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President Jacob Zuma speaks during a monitoring visit to South African Airways on Friday.  Picture: GCIS

‘Nothing sinister’ about president taking over
SA’s parastatals

45 minute(s) ago

Presidency emphatic that new structure under president will not directly run projects or ‘usurp responsibilities’ of line-function ministers


SA’s population estimated at 55.9-million

34 minute(s) ago

Statistics SA estimates 30.1% of population is younger than 15 years and about 8% 60 years or older, with females making up about 51% of total population


WATCH: Why Zuma’s biggest enemy now is time

Picture: Department of International Relations and Cooperation
20 minute(s) ago

Peter Bruce and panel of editors ask whether president’s desperation is starting to show, why the urgency to get rid of the finance minister and will SAA ever get it right?


Zuma cannot stop Hawks probe of Gordhan, says Presidency

ODD COUPLE: President Jacob Zuma and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. The president was forced to backtrack on his first choice of minister, and had to settle on Gordhan. Picture: SIYABULELA DUDA
3 hour(s) ago

It would be unconstitutional for the president to stop an investigation of any individual, the Presidency says, denying the Hawks probe is linked to government


Pravin Gordhan does not deserve this treatment, judge Johann Kriegler says

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: THE TIMES
2 hour(s) ago

The Helen Suzman Foundation and Freedom Under Law have strongly criticised the Hawks for what they say is the unit’s politically driven investigation

Transport & Tourism

COPE councillor calls for tuk-tuks in Cape Town

NEW KID: A tuk-tuk taxi in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
1 hour(s) ago

Farouk Cassim says that public transport must contribute to reduction of greenhouse emissions and number of cars on roads, and used example of tuk-tuks in New Delhi


Cosatu not opposed to early ANC elective conference

PLANNING: Cosatu acting general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali says shutting down Kopano ke Matla is a political decision, but that it will help the federation overcome its financial difficulties. Picture: THE TIMES
1 hour(s) ago

The union federation and tripartite alliance partner says it will not remain neutral on the ANC succession issue, and an early conference requires discussion


Van Rooyen, Buthelezi, Molefe, Ramokgopa: who might take Gordhan’s role?

YOU’RE MY MAN: President Jacob Zuma shakes hands with newly appointed Finance Minister Desmond van Rooyen, after he was sworn in at the Union Buildings on Thursday. Picture: AFP/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA
4 hour(s) ago

Of the likely candidates Jacob Zuma is probably trying to replace Pravin Gordhan with, Peter Attard Montalto says Brian Molefe will have the least worst market reaction


NEWS ANALYSIS: Mission is to create narrative justifying Pravin Gordhan’s removal

Pravin Gordhan. Picture:  GCIS
9 hour(s) ago

The finance minister may be fired by Friday, write Carol Paton and Natasha Marrian

President Jacob Zuma. Picture:  REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

ANC mute as arrogant Zuma grabs the reins

Jacob Zuma executes personal coup d’etat in seizing the entire public sector economy, writes Allister Sparks


Gems has been unwilling to put rumours to bed, writes Bronwyn Nortje

What is state
medical aid


Natasha Marrian: Popular call is for early conference, but ANC's Gwede Mantashe wants no ‘blood on the floor’

ANC weighs risk of calling early elective conference


DA wins control of second hung council in Limpopo

Election posters on a pole in Tlokwe municipality ahead of the August 3 local government elections. Picture: SOWETAN
4 hour(s) ago

The DA struck agreements with the EFF, Freedom Front Plus and residents’ group in Thabazimbi, while in the new LIM368, it says its mayoral candidate won two ANC votes


Guptas’ Tegeta threatens Treasury

Kenneth Brown. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
9 hour(s) ago

The Gupta company has threatened to interdict the Treasury to keep a possibly damning report on Eskom coal contracts out of the public domain


George Bizos fears for law and justice in SA

Advocate George  Bizos  holds the Luminary award he received in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Picture: SOWETAN
4 hour(s) ago

Bizos, retired judge Johann Kriegler and Helen Suzman Foundation head Francis Antonie offer support to Pravin Gordhan and other former SARS officials in the Hawks’ sights

