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Sizwe Nxasana. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana to step down

16 minute(s) ago

FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana will step down from his role on September 30, after nine years at banking group, and will be succeeded by his deputy CEO, Johan Burger


IMF calls for bold actions to reform SA

5 hour(s) ago

No conceptual reason SA cannot have rapid growth if it can deal with the impediments, says IMF deputy MD

Financial Services

Investors buy into Standard Bank’s turnaround

Interior of Standard Bank's new Rosebank offices in Johannesburg, which achieved five stars from the Green Building Council of South Africa. Picture: STANDARD BANK
5 hour(s) ago

Bank’s results are sullied by fraud in China and a poor trading performance in its global markets business


Medupi delays benefit Exxaro

Picture: THE TIMES
5 hour(s) ago

Eskom pays R1.2bn for unused coal, while delay provides Exxaro time fillip to examine its plans for Grootgeluk

Media & Advertising

Cabinet breaks logjam over set-top boxes

Faith Muthambi.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
5 hour(s) ago

Control system to be an integral feature of the set-top boxes, and broadcasters will not be allowed to use the boxes for their own commercial purposes

African News

Liberian treatment centre discharges its last Ebola patient

MEDICAL AID: Health workers remove the body of a man believed to have died from the Ebola virus at a street in Monrovia, Liberia, on October 27 2014. Picture: REUTERS
1 hour(s) ago

Officials in Monrovia celebrate even as they warn country is still weeks away from being officially declared free of haemorrhagic fever


Zuma reveals family to lodge land claims

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
4 hour(s) ago

President’s nephew, Inkosi Simpiwe Zuma, has launched a land claim targeting more than 60 farms in Impendle in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, reports say

Douw Steyn's house. Picture: SUPPLIED

Douw Steyn’s R6.5bn city unveiled

Insurance magnate Douw Steyn’s much anticipated lifestyle estate Steyn City, which will eventually be home to up to 10,000 residents, is finally unveiled


Peter Bruce promo

Peter Bruce: Why would President Jacob Zuma cosy up to easily the least trustworthy leader of a major power in the world?

With Russia, stories seldom end well


Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi fails to recognise that union federation has moved on without him, writes Natasha Marrian

Vavi needs to realise life in Cosatu’s fold is over


Cosatu gives Vavi last chance to explain himself

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
4 hour(s) ago

No individual was being targeted in the probe, but Cosatu leaders say Zwelinzima Vavi needs to substantiate his version


‘Open Parliament’ would benefit all, say media groups

Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
4 hour(s) ago

Parliament’s filming policy says when there are incidents of ‘unparliamentary conduct' the camera must remain trained on the speaker


Draghi details plan for bond buying

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi addresses a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS
4 hour(s) ago

European Central Bank will launch into quantitative easing next week having increased its economic growth forecasts for this year and next

Bushmen, led by Dawid Kruiper, walk across dunes in the Kalahari Gemsbok Park in 1999, to visit the grave of an ancestor.  Picture: AFP PHOTO/OBED ZILWA

Multikulti: as old as humankind

All of us are migrants of some sort, writes Immanuel Wallerstein


Gauteng health department pledges to pay overdue bills

Gauteng infrastructure development MEC Qedani Mahlangu. Picture: SOWETAN
4 hour(s) ago

Department looking to clean up its accounts as it prepares to come out of administration in May

Financial Services

Sanlam eyes 10-year BEE deal

Sanlam CEO Johan van Zyl. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
4 hour(s) ago

Insurer looking to sell 30%-50% stake in some of its businesses to black economic empowerment partner Ubuntu-Botho, which is led by Patrice Motsepe

Media & Advertising

24.com to launch news wire service

17 hour(s) ago

Media24’s digital division is launching a news wire service next month called News24Wire with syndication and access being handled by Gallo Images


Cosatu calls special meeting on purchase of new head office

19 hour(s) ago

Meeting will also afford federation’s general-secretary an opportunity to explain his absence from its three-day central executive committee meeting


Exxaro swings to a loss on R5.76bn write down of its Congo mine

Picture: THE TIMES
23 hour(s) ago

Miner, however, reports a strong performance in SA at its coal business where revenue grew 21% to R3.3bn compared to 2013


Spy leaks threaten South Africa’s security, says Cabinet

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe briefs the media regarding the remains of South Africans killed in a building collapse in Nigeria.  Picture: GCIS
22 hour(s) ago

Cabinet strongly condemns leaking of State Security Agency documents as this may put country’s security at risk


Foreign businesses face backlash in SA

South African flags flying high. Picture: GCIS
22 hour(s) ago

Economists say policies designed to appease ANC’s poor political base risk alienating investors amid deep uncertainty in global economy


Global operations help lift Aspen revenue

Aspen Pharmacare CEO Stephen Saad. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
4 hour(s) ago

Sales to the public sector remain stagnant, but orders are likely to increase following the new R10bn antiretroviral drug tender

