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Government will heed pleas for regulatory certainty, Zwane tells Mining Indaba

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane delivers the opening address at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
17 hour(s) ago

Department to finalise amendments to the law ‘as a matter of urgency’

Politics

Mbeki says he suspended Pikoli because he risked national security

Under former president Thabo Mbeki, the government and the ruling party supported the Rome Statute.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
9 hour(s) ago

In his fifth in a series of recently released letters, former president Thabo Mbeki says claims he blocked a probe of former police commissioner Jackie Selebi were false

National

South Africans must choose public protector, Corruption Watch says

David Lewis.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
13 hour(s) ago

Thuli Madonsela’s term ends in October, and Corruption Watch’s David Lewis says people do not know they have a say in appointing the public protector

Mining

Signs of life heard from three trapped Lily Mine employees

Security marshalls open the gates for an ambulance to leave the Goldfields Lilly Mine in Barberton in the South African Mpumalanga province after a gold mine collapsed on February 5, 2016. Picture: AFP/ STRINGER
9 hour(s) ago

The rescue team heard knocking on Monday morning and were working to get to the lamp room within a container, which is trapped in a sink hole

Retail & Consumer

Edcon to cut some of its 3,000 head-office jobs

LONG ROAD:  At a results presentation on Wednesday, recently appointed Edcon CE Bernie Brookes outlines changes the heavily geared apparel retailer is making to bring customers back and streamline operations. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
11 hour(s) ago

This is the second round of job cuts at Edcon’s head office, following last February’s retrenchments, and the process is expected to be completed by March

Politics

Political parties condemn ANC Youth League’s ‘war talk’

ANCYL president Collen Maine. Picture: VELO NHLAPO/SOWETAN
12 hour(s) ago

Democratic Alliance considers laying criminal charges against ANC Youth League after it says those who disrupt President Jacob Zuma must prepare for ‘civil war’

Economy

South African consumers say SA in recession, according to survey

Picture: THINKSTOCK
9 hour(s) ago

Of those surveyed, 83% said they had changed their spending patterns due to economic woes, and spent less on takeaways, new clothes and home entertainment

Americas

White House hopefuls in final pitch in New Hampshire

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders. Picture: AFP
3 hour(s) ago

US candidates fan out over snowy New Hampshire seeking to convert undecided voters ahead of crucial primary

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Pros and cons of the new tax law on pension payouts

New tax law governing pension fund payouts is well intended but could infringe on the ability of retirees to participate meaningfully in economy, writes Bridgette Mokoetle

Columnists

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Whiff of Whitman behind marketing and communications at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, writes Lucy Kellaway

Liberating gloves-off retort to advertiser’s threat after column

Columnists

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Even stock markets are experiencing year-on-year negative returns. Unheard of, it won’t last! But it could, writes Mark Barnes

STRAIGHT TALK: Ever had that deflated feeling?

National

Roads Agency Limpopo top officials suspended after claims of corruption

New border management proposals will impede the flow of goods, critics say. Picture: SOWETAN
10 hour(s) ago

Charges involving more than R40m include collusion‚ sharing sensitive tender data with potential bidders and impersonating the CEO in a legally binding letter

Industrials

Longest Murray & Roberts winning streak in two years hits sixth day

Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
11 hour(s) ago

SA’s second-largest construction company rose as much as 11% before paring gains to trade 5.9% higher at R9.72 by lunchtime on Monday

National

Zuma’s Marabastad walkabout not entirely well-received

President Jacob Zuma conducting a walkabout at Marabastad taxi rank ahead of the Stata of the Nation Address. Picture: GCIS/KOPANO TLAPE
10 hour(s) ago

One hawker says when he sees President Jacob Zuma’s face he is reminded of the bodies of 34 Marikana miners, unemployment and the crumbling economy

Mining

Mining industry has itself to blame for glut, says Cutifani

Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani.  Picture: REUTERS/MARK WESSLES
15 hour(s) ago

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani does not expect a reversal of the commodities price slump any time soon and says 2016 looks set to be the ‘most challenging yet’

African Business

Randgold profit falls on declining gold prices

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

However, an analyst said in a note to clients that the results were ‘positive’ and that Randgold Resources’ results were ahead of expectations

Black-backed jackal. Picture: SUPPLIED

New approach needed to outfox costly predators

SA urgently needs a formal, state-driven system to manage predation and employ best practices, writes Heather Dugmore

Middle East

Merkel condemns Russian-backed attacks in Syria

6 hour(s) ago

Turkey's prime minister calls for Nato’s help in refugee crisis and labels Russia’s bombardment of neighbouring Syria an ‘ethnic massacre’

Middle East

Iraq’s army prepares to retake Mosul, say officials

Members of Iraqi Shiite Badr Army. Picture: EPA/ALI MOHAMMED
11 hour(s) ago

Islamic State seized Mosul in June 2014 and has held Iraq’s second city largely unopposed for more than 18 months

Energy

Experts unimpressed with energy incentive

Solar energy. Picture: REUTERS/REGIS DUVIGNAU
15 hour(s) ago

Deloitte says an additional tax deduction, rather than an accelerated one, would be more effective in encouraging the adoption of solar energy

Americas

US reassures South Korea and Japan of commitment to their defence

LIFT OFF: North Korea launched on Sunday a long-range rocket, which resulted in the US and South Korea calling for stronger sanctions. Picture: REUTERS
15 hour(s) ago

This follows North Korea’s putting a satellite into orbit on Sunday, which the US and its allies see as cover for Pyongyang’s development of ballistic missile technology

