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No conclusive Treasury report on Gupta coal deals, says Eskom

10 hour(s) ago

Eskom says the National Treasury’s findings into its coal contracts are inconclusive — including a reported deal worth R134m involving a Gupta-owned mining company for coal the power utility could not use

National

NPA quashes reports of Gordhan’s imminent arrest

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: ALON SKUY/THE TIMES
11 hour(s) ago

National Prosecuting Authority denies media reports that the Hawks could soon charge the finance minister for corruption in a case linked to a covert investigative unit set up within SARS

Rugby

Springboks’ decline to mediocre Test team almost complete

NO MISTAKES: Springbok scrumhalf and captain Fourie du Preez passes the ball during a training session in Teddington, west London on Tuesday. The skipper wants the Boks to have a healthy halftime lead against the USA on Wednesday. Picture: AFP
11 hour(s) ago

Boks first ever defeat in Argentina shows they are just another mediocre Test team capable of the odd upset, writes Craig Ray

National

Gordhan a victim of a political ploy — SACP

Finance minister Pravin Gordhan puts the finishing touches to the 2016 budget presentation. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
13 hour(s) ago

Charges designed as a pretext to remove Gordhan from office and weaken Treasury’s struggle against corruption, the South African Communist Party says

National

Guptas are like rats abandoning a sinking ship, says DA

Atul Gupta. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA
14 hour(s) ago

Parties react strongly to reports that the Guptas intend selling off their businesses, with EFF urging the Guptas to ‘pack their bags and leave SA’

National

ANC stalwart warns 'monsters' in the party are enriching themselves

Cheryl Carolus. Picture: BUSINESS DAY
10 hour(s) ago

Cheryl Carolus and Baleka Mbete call for UDF members to back the ANC’s effort to renew party before the 2019 general election

Politics

Early elective conference ‘will deepen divisions in the ANC’

The ANC is not in a growth phase. For the past decade its trajectory has been downhill as it grapples with a radically changed opposition. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO
13 hour(s) ago

SACP cautions against early elective conference and instead urges the ANC to convene a nonelective consultative conference

Economy

Trade data likely to show another surplus in July

A loading crane straddles a freight rail track at Transnet’s container handling terminal at City Deep inland port in Johannesburg. Picture: BLOOMBERG
12 hour(s) ago

Economist says SA’s trade account is forecast to have yielded a R5bn surplus in July‚ following surpluses of R18.4bn in May and R12.5bn in June

National

Guptas to sell all their SA assets by year-end

From left: Ajay Gupta younger brother Atul Gupta and Oakbay MD Jagdish Parekh and Duduzane Zuma , who is a son of the president. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
1 day(s) ago

The politically connected family says its South African businesses have done well since family members resigned from executive and nonexecutive posts

Jacob Zuma. Picture: EPA/NIC BOTHMA

We are not powerless against Jacob Zuma’s avarice

But simply removing the leader will not change the politics of patronage in the ANC, Prof Raymond Suttner tells Charles Leonard

Columnists

Politicians should have no part in appointing someone to an office that is beyond them, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

Purpose of ANC’s Monty Python squad is clear

Columnists

Gems has been unwilling to put rumours to bed, writes Bronwyn Nortje

What is the government medical aid hiding?

Cricket

Duminy falls‚ but Du Plessis still standing

VITAL: JP Duminy carried the water in a warm-up match before the first Test … on Saturday he will likely carry his bat. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/PUNIT PARANJPE
13 hour(s) ago

JP Duminy wastes a chance to score what would have been his first century in 14 completed innings in the second test against New Zealand at Centurion

National

NEWS ANALYSIS: Zuma’s power checked by backlash over Gordhan probe

TOUGH TALK: Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan speaks to President Jacob Zuma at the meeting held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday. Picture: GCIS
1 day(s) ago

Opposition parties and analysts have speculated that the president may use the probe into Pravin Gordhan to install a more compliant head of the Treasury

National

Bring your evidence, say Guptas

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: THE TIMES
1 day(s) ago

In a statement from Oakbay Investments, the family says it is the ‘victim of a political campaign’, but is interested only in business, not politics

Africa

Africa is steering its own destiny, Jacob Zuma says in Nairobi

President Jacob Zuma, right, talks to Senegalse counterpart Macky Sall during a break at the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on August 27, 2016. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

The president, in Kenya for the sixth Tokyo International Conference of African Development, says the continent has changed since TICAD was launched

National

The arrogance of the Hawks is unacceptable, FW de Klerk says

Former president FW de Klerk.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 day(s) ago

The former South African president says he thinks cadre employment has hurt the country’s economy and effective service delivery

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State medical aid may go bust

Government employees face dire consequences over low solvency unless drastic cost-containment measures are not put in place

Asia-Pacific

Japan pledges $30bn for Africa

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, greets the chairperson of the AU Idriss Deby at the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Investment is for ‘Japan and Africa to grow together’, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe tells Ticad conference

National

Time is running out to ensure the youth wage subsidy is extended

Prospective job seekers queue to be registered outside the Alberton Civic Centre during a youth job creation initiative in June.  Picture: THE SOWETAN
2 day(s) ago

The Employment Tax Incentive reduces the cost to employers of hiring young people through a reduction in the pay-as-you-earn employee tax

Property

Cape Town’s property price growth ‘third highest in the world’

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2 day(s) ago

Property consulting company Knight Frank said Cape Town’s annual price growth came in behind only those of Vancouver and Shanghai

Energy

Eskom asks to extend end period for comment on nuclear installations

Koeberg nuclear power station. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 day(s) ago

Outa has accused Eskom of ‘hiding’ notices calling for comment in provincial gazettes and a limited array of newspapers and of shortening the period for comment

