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Petrol price for 95 octane to rise by R1.62/l on April 1

4 hour(s) ago

Department of Energy says large increase in prices of 95 and 93 octane petrol and diesel includes additional levies as announced by finance minister in budget speech


Matona’s attempt to have suspension lifted by Labour Court fails

Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona. Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI
8 hour(s) ago

Eskom CE Tshediso Matona’s attempt to have suspension lifted fails and court strikes case from roll, saying he did not show he will suffer irreparable harm from suspension

Transport & Tourism

SAA CEO suspended ‘due to allegations of misconduct’

SAA CEO Monwabisi Kalawe. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 hour(s) ago

Sources claim board of South African Airways suspended CEO Monwabisi Kalawe in October because of allegations he hired friend on inflated salary


Zuma appoints Reserve Bank deputy governor

7 hour(s) ago

President Jacob Zuma wishes Kuben Naidoo ‘all the best in execution of critical responsibility’ in socioeconomic dispensation of SA


PPC and AfriSam terminate merger discussions

8 hour(s) ago

Cement companies say despite ‘extensive discussions’ between them, they have been unable to reach consensus on terms of deal


Eskom contractors fire more than 1,000 workers over illegal Medupi strike

Eskom Medupi power station.
5 hour(s) ago

Contractors dismiss workers for taking part in illegal strike at Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo, with rest given written warnings

African News

Nigeria recaptures Gwoza from Boko Haram

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Picture: AFP
4 hour(s) ago

Nigeria’s military announces troops have retaken town of Gwoza from Boko Haram, from which group declared their caliphate last year


Germanwings pilot hid health condition that would have banned flying

A picture made available on Friday shows Andreas Lubitz, co-pilot of Germanwings flight 4U9525, running during the Aerportrace in Hamburg, Germany on September 13 2009. Picture: EPA/FOTO-TEAM-MUELLER
4 hour(s) ago

Pilot who crashed aircraft in French Alps had received sick note from doctors showing he suffered health condition that would have prevented him flying day of crash

Debris from the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps. Picture: EPA/SEBASTIEN NOGIER

Germanwings crash throws spotlight on cockpit security

Regulators take steps to require two crew members be in cockpit during flights after prosecutors say they suspect co-pilot deliberately downed plane in French Alps


Looking for logic and consistency in ANC appointments these days is a futile exercise, writes Gareth van Onselen

TWEET OF THE WEEK: The DA’s McBride muddle


Sometimes you need a visionary to figure out what to do with a discovery, writes Michel Pireu

STREET DOGS: Invention and implementation


Minister ‘respects, supports’ SABC board’s decision to axe members

Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS
5 hour(s) ago

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi says she ‘respects and supports’ decision by SABC board to pass vote of no confidence in Rachel Kalidass, Ronnie Lubisi


Communication Workers Union may embark on strike at Telkom

5 hour(s) ago

Union accuses telecoms provider of ‘ideological bankruptcy’ as it pushes ahead with restructuring that will see some staff transferred to new employers at end of month


Possibility of blackouts ‘high’, says Eskom

9 hour(s) ago

Load-shedding prognosis for Friday ‘remains high and is dependent on performance of power plant,’ power utility tweets


Facebook moves ahead with drone programme

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and CE. Picture: REUTERS
9 hour(s) ago

Social network plans to test version of its solar-powered drone later this year as part of plan to beam internet access to billions of people without it

Majuba power station. Picture: ESKOM

EDITORIAL: Little room left to pause on rates

Balancing act between growth and inflation is always a tough one but this year could be tougher than ever

Middle East

Saudi-led campaign strikes Yemen’s Sanaa, Morocco joins alliance

People sit on ammunition boxes they took from army depots in Yemen's southern port city of Aden on Friday. Yemen's beleaguered government said Saudi-led airstrikes against its Houthi militia opponents would not last long on the second day of a Gulf Arab-led campaign against the Iranian-allied militia that could escalate a proxy conflict spreading through the region. Picture: REUTERS/Anees Manousr
2 hour(s) ago

Yemen’s beleaguered government says Saudi-led airstrikes against Houthi militia opponents will not last long on second day of mainly Gulf Arab campaign


US GDP unrevised at 2.2% in fourth quarter

4 hour(s) ago

Economic growth cools in fourth quarter, with businesses throttling back on inventory, equipment investment, but robust spending limits slowdown in pace of activity


Reserve Bank takes harder stance as it warns of rate hikes

Lesetja Kganyago. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
15 hour(s) ago

Hawkish Reserve Bank cites concerns over electricity supply, inflationary risk of wage increases

Financial Services

Big four banks see muted loan growth

14 hour(s) ago

Personal lending shrinks 0.5% to R577.7bn as the banks take a more cautious stance to lending to lower-income consumers


Vavi faces motion of no confidence from Cosatu

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
14 hour(s) ago

General secretary’s position remains at risk as Cosatu holds a special central executive committee meeting next week at which his fate will be decided


