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Industrials

PPC’s shares slide after ratings downgrade

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1 hour(s) ago

Cement maker says ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded it and placed it on ‘credit watch with negative implications’

Mining

CoAL shares surge after it secures $15m

Coal of Africa chairman David Brown. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
1 hour(s) ago

Coal of Africa Limited says Hengshun Zhongsheng Group has subscribed for 230-million shares and Summer Trees for 115-million shares

Mining

Rockwell’s losses almost double

Rockwell Diamonds CEO James Campbell. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
2 hour(s) ago

Diamond producer says in the fourth quarter it reduced overhead costs, sold the noncore Tirisano asset, completed the closure of NJK and acquired two mines

Transport & Tourism

Gooderson blames Ebola for skipping dividend

Durban's beachfront. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
3 hour(s) ago

Holiday resort and hotel owner says it faced load shedding, interest rate hikes, the spread of the Ebola virus and SA’s onerous new visa laws this year

Industrials

Bidcorp gets warm welcome on the JSE

Bidcorp CEO Bernard Berson blows the traditional horn after his company   listed on the JSE on Monday.   Picture: RICHARD STREVER/  ZOOM PHOTOGRAPHY
6 hour(s) ago

The market capitalisation of the former Bidvest Group shoots up 14% from pre-unbundled group’s value

National

Judges’ rebuke of Jiba ‘no reason’ for ouster

IMPUGNED:  Deputy prosecutions head Nomgcobo Jiba faces sanction after criticism of her conduct of litigation. Picture: SOWETAN
6 hour(s) ago

Counsel argues the judges’ rebukes are insufficient for radical censure that would disqualify Nomgcobo Jiba from her at the NPA

Mining

Lonmin is investing for the future

Lonmin CEO Ben Magara. Picture: RUSSEL ROBERTS
6 hour(s) ago

The world’s third-largest platinum producer hunts for projects likely to lift the company once prices improve

National

Other cities more segregated than Cape Town, says De Lille

Patricia de Lille. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
6 hour(s) ago

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille slams opportunistic themes of segregation and racism in the Mother City

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Country’s first goal should be fast, labour-intensive growth

Cold jobs figures represent tragedies of unfulfilled human promise, whose effects are transmitted across generations, writes Ann Bernstein

Columnists

We will be stuck with the scum of the Zuma years for decades to come, writes Sam Mkokeli

Choosing Ntlemeza as Hawks chief no mistake

Columnists

‘The inherent insecurity among SA’s cricketers makes them exceptionally challenging interviewees who would prefer to say nothing than risk a ...

Proteas can enjoy islands without fear of review

Asia-Pacific

Highest number of slaves are in India but North Korea has highest prevalence

Slavery. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
22 minute(s) ago

The third Global Slavery Index shows that people born into servitude, trafficked for sex work, or trapped in debt bondage or forced labour, number 45.8-million

African Business

East Africa’s gas-fired hopes for prosperity recede

Workers carry out routine checks at a gas refinery in Suining, Sichuan province. Picture: REUTERS
24 minute(s) ago

Tanzania and Mozambique were hailed as promising natural-gas frontiers, but today they are paying the price for years of government inaction

Telecoms & Technology

Cartrack reports 20% growth in revenue

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3 hour(s) ago

Company says its newly established entities recorded losses as overhead expenditure on infrastructure build was increased to support the planned sales growth

Financial Services

Brimstone sells its stake in coffee and pizza outlets

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6 hour(s) ago

The surprise disposal of its Taste stake is linked to slower-than-expected returns from Starbucks and Domino’s

National

Commission questions usefulness of district municipalities

DO WE NEED THEM?  Bongani Khumalo, CEO of the Financial and Fiscal Commission, briefs the media on issues in its latest report affecting municipalities. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 hour(s) ago

The latest Financial and Fiscal Commission report says many district municipalities cannot manage their own affairs and should be phased out

