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Transport & Tourism

Cash-strapped Sanral concerned after yet another bond sale flops

Picture: SOWETAN
33 minute(s) ago

Roads agency raises only R270m of the R600m it needs as the latest bond auction attracts only one bidder

Energy

Joemat-Pettersson misses power deadlines

Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: GCIS
30 minute(s) ago

No word from energy minister on why latest critical deadline in commissioning process for new electricity generating capacity has been missed

Telecoms & Technology

MTN soars on peaceful Nigerian poll

Muhammadu Buhari. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
29 minute(s) ago

Analyst views MTN’s surge as a rerating because it was priced for a chaotic outcome, which did not happen

Middle East

Iran nuclear talks stall on details but ‘agreement within reach’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Picture: REUTERS/STRINGER
31 minute(s) ago

Six world powers and Iran meet again in bid to reach preliminary accord on reining in Tehran’s nuclear programme

Economy

Nene says revenue growth ‘remains resilient’

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
15 hour(s) ago

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says higher tax revenue collected is partly due to significant improvement in compliance measures

Labour

Cosatu national spokesman Patrick
Craven quits

Congress of South African Trade Unions spokesman Patrick Craven.  Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
15 hour(s) ago

Mr Craven follows axed general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi out of trade union federation, saying he ‘could not defend the indefensible’

Transport & Tourism

Prasa aims to raise R1bn a year from property portfolio

Lucky Montana. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
10 hour(s) ago

Revenue generated will help subsidise cost of train tickets, says Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa

South African flags flying high. Picture: GCIS

No such thing as the ruling party under our constitution

Those who aim at hegemonic control of all levers of power are not friends of the dispensation in place, writes Paul Hoffman

Columnists

Give me six lever-arch files of paper any day over a public relations practitioner who assumes I am stupid, writes Franny Rabkin

Sanral judgment lightens the load

Columnists

Leon Louw promo

However desirable civil liberty might be, economic liberty is a precondition for prosperity, writes Leon Louw

Civil control offset by economic freedom

National

Mbeki responds to affidavit that he plotted Zuma’s downfall

Thabo Mbeki, president at the time, and Jacob Zuma at the ANC policy conference in Midrand in 2007. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
11 hour(s) ago

Former president weighing his options over ‘old allegation’ that he was part of a political conspiracy against his successor

National

Winelands toll decisions are lawful, says Sanral

Sanral CEO Nazir Alli. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
10 hour(s) ago

South African National Roads says Western Cape toll project is in accordance with the Sanral Act as CEO Nazir Alli claims nothing about the road project is a secret

Americas

US private-sector jobs growth sputters
in March

A woman walks to enter a line for the Nassau County Mega Job Fair at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.  Picture: REUTERS
13 hour(s) ago

Job growth in the US private sector sputtered in March, to below the 200,000 level for the first time in more than a year, payrolls firm ADP says

Financial Services

Strict banks hold back consumer car demand

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10 hour(s) ago

Lenders turn down more than half of record numbers of vehicle finance applications, exacerbating decline in new car sales.

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City needs billboards with a conscience

Sao Paulo has been without billboards since 2006 when the mayor introduced the Clean City Law and within a year 15,000 were dismantled, writes Suhana Gordhan

Labour

Cosatu-aligned public sector unions ‘hope conciliation will end impasse’

Bereng Soke.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
15 hour(s) ago

Congress of South African Trade Unions aligned public sector unions ‘to receive mandates from members to bring pressure on state amid deadlock in wage talks’

Cricket

ICC president quits over World Cup trophy snub

Mustafa Kamal. Picture: AFP
16 hour(s) ago

Mustafa Kamal resigns as president of International Cricket Council, saying he was prevented from presenting World Cup trophy after claiming one of matches was fixed

Americas

Web hosting company GoDaddy valued at up to $5.48bn

Blake Irving. Picture: REUTERS/BRENDAN MCDERMID
12 hour(s) ago

Company manages about 59-million domains, nearly a fifth of the world’s total domains, and is backed by KKR and Silver Lake

