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Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils at a media briefing about the ‘Vote No’ campaign at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Picture: THE TIMES

SSA losing sight of core mandate as it ‘chases its own tail’, says Kasrils

7 minute(s) ago

State Security Agency is caught up in grip of political paranoia and this has caused it to lose focus on core mission, says former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils


Parliament’s filming, broadcasting policy ‘unconstitutional’

Jeremy Gauntlett SC. Picture: THE TIMES
1 hour(s) ago

Filming and broadcasting policy is unconstitutional as it clearly impinges on right of public to see and hear events within legislature, Cape High Court hears


No decision made on privatisation of SOEs, says Brown

Lynne Brown. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 hour(s) ago

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says semi-privatisation model used to raise funds for Telkom has not been considered for Eskom

Financial Services

FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana to step down

Sizwe Nxasana. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
5 hour(s) ago

FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana will step down from his role on September 30, after nine years at banking group, and will be succeeded by his deputy CEO, Johan Burger


Cash-strapped Greece repays first part of IMF loan due in March

A Greek flag flutters between Saint George's bell tower and an olive tree atop the Lycabettus hill in Athens, Greece.  Picture: REUTERS
52 minute(s) ago

Greece repays first €310m instalment of loan from International Monetary Fund that falls due this month as it scrambles to cover funding needs amid cash crunch


IMF calls for bold actions to reform SA

10 hour(s) ago

No conceptual reason SA cannot have rapid growth if it can deal with the impediments, says IMF deputy MD


Medupi delays benefit Exxaro

Picture: THE TIMES
10 hour(s) ago

Eskom pays R1.2bn for unused coal, while delay provides Exxaro time fillip to examine its plans for Grootgeluk

Middle East

Islamic State militants bulldoze ancient Nimrud city

A Shi'ite fighter carries a rocket-propelled grenade launcher as he walks in the town of Hamrin in Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad, Iraq, on Thursday.  Picture: REUTER
21 minute(s) ago

Islamic State fighters loot and bulldoze ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in latest assault on some of world’s greatest archaeological and cultural treasures

Koeberg nuclear power station at sunset.

Institutional decay threatens SA’s march to prosperity

The probability of export volume growth pulling the economy out of its doldrums … is not high, writes Henk Langenhoven


Gareth van Onselen: The EFF looks like they are struggling to produce their next theatre screenplay

EFF run out of ideas?


Mzukisi Qobo promo

We are paying for the cost of indecision, years of inefficiencies in government and lack of courage from the country’s leadership to do what is ...

Nene’s lack of political gravitas is a limitation


Fires ‘unlikely to affect visitor numbers’

Firefighters duck burning debris as they battle to control a wildfire in Cape Town's Tokai forest on Tuesday.  Picture:  REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS
1 hour(s) ago

Cape Town Tourism says tour operators in affected areas have indicated they have not seen spike in cancellations, only slight or no decrease in new bookings received


Development of small towns to be ‘priority for North West’

Supra Mahumapelo. Picture: SOWETAN
1 hour(s) ago

Premier Supra Mahumapelo says development of rural areas, townships, small towns will receive attention of North West provincial government in upcoming year


Google wireless plan has one catch

Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of products, speaks during a presentation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona , Spain, on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
2 hour(s) ago

Planned service may launch by end of March but will work only on company’s latest Nexus brand smartphone and not on other phones using Android


State has wrong culprit in drive for clean air

In an imperfect world clean air is an impossible dream and compromise is the best we can hope for, writes Philip Lloyd

Financial Services

Investors buy into Standard Bank’s turnaround

Interior of Standard Bank's new Rosebank offices in Johannesburg, which achieved five stars from the Green Building Council of South Africa. Picture: STANDARD BANK
10 hour(s) ago

Bank’s results are sullied by fraud in China and a poor trading performance in its global markets business

African News

Killers of albino woman given the death penalty

4 hour(s) ago

Tanzanian court sentences four people to death for murder of albino woman, president has blasted wave of such killings as ‘big embarrassment for the nation’


Douw Steyn’s R6.5bn city unveiled

Douw Steyn's house. Picture: SUPPLIED
23 hour(s) ago

Insurance magnate Douw Steyn’s much anticipated lifestyle estate Steyn City, which will eventually be home to up to 10,000 residents, is finally unveiled


Gauteng health department pledges to pay overdue bills

Gauteng infrastructure development MEC Qedani Mahlangu. Picture: SOWETAN
9 hour(s) ago

Department looking to clean up its accounts as it prepares to come out of administration in May

Financial Services

Sanlam eyes 10-year BEE deal

Sanlam CEO Johan van Zyl. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
9 hour(s) ago

Insurer looking to sell 30%-50% stake in some of its businesses to black economic empowerment partner Ubuntu-Botho, which is led by Patrice Motsepe


South Korean police investigate US ambassador attacker’s visits to North

Kim Ki-jong, a member of a pro-Korean unification group who attacked the US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert at a public forum, is carried on a stretcher off an ambulance as he arrives at a hospital in Seoul on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 hour(s) ago

Police say they are investigating possible links between knife attack on the US ambassador to Seoul and assailant’s frequent visits to North Korea


Draghi details plan for bond buying

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi addresses a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS
9 hour(s) ago

European Central Bank will launch into quantitative easing next week having increased its economic growth forecasts for this year and next


