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Zuma gets ‘worst ever’ annual assessment from DA

In a zero-sum communication game, people tell those in power, such as President Jacob Zuma, what they think they want to hear, or what they think will make them laugh. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
35 minute(s) ago

DA cites international law violations, evading critical questions, as well as disregard for authority of courts as some of reasons why Zuma scored an ‘F’ on report card

Telecoms & Technology

Suspended Neotel executive resigns

Neotel CEO Sunil Joshi. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
2 hour(s) ago

Telecoms company says chief financial officer will leave to pursue other interests, he was suspended following reports of alleged financial irregularities


National Empowerment Fund call for BEE to remain policy

Philisiwe Mthethwa , CEO National Empowerment Fund. Picture: WALDO SWIEGERS/ SUNDAY TIMES
2 hour(s) ago

National Empowerment Fund CEO Philisiwe Mthethwa says policy is still relevant, critical, must still be implemented

Financial Services

Standard Bank in UK court over fraud allegations

Standard Bank. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
6 hour(s) ago

The bank’s UK unit, which could pay up to $40m in fines if an agreement to suspend prosecution is approved in court, had indemnified 60% owner ICBC of China


Nene will not sign up government for R500bn nuclear bill, says Louw

Leon Louw, executive director of the Free Market Foundation. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
4 hour(s) ago

Free Market Foundation’s Leon Louw says Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has shown himself to be responsible, and private investment will be needed

Transport & Tourism

SAA board duped into probing tender

UNUSUAL STEP: SAA board member Yakhe Kwinana, right, next to chairwoman Dudu Myeni.. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
9 hour(s) ago

ENS did forensic inquiry after businessman complained but accuser’s bid was found to have numerous irregularities

Transport & Tourism

MP puts Nene on the spot over SAA chair and finances

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
9 hour(s) ago

Finance spokesman tells National Assembly that minister seems ‘powerless to act’ against chairwoman, despite SAA’s ‘acute’ financial distress


Malema tells UK investors to include workers

WELCOMED: Students applaud Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema at Oxford University on Wednesday. Picture: THABO JAIYESIMI
9 hour(s) ago

Julius Malema says BEE a disaster at the heart of South Africa’s economic woes and collapse of state-owned corporations including South African Airways


Black lives are better in rainbow nation

Black South Africa accounts for bigger share of economy and has almost twice the buying power per person than just 16 years ago, writes Garth Zietsman


China’s trade with Africa not broad-based and not driven by altruism, writes Mzukisi Qobo

Depending on China is no way to grow Africa


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It's time the ANC stood up to its president to stop spending money and to back his finance minister or we are headed for disaster, writes Peter Bruce

What President Jacob Zuma must still break to survive


Phiyega’s spokesman is suspended

45 minute(s) ago

Spokesman for suspended national police commissioner Gen Riah Phiyega is suspended, acting commissioner says matter is between employee, employer

Science & Environment

WWF welcomes department’s decision to appeal rhino decision

Rhino horn. Picture:  AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT
6 hour(s) ago

World Wildlife Fund says it regrets High Court decision to lift ban on trade in rhino horn as result of application by game farmers

Transport & Tourism

Why I will not resign from SAA

Dudu Myeni. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
9 hour(s) ago

South African Airways chairwoman Dudu Myeni says she is carrying the burden of transforming the airline, writes Linda Ensor


Cosatu backs alliance and wants bigger shift to left

Newly elected Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali. Picture: THE TIMES
9 hour(s) ago

Talk of unity with ruling ANC diluted by strong hints of need for a stronger leftward shift


Raspberry Pi rolls out $5 computer

2 hour(s) ago

The Raspberry Pi Foundation was planning to make future Pi’s a little more expensive — instead, it releases its cheapest product yet, the Pi Zero

Employees at Southern African Shipyards in Durban hard at work on an order, one of a growing number that includes eight new 70-tonne tugs for Transnet. Picture: SUPPLIED

We have the means to solve problems in ocean economy

Operation Phakisa and ocean economy retain immense potential for economic development of South Africa, writes Edna Molewa


Unisa bosses row over council terms

Mathews Phosa. Picture: THE SOWETAN
9 hour(s) ago

University allegedly tried to extend terms of three council members, including former chairman Mathews Phosa

Transport & Tourism

Private sector should invest ‘lazy cash’ in infrastructure, says Transnet acting CEO

Siyabonga Gama. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
9 hour(s) ago

Transnet head urges companies to invest 'lazy cash sitting on their balance sheets' in upgrading plant and equipment to grow the economy

African News

UN warns of vulnerable children in Central African Republic

1 hour(s) ago

United Nations says more than 1-million children in conflict-torn country are in need of humanitarian aid, almost half of those under five are malnourished


Australia flags superannuation reforms and targets highest earners

A sign on the Reserve Bank of Australia building in central Sydney. Picture: REUTERS
1 hour(s) ago

Treasurer flags reforms to nation’s retirement savings system, targeting its use by wealthy Australians to minimise taxes


Construction sector in dire straits

8 hour(s) ago

SA’s construction and engineering sector JSE index under performs main market

African News

Pope visits poor and young in Kenyan slum on African tour

Pope Francis delivering his speech at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday.  Picture: EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU
4 hour(s) ago

