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TOGETHER:  President Jacob Zuma is not convinced that SAA chairwoman Dudu Myeni, right, needs to be replaced before a state guarantee to the airline can be extended. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

LETTER: Favour education over state graft

Analysis of our state-owned enterprises and their real cost in foregone social expenditure ought to highlight the way forward

LETTER: Spotlight on Chile

Renewable energy programmes aim to bring power to SA’s most remote locations. File picture: CIRCA

Solar bids in Chile came in at half the price of the coal bids, while nuclear did not even feature

LETTER: Allister Sparks loved his country and his craft

Allister Sparks.  Picture: JEREMY GLYN

Despite being criticised throughout his career, he was never deterred from airing the issues of our time the way he saw them

LETTER: Offensive tax views

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

To suggest that higher taxes are the answer to the student fees crisis is populist nonsense

LETTER: Alarmingly clueless

Picture: THINKSTOCK

SA companies can be accused of a lot of things, but being overly focused on quarterly earnings is not one of them

LETTER: Big hand for sugar tax

Both the UK and SA plan to tax sugary drinks, but Britain’s finance minister has provided far more details. Picture: REUTERS/SUZANNE PLUNKETT

There is evidence that a sugary beverage tax is a key intervention in the fight against obesity.

LETTER: Hold back the money

South African Revenue Service commissioner Tom Moyane. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

There should be a plan geared to choke the money supply that feeds the thieves


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The Third Umpire

Former AU Commission chairman Jean Ping, whose bid to organise a general strike in Gabon against President Ali Bongo’s allegedly fraudulent re-election failed to gain public support. It seems the Bongo dynasty continues.

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Ag shame, with all the focus on state capture by the ANC, EFF leader Julius Malema has been feeling unloved, so felt compelled to make baseless allegations against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Anything for attention.

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If the threats and intimidation that kept ANC protesters away from Luthuli House constitute a “victory for the age-old tradition of a contestation of ideas”, as secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said, the organisation is doomed.

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