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New cars at Durban’s port. Growth in Africa averaged more than 5% a year from 2003-12. Picture: BLOOMBERG/KEVIN SUTHERLAND

South Africa records trade surplus in April

1 hour(s) ago

South African Revenue Service data suggest demand is slowly picking up in SA’s trade partner countries and weaker rand is limiting growth in imports

Economy

SA finding it harder to compete for capital

Rand SA flag. Picture: THINKSTOCK
54 minute(s) ago

Erosion of market dynamism has made it harder for SA to compete for capital against rising South American countries, according to GIBS Dynamic Market Index

Politics

Show us your mayoral candidates, DA says to ANC

 Athol Trollip. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH
20 minute(s) ago

DA mayoral candidates for prime metros said at a media briefing on Tuesday that a delay in the ANC's announcement on candidates was unfair to voters

National

ANC leadership battle a worry for ratings agencies, Mantashe says

Gwede Mantashe. Picture: MAKWENA MANAMELA
3 hour(s) ago

However, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe says the government is ‘not doing things to please ratings agencies’ but, rather, is working ‘for the good of’ SA

National

ANC branches opposed to recalling Zuma

Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP PHOTO
3 hour(s) ago

ANC branches agree with party leadership not to recall President Jacob Zuma after Constitutional Court finding that he failed to uphold and respect constitution

National

Ex-SAA pilot says causes of president’s jet unreliability need to be probed

South Africa's Inkwazi presidential jet
4 hour(s) ago

Retired SAA senior captain Karl Jensen says presidential jet is a robust aircraft that should, if maintained and operated correctly, last up to 30 years

Education

About 60% of South African pupils cannot read by end of grade 4, study shows

By 2050, the share of children in the global population is expected to have fallen to 21%, versus a peak of 38% in the late 1960s.  Picture: SOWETAN
2 hour(s) ago

Education in Eastern Cape in deep trouble‚ with almost three-quarters of children not even being taught bare minimum when it comes to curriculum, study shows

Politics

Mashatile moves to allay fears that ANC won’t fill FNB Stadium

Paul Mashatile. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 hour(s) ago

ANC Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile confident party will fill 94,000-seater FNB Stadium to the rafters for its provincial local government elections manifesto launch

Industrials

Gauteng asks for review of award in favour of Bombela Civil Joint Venture

The Gautrain. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 hour(s) ago

Gauteng’s provincial government has instituted High Court proceedings to review the near-doubling of a recent multimillion rand award against it

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

Columnists

Aubrey Matshiqi promo

Many black South Africans do not see their image and lived reality reflected in what is promised by the Constitution, writes Aubrey Matshiqi

SA, but not economy, belongs to all

Columnists

‘The insecurity among SA’s cricketers makes them challenging interviewees,’ writes Neil Manthorp

Proteas can enjoy islands without fear of review

National

AfriForum and Solidarity to take legal action against quotas and sports

RIGHT MOVE: Rohan Janse van Rensburg of the Lions. Picture: LEE WARREN/GALLO IMAGES
2 hour(s) ago

Solidarity says Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula’s move to bar national federations from hosting international tournaments amounts to an unfair labour practice

Politics

Residents demand title deeds as ANC goes door to door in Ekurhuleni

SADDLE UP: Cycling to work has become common for Tembisa residents as petrol prices soar. Picture: SOWETAN
1 hour(s) ago

Tembisa residents ask ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile to address issue of title deeds for those who benefit from government housing programmes

Americas

Latin America is Uber’s star performer in 2016

Picture: BLOOMBERG/ANDREW HARRER
22 minute(s) ago

Widespread smartphone use combined with inadequate public transport have spurred rising demand for Uber from Mexico to Argentina

Telecoms & Technology

Ruling to further delay roll-out of digital TV

Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS
3 hour(s) ago

Supreme Court of Appeal rules that the inclusion of the nonencryption clause in the digital migration policy is unlawful and invalid

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
10 hour(s) ago

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

The act of voting is in reality an act of granting power of attorney to the party to take decisions in your interests, with little obligation for consultative participation with the electorate, according to the writer. Picture: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS

SA needs more accountability in its electoral system

Most analysts consider the electoral system to be the fundamental flaw in SA’s democratic architecture, writes Thabang Motsohi

Law & Constitution

Renowned lawyer and human rights activist Jules Browde dies at age of 98

Jules Browde. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
1 hour(s) ago

Jules Browde acted for Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and other anti-apartheid activists‚ and was a founder member of Lawyers for Human Rights

Media

SABC must show the public the real state of the country, says Cosatu

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
4 hour(s) ago

Cosatu is criticising the public broadcaster for wanting to ‘sanitise’ the news to hide the reality

African Business

East Africa’s gas-fired hopes recede

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

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

African News

Botswana banks on maize exports from SA and Zambia as stores dry up

Maize. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
3 hour(s) ago

The total area on which maize and sorghum was planted in Botswana this year fell 26% from a year earlier, owing to the drought

Industrials

PPC’s shares slide after ratings downgrade

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 hour(s) ago

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

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
10 hour(s) ago

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

Economy

Credit extended to private sector dips in April

Credit. Picture: ISTOCK
7 hour(s) ago

Private sector credit extension, which includes corporate and households, has decelerated for four consecutive months

Mining

CoAL shares surge after it secures $15m

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

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

Asia-Pacific

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

Slavery. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
4 hour(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

Europe

VW profit gains as carmaker battles to overcome crisis

TEST CASE:  A 2016 VW Golf TDI awaits emissions testing in the US. A wave of lawsuits have been filed in the US over VW’s emissions scandal, and now global institutional investors are following suit. Picture: BLOOMBERG/PATRICK FALLON
3 hour(s) ago

Volkswagen counting on deal with US authorities and car owners next month over rigging of diesel emissions tests while pushing strategic overhaul across 12-brand group

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
5 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

Mining

Lonmin is investing for the future

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

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

Europe

France’s Hollande sticks to controversial labour reform bill

Francois Hollande. Picture: REUTERS
5 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
10 hour(s) ago

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

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Cartoons

Deputy Justice Dikgang Moseneke. Picture: MOHAU MOFOKENG/SOWETAN.

Moseneke to publish memoirs on personal life and experience as judge

Retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke was 15 and still at school when he became one of youngest people to be jailed on Robben Island

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
10 hour(s) ago

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

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
10 hour(s) ago

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

Management

Building rapport across cultures often leads to breakthrough ideas

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 hour(s) ago

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

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
4 hour(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

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
11 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
11 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

Picture: THINKSTOCK
11 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
11 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
11 hour(s) ago

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

Cricket

A question not to be stumped by

Picture: THINKSTOCK
11 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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UCT vice-chancellor Max Price. Having drawn a line in the sand after the arson and vandalism incidents that occurred on campus in February, the university has now taken a firm line against those who have crossed it.

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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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