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Students from Stellenbosch University protest against fee hikes, through the centre of town. Picture: AFP/ RODGER BOSCH

Stellenbosch University decision called a victory for Afrikaans

9 hour(s) ago

The university’s council has turned down a plan to make English the main language of instruction and business, and has called for an increase in the use of Afrikaans


Kumba faces further cutbacks as iron-ore prices bite

Picture: ISTOCK
7 hour(s) ago

Pressure is mounting on Anglo American’s SA iron-ore unit to make further cutbacks as rout in prices for steel-making ingredient accelerates


Petra and Ekapa to buy Kimberley retreatment operations from De Beers

5 hour(s) ago

London-listed Petra Diamonds and Ekapa Mining are jointly buying Kimberley Mines tailings retreatment operations from De Beers for R102m

Transport & Tourism

‘Ineffective, expensive’ transport takes toll on SA’s poor

Gautrain. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA
2 hour(s) ago

Statistician-general Pali Lehohla says transport remains more expensive, proportionately, for low-income households than it is for their wealthier counterparts


Four out of five South Africans say corruption is on rise, shows survey

Deviations from prescribed rules governing supply chains often indicate that environments are vulnerable to fraud and corruption. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
1 hour(s) ago

In SA‚ 79% of respondents state government is doing badly in fighting corruption‚ but 56% believe ordinary people can make difference in fight against graft


Climate action an economic and security imperative, says Obama

Barack Obama. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MARTIN BUREAU
50 minute(s) ago

US leader says lack of political momentum for action remains a hurdle, but human ingenuity will resolve ‘massive, generational problem’


Eskom ends Exxaro’s coal contract for Arnot power station

8 hour(s) ago

Exxaro can bid for a new contract but Eskom says it cannot afford to pay R900 a tonne, as the cash-strapped utility exits its cost-plus agreements with mines


ANC fails in attempt to have Zille impeachment debate brought forward

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille. Picture: ESA ALEXANDER
44 minute(s) ago

Party calls for debate to be moved to top of proceedings in Western Cape Legislature, but is thwarted when DA votes against it

Pali Lehohla.  Picture: GCIS

South Africans remain reluctant to report crimes

Statistician-general Pali Lehohla says prevalence, under-reporting of crime to South African Police Service remain major concern


Smog-blighted Delhi far more suitable venue for climate change talks to sharpen world leaders’ minds, writes Neil Manthorp

To extreme pitches testing SA, add extreme climates


Dismal record shows state’s not serious about transformation, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

Empowerment funds fail in real change

Transport & Tourism

Outa says e-tolls doomed from the start

PAY UP: An e-toll gantry on the N1 through Pretoria. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD
1 hour(s) ago

Two years later, and e-tolls still suffering from ‘low collection rates‚ lack of public support and lack of support from opposition parties‚ labour movement and business associations’


PMI contracts significantly in November

7 hour(s) ago

Sharp drop in Barclays purchasing managers index to six-year low indicates decrease in manufacturing activity, weak demand remains big challenge

Retail & Consumer

SABMiller’s Chinese partner weighs its options

An employee monitors a production line at the SABMiller plant in Cape Town. The acquisitive brewer is now a target of AB Inbev, the world’s largest.  File picture: BLOOMBERG/DEAN HUTTON
7 hour(s) ago

State-backed China Resources Beer is seen as the logical buyer if SABMiller is required to sell its stake in Snow Breweries for Anheuser-Busch InBev tie-up to get nod

African Business

Zimbabwe power utility secures loan from Chinese bank

Geothermal power plant. Picture: THINKSTOCK
8 hour(s) ago

Export-Import Bank of China will provide loan to upgrade two generators at Zimbabwe Power Company’s Hwange thermal power plant

Tim Pearson. Picture: SUPPLIED

Homeboys help metered cabs get even with Uber

Local upstart start-up Ryda to level the playing field for metered taxis and registered drivers in South Africa, writes Eugene Yiga

