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Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Public protector notes ‘worrying defiance’ among state officials

3 hour(s) ago

Thuli Madonsela tells journalists she is concerned ‘safety, value’ of her office are being eroded after committee refuses to give her chance to respond to criticism over Nkandla report

Transport & Tourism

Cabinet to reassess new visa regulations, says tourism minister

Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom announces South Africa's bio-economy strategy in Pretoria on Tuesday. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
4 hour(s) ago

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom tells conference that Cabinet has decided to ‘assess unintended consequences of regulations’

Economy

Juy new vehicle sales fall 6.1%

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 hour(s) ago

Subdued economic activity, electricity constraints and petrol price inflation continue to contribute to deteriorating outlook for domestic new vehicle sales, says Naamsa

Economy

Manufacturing activity little changed in July, but still in expansion territory

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 hour(s) ago

Seasonally adjusted Barclays purchasing managers index remains unchanged at 51.4 index points, but despite lack of improvement, activity still in expansion territory

Europe

Greece’s battered economy threatens to
sink further

An employee looks on at electronic board displaying stock prices at the entrance of the Athens Stock Exchange, Greece, on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
2 hour(s) ago

Greece’s bruising fight with international creditors sends sentiment to lowest level in nearly three years in July and knocks manufacturing activity down to record lows

National

Madonsela adamant Zuma must pay back some of the money

Thuli Madonsela. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
5 hour(s) ago

Public Protector‚ Thuli Madonsela says she stands by her conclusion that President Jacob Zuma must pay back some of the money spent on upgrading his residence

National

Court postpones Malema’s corruption trial

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema addresses supporters outside the Pretoria High Court on Monday. Picture: KEVIN SUTHERLAND/THE TIMES
5 hour(s) ago

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema demands his day in court after long-delayed trial for corruption is once again postponed

African News

Mauritius joins hunt for MH370 debris

Crew aboard the Australian Navy ship HMAS Perth watch as they are refuelled by the HMAS Success as they continue to search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force on Thursday. Picture: REUTERS
1 hour(s) ago

Mauritius says it will do all it can to search in its Indian Ocean waters for possible debris from Malaysia Airlines’ missing flight, after wreckage washes up on nearby La Reunion

Picture: THINKSTOCK

EDITORIAL: South Africa’s precarious growth formula

SA would ideally like to shift to a growth path that is driven less by consumption and more by investment

Columnists

Mark Barnes promo

If the government insists on creating jobs where none are required, it should be prepared to face the inevitable job cuts, writes Mark Barnes

STRAIGHT TALK: Beyond lose-lose
wage talks

Columnists

Stuart Theobald promo

For a government that professes to care about the poor the state of this regulation is an embarrassment, writes Stuart Theobald

State must act on unsecured lenders’ bad faith practices

Markets

JSE closes lower as weak Chinese data put pressure on miners

Picture: MICHAEL ETTERSHANK
1 hour(s) ago

Local bourse extends losses in late afternoon on Monday to close 0.81% lower as weak Chinese data and stronger dollar continue to wreak havoc with mining stocks

Labour

Some NUM members reject gold-sector wage offer, union source says

Picture: AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE
3 hour(s) ago

Some members of National Union of Mineworkers reject pay hike of up to 17% by gold producers, raising threat of sector-wide fallout after another union spurns same offer

Americas

HSBC exits Brazil as group profit falls

A HSBC bank branch in London. Picture: AFP
2 hour(s) ago

HSBC agrees to sell Brazilian business to local group Banco Bradesco, British banking giant announces alongside news of fall in net profit

Middle East

Syrian army jet crashes in rebel-held town

Opposition group Ariha Today says this picture shows the area where a Syrian government bomber crashed in the town of Ariha, Idlib province on Monday. Picture: EPA
1 hour(s) ago

More than 30 killed as bomber crashes in Idlib province, while Russia denounces enhanced US air power against anti-Assad forces

Satya Nadella. Picture: REUTERS

Let’s drop the J-word from our vocabulary and stop evolving

Both ‘evolution’ and ‘journey’ are wimpish attempts to disguise decisions that may turn out to be right or wrong, writes Henry Mance

Energy

Hearings to open debate on nuclear

Fikile Majola, chair of the energy committee. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
12 hour(s) ago

Parliament’s portfolio committee on energy to buck trend on ‘secret’ power procurement

Trade & Industry

Motor sector urged to increase local content

The state is on a drive to place greater emphasis on supplier development in the motor vehicle industry. File picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
12 hour(s) ago

The sector will survive but should aim at turning into a ‘true manufacturing industry not one that simply assembled parts’

African News

Nigerian army frees more Boko Haram hostages

Nigerian soldiers on patrol near the border with Niger. Amnesty International says in a new report that thousands of people have been executed and many more randomly arrested by Nigerian government forces in the fight against Boko Haram.  File picture: REUTERS
8 hour(s) ago

Army says it has freed people being held hostage by Boko Haram jihadists as it carries out regional offensive aimed at rooting out insurgency

Economy

SA backs trade pact to clear bottlenecks

Picture: THINKSTOCK
12 hour(s) ago

World Trade Organisation accord to give renewed impetus to trade-enabling initiatives and provide an agreed framework

Media & Advertising

SA printing industry still looks good on paper

Picture: THINKSTOCK
12 hour(s) ago

In the age of endless options, readers still find themselves drawn to printed material, writes Thabiso Mochiko

National

Gordhan seeks probe into Ekurhuleni tenders

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
12 hour(s) ago

Road and transport tenders worth more than R100m are said to have been awarded irregularly in the metro

