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Treasury eyes wider disposal of state assets

Treasury director-general Lungisa Fuzile. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
2 hour(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

Energy

Necsa in row over CEO’s suspension

Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: FLICKR
2 hour(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
2 hour(s) ago

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

Mining

Implats to sell Marula mine to conserve cash

Heaps of platinum ore before the refinery process. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
23 hour(s) ago

Platinum producer puts mine up for sale, scales back on capital expenditure as it delays number of growth projects to save cash in difficult market

Economy

Economists forecast PPI will stay at record lows — for now

Picture: THINKSTOCK
8 hour(s) ago

No guarantees on inflation environment with drought threatening to reverse lower food prices and no clear date on next oil price rise

Retail & Consumer

Game’s food sales boost Massmart

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

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

Trade & Industry

Car makers need labour stability, says BMW SA’s new boss

BMW SA MD Tim Abbott. File Picture: REUTERS/JAS LEHAL
1 hour(s) ago

Vehicle manufacturers will enter into official negotiations with the unions next year over a labour deal

DIRE SITUATION: A drought-affected maize crop is seen near Paris, Missouri. Picture: REUTERS

Drought should ring alarm bells

Persistent dry weather raises the spectre of drought in areas that produce about 75% of SA’s white maize — a staple food for millions of people, writes Wandile Sihlobo

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

Politics

Zuma may escape Nkandla quiz

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

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

National

Special visas for Brics business people

Malusi Gigaba. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
1 hour(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

Energy

Mthombo refinery not on hold, says SFF boss

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 hour(s) ago

Project Mthombo, a 400,000 barrels a day refinery to be built at Coega, has been under discussion for years

Cricket

Crowe advice taken to heart

AB de Villiers. Picture: AFP PHOTO/SAEED KHAN
1 hour(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

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his budget speech in Cape Town  on Wednesday. Picture: BUSINESS DAY/TREVOR SAMSON

EDITORIAL: Cloak-and-dagger privatisation

There is still no clarity on the promised ‘sales of nonstrategic state assets’ to fund Eskom’s considerable capital expenditure requirements

National

Greenpeace head wants answers on spy claims

International director of Greenpeace Kumi Naidoo attends the opening session of the 51st Munich Security Conference in Munich on February 7. Picture:  REUTERS/MICHAEL DALDER
1 hour(s) ago

Nuclear critic Kumi Naidoo wants answers on SA government’s request for information on his movements ahead of the G-20 summit in Toronto

National

Opposition parties take Makhura to task for not scrapping Gauteng e-tolls

David Makhura.  Picture: SOWETAN
18 hour(s) ago

During debate on premier’s state of province speech, MPs say he missed ‘golden opportunity’ by not announcing e-tolls will be scrapped

Retail & Consumer

Buoyant Spur plans aggressive outlets rollout

Picture: DAILY DISPATCH
1 hour(s) ago

Spur Corporation entrenches its dominance in family restaurant market with launch of a slew of new outlets across SA and the rest of Africa

Europe

British American Tobacco sales fall less than expected

Picture: THINKSTOCK
21 hour(s) ago

Slightly smaller-than-expected full-year sales decline as smokers cut back on habit and strong pound reduces value of international sales

Mining

Pan African Resources under pressure

Picture: ARDBEL
20 hour(s) ago

Gold and platinum mining company says lower gold output due to Evander mine extracting lower-grade ore, oil contamination of Biox plant increased costs

Education

UCT programme to address skills shortage in public sector

Picture: THINKSTOCK
17 hour(s) ago

University of Cape Town college of accounting launches postgraduate diploma in public sector accounting, course to cover financial management, governance, reporting

Americas

Yellen defends Fed after reform calls

Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen holds up a copy of the central bank’s 100th annual report as she testifies at a US Senate banking, housing and urban affairs committee hearing this week. Picture: AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB
1 hour(s) ago

Fed chief forcefully rejects Republican accusations she is unaccountable to Capitol Hill and too close to the White House

Financial Services

Liberty Holdings on track to diversify earnings, says CEO

Thabo Dloti.  Picture: SUPPLIED
16 hour(s) ago

Liberty’s full-year results reflect insurer’s efforts to diversify earnings away from largely insurance-based income stream to achieve growth, says Thabo Dloti

Americas

Mexican moguls turn focus to oil as global majors back off

Carlos Slim, the world’s third-richest man, is among the Mexican tycoons making space in their business empires for oil investments as Mexican energy laws change. File picture: REUTERS
1 hour(s) ago

Country’s energy laws are opening up, writes Adam Williams

National

Joburg residents can profit from solving city’s problems

FALLING BEHIND: Cars move over a highway with Johannesburg’s skyline in the background.  Picture: BLOOMBERG
11 hour(s) ago

Challenge is offering R5m in prize money for digital solutions

Americas

Petrobras scandal becomes a risk to contracts

A file picture of Petrobras oil platforms at Campos basin in Rio de Janeiro. The state oil company is embroiled in a growing corruption scandal. Picture: REUTERS
1 hour(s) ago

Rolls-Royce, GE and EAS shipyard may be latest casualties of the corruption scandal at Petrobras as Brazil's oil major cancels contracts

Americas

Google tries harder to push Android phones at work

Mock-ups of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone are displayed at the company's flagship store in Seoul, South Korea. Picture: BLOOMBERG
17 hour(s) ago

Google introduces technology to encourage companies and their employees to use Android smartphones for work

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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 hour(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 hour(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 hour(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 hour(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 hour(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
10 hour(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 hour(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 hour(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

State Security Minister David Mahlobo. Hot on the heels of the phone-jamming debacle, he’s now in the hot seat as the “spy cables” leaks from his State Security Agency begin to circle the globe.

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Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. For her reprieve on new minimum-emissions standards. Under the circumstances, companies — even dirty ones — need all the help they can get.

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City Power MD Sicelo Xulu. For taking the lead in introducing SA’s first time-of-use electricity tariff system. Giving incentives to households to shift their electricity consumption to off-peak periods is long overdue.

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