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Trade & Industry

Government will buy local, but wants fair prices

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 hour(s) ago

One way to improve procurement and ensure cost effectiveness was to stimulate domestic competition, says economic development minister

Media

New CEO appointed to the SABC

SABC television studios in Auckland Park. The uptake of digital broadcasting technology will see an increase from three SABC channels to more than 10 channels. Picture: KEVIN SUTHERLAND
10 hour(s) ago

Consultant identified as ally of SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng named new CEO at national broadcaster

Transport & Tourism

New toll tariffs and caps kick in for
account holders

Sanral communications manager Vusi Mona. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
7 hour(s) ago

Sanral says government reduced tariffs after taking into account concerns of low- and middle-income users around transport budget issues

Telecoms & Technology

Phone coverage ‘on track’ for underground Gautrain

ALL ABOARD: Commuters wait to board the Gautrain at Rosebank station in Johannesburg. Picture: DANIEL BORN
6 hour(s) ago

MTN and Vodacom have installed network infrastructure at Johannesburg’s Park, Sandton and Rosebank stations, enabling subscribers to access data and voice services

Transport & Tourism

V&A Waterfront’s investment into cruise liner terminal ‘will boost tourism’

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
10 hour(s) ago

Transnet National Ports Authority awards V&A status of preferred bidder for development of cruise liner terminal, saying project will ‘create jobs and strengthen tourism offering’

Economy

Activity in manufacturing sector improves slightly

Picture: THINKSTOCK
13 hour(s) ago

Bureau for Economic Research purchasing managers index rises in June, but economist says sector ‘remains under pressure’

Business

Almost 67,000 taxpayers submit returns via eFiling as tax season starts

Picture: SOWETAN
12 hour(s) ago

Tax season gets off to a positive start, with 67,231 tax returns filed since midnight‚ South African Revenue Service says

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba teaches a course on spiritual leadership at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. Picture: SOWETAN

How purpose can profit business

The world of work must be aligned with spiritual realities, writes Walter Baets

Columnists

President’s pragmatism extends even to apartheid, writes Gareth van Onselen

Zuma’s pragmatism extends even to apartheid

Opinion & Analysis

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The European Union has become its own enemy, trampling on the will of the people, writes Gideon Rachman

Greece crumbles, European dream sinks

Europe

Record 137,000 refugees and migrants cross Mediterranean this year, says UN

Hungarian riot police guard a metal fence that surrounds hundreds of refugees after riots broke out at a refugee camp about 220km east from Budapest, Hungary, on Monday. The United Nations said on Wednesday a record 137,000 refugees and migrants crossed the Mediterranean into Europe this year. Picture:  AFP PHOTO/STEVEN DEBORA
8 hour(s) ago

Numbers flooding across the Mediterranean — aided by brutal human traffickers — swell 83% compared with the first six months of 2014

Transport & Tourism

Ethiopian Airlines touches down at Cape Town International

Picture: THINKSTOCK
11 hour(s) ago

Inaugural flight of largest airline in Africa into Western Cape boosts provincial government’s drive to attract more direct flights

Europe

Tsipras offers conditional green light to bail-out, but creditors sceptical

Alexis Tsipras. Picture: REUTERS/YANNIS BEHRAKIS
13 hour(s) ago

Greek prime minister writes to international creditors saying Greece could accept bail-out offer if several conditions are changed, but Germany says letter is too late

Europe

New Deutsche Bank CEO delays overhaul, warns staff to behave

John Cryan.  Picture: REUTERS
10 hour(s) ago

John Cryan delays implementing strategic overhaul by three months, but tells staff to expect tough reforms as he shakes up group he says has become too diversified

Picture: THINKSTOCK

How businesses can deal with negative online reviews

Bad reviews can have serious repercussions if not handled correctly, but there are ways to approach the problem by engaging with the customer, writes Gus van der Walt

Labour

Kasi Careers Expo expected to draw 3,500

People attend a job training and resource fair at Coney Island in New York, us, in this December 11 2013 file photo. Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

More than 80 companies set to exhibit at expo, aimed at providing opportunities for bursaries, learnerships and employment for students

Americas

Solar-powered flight passes halfway point

Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered airplane attempting a round-the-world flight, flies over Nagoya Airport after taking off from the airport to Hawaii, at Toyoyama town near Nagoya, central Japan, on Monday morning. Picture: REUTERS
12 hour(s) ago