Financial Services

Call for retirement savings to boost SA

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12 hour(s) ago

Institutional investors should allocate more of workers’ R4-trillion in retirement savings towards development initiatives to boost economy growth and create jobs

Law & Constitution

Treasury cracks down on estate duty

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13 hour(s) ago

Estate and financial planners sound alarm over the proposed closure of a loophole allowing people to avoid estate duty through retirement contributions, writes Amanda Visser

Asia-Pacific

China, Asia on shaky ground as factories step back in July

Analysts say the Chinese government’s intervention in the markets has left investors in doubt about its commitment to free markets. Picture: AFP PHOTO/GREG BAKER
7 hour(s) ago

Manufacturing conditions in China deteriorate to worst level in two years in July and trigger fresh slides in global commodity prices

Retail & Consumer

Aca Joe owner Platinum Group not in liquidation, says CE

Marcel Joubert. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
12 hour(s) ago

Owner of well known South African brands such as Aca Joe and Hilton Weiner looking to recapitalise struggling businesses to the tune of between R20m and R50m

Europe

South African to convince Brits to stay in EU

Picture: THINKSTOCK
8 hour(s) ago

Former Democratic Alliance MP to be director of strategy for In Campaign to try to convince voters that Britain should stay in European Union

Financial Services

African Bank fills final post of top team

Tom Winterboer.  Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
12 hour(s) ago

Absa Bank veteran Gustav Raubenheimer appointed to resurrected African Bank’s executive committee as its finance chief

Industrials

ArcelorMittal set for cash injection

Paul O'Flaherty. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
12 hour(s) ago

Plan for possible R4.5bn investment over five years to create 700 jobs depends on government protection against China imports

Asia-Pacific

Australia’s prime minister launches expense inquiry

Australian Speaker of the House of Representatives Bronwyn Bishop. Picture: REUTERS
8 hour(s) ago

Tony Abbott announces wide-ranging inquiry into politicians’ entitlements after scandal that plagued his government for weeks claims scalp of Speaker of House

Trade & Industry

SA-Nigeria motor industry plan is a win-win, says Erwin

Picture: REUTERS
13 hour(s) ago

Sectors in SA and Nigeria to ‘complement each other’, says former cabinet minister Alec Erwin

Retail & Consumer

Demand hits sweet spot for Cadbury

Picture: THINKSTOCK
12 hour(s) ago

Brand’s owner, Mondelez International, plans to lift output at Port Elizabeth factory as chocolate purchases increase, writes Zeenat Moorad

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Cartoons

Pupils at Boitumelong Secondary School in Tembisa use their tablets for the first time, in January this year.  Picture: SOWETAN

Four reasons why tablets are a good fit for the classroom

Tablets are increasingly forming part of the educational landscape because they are cost-effective, offer decent battery life, and are functional and flexible

Management

SA spearheads drive to nurture African management talent

SA can be a powerhouse for teaching about working in emerging markets, UCT Graduate School of Business dean Walter Baets says. Picture: HETTY ZANTMAN
13 hour(s) ago

Business schools have a crucial role in developing the skills needed for Africa's economic growth, writes David Furlonger

Management

Four tips for getting the response you need

Picture: THE NEW YORK TIMES/TONY CENICOLA
8 hour(s) ago

We tend to default to e-mail when wanting to connect with other people, but it is not always most appropriate medium to use

Health

Ubuntu’s lessons in teaching our children well

Jacob Lief at work in one of Ubuntu’s classrooms where vulnerable children learn long-term skills that will help them become productive, healthy and stable citizens. Pictures: SUPPLIED
12 hour(s) ago

The Ubuntu Education Fund's individualised, long-term approach to helping vulnerable children has delivered philanthropist Jacob Lief some tough lessons and great rewards, writes Sue Blaine

Opinion & Analysis

Africa needs speed to leap from stalls to viable stores

Barack Obama. Picture: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST
12 hour(s) ago

Access to finance will help small firms cross over to the formal sector, writes Antonio Fierro

Itumeleng Khune. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Khune is down the goalie pecking order

Former Chiefs keeper Itumeleng Khune on the sidelines as Reyaad Pieterse impresses coach

Other Sport

South Sudan tearfully becomes 206th Olympic member

The Olympic rings at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor. Picture: REUTERS
23 hour(s) ago

South Sudan becomes Olympic movement’s 206th member amid emotional scenes as the war-stricken nation crosses final hurdle to competing at next year’s Rio Olympics

Cricket

Testing times for water-logged Proteas

Bangladeshi ground staff cover the field as rain falls during the fourth day of the second Test between Bangladesh and SA at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka yesterday. Only 81.1 overs — out of 360 — have been bowled so far. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MUNIR UZ ZAMAN
13 hour(s) ago

Dane Vilas laments frustrating conditions of his debut Test as Cyclone Komen batters Bangladesh

Soccer

Tough choices for Tinkler as Pirates’ injuries mount

Picture: THINKSTOCK
13 hour(s) ago

Pirates coach Eric Tinkler has to decide between Edwin Gyimah and recently signed forward Tendai Ndoro to sign on for the Caf Confederation Cup

Other Sport

After six second places, Delpech lands Gold Cup

Picture: THINKSTOCK
13 hour(s) ago

Jockey Anthony Delpech wins eLan Gold Cup after partnering the favourite, Wild One

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The Third Umpire

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, who has outdone himself in avoiding political accountability for the Nkandla scandal by blaming “neoliberal” outsourcing to private companies and “downsizing of the public service”.

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