Zuma reveals family to lodge land claims

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
9 hour(s) ago

President’s nephew, Inkosi Simpiwe Zuma, has launched a land claim targeting more than 60 farms in Impendle in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, reports say

African News

Liberian treatment centre discharges its last Ebola patient

MEDICAL AID: Health workers remove the body of a man believed to have died from the Ebola virus at a street in Monrovia, Liberia, on October 27 2014. Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

Officials in Monrovia celebrate even as they warn country is still weeks away from being officially declared free of haemorrhagic fever

Land & Agriculture

Cape aims for ‘at least 70% success’ in agricultural land-reform projects

4 hour(s) ago

Western Cape wants to ensure at least 70% of all agricultural projects are successful over next five years, finance MEC Ivan Meyer says in budget presentation


‘Open Parliament’ would benefit all, say media groups

Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
9 hour(s) ago

Parliament’s filming policy says when there are incidents of ‘unparliamentary conduct' the camera must remain trained on the speaker

Media & Advertising

Cabinet breaks logjam over set-top boxes

Faith Muthambi.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
10 hour(s) ago

Control system to be an integral feature of the set-top boxes, and broadcasters will not be allowed to use the boxes for their own commercial purposes


Cosatu gives Vavi last chance to explain himself

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
9 hour(s) ago

No individual was being targeted in the probe, but Cosatu leaders say Zwelinzima Vavi needs to substantiate his version


SAP to cuts posts in response to market changes

People beside screens at the booth of German company SAP during preparations at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover, Germany, in March 2012.  Picture: REUTERS
2 hour(s) ago

Software maker to reduce workforce by 2,250, while creating similar number of jobs in expanding parts of company in its push to sell products via internet

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A new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone is pictured at the IFA consumer technology fair in Berlin in this file photo. Picture: REUTERS

Israeli startup can turn your smartphone camera into hyperspectral sensor

Company says it’s developed an optical lens and image processing software that can allow cameras to break down chemical components of objects from a distance


BOOK REVIEW: Anchorless in an Afrikaner diaspora

9 hour(s) ago

SJ Naudé is a decisively postapartheid writer and a global citizen millions of miles removed from his predecessors of even two decades, writes Leon De Kock

Travel & Food

Quiet American who saved the Thai silk industry but not himself

The view from Thompson House and the canal of the compound where the legendary spy Jim Thompson’s workers toiled to make the silk products sold to high society from across the world. Picture: KEN BARRETT
9 hour(s) ago

Jim Thompson vanished during an afternoon walk in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands one day in 1967, and the rest, they say, is mystery, writes Blaise Hopkinson

Arts & Entertainment

Return of Limpopo’s prodigal artists

Johannes and Colin Maswanganyi, I Have a Graduate Son!, 2009. Wood and paint. Standard Bank African Art Collection. Pictures: WITS ART MUSEUM
9 hour(s) ago

Wood carvings are marvellous and powerful and witty and sarcastic and there is astute political commentary, writes Sue Blaine

Arts & Entertainment

HALF ART: Shoddy presidents far from scenes of idyll

Seascape with Red Flowers (2014), oil on canvas. Cape-based artist Deborah Poynton notes that these idyllic scenes outside ‘function as pictures to be looked at, or scenes for observation, rather than worlds to be entered’. Pictures: STEVENSON GALLERY
9 hour(s) ago

Scenes of a Romantic Nature, Deborah Poynton’s seventh solo exhibition, is partly patterned on the work of 19th-century German painter Caspar David Friedrich, writes Chris Thurman


WINE: Wine growers are popping up everywhere, even in KwaZulu-Natal

Once they transplanted an entire Chardonnay vineyard, vine by vine, to a better site, two years after its initial establishment

Stuart Baxter and Tefu Mashamaite. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Pirates’ triple motive to attack Chiefs

Pirates coach Eric Tinkler has steered his side to four victories and a draw, putting the Buccaneers in fourth place


Stormers bench does not bother Burger

Duane Vermeulen. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/SHAUN ROY
9 hour(s) ago

Match is a heavyweight contest — with 21 Springboks on view, as well as one British and Irish Lion and one Puma in the mix


Proteas gird loins for clash with Pakistan

9 hour(s) ago

Pakistan are left-arm fast bowlers, and each one of them is capable of derailing the record-setting SA train


Majoro set to feature in Soweto derby

Lehlohonolo Majoro. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU
9 hour(s) ago

Lehlohonolo Majoro is on eight league goals, one less than the nine goals Amakhosi strikers have scored between them


Sharing spoils worries Ea LLa Koto coach

Kinnah Phiri. Picture:  GALLO IMAGES/DIRK KOTZE
9 hour(s) ago

Coach Kinnah Phiri points out that settling for draws might soon deflate their high spirits

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MTN Group CEO Sifiso Dabengwa. The cellular network has almost doubled its budget for infrastructure in SA this year despite experiencing a decline in revenue, in part because of the sharp cut in termination rates.

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Toyota SA CEO Johan van Zyl, who has been appointed head of the motor manufacturer’s European operations in addition to his day job as CEO for SA and Toyota Africa. SA is clearly a good training ground.

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, for hiding behind the much-abused “sub judice rule” to avoid having to answer parliamentary questions about this year’s chaotic state of the nation address. Nobody is fooled.

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