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People walked distances to try to reach their work places after state bus operator Autopax failed to find drivers for some of the routes it took over from Putco recently. Picture: SOWETAN

Five shot in protests over Putco routes

1 hour(s) ago

Taxi driver protest over who will take over routes abandoned by Putco turns even more violent as a driver, four passengers are shot

Economy

Consumer confidence plunge to test Bank

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 hour(s) ago

Timing of interest rate hike will weigh growth against inflation as collapse in consumer confidence provides strongest indication yet of troubled state of the economy

National

Masipa voices concern about state ignoring court rulings

Judge Thokozile Masipa delivers her judgment in the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.   Picture: REUTERS
2 hour(s) ago

Judge Thokozile Masipa warns that if state does not lead by example in respecting court rulings, there is cause to fear for the future

Energy

Eskom freezes job cuts to retain vital skills

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
5 hour(s) ago

Jobs growth has averaged 20% a year since 2008 even as electricity output fell amid frequent breakdowns of ageing coal-fired generation plants

Economy

Private-sector activity falls to 11-month low

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 hour(s) ago

Standard Bank purchasing managers index shows that output, new orders declined in June as economy weakened, demand subsided

Telecoms & Technology

Sadc agrees on new target for digital TV

Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS/NTSWE MOKOENA
5 hour(s) ago

Southern African Development Community states agree to complete migration process by next June — ambitious since most have not yet started

Asia-Pacific

Alibaba arm wants to become Chinese services juggernaut

Alibaba.com's head office in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. Picture: BLOOMBERG
40 minute(s) ago

Ant Financial Alibaba has designs on becoming all-round Chinese giant, is willing to let investors join in as it takes on entrenched state-run institutions

National

EFF to lay charges against Ramaphosa and Mthethwa for Marikana

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa briefs the media on the new e-tolls dispensation on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS
5 hour(s) ago

Economic Freedom Fighters concerned Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former police minister Nathi Mthethwa will go unpunished for massacre of striking Lonmin mineworkers

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EDITORIAL: Let’s be more pragmatic about our laws

Those tasked with making and reviewing our laws must become more practical and realistic in their legislative approach

Columnists

It is time we stop pinning our hopes on a ‘messiah’ and begin having a more honest conversation about the low standards we hold ourselves to, writes ...

Ramaphosa’s not the deliverance ANC, SA anticipate

Columnists

Great debates of our time — capitalism versus the occupy movements, extractive industry versus climate change — have been hijacked by belligerents on ...

Little between activists and the establishment

National

Ivory shipment worth R4m halted at OR Tambo

A government official carries a box of ivory products at a confiscated ivory destruction ceremony in Beijing. REUTERS/KIM KYUNG-HOON/FILES
38 minute(s) ago

South African Revenue Service officials intercept 267kg of ivory at OR Tambo International Airport in transit to Vietnam from Zimbabwe

Property

Melrose Arch seeks more residents

Meago Asset Managers executive director Jay Padayatchi says retail at Melrose Arch is not performing as planned. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA
5 hour(s) ago

A R450m residential development launched to boost number of wallets heading to Melrose Arch

Transport & Tourism

Uber says police pick on drivers for their nationality

The Uber logo is seen on a vehicle near Union Square in San Francisco, California May 7, 2015. REUTERS/ROBERT GALBRAITH
5 hour(s) ago

Cape Town’s Uber drivers complain of racial profiling by police and lengthy waiting times for licence approvals

African Business

Orange is open to share sale of African, Middle Eastern business

Orange. Picture: BLOOMBERG/DAVID RAMOS
1 hour(s) ago

Orange SA says it remains open to selling shares in Africa and Middle Eastern unit or bringing in strategic or financial partner as phone company reviews options for region

GOLD SMELTING: Job creation could best be achieved by industrial development. It was believed that manufacturing could employ a much higher proportion of workers than mining because of its greater need for skilled labour.  Picture: PIETER DE RAS