Transport & Tourism

Minibus taxi industry pilots card payments

BANKABLE: Trials for the Fair Pay smart-card payment system are under way in Pietermaritzburg. The aim is to have 10,000 taxis converted from a cash-based transaction system to the smart-card system next year. Picture: MARK SMYTH
12 hour(s) ago

New scheme could revolutionise banking system for lower-income groups, writes Mark Smyth


ANC gears up to implement minimum wage

Gwede Mantashe. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
12 hour(s) ago

Governing party under pressure from Cosatu and opposition parties to swiftly implement minimum wage


‘Come to Paris! It’s safe’, says French prime minister

Manuel Valls.  Picture: REUTERS
3 hour(s) ago

Paris is safe again for tourists just over two weeks after one of France’s deadliest terrorist attacks, says Prime Minister Manuel Valls


Top court rules by-elections irregular

INDEPENDENT:  Batiki ‘Stone’ Mahlabe won the 2013 by-election in ward 26 in Tlokwe. The Constitutional Court has ruled that seven other by-elections held in Tlokwe wards in 2013 were not free and fair. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
12 hour(s) ago

Electoral Commission of South Africa vows to recover from damning ruling by Constitutional Court nullifying Tlokwe election

African News

Talks before peacekeepers in Burundi, says Ban

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses a press conference in Jerusalem, Israel, on Tuesday. Picture: EPA/ATEF SAFADI
7 hour(s) ago

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tells Security Council deploying peacekeepers to quell ‘alarming levels’ of violence is an option but dialogue must be top priority

African News

Kabore wins Burkina Faso election after first round

Roch Marc Christian Kabore, centre, of the People's Movement for Progress, waves to supporters as he accepts victory in the general elections in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Tuesday, 1 December 2015. Picture: EPA
8 hour(s) ago

Roch Marc Christian Kabore says it is time to get to work, after victory in the country’s first election in almost three decades following the ouster of Blaise Compaore


EFF’s door is open to Vavi but egos are in the way, says Malema

Julius Malema. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
10 hour(s) ago

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema talks to Marvin Meintjies about making MPs earn their money, and what Jacob Zuma’s presidential guffaw hides


Searing stakes for climate change deal

BURDEN: People wait next to colourful sculptures of animals on Monday in Le Bourget, near Paris, during the opening day of the United  Nations climate conference. More than 150 world leaders are meeting under heightened security. Picture: AFP
12 hour(s) ago

Scientists say failure to agree on strong measures would doom the world to ever-hotter average temperatures

Middle East

Inaction on labour reform ‘shames’ Qatar, says Amnesty

Men work on the Sport City tower in Doha. Picture: REUTERS
3 hour(s) ago

Qatari authorities have done almost nothing to end labour exploitation in five years since being awarded 2022 World Cup, says Amnesty International

Middle East

Saudi invites Syrian opposition figures to Riyadh ahead of talks

Bashar al-Assad. Picture: EPA/SANA
5 hour(s) ago

Saudi Arabia issues invitations to 65 opposition figures to attend conference in Riyadh to try unify positions ahead of proposed peace talks, newspapers report


Appeal judges to hear state argument on Sudan’s Bashir

12 hour(s) ago

State has three months to prepare oral argument against earlier ruling it acted illegally by failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir


Four ways to boost health and productivity at work

Picture: ISTOCK
43 minute(s) ago

There are many intelligent workplace practices that can help employees maintain their well-being and help to create a thriving workplace


Pikitup and Samwu locked in stalemate over strike

Pikitup. Picture: SOWETAN
12 hour(s) ago

Waste-removal agency toughens stance against striking Samwu workers, insisting they return to work before considering their demands


China leads the gloomy news from Asia’s factories

8 hour(s) ago

Factory activity deteriorates across most of the region, with China sinking to a three-year low as the spectre of a US interest rate increase looms

Financial Services

Alexander Forbes dips on dull results

Edward Kieswetter. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
12 hour(s) ago

CEO Edward Kieswetter says group has held its own in tough market and blames cost rebase for lower overall profit growth


BHP Billiton falls on Brazil plans to sue for burst dam

12 hour(s) ago

Attorney-general says Brazil wants $5.2bn to fund a 10-year clean-up in the Rio Doce valley affected by the disaster

