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Gwede Mantashe. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

ANC plans to cap land ownership

32 minute(s) ago

Party proposes that land ownership be limited to a maximum 12,000ha (and) two farms, and barring foreign owners


SARS says Pillay probe at ‘advanced stage’

Ivan Pillay. Picture: GCIS
26 minute(s) ago

Deputy commissioner Pillay’s second suspension — the first was deemed unlawful by the Labour Court — remains in force


Prices lead Glencore to close part of colliery

Picture: REUTERS
24 minute(s) ago

The closure is a sign of the increasing pressure on coal mines as global prices fall


SA’s rich ‘likely to bear brunt of expected tax increases’

Nhlanhla Nene: Picture: REUTERS
21 minute(s) ago

The government also wants to cut costs and has its wage bill in its sights


Water usage identified as important way to ease electricity crisis

15 minute(s) ago

Report comes as SA searches for quick fixes to address a crisis arising from breakdowns in Eskom’s ageing and poorly maintained fleet


SABC managers underpaid for ‘turnaround’, says Motsoeneng

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
4 minute(s) ago

Chief operating officer complains despite his ‘irregular’ salary increases, which push his annual pay from R1.5m to R2.4m in one year


Minister challenges unions on minimum wage issue

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD
13 minute(s) ago

Union federations are discussing policy issues for the forthcoming year


Oil plunge sees Sasol rethink US $6bn plant

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

Gas-to-liquids decision delayed as petrochemicals company scrambles to cut costs


Anglo to impair some mining assets

8 hour(s) ago

Resources company says that due to ‘sharply lower commodity price environment’, it expects to record noncash impairment charges as special items for 2014


China’s yuan now the world’s fifth
most-used currency

REFORMS: An employee counts Chinese 100 yuan notes at a branch of Bank of Communications in Shenyang, Liaoning province. Picture: REUTERS
12 hour(s) ago

Yuan climbs eight places over two years to overtake the Canadian and Australian dollar and enter the top five payment currencies in November, according Swift payment tracker

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Support for flawed mining bill is driven by fear, not respect

Dismay at the delay in the mining bill’s adoption seems surprising but there is reason to fear that a new bill may be even worse, writes Anthea Jeffery


The experimental US show Serial has changed the way we make ‘radio’ and has gotten us thinking about fresh ways of storytelling, writes Anton Harber

US serial transforms investigative journalism


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A Greek default would do serious damage in Europe but an explicit debt write-off would cause more problems than it would solve, writes Gideon Rachman

Writing off Greece’s debt would spell doom for EU

African Business

Absence of Sadc rules ‘constrains ethanol output’

17 minute(s) ago

There is a large market in SA and potentially significant sources of supply of renewable fuels in Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Malawi and Mauritius


Lahleni Lakes director ‘hiding its liquidation’

5 minute(s) ago

Golf estate development is at the centre of a court battle between former director Ralton Smith and Mr Singh


ANC MPs dismiss EFF secret ballot proposal

(Left to right) Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema addresses a press briefing on Thursday, flanked by Floyd Shivambu and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 minute(s) ago

Changes to the rules of Parliament have been in the making for at least four years


DA approves renaming highway

9 hour(s) ago

Cape Town ratifies renaming of Table Bay Boulevard after former president FW de Klerk while ANC councillors confront metro police officers after trying to disrupt a council meeting


H&M to open shop in SA as profit soars

The logo for an H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) store is pictured in London.  Picture: REUTERS
12 hour(s) ago

The company plans to open 400 more new shops after huge expansion in the US and China last year pays off


One-third of employees in SA do more than required, report shows

9 hour(s) ago

But at 27.8%, the percentage of employees who report a high intent to stay at their firms has fallen notably in the last year

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: MICHAEL BRATT

EDITORIAL: President needs better legal advice

The governing party needs to start appointing competent individuals who are not merely there to tell the president what they think he wants to hear

Telecoms & Technology

Hacking is a big problem for small business, experts warn

9 hour(s) ago

Few small businesses in SA have the technologies needed to fend off cyber attacks, and may be grossly underestimating the risks they face


