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People observe a minute of silence for more than 700 African migrants who died last Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean. A protest was held against the current immigration policy of the European Union in Malaga, southern Spain, on April 24. Picture: REUTERS/JOH NAZCA

EDITORIAL: Leaders fail to admit to causes of migration

African leaders, a selfish lot at the best of times, have a duty to reflect honestly on why the continent’s people are left with no option but to flee

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

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

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

Picture: THINKSTOCK

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

Picture: EVERAZ HIGHVELD

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

Picture: THINKSTOCK

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

Picture: THINKSTOCK

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

Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST

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

EDITORIAL: Inflows welcome but with concerns

Picture: MICHAEL ETTERSHANK

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

People observe a minute of silence for more than 700 African migrants who died last Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean. A protest was held against the current immigration policy of the European Union in Malaga, southern Spain, on April 24. Picture: REUTERS/JOH NAZCA

EDITORIAL: Leaders fail to admit to causes of migration

African leaders, a selfish lot at the best of times, have a duty to reflect honestly on why the continent’s people are left with no option but to flee

EDITORIAL: High price of learning

Picture: THINKSTOCK

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

Picture: THINKSTOCK

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

Picture: THINKSTOCK

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

Picture: GALLO IMAGES/FOTO24/CORNEL VAN HEERDEN

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

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The Third Umpire

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, for trying to justify his own alleged tax evasion by claiming that President Jacob Zuma did the same when he was strapped. So what? It is illegal whoever is responsible.

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Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech, who was ousted from the position at the weekend after failing to convince the board to get rid of CE Martin Winterkorn. Instead they turned on him, bringing an era to an end.

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Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose insistence on running for a third term is the main cause of political protests that resulted in five deaths over the weekend. Nobody is indispensable, least of all a politician.

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