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The Vuwani area in Limpopo remains shut down as public order police continue to monitor the situation. Part of the area has been enclosed with barbed wire. Picture: SANDILE NDLOVU

Zuma sends Mahlobo and deputy police minister to monitor volatile Vuwani

12 hour(s) ago

Violent unrest in Limpopo’s Vuwani area — apparently against a municipal border change — has resulted in the destruction of 17 schools

Financial Services

Dlamini says private insurers are exploiting welfare recipients

Bathabile Dlamini.  Picture: THE TIMES
11 hour(s) ago

Sanlam and Lion of Africa are going to court regarding their right to deduct funeral insurance payments directly from welfare grants made to poor children

Markets

MARKET WRAP: JSE closes fractionally higher in mixed trade

Picture: MICHAEL ETTERSHANK
10 hour(s) ago

Banks under renewed pressure as foreigners sell local banking stocks, but miners staged a recovery on firmer commodity prices

Europe

Turkish PM steps down as leader of the ruling party

Ahmet Davutoglu. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN
10 hour(s) ago

Leadership crisis has raised questions about the management of Turkey’s economy, the fate of its EU membership talks, and the flow of Syrian war refugees

Financial Services

Credit-loss outlook stings Nedbank’s
share price

Nedbank CEO Mike Brown. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
10 hour(s) ago

Standard & Poor’s has warned that top-tier banks will face credit losses on their lending activities this year as consumers battle to stay abreast of rising interest rates

National

Security a top priority in Sandton, study finds

The Sandton skyline in Johannesburg. Picture: BUSINESS DAY
10 hour(s) ago

More Sandton residents are buying groceries in bulk than three years ago, more have obtained credit cards, and more have bought new cars

Land & Agriculture

Cotton crop halves as farmers switch to maize

Picture: ISTOCK
11 hour(s) ago

Farmers were prompted to switch to more profitable crops after last year’s drought and an increase in maize prices

Media & Advertising

‘Original’ news articles are eligible for copyright, court holds

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11 hour(s) ago

Items exempted from copyright protection include press statements and interviews about news of the day which are free to use without restriction or authorisation

Politics

Service delivery campaign ‘prejudiced opposition political parties’

JUDGED:  Free State Premier Ace Magashule was put on the spot on Wednesday when he arrived late for Judicial Service Commission interviews of prospective High Court judges. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
13 hour(s) ago

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says Free State premier Ace Magashule’s campaign was used to advance the ANC’s election drive

Bongi Ngema Zuma.  Picture: GCIS

NEWS ANALYSIS: Budget for the presidential wives balloons to a record R15.7m

The state pays out the highest-ever amount to the Presidential Spousal Support Unit for Zuma’s wives, writes Gareth van Onselen

Columnists

Natasha Marrian: Love the Economic Freedom Fighters or hate them, the ANC may have finally met its match

Malema the only leader to keep his audiences seated

Columnists

Hilary Joffe: Economists are already watching Brexit as one possible risk to global growth, while the spillover effects are bound for South Africa

Why Brexit if it ain’t broke, SA may ask from the wings

Transport & Tourism

Taxi council wants powers to act on reckless driving

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
12 hour(s) ago

Santaco says that because it does not issue driving and operating licences‚ it cannot suspend or expel drivers or taxi owners

National

MPs’ behaviour in Parliament ‘embarrassing’

National Assembly Baleka Mbete takes advice during a debate on a motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday in Parliament, where opposition parties called for her to be replaced by the deputy speaker.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
12 hour(s) ago

Zuma asks Speaker Baleka Mbete to bring the House to order ‘for the dignity of the country’, seen to be losing its reputation as an example of constitutional democracy

Media

SABC introduces production reforms to increase local content

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
11 hour(s) ago

Some local producers feel the national broadcaster is trying to bring all productions in-house‚ to the detriment of independently produced content and transparency

Media & Advertising

Western Cape print loss figures raise red flags

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12 hour(s) ago

Amps double-checked its data after the Western Cape readership fall, and Media24 and Independent Media claimed to have found ‘inconsistencies’ in their figures

Financial Services

Quite possible that Diamond could take Barclays Africa Group

Bob Diamond. Picture: REUTERS/DYLAN MARTINEZ
13 hour(s) ago

Selling to former Barclays boss Bob Diamond would be embarrassing as it would be hard to counter a perception that he was getting a sweet deal, writes Dominic Elliot