Trade & Industry

UN food price index decline likely to aid probable SA maize imports

LAND OF PLENTY: Farm workers pack maize cobs into bags on a farm on the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia. Picture: BLOOMBERG/
4 hour(s) ago

FAO says lower global prices for cereals, meat and sugar more than offset an increase in milk and palm oil prices


Top Gear Live switches venues from Durban to Johannesburg

Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May talk up a storm in Durban during the festival. Picture: NCE MKHIZE
19 hour(s) ago

Last year’s show, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, brought R260m to Durban, but coastal city now says it has run out of money for it

Financial Services

JSE delivers ‘pleasing’ performance for 2014

19 hour(s) ago

JSE increases headline earnings per share in year ended December 2014 by 14% to 735c and declares ordinary dividend of 400c and special dividend of 80c


Pikitup introduces free ‘bulky waste’ removal

20 hour(s) ago

Company says aim of service is to divert recyclable waste away from its landfill sites to allow their landfill sites an extended lifespan

Financial Services

‘Sound performance’ for Sanlam

23 hour(s) ago

Company says diversified nature of group’s operations, together with the strength of the Sanlam brand, enabled it to withstand challenging financial challenges


ECB holds rates, focuses on rollout of bond buy plan

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank. Picture: REUTERS
18 hour(s) ago

ECB watchers say main focus for financial markets will be details on bank’s new programme of quantitative easing, which Mario Draghi announced in January

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Johannes and Colin Maswanganyi, I Have a Graduate Son!, 2009. Wood and paint. Standard Bank African Art Collection. Pictures: WITS ART MUSEUM

Return of Limpopo’s prodigal artists

Wood carvings are marvellous and powerful and witty and sarcastic and there is astute political commentary, writes Sue Blaine


BOOK REVIEW: Anchorless in an Afrikaner diaspora

4 hour(s) ago

SJ Naudé is a decisively postapartheid writer and a global citizen millions of miles removed from his predecessors of even two decades, writes Leon De Kock

Arts & Entertainment

Chris Brown, August Alsina to perform in Johannesburg, Durban in April

17 hour(s) ago

Three South African promoters say the Brown/Alsina billing is bound to be one of the biggest entertainment highlights of 2015

Travel & Food

Quiet American who saved the Thai silk industry but not himself

The view from Thompson House and the canal of the compound where the legendary spy Jim Thompson’s workers toiled to make the silk products sold to high society from across the world. Picture: KEN BARRETT
4 hour(s) ago

Jim Thompson vanished during an afternoon walk in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands one day in 1967, and the rest, they say, is mystery, writes Blaise Hopkinson

Arts & Entertainment

HALF ART: Shoddy presidents far from scenes of idyll

Seascape with Red Flowers (2014), oil on canvas. Cape-based artist Deborah Poynton notes that these idyllic scenes outside ‘function as pictures to be looked at, or scenes for observation, rather than worlds to be entered’. Pictures: STEVENSON GALLERY
4 hour(s) ago

Scenes of a Romantic Nature, Deborah Poynton’s seventh solo exhibition, is partly patterned on the work of 19th-century German painter Caspar David Friedrich, writes Chris Thurman


WINE: Wine growers are popping up everywhere, even in KwaZulu-Natal

Once they transplanted an entire Chardonnay vineyard, vine by vine, to a better site, two years after its initial establishment

Stuart Baxter and Tefu Mashamaite. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Pirates’ triple motive to attack Chiefs

Pirates coach Eric Tinkler has steered his side to four victories and a draw, putting the Buccaneers in fourth place


Stormers bench does not bother Burger

Duane Vermeulen. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/SHAUN ROY
4 hour(s) ago

Match is a heavyweight contest — with 21 Springboks on view, as well as one British and Irish Lion and one Puma in the mix


Proteas gird loins for clash with Pakistan

4 hour(s) ago

Pakistan are left-arm fast bowlers, and each one of them is capable of derailing the record-setting SA train


Majoro set to feature in Soweto derby

Lehlohonolo Majoro. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU
4 hour(s) ago

Lehlohonolo Majoro is on eight league goals, one less than the nine goals Amakhosi strikers have scored between them


Sharing spoils worries Ea LLa Koto coach

Kinnah Phiri. Picture:  GALLO IMAGES/DIRK KOTZE
4 hour(s) ago

Coach Kinnah Phiri points out that settling for draws might soon deflate their high spirits

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The Third Umpire

MTN Group CEO Sifiso Dabengwa. The cellular network has almost doubled its budget for infrastructure in SA this year despite experiencing a decline in revenue, in part because of the sharp cut in termination rates.

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Toyota SA CEO Johan van Zyl, who has been appointed head of the motor manufacturer’s European operations in addition to his day job as CEO for SA and Toyota Africa. SA is clearly a good training ground.

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, for hiding behind the much-abused “sub judice rule” to avoid having to answer parliamentary questions about this year’s chaotic state of the nation address. Nobody is fooled.

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