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

EDITORIAL: Orwellian world of the SABC

Hlaudi Motsoeneng tramples on the official mandate of the public broadcaster by halting coverage of violent service delivery protests

Americas

Oil-rich Venezuela scrabbles for dollars

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during a meeting with governors and ministers at Miraflores Palace in Caracas on Monday. Picture: REUTERS
1 hour(s) ago

The growing demand for dollars drives up the price and weakens the bolivar even more, making the country’s scarce food and goods even more expensive

Europe

France’s Hollande sticks to controversial labour reform bill

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

A key sticking point is Article 2 of the bill, which hands companies more power to negotiate pay and working conditions and could weaken the influence of unions

Mining

Sibanye still on the lookout for acquisitions

ACQUISITIVE:  Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman wants to secure greater influence in platinum marketing for jewellery and investment purposes. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA
6 hour(s) ago

Company plans to buy more platinum assets and another large gold mine in 2016, writes Allan Seccombe

National

Parties race to complete council lists as election battle intensifies

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6 hour(s) ago

The tense race to complete councillor candidate lists includes internal jostling and claims of floor-crossing from the EFF

National

Restore balance to SA’s disorder, says auditor-general

Kimi Makwetu. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
6 hour(s) ago

Kimi Makwetu and Thuli Madonsela appeal for ethical leadership and stronger watchdog institutions

Markets

Divided Opec to breathe easier with return of $50 oil

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1 hour(s) ago

Recovery in the oil price eases pressure on the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to turn down the taps when it gathers in Vienna this week

African News

Habre’s rise from war specialist to dictator

Hissène Habré. Picture: REUTERS/ALIOU MBAYE
6 hour(s) ago

Former Chad leader sentenced to life in prison by Senegal court over crimes against humanity

Politics

Violent poll would not be free, says Malema

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN
6 hour(s) ago

Tensions are likely to intensify as political party campaigns gain momentum once councillor candidate lists are submitted this week

Middle East

Iraqi army advances to edge of Falluja

ON THE OFFENSIVE: Shiite fighters and Iraqi security forces fire artillery during clashes with Islamic State militants near Falluja, Iraq. Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

Army storms to southern edge of Falluja under US air support and captures a police station inside the city limits

Asia-Pacific

India set to retain fastest growing economy tag

Legal channels catering for overseas patients who wish to access India’s cheaper generic drugs are springing up, including Delhi-based Ikris Pharma Networks. Picture: REUTERS/DANISH SIDDIQUI
2 hour(s) ago

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has much to celebrate as cooling inflation and lower interest rates boost consumer demand in south Asian nation

Economy

SA inches up competitiveness rankings

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6 hour(s) ago

SA makes headway at 53rd in the latest world competitiveness rankings, with a notable improvement in international trade

Land & Agriculture

Diversification pays off for Tongaat as sugar profit falls

Peter Staude, CEO of Tongaat Hulett.
6 hour(s) ago

Best-ever results at the starch-glucose and property development businesses buoy the company as drought hits its core sugar output

Europe

NEWS ANALYSIS: Awkward denial scrambles Bayer talks

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6 hour(s) ago

Four words set off a series of events leading to the disclosure of Bayer’s confidential bid for Monsanto, the largest all-cash corporate takeover offer on record, write Tom Polansek and Greg Roumeliotis

Property

CampusKey targets growth from student accommodation

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6 hour(s) ago

Student lifestyle specialist CampusKey plans to list within three years and aims at about 1,000 new beds per annum

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Cartoons

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Building rapport across cultures often leads to breakthrough ideas

When working in a new country or with foreign counterparts, there are simple ways to bridge the gap between colleagues

Innovation

Funds boost cluster competitiveness

The Department of Trade and Industry is providing funds for shared infrastructure or collaborative projects to domestic companies that share 
a geographic area and industry sector. Picture: SUPPLIED
6 hour(s) ago

The new Cluster Development Programme to promote shared infrastructure or collaborative projects receives a R100m booster, writes Stephen Timm