Middle East

Palestinians prepared to trigger case as they join ICC

A Palestinian boy looks through a sheet covering the remains of his family's house, which witnesses say was heavily damaged by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last year, in Beit Hanoun,  Gaza Strip, on Tuesday.  Picture: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM
13 hour(s) ago

Accession to the court is part of the Palestinians’ campaign to win global recognition of statehood, but Israel says such unilateral moves damage prospects for a negotiated solution

Mining

Mining Charter heading for court

Ngoako Ramatlhodi.  Picture: MARTIN RHODES
1 day(s) ago

Disagreement centres on whether past deals count towards 26% black ownership when the transactions have fallen away

Middle East

Kerry extends wavering Iran talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif walks in the hall at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel during an extended round of talks in Lausanne on Wednesday night. Picture:   REUTERS/BRENDAN SMAILOWSKI
6 hour(s) ago

Both sides face ‘moment of decision’ on proposals to break deadlock focused on easing sanctions against Iran

National

Higher pay makes miners’ fruitless wait for Marikana report bearable

Miners strike at Marikana, near Rustenburg, in this file image. Picture: AFP PHOTO
1 day(s) ago

Miners waiting for Marikana report upbeat as some received their salaries, estimated to be at least R2,000 more for the lowest-paid worker compared with August 2012

Asia-Pacific

Weak demand in Asia calls for more stimulus

factory manufacturing XXX Picture: THINKSTOCK
18 hour(s) ago

Companies struggle in China, much of rest of Asia in March amid weak domestic and global demand, suggesting policymakers may have to resort to more stimulus

Economy

New vehicle sales record muted growth in March, while exports surge

Picture: THINKSTOCK
14 hour(s) ago

Cash-strapped SA consumers halt purchases of new cars, while Naamsa says outstanding feature is growth in exports

Economy

PMI shows slight improvement in March

factory manufacturing XXX Picture: THINKSTOCK
18 hour(s) ago

Kagiso purchasing managers index data indicate that activity in manufacturing sectors increased, but remained at levels that suggest output is weak

African Business

SA businesses seek new African frontiers

CHANGING TIMES: A family passes a newly-opened Shoprite supermarket in Nigeria’s northern city of Kano. Picture: REUTERS
16 hour(s) ago

The troubles in Africa’s two top economies have left executives juggling cost-cutting there, while plotting to boost business in smaller but promising African countries

National

E-toll boss denies plan for high Cape Town
toll fees

South African National Roads Agency CEO Nazir Alli. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
13 hour(s) ago

Sanral’s e-toll boss Nazir Alli denies planning exorbitant toll tariffs for N1 and N2 Winelands toll roads in Western Cape‚ saying they ‘have not been set’

National

Mandela phone app launched for tourists in SA

A portrait of former president Nelson Mandela painted on a wall in Johannesburg in July 2012. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/THE TIMES
12 hour(s) ago

An app tracing footsteps of Nelson Mandela is launched in Johannesburg to encourage tourists to explore his life story, 25 years after his release from prison

Media & Advertising

Xhosa daily launched in Eastern Cape

newspapers media xxx Picture: THINKSTOCK
15 hour(s) ago

Independent Newspapers has launched Ilisolezwe, digital platform is also up and running, but no traffic numbers available yet

Labour

Vavi may take Cosatu leaders to court

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: SOWETAN
17 hour(s) ago

Expelled Congress of South African Trade Unions Zwelinzima Vavi accuses federation leaders of making statements bordering on ‘defamation and criminal libel’

Motoring

Top Gear tour to go ahead without show’s branding, content

Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May entertain the crowd in Durban during the festival.  Picture: NCE MKHIZE
16 hour(s) ago

Jeremy Clarkson‚ Richard Hammond and James May will participate‚ but it won’t be "Top Gear", BBC Worldwide announces

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Cartoons

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Business too far removed from research

