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Telecoms & Technology

Vodacom takes hit from rate changes

Vodacom branding on the Ponte Building in Hilbrow, Johannesburg, in 2011. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/FOTO24/FELIX DLANGAMANDLA
1 hour(s) ago

Mobile operator Vodacom says ‘dramatic decrease’ in mobile termination rates affected revenue, but customer base grew during period under review

Land & Agriculture

State eager to pass five land bills this year

Gugile Nkwinti. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
4 hour(s) ago

Despite the funding of land reform remaining an unresolved issue, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti is determined to press on with the process

Economy

Inflation respite raises hope of steady rates

The Reserve Bank in Pretoria. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
3 hour(s) ago

Inflation slightly better than expected last month, with some economists saying this could contribute to interest rates being kept steady

Health

HIV/AIDS pills at early stage ‘unwise’

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3 hour(s) ago

Health activists and top doctors have questioned government plans to start treating HIV/AIDS patients earlier, saying it will further strain already overstretched clinics and hospitals

Transport & Tourism

Media ‘saboteurs’ taking toll on Sanral

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
4 hour(s) ago

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters accuses media houses and criminals of launching cyber attacks on Sanral

National

State to meet ‘Boer’ group over self-rule

GOING OWN WAY: Boer-Afrikaner Volksraad president Andries Breytenbach, right, briefs the media on Wednesday on a court application to have a separate state. The group will meet the Presidency over self-determination. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
3 hour(s) ago

Presidency agrees to meet Afrikaner group seeking self-determination to establish its own state within South Africa

Trade & Industry

Citrus black spot still haunts local industry

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3 hour(s) ago

Anxiety over an EU ban after the fungal infection was found in oranges, writes Amanda Visser

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EDITORIAL: SA needs bang for training buck

There is a critical shortage of the funds required to produce the kind of skilled graduates SA so desperately needs, and much of the expenditure that is taking place is ineffectual

Columnists

Open journalism is about accepting a radically changing relationship between journalists and their audience, writes Anton Harber

SABC plan is antithesis of open journalism

Columnists

As the metal strike drags on, it is common to blame the economy’s problems on the radicalism of trade unions, writes Steven Friedman

Unions want to join club, not change the rules

Politics

EFF objects to being compared to Nazis

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema leads his team, including Floyd Shivambu, left, and Dali Mpofu, right back. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
3 hour(s) ago

African National Congress MP Buti Manamela accuses Economic Freedom Fighters of peddling unrealistic stories to voters, says Hitler told his followers lies too

National

Focus falls on Lonmin’s refusal to talk to staff

Judge Ian Farlam addresses a witness during the Marikana commission of inquiry. Picture: DANIEL BORN
3 hour(s) ago

Company’s refusal to engage with striking miners in the lead-up to the August 2012 Marikana shooting under spotlight at Farlam commission of inquiry

Education

Team will address posts for sale allegations, says Motshekga

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
20 hour(s) ago

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says department has taken alleged selling of principal, deputy principal positions at schools ‘very seriously’

Trade & Industry

First special economic zones on way

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

The Dube trade port and the Tshiame industrial development zone in Harrismith will both be transformed into special economic zones as soon as the regulatory framework has been established

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Business can effect change where it counts — in schools

There is only one thing that fixes education, health, jobs, corruption and crime. That is education, writes Bob Head

Education

Department prefers pupils to take maths, rather than maths literacy

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57 minute(s) ago

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the department aims to have at least 60% of pupils taking ‘pure maths’ in the next five years

Labour

Numsa told job losses probably unavoidable in pay deal

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3 hour(s) ago

Numsa says mandating meetings with members will continue ahead of a meeting of national leadership to decide how to respond to the latest offer

Markets

Geopolitical tensions could play havoc with petrol price

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16 hour(s) ago

The oil price remains highly volatile due to an escalation in global crises and could move quickly in the next week, as could the rand, writes Evan Pickworth

Business

Draft tax bill favours flat corporate rate of 28%

3 hour(s) ago

Bill proposes that small business corporations be taxed the same as large businesses, but receive an annual tax rebate of R15,000 to help with compliance costs

Politics

EFF threatens to use force over clothing etiquette row

Economic Freedom Fighters leader and a group of EFF members march to the Gauteng legislature on Tuesday.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
3 hour(s) ago

Party makes fresh threats that the next sitting of the legislature will be targeted for another round of ‘rolling mass action’

Economy

Government needs to be creative to pull off infrastructure plan, says Patel

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Rating downgrades have increased South Africa’s cost of borrowing and economy remains weak

Economy

Little light for SA’s economy in next few months

The Reserve Bank in Pretoria. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
1 day(s) ago

The Reserve Bank’s leading indicator shows the economy is unlikely to turn the corner during the next few months despite the recent platinum wage settlement

Business

Jacob Zuma prods firms to buy local

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
1 day(s) ago

Bid to get top 80 listed companies on JSE to commit to buying more of their inputs from local companies

Health

Aiming to understand the nature and science of sleep

CONNECTED: Faldeilah Agherdien, left, a nursing student, is a subject in UCT’s Sleep Sciences lab. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

A neuropsychologist at University of Cape Town is comparing volunteers’ sleep patterns to those of trauma survivors, writes Tamar Kahn

Americas

Microsoft to focus on ending Nokia’s losses

Picture: MARTIN RHODES
23 hour(s) ago

Software company announces intention to get loss-making phone unit to break-even within two years, stock rises in after-hours trade