Media & Advertising

Naspers’s credit rating may be cut to junk at next S&P review

1 hour(s) ago

Global internet and media group is squeezed between lower revenue and rising costs because it pays US dollars to licence its pay-TV programmes while earning rand

Transport & Tourism

Peters has no power to derail Prasa probe, says Molefe

Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
9 hour(s) ago

Dipuo Peters’s directive to halt a forensic probe at Prasa faces objections from the public protector and the agency’s own board

President Jacob Zuma waits in line to cast his vote at Ntolwane Primary School in Nkandla, KwaZulu Natal on Wednesday. Picture: SUPPLIED

SA in perilous stalemate period and cannot afford the patronage machine

SA’s great task now is to convert the poor to middle class — not to set the two groups against each other, writes Shawn Hagedorn


Producer inflation accelerates sharply

2 hour(s) ago

The PPI, which ultimately feeds into CPI inflation that the Reserve Bank targets for monetary policy, rose much faster than expected in July


Maimane calls for parliamentary debate on Gordhan witch-hunt

Mmusi Maimane.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
3 hour(s) ago

DA leader submits urgent request to National Assembly Speaker for debate on request by Hawks for finance minister to appear before crime investigation body


De Lille wishes Desmond Tutu well on behalf of Cape Town

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Imagine what people such as Archbishop Tutu would have felt as they picked up the pieces during the days of the underground. Picture: REUTERS
1 hour(s) ago

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has checked into a Cape Town hospital for ‘the same bug that kept him in hospital for a week last year’, Reuters reports


Damage to Myanmar’s architectural heritage is heartbreaking

A general view shows the damage at the Sulamani temple in Bagan, southwest of Mandalay, Myanmar, on Thursday. A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Myanmar, two people died and several pagodas were damaged in the ancient city Bagan and some parts of central Myanmar.  Picture: EPA/HEIN HTET
2 hour(s) ago

Myanmar takes stock of toppled spires and crumbling temple walls in ancient capital Bagan, after powerful earthquake hit country, killing three


Mayor Herman Mashaba promises to get Joburg’s traffic lights working

Herman Mashaba. Picture: SUPPLIED
3 hour(s) ago

Mashaba will announce his mayoral committee on Friday, which is likely to comprise ‘coalition party’ members that helped the DA prevail in Joburg


Some of world’s largest energy companies battling high debt levels

1 hour(s) ago

Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Chevron hold combined net debt of $184bn — more than double their debt levels in 2014, when oil prices began steep descent


Busisiwe Mkhwebane given public protector nod

Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: SUPPLIED
9 hour(s) ago

The former senior investigator at the public protector’s office impresses with her academic qualifications and track record in government


EFF calls on Pravin Gordhan to present himself to Hawks

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. Picture: Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
16 hour(s) ago

National spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says ‘if he be innocent, which we believe he is, there is nothing the Hawks can do’


Singapore first to launch self-driving taxi service

Picture: ISTOCK
2 hour(s) ago

Trial launch of world’s first self-driving taxi service, although small, illustrates how intense global race to develop autonomous driving vehicles has become


WATCH IN FULL: Pravin Gordhan vs Justice Malala in tough debate

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan gestures during a media briefing in Sandton in March. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Watch the full recording of a heavyweight debate between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and political commentator Justice Malala


Hawks have no case, says Gordhan

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: THE TIMES
9 hour(s) ago

Business leaders back finance minister against ‘sinister forces’ as Hawk’s renewed attack sends shock waves through the investor community


Dissatisfied Robertson workers continue strike

4 hour(s) ago

Union wants to close income gap between workers and management and claims winery makes huge profits but refuses to share benefits with staff

Retail & Consumer

Italtile declares dividend of 29c per share for first half

Italtile tile display. Picture: SUPPLIED
4 hour(s) ago

The company says the renovations market grew but construction of new buildings remained sluggish


Business rallies around Gordhan in Hawks standoff

Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan. Picture: THULI DLAMINI
18 hour(s) ago

Business Leadership SA says ‘if this sinister behaviour is allowed to continue the consequences will be devastating for our economy’

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Four ways to help a stressed-out colleague