We need to ask whether enterprises are being fostered at academic bodies, writes S’onqoba Maseko

Opinion & Analysis

Skills in office politics will take you far

Picture: THINKSTOCK
23 hour(s) ago

Find out who the influencers are and tread carefully when interacting with them, writes Les Weiss

Americas

Inequality debate has US firms on defensive

A worker  arranges Xbox game console boxes on stage during a Microsoft  event in New York, US.  Technology companies have found themselves at the centre of the inequality debate partly because of the huge wealth they have generated for their founders and shareholders.  File picture: BLOOMBERG/VICTOR BLUE
23 hour(s) ago

Software giant Microsoft wades into income inequality debate, and insists that its suppliers give their US workers paid leave

Arts & Entertainment

ProVerb fans will not feel cheated by latest release

Picture: SUPPLIED
12 hour(s) ago

Those familiar with the Pro of the Verbs will enjoy The Read Tape, while those looking for back to back commercial sounds are advised to approach this one with caution

Health

How worry can help at work

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14 hour(s) ago

Most people seek to project an upbeat, confident attitude on the job, but sometimes it is better to be a worrywart

Arts & Entertainment

Comedy Central sticks by Trevor Noah

Comedian Trevor Noah. Picture: ANTONIO MUCHAVE/SOWETAN
19 hour(s) ago

Comedian Trevor Noah may be welcome breathe of fresh air for US audiences, providing late-night comedy, with international perspective

Innovation

Quick walk to success in sandals with a good sole

Adihambo Mula-Landers partly ascribes the success of her Galago Sandals to good networking. She could get material and proper staff and product in the right boutiques. Pictures: MARTIN RHODES
23 hour(s) ago

Creativity and hard work pay off for entrepreneur and customised footwear designer Adihambo Mula-Landers at Galago Sandals, writes Sue Blaine

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Power Horse joins Castle as Cosafa Cup sponsors

Tournament seen as important for helping national coaches to assess fringe players

Other Sport

Makabu decides to return to Durandt

Ilunga Makabu is preparing to fight Thabiso 'The Rock' Mchunu for the WBC cruiserweight title  in Durban on May 16. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEE WARREN
1 day(s) ago

‘Prodigal son’ rejoins trainer Nick Durandt to prepare for the WBC cruiserweight title eliminator against ‘The Rock’ Mchunu next month

Rugby

Muller sidelined at Lions for Bulls clash at Ellis Park

Lions key lock Martin Muller is out with a torn calf muscle. File Picture: STEVE HAAG/GALLO IMAGES
1 day(s) ago

Muller pivotal because the combination of himself, lock partner Franco Mostert and eighthman Warren Whiteley has contributed to all the nine lineout steals this season

Rugby

Hugely improved Odendaal excels on Super Rugby debut

Burger Odendaal of the Bulls during the Absa Currie Cup match between Vodacom Blue Bulls and GWK Griquas at Loftus Versfeld in October last year.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEE WARREN
23 hour(s) ago

Burger Odendaal proves himself worthy against star-studded Crusaders after five-month injury lay-off

Soccer

Johnson and Stars’ fortunes entwined

Cavin Johnson has replaced Allan Freese as coach of Platinum Stars. He has eight matches to prove his usefulness to the embattled club. File picture: LEFTY SHIVAMBU/GALLO IMAGES
23 hour(s) ago

New Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson needs to save team from relegation and retain the hot seat at the end of the season

Opinion

Mashaba’s to-do list: dodge the brickbats and find the net

It is going to be tough for the Bafana coach to find a clinical striker when even his Premier Soccer League counterparts are also crying out for this rare breed

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The Third Umpire

Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi, who jumped just before being pushed at Monday’s board meeting. Not that there’s much of a board left. The best part is, the last man or woman standing won’t even have to turn off the lights.

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Bonatla CEO Niki Vontas, who has been fined R500,000 by the JSE, of which half has been suspended for two years, for providing misleading information to the public in a bid to lift a suspension placed on the company in 2004.

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