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LIVE: Pravin Gordhan debates Justice Malala

46 minute(s) ago

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan debates political commentator Justice Malala in Cape Town from 8pm tonight. Ray Hartley live-blogs the action

National

Gordhan will not present himself to the Hawks on Thursday

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
2 hour(s) ago

Gordhan’s stance is set to heighten his standoff with President Jacob Zuma, who is believed to be behind the Hawks’ renewed badgering of the finance minister

Transport & Tourism

Peters calls for closure of Montana probe

Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
16 minute(s) ago

DA slams request as a ‘gross abuse of power’ and asks for Peters to be summoned so the country could be briefed on why she has asked that the investigation be withdrawn

National

Committee decides on Busisiwe Mkhwebane for public protector

Busisiwe Mkhwebane.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES
2 hour(s) ago

EFF head Julius Malema says while he is concerned about suggestions Mkhwebane is a Zuma candidate, the office of the public protector will expose her if she is biased

National

Trevor Manuel warns: Arrest of Gordhan will ‘destroy this economy’

National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel speaking at a workshop organised by the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference on Monday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
44 minute(s) ago

Former says it is ridiculous that an 'acting' head of the Hawks is persecuting him on baseless charges

Energy

Applications for site licences for nuclear plants are legal, Eskom says

INDUSTRIAL ACTION:  The Pelindaba nuclear reactor plant near Pretoria. Necsa employees are poised to go on strike. Picture: THE TIMES
1 hour(s) ago

Lobby organisation Outa says Eskom’s application has been ‘suspiciously hidden in provincial gazettes and limited newspapers’

African News

Zimbabwe police use teargas to disperse protest march over police action

Anti-riot police clear roads during a protest by opposition youths who were demonstrating against alleged brutality by security agents in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe, on Wednesday.    Picture: REUTERS
1 hour(s) ago

More than 200 youths from Movement for Democratic Change march in protest to try to force President Robert Mugabe to implement electoral reforms

Education

Protesting students cause turmoil at Eastern Cape university campuses

Protesting NMMU students block the entrance to the university's South Campus on Wednesday.  Picture: HERALDLIVE VIA TWITTER
3 hour(s) ago

Students from Walter Sisulu University’s Butterworth, Mthatha and East London campuses have been arrested for public violence and theft, among other charges

National

SIU will probe alleged corruption in two Limpopo municipalities

President Jacob Zuma. Picture:  REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO
3 hour(s) ago

President Jacob Zuma had authorised the SIU to investigate the affairs of the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality and Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan gestures during a media briefing in Sandton in March. Picture: REUTERS

WATCH LIVE: Pravin Gordhan vs Justice Malala in tough debate

BDlive is live-streaming a heavyweight debate between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and political commentator Justice Malala

Columnists

Steven Friedman: One of the great myths the election exposed is that corruption is a middle-class hang-up

What the choice of protector will say of the ANC

Columnists

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Leon Louw: The creeping conversion of rights into obligations struck its first blow against democracy on Monday when secrecy became obligatory

Will the right to vote become an obligation?

African Business

Investors sell banking shares as Nigeria suspends nine banks from forex deals

Nigeria Stock Exchange. Picture: REUTERS
2 hour(s) ago

Banking sources say Nigeria’s central bank suspended the lenders for withholding government dollars from the treasury

Industrials

PPC prices R4bn rights issue at R4 a share

Picture: THINKSTOCK
57 minute(s) ago

PPC plans to raise the money to reduce debt levels and fund existing expansion capital expenditure and investment projects

Industrials

Murray & Roberts to sell infrastructure and building businesses

Henry Laas. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
1 hour(s) ago

M&R’s long-term strategy is to focus on the global natural resources markets, CEO Henry Laas says

Markets

Rand stabilises at weaker levels after shock announcement by Hawks

3 hour(s) ago

At the same time, the recent strength in the rand was overextended and not supported by fundamental data, Sanlam Private Clients’ Gerhard Lampen says

Mining

Harmony Gold turns predator on deal hunt to fill output gap

Peter Steenkamp. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
3 hour(s) ago

