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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his budget speech in Cape Town  on Wednesday. Picture: BUSINESS DAY/TREVOR SAMSON

EDITORIAL: Cloak-and-dagger privatisation

There is still no clarity on the promised ‘sales of nonstrategic state assets’ to fund Eskom’s considerable capital expenditure requirements

EDITORIAL: Nene fails to give crucial details

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his budget speech in Cape Town  on Wednesday. Picture: BUSINESS DAY/TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

No mention in the budget of how two huge future financial commitments the government has made on our behalf — national health insurance and nuclear procurement — will be funded

EDITORIAL: To succeed, Nene needs support

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: ELMOND JIYANE
3 day(s) ago

The ANC government must recognise the urgency of the situation

EDITORIAL: Politics undermine state institutions

SANDF members in November 2013 in Westdene, Johannesburg, after the Freedom of the City Parade. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
4 day(s) ago

Political interference in cases of disciplinary action against public servants and employees of parastatals is a growing problem in SA

EDITORIAL: Core problem in Greece remains

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

The core economic problem still has to be to be addressed — the inability of Greece to repay its debt

EDITORIAL: Investors balk at unpredictable law

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
8 day(s) ago

Many policies are being formulated in response to populist pressure, which is guaranteed to increase uncertainty and discourage foreign investment

EDITORIAL: Sanctions don’t always work

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
9 day(s) ago

The EU has probably seen through the shambles the MDC has become, and decided to hedge its bets on a post-Mugabe Zanu (PF) government

EDITORIAL: Little rationale for state drug firm

Picture: THINKSTOCK
10 day(s) ago

SA has a natural advantage in the extraction of high-quality fluorspar at a relatively low price, but lags behind China and others in terms of production

EDITORIAL: Business should emulate Cutifani

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
11 day(s) ago

Anglo American CEO should be applauded for not mincing his words in describing the government’s decision to reopen debate about the pricing of mineral sales as an act of bad faith

EDITORIAL: A speech short on substance

President Jacob Zuma delivers his state of the nation speech in Parliament on Thursday. Picture: GCIS
12 day(s) ago

Almost every results announcement has cited the power crisis as a negative, yet all President Zuma has to offer is a subcommittee

EDITORIAL: Ramatlhodi misses a trick

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
15 day(s) ago

Minister’s speech at Mining Indaba create impression he doesn’t see the full the extent of the crisis

EDITORIAL: Zuma has his own Rubicon to cross

President Jacob Zuma delivers his state of the nation speech in Parliament on Thursday. Picture: GCIS
16 day(s) ago

The means of crossing President Jacob Zuma’s Rubicon are no secret but what is missing is the will to do so

EDITORIAL: Inept new parties erode democracy

EFF land spokesman Andile Mngxitama. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
17 day(s) ago

The problem of erosion of leadership in SA requires the emergence of fresh thinking from a new cohort of leaders who can restore the early promise of democracy

EDITORIAL: HSBC leaks show up nefariousness

An HSBC logo is pictured at a Swiss branch of the bank in Geneva.  Picture: REUTERS
18 day(s) ago

Leaked files provide a rare glimpse into the highly secretive Swiss banking system

EDITORIAL: Long-term jobless a concern

A group of men sit along a road looking for work. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
23 day(s) ago

Some profound structural changes must be made to those aspects of the labour market that keep people out, often forever

EDITORIAL: New car sales may hit an oily patch

Picture: THINKSTOCK
24 day(s) ago

Like many others, the motor industry is vulnerable to many externalities, emanating from here and abroad

EDITORIAL: Be open about SAA’s obligations

A South African Airways Airbus A320. Picture: SAA
25 day(s) ago

The national carrier is, by its own admission, technically insolvent

Cosatu members attend a protest against labour brokers in Port Elizabeth. File picture: THE HERALD

EDITORIAL: Economic damage control

Growth projection of as little as 1% — based on electricity constraints — highlights the importance of labour peace and tackling the crisis at Eskom

EDITORIAL: SSA needs to be more open

2 day(s) ago

State security department and SSA give us the impression that they are exempt from accounting to the public even when it is necessary