Innovation

Pioneer spreads message of distinct African markets

Robyn de Villiers, Africa CEO of Burson-Marsteller, was honoured last week at the annual Sabres, the world’s biggest PR awards programme. Picture: SUPPLIED
6 hour(s) ago

Prestigious Sabres rewards PR dynamo Robyn de Villiers for ‘being ahead of her time’ in recognising Africa’s potential importance in the global PR business, writes David Furlonger

Gadgets & Gear

HTC 10 review: The price isn’t right

MARKET:  A visitor walks passed an HTC sign at the GSMA Mobile World Congress  in Barcelona. HTC dropped out of the global top five by smartphone market  share last quarter as Samsung, Huawei and ZTE gained share. Picture: REUTERS
41 minute(s) ago

On paper, HTC 10 has almost everything one could ask for in a modern smartphone, but price all but guarantees it will go unnoticed by the masses

Innovation

Open the door and relish new, smart home world

Nick Caripis, founder and CEO of BNC Technology, says mundane tasks will be taken care of in a home with integrated technology, allowing people to do what they want, where they want, when they want. Picture: SUPPLIED
6 hour(s) ago

BNC Technology's Nick Caripis leads the charge as integrated home technology brings houses to life, writes Eugene Yiga

Opinion

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Astra a genuine contender for Golf’s throne

It’s easy to see why the Europeans love the Astra, with its zing, dash of character, and a twinkle in its eye

SKIPPER:  Adriaan Strauss during the Springbok training session in Stellenbosch on Monday. Strauss will captain the Boks in the three upcoming Tests against Ireland. Picture: ASHLEY VLOTMAN/GALLO IMAGES

New Springbok captain Strauss has paid his dues, says Coetzee

Adriaan Strauss is one of only four players in the 31-man squad with more than a half-century of caps

Soccer

Da Gama hopes Pieterse will keep February alert

Reyaad Pieterse. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ANESH DEBIKY
7 hour(s) ago

Squad is made up of players 23 years or younger, Da Gama says ‘We want to build a strong team and the over-age guys will complement the players we have’

Rugby

Ackermann to guide fringe Boks

REWARDED:  Johan Ackermann will swop his Lions coaching cap for that of the SA A team. Picture: BACKPAGEPIX
7 hour(s) ago

The Lions coach takes charge of the SA A side as they get a taste of international rugby against England Saxons

Other Sport

Strydom to saddle It’s My Turn in Durban July

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7 hour(s) ago

It’s My Turn’s July odds are slightly longer than stable mate Bela-Bela, who won many friends with her top-class display in grade 1 Woolavington 2000

Soccer

Brilliant Billiat scoops three PSL awards

Khama Billiat. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU
7 hour(s) ago

The Zimbabwean Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder notches up three of the PSL's top awards and R450,000 in prize money

Other Sport

Winner Gatebe repays his family for their support

David Gatebe runs during the 2016 Comrades Marathon in Kwa-Zulu Natal  on Saturday. Picture: BACKPAGE PIX/MUZI NTOMBELA
7 hour(s) ago

Comrades Marathon champion David Gatebe obliterates Leonid Shvetzov’s nine-year record

Cricket

A question not to be stumped by

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7 hour(s) ago

Trinidadian Steven Katwaroo mans the stumps for SA in their warm-up match against West Indian Cricket Board XI

Opinion

Proteas can enjoy the islands without fear of review

‘The inherent insecurity among SA’s cricketers makes them exceptionally challenging interviewees who would prefer to say nothing than risk a political fallout.’

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The Third Umpire

Comrades 2016 men’s race winner David Gatebe, for setting a new down record and, along with women’s winner Charné Bosman, for keeping the South African flag flying in an event often dominated by foreigners.

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ANC “communication” subcommittee member and Cabinet member Lindiwe Zulu, who wants a ban on broadcasts of violent protest to promote nonviolence. Sure, that’ll work, just like it did during apartheid.

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