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Business

Exxaro to buy Total Coal South Africa

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1 hour(s) ago

Biggest supplier of coal to Eskom to fund acquisition from existing debt facilities in deal that will give it large-scale operating assets

Industrials

Basil Read appoints Neville Nicolau as new CEO

Neville Nicolau. Picture: BUSINESS DAY
4 hour(s) ago

Construction firm appoints former Anglo American Platinum head as CEO with effect from September 1

Industrials

Rand weakness boosts Hulamin’s export volumes

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3 hour(s) ago

Aluminium products maker says better sales of rolled products from second half of last year, slight improvement in conversion margins underpin growth

African News

Black boxes from Mali aircraft crash arrive in France

Algerian Transport Minister Amar Ghoul, centre, speaks at a news conference regarding Air Algerie flight AH5017 in Bamako on Sunday.  Picture: REUTERS
43 minute(s) ago

France comes a step closer to finding out why an Air Algerie aircraft crashed into Mali desert last week as black boxes arrive in Paris

National

Government sets 1.5-million target for homes — and then aims to exit

Lindiwe Sisulu.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
11 hour(s) ago

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu would like the state step away from the large-scale provision to avoid dependency by poor

Telecoms & Technology

Solar computer is a product of Africa

IMPI Mk1. Picture: CAPSULE TECHNOLOGIES
11 hour(s) ago

Capsule Technologies, a Cape Town-based technology firm, has designed Africa’s first solar-powered desktop computer running on Android

Middle East

UN Security Council calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire

A trail of blood is seen in the courtyard of a UN School in the northern Beit Hanun district of the Gaza Strip on Thursday, after it was hit by an Israeli tank shell. Picture: AFP
8 hour(s) ago

Emergency session comes after Israel and Hamas ignore calls for a truce, with Israel pounding Gaza with artillery on Sunday after a night of rocket fire from Hamas

Europe

Court orders Russia to pay billions in damages to Yukos shareholders

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Picture: REUTERS
4 hour(s) ago

Arbitration panel orders Moscow to pay $51.57bn in damages to shareholders in defunct oil giant Yukos, saying officials manipulated legal system to bankrupt company

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EDITORIAL: Nkwinti laws will not solve crisis

Why is the National Development Plan, which contains quite specific proposals for a sustainable approach to land reform, being ignored?

Columnists

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The ANC in Gauteng must show more disgust for corrupt members than it does for red overalls, writes Aubrey Matshiqi

When white sheets and stinking feet divert minds

Columnists

Berlin must harness its Friedenspolitik (policy of peace) to an enhanced political and security role, writes Adekeye Adebajo

‘Great Power’ Germany can be good for Africa

Economy

Rise in liquidations shows businesses struggling to repay debt

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38 minute(s) ago

Statistics SA data show number of liquidations rose by 3.1% to 199 in June 2014 compared with same period in 2013

Trade & Industry

Lost jobs from steel strike ‘could go beyond car manufacturers’

DEMAND: Steel production takes place at the Baosteel GroupCorp. facilities in Shanghai, China.  Baosteel says iron-ore prices have further to fall. Picture: BLOOMBERG
7 hour(s) ago

National Association of Automotive Components and Allied Manufacturers says the effect on sub-suppliers and their customers — producers of vehicles and components — will be considerable

Energy

Earthlife Africa tells court Pelindaba smelter ‘illegal’

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12 hour(s) ago

The lobby group wants it shut down as it says the possibility exists that it could be turned to commercial use which would result in SA becoming ‘a nuclear waste junkyard’

Retail & Consumer

Woolworths’ feud with Lew appears over

Solomon Lew. Picture: BLOOMBERG
8 hour(s) ago

Retailer pays R2.1bn for Australian retail billionaire Solomon Lew’s Country Road stake

African News

Air intervention may be only way to fight fire at Libyan airport

Black smoke billows from a fuel storage depot, near the airport in Tripoli, Libya on Monday, after it was hit by a rocket fire. Photo: EPA/SABRI ELMHEDWI
4 hour(s) ago

Fire-fighting planes expected to help to douse huge blaze sparked by clashes near Tripoli’s airport, foreigners are urged to leave increasingly lawless country

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Ethiopian experience can help SA’s Nene draft reforms

Understanding and respecting what exists should be the first order of business of a reform, yet is often ignored, writes Stephen Peterson

Mining

Buoyant Anglo eyes productivity

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
11 hour(s) ago

Anglo American will bring productivity and operational lessons from its Australian coal operations to those in SA

Media

Prophet cartoon a bad call, says Dawes

Mail & Guardian editor Nic Dawes addresses the Right2Know campaign outside parliament in November last year.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
12 hour(s) ago

Former Mail & Guardian editor says the ‘as a matter of editorial process’ it was not appropriate to publish the cartoon of the prophet by Zapiro

National

Rushed MPs pass budget law just in time

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan briefs the media before delivering his budget speech in Parliament on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON Feb 26 2014
9 hour(s) ago

Parliament manages to pass in the nick of time the law that gives effect to the 2014-15 budget — preventing a shutdown of government

