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Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

No special security for Parliament but threats are taken seriously

6 hour(s) ago

Speaker Baleka Mbete says this year there are rules about disruptions to Parliament, which will be applied during the state of the nation address where necessary

National

Public protector must not be second guessed, Zuma’s lawyer says

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

Jeremy Gauntlett SC represented President Jacob Zuma in the Constitutional Court over a public protector order to pay back cash spent on Nkandla

Economy

SA can avoid a rating downgrade

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6 hour(s) ago

Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim says this is possible if the budget on February 24 clearly states how higher economic growth will be achieved

Politics

EFF says it will not let Zuma address SA until he says why he fired Nene

Scale of  EFF march February 9 2016. Picture: Shenaaz Jamal
5 hour(s) ago

Economic Freedom Fighters deputy president Floyd Shivambu said President Jacob Zuma’s firing of finance minister Nhlanhla Nene weakened the rand

Retail & Consumer

Spar increases 18-week sales to end-January

Shoppers at a Spar outlet in Rustenburg, North West. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
5 hour(s) ago

The increase brought total sales to R24.5bn for the period, and group sales in SA rose 8.4% with ‘internally measured’ inflation amounting to 3.9%

Americas

Obama sends congress record $4.1-trillion budget

US President Barack Obama (right), with US Vice-President Joseph Biden, delivers remarks ahead of the release of his record 2017 budget in Washington, DC, the US, on Tuesday. Picture: EPA/SHAWN THEW
41 minute(s) ago

US leader’s final budget represents his aspirations for curbing climate change, bolstering education and technology while also setting a marker in political campaign to succeed him

African News

Zimbabwe calls for $1.6bn in aid to pay for food

Zimbabwean Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Picture: REUTERS/PHILIMON BULAWAYO
1 hour(s) ago

Government issues aid appeal to save more than a quarter of the population from starvation due to drought

Politics

Malema reasserts intention to evict Guptas

EFF leader Julius Malema addressing his supporters on February 9 2016. Picture: Shenaaz Jamal
9 hour(s) ago

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema told a crowd at Mary Fitzgerald Square on Tuesday that courts must not suppress the EFF’s right to freedom of speech

Financial Services

FSB annual report skips damning details

ACTION: FSB deputy head Rosemary Hunter. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
16 hour(s) ago

Judge’s investigation and other findings on closure of ‘orphan funds’ kept out public watchdog Financial Services Board's report

Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies and Mining Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Industry can help Zuma to fashion address

Big business should not squander opportunity to influence content of possibly most important state of the nation address since Jacob Zuma took office, writes Coenraad Bezuidenhout

Columnists

Nomalanga Mkhize

‘Maiden bursary’ should be challenged in court as the neotraditionalist hijacking it is, writes Nomalanga Mkhize

Elites abuse traditions to entrench power

Columnists

Aubrey Matshiqi promo

Aubrey Matshiqi: Devil in a business suit usually colludes with Faustian elements in ANC and private sector

Guptas are just the tip of iceberg of political patronage

Economy

Businesses need to be very careful about their financial health as insolvencies loom

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4 hour(s) ago

Credit insurance firm Euler Hermes says insolvencies will increase this year due to the instability in emerging markets, by about 10% in SA

Telecoms & Technology

MTN being sued by Etisalat over deal with Nigeria’s Visafone

A man enters a customer’s mobile cellphone sim card details on an MTN Group Ltd. registration machine at a roadside kiosk in Lagos last week.   Picture: BLOOMBERG/GEORGE OSODI
11 hour(s) ago

Telecoms firm Etisalat said MTN’s purchase of internet provider Visafone could create a dominant data services market player in Nigeria, harming competition

Business

Zuma calls for government and business to collaborate

President Jacob Zuma convenes a meeting of business representatives and Cabinet ministers on Tuesday at a review of the World Economic Forum.  Picture: GCIS
8 hour(s) ago

President Jacob Zuma says the country’s short-term economic outlook is not inspiring and the low economic growth costs business, the community and government