Solar Impulse 2 breaks its own endurance record as it crosses halfway point of perilous Pacific Ocean crossing as part of attempt to fly around the world

National

Nhleko offers new Nkandla scapegoat

UNDER A CLOUD: President Jacob Zuma's homestead in Nkandla. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
19 hour(s) ago

Latest claim states bulk of the spending on Nkandla was on 21 houses built outside Jacob Zuma’s property for police and military personnel

Economy

Strong vehicle exports boost trade balance

READY TO GO: Mercedes-Benz vehicles at East London Harbour awaiting export. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH
19 hour(s) ago

Surprise surplus of R5bn — after a revised shortfall of R1.4bn in April — helps strengthen rand

Transport & Tourism

Uber accuses Cape Town law enforcement of targeting its drivers

Picture: BLOOMBERG/ANDREW HARRER
20 hour(s) ago

Uber says impoundings of vehicles escalated last weekend, at a time when demand for the service usually peaks

Companies

Cold comfort for Shoprite in top court’s ruling on wine licence

Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
20 hour(s) ago

By a narrow majority, the Constitutional Court decided a licence to sell wine alongside other groceries was ‘property’ in terms of the Constitution

Mining

Rob Davies looks into platinum special economic zones

Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies and Mpact CEO Bruce Strong attend the annual Manufacturing Indaba in Boksburg on Monday. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
20 hour(s) ago

Platinum-based special economic zones — one in Limpopo and one in North West — under investigation, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies

National

Gigaba vows immigration policy overhaul to meet economic goals

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
20 hour(s) ago

SA’s ‘outdated’ immigration laws will undergo an overhaul to accommodate economic migrants, among other changes

Americas

Obama takes time to enjoy ‘gratifying’ week

People along 5th Avenue during the annual 2015 New York City Pride March in Manhattan, USA, on June 28 2015. Gay and lesbian couples in the US have a constitutional right to marry in all 50 states, the Supreme Court ruled on June 26 2015. Gay rights activists and US President Barack Obama declared it 'a victory for America'. Picture: EPA/JOHN TAGGART
17 hour(s) ago

Legalisation of gay marriage, healthcare law, Congress passing legislation crucial to Pacific trade pact make for momentous week for President Barack Obama

African News

Egypt ramps up defences after scores killed in North Sinai attacks

A woman sings at the funeral of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat, on the second anniversary of the June 30 protests that toppled former president Mohamed Mursi, in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday. Picture:  REUTERS/MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY
9 hour(s) ago

Islamic State Egypt claims responsibility for attacks described as game-changer after eight-hour battle with 70 highly trained jihadis in simultaneous attacks on five checkpoints

Europe

Greek pensioners besiege banks to grab cash

Pensioners waiting outside a closed National Bank branch and hoping to get their pensions, argue with a bank employee in Iraklio on the island of Crete, Greece, on Monday.   Picture: REUTERS
9 hour(s) ago

In chaotic scenes, thousands of elderly Greeks besiege nation’s crisis-hit banks, which reopened to allow them to withdraw vital cash from state pensions

Americas

Tesla owners gripe over recharge waits

Elon Musk.  Picture: REUTERS
9 hour(s) ago

Tesla owners’ superchargers are the equivalent of gas pumps to quickly recharge their battery-powered vehicles

Mining

Assore shares drop after warning of drop in earnings

Rio Tinto’s Hamersley Iron ship is loaded with iron ore in Western Australia in this undated company handout photo. Picture: BLOOMBERG
13 hour(s) ago

Shares in mining company slide to 10-year lows after it announces it expects more than 50% decline in full-year headline earnings

Industrials

Producers to ask state for power guarantees as blackouts harm chickens

Picture: MARIANNE SCHWANKHART
15 hour(s) ago

Chicken producers will ask government to help them guarantee electricity supply to nation’s biggest abattoirs as frequent power cuts harm birds’ welfare, create health risks

National

Mpshe denies delaying Zuma prosecution

Mokotedi Mpshe, former acting director of public prosecutions. Picture: SOWETAN
19 hour(s) ago

Former acting head of NPA Mokotedi Mpshe says decision to delay prosecution of President Jacob Zuma in 2007 was made by former Scorpions head Leonard McCarthy

Asia-Pacific

China vows to halt CO² emissions rise by 2030

Picture: THINKSTOCK
20 hour(s) ago

China formally committed to halting the rise in its emissions within the next 15 years

