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Adam Smith

LETTER: Social woes call for logical dialogue

The fact that our brains develop after birth suggests that one is limited to the potential outputs of the environment within which one is raised and exists, all else being equal

LETTER: Deaths unacceptable

Road Accident Fund CEO Eugene Watson. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
1 day(s) ago

All the evidence is there that we are institutionalising an acceptance of the high level of road accidents in SA

LETTER: Tough task for Nene

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

The bloated and overpaid staff of government departments and parastatals are not going to be fixed anytime soon

LETTER: Youth must aim beyond RDP houses

An RDP house in the Matthew Goniwe area of Kwazakhele, Port Elizabeth. Picture: THE HERALD
2 day(s) ago

It is high time young people took their future seriously; clearly a person who is younger than 40 has had many opportunities to go to school and better themselves

LETTER: Probe wage rates

Sasol's headquarters in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
2 day(s) ago

Certain factories have regulated wage rates, while others that compete in similar markets are free to pay substantially less in wages

LETTER: Nene should reject idea to lift taxes

Judge Dennis Davis. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
3 day(s) ago

We are hugely overtaxed already, purely because, as taxpayers. we receive absolutely zero benefit from our taxes

LETTER: Best assets are people

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3 day(s) ago

Do not attempt to redress inequalities by taking from the skilled and giving to the unskilled; use the skilled to uplift the disadvantaged

LETTER: Anger at whites prevents growth

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4 day(s) ago

We operate in a global economy against some well-conditioned and focused competition

LETTER: Ease off on taxes

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1 day(s) ago

Even those unfortunate citizens dependent on social grants are expected to return a portion of that much-needed cash in value-added tax

LETTER: Powers very limited

Thuli Madonsela. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

President Jacob Zuma got rid of then national police commissioner Bheki Cele based on the findings of a public protector report and the confused DA was happy

LETTER: ANC cadres are inept

1 day(s) ago

Preventative maintenance is a western paradigm

LETTER: Tidal power could help

Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm. Picture supplied by: JEFFREYS BAY WIND FARM
1 day(s) ago

SA has thousands of kilometres of seashore and many rivers and estuaries

LETTER: A third-world debt trap

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

With unemployment at 40% and the gap between rich and poor wider than ever, SA is sitting on a social and political time bomb

LETTER: Not all microlending…

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2 day(s) ago

As terrible as an emolument attachment order can be, it is nothing to the thud of a baseball bat on your skull for lack of prompt payment

LETTER: Vote ANC, more woes

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3 day(s) ago

Anyone who voted for the ANC is getting what they deserve, and can look forward to a continued devaluation of the rand, further tax increases, and an inevitable slide into a stagnant economy

LETTER: Put growth on agenda

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
3 day(s) ago

The present trajectory is leading us to an unthinkable outcome

LETTER: Offering no hope at all

An RDP house in the Matthew Goniwe area of Kwazakhele, Port Elizabeth. Picture: THE HERALD
3 day(s) ago

Making wild promises and then failing to deliver is one thing, but actually telling people they have no hope is soul-destroying

LETTER: Volume key to the JSE

Picture: MICHAEL ETTERSHANK
4 day(s) ago

Michael Lewis’s book, Flashboys, explains that the profits of the high-frequency traders come at the cost of everyone else

LETTER: Who are ‘us’ and ‘them’?

Business talk. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/ESA ALEXANDER
4 day(s) ago

Maybe someone can tell him about a ‘new’ concept called ‘nonracialism’

LETTER: It’s a fact that whites owe SA a lot

Business talk. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/ESA ALEXANDER
7 day(s) ago

Nathan Cheiman seems to either be having selective amnesia or suffering from myopia

LETTER: English holds sway

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 day(s) ago

English is the common ‘link’ language of SA and much of the world, as well as the language of commerce and academia

Protesters picket outside the SABC’s offices in Aukland Park, Johannesburg. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

LETTER: Cadre jobs are illegal

Gareth van Onselen might have mentioned that in the public administration the notion of cadre deployment is both illegal and unconstitutional

LETTER: News can be parochial

Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden listens via video conference as President Barack Obama (second right) holds a meeting with cabinet agencies co-ordinating the government's Ebola response at the White House earlier this week.  Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

The US is no more parochial than any other country in its news coverage

LETTER: Carbon policies futile

TOUGH TALKS: Outgoing European Council President Herman Van Rompuy arrives at the EU  headquarters  on Thursday in Brussels. Picture: AFP
4 day(s) ago

Every year since 1990, fossil fuels have made up 87% of the world’s primary energy supply

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Transnet CEO Brian Molefe, for “making up” with BHP Billiton over access to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal by small black-owned mines. Admittedly, reduced international demand for coal has freed up capacity.

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Pension Funds Adjudicator Muvhango Lukhaimane, who has cleared the complaints backlog for the first time since the office was created 16 years ago, despite a 5% increase in the number of complaints last year.

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The anonymous donor who has boosted Wits University’s coffers by a cool R100m. And kudos to Wits, for pledging to spend it on “strategic investments” that will contribute to filling the gaps in SA’s academic research.

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