Europe

Rebels down two more aircraft, says Ukraine

A local resident walks past debris at the site where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, near Petropavlivka village in the Donetsk region on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
2 hour(s) ago

Aircraft hit by missiles fired by rebels close to the village of Dmytrivka, about 45km southeast of the MH17 crash site towards the Russian border

Companies

Moody’s downgrades Vodafone to Baa1

ASPIRATIONS: With potential buyers likely tied up with other deals, Vodafone will be on its own into building up out its internet infrastructure and restoring revenue growth.  Picture: BLOOMBERG
14 hour(s) ago

Downgrade reflects the company’s weak operating performance and the expectation of lower cash-flow generation, particularly in Germany and Italy

Middle East

Airlines cancel Israel flights over Gaza rocket threat

TACTICAL OFFENSIVE: Israeli soldiers take up positions close to the Israeli border with Gaza Strip on Tuesday. According to the Israel Defense Forces 27 Israeli soldiers have been killed and hundreds wounded since the ground invasion into Gaza. Picture: EPA/ABIR SULTAN
20 hour(s) ago

Cancellations highlight heightened worldwide fears of a rocket hitting an airliner in the wake of last week’s downing of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777

Education

Nzimande vows to turn training colleges into ‘institutions of choice’

Blade Nzimande. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande says government plans to increase the number of technical and vocational education and training colleges

Mining

Miners’ health body meets rarely, says minister

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
1 day(s) ago

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi says the joint committee set up to monitor health risks to mine workers has met only twice in five years and taken no substantial decisions

Industrials

Murray & Roberts rises on winning of contract for De Beers’ Venetia mine

Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
1 day(s) ago

Underground diamond mine project in Limpopo is set to see overall investment of about R20bn over seven years

Mining

Kumba’s premium on lumpy iron ore drops

RAMPING UP PRODUCTION: Kumba Iron Ore CEO Norman Mbazima addresses the media at the group’s results  presentation in Illovo on Tuesday. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
1 day(s) ago

Weaker rand keeps revenue flat as ore prices fall 19%

Retail & Consumer

SA slow to adopt online shopping, with logistics a problem

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1 day(s) ago

In South Africa, buying food and beverages as well as clothes online continues to lag behind global norms, EY survey reveals

Business

Western Cape clears path for small business

Western Cape finance MEC Alan Winde. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Red tape unit goes as far as door-stopping officials to get results, writes Bekezela Phakathi

African News

Seleka rebels snub CAR peace talks as deadline nears

Former Seleka soldiers look at prospectors washing extracted soil and small rocks as they pan for gold near the open-pit at the Ndassima gold mine near Djoubissi, north of Bambari in the Central African Republic.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Peace talks between the Central African Republic’s sectarian rivals suspended less than a day before the deadline

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Cartoons

POROUS PERSON: Playwright Eve Ensler believes internalising stories of abuse caused the cancer she has shaken off. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Sickening effect of violence

The author of The Vagina Monologues has beaten cancer, writes Christina Kennedy

Arts & Entertainment

Outrage that acknowledges ambiguity

A FINE BALANCE:  Works from Peter Mammes’s Iconography of the Just, an exhibition at ROOM Gallery in Braamfontein that brings a nuanced approach to its theme of justice, and draws on imagery inspired by the artist’s travels in India and Russia. Here is Justice for the unjust, 2014, Ink and paintbrush on Drafting Paper, Diameter 42cm.
5 hour(s) ago

My grandfathers were of that generation of white English South Africans whose heads were filled with Victorian and Edwardian witticisms, songs and nonsense poems

Arts & Entertainment

Odds of an artist like me proves key to Battson

Odds of an artist like me, by Liberty Battson. Picture: ABSA L’ATELIER/LIBERTY BATTSON
5 hour(s) ago

Pretoria artist wins the Absa L’Atelier Art Competition, which for 29 years has boosted the careers of many of SA’s most prominent artists, writes Sue Blaine

Arts & Entertainment

ON THE STAGE: Fluffy yet fun

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 hour(s) ago

With few profound insights other than the fact that most families are screwed up, it’s a fluffy cream cake of a play crammed with a fabulously funny filling

Health

Aiming to understand the nature and science of sleep

CONNECTED: Faldeilah Agherdien, left, a nursing student, is a subject in UCT’s Sleep Sciences lab. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

A neuropsychologist at University of Cape Town is comparing volunteers’ sleep patterns to those of trauma survivors, writes Tamar Kahn

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Safa expecting a profit after cutting costs

Players and officials were told to fly economy class to save money

Other Sport

Tartan-tastic ceremony opens Glasgow Games

Fireworks light up over the Commonwealth Games venues in Glasgow, Scotland, on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS/RUSSELL CHEYNE
2 hour(s) ago

Glasgow welcomed a large part of the world and remembered recent tragedies as a diverse and colourful opening ceremony signalled the start of the 20th Commonwealth Games

Soccer

Rodriguez realises Spanish dream with Real

James Rodriguez of Colombia. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/CLIVE ROSE
1 day(s) ago

Transfer fee for Colombian striker is unknown, but Spanish media report a figure of between € 75m and € 80m

 
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The Third Umpire

Western Cape economic opportunities MEC Alan Winde, whose Red Tape Reduction Unit is leading the way for the country by helping small businesses in the province hack their way through state bureaucracy.

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