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Gugile Nkwinti. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Municipalities ‘must take responsibility for land’

5 hour(s) ago

Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says municipalities will have to take over the functions in land use management and spatial planning

National

Nuclear will not solve current power problems, says DA

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille, left, flanked by DA shadow energy minister Gordon Mackay, addresses a press briefing on Thursday on the party's plan to solve the electricity crisis.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
10 hour(s) ago

Democratic Alliance is not opposed to nuclear energy, but says it does not believe it will not solve current supply crisis as it will take 15 years to come on line

National

March reveals Ses’khona and ANC divisions

RADICAL: Commentators say ANC provincial leader Marius Fransman may prove to be the DA’s ‘secret weapon’ in the elections. Picture: THE TIMES
5 hour(s) ago

Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman booed after he tried to he addressed lobby group’s protesters outside the provincial legislature in Cape Town

Economy

MPC leaves repo rate unchanged, but ‘tone notably hawkish’

The Reserve Bank in Pretoria. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
8 hour(s) ago

Reserve Bank leaves repo rate unchanged at 5.75%, as expected, but warns weak rand and uncertainty around oil prices remain threat to inflation outlook

Economy

Producer inflation slows sharply in February

Picture: THE TIMES
13 hour(s) ago

Producer inflation moderates in line with expectations to 2.6% in February compared with year ago as effects of lower fuel prices continue to be felt

Politics

DA’s Gana to run for chairmanship of party

Makashule Gana (right).  Picture: MARTIN RHODES
8 hour(s) ago

DA deputy federal chairman Makashule Gana will run for chairmanship of party after Wilmot James indicates he is set to step down from post at federal congress in May

National

Pityana replaced as co-chair of Rhodes debate

Barney Pityana. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
14 hour(s) ago

University of Cape Town convocation chairman Barney Pityana steps down from co-chairing debate on controversial Cecil John Rhodes statue, transformation

African News

Wildlife protection targets money laundering

Picture: BUSINESS DAY
4 hour(s) ago

Kasane Statement aims to curtail organised criminal networks’ money chain ‘and other financial crime connections with illegal wildlife trade’

The Johannesburg CBD.  Picture: THE TIMES

Reaping the urban dividend

State needs to meet private sector to turn our cities into growth engines, writes Lungisa Fuzile

Columnists

By lauding the success of these developmental states, we are in effect saying the end justifies the means, writes Bronwyn Nortje

Development at the cost of rights

Columnists

There is no trade-off between competitiveness and transformation — look at Western Province, writes Liz McGregor

Saru old boys club must join modern world

Labour

Demand spurs rerun of labour reform roadshows

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD
6 hour(s) ago

Department of Labour and the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration will again explain raft of recent changes to labour legislation

Europe

Co-pilot may have crashed plane on purpose, says prosecutor

An undated file picture of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz as seen on Facebook on Thursday.  Picture:  AFP PHOTO
6 hour(s) ago

No grounds to consider crash a terrorist incident, according to French prosecutor, but there is no alternative motive yet as hunt for second black box continues

National

Eskom implements stage 2 load-shedding

Picture: THINKSTOCK
13 hour(s) ago

Utility says rolling blackouts due to shortage of generation capacity as several units are out of service as result of planned, unplanned outages

Energy

Zuma linked to Eskom inquiry

Jacob Zuma. Picture: KOPANO TLAPE
20 hour(s) ago

Power utility chairman Zola Tsotsi doing the president’s bidding in initiating controversial inquiry

Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Picture: REUTERS

Extremists at war with humanity’s sublime potential

Neither beauty nor history has the least interest for modern political obliterators, writes Simon Schama

Asia-Pacific

Geely revs up London black cab investment

Zhejiang Geely Li Shufu. Picture: REUTERS/BJORN LARSSON ROSVALL
11 hour(s) ago

China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group to build new car plant in Coventry, England, that will enable it to ramp up production of famously boxy rides

Middle East

Saudi Arabia launches military action in Yemen

A Yemeni woman looks at her destroyed house in the Yemeni capital on Thursday, after Saudi air strikes against Huthi rebels near Sanaa Airport. Saudi Arabia launched a military operation overnight in Yemen by a regional coalition to defend the government of embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi as the country teeters on the brink of civil war.  Picture: AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS
15 hour(s) ago

Officials confirm that Saudi Arabia, Gulf region allies have launched air strikes to counter Iran-allied forces besieging southern city of Aden

National

SARS boss to set up own probe unit

SARS commissioner Tom Moyane at Parliament’s finance committee in Cape Town on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
20 hour(s) ago

Commissioner Tom Moyane insists the planned unit will be nothing like the illegal, covert, ‘rogue’ outfit he disbanded

Trade & Industry

SA sticks to its guns over Sacu revenue deal

Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene briefs the standing committee on finance, in Parliament, on Tuesday. Picture:TREVOR SAMSON
19 hour(s) ago

SA is the ‘the cash cow’ in the regional accord and encounters resistance when it raises issues, says Nhlanhla Nene

Mining

Rio Tinto CE slams rival’s ‘harebrained scheme’

ASSET: A clump of iron ore from a mine. Picture: REUTERS
15 hour(s) ago

Rio Tinto CE Sam Walsh says Australia would not benefit from capping iron ore production in bid to support prices in response to remarks from Fortescue chairman