Stress affects us all — mentally, physically and emotionally — but here are four tips to help co-workers that are struggling


FUTURE MODELS: VW T-Roc is building on a promise

Volkswagen is promising a radical new design language with its T-Roc.  Picture: NEWSPRESS UK
8 hour(s) ago

Volkswagen’s SUV and crossover model onslaught is continuing


DRIVING IMPRESSION: Lexus RC200t — a handsome sheep in wolf’s clothing

The RC200t scores highly in the looks department.   Picture: QUICKPIC
8 hour(s) ago

The Lexus RC200t looks like a gold-winning athlete, but it’s left in the blocks by its rivals, writes Mark Smyth


Mexico looks to double tax on sugary drinks

Mexico may double its tax on sweetened beverages to 20% as sales recovered after the levy caused an initial reduction in consumption. Picture: ISTOCK
9 hour(s) ago

Mexico finds the tax is a money-spinner but has failed to dent consumption of sugary drinks, writes Amy Guthrie


RUMOUR HAS IT... Kia, Hyundai models on the way

BMW has unveiled its concept of the iconic 2002 touring car.  Picture: NEWSPRESS UK
8 hour(s) ago

BMW reveals a second concept at the Pebble Beach concours in the US, and Ford announces a level 4 autonomous vehicle in the US


Walk the talk for happy workforce

US President Barack Obama, right, with Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards, left, after a tour of a flood-affected area in Louisiana on Tuesday. Obama is notable as a fan of the walk and talk meeting style, which has health benefits, saves time and aids creative thinking. Picture: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST

Companies are most effective when they create a wellbeing culture

TAKING IT EASY: Morné Steyn, right, and Faf de Klerk chill at a Bok training session. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Steyn to keep Elton on edge

Steyn’s presence is both a warning and an inspiration to Jantjies to up his game

Other Sport

Rejuvenated Hamilton aims for 50th

READY TO RACE: Briton Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Hungarian Grand Prix in July with team-mate Nico Rosberg in the background. Picture: REUTERS/LASZLO BALGOGH
10 hour(s) ago

Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton ‘refreshed, re-energised and ready to go’ for a rare 50 grands prix prize

Other Sport

All the statistics for Belgian race

UNPOPULAR:  Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads the pack during Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix. Pictures: REUTERS
10 hour(s) ago

Here are all the stats ahead of Sunday’s Belgian Formula One Grand Prix, the 13th race of the 21-round season

Other Sport

How top medical team revived Schoeman’s dream in Rio

BRONZE: Henri Schoeman beats the odds to realise his dream of an Olympic medal. Picture: REUTERS
10 hour(s) ago

A chest infection nearly robs bronze medalist Henri Schoeman the chance to compete in the Olympics, but Team SA’s doctor saves the day


Alexander throws his hat into the rugby hot-seat ring

Oregan Hoskins.  Picture: THE TIMES
10 hour(s) ago

Alexander had been Hoskins’s deputy since the departed president beat the late Mike Stofile to the post in 2008


Chiefs under the cosh, says Tinkler

Soccer ball. Picture: THINKSTOCK
10 hour(s) ago

New Premier Soccer League franchise Cape Town City poses a major threat to coach Steve Komphela charges


Komphela already feeling the pressure

10 hour(s) ago

Coach Steve Komphela struggles to explain to aghast Amakhosi fans the Glamour Boys’ horrible start


Ancelotti brushes aside Ribery criticism

Coach Carlo Ancelotti. Picture: REUTERS
10 hour(s) ago

Ribery, was not sent off for any of the fouls, and only booked for the incidents with Melo and Passlack


Kingsmead’s outfield leads to financial knock

Cricket supporters watch as the covers are put on to the wicket at Kingsmead stadium in Durban. Picture: REUTERS
10 hour(s) ago

Cricket SA say they opted to decompact the outfield at Kingsmead and Centurion after feedback from the players involved in last season’s one-day series between SA and New Zealand

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The long-suffering rand, whose rally in the wake of the recent elections was rudely interrupted by news that the Hawks are back to hounding Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. A wounded Number 1 is a dangerous beast.

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