National

Zuma violated constitution by defying public protector on Nkandla, court hears

Jacob Zuma. Picture: EPA/NIC BOTHMA
11 hour(s) ago

EFF counsel Wim Trengove tells the Constitutional Court that as president, Jacob Zuma has a ‘singular, heightened duty’ to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution

Gareth Cliff. Picture: THE TIMES

E-mails provide secure harness in Cliff case

E-mail correspondence in Gareth Cliff court challenge shows clear intention he would be a judge on Idols 2016, and M-Net’s conduct proved this, writes Gugulethu Majija

Americas

First emissions-reduction standards for aircraft announced

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7 hour(s) ago

The standards are aimed at makers of small and large aircraft and will apply to all new models launched after 2020, the United Nations aviation agency said

Asia-Pacific

Facebook’s India stumble could embolden other regulators

Facebook is using new features to lure advertisers in India, where revenue per user lags far behind the US. Picture: REUTERS/RICK WILKING
7 hour(s) ago

India rules against differential data pricing but Facebook could challenge ruling in courts, say analysts

Americas

Obama to push for Wall Street reform in 2017 budget

US President Barack Obama.  Picture: REUTERS
9 hour(s) ago

President Barack Obama expected to call for an increase in funding for regulators, but Republican-controlled Congress is likely to oppose these proposals

Americas

Bloomberg’s ‘drawn up plans for an independent US presidential campaign’

Michael Bloomberg. Picture: AFP
10 hour(s) ago

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg says he finds the level of discourse among candidates for the US presidency ‘distressingly banal’ and an insult to voters

Politics

Gupta-owned firm asks court to prevent EFF from acts of violence on staff

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

Last week Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said journalists from the Gupta-owned The New Age and ANN7 were not welcome at EFF events

African News

Suspected Daallo bomber was meant to be on another plane

The Daallo Airlines plane that made an emergency landing in Mogadishu following a blast. Picture: AFP/MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB
13 hour(s) ago

A suspected suicide bomber who blew a hole in the fuselage of a Daallo Airlines plane last week was supposed to be on a Turkish Airlines flight

Americas

Argentina says it has made a breakthrough in its debt battle

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13 hour(s) ago

Buenos Aires claims a breakthrough in efforts to get US hedge funds off its back, but faces tricky manoeuvres to settle the dispute for good

Mining

SA company secures licence for fuel cell plant

Platinum. Picture: REUTERS
3 hour(s) ago

Government supports fuel cell initiative to stoke demand for platinum with component plant expected to be ready in 2018

Europe

UN fears for hundreds of thousands as Aleppo offensive deepens

4 hour(s) ago

Russian-backed Aleppo bombardment one of the most important shifts of momentum in five year civil war that has killed 250,000 people and driven 11-million from their homes

African News

Nigeria’s treasury account may ‘help reduce borrowing needs’

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7 hour(s) ago

Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun says the government will decide how much of the funds in the treasury single account will be used to fund the 2016 budget

Europe

At least eight dead, over 100 injured in German train crash

Helicopters of rescue services and an ambulance are seen at a field near Bad Aibling in southwestern Germany, February 9, 2016. About eight people were seriously injured and 12 more slightly hurt in a train crash in the southern state of Bavaria on Tuesday, German police said. Picture: REUTERS/MICHAEL DALDER
8 hour(s) ago

Two commuter trains crash head-on in southern Germany in one of the country’s deadliest rail accidents in years

Americas

Obama to ask Congress for funds to fight Zika

Geovane Silva holds his son, Gustavo Henrique, who has microcephaly linked to the Zika virus, at the Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in Recife, Brazil, on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS/UESLEI MARCELINO
11 hour(s) ago

White House says the money will be used to fight the virus in the US and abroad as well as to pursue a vaccine, president says there is no reason to panic

Americas

US Fed may not be permitted to set negative interest rates

Federal Reserve. Picture: AFP PHOTO/KAREN BLEIER
11 hour(s) ago

A 2010 document suggests the law that authorised the Fed to pay interest on excess reserves may not grant it the authority to charge interest