THE INSIDER: Prospects dwindle the more you look

Geologist and his Xtract Resources return to old stomping grounds to buy back what’s left of Manica

Industrials

ArcelorMittal takes a hit as sector bleeds

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 hour(s) ago

Steel giant has lost nearly 53% of its value since January, totalling a loss of 84% since September 2011

Europe

General Electric butters up EU regulators over Alstom deal

Steve Bolze, CEO of GE Power & Water, is part of a team meeting European Union regulators over GE’s €12.4bn bid for French multinational Alstom’s energy unit. Picture: BLOOMBERG/AARON M SPRECHER
6 hour(s) ago

GE Power & Water chief Steve Bolze likely to call for a broader assessment of the sector to take into account Chinese rivals, which the commission has excluded from its review of competition

Other Sport

Murray keeps his serve while Federer shows his nerve

Andy Murray of Britain is all concentration on his way to victory over France’s Jeremy Chardy during their second round match at the Rome Open on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
5 hour(s) ago

Defending women’s champion Petra Kvitova beat Japan’s Kurumi Nara 6-2 6-0 in just under an hour

African News

Three new Ebola cases in Liberia

A health worker injects a woman with an Ebola vaccine during a trial in Monrovia, Liberia, in February. Liberia’s testing of experimental vaccines involves thousands of volunteers. Picture: REUTERS
5 hour(s) ago

Disease re-emerges nearly two months after the outbreak was declared over

Europe

Helios looks for investment partners

Helios chief operating officer Henry Obi says its Fund III has more than $800m looking for a home. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA
5 hour(s) ago

Africa-focused private equity firm 'well placed to share knowledge with South African companies' and has about $800m to invest in businesses in Africa

Economy

Smaller homes sought-after as sellers feel pinch

Picture: THINKSTOCK
16 hour(s) ago

A big percentage of sellers are down-scaling due to financial pressure, says Johan Loos, an FNB property strategist

Financial Services

FirstRand to buy out DirectAxis minorities

Johan Burger. Picture: BUSINESS DAY
17 hour(s) ago

Banking group aims to drive cross-selling opportunities between DirectAxis clients and First National Bank

Labour

NUM concludes wage deal with Samancor

Workers at an iron-ore smelter. Picture: REUTERS
21 hour(s) ago

National Union of Mineworkers agrees three-year wage agreement with Samancor Chrome, covering company’s operations in Rustenburg area

Growth Engines

Three innovative local businesses win honours at The Growth Engines awards

Pavlo Phitidis. Picture: SUPPLIED
5 hour(s) ago

Business ventures GridCars, Qrent and Bespoke Amenities Co scoop awards for successful innovations and for raising the bar in entrepreneurship

Land & Agriculture

Nestlé commits to growing chicory industry

Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

State and Nestlé SA sign a five-year commitment aimed at raising chicory output at Alexandria factory and creating 870 new jobs

Mining

Land claim threatens community’s Lonmin deal

Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti addresses the media after his budget vote to the National Assembly on Friday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
5 hour(s) ago

Multimillion-rand equity deal between Lonmin and a Marikana community could be in jeopardy due to a revived land claim

Mining

Pan African expands beyond gold

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 hour(s) ago

Pan African Resources’s plan to buy coal mine near Newcastle raises concern it is straying too far from its core precious metals business

Health

SA has UN’s HIV testing goal in sight

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5 hour(s) ago

SA to meet United Nations’s goal of diagnosing 90% of HIV-positive adults by 2020, an important for gauging the effect of countries’ HIV programmes

National

NEWS ANALYSIS: Migration operation a precursor to border agency

Defence force members in Mayfair, Johannesburg, on Monday during a crime prevention exercise with police and government officials. Picture: SOWETAN
5 hour(s) ago

The new migration approach will be elaborated in the green paper to be released by March 2016, writes Khulekani Magubane

Transport & Tourism

Child advocacy groups back new visa rules

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
5 hour(s) ago

Save the Children, ChildlineSA, the United Nations Children’s Fund, Molo Songololo and World Vision back stringent travel papers and argue children’s safety most important

