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Nepal earthquake kills hundreds, triggers deadly Everest avalanche

59 minute(s) ago

Eight people killed by an avalanche unleashed by the earthquake that swept through the Everest Base Camp

Labour

State revises wage offer for public servants

Nathi Mthethwa.  Picture: GCIS
20 hour(s) ago

Government revises wage offer to public servants, but it is still far from trade union demands of 10% cost of living increase

Politics

DA’s James throws his hat into the ring for top job

Democratic Alliance trade and industry spokesman Wilmot James. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
1 day(s) ago

Democratic Alliance MPs pleased change of leadership will be ‘race, not coronation’ as stalwart Wilmot James goes up against parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane

National

What you missed this week

23 minute(s) ago

The most popular news, views and analysis on BDlive this week

African News

Togo votes in delayed presidential election

Incumbent Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe speaks during a campaign rally in Lome, Togo, on April 22. Picture: EPA/LEGNAN KOULA
1 hour(s) ago

Election is expected to give President Faure Gnassingbe a third term in power, facing a divided opposition and controversy over how results are tallied and announced

Transport & Tourism

Suspended SAA CEO resigns

Monwabisi Kalawe.  Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
1 day(s) ago

South African Airways says Monwabisi Kalawe has terminated his contract with national carrier, he will also step down as director

Mining

Anglo favours listing of platinum mines

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
1 day(s) ago

Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani says company is in talks regarding potential sale, but preferred option in divesting platinum mines is initial public offering

National

Police draw flak over unresolved attacks on foreigners in Alexandra

Maggie Sotyu.  Picture: THE HERALD
21 hour(s) ago

Deputy police minister, other police leaders field criticism from township residents regarding unresolved attacks, indifference toward victims

Markets

Equities hit all-time high, Nasdaq to
extend record

An electronic board shows the closing numbers for the Nasdaq Composite Index at the Nasdaq in New York on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS
21 hour(s) ago

Equities across the globe ride to all-time highs, with positive corporate earnings and record peak for Nasdaq Composite stoking investor optimism

Retail & Consumer

Brait still has R24bn to spend, says Wiese

Christo Wiese. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
1 day(s) ago

Company that last week agreed to buy Virgin Active has ‘very substantial war chest’ to spend on deals, according to largest shareholder Christo Wiese

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Do strong religious beliefs stifle innovation?

A study by the US National Bureau of Economic Research shows that countries that are intensely religious are typically less innovative than those that aren’t

Columnists

Leon Louw promo

The entrepreneurial and productive superiority of migrants in general explains much or most of South Africa’s xenophobic hysteria, writes Leon Louw

‘Superiority’ of foreigners sparking tensions with locals

Columnists

Stuart Theobald promo

Eskom is bleeding cash for its new build programme, the massively delayed and over budget Kusile and Medupi power stations, writes Stuart Theobald

ON THE MONEY: The real Eskom story is: the money

Business

‘Name and shame’ those guilty of collusion, says Madonsela

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

Public protector says business people would rather be guilty of collusion than corruption

Markets

Oil firms face further cuts as low prices linger

Picture: BLOOMBERG/DANIEL ACKER
23 hour(s) ago

Oil majors may need deeper cuts to oil, gas exploration and production spending as they grapple with extended period of low crude prices

National

Department of Science and Technology launches app to fight xenophobia

Picture: BLOOMBERG
21 hour(s) ago

As part of its own anti-xenophobia campaign‚ department launches online app where people can pledge support against xenophobia and report incidents thereof

National

DA accuses minister of protecting RAF head

Road Accident Fund CEO Eugene Watson. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
1 day(s) ago

Democratic Alliance says Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters is ‘clearly protecting’ Road Accident Fund CEO without considering evidence party has provided

Politics

Strife-torn North West village becomes hunting ground for EFF

Children draw water from a borehole in Ledig village in Rustenburg, North West. Picture: SOWETAN/SUNDAY WORLD
1 day(s) ago

Economic Freedom Fighters muscles in to platinum-rich Ledig outside Rustenburg as African National Congress battles to restore order

Zimbabweans stand in queues at a Department of Home Affairs office in Johannesburg. Refugees are again under strain after the attacks in 2008. 
This is not because of large numbers streaming into SA but rather due to the department’s lack of clear vision over its refugee and immigration policy. File picture: SUNDAY TIMES

