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Mining

Bruce Cleaver is named new CEO of De Beers

De Beers CEO Philippe Mellier.  Picture: SIMON DAWSON/BLOOMBERG
3 hour(s) ago

Anglo American says Bruce Cleaver will replace Philippe Mellier, who has been the CEO of its diamond subsidiary for the past five years

Media

SABC ‘will no longer show footage of people burning public institutions’

The town of Vuwani in Limpopo has been declared a disaster area in the wake of 21 torched and vandalised schools. Picture: SOWETAN
3 hour(s) ago

South African Broadcasting Corporation says the footage ‘promotes’ violent service delivery protests and ‘might encourage other communities to do the same’

African News

France sends underwater probes to EgyptAir search zone

Egyptians light candles during a candlelight vigil for the 66 victims of the EgyptAir MS804 flight that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea, at the Cairo Opera House in the Egyptian capital on May 26, 2016.
Picture: AFP/KHALED DESOUKI
1 hour(s) ago

Search teams are working against the clock to recover the two black box recorders, as signals that help locate them in deep water cease transmitting after about 30 days

Politics

EFF set to take its blitzkrieg to KwaZulu-Natal

A crowd of about 5, 000 people gathered in Emalahleni to listen to EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: SAM MKOKELI
19 minute(s) ago

EFF leader Julius Malema and his red army will be bombarding KwaZulu-Natal this weekend‚ kicking off the party’s campaign in Ladysmith

Labour

Amcu launches indefinite strike at Sibanye’s Kroondal mine

Workers aligned to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union march to Wonderkop Stadium to demand rival NUM vacate the office at Lonmin mine in Rustenburg in 2013. Picture: SOWETAN
1 hour(s) ago

Union says workers began an indefinite strike at Kroondal platinum mine to demand transport because they are being attacked after working night shifts

Financial Services

Standard Bank chiefs grilled about Guptas

Standard Bank joint CEO Sim Tshabalala. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
6 hour(s) ago

Shareholders at the bank’s lively AGM zero in on contradictions involving the Guptas, executive pay, fines, and losses

Industrials

Vehicle parts production plan expected to boost local car makers

GEARING UP:  With the appropriate policies and strategies, the South African vehicle manufacturing industry could be rivalled by operations in countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria. Picture: SUPPLIED
3 hour(s) ago

Research company says initiative to increase vehicle parts manufacturing will help car makers increase production by an average of 2.4% a year for the next four years

Labour

Treasury under fire from Cosatu for ‘pacifying’ foreigners

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini  Picture: THE SOWETAN
6 hour(s) ago

The latest grievances from the federation centres on the lack of progress on a national minimum wage

African Business

NEWS ANALYSIS: Inga 3 funding prospects in disarray

Inga Dam.
6 hour(s) ago

Brittle relationship between the DRC government and World Bank on funding for the Inga 3 hydro-electric scheme seems to have snapped, writes Tom Nevin

A teacher faces a packed classroom in a school in Mthatha. While many educators are low on morale and resistant to evaluation of their performance, a professional development initiative in the Swellendam district run by the teachers themselves is proving successful. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Teachers learn if they run the show

Barrydale educators take ownership of successful skills upgrading course, writes Michael Rice

Columnists

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The nuclear build is already deeply tainted, and will be obsolete technology by the time SA has paid off the R1-trillion, writes Peter Bruce

Trillion-rand nuclear build scares more than crows

Columnists

Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s idiocy and tyrannical impulse goes on full display, writes Gareth van Onselen

TWEET OF THE WEEK: The madness of King Motsoeneng

Politics

NEWS ANALYSIS: NEC meeting is opportunity for ANC to show leadership

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS
6 hour(s) ago

There’s a high likelihood reports on state capture and the Constitutional Court judgment on Nkandla will be discussed, writes Natasha Marrian

Energy

Fuel fund defends selling of reserves

A worker at state-owned Pertamina, the country's main retailer of subsidised fuel, fills a vehicle at a petrol station in Jakarta. Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

But it does not admit buyback will be at a much higher price — the Strategic Fuel Fund faces a loss of $220m at current oil prices