Motoring

Rivalry in one-tonner vehicle market intensifies

The first sketch of the 2017 Mercedes bakkie.  Pictures: QUICKPIC and NEWSPRESS
6 hour(s) ago

Mercedes-Benz among those bringing out new high-end bakkies, writes Mark Smyth

African News

Egypt vows to squash jihadist insurgency after Sinai attack

A sign with an image of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is on display in Cairo, Egypt. It reads ‘No to terrorism. Not corrupt’. Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

Violence poses a major test for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who has pledged to wipe out the militants

Americas

BP to pay $18.7bn for Gulf oil spill

A fire blazes aboard the mobile offshore oil drilling unit Deepwater Horizon on April 22 2010. Picture: EPA
16 hour(s) ago

Agreement between British oil major and US government comes on top of the $43.8bn BP has already set aside for criminal and civil penalties and cleanup costs

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Musical about Marikana shines the spotlight on sociopolitical theatre

Although writer-director Aubrey Sekhabi avoids commenting on political aspects of killings and their aftermath, he says he hopes musical will contribute to a healing process

Opinion

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: What separates cheap plonk from a wallet-whacking trophy wine?

Like all high-end purchases, deluxe wine occupies its place on the pricing spectrum as a result of an implicit contract and a social conspiracy

Arts & Entertainment

ON THE STAGE: Satirists centre stage at festival

Tara Notcutt Picture: NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL
5 hour(s) ago

This year’s National Arts Festival has chosen the art (and artfulness) of satire as this year’s featured ‘artist’ in response to the roiling sociopolitical climate

Arts & Entertainment

Turbine fair cranks up art exposure

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5 hour(s) ago

Lack of pretension, community-centred objectives and the professionalism are the hallmarks of this exceptional exhibition-art fair, writes Sue Blaine

Books

BOOK REVIEW: Backtrack: The Voice Behind Music's Greatest Stars

Tessa Niles. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
5 hour(s) ago

Tessa Niles's Backtrack is a fascinating insight into what it takes to work in rock and pop, the hard work and talent required, writes Sue Blaine

Gadgets & Gear

Google’s Photos app tagging blunder shows limits of algorithms

Picture: REUTERS
18 hour(s) ago

Google is a leader in artificial intelligence and machine learning, but company’s computers still have a lot to learn before they can understand important cultural sensitivities

JP Duminy says the Proteas have new goals as a team and as individuals ahead of the series in Bangladesh. The series starts with a T20 international in Dhaka on Sunday. Picture: DUIF DU TOIT/GALLO IMAGES

SA’s quest for T20 glory starts in Fatullah

Getting all in order for the World T20 matters more than winning

Other Sport

Hamilton’s heart is on home track

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wants to lift the trophy at Silverstone this weekend when he races in front of a home crowd with only a 10 point lead over Nico Rosberg. Picture: REUTERS /OLIVIA HARRIS
5 hour(s) ago

World champion Lewis Hamilton bids to beat Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the British Grand Prix this weekend

Rugby

Balanced Bok side can win cup, says Schalk Burger

Veteran player Schalk Burger during the Springbok training camp at St Peter’s College in Johannesburg on Monday. Picture: DUIF DU TOIT/GALLO IMAGES
5 hour(s) ago

World Cup veteran Schalk Burger believes a mix of old heads and some of the young talent could see the Boks go all the way

Other Sport

Delpech and Marcus target Durban July record

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 hour(s) ago

Jockeys Anthony Delpech and Anton Marcus want to beat record four wins at SA’s most famous race

Soccer

US asks Swiss to extradite seven in Fifa probe

Members of the media walk in front of the headquarters of soccer's international governing body Fifa in Zurich, Switzerland.  Picture: REUTERS/RUBEN SPRICH
23 hour(s) ago

The officials, including two then members of Fifa’s executive committee, have been in jail since being detained on US arrest warrants in raid on Zurich hotel

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