the past few years, in particular after the Marikana massacre

EDITORIAL: Jordan saga about ethics, not titles

Pallo Jordan. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
9 day(s) ago

Academic titles are not the be-all and end-all but they imply particular knowledge and expertise

EDITORIAL: Proof of the plan is in implementation

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10 day(s) ago

We tend to be good at documents and diagnosis, but not at implementation

EDITORIAL: Blame lies with Abil’s leaders

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11 day(s) ago

A public inquiry must probe the causes of the disaster and the issues it highlights on the fragility of unsecured lending

EDITORIAL: Quiet meltdown in emerging markets

Picture: THINKSTOCK
14 day(s) ago

A quiet meltdown in emerging markets is happening worldwide

EDITORIAL: New affordability rules a good move

Banking customers. Picture: THINKSTOCK
15 day(s) ago

There are times when it is in society’s best interests to prevent people from doing themselves harm

EDITORIAL: Private investors could save Eskom

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

Eskom needs all the help — and competition — it can get if SA is to keep the lights on at an affordable price for the coming few decades

EDITORIALS: Proposed matric reforms welcome

Picture: THINKSTOCK
17 day(s) ago

News that the government is responding to concerns about the quality of university entrants is commendable and encouraging

EDITORIAL: To play markets, follow the rules

TIGHT SPOT: A man walks by graffiti that reads, ‘No to the debt payment — Tax financial profit’ in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Picture: REUTERS
18 day(s) ago

While South Africa is not Argentina — especially when it comes to the way national finances are run — we can still learn from its mistakes

EDITORIAL: Minimum wage a two-edged sword

Picture: THINKSTOCK
22 day(s) ago

If the ANC is to be held to its election promise with regard to a minimum wage, secret strike ballots should be the quid pro quo demanded by employers

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

EDITORIAL: IS brutality tests the West

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

EDITORIAL: Learn from cigarette tax

Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Taxation is a necessary evil in modern societies, but it is no panacea, as SARS learnt through its experience with cigarette taxes

EDITORIAL: Acres of room at the top

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

With corruption usually the focus of discussions on governance, the matter of leadership and strategic bungling is often forgotten

EDITORIAL: Grim economic data a warning

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4 day(s) ago

Tackling the low growth outlook requires attention to the domestic economy and how to get the key players to work together to make it more robust

EDITORIAL: Merits to worker ownership

UP IN ARMS: Amcu members listen to leader Joseph Mathunjwa at Wonderkop Stadium in Marikana, near Rustenburg earlier this month. Workers’ show of force signalled their intention to continue striking. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
3 day(s) ago

Our history of labour strife in mining and other sectors is partly driven by a lack of a sense of ownership by workers of the companies that employ them

EDITORIAL: Mystery of ANC proposals

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 day(s) ago

It is something of a mystery why the government often feels need to make extreme proposals which are sure to alienate the private sector and dent confidence

EDITORIAL: Flat retail sales a concern

8 day(s) ago

Weak retail sales figures are of interest for a number of reasons, not least of which relates to the crash and curatorship of African Bank

EDITORIAL: Super official not so likely

A panoramic view of Parliament, at the swearing-in ceremony of new members of Parliament in the National Assembly on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS
9 day(s) ago

The introduction of a ‘super director-general’ is likely to meet several obstacles on the way, some of which are insurmountable

EDITORIAL: Playing politics on pricing

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
10 day(s) ago

Better control over administered prices might achieve the desired aim of boosting downstream industry and bringing more black-owned companies into the economy

EDITORIAL: US taking Africa seriously

US President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the close of the US-Africa Leaders Summit at the US State Department in Washington on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
14 day(s) ago

The US is now seeing Africa as a continent to be taken seriously, and this is no bad thing

EDITORIAL: Party, union rivalry heats up

Irvin Jim. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
15 day(s) ago

Attempts by the ANC to preserve tripartite alliance unity have yielded naught so far, signaling an environment in which political maturity remains a pipe dream

EDITORIAL: ANC’s selective political will

Zukiswa Ncitha. Picture: MARK ANDREWS/DAILY DISPATCH
16 day(s) ago

The ANC’s apparent paralysis in the case of the Buffalo City metro is mind-boggling and brings into question its seriousness to fight corruption

EDITORIAL: Common sense prevails

Picture: THINKSTOCK
17 day(s) ago

Employment equity is a worthy goal but focusing on the endgame through barely concealed racial quotas amounts to putting the cart before the horse

EDITORIAL: ANC key to Gordhan’s plans

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan present municipalities’ audit results in Pretoria on Wednesday. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
21 day(s) ago

Many good officials are frustrated by interfering politicians who just will not allow them to do their work as they should

EDITORIAL: Nersa’s hard task in uncertain times

Picture: THINKSTOCK
21 day(s) ago

The government needs to stop fiddling while the lights go out and come up with a clear energy mix and infrastructure funding policy

EDITORIAL: Build African institutions

A health worker sprays disinfectant in a house belonging to someone suspected of coming into contact with the Ebola virus in Macenta, Guinea, in March. Picture: REUTERS
22 day(s) ago

The seemingly unstoppable outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa should prompt governments in the region to ask questions about what needs to be done

EDITORIAL: US-Africa summit is the hot ticket

TOP LEVEL: US President Barack Obama (left) and President Jacob Zuma speak at a press briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday. Picture: GCIS
23 day(s) ago

SA’s season of international summitry is truly upon us but the really hot tickets are for Barack Obama’s US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington next week

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The Third Umpire

National Youth Development Agency CEO Khathu Ramukumba. The agency has applied for a 50% increase in its state grant, despite a dismal track record of frivolous and wasteful expenditure. Good luck with that.

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Police commissioner Riah Phiyega. One break-in at the Interpol offices in Pretoria is troubling, two worrying and … what to think when the total reaches five in just three weeks? That no-one in authority cares, perhaps?

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President Jacob Zuma, who has been accused of creating false hope — and promoting further uncertainty among farmers — by implying that pre-1913 land claims will be entertained during the newly opened claims window.

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