African News

Bongo’s fate in the balance as Gabon goes to the polls

Ali Bongo Ondimba. Picture: REUTERS/EMMA FARGE
1 day(s) ago

Vote will decide whether President Ali Bongo will remain in office or be unseated by a career diplomat

Europe

Turkey arrests three former diplomats over coup plot

IN FORCE:  People wave national flags in Istanbul during the Democracy and Martyrs Rally organised by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and supported by the ruling AK Party, opposition Republican People’s Party and Nationalist Movement Party. Picture: REUTERS/UMIT BEKTAS
1 day(s) ago

Three former top diplomats, including an advisor to ex-president Abdullah Gul, arrested over links to failed July 15 coup

Markets

US bank sees the rand plummeting against the dollar by the end of 2016

Rands. Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

Japanese banking official warns of a ‘profound market reaction’ if President Jacob Zuma removes Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in a Cabinet reshuffle

National

ANC will not comment on the situation between the Hawks and Gordhan

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: THE TIMES
2 day(s) ago

ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni says President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s comments on the matter are sufficient

Other Sport

Kenyan officials arrested in Rio games investigation

AFTER THE EVENT: People walk past the Tennis Centre in Olympic Park a day after the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, on Tuesday.  REUTERS/BRUNO KELLY
1 day(s) ago

Investigators dig into a series of scandals and embarrassments at the Rio games

National

Joburg mayor starts skills audit — in his own office

Herman Mashaba. Picture: SUPPLIED
2 day(s) ago

Mayor Herman Mashaba has started having discussions with senior people to see if they have the requisite skills to ensure that they can service his office

Europe

Flags at half mast as Italy mourns earthquake dead

A relative of a victim cries in front of the coffin before the mass funeral for some of the victims of the earthquake that devastated central Italy, in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, on Saturday.  Picture: EPA/MASSIMO PERCOSSI
1 day(s) ago

Italy observes a day of mourning for the victims of an earthquake that killed nearly 300 people

Media

Meeting seeks to foster ‘prosperous working relations’ between police and journalists

Picture: DIEKETSENG MALEKE
1 day(s) ago

Acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane condemns attacks on journalists by members of the police

National

Jacob Zuma has just more than a month left in which to pay back Nkandla costs

A man holds a placard reading 'For sale Nkandla' during a student demonstration in front of the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/STEFAN HEUNIS
2 day(s) ago

The Treasury determined in its report submitted to the Constitutional Court on June 27 that Zuma should pay close to R8m in nonsecurity costs

Americas

Second-quarter US economic growth slower than initially thought

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2 day(s) ago

While data so far for the third quarter has been mixed, a buoyant labour market should continue to support consumer spending in the US and underpin growth

Labour

Boycott Robertson’s wines, striking workers urge the public

An EFF supporter backs striking workers outside Robertson Winery on Wednesday. The workers are on strike over a wage increase . Picture: THE TIMES
2 day(s) ago

Roberston Winery is operating at 30% capacity owing to the strike over wages, as most of its 300 workers stay away from work

Americas

Fed’s Yellen says case for interest rate hike has strengthened

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen. Picture:  REUTERS/JOHATHAN ERNST
2 day(s) ago

Yellen did not indicate when the US central bank might raise rates, but her comments reinforced the view that such a move could come later this year

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Cartoons

Comedian Trevor Noah. Picture: ANTONIO MUCHAVE/SOWETAN

‘Uncontrollable’ people are in power in SA, says funnyman Noah

You come to realise that when you put the wrong man in the right place he can do ‘the utmost damage’

Health

Milk-based packing ticks lots of boxes

A new biodegradable film made out of casein is being produced to replace the thin plastic wrapping that is used to protect against spoilage. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA
3 day(s) ago

Researchers are investigating alternative forms of food packaging — the biodegradable kind that can be eaten, writes Amrith Ramkumar

Travel & Food

Appetite for fermented food grows

Nick Vadasz, owner of Vadasz Deli in London,  helped his Hungarian grandmother ferment pickles — not  an English tradition. Picture: SUPPLIED
2 day(s) ago

Pickles, kombucha, and sauerkraut are catching on as a healthy alternative to fast food, writes Madeleine Morrow

Opinion

ANC mute as arrogant Zuma grabs the reins

President Jacob Zuma. Picture:  REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Jacob Zuma executes personal coup d’etat in seizing the entire public sector economy, writes Allister Sparks

TAKING IT EASY: Morné Steyn, right, and Faf de Klerk chill at a Bok training session. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Boks crying out for big performance from key players in Salta

Flyhalf Elton Jantjies needs to dictate the game with the same authority he displays at Super Rugby level, and to help him his pack will have to be better

Other Sport

Ryan Lochte lands new sponsor, even as Brazilian police recommend charges

Ryan Lochte. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

The disgraced US swimmer’s new backer — after losing the endorsement of big names like Speedo — is Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops

Soccer

Uefa changes Champions League qualifying rules

Michel Platini. Picture: EPA/WALTER BIERI
2 day(s) ago

The amendments come after Europe’s top clubs discussed the possibility of forming a Super League, possibly without Uefa’s authorisation

Rugby

Pumas pose real threat in Salta

GOOD ONE:  Faf de Klerk produced a moment of brilliance last week, but the Pumas applied the pressure throughout. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/DIRK KOTZE
2 day(s) ago

The Boks under new coach Allister Coetzee are well prepared but expect no favours from the Argentines

Rugby

New players sign of Boks’ lack of cohesion

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

The Springboks squad against Argentina lacks the experience that secured the national side’s victory in 2014

Cricket

Winner takes all at Centurion showdown

Vernon Philander not keen on one-Test series. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ANESH DEBIKY
2 day(s) ago

Black Caps ‘excited’ about the winner-takes-all shootout at the Centurion corral against Proteas

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