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Herman Mashaba.   Picture: SOWETAN

Mashaba announces mayoral committee of ‘professionals’

54 minute(s) ago

The newly elected Johannesburg mayor said his team would work to bring the change he promised, and to create jobs and equal opportunity for all


US sees the rand plummeting against the dollar by the end of 2016

Rands. Picture: THINKSTOCK
41 minute(s) ago

Japanese banking official warns of a ‘profound market reaction’ if President Jacob Zuma removes Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in a Cabinet reshuffle

Transport & Tourism

DA calls for parliamentary meeting on SAA to be brought forward

1 hour(s) ago

Party says moving the meeting is vital to ensure that South African Airways is placed under business rescue before it collapses

Transport & Tourism

ANC could take action over Prasa boss’s bribes claims

One of 600 trains bought by Prasa from Gibela in a R51bn deal to modernise the Metrorail fleet. Picture: GIBELA
1 hour(s) ago

The ANC has denied that a series of payments were made to the party by a company awarded the contract to supply locomotives to the rail agency

African News

The night run: how Zimbabwean traders are dodging import restrictions

A truck and trailer loaded with 30 tons of maize drives into a Beitbridge customs and immigration control point on the South African border with Zimbabwe. File picture: REUTERS
1 hour(s) ago

An enterprising night-time import courier industry is taking shape‚ creating jobs and new profits. It is dangerous work though


Fawu to inform Cosatu of its disaffiliation by Monday

Union members during a protest in Johannesburg. Fawu is poised to split with Cosatu, sources say. Picture:  REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO
1 hour(s) ago

Food and Allied Workers Union says it will take legal advice on the issue of millions of rand in outstanding affiliate fees


State denied leave to appeal ‘shockingly lenient’ Oscar Pistorius sentence

Picture: Oscar Pistorius smiles with a member off his defence team after he was granted bail in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria today. Picture: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
3 hour(s) ago

High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa, whose culpable homicide verdict in the original trial was set aside, says she was not persuaded an appeal could succeed


Tshwane’s Solly Msimanga announces a more inclusive mayoral committee

Solly Msimanga. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA
3 hour(s) ago

The final team is less white and male than the list leaked earlier in the week that provoked criticism from the ANC


Stofile’s tears moved Sipho Pityana to speak out about Jacob Zuma and the ANC

Sipho Pityana. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA
6 hour(s) ago

The former foreign affairs director-general has explained why he chose this moment to break his silence about the political crisis in the country and the ruling party

Jacob Zuma. Picture: EPA/NIC BOTHMA

We are not powerless against Jacob Zuma’s avarice

But simply removing the leader will not change the politics of patronage in the ANC, Prof Raymond Suttner tells Charles Leonard


Independent Group’s puerile clickbait site exposes little more than its own sensational ignorance, writes Gareth van Onselen

TWEET OF THE WEEK: Exposing #IndyExpose


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President Jacob Zuna's moves against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan show that he knows he is becoming a lame duck, writes Anthony Butler

Signals of desperation, not control, from Zuma


Too many risks to call end to rate hikes, says Reserve Bank’s Daniel Mminele

HARD PLACE: Reserve Bank deputy governor Daniel Mminele says its rate-setting committee is aware of the effect of rate hikes on economic growth, but it will act if inflation and its outlook remain elevated. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA
5 hour(s) ago

The Bank’s deputy governor addresses the question of why interest rates have risen, and could rise further, despite a sluggish economy


British economy bearing up under Brexit strain, but is it a boom?

Shoppers cross the road in Oxford Street, London, Britain.  Picture: REUTERS
4 hour(s) ago

The high streets are heaving and there are few signs of the distress expected after the UK’s shock vote to leave the EU


Japanese prices fall the most in three years

A security guard is seen next to an electronic board showing stock prices at Tokyo Stock Exchange last month.  Picture: REUTERS
1 hour(s) ago

The gloomy inflation data reinforce a dominant market view that premier Shinzo Abe’s stimulus programmes have failed to dislodge the deflationary mindset

Retail & Consumer

Woolworths to cut food prices in tight year

Woolworths store at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
9 hour(s) ago

Woolworths to focus on building stronger and more profitable relationships with customers

Transport & Tourism

SAA in liquidation danger, says director

Yakhe Kwinana and SAA chairwoman Dudu Myeni. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
9 hour(s) ago

The head of SAA’s audit and risk committee resigns ‘to prevent damage to her reputation’ as the airline nears free fall

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: THE TIMES

EDITORIAL: Get ready for more jitters

The arrest of SA’s finance minister seems inevitable, sending SA into another bout of financial and political jitters


DA widens Tshwane racial mix

REJIG:  Solly Msimanga of the DA, who is pictured being sworn in as Tshwane mayor last week on Friday, delayed the announcement of his mayoral committee after a leaked list was criticised for being too pale and male. Picture: SUPPLIED
9 hour(s) ago

DA modifies its mayoral committees to make them more inclusive after ANC criticises ‘white supremacist’ executive lineup


Dilma Rousseff’s trial begins

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech in Brasilia, Brazil, on Wednesday. She said: 'Impeachment is a putschist process'. Picture: AFP PHOTO/EVARISTO SA
3 hour(s) ago

Supreme Court hears witnesses for and against suspended Brazilian president, trial is expected to end with her removal from office


Apple issues fix after security flaw found in iPhones and iPads

Picture: REUTERS
2 hour(s) ago

Citizen Lab worked with security company Lookout and found a link would have installed a program taking advantage of a three flaws that Apple was unaware of