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There is significantly more to acquiring a Powerwall than just buying and installing it.Picture: REUTERS/PATRICK FALLON

Want a home battery? Be ready for the long haul

For Tesla Powerwall to be a viable option the family home will need an radical energy-efficiency overhaul, and expect return on investment within a decade, writes Darryl Devar


A recall by any other name might mask fatal truth

The Volkswagen emissions scandal has put the spotlight on recalls. Stephanie Erdman, injured when a Takata airbag in her Honda Civic exploded, testifies at a US Senate Committee hearing last year. Picture: BLOOMBERG/STEPHANIE ERDMAN
12 hour(s) ago

Car dealers’ ‘service campaigns’ can masquerade as cover to rectify potentially lethal gitches, writes Mark Smyth


Pioneers bid to make virtual universe a reality

Virtual reality is still in the brick-size cellphone days, says one futurist, but film directors and even journalists are exploring the medium to bring it to the masses. Picture: REUTERS/MARIO ANZUONI
12 hour(s) ago

Gold rush around virtual reality technology is about to pick up speed with headsets from leading brands, writes Lorne Manly


‘Windgas’ could drive car industry

An employee prepares to refuel an Audi A3 g-tron automobile with e-gas at Audi AG's power-to-gas plant, which uses electricity from wind turbines to turn water and carbon dioxide into synthetic methane, in Werlte, Germany. Picture: BLOOMBERG/JASPER JUINEN
12 hour(s) ago

Power-to-gas proves to be a viable alternative to electic cars, writes Horst Hamm


Dry stacking can better contain detritus

The mudslide disaster at the Samarco iron-ore mine in Brazil early last month killed at least 11 people and left another 12 missing. Millions of tonnes of ore waste in man-made dams need to be treated. Picture: REUTERS/RICARDO MORAES
12 hour(s) ago

Alternative engineering called ‘dry stack’ removes water to make tailings safer to store, and put an end disasters such as toxic Samarco mudslide, write James Regan and Susan Taylor

BLOWING COLD: AB de Villiers cuts as wicketkeeper Sanjay Samson looks on during Tuesday’s warm-up match in New Delhi. Picture: AFP

Batsmen should decode AB ’s innovative batting

Rahul Dravid says his sons always try to play the shots AB de Villiers does


Day-night Test signals a new dawn

STYLISH:  Australia captain Steve Smith plays a shot as New Zealand’s wicketkeeper, BJ Watling, looks on during the first day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval. It was also the first time a pink ball was used in a Test match. Picture: AFP PHOTO/SAEED KHAN
13 hour(s) ago

Adelaide match a roaring spectator success, but work is needed on the pink ball


Learning curve for Bucs

BEAUTIFUL BUCS:  Orlando Pirates players celebrate after scoring against Egypt’s Al Ahly during their African Confederation Cup semifinal in Suez on Sunday night. Picture: REUTERS/AMR ABDALLAH DALSH
13 hour(s) ago

Bucs centre-back Ayanda Gcaba says Gift Motupa and Menzi Masuku will learn from their experience of playing in Orlando Pirates’ Caf Confederation Cup final second leg


Final Eden Park ‘Ka Mate’ haka for Lomu

Picture: REUTERS/Nigel Marple
13 hour(s) ago

All Blacks team and thousands of fans pay tribute to legendary wing, Jonah Lomu at Eden Park


Mashaba parachuted in to assist Under-23s

Shakes Mashaba feels he is being crucified.   Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU
13 hour(s) ago

Shakes Mashaba has been sent to Senegal to give "additional support" to Under-23 coach Owen da Gama


Barcelona acts over Neymar slights from Real pundits

13 hour(s) ago

Club files a complaint with Spanish government commission that seeks to combat violence in sport


Dubai Blitzboks’ training mountain before climbing Everest of Olympics

13 hour(s) ago

Blitzboks arrive in Dubai ahead of Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August


To extreme pitches testing SA add extreme climates

Smog-blighted Delhi far more suitable venue for climate change talks to sharpen world leaders’ minds

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