EDITORIAL: Double standards

Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin briefs Parliament’s public works committee on the draft version of the highly controversial Expropriation Bill on Tuesday in Cape Town. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
3 day(s) ago

ANC mirrors the same EFF tactics Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin calls Nazi behaviour

EDITORIAL: A welcome new rival to JSE

Picture: MICHAEL ETTERSHANK
4 day(s) ago

New stock exchange could shake incumbents and prompt them to upgrade and improve their own offerings

EDITORIAL: Scrambled accountability

State Security Minister David Mahlobo responding to questions during a media briefing by the justice, crime prevention and security cluster of ministers on Thursday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
8 day(s) ago

The battle for parliamentary accountability continues but least the security apparatus is finally owning up to its part in the signal jamming drama

EDITORIAL: SA must capitalise on disinflation

Picture: THINKSTOCK
9 day(s) ago

Businesses and labour unions should be more responsive when it comes to the pricing of goods and services, and that of labour

EDITORIAL: Blackouts fuel pessimism

Picture: THINKSTOCK
10 day(s) ago

There is a message for policy makers who focus on industrial policy at the expense of making support for mining a priority

EDITORIAL: A clause by any other name

Picture: THINKSTOCK
11 day(s) ago

The brain-teaser clause contained in the original version of the draft Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill fooled hardly anyone

EDITORIAL: Chaos sign of SA’s democratic decline

15 day(s) ago

The unprecedented presence of infantry vehicles and arrest of an opposition MP in a protest outside Parliament do not bode well

EDITORIAL: High debt fuels resignations

Picture: THINKSTOCK
16 day(s) ago

Continued resignations signal that attempts to educate and inform have met with only limited success

EDITORIAL: Deferment won’t secure poll

SETBACK: People hold signs to protest against the postponement of elections, as police officers hold hands to blocks protesters, on Saturday in Abuja. Picture: AFP PHOTO/STRINGER
17 day(s) ago

President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to delay Nigeria’s election by six weeks due to insecurity in the northeast of the country is open to criticism

EDITORIAL: Be clear on media freedom

Picture: THINKSTOCK
18 day(s) ago

Freedom of the media is a precious asset in a democracy, but it’s not always easy to hold onto the tools that protect it

EDITORIAL: Commodities tide recedes

REFORMS: An employee counts Chinese 100 yuan notes at a branch of Bank of Communications in Shenyang, Liaoning province. Picture: REUTERS
19 day(s) ago

Some of our policy makers have focused on manufactured exports, but not nearly enough attention is given to services

EDITORIAL: Becoming inured to scandal

Picture: GALLO IMAGES/FOTO24/CORNEL VAN HEERDEN
22 day(s) ago

Huge damage is being done to institutions that are essential to SA’s democracy but beware the apathy that could follow the scandal fatigue

EDITORIAL: E-tolls revolt puts Sanral on the edge

Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
22 day(s) ago

What began as a question of insufficient consultation has become a critical operational issue that is weeks away from developing into a full-blown crisis

EDITORIAL: ANC is right on scrapping Independent System and Market Operator Bill

While the country faces load shedding as electricity demand outstrips supply, Johannesburg hopes to use smart meters to moderate demand. File picture: SUNDAY TIMES
23 day(s) ago

Bill would have hived off Eskom’s system operator, which has the job of balancing supply and demand to keep the lights on

EDITORIAL: Liquor blitz no answer

DRIVE-BY SHOT: A ban on liquor advertising could force smaller agencies to close. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
24 day(s) ago

There is a limit to how far regulation can go without having unintended consequences

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The Third Umpire

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, who made the best of a bad hand with a holding budget that may just do the trick if economic growth starts to pick up. That’s a very big “if”, of course, with many a slip twixt cup and lip.

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Public works director-general Mziwonke Dlabantu, for resisting the release of conveniently classified information to the Nkandla architect, who has been set up as the fall guy for this gross abuse of public funds.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose credibility on the issue of Iran’s nuclear ambitions has been badly undermined by Mossad spy cable leaks showing that he lied blatantly to the US Congress.

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