Politics

EFF promises to cover every inch of SA to spread its message

Picture: EFF
17 hour(s) ago

Economic Freedom Fighters will tell everyone in every village‚ township‚ suburb‚ kraal and city about ‘economic freedom in our lifetime’

Politics

EFF stands by Malema’s anti-Gupta comments

EFF leader Julius Malema and deputy president Floyd Shivambu. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
18 hour(s) ago

The Economic Freedom Fighters refuses to tone down its criticism of The New Age newspaper and ANN7 news network as well as the family who owns them

National

Presidency in race to placate Cosatu on tax

Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS
21 hour(s) ago

Possible delay of March 1 launch date would require law amendment be rushed through Parliament and signed off by President Jacob Zuma

Financial Services

Kieswetter steps down as Alexander Forbes CEO

Edward Kieswetter. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
11 hour(s) ago

Edward Kieswetter will retire at the end of March 2017, and in the meantime chief financial officer Deon Viljoen will assume the role of interim group CEO

African News

Botswana receives award for excellent control of malaria

Research into multitarget antibiotics could help scientists who are working on nonresistant antimalarial therapies. Picture: REUTERS/JOSEPH OKANGO
10 hour(s) ago

The award recognised Botswana’s attainment of more than 75% of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals set for Malaria control

Transport & Tourism

Prasa asks court to declare contracts invalid

Picture: SHEN SCOTT
18 hour(s) ago

Passenger Rail Agency of SA says in affidavit that Siyangena Technologies was given an advantage through ‘bid-rigging’ and process involved ‘corrupt activities’

Mining

Amplats impairments and restructuring push it deep into the red

Amplats CEO Chris Griffith. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
17 hour(s) ago

All of Anglo American Platinum’s mines generated cash, and debt was reduced, says CEO Chris Griffith, as the miner details the suspension of its Twickenham mine

Mining

SA’s mining sector has bled 47,000 jobs in three years

The bill confirms the practice of allowing investors, including mining houses, to freely repatriate returns, subject to taxation and applicable legislation.  Picture:MARIANNE PRETORIUS
19 hour(s) ago

Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter says costs have risen 20% a year, driven mostly by electricity prices, putting large swathes of production under water

Americas

Not even Zika can stop the Rio carnival

A member of the Grande Rio samba school performs during the first day of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, February 7 2016. Picture: EPA
16 hour(s) ago

With crazy costumes, pulsating music and a dab of mosquito repellent, performers swat aside concern about the virus to enjoy the world’s biggest party

Mining

African miners can turn crisis around, says McKinsey

HEADWINDS: Mining companies are being battered by headwinds from slowing growth in demand from China. Picture: REUTERS
17 hour(s) ago

Creating Global Mining Winners in Africa report says African mining companies ‘have access to levers to triple or quadruple their chances of becoming world class’

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Cartoons

Madonna performing at a concert in the Taipei Arena in Taipei, Taiwan, 06 February 2016. Picture: EPA/LIVE NATION TAIWAN

Madonna embroiled in Taiwan-China row over flag

Singer sparks ire in China after draping herself in island’s flag, but many in Taiwanese internet forums see it as a boost to their quest to protect the island’s sovereignty

Gadgets & Gear

For more success in online dating, consider moving to a more appropriate city

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15 hour(s) ago

Internet dating sites are becoming more innovative, such as Bumble, which lets women initiate contact with men, but not the other way around

Arts & Entertainment

The big world of tiny artwork hits Joburg later this month

Picture: WORLD FEDERATION OF MINIATURES
2 day(s) ago

SA will host the four-yearly World Federation of Miniaturists exhibition in a first for the continent, writes Sue Blaine

GOAL: Diego Costa beats Manchester United's Cameron Borthwick-Jackson as he equalises for Chelsea while David de Gea looks on. Picture: REUTERS

United let it slip as Costa rescues Blues

Chelsea snatches 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United

Soccer

Downs fight back to outshine Free State Stars

Khama Billiat. Picture: LEFTY SHIVAMBU/GALLO IMAGES
22 hour(s) ago

Mamelodi Sundowns extend their lead to six points with fine come-from-behind 5-2 win over Free State Stars at the James Motlatsi Stadium

Other Sport

Froome starts season with a win in the sun

LEADER OF THE PACK: Team Sky rider Chris Froome of Britain, winner of the centenary Tour de France cycling race, celebrates his overall victory on the podium on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
22 hour(s) ago

After five months of not competing, Froome wins Herald Sun Tour in final stage of the race

Other Sport

Le Clos hints to Rio freestyle

Chad Le Clos during day 1 of the South African Swimming Grand Prix Series. Picture: STEVE HAAG/GALLO IMAGES
22 hour(s) ago

Chad le Clos achieves Olympic qualifying time in 200m freestyle in second leg of the SA grand prix series in Durban

Rugby

Blitzboks lose captain Snyman and their discipline

Picture: GALLO IMAGES
22 hour(s) ago

Ill-discipline cost the Blitzboks in latest leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series

Cricket

Myoli refuses to drop Frylinck charges, says source

Picture: THINKSTOCK
22 hour(s) ago

Dolphins fast bowler Ayavuya Myoli unhappy at way teammate Robert Frylinck’s disciplinary hearing for punching him was handled

Soccer

Chiefs to make Durban a ‘home’

George Lebese and Bernard Parker celebrate during the MTN 8 Final match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday in Durban. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ANESH DEBIKY
22 hour(s) ago

Kaizer Chiefs sign agreement with eThekwini municipality, arranging games in Durban over next few months

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