Asia-Pacific

NEWS ANALYSIS: Malaysia Airlines’ outlook bleak after twin tragedies

A guard stands on a train carrying the remains of victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine after it arrived in the city of Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS
12 hour(s) ago

Airline experts say the twin tragedies are pushing crisis-hit Malaysia Airlines to the brink of financial collapse

Media

Motsoeneng stares down Malema

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
9 hour(s) ago

Julius Malema is threatening to lead the Economic Freedom Fighters in a mass action to burn television licences on the SABC’s doorstep

Soccer

Mashaba confident SA has the emerging talent to rebuild Bafana

Ephraim Shakes Mashaba. Picture: THE TIMES
8 hour(s) ago

New coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba will have little time to savour his appointment as Bafana begin the qualifiers for the 2015 African Nations Cup

Mining

Lonmin slashes sales forecasts in wake of strike

A man rides his bicycle past the Lonmin mine outside Rustenburg, northwest of Johannesburg. Picture: REUTERS
9 hour(s) ago

Platinum producer says existing banking facilities enough to cover costs of five-month strike, will require increased working capital during ramp-up

Politics

POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Union response to strike settlement proposal expected

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
9 hour(s) ago

MPs and members of provincial legislatures will get back to interrogating the ongoing policies and programmes of the new administration

Labour

Strike deadlock threatens centralised bargaining

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
11 hour(s) ago

Numsa balks at Seifsa condition, as failure to end strike could precipitate collapse in central bargaining for a bargaining council

Europe

UK to allow fracking in parks in ‘exceptional circumstances’

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6 hour(s) ago

Extraction of shale gas will get go-ahead in national parks, world heritage sites, but rules will ensure operational best practices are implemented, enforced

African News

Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon’s vice PM

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21 hour(s) ago

At least three people killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in the northern town of Kolofata and local religious leader kidnapped

Economy

Joblessness will remain intractable — Marcus

Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA
7 hour(s) ago

Reserve Bank governor says jobs will not be created as quickly as desired because of the country’s below-potential economic growth

Energy

Eskom needs help to ward off a downgrade

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12 hour(s) ago

S&P may cut utility’s rating unless government provides more aid, writes Kevin Crowley

Rugby

SA end All Blacks Sevens reign

Cecil Afrika (right) and Seabelo Senatla of South Africa celebrate after Afrika scored a try in the rugby sevens gold medal match between South Africa and New Zealand at the at Ibrox Stadium during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Sunday. Picture: AFP/CARL COURT
9 hour(s) ago

Tries from Seabelo Senatla and Cecil Afrika, one converted by Branco du Preez, enough for the Springboks to inflict a first-ever Commonwealth defeat on the All Blacks

Economy

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Employment targets must be taken seriously, given a stuttering economy

9 hour(s) ago

Stats SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey is likely to show that unemployment has remained at around 25% in the second quarter after reaching 25.2% in the first

Mining

De Beers becomes shining light in Anglo stable

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4 hour(s) ago

De Beers vaults into top spot as the key contributor to underlying earnings in the first half of the Anglo American financial year, generating $469m

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Cartoons

TRANSFORM: Marjorie Naidoo, of the Cape Craft Design Institute, wants packaging that does not generate waste. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Enduring legacy of design year

Cape Town is World Design Capital for 2014, but many benefits will last much longer, writes Penny Haw

Arts & Entertainment

CRUCIAL CD COLLECTION: Rosanne Cash

12 hour(s) ago

Her album is an intensely personal reflection on a relationship with the American South that couldn’t help being affected by the part her father, Johnny Cash, writes Richard Haslop

Opinion

Try McDonald’s to see how locals in grass skirts really live

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The ideal in travelling is to arrive fully informed yet with no preconceptions, writes Simon Kuper

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SA need 331 more to win on last day of Test

With nine wickets in hand, AB de Villiers says Proteas may chase runs

Rugby

SA end All Blacks Sevens reign

Cecil Afrika (right) and Seabelo Senatla of South Africa celebrate after Afrika scored a try in the rugby sevens gold medal match between South Africa and New Zealand at the at Ibrox Stadium during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Sunday. Picture: AFP/CARL COURT
9 hour(s) ago

Tries from Seabelo Senatla and Cecil Afrika, one converted by Branco du Preez, enough for the Springboks to inflict a first-ever Commonwealth defeat on the All Blacks

Soccer

Mashaba confident SA has the emerging talent to rebuild Bafana

Ephraim Shakes Mashaba. Picture: THE TIMES
8 hour(s) ago

New coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba will have little time to savour his appointment as Bafana begin the qualifiers for the 2015 African Nations Cup

Opinion

Sharks could not conjure up a miracle

Super 15 semifinal between the Crusaders and the Sharks at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/FIONA GOODALL

The vitriol, insults, personal abuse and crassness directed at the Sharks must be the greatest motivator for the players to aim for fifth place next season

 
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Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti, who is playing with fire by forging ahead with land reform without knowing where the money will come from. Uncertainty is not just a problem for farmers; it could backfire politically too.

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