Asia-Pacific

Cans and foam apparently used in framework of toppled Taiwan building

A man is rescued from a collapsed building on Monday after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Tainan City in southern Taiwan on Saturday. More than 100 people were missing dozens killed, authorities said. Picture: EPA
9 hour(s) ago

The developer of the apartment complex was taken into custody after an earthquake on Saturday, which has left about 40 people dead and 100 missing in the ruins

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Cartoons

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South Africans wary of wearable tech in the workplace

But an online survey showed they were more open to sharing wearable technology data with employers than their UK peers were, but only if doing so helped them

Innovation

Kenya leads the way in mobile payments

Kobus Ehlers. Picture: JOHAN WILKE
16 hour(s) ago

Boom in tech start-ups with highly innovative products fills gap created by Kenya's defunct infrastructure, write John Aglionby and Andrew England

Innovation

Bitcoin at risk as developers quarrel over system

Mike Hearn, a lead developer of bitcoin (inset), has quit the virtual currency project after a feud erupted over processing limits.  Pictures: YOUTUBE, BLOOMBERG
16 hour(s) ago

‘Rampant censorship’ and nasty fights tear at small brotherhood of bitcoin developers and raise questions about virtual currency’s survival, writes Nathaniel Popper

Management

When hiring remote workers, flexibility and willingness to travel are key

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8 hour(s) ago

Setting people up to succeed off-site requires attention to IT support and infrastructure, and ensuring that there is constant communication with other team members

Arts & Entertainment

Young dancer’s scholarship a triumph for SA and his dance school

Leroy Mokgatle. Picture: PAT BROMILOW-DOWNING
7 hour(s) ago

South African ballet dancer Leroy Mokgatle wins scholarship at the Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition

Innovation

Cellphone tech sparks innovation in Africa

Mark Essien, who created one of the first hotel-booking websites in Nigeria, is one of a new breed of entrepreneurs contributing to building an information technology ecosystem across sub-Saharan Africa. Picture: SUPPLIED
16 hour(s) ago

Start-ups drive social and economic transformation across sub-Saharan Africa, ploughing new trade routes and seeking breakthrough innovations, writes William Wallis

Innovation

African animator focuses on changing impressions about SA

Cape Town-based animation studio Triggerfish created Stick Man in collaboration with London-based Magic Light Studios. The  animated version of the children’s book was screened on BBC One. Picture: © ORANGE EYES LIMITED 2015
16 hour(s) ago

Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest believes animation is an avenue to shifting the way in which the world perceives SA

 Kagiso Rabada lets one go in Centurion on Monday with teammate Morné Morkel in the background. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

England leave SA no option

Amla acknowledges victory is only way for Proteas to keep series alive

Other Sport

US ‘did not tell athletes to avoid Rio Games’ due to Zika

IOC president Thomas Bach addresses the media after the Executive Board meeting and IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
11 hour(s) ago

The US Olympic Committee says Team USA is looking forward to the Rio Games and it ‘did not, would not and will not prevent athletes from competing’

Cricket

McKenzie gets coach job

Neil McKenzie will return to the Proteas as the team's batting coach. Picture: GALLO IMAGES
17 hour(s) ago

Neil McKenzie will return to SA’s dressing room as their batting coach on the back of the endorsement of one of his most respected charges, writes Telford Vice

Cricket

Dolphins need a win

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17 hour(s) ago

With problems on and off the field, the Dolphins have a tough few days ahead

Soccer

Wits must clear Chiefs hurdle to remain in hunt for title

Buhle Mkhwanazi.  Picture: SUPPLIED
17 hour(s) ago

Defender Buhle Mkhwanazi believes Wits can keep up with the in-form leaders by grinding out results in the race for the Premiership title

Rugby

Blitzboks keep Sevens lead, but it’s all about Rio

 The Blitzboks’ Seabelo Senatla is the leading try scorer in the Sevens World Series this season. Picture: RENEE MCKAY/GALLO IMAGES
17 hour(s) ago

Blitzboks arrive home after gruelling two-week stint that left them in the same position on the standings as when they left — joint top

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