Pope Francis wins rapturous welcome as he visits congested Kenyan slum to convey message of solidarity with poor, underprivileged


Abe rolls out more spending to revitalise economy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Picture: REUTERS
4 hour(s) ago

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tells his cabinet to compile extra budget for current fiscal year in latest attempt to revive sputtering economy


Zuma flags municipalities’ successes but says service delivery must improve

President Jacob Zuma answers question in the National Assembly on Thursday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
22 hour(s) ago

President Jacob Zuma emphasises achievements of municipalities over past 15 years, saying SA will hold local elections next year with more to celebrate than criticise


Destruction of Amazon forest increases in 2015

1 hour(s) ago

Devastation of largest intact rainforest increases from a year ago as government struggles to enforce legislation, stop illegal clearings


North and South Korea plan further talks to ease tension

3 hour(s) ago

North, South Korea agree to hold talks at vice-minister level next month, after meeting aimed at further easing tension following end to armed standoff in August

Financial Services

Absa buys majority stake in Instant Life to grow bancassurance division

19 hour(s) ago

Online life insurance distribution platform has an average 14,000 policies with the average sum insured of about R700,000 per policy


Saudi women begin their first-ever election campaign

Nassima al-Sadah, a candidate for municipal councils in the Gulf coast city of Qatif, working at her office in Qatif 400 kilometers east of the Saudi capital, Riyadh. Women in Saudi Arabia begin their first-ever electoral campaign on November 29, a step forward for both women’s rights and the kingdom’s slow democratic process. AFP
2 hour(s) ago

Saudi Arabia takes tentative steps towards better representation of women in kingdom as female candidates prepare to stand in municipal elections


Chinese stocks tumble on news of brokerage probes in government crackdown

A board in Beijing shows stock prices on the Shanghai Securities Exchange on Wednesday. The Chinese government froze stock markets amid a dramatic correction last month. Picture: REUTERS
4 hour(s) ago

Confidence in recent stability is shaken as the Shanghai composite index falls 6%, the most since the depths of this year’s rout


Russia takes aim at imports from Turkey

Vladimir Putin. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ALEXEI NIKOLSKY
8 hour(s) ago

Agricultural products from Turkey subjected to additional border checks and laboratory controls after 15% of goods found to breach Russian requirements


ANC starts process to have Zille impeached over ‘spy move’

DA leader Helen Zille.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
18 hour(s) ago

Party alleges a senior police crime intelligence officer was hired in his private capacity to do surveillance on it


Gains and headwinds make for a year of mixed fortunes at Nampak

8 hour(s) ago

Africa’s biggest manufacturer of beverage, food and non-perishable packaging financial year ended-September was one of "mixed fortunes"

Lunar-like desert landscapes are part of Namibia’s allure. Despite the low rainfall, the country boasts about 200 endemic plants. Picture: EUGENE YIGA

Lunar views without space travel

Magical Namibia offers space on an unimaginable scale, as well as development everywhere, writes Eugene Yiga


Cookbook preserves South African legacy recipes

18 hour(s) ago

A Culinary Journey of South African Indigenous Foods documents dishes from Amadombolo to Phutu

Arts & Entertainment

Musical pays tribute to township jazz artists

18 hour(s) ago

Actresses perform renditions of ’50s and ’60s songs as a hip-hop artist tells the story and links the past to the present in Songs from Jazztown at the Market Theatre


LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Vine art of seeing stars and scoring points while sipping

Professional tasters seem to manage a degree of consistency, despite potential for things to go wrong

India's Cheteshwar Pujara (L), Shikhar Dhawan (C) and captain Virat Kohli celebrate after their win over South Africa on the third day of their third test cricket match in Nagpur, India, November 27, 2015. India beat South Africa by 124 runs in the third test in Nagpur to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series on Friday. REUTERS

India romp to victory to clinch series against SA

Hosts enjoy 124-run victory with more than two days to spare in third Test to take unassailable lead in four-match series


Amla and Du Plessis defy spinners

South Africa's Hashim Amla (C) and teammate Faf du Plessis (L) celebrate their partnership during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between Ireland and South Africa in Canberra on Tuesday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PETER PARKS
5 hour(s) ago

Captain Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis put up fight to delay Indian march towards series-winning victory in third Test dusty, deteriorating pitch at VCA stadium


Coetzee in the dark over Bok job

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee. Picture: GALLO IMAGES / ASHLEY VLOTMAN
10 hour(s) ago

Former Stormers and assistant Springbok coach Allister Coetzee rumoured to replace post still held by Heyneke Meyer

Other Sport

Surprised Tighe leads in tough Aussie Open field

Australia's Lincoln Tighe hits up to the 18th during the first round of the Australian Open Championship at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney, Australia, on Thursday. Picture: EPA/DEAN LEWINS
10 hour(s) ago

Lincoln Tighe upstages field including top golfer Jordan Spieth and a string of Major winners


Chippa United scout move to new venue

10 hour(s) ago

Buffalo City Stadium designated as team’s alternative venue but they want to spread out to extend their supporter base

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