With company likely to lose about 40% of production over next six years due to mines reaching end of lives, big acquisition a necessity, says CEO Peter Steenkamp

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Science has a role to play in picking Madonsela successor

The right temperament able to handle the pressures of the public protector’s office will be vital to its viability, writes Paul Hoffman

National

Unqualified audits for Gauteng health and fleet management

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA
5 hour(s) ago

A change of leadership at fleet management was said to be behind its success, while the health department benefited from an intervention plan

Law & Constitution

Complaint against Hlophe must now be concluded, Constitutional Court orders

John Hlophe. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 hour(s) ago

2008 complaint against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe by then-justices of the Constitutional Court rocked judiciary and divided the legal fraternity

Asia-Pacific

India moves to ban booming commercial surrogacy business

PROBING: Pregnant women’s data are valuable to advertisers as they make big purchases.   Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 hour(s) ago

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj says the new rule bars foreign and gay couples from surrogacy services in India if parliament passed the bill

National

Zuma congratulates Ekurhuleni’s new mayor — but no word about others

ANC Youth League national co-ordinator Mzwandile Masina. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
5 hour(s) ago

Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina is said to be a close ally of President Jacob Zuma and the only current mayor in Gauteng aligned to the president

Energy

Nersa may appeal against court’s dismissal of price hike

Electricity pylons at an Eskom coal-burning power station near Sasolburg. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO
6 hour(s) ago

The National Energy Regulator of SA’s electricity subcommittee believes the judge considered points that were irrelevant when making the judgment

Politics

Opportunistic criminality partly to blame for Tshwane unrest, says Kgomotso Phahlane

Thoko Didiza. Picture: ROBERT BOTHA
5 hour(s) ago

ANC’s nomination of Thoko Didiza as mayoral candidate not exclusively to blame for unrest in Tshwane ahead of municipal elections, says acting police commissioner

Health

Using tax to promote health is not a new idea, says Treasury’s Cecil Morden

Picture: ISTOCK
6 hour(s) ago

Studies suggest a 10%-20% price hike in sugary beverages may be necessary to have a meaningful effect on health outcomes, Morden says

National

Urgent government intervention required at Pollsmoor prison

Cell 33 E2 Section III, Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison, 2004.  Picture: MIKHAEL SUBOTZKY
1 hour(s) ago

Conditions in most South African prisons have long been under scrutiny amid concerns that they are overcrowded, violent and unsanitary

Europe

Stockpile food in case of attack, Germany tells citizens

Policemen check the identity documents of a man outside the HDI soccer arena after the friendly football match Germany and  the Netherlands was called off for security reasons in Hanover, Germany, on Tuesday. Chancellor Angela Merkel was to attend. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PATRIK STOLLARZ
2 hour(s) ago

Civil defence plan is Germany’s first since end of Cold War in 1995 when security policies were eased in wake of German reunification

African News

Zimbabwe to axe more than 8,000 state employees to cut costs

Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA
3 hour(s) ago

Wages for Zimbabwe’s civil service absorb more than 80% of government revenue, and the country has missed a deadline to pay arrears of $1.8bn to lenders

National

Improvements but Compensation Fund not yet out of the woods

Vuyo Mafata. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
6 hour(s) ago

Compensation Fund has been in chaotic financial state for many years, receiving repeated adverse opinions from the auditor general

National

Cape Town to put residents at the centre of service delivery plans

Patricia De Lille. Picture: BEKEZELA PHAKATHI
7 hour(s) ago

Mayor Patrician de Lille says residents are the metro’s customers‚ and their experience of service access and use should be its primary reference point

Markets

Banking index sharply down on fears about Pravin Gordhan’s future

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: THE TIMES
9 hour(s) ago

The rand fell to R14.14 to the dollar on Wednesday morning after news Pravin Gordhan has been ordered to present himself to the Hawks on Thursday morning

Energy

Eskom’s Ingula brings a second unit into commercial operation

Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO
8 hour(s) ago

Power parastatal says the two remaining units of the pumped storage scheme are on track for commercial operation in the first half of 2017