National

Rift grows as police deny issuing Jiba summons

Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
19 hour(s) ago

Divisions at top safety and security institutions laid bare over Nomgcobo Jiba summons

Financial Services

Capitec looks set to rival big four banks

Picture: SUPPLIED
19 hour(s) ago

Main customer haemorrhage appears to have come from Barclays Africa, which used to be dominant with a customer base of between 10-million and 12-million

National

Plot to assassinate Chabane dismissed

The car in which Collins Chabane was travelling at the weekend when he was involved in a fatal accident.  Picture: SOWETAN
19 hour(s) ago

Late minister’s death a ‘tragic and preventable road traffic collision fatality’, not a plot, say experts

Economy

Petrol price increase will guzzle up some gains of recent lows

Picture: THINKSTOCK
19 hour(s) ago

Despite the improvement in disposable salaries, the number of monthly electronic salary payments fall

Business

Government’s BEE policy creates middlemen

ANC MP Ben Turok. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
19 hour(s) ago

Middlemen tend to import supplies at the expense of the local industry, particularly the capital goods industry, says Ben Turok

African Business

Niger on track for solid growth, despite fall in price of exports, says IMF

International Monetary Fund. Picture: REUTERS / YURI GRIPAS
12 hour(s) ago

International Monetary Fund says Niger is weathering commodity slump, medium-term outlook remains favourable

Business

State set to provide R1bn to create black industrialists

Lionel October, director general in trade and industry, briefs the trade and industry committee on the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Bill on Tuesday.   Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
20 hour(s) ago

Funding is expected to attract about R10bn to R20bn from others, such as the Industrial Development Corporation

Financial Services

African Bank creditors in last-ditch effort

Tom Winterboer.  Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
19 hour(s) ago

Amendment bill ‘infringes on the rule of law, the right to equal treatment under the constitution, and the right to property’

Media & Advertising

Times Media sees drop in first-half headline earnings

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
17 hour(s) ago

Times Media Group expects headline earnings of 67c per share in six months ended December 2014 from 196c per share in year-earlier period

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Cartoons

The Johannesburg CBD.  Picture: THE TIMES

Reaping the urban dividend

State needs to meet private sector to turn our cities into growth engines, writes Lungisa Fuzile

Health

Hurdle for bionics: one size does not fit all

Hugh Herr, a professor and double amputee who heads the Biomechatronics research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, stands amid mannequins displaying various bionic limbs. File picture: REUTERS
19 hour(s) ago

Getting older and less steady on your feet? You need a bionic exoskeleton, suggests Jonathan Rossiter

Motoring

Ninety-one years in the business of motorcycles, and still turning heads

1 day(s) ago

BMW strikes again with its 1200 R model motorcycle, a sleek machine with a flat-twin boxer engine

Management

How to be a successful networker

Picture: THE NEW YORK TIMES/TONY CENICOLA
11 hour(s) ago

Networking has own set of best practices such as conducting research, face-to-face meetings, clear plan on how you can help, not asking for favours

Motoring

LAUNCH NEWS: New entrant in a busy sector

The Mokka is aiming to mix things up in the small crossover segment.  Picture: QUICKPIC
18 hour(s) ago

Opel has entered the compact crossover foray with its new Mokka

Health

Get sick — with a little help from your friends

A family eats their lunch as they sit on a bench outside a fish and chip shop in Towyn, north Wales. Friends, family members and even colleagues of smokers or obese individuals are more likely to smoke or be obese themselves, according to new studies. File picture: REUTERS
19 hour(s) ago

A growing body of evidence shows lifestyles that include smoking, physical inactivity and obesity are actually socially contagious, writes Sarah Jackson

Health

Race is on for not-so-nasty liver tests

A radiologist studies an image from a magnetic resonance imaging scanner. New techniques for determining whether drugs are working make greater use of such technology. File picture: REUTERS
19 hour(s) ago

Liver disease epidemic spawns research into alternatives to biopsies, writes Bill Berkrot

Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock, front, says his team is expecting a tough battle against the Bulls on Saturday, as clashes between the two Super Rugby giants have always been intense. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG

Crusaders wary of Bulls’ bullies

Tight five will try to beat us up, says Whitelock ahead of Saturday’s Test-like clash

Rugby

Depleted Sharks will need to fight hard to beat Force

Picture: THINKSTOCK
19 hour(s) ago

Sharks’ defensive standards have slipped from last season’s lofty levels and they have conceded 12 tries

Cricket

Sunrisers release Pietersen to Surrey

England’s Kevin Pietersen. Picture: REUTERS
19 hour(s) ago

South African-born batsman is England’s all-time leading run-scorer in all formats and he has reiterated his desire to end his international exile

Cricket

New Zealand bask in afterglow as SA hide in shadows

New Zealand’s Grant Elliott after hitting the winning runs during the semifinal Cricket World Cup match against SA on Tuesday. Picture: AFP PHOTO
19 hour(s) ago

Passengers awaiting flights could hardly tear themselves away from the screens — until the Black Caps themselves came strolling along

Soccer

Keshi may get chance to settle score with Bafana

Picture: THINKSTOCK
19 hour(s) ago

Nigeria coach has finally signed a new contract with the Nigeria Football Federation

Opinion

Saru old boys club must join modern world to level the field

There is no trade-off between competitiveness and transformation — look at Western Province

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