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The opening ceremony for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil. Pictures: REUTERS

EDITORIAL: Snuffing out the Olympic torch

The massive cost is felt long after the joy disappears

EDITORIAL: Minimum wage panel cops flak

The different tacks from Cosatu and Nafcoc on discussions around the impending national minimum wage are instructive

EDITORIAL: Wayde-ing into the Olympics

Wayde van Niekerk of SA celebrates after winning the men's 400m final of the Rio 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture: EPA/ANTONIO LACERDA

Wayde van Niekerk’s gold medal will hopefully inspire more investment in sport to build SA’s Olympics stature

EDITORIAL: A glimpse of SA’s new politics

Mmusi Maimane. Picture: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS

The ANC is weakening from inside and outside

EDITORIAL: Being open to ‘purges’


ANC has tolerated poor service for too long — incompetent municipal employees must be purged

EDITORIAL: Whose dignity is to be respected?

President Jacob Zuma delivers his message during the 60th Anniversary of National Women's Day on Tuesday.  Picture: GCIS

How much responsibility do men like President Jacob Zuma bear for the extraordinary rates of sexual violence in SA?

EDITORIAL: And then there is the Olympics

People exercise next to the Olympic rings placed at the Madureira Park, ahead of the 2016 Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro. Picture: REUTERS/RICARDO MORAES

Controversy dogs Rio, but it will be spectacular

EDITORIAL: Democracy needs your X

Picture: SOWETAN

For the first time in some time there is a sense real change is possible; political power is disintegrating and realigning

EDITORIAL: Farmers need a better policy


Although the government declared eight provinces as disaster areas during the worst of the drought, there’s been very little help for the sector

EDITORIAL: President Hillary, step up

BITTER BATTLE: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addresses supporters during her campaign stop at Adams City High School in Commerce City, Colorado on Wednesday. Picture: EPA

Shape-shifter Hillary Clinton may find her strengths in office

EDITORIAL: Good ideas, bad execution at AU

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma addresses the AU conference in Rwanda. Picture: SUPPLIED

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was not the leader Africa needed

EDITORIAL: State must flick Eskom’s switch

Picture: REUTERS

Cutting private power is a policy decision that will put all renewable-energy gains in jeopardy

EDITORIAL: Terror is the ‘new normal’

The truck, riddled with bullets, used as a weapon in the French Riviera city of Nice last week is towed away. Picture: AFP PHOTO/BORIS HORVAT

It’s difficult to prevent attacks using the sort of weaponised vehicle anyone can hire

EDITORIAL: How to fix our manufacturing


What’s wrong with South African manufacturing, and how can it be fixed? Start by removing red tape

EDITORIAL: Sugar tax must be even-handed


There are big questions over the proposals in the Treasury policy papers

EDITORIAL: SA’s diplomacy of odium

Vladimir Putin (left), Narendra Modi (third left), Dilma Rousseff (centre), Xi Jinping (fourth right) and Jacob Zuma attend a Brics summit in Russia. Cementing trade relations with Brics is one thing. Shaping our foreign policy to align with them is quite another.  Picture: REUTERS

Recent votes at the UN’s Human Rights Council show human rights no longer at the core of SA’s foreign policy

Herman Mashaba. Picture: SUPPLIED

EDITORIAL: Johannesburg Like Me

Johannesburg’s new mayor Herman Mashaba has the perfect rags-to-riches story

EDITORIAL: The elephant in the room

President Jacob Zuma (centre) and Cyril Ramaphosa with with Baleka Mbete attend the ANC's leadership meeting in Irene at the weekend. Picture: ALON SKUY/THE TIMES

The ANC is ignoring its leadership problem

EDITORIAL: Job losses small but mounting

Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan. Picture: THULI DLAMINI

Only a strong, expanding economy can create and sustain the large number of jobs SA needs

EDITORIAL: Marikana’s tragic aftermath

Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union dance and sing on the Wonderkop Hill during the fourth anniversary of the Marikana massacre in Rustenburg on Tuesday. Relatives and fellow workers gather at the hill each year to remember those who died and were wounded. Picture: EPA

Four years on since 44 mine workers were killed at Marikana, most of them by police bullets, and little has been done

EDITORIAL: Banks have to intensify monitoring

Lesetja Kganyago. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Reserve Bank fines crank up surveillance pressure to root out money laundering and terror financing

EDITORIAL: The rand is a fickle friend

Picture: REUTERS

Be wary of being carried away by a rand exchange rate that is less a reflection of SA's successes than the consequence of global factors beyond our control

EDITORIAL: Politicians must bridge chasms

South Africans casting their vote during 2016 local government elections which have been billed as the most hotly contested race since the first democratic elections in 1994. Picture: GCIS

Coalitions of the unwilling have to succeed

EDITORIAL: Marching on Tshwane

Buses burn in Mamelodi on Monday. Picture: SIZWE NDIGANE

The ANC’s leadership deficit stokes factional anger in Tshwane

EDITORIAL: The crystal ball of 2016’s polls

An Election Commission worker tears a ballot paper at a voting station during local municipal elections. Picture: EPA/KEVIN SUTHERLAND

A misguided postelection Cabinet reshuffle a big risk factor for investor sentiment that could hit rand hard

EDITORIAL: SABMiller deal still good for SA

Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller branded beers. Picture: BLOOMBERG/HALDEN KROG

Revised cash offer remains the best option — a failed deal is in no one’s interest

EDITORIAL: Policy battles are not court battles

Minister of State Security Siyabonga Cwele delivered his budget speech on Tuesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

The key players in communication in South Africa are just not talking

EDITORIAL: The very public protector

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says the biggest single expenditure is on the building of a palace. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

SA's citizenry, with unprecedented access to the process of appointing a new public protector, must ensure the committee selects the best candidate

EDITORIAL: Rating reprieve only temporary

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Shock GDP contraction keeps SA on edge of cliff

EDITORIAL: SA must learn art of diplomacy

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

The garbled message by SA’s diplomat-in-chief Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has tarnished Pretoria's image

EDITORIAL: Zim’s ticking time bomb

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Picture:  REUTERS/PHILIMON BULAWAYO

The country is fast running out of money, again, followed by acts of increased desperation

EDITORIAL: Hold fast to the good attained

A young South African listens to speeches during a Mandela Day launch of a vegetable project  at the Unakho Children's Home in Gugulethu, Cape Town. Picture: EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Mandela Day celebrations show much has been accomplished, but there’s much that still needs to be done

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The Third Umpire

Swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, for opening SA and Africa’s account at the Rio Olympics with a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke. May it be the first of many for the continent — we can all do with the distraction.

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JSE CEO Nicky Newton-King. The bourse claims to welcome the prospect of competition, yet has gone to great lengths to make life difficult for ZAR X as it jumps through the many hoops required to obtain a licence to trade.

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Spare a thought for President Jacob Zuma, who had to go through the motions of celebrating Women’s Day shortly after being targeted by protesters reminding SA of his controversial acquittal on rape charges. Awkward.

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