Defence department mulls riot squad

The defence department’s desire for a public-order policing unit comes after a soldiers’ protest and march on the Union Buildings five years ago. File picture: TYRONE ARTHUR
14 hour(s) ago

Public-order policing unit is part of a new regime to bring military discipline in line with SA's Constitution

Law & Constitution

Appeal court rules R1bn driving licence contract invalid

George Mahlalela: Picture: BUSINESS DAY
14 hour(s) ago

Supreme Court says 2013 agreement between the department and Prodiba ‘invalid from the outset’


Cape Town ‘likely to pursue’ civil action against group after unruly march

Cape Town at night. Picture: THE TIMES
3 hour(s) ago

City says it is likely to pursue civil court action against members of Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement after group led march to legislature and looting occurred


Minister to issue directive on use of gas for energy

14 hour(s) ago

Tina Joemat-Pettersson aims to give private sector policy certainty, after ANC decides oil and gas should be separated from energy supply act

Science & Environment

Cisco in deal to become technology partner of SKA

One of two MeerKAT dishes that have so far been built.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
12 hour(s) ago

US company signs memorandum of understanding with Department of Science and Technology and plans to invest R60m in the radio telescope project


China ‘one of the most unequal countries in the world’, says IMF

China economy. Picture: REUTERS
10 hour(s) ago

International Monetary Fund report finds rich in China benefiting most from transition from system of centrally planned socialism to market-orientated economy

African Perspectives

REVIEW: Have no roads? Give them jets

HUSTLE AND BUSTLE: A labourer rests on wheelbarrows in the Abule Egba district of Lagos. Picture: REUTERS
13 hour(s) ago

While Nigeria burns, the president flies on extravagant new jets and its legislators are the world’s highest-paid, writes Ini Ekott


Metair boosts war chest for massive expansion drive

Metair CEO Theo Loock.  Picture: ROBERT BOTHA
14 hour(s) ago

Vehicle-parts manufacturer takes bold growth direction in battery production through acquisitions within the next five years


UK offloads shares to cut Lloyds stake to 21.9%

14 hour(s) ago

UK government continues to cut its position in nation’s largest mortgage lender before elections in May

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Mikhael Subotzky hoped for a post as assistant to an artist when he left art school, but his work has quickly catapulted him into the prestigious exhibition halls of Venice, Berlin and London. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Tending to the scab covering humanity and its violence

Johannesburg artist Mikhael Subotzky has a busy year as he takes his explorations beyond photography, writes Sue Blaine

Travel & Food

Africa ‘tricky’ over its many languages

Travel Channel’s Jonathan Phang compares the Blue Train to the Orient Express in terms of luxury. Picture: LYNNE MCKENZIE & PARTNERS
13 hour(s) ago

Scripps Networks says the continent’s important but its 100 languages and diverse interests make it a challenge to entertain and inform


BOOK REVIEW: The Green Kitchen

11 hour(s) ago

Greening the planet can begin right on your stove, writes Madeleine Morrow

Arts & Entertainment

HALF ART: Mashed-up song a symbol of sanitisation

Thando Mama with Umhobe we Sizwe, a somewhat lopsided treatment of SA’s cobbled-together national anthem, weighted towards the Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika part of it. Picture: PALESA MOTSOMI/GOETHEONMAIN
11 hour(s) ago

Footage of apartheid-era violence is at odds and at the same time resonant with the song’s rich tones writes Chris Thurman


BOOK REVIEW: The Class of ‘79

Janice Warman. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
11 hour(s) ago

A tale of torture tinged by unease over its worth, writes Sue Grant-Marshall


WINE: Why you should stick to the stickers on the bottles

Show results offer wine drinkers a way of making sense of the countless labels available in the market


Mokone to get SA send-off

First black South African to play in Europe in the 1950s and 1960s died in Baltimore, Maryland, last Friday


Clarke warns Kiwis of MCG factor

Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates after India's Umesh Yadav was bowled out during their Cricket World Cup semifinal in Sydney on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS/STEVE CHRISTO
13 hour(s) ago

Size of the great Melbourne Cricket Ground arena may unsettle Black Caps, says skipper Michael Clarke, but ‘we will have to play our best cricket to win’


Depleted Sharks will need to fight hard to beat Force

1 day(s) ago

Sharks’ defensive standards have slipped from last season’s lofty levels and they have conceded 12 tries

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The Third Umpire

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who — unlike President Jacob Zuma — appears to understand that by law she is not entitled to intervene in the governance or management of SOEs that have their own boards.

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SARS commissioner Tom Moyane, for refusing to release the controversial Sikhakhane report to MPs, apparently because it does not justify his decision to suspend Ivan Pillay and other senior officials.

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Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who has officially been dropped from the BBC show after being suspended for striking a producer who had failed to organise dinner for him. Being a complete git is not entertaining.

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