Mossack Fonseca building in Panama. Picture: EPA/ALEJANDOR BOLIVAR

What financial transparency means in Panama Papers era

South Africa is a signatory to the transparency-focused Common Reporting Standard which goes live next year, write Andrew Knight and Anthony Markham

Retail & Consumer

Commission requests another extension to look at SAB deal with AB InBev

Picture: SOWETAN
12 hour(s) ago

The Competition Commission was due to finish its investigation by Thursday, and has already extended the deadline four times

Energy

Electricity consumption down 14% from peak reached in 2007

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
15 hour(s) ago

The closure of BHP Billiton’s aluminium smelters, along with many mines placed under care and maintenance, has alleviated SA’s ‘power crunch’ over the past few years

Mining

Sibanye eyes more platinum acquisitions

Sibanye Gold CEO Neal Froneman. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
15 hour(s) ago

Sibanye Gold also looking for deals in coal, gold and base metals, but labour relations in the mining sector remain a concern

Land & Agriculture

Electrification project aimed at improving lives of Cape’s farm workers

A child jumps over bricks spelling R150 during the farm workers’ strike in the Western Cape in 2013. Political pressure led to increases in wage levels way beyond what the market could manage, causing huge job losses, the writer contends. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
15 hour(s) ago

In some cases, Western Cape farmers make wage deductions where electricity and other basic services are provided to farm workers

Energy

Sasol nearly doubles sales of natural gas from its Mozambique fields

Sasol's headquarters in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
14 hour(s) ago

The fuels group also grew sales of crude oil from its Gabon interests significantly as new wells came on line in the nine months to March

Economy

Manufacturers’ production increase suggests better output

Picture: THINKSTOCK
17 hour(s) ago

The production increase was attributed to improved attendance, a rise in demand, and less maintenance downtime

Trade & Industry

Breeders stew over how to slow pace of chicken growth

Picture: THINKSTOCK
15 hour(s) ago

Today’s commercial chickens are bred to grow to twice the size of birds from 50 years ago in around half the time, making for bigger savings and better profits

National

ANC shuffles chairpeople of key
portfolio committees

A panoramic view of Parliament, at the swearing-in ceremony of new members of Parliament in the National Assembly in this file image. Picture: GCIS
13 hour(s) ago

The joint standing committee on intelligence‚ which had struggled for a year to appoint a new inspector-general of intelligence‚ will be chaired by Charles Nqakula

African News

Police surround home of Congolese presidential challenger

Moise Katumbi, a former governor and prominent opposition leader, attends a funeral mass in honour of legendary Congolese singer Papa Wemba, in Lubumbashi,  Democratic Republic of Congo, on Wednesday.  Picture: REUTERS/KENNY KATOMBE
12 hour(s) ago

Kabila’s regime clamps down on high-profile political figure Moise Katumbi accused by the state of employing mercenaries in his security detail

National

Half-a-billion rand allocated to the Presidency in 2016 budget

President Jacob Zuma, right, in Parliament for his budget vote on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS
14 hour(s) ago

The salaries of President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa‚ totalling about R6m‚ are not included in this amount and are budgeted separately

Asia-Pacific

Sharper increase in Alibaba’s revenue surprises analysts

A screen shows the value of goods sold at Alibaba's 11.11 global shopping festival in Beijing, China, on Thursday. Picture: REUTERS/KIM KYUNG-HOON
14 hour(s) ago

Alibaba’s platforms, which link buyers and sellers, hit a 3-trillion yuan milestone of goods sold as the company continues to expand

National

Post Office workers embark on 48-hour strike

Post Office employees on a strike at the Witpost Mail Centre in Ormonde, Johannesburg.  Picture: BAFANA MAHLANGU
15 hour(s) ago

The postal workers, striking over pay hikes, will return next week for seven working days on a go-slow and work-to-rule to mitigate the impact of their action

Companies

Gordhan’s criticism ‘unsubstantiated, baseless, unfounded’, says Denel

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan gestures during a media briefing in Sandton on Monday. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO
16 hour(s) ago

Gordhan had pointed to a ‘tendency’ by some state-owned company boards to show ‘arrogance and belligerence’, singling out Denel as an example

