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EDITORIAL: More harm than good in new laws

Visa rules and private security bill hurting South Africa — as Jacob Zuma dithers, the mood across the Atlantic is darkening

EDITORIAL: Piketty rouses us to think anew


Celebrity economist Thomas Piketty made it clear that he was more interested in the information a wealth tax might provide in SA than in extracting huge amounts of tax

EDITORIAL: Heed warning from crime stats

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko and police commissioner Riah Phiyega in parliament to present crime statistics to the police committee. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Dysfunction in police must be tackled urgently — crime affects people’s confidence and security, and adds to the cost of living and of doing business in the country

EDITORIAL: A bribe by any other name….


Hitachi’s kickbacks to ANC front to ensure South African subsidiary won lucrative contracts must be probed

EDITORIAL: Tackling poverty needs boldness


The value in the sustainable development agenda is that many countries are pulling in the same direction

EDITORIAL: Tough tests for novice minister

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane (right) and President Jacob Zuma. Picture: SIYABULELA DUDA

Many challenges in mineral resources portfolio for Mosebenzi Zwane while Ngoako Ramatlhodi brings top range of skills to expensive, underperforming public service

EDITORIAL: Kganyago’s fine balancing act

Lesetja Kganyago.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Poor growth outlook a poser for Reserve Bank while uncertainty over the rand evidently loomed large in the committee’s deliberations

EDITORIAL: Inaction is best at this point

The Reserve Bank in Pretoria. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

SA’s growth outlook has deteriorated significantly since Reserve Bank monetary policy committee last met

EDITORIAL: Many tests ahead for megabrewer

An employee looks through the inspection hatch of a beer brewing vat at the Paulaner Brauerei GmbH brewery in Munich, Germany, on Monday. (Aug. 18, 2014) Picture: BLOOMBERG/MARTIN LEISSL

Potential deal between AB InBev and SABMiller, if it goes ahead, will pose big challenges

EDITORIAL: Migrants a global challenge

President Jacob Zuma addresses foreign diplomats accredited to SA on Tuesday. He criticised Nato members, saying their involvement in Libya and Syria has contributed to the refugee crisis in Europe. Picture: COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT

Jacob Zuma’s tirade against European Union’s handling of migrant crisis and Nato’s action in Libya hypocritical and narrow

EDITORIAL: Oil price heralds low growth


World awash with oil as faltering Chinese economy and only tentative growth in US cloud outlook for end to oversupply

EDITORIAL: A lesson for SA from Brazil

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff holds talks with the business community at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, on Thursday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/EVARISTO SA

Brazil’s downgrade to ’junk status’ clear signal politics and policy implementation matter — a great deal

EDITORIAL: Fossil find offers rich opportunity

Wits University Vice Chancellor Prof Adam Habid looks on as Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa compares the size of Homo naledi's head to his. Picture: GCIS

SA must promote cradle of humankind status — unveiling of Homo Naledi finds and weak rand a fortuitous combination

EDITORIAL: Uneasy investors not assured by bill


Investors are already wary of troubled emerging markets and are instead fleeing to the safety of lower-risk advanced markets

EDITORIAL: More action, less talk is needed

President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday with, from left, Chamber of Mines president Mike Teke, Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini and Association of Mining and Construction Workers Union president Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: Communications Department

President Jacob Zuma fails to convey urgency needed to meet impending economic crisis threatening industries and jobs

EDITORIAL: Much rests on Sasol’s bold plans

Sasol's headquarters in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Energy giant’s commitment to spend R135bn over next two years in the US and South Africa a particularly welcome respite

EDITORIAL: Share Syria blame and pain

Two girls from a refugee family are greeted with gifts from concerned Germans as they arrived at the train station in Munich,  Germany, on Monday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ANDREAS GEBERT

Germany a shining example in dealing with the refugee crisis but major western powers must shoulder responsibility for tragedy

Jacob Zuma. Picture: KOPANO TLAPE

EDITORIAL: A chance to set a different tone

Economy will not get attention it deserves at ANC’s general council gathering, but there will be much pontification and garbled rhetoric

EDITORIAL: Examine motive behind mergers


Plan to reduce the number of provinces from nine to five is not new, and it remains unclear why the ANC insists on it

EDITORIAL: UN veto reform long overdue

French President Francois Hollande delivers a statement after holding a council meeting on Greece at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS

Developing nations in particular are no longer the colonial backwaters and economic lightweights they were when the UN Charter was drawn up

EDITORIAL: Angie Motshekga tested by teacher revolt

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: GCIS

Postponement of national annual assessments may be best for all

EDITORIAL: Gloomy outlook big test for SA

International Monetary Fund MD Christine Lagarde speaks about the world financial situation and the upcoming 2015 IMF/World Bank annual meetings in Washington, DC, the US, on Wednesday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB

Speech by International Monetary Fund MD Christine Lagarde puts SA’s unemployment problem into perspective — globally speaking

EDITORIAL: Safety regulator needs new tack

Separate repeat violators from less risky miners to save mining industry from expensive and indiscriminate shutdowns

EDITORIAL: Race and rugby


The fundamental problem is that too few black children are exposed to rugby at school, and that is what must be addressed — urgently

EDITORIAL: Mining rights row sign of a larger ill

Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramathlodi. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Glencore’s fall from grace should underline point this is not the time for South Africa to drive away investors with wrong signals

EDITORIAL: Don’t waste gains from weak rand

Rand SA flag. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Deficit on the current account of the balance of payments a sign — finally — weaker rand is having desired effect

EDITORIAL: Status quo fatigue yields new radicals

Newly elected leader of Britain's opposition Labour party Jeremy Corbyn leaves the party's headquarters in London, the UK, on Monday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/JUSTIN TALLIS

Danger for parties such as the ANC — Britain’s Labour and possibly US Republicans — is extreme ideology leaves moderate middle ground open to invasion

EDITORIAL: Malema suspension wrong

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, right, in Parliament last week. Mr Malema came close to being ordered to leave the House on Thursday. Picture: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS

Suspending an MP for something they say is wrong and should not be tolerated in a constitutional democracy

EDITORIAL: Another poser for the Reserve Bank


Reserve Bank faces huge dilemma as it tries to balance high risk a crashing rand poses to inflation outlook with South Africa’s economy ‘on the edge’

EDITORIAL: More transparency needed

Pravin Gordhan.  Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

Opacity around secondment of ’grossly incompetent’ senior public servant undermines confidence in government

EDITORIAL: Harm caused by drastic policy

Members of the National Union of Mineworkers listen to proceedings at a hearing into the Marikana massacre last year.  Picture: SOWETAN

Collaboration between all stakeholders would avoid government’s new scapegoat of ‘unintended consequences’

EDITORIAL: SA at risk even without recession

Picture: REUTERS

Never mind recession, SA’s politicians are doing plenty on their own to constrain the economy

EDITORIAL: More nuclear would be a folly

Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: FLICKR

Political leaders tie themselves in knots over nuclear while SA demands more affordable and less controversial solutions

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The Third Umpire

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. The appeal court ruling against Hlaudi Motsoeneng not only means the SABC must hold a disciplinary hearing, but reinforces the argument that her findings have teeth.

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Public Investment Corporation CEO Daniel Matjila, for keeping his options open concerning AB InBev’s bid for SABMiller. His main responsibility is to beneficiaries, and a 44% premium on the price is not to be sneezed at.

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Fifa president Sepp Blatter, whose bid to control an internal corruption probe has been thwarted after he and his possible successor, Michel Platini, were provisionally suspended for 90 days by Fifa’s ethics committee.

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