State fails in obligations to refugees

Since 2010, half of SA’s refugee reception offices have been closed, leaving the southern two-thirds of the country with no services for new asylum seekers, writes David Cote

National

Position of IEC chairman ‘remains vacant’

Vuma Mashinini.  Picture: THE TIMES
1 day(s) ago

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj says chairmanship of Electoral Commission of SA has not been determined, stresses Vuma Mashinini is ordinary commissioner

Healthcare

Medical watchdog head may settle

Monwabisi Gantsho.  Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
1 day(s) ago

After year of suspension, inquiry into Council for Medical Schemes registrar Monwabisi Gantsho may not happen

Financial Services

Local banks get a R66bn safety net

Lesetja Kganyago. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
1 day(s) ago

The Reserve Bank’s liquidity facility will help supplement South African banks in case they have shortfalls

Trade & Industry

SA’s Agoa benefits in spotlight

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies briefs the media on the amended black economic empowerment act on Tuesday.  Picture: GCIS
1 day(s) ago

Latest move aims at strengthening the hand of the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council

African News

NEWS ANALYSIS: Burundi president’s recalcitrance could upset fragile peace

Pierre Nkurunziza. Picture: REUTERS/JEAN PIERRE AIME HARERIMANA
1 day(s) ago

Any move by Burundi’s president to run for a third term risks undermining a peace deal that has kept the country calm for a decade, write Patrick Nduwimana and Edmund Blair

Labour

Unions claim state is pushing SA to crisis

Unions march through the streets of Pretoria. Picture: Dominic Skelton
1 day(s) ago

Failure to reach an agreement may see the state implement its offer after electronically balloting employees

Europe

Swiss losing fight to restrain franc

A Credit Suisse cash services sign placed at a cafe outside a Credit Suisse bank branch in Zurich, Switzerland. Picture: BLOOMBERG
1 day(s) ago

Franc has still gained the most among its G-10 peers this year despite barrage of Swiss National Bank moves

Americas

Google shares rise after online ad sales drive revenue higher

Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Google reports higher quarterly revenue, profit as rising online ad volume offsets a hit from strong dollar, sending internet company’s shares higher in after-hours trading

Labour

Numsa wants representation on Eskom board

Irvin Jim. Picture: THULANI MBELE
1 day(s) ago

National Union of Metalworkers of SA says workers have right to know inner workings of embattled utility, it is ‘suicidal’ for workers to sit outside, looking in

Media & Advertising

Underlying investments boost Blackstar

Blackstar executive chairman Andrew Bonamour.   Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
1 day(s) ago

Investment group says in 2014 performance of investments, operations exceeded expectations, company was able to arrange two large transactions

Law & Constitution

Webber Wentzel makes ‘bold’ move in mergers with top appointments

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Law firm snaps up three of SA’s top mergers and acquisitions lawyers in ‘series of strategic moves aimed at cementing its position as dominant SA law firm’

Politics

Selfe clears the way for Maimane and rivals claim return of the ‘Leon group’

Democratic Alliance federal executive chairman James Selfe. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Former DA leader Tony Leon says the coming term simultaneously presents a huge opportunity for the next leader while being fraught with danger

Europe

Greece offers concessions on some reforms

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis says in blog that disagreements with creditors ‘are not unbridgeable’, agrees to some of conditions in exchange for funding

Asia-Pacific

Apple Watch goes on sale — quietly — in Asia

Yuichiro Masui, the first customer to purchase an Apple Watch at an electronics store in Omotasando, poses with his watch in Tokyo on Friday. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Smartwatch makes debut in some Asian markets, but sales are limited to those who have pre-ordered online, so none of the usual Apple product fanfare

Media

Hlaudi Motsoeneng digs in after High Court ruling

SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng leaves the Western Cape High Court on Thursday. Picture: ESA ALEXANDER/THE TIMES
1 day(s) ago

Judge upholds a DA application that the SABC immediately suspend controversial SABC head Hlaudi Motsoeneng pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing

Politics

DA delegates left in the dark on policy

Democratic Alliance supporters.  Picture: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS
1 day(s) ago

Democratic Alliance members have not yet been sent discussion documents on the party’s policies ahead of national congress