VW to pay over $1bn to car dealers in the US for losses from cheating scandal

VW Golf. Picture: SUPPLIED
3 hour(s) ago

While the vehicle maker has already settled with car owners and regulators, VW still faces investor claims and possible criminal charges


Cosatu backs students’ call for 0% fee increase next year

Students protest over planned increases in tuition fees in Stellenbosch on Friday. Picture: REUTERS
3 hour(s) ago

Trying to reform an education system that was never meant to accommodate poor students is a ‘futile endeavour’

Retail & Consumer

AB InBev to cut 5,500 jobs after SABMiller takeover

The commission says the guidelines seek to clarify its approach to analysing mergers. Picture: REUTERS
3 hour(s) ago

The job cuts will form part of the $1.4bn of annual savings the world’s biggest brewer is seeking from the purchase of its number two rival


Adcock Ingram is on the mend

A sign outside the Adcock Ingram offices in Johannesburg. Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

Drug maker has moves out of remedial mode with strong performance from prescription medicine division and keeping operational expenses in check


Zuma must step down, says Sipho Pityana

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa hands over the flag to Makhenkesi  Stofile’s widow, Nambitha Stofile, during the special official funeral of the former  sports and recreation minister at Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape on Thursday. Picture: DoC
9 hour(s) ago

Businessman Sipho Pityana launches a scathing attack on the president as Cyril Ramaphosa speaks up for the first time


Northam battered by lower metals prices and empowerment scheme

Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

The platinum miner, which halved its full-year loss, is reconsidering its involvement in the loss-making Pandora venture, which is likely to need further cash injections

African News

Zimbabwean police fire tear gas at protesters

Anti-riot police clear roads during a protest by opposition youths who were demonstrating against alleged brutality by security agents in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe August 24, 2016. Picture: REUTERS/PHILIMON BULAWAYO
4 hour(s) ago

The High Court is due to rule on whether the protest can go ahead, but 18 opposition parties have vowed to proceed regardless


Tough questions are being asked as Italian quake death toll continues to rise

Rescuers pass collapsed buildings in earthquake-hit Amatrice, central Italy, on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS/EMILANO GRILLOTTI
6 hour(s) ago

As rescuers continue to search for corpses, questions mount about why there were so many deaths so soon after the 2009 earthquake in nearby L’Aquila


Hammerson tries to entice investors before listing

4 hour(s) ago

Hammerson will become the JSE’s largest listed property fund, overtaking UK and Spanish shopping centre owner Intu, which has a market cap of about R79bn

African News

Jihadists attack Mogadishu restaurant

A Somali policeman looks at the wreckage of a vehicle destroyed by a car bomb at the Banadir beach restaurant at Lido beach in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday. Picture: REUTERS/FEISAL OMAR
5 hour(s) ago

Ten people are killed in an attack by Shabaab jihadists on a beachfront restaurant in the Somali capital, dead include two gunmen


Deadly car bomb hits southeastern Turkish town

Smoke rises from buildings at the site of a car bomb explosion at a police headquarters in Cizre, located in Turkey's Sirnak province bordering both Syria and Iraq, in this still image from video August 26, 2016.   Picture: REUTERS
5 hour(s) ago

The explosion at police headquarters in Cizre is the latest in a spate of attacks in the turbulent region near the borders with Syria and Iraq

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Comedian Trevor Noah. Picture: ANTONIO MUCHAVE/SOWETAN

‘Uncontrollable’ people are in power in SA, says funnyman Noah

You come to realise that when you put the wrong man in the right place he can do ‘the utmost damage’


Milk-based packing ticks lots of boxes

A new biodegradable film made out of casein is being produced to replace the thin plastic wrapping that is used to protect against spoilage. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA
1 day(s) ago

Researchers are investigating alternative forms of food packaging — the biodegradable kind that can be eaten, writes Amrith Ramkumar

Travel & Food

Appetite for fermented food grows

Nick Vadasz, owner of Vadasz Deli in London,  helped his Hungarian grandmother ferment pickles — not  an English tradition. Picture: SUPPLIED
9 hour(s) ago

Pickles, kombucha, and sauerkraut are catching on as a healthy alternative to fast food, writes Madeleine Morrow


HALF ART: Burkini is unlikely icon of resistance to Islamophobia

New York-based Iranian artist Shirin Neshat challenges western views of Islam through art, writes Chris Thurman

TAKING IT EASY: Morné Steyn, right, and Faf de Klerk chill at a Bok training session. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Boks crying out for big performance from key players in Salta

Flyhalf Elton Jantjies needs to dictate the game with the same authority he displays at Super Rugby level, and to help him his pack will have to be better

Other Sport

Ryan Lochte lands new sponsor, even as Brazilian police recommend charges

Ryan Lochte. Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

The disgraced US swimmer’s new backer — after losing the endorsement of big names like Speedo — is Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops


Uefa changes Champions League qualifying rules

Michel Platini. Picture: EPA/WALTER BIERI
3 hour(s) ago

The amendments come after Europe’s top clubs discussed the possibility of forming a Super League, possibly without Uefa’s authorisation


Pumas pose real threat in Salta

GOOD ONE:  Faf de Klerk produced a moment of brilliance last week, but the Pumas applied the pressure throughout. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/DIRK KOTZE
10 hour(s) ago

The Boks under new coach Allister Coetzee are well prepared but expect no favours from the Argentines


New players sign of Boks’ lack of cohesion

10 hour(s) ago

The Springboks squad against Argentina lacks the experience that secured the national side’s victory in 2014


Winner takes all at Centurion showdown

Vernon Philander not keen on one-Test series. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ANESH DEBIKY
10 hour(s) ago

Black Caps ‘excited’ about the winner-takes-all shootout at the Centurion corral against Proteas

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