Markets

Oil-price drop vanquishes cutting-edge projects

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
15 hour(s) ago

Casualties include ultra-deep-water drilling projects, boats serving as floating liquefied natural gas factories and fossil fuel emissions reducing technology

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Cartoons

YouTube plans Internet television service

YouTube is working on a paid subscription service called Unplugged that would offer customers a bundle of cable TV channels streamed over the Internet

Health

HIV/AIDS schemes need more money, says study

Picture: THINKSTOCK
23 hour(s) ago

New report concludes a more aggressive, earlier intervention would have a greater effect on health outcomes in the next 20 years

Motoring

ROAD TEST: Volkswagen’s Passat in the premium league

The designers have given the new Passat a real executive look.   Picture: QUICKPIC
22 hour(s) ago

Volkswagen’s Passat is often overshadowed by German rivals, but it shouldn’t be, says Mark Smyth

Management

Three tips for improving strategy through mindfulness

Picture: THINKSTOCK
18 hour(s) ago

Mindfulness meditation is being used to bring authenticity and intention to leadership, and is now also proposed as a way for organisations to craft good strategy

Motoring

FIRST DRIVE: Mercedes S500e — plug into the best of both worlds

The S500e retains the looks of a regular S-Class.  Picture: DAIMLER AG
22 hour(s) ago

Mercedes has introduced its S-Class plug-in hybrid

Health

Study shows TB health workers at great risk

Picture: THINKSTOCK
23 hour(s) ago

Three case studies of healthcare workers who contracted drug-resistant TB in South Africa highlight the extent to which their profession disregards the risks they face

Opinion

The cheating must stop

It seems unavoidably obvious that vehicle manufacturers are treating emissions laws  with contempt. Picture: iSTOCK

Car makers argue they are not breaking the law — yet much of what has been going on is unquestionably wrong

Tiyani Mabunda of Sundowns is tackled by Thabiso Nkoana and Khethuthula Zwane of Tuks during the Absa Premiership match between University of Pretoria and Mamelodi Sundowns at Tuks Stadium on Wednesday. Picture: LEFTY SHIVAMBU/GALLO IMAGES

Sundowns wrap up their winning campaign

Team-devouring monster has dismembered many a side this season and did the same to Tuks to become the 2015-16 Absa Premiership champions

Cricket

Fixers likely to give Africa Cup a miss

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Cricket SA makes clear ‘anti-corruption regulations for the players and match officials will be in place at all venues’

Other Sport

Trainer Durandt ‘throws in towel’

GOOD TIMES: Nick Durandt and Cassius Baloyi celebrate the boxer winning the IBF junior lightweight world title in Johannesburg in 2008. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU
1 day(s) ago

Flamboyant trainer Nick Durandt prepares to quit his life’s passion and head for the sunset

Rugby

Deysel puts the past behind him to focus on Durban youngsters

Johan Deysel celebrates with team mates after scoring the first try for Namibia at the Rugby World Cup 2015 in London, the UK. Picture: REUTERS/PAUL CHILDS
1 day(s) ago

As one of the few senior players who have straddled the recent eras Jean Deysel knows the benefit of a clear head

Soccer

Klopp seeks lost spark against Villarreal

HOPEFUL:  Jürgen Klopp salutes the travelling Liverpool fans after last week’s Europa League semifinal defeat to Villarreal. The manager is looking for an improved performance and a place in the final in his first season at Anfield. Picture: REUTERS/ALBERT GEA
1 day(s) ago

Liverpool's manager is confident his team will rediscover their poise against Spanish opponents

Cricket

Classy Amla finally joins the IPL

Hashim Amla. Picture: AFP
1 day(s) ago

Glee grips social media on word from cricket statesman Hashim Amla he's to replace the injured Shaun Marsh

Rugby

Cheetahs progressing but do not expect too much

CAPTAIN:  Francois Venter, in action for the Cheetahs against the Brumbies, is back after recovering from injury. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/JOHAN PRETORIUS
1 day(s) ago

Waratah challenge will be a good measure of a team on the slow train to redemption

Opinion

Praise for the Lions and stick for the Sharks? Let’s look a little closer

Those quick to applaud the Lions and condemn the Sharks should review the respective clashes with New Zealand

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