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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

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

2 hour(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

Sanco asks Nobel committee to strip De Klerk of peace prize because of his stance on BBEEE

Former president FW de Klerk. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
3 minute(s) ago

Civic group says De Klerk’s apparent criticism of black economic empowerment policies fails to make a contribution towards entrenching nation-building and reconciliation

Asia-Pacific

Japan pledges $30bn for Africa over the next three years

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
40 minute(s) ago

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

Media

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

Picture: DIEKETSENG MALEKE
32 minute(s) ago

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

African News

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

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

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

Markets

Rand posts worst week since May as Gordhan doubts persist

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan gestures during a media briefing in Sandton in March. Picture: REUTERS
2 hour(s) ago

Survey by Rand Merchant Bank shows about half investors and other market participants believe Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will be removed

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
57 minute(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
18 hour(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

Energy

Eskom asks to extend end period for comment on nuclear installations

Koeberg nuclear power station. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
19 hour(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

Property

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

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
18 hour(s) ago

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

A Free Syrian Army tank fires southwest of Aleppo, Syria, on August 2. Picture: REUTERS/ABDULRHMAN ISLAIL

Who is fighting whom in Syria

Peaceful protests evolved into a complex war involving jihadists and global powers: here is a rundown of battle lines in a conflict that has claimed nearly 300,000 lives

Columnists

Independent Group’s puerile clickbait site exposes little more than its own sensational ignorance, writes Gareth van Onselen

TWEET OF THE WEEK: Exposing #IndyExpose

Columnists

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President Jacob Zuma's moves against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan show that he knows he is becoming a lame duck, writes Anthony Butler

Signals of desperation from Zuma

Cricket

New Zealand send South Africa in to bat

South Africa’s Faf du Plessis celebrates his century during the final day of their test cricket match against India in Johannesburg on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
1 hour(s) ago

Series-deciding Test match due to start in sunny conditions which were expected to continue through all five days

National

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

Former president FW de Klerk.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
19 hour(s) ago

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

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 hour(s) ago

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

Americas

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

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen. Picture:  REUTERS/JOHATHAN ERNST
18 hour(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

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
17 hour(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

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
18 hour(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

An investigation by a commission, chaired by Judge Willie Seriti, found no evidence of fraud, corruption or bribery in the R46.7bn procurement package. Picture: PEGGY NKOMO

Seriti review can nail the arms vendors

Arms deal review provides an opportunity to look at the role of European firms in a deal that has damaged our democracy, writes Michael Marchant

Transport & Tourism

DA calls for parliamentary meeting on SAA to be brought forward

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
22 hour(s) ago

Party says moving the meeting is vital to ensure that South African Airways is placed under business rescue before it collapses

Europe

British economy bearing up under Brexit strain, but is it a boom?

Shoppers cross the road in Oxford Street, London, Britain.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

The high streets are heaving and there are few signs of the distress expected after the UK’s shock vote to leave the EU

Markets

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

Rands. Picture: THINKSTOCK
20 hour(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
20 hour(s) ago

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

Americas

Apple issues fix after security flaw found in iPhones and iPads

Picture: REUTERS
23 hour(s) ago

Citizen Lab worked with security company Lookout and found a link would have installed a program taking advantage of a three flaws that Apple was unaware of

Europe

VW to pay over $1bn to car dealers in the US for losses from cheating scandal

VW Golf. Picture: SUPPLIED
23 hour(s) ago

While the vehicle maker has already settled with car owners and regulators, VW still faces investor claims and possible criminal charges

Education

Cosatu backs students’ call for 0% fee increase next year

Students protest over planned increases in tuition fees in Stellenbosch on Friday. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Trying to reform an education system that was never meant to accommodate poor students is a ‘futile endeavour’

Retail & Consumer

AB InBev to cut 5,500 jobs after SABMiller takeover

The commission says the guidelines seek to clarify its approach to analysing mergers. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

The job cuts will form part of the $1.4bn of annual savings the world’s biggest brewer is seeking from the purchase of its number two rival

Transport & Tourism

ANC could take action over Prasa boss’s bribes claims

One of 600 trains bought by Prasa from Gibela in a R51bn deal to modernise the Metrorail fleet. Picture: GIBELA
21 hour(s) ago

The ANC has denied that a series of payments were made to the party by a company awarded the contract to supply locomotives to the rail agency

Americas

Second-quarter US economic growth slower than initially thought

Picture: REUTERS
18 hour(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
19 hour(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

Labour

Fawu to inform Cosatu of its disaffiliation

Union members during a protest in Johannesburg. Fawu is poised to split with Cosatu, sources say. Picture:  REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO
21 hour(s) ago

Food and Allied Workers Union says it will take legal advice on the issue of millions of rand in outstanding affiliate fees

National

Mashaba announces mayoral committee of ‘professionals’

Herman Mashaba.   Picture: SOWETAN
21 hour(s) ago

The newly elected Johannesburg mayor said his team would work to bring the change he promised, and to create jobs and equal opportunity for all

National

State denied leave to appeal ‘shockingly lenient’ Oscar Pistorius sentence

Picture: Oscar Pistorius smiles with a member off his defence team after he was granted bail in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria today. Picture: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
23 hour(s) ago

High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa, whose culpable homicide verdict in the original trial was set aside, says she was not persuaded an appeal could succeed

African News

The night run: how Zimbabwean traders are dodging import restrictions

A truck and trailer loaded with 30 tons of maize drives into a Beitbridge customs and immigration control point on the South African border with Zimbabwe. File picture: REUTERS
22 hour(s) ago

An enterprising night-time import courier industry is taking shape‚ creating jobs and new profits. It is dangerous work though

Property

Hammerson tries to entice investors before listing

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Hammerson will become the JSE’s largest listed property fund, overtaking UK and Spanish shopping centre owner Intu, which has a market cap of about R79bn

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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
2 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
1 day(s) ago

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

Opinion

HALF ART: Burkini is unlikely icon of resistance to Islamophobia

New York-based Iranian artist Shirin Neshat challenges western views of Islam through art, writes Chris Thurman

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
1 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
23 hour(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
1 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
1 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
1 day(s) ago

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

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