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Cartoons

Both the UK and SA plan to tax sugary drinks, but Britain’s finance minister has provided far more details. Picture: REUTERS/SUZANNE PLUNKETT

Study appears to vindicate California’s tax on sugary drinks

But the first peer-reviewed research measuring the impact of a tax on sugar consumption acknowledges other factors may also have come into play

Management

Entrepreneur Lumko Mphande is going places — on his bikes

Lumko Mphande delivers a presentation on his idea for a scooter rental business to a panel of experts in a competition for budding entrepreneurs. Picture: SUPPLIED
11 hour(s) ago

Bumka Scooter Rentals the brainchild of young Tembisa entrepreneur Lumko Mphande with a burning desire to achieve more, writes Eugene Yiga

Management

Taming shifty Africa with creativity and strategy

Chantell Ilbury says to be successful in Africa is to be foxy — to adapt constantly and to think outside the box — whereas the environment of certainty in western countries is conducive to hedgehog thinking. Picture: SUPPLIED
11 hour(s) ago

Sue Grant-Marshall: Leading African creative strategic thinker Chantell Ilbury wants to know: are you a hedgehog or a fox?

Opinion

THE POINT: All energy options have pros but one has major defects

The Cookhouse Wind Farm is located between the towns of Cookhouse and Bedford in the Eastern Cape. This wind farm is the largest in SA and has 66 turbines with a generating capacity of about 138.6MW. Picture: WIKIMEDIA

Nuclear causes the most disquiet when measured against future demand and budget projections

Cameron Van der Burgh and Caster Semenya take a selfie at the welcoming ceremony for the Rio 2016 Olympics Team SA at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Picture: SYDNEY SESHIBEDI/GALLO IMAGES

Feted Caster ‘does not need protecting’

The IAAF resumes its witch-hunt against gold medalist Caster Semenya and other hyperandrogenic athletes

Cricket

Pakistan’s incredible journey to top spot

THINK-TANK: Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur, right, with captain Misbah-ul-Haq during net practice at Edgbaston in early August. Picture: REUTERS/PAUL CHILDS
14 hour(s) ago

Pakistan caps a remarkable rise under skipper Misbah-ul-Haq to supplant archrivals India as the world’s best Test side

Cricket

Pink ball makes first-class debut in India

Suresh Raina. Picture: REUTERS/DANISH SIDDIQUI
14 hour(s) ago

India’s cricket board will be watching closely for signs the controversial but lucrative day-night format works for the players and millions of fans

Other Sport

Luvo Manyonga vows to keep world record focus

14 hour(s) ago

The silver medallist says being blocked from competing in the London Olympics saved his life

Cricket

Kiwis forgot who they were playing

Cricket supporters watch as the covers are put on to the wicket at Kingsmead stadium in Durban. Picture: REUTERS
14 hour(s) ago

There was so much time between balls during the rain-hit Test New Zealand’s coach Mike Hesson forgot who the Kiwis are playing

Soccer

Bayern nets higher security

Picture: THINKSTOCK
14 hour(s) ago

New German league season gets under way with heightened security after attack at Stade de France cautions national side

Soccer

Reborn Sterling leads City’s charge in Europe

Raheem Sterling. Picture: REUTERS/ADAM HOLT
14 hour(s) ago

Maligned winger Raheem Sterling is thriving under Pep Guardiola and inspired City’s 5-0 win at the Champions League first round play-off

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The Third Umpire

There are two ways of interpreting President Jacob Zuma’s move to take control of state-owned enterprises: either his mind has been focused by the ANC’s electoral drubbing or the patronage machine needs fuel.

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It took a small boy to tell the emperor he was naked, and a boutique trading firm to pick up the multibillion-rand JSE glitch that overstated the value of foreign equity inflows. Take a bow, Navigare CEO Vuyisile Radebe.

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Newly elected Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba. Just think, free-market advocates at the helm in Joburg and Tshwane, the engine room of the economy and cockpit of the country respectively. Let the growth begin.

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