Politics

ANC and Ses’khona bury the hatchet

Andile Lili (left). Picture: ESA ALEXANDER / SUNDAY TIMES
20 hour(s) ago

Improved relations follow election of leader of Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement to serve on the party’s provincial executive committee

Mining

Platinum nears record run of consecutive losses

Heaps of platinum ore ahead of the concentration process. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
19 hour(s) ago

Platinum heads for longest run of quarterly losses in 18 years amid concern that demand is waning just as mine supply rebounds

Mining

Poor mining districts benefit from R18bn projects

Platinum miners queue to undergo essential medical and safety procedures at the Wonderkop mines in Marikana Rustenburg on Wednesday, after a five-month long strike. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN
20 hour(s) ago

President Jacob Zuma says R18bn has been ‘dedicated to ongoing work’ since an interministerial committee for the revitalisation of distressed mining communities was established in 2012

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Apple Music is here, but is streaming right for you?

Streaming is an all-you-can-eat buffet, and what you’re eating may really not be worth the cost

Management

Engineer’s innovation gives power to rural people

Electrical engineer Herman Mphaphuli, CEO of engineering company Mphaphuli Consulting. He has worked out a way to get municipalities’ permission to use their budgets for electrifying houses in advance. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA
19 hour(s) ago

Electrification of rural communities isn’t difficult technically, but politics and money hold things back, writes Lesley Stones

Books

BOOK REVIEW: The Discreet Hero

9 hour(s) ago

Despite pressing some old characters into new service, The Discreet Hero does not mark comeback for Mario Vargas Llosa, writes Julius Purcell

Opinion & Analysis

How purpose can profit business

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba teaches a course on spiritual leadership at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. Picture: SOWETAN
19 hour(s) ago

The world of work must be aligned with spiritual realities, writes Walter Baets

Education

Machel speaks from the heart to inspire students

Graca  Machel. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
20 hour(s) ago

Former first lady Graca Machel advises students that future African leaders can be role models for the rest of the world, writes S’duduzo Dludla

Camaldine Abraw. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Chiefs snub hearing on Abraw conflict

Celtic refuse to budge on Camaldine Abraw issue as Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung ducks and dives

Rugby

Japan-bound Mapoe to keep Bok door open

Lionel Mapoe. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/JOHAN PRETORIUS
20 hour(s) ago

Agent confirms dynamo centre Lionel Mapoe coming back for Super Rugby and Boks if called up

Soccer

Uefa tweaks fair play rules to attract investors to European football

Picture: THINKSTOCK
19 hour(s) ago

New fair play regime ‘an expansion and a strengthening’ of the rules and will force clubs to give extra information on ownership

Cricket

Johnson Stokes the fires before Ashes

Australia’s left-arm firebrand, Mitchell Johnson, who is expecting a hostile reception from England’s supporters, says he does not enjoy being the pantomime villain but he will deal with it during the Ashes. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/RYAN PIERSE
19 hour(s) ago

Australian fast bowler chomping at the bit to get stuck into the old cricketing enemy at next week’s Ashes Test

Cricket

Bangladesh are as scary as a statistician armed with a calculator

Picture: THINKSTOCK
20 hour(s) ago

There is no quibbling with the fact that Bangladesh have won six of their past seven one-day internationals at home and that they beat real teams — Pakistan and India

Rugby

Rugby’s sevens blossoming, but XVs need rejigging

Bernard Lapasset, chairman of Rugby World Cup, says international rugby’s northern and southern hemisphere competitions could do with a shake-up. Picture: PATRICK BOLGER/GETTY IMAGES
19 hour(s) ago

World Rugby president Bernard Lapasset wants to bring northern and southern hemisphere programmes of the 15-man game closer together

Other Sport

Match brokers urged to cast their nets wide

Picture: THINKSTOCK
19 hour(s) ago

SABC fight coverage will help trainers and managers to negotiate sponsorship deals ‘as broadcasting mileage guaranteed’

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The Third Umpire

President Jacob Zuma, whose election promise to create millions of new jobs is looking more than a little rash in the light of the latest Stats SA figures, which show the number of discouraged young work seekers doubling.

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Durban High Court judge Esther Steyn, for ordering the demolition of a R60m luxury apartment block after finding that the city rezoned the site illegally. Brace yourselves for the lawsuit, long-suffering ratepayers.

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Departing Edcon CEO Jurgen Schreiber, whose misreading of the market during a tough time for retailers has been blamed for the group’s poor performance and difficulty repaying a €28m coupon that was due yesterday.

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