Transport & Tourism

Gautrain’s 48 new coaches to ease rush-hour squeeze

Gautrain. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA
6 hour(s) ago

The Gautrain has already reached passenger levels predicted for 2020 on rising peak-hour demand

Industrials

Mpact raided in collusion inquiry

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 hour(s) ago

Mpact holds up its good corporate governance record after Competition Commission officials raid its premises

Trade & Industry

EU deal allows easier access for SA products

CELEBRATION:  The long-awaited EU agreement with six African countries includes an increase in the quota for duty-free wine exports. Picture: CIRCA
6 hour(s) ago

Trade pact allowing a range of South African products greater access to the giant European Union market is likely to go live in October

National

‘Let me do my job’ implores Gordhan

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
21 hour(s) ago

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, in an exclusive interview with the Financial Mail, comes out guns blazing, in defiance of those who wish to see his back

Buildings including Citigroup’s offices, left, the HSBC’s headquarters, centre, and Barclays’ headquarters, right, in the Canary Wharf financial district in London. Picture: BLOOMBERG/LUKE MACGREGOR

Brexit opportunity for Britain to find the courage to change

The time has come to stop asking what Europe can do for Britain and start asking what can Britain do for Europe, writes Lorenzo Fioramonti

Europe

State to assess if Sharia courts in UK are biased against women

Members of the Belgian branch of Germany’s anti-Islam group Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, known as PEGIDA, take part in a demonstration in Antwerp this week.  Picture: REUTERS
50 minute(s) ago

There are an estimated 30 Sharia councils in the UK, giving Islamic divorce certificates and advice on other aspects of religious law, British media reported

Americas

Google claims a victory in copyright battle with Oracle over Java software

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt speaks at the Google Big Tent event in London on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
20 minute(s) ago

A jury upheld claims by Google that its use of Oracle’s Java development platform to create Android was protected under the fair-use provision of copyright law

Europe

Hollande defiant in face of French industrial unrest

Francois Hollande. Picture: REUTERS
1 hour(s) ago

President François Hollande vows to ‘stand firm’ over a controversial labour law, hitting back at unions that urged workers to step up a wave of industrial action

Asia-Pacific

G-7 makes global growth ‘an urgent priority’

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso at the Group of Seven finance ministers and central bank governors' meeting in Sendai, Japan, on Saturday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/KAZUHIRO NOGI
3 hour(s) ago

Group of Seven leaders pledge to seek strong global growth, while papering over differences on currencies and stimulus policies

Transport & Tourism

Uber to favour ownership qualifiers

A taxi passes by an advertisement for the Uber car and ride-sharing service.  Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

Ride-hailing service Uber is to give preference to individuals acting as proxy drivers who now own their own car

Americas

Obama lays into tweet lover Trump

PROTEST BLUES: A demonstrator hides part of her face as she protests near the convention centre where US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a rally in Anaheim, California on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

US president disparages US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying the billionaire seeks tweets over solutions

Economy

Producer prices slightly down but effect of drought still to kick in

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 hour(s) ago

Producer price inflation slows slightly but the manufactured food and petroleum categories continue to drive the data

Business

Spending on research and development remains stagnant

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 hour(s) ago

Survey shows stagnant R&D spending reflects difficult economic climate, while the business sector surprises with an uptick

Americas

US has its first case of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director, Dr Thomas Frieden, speaks at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS
1 hour(s) ago

Health officials express grave concern that the superbug could pose serious danger for routine infections if it spreads

Americas

Republican’s only candidate nets all the delegates needed

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs after a rally with supporters in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican Party’s presidential nomination

Americas

Outed billionaire to fund legal battle

Peter Thiel.  Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel confirmed he is funding a legal battle against Gawker Media, which ‘outed’ him nearly a decade ago

Economy

Ratings agency may opt to delay downgrade

Standard and Poors. Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

Standard & Poor’s may opt for a ‘hawkish hold’ to give SA time for fiscal consolidation to show outcomes, if any

Europe

Anger at pro-EU skinhead ad

Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

Poster designed to encourage ethnic minorities in the UK to vote in June’s European Union membership referendum sparks fierce criticism