Qatar set to buy Canary Wharf district

A tug pulls a container barge down the River Thames in front of London's financial district of Canary Wharf.  Picture: REUTERS
12 hour(s) ago

Holdout majority shareholder Songbird’s board complains US-Qatar sovereign wealth fund’s £2.6bn offer undervalues prime London business


Paris mayor wants to ban polluting trucks and buses

Snow along the Seine in Paris, where the winter’s edge enhances its many classic sites. Pictures: IVAN BASTIEN, TOMASZ WIEJA
12 hour(s) ago

Progressive mayor will present an antipollution plan next month that includes doubling the amount of cycle lanes as part of a 100-million bike development project

Gadgets & Gear

Automating your home? Don’t be easy prey for hackers

Computer science professor Christa Lopes holds an appliance communication module attached to the refrigerator in her home in Irvine, California.  Picture: REUTERS
10 hour(s) ago

Once a home automation system is established and can be operated remotely online, chances are it can be hacked

African Business

China defends aid role in Africa

13 hour(s) ago

China offers spirited defence of its aid to Africa, rejecting charges of ‘concrete diplomacy’ following a major infrastructure deal with the continent

Middle East

IS suffers ‘devastating’ blow but strategy not easily replicated

Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units patrol the streets of the northern Syrian town of Kobani on Wednesday.  Picture: REUTERS
11 hour(s) ago

While Western aerial attacks play a crucial role, recent victories rely on ground offensives by Kurdish regional forces


Provincial department allocates funds
to Clanwilliam

15 hour(s) ago

To halt potential loss of millions of rand in agricultural produce, Western Cape department of agriculture assigns emergency funding to address canal break


Investec Property Fund announces
change in leadership

Sam Leon. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
14 hour(s) ago

Fund to promote executive manager Nick Riley to position of CEO from end of March with current CEO, Sam Leon, moving into non-executive deputy chairman position

Telecoms & Technology

MTN plans to lay off up to 578 workers

15 hour(s) ago

Africa’s biggest telecommunications provider to restructure business to strengthen is competitive advantage, says union


Municipalities need alternative ways of funding infrastructure, says Creecy

Municipal workers fix potholes in Zola, Soweto, in this picture taken in February 2013. The Financial and Fiscal Commission says there is lack of investment by local government in the maintenance of roads and sewerage infrastructure.  Picture: SOWETAN
14 hour(s) ago

Gauteng finance MEC Barbara Creecy says provincial government, municipalities need to consider alternative means of funding in face of economic difficulties

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Facebook. Picture: REUTERS

Facebook’s Oculus forms in-house virtual-reality film studio

Oculus VR gets into movies with in-house studio, premiers first short piece at Sundance


Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche recall vehicles

An Audi logo is seen on a car displayed on media day at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile.  Picture: REUTERS
16 hour(s) ago

Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche to recall more than 93,500 cars and SUVs world-wide to fix fuel-leak problems


VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Unexpected pleasures

23 hour(s) ago

From the autobahn, where a Golf feels decidedly underpowered, to the slick skills of the City Bowl school run, driving kicks are to be found in the least likely places, writes Alexander Parker

Serena Williams of the US celebrates winning a point over Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during their women's singles quarter-final match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne on Wednesday. Williams defeated Cibulkova to win the match. Picture: REUTERS

Wawrinka and Serena through to Melbourne semifinals

Stan Wawrinka avenges tough defeat to Kei Nishikori at 2014 US Open, while ill Serena Williams remains on track for 19th Grand Slam title at Australian Open


Bafana's Afcon departure should not bring sadness, says Mbalula

Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba, centre, speaks to his team January 18 on the eve of the 2015 African Cup of Nations football match between Algeria and South Africa.  Picture: AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
22 hour(s) ago

Sports minister says country should ‘exercise patience, criticise with aim to build, not to destroy’


West Indies seek revenge against SA at World Cup

Hashim Amla during the South African National Cricket team training session and press conference at SuperSport Park on Tuesday  in Pretoria.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES / DUIF DU TOIT
23 hour(s) ago

Perhaps this is what happens when a series that was always going to be dwarfed by the looming World Cup is decided after three games, all of them won by SA

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