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A resident casts her ballot for the parliamentary elections at a voting station on the outskirts of the Maseru on Saturday. Picture: AFP

Lesotho votes six months after coup bid

17 hour(s) ago

A snap election is under way in Lesotho, two years earlier than scheduled and six months after an attempted coup plunged the country into crisis

African News

Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday with bash

A Zimbabwean woman walks past a billboard with a birthday message for President Robert Mugabe inside the Zanu (PF) Headquarters in Harare. Picture: REUTERS
13 hour(s) ago

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday with lavish million-dollar bash slammed by opposition as ‘obscene’

Europe

Greece seeks negotiations on ECB bond repayment

Frayed European Union and Greek flags flutter atop the Greek Ministry of Finance in central Athens.  Picture: REUTERS
13 hour(s) ago

Greece calls into question a major debt repayment it must make to the European Central Bank

National

Nxasana inquiry now awaits written submissions from involved parties

Mxolisi Nxasana has been appointed national director of public prosecutions.  Picture: GCIS
17 hour(s) ago

Parties involved in inquiry into fitness of national director of public prosecutions to hold office have agreed to rules, and inquiry head now awaits written submissions

Europe

EU voices ‘indignation’ over Nemtsov murder

Russian police investigators check the body of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge, near Saint-Basil's Cathedral, in the center of Moscow. Picture: AFP
12 hour(s) ago

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov assassinated, EU calls for ‘full, rapid and transparent’ probe

Opinion & Analysis

The rise and collapse of Mxit

Mxit group chat on a BlackBerry.
1 day(s) ago

Whatever happens, it’s almost certain there are a number of people who were involved with company who will be left wondering what might have been, writes Stuart Thomas

Politics

Cosatu affiliates threaten to ‘intensify campaign’ to restore Numsa

Cosatu. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Dissident unions stage protest outside labour federation’s headquarters, presenting memorandum of demands that comes with threats to escalate campaign to restore Numsa

Trade & Industry

SA trade gap widens to record as mining exports fall

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

SA’s trade deficit widens to largest since at least 2010 in January as gold and platinum exports fall and oil imports increase

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Petrol price to go up by 96c

Price of petrol, diesel, paraffin and liquefied petroleum gas will increase next week

Columnists

Anthony Butler promo

Fikile Mbalula, who has to use his portfolio to build political capital, saw that his Big Idea has to be the Olympics, writes Anthony Butler

Games are meant to deliver one champion

Columnists

Simon Lincoln Reader: Mugabe is an Englishman to his fingertips: his sentiments about colonialists are staged, symptoms of an inferiority complex

Bob hates to love locals, loves to hate English

Energy

Government to promote power co-generation, says Nene

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

Addressing SA’s ‘critical energy constraints’, weak economic growth starts with ensuring Eskom is restored to financial stability, says Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

Companies

Economic growth in UK and US buoys Old Mutual

Old Mutual. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON
1 day(s) ago

Financial services company says its focus is on integrating acquisitions, delivering operational improvements, creating value from investments

Cricket

De Villiers carnage drives SA to record win

South Africa's captain AB de Villiers takes a catch of West Indies batsman Jonathan Carter during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. Picture: AFP
1 day(s) ago

AB de Villiers confirms status as most destructive batsman with unbeaten 162 from just 66 balls to lead SA to record 257-run victory over West Indies in World Cup

Politics

NFP gears up for birthday bash despite threats to disrupt event

Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, leader of the National Freedom Party. Picture: RAJESH JANTILAL
1 day(s) ago

National Freedom Party is on Saturday due to hold fourth anniversary celebrations rally in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal, amid fears warring factions may turn on each other

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his 2015 budget on Wednesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

SPECIAL REPORT: Budget 2015

News and analysis of the 2015-16 budget

National

Planned SA attack was stopped, says leaked report

Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LISA HNATOWICZ
1 day(s) ago

Documents posted on Al Jazeera website say local authorities foiled planned terrorist attack involving five suicide bombers

African News

Grace isn’t the power behind my throne, says Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arrives with his wife Grace for President Jacob Zuma’s inauguration ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria On Saturday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/POOL/SIPHIWE SIBEKO
1 day(s) ago

President Robert Mugabe, who turned 91 last week, says his wife Grace has come into politics in her own right

Energy

Necsa in row over CEO’s suspension

Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: FLICKR
1 day(s) ago

Nuclear energy authority the latest state-owned company to be hit by internal strife as board and energy minister engage in tug of war over the suspension of Phumzile Tshelane

Industrials

Afrox bleeds execs amid restructuring

Brett Kimber. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
1 day(s) ago

MD Brett Kimber resigned last month and finance director Nick Thomson quit on Thursday ‘to pursue opportunities outside the group’

National

Special visas for Brics business people

Malusi Gigaba. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
1 day(s) ago

Tourist arrivals from Brics countries are dramatically down since the introduction of the new regulations, which require travellers to apply in person for their visas