Industrials

Renergen shares climb more than 7% after it releases inaugural results

Renergen CEO Stefano Marani (left) and Afrox managing director Schalk Venter (right) signing the deal on Thursday that commercialises SA’s first onshore helium and natural gas field in the Free State.  Picture: SUPPLIED
1 hour(s) ago

Alternative energy company says it did not generate any revenue in the reporting period, but started earning income in May

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Cartoons

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve is situated at the foot of the Cederberg mountains in the Western Cape. Picture: SUPPLIED

Award yourself wilderness splendour

The award-winning Bushmans Kloof resort is renown for its conservation efforts and offers the perfect escape in a calming and spiritual place, writes Eugene Yiga

Opinion

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Number of well-maturing Cape reds have made consumers blasé

Expectations play a role in wine appreciation, but what if you don’t know what to expect?

Books

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: One man’s quest to track down his family’s stolen art

Author and journalist Charles Cilliers. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA
7 hour(s) ago

Degas’ Dust is the story of businessman Carnie Matisonn’s successful bid to track down artworks stolen by the Nazis, writes Sue Blaine

Books

BOOK REVIEW: The End Of Whiteness: Satanism and Family Murder In SA

Academic and author Nicky Falkof examines a period in SA’s history when white fear manifested itself in Satanism. Picture: SUPPLIED
7 hour(s) ago

How white fear and panic fuelled murderous folk devils, writes Sue Grant-Marshall

Opinion

HALF ART: Tread carefully along the road of good intentions

Nudist photograher Spencer Tunick brings a knife to a gunfight trying to show up Donald Trump

Jose Mourinho. Picture: REUTERS

Manchester United sign three-year contract with Mourinho

Jose Mourinho replaces Louis van Gaal whose two-year reign at Old Trafford ended on Monday when he was sacked two days after United won the FA Cup

Rugby

Coetzee’s chance to buck the trend

Allister Coetzee. Picture: GALLO IMAGES
7 hour(s) ago

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee will need to be bold, even brave, in his first squad to face Ireland

Other Sport

Ferrari not feeling pressure, says Vettel

Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel drives during the a practice session at the Monaco street circuit, in Monaco on Thursday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ANDREJ ISAKOVIC
7 hour(s) ago

Bold words from four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel after rolling in ninth at Monaco street circuit practice session

Rugby

John Smit says goodbye to Sharks

John Smit.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG
1 hour(s) ago

Smit, who captained SA to Rugby World Cup triumph in 2007, says he is resigning to spend more time with his family

Soccer

Ibrahamovic praises Mourinho and says he made his choice

Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Picture: EPA/MARCUS ERICSSON
7 hour(s) ago

Coy about his next club Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been linked to a move to the English Premier League.

Rugby

Bulls and Lions players seek Bok nod

SQUAD HOPES:  Bongi Mbonambi’s fine form for the Stormers could see him called up for Springbok duty. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ASHLEY VLOTMAN
7 hour(s) ago

Huge match-ups will double as a last-minute trial to impress Bok coach Allister Coetzee before he announces the Test squad against Ireland

Soccer

Tinkler banking on Cup win to keep job

RIVALS: Kaitano Tembo, left, and Eric Tinkler shake on it ahead of the Cup final. Picture: LEFTY SHIVAMBU/GALLO IMAGES
7 hour(s) ago

Coach Eric Tinkler will draw on valuable lessons from his past in knockout competitions as he goes into the Nedbank Cup final

Standard Bank

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The Third Umpire

Whether the “rotation” of SA’s oil stocks is legitimate or an enrichment scam, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson must know she needs the finance minister’s permission to dispose of significant state assets

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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s daughter, Rev Canon Mpho Tutu-Van Furth, has chosen to return her licence to the Anglican Church rather than have it revoked for entering into a same-sex marriage. Sad, but dignified.

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Zimbabwe Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa. Without the reserves to back them, the “bond notes” he plans to print to supplement scarce dollar supplies will result in runaway inflation. Has his government learnt nothing?

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