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Cartoons

microphone music XXX Picture: THINKSTOCK

South African bass to make this debut London solo appearance

Simphiwe Simon Shibambu is studying towards a master’s degree in Arts at London’s Royal College of Music and earlier this year won first prize and the Audience Prize in the UK’s Clonter Opera Competition

Arts & Entertainment

Man who gets stars to talk astrophysics

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, left, and Seth MacFarlane, executive producer of Cosmos, participate in the Television Critics’ Association winter presentations in Pasadena, California last year. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

He has transferred his skill to social media, where he has amassed more than 3.5-million followers with his tweets, writes Nadia Neophytou

Arts & Entertainment

Swan Lake shows value of multicultural harmony

Von Rothbart (Juan Carlos Osma) advances on Odile (Viengsay Valdes) and Prince Siegfried (Brooklyn Mack) in Act 3 of Joburg Ballet’s Swan Lake. Picture: BARRY GOLDMAN
1 day(s) ago

The cast is an amalgamation of three professional styles into a single artistic vision, writes Andrew Gilder

Arts & Entertainment

HALF ART: Cow dung rather than faeces, but it is of our time

People need to be controlled (The Fall): Mawande Ka Zenzile’s take on the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue. Picture: SUPPLIED
1 day(s) ago

Mawande Ka Zenzile’s Statecraft earns the epithet ‘timely’, even as it takes a ‘long view’ of human history, writes Chris Thurman

Arts & Entertainment

VIDEO: South African opera star makes debut solo in London concert

21 hour(s) ago

Award-winning opera singer and Tshwane Univeristy of Technology graduate, Simphiwe Simon Shibambu, will sing solo for the first time since moving to the UK, at a concert in London on April 25

Gadgets & Gear

Facebook’s Hello app is caller ID on steroids

Facebook. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Facebook says new app will show users info about who is calling them, including details such as residence, employer and website address

Arts & Entertainment

Murray’s art more tragic than comic

Brett Murray’s Lying Pig on show at the Goodman Gallery in Cape Town. Picture: GOODMAN GALLERY
1 day(s) ago

Nietzsche’s spooky notion of the ‘eternal return’ springs to mind, writes Ashraf Jamal

Opinion

WINE: Bordeaux fails to weather price climate as sunnier SA wines do

Since 2011-2013 didn’t sell, why would anyone want to buy the 2014s?

Ajax Cape Town reserve goalkeeper Jody February trains at the club’s Ikamva base on Thursday, ahead of Saturday’s Nedbank Cup semifinal against SuperSport United. Picture: GRANT PITCHER/GALLO IMAGES

De Sa has tough selection call for SuperSport clash

SuperSport captain Clayton Daniels wonders why former Ajax mates are ignoring him ahead of cup semifinal

Other Sport

Five Aussies threaten to rule Turffontein

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

With Friday’s going likely to be good, it is a chance to recoup those losses although French Navy and Mike Azzie’s new acquisition, Amsterdam, will pounce if the favourite fluffs his lines again

Rugby

‘Much-improved’ Bulls intend to turn tables on Stormers

Jesse Kriel dodges with the ball during the Vodacom Bulls training session at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Thursday. Picture: JOHAN RYNNERS/GALLO IMAGES
1 day(s) ago

Pretoria side want nothing less than a win when they take on Allister Coetzee’s team again on Saturday

Soccer

Sundowns focus on cup and a place in continental league

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Pitso Mosimane says loss to Chiefs hurts, but the outcome means South African football does not have a single team dominating the competition

Rugby

Burger needed at his best in Stormers clash against Bulls

Schalk Burger trains with the Stormers on Thursday at Newlands in Cape Town, where they host the Bulls on Saturday. Picture: PETRI OESCHGER/GALLO IMAGES
1 day(s) ago

Schalk Burger has reinvented himself as a linking, passing, running flank since his illness in 2013

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The Third Umpire

Former police commissioner Bheki Cele. He may be right that the police are “bleeding” under the command of his successor, Riah Phiyega, but has he forgotten how many of those wounds were inflicted on his watch?

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Eskom acting CEO Brian Molefe may not have any experience in the power generation sector, but he is an innovative manager. With a bit of luck, some of his ideas aimed at ending load shedding may just work.

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Former Tesco CEO Philip Clarke. The UK supermarket group’s announcement of a R115bn loss, one of the biggest in British corporate history, points to why he was so unceremoniously given the boot in September

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