Retail & Consumer

Game’s food sales boost Massmart

A Game store, operated by Massmart, in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
1 day(s) ago

Massmart’s Game division now earns about a fifth of its total sales from food

African News

Mugabe admits land reform blunder

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Zimbabwean president admits he blundered by giving ill-equipped black farmers vast tracts of farmland seized from whites under his controversial land reforms

Politics

Zuma may escape Nkandla quiz

John Steenhuisen addresses the rules committee in Cape Town on February 4. Picture: BUSINESS DAY/TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

No ’common date’ yet for Zuma to answer questions over the R246m taxpayer-funded Nkandla upgrade

Land & Agriculture

Drought puts maize harvest in peril

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Small crop likely to push food prices higher because maize prices underpin food prices locally

Business

Treasury eyes wider disposal of state assets

Treasury director-general Lungisa Fuzile. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
1 day(s) ago

Director-general says government looking at disposal of noncore assets in general and bringing in private investors to strengthen the balance sheets of state-owned companies

African News

IMF agrees to lend Ghana almost $1bn to help boost economy

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

International Monetary Fund team agrees to lend Ghana almost $1bn to help boost foreign-exchange reserves, bolster Africa’s worst-performing currency

African News

Zambia’s former mines minister jailed for corruption

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Maxwell Mwale is sentenced to one year in jail with hard labour after being convicted of corruption in awarding of licences to Chinese mining company in 2009

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Cartoons

Michael de Klerk, left and Anthony Gird, co-founders of Honest Chocolate.  Picture: HONEST CHOCOLATE

If the crowds want bread, give them chocolate too

It was not too difficult for the founders of Honest Chocolate to convince the community to contribute towards a chocolate-themed café

Arts & Entertainment

HALF ART: Staying ordinary despite moving all over the place

PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN, Studio portrait, Marabastad, Gauteng, circa 1970
1 day(s) ago

Migration is central to the human story, prehistoric, ancient and modern. People who move do so for a host of reasons, writes Chris Thurman

Arts & Entertainment

Cape’s art fair comes into own after baptism of fire

RoseLee Goldberg, founder of Performa, returns to SA as guest curator of the Cape Town Art Fair. Picture: PATRICK MCMULLAN
1 day(s) ago

This year’s instalment has attracted the attention of some of the world’s most influential collectors, from New York to Milan, writes Matthew Partridge

Arts & Entertainment

Bidvest’s Joffe bites the bullet and puts his doodles on display

Already known for his wildlife photography, Bidvest CE Brian Joffe was persuaded to exhibit works that sprang from his doodling in board meetings to keep himself focused. Pictures: THE WHITE HOUSE GALLERY
1 day(s) ago

Bidvest CE Brian Joffe says art is a nerve-taxing journey that’s never boring, writes Sue Blaine

Arts & Entertainment

ON THE STAGE: Festival that just keeps going as the rain beats down

In young choreographer Sonia Radebe’s Ngizwise, a collaboration with Canadian choreographer Jennifer Dallas, the dancers relay their experiences as citizens of SA . Picture: VAL ADAMSON
1 day(s) ago

There are positive signs that contemporary dance is clawing its way back, writes Christina Kennedy

Books

BOOK REVIEW: Degenerate sex-addict spy on intriguing mission to Africa

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

The book rejects the heroics and moral clarity of Bond-style thrillers for something more complicated, writes John Sunyer

Arts & Entertainment

Lightening up and seeing the funny side of life

Mpho Popps Modikoan.  Picture: THE TIMES
2 day(s) ago

Soweto comedian Mpho Popps Modikoane says comedy was his genetic inheritance and avoids telling jokes about politics as he believes that politics is a joke itself

Ayanda Gcaba of Orlando Pirates, left, and Clayton Daniels of SuperSport United during the 2015 Nedbank Cup last 16 draw at the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg on Thursday. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

SuperSport strikers give Bucs sleepless nights

Kingston Nkhatha and Jeremy Brockie pairing has seen them score three goals each in the same number of games

Soccer

Amakhosi serious about African Champions League, says captain

Tefu Mashamaite. Picture: GALLO/MANUS VAN DYK
1 day(s) ago

Slender scoreline has given Township Rollers some hope of an upset in Gaborone against Kaizer Chiefs

Cricket

Crowe advice taken to heart

AB de Villiers. Picture: AFP PHOTO/SAEED KHAN
1 day(s) ago

SA captain AB de Villiers tips his cap to intense missive from New Zealand batsman on winning the World Cup and following Nelson Mandela's example

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The Third Umpire

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, who made the best of a bad hand with a holding budget that may just do the trick if economic growth starts to pick up. That’s a very big “if”, of course, with many a slip twixt cup and lip.

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Public works director-general Mziwonke Dlabantu, for resisting the release of conveniently classified information to the Nkandla architect, who has been set up as the fall guy for this gross abuse of public funds.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose credibility on the issue of Iran’s nuclear ambitions has been badly undermined by Mossad spy cable leaks showing that he lied blatantly to the US Congress.

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