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Imported locomotives ‘unsuitable for SA’s railway lines’

4 hour(s) ago

Opposition parties slate government for ‘reckless’ use of taxpayers’ funds to purchase locomotives they say are unsuitable for local railway lines

Europe

Greeks deciding their ‘destiny’ in referendum, says prime minister

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras votes at a polling station in Athens, Greece, on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
9 hour(s) ago

Greeks vote in a tightly fought referendum to decide whether they are willing to accept worsening austerity in exchange for more bail-out funds

National

Consumer rights watchdog clears up confusion over licence disc renewals

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8 hour(s) ago

Justice Project SA says it has become aware of cases of vehicle licence disc renewals being refused and of ‘outrageous explanations’ as to why this is happening

Economy

Manufacturing data for May expected to show modest rise in output

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6 hour(s) ago

Subdued demand and structural limitations could have had an effect on May manufacturing production, says economist

Middle East

Heavy US-led raids on IS Syria stronghold kill dozens, including civilians

A man inspects damage from what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in Tafas town in Daraa, Syria, last week.  Picture: REUTERS
7 hour(s) ago

Thirty people, including six civilians, slain in some of US-led coalition’s heaviest air strikes yet

National

DA calls for ban on cellphones at PE prison

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7 hour(s) ago

‘Hits’ are organised from prison and banning cellphones will assist in eradicating the scourge of gangsterism in city’s northern areas, says DA

Europe

Hamburg’s historic port warehouses win UN world heritage nod

A panoramic view of the Speicherstadt warehouse complex in Hamburg, Germany.  Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 hour(s) ago

UN cultural agency designates the ‘Speicherstadt’, the world’s largest historic warehouse complex, as a World Heritage site

Soccer

Blatter says he will limit travel until ‘everything is cleared up’

Sepp Blatter.  Picture: AFP PHOTO/FABRICE COFFRINI
6 hour(s) ago

Head of Fifa, which is mired in corruption allegations, tells newspaper Sunday that he won’t take travel risks until the situation is ‘cleared up’

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Minibus taxis should get a subsidy

Taxi industry will need radical reorganisation including accounting systems and management controls to assure the government that any public funds will be properly used, writes Paul Browning

Columnists

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‘Alliance summit’ disregards the elephants in the room, writes Anthony Butler

The summit of a feckless alliance’s
self-concern

Columnists

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Young and rash, Alexis Tsipras stands a good chance of losing this weekend’s referendum and with it his job, writes Peter Bruce

This Greek tragedy may not end badly

African News

Sadc renews Ramaphosa’s mandate in Lesotho

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS
2 hour(s) ago

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to continue his facilitation work for peace and stability in troubled neighbour Lesotho

Other Sport

Lewis Hamilton extends lead with impressive British win

Lewis Hamilton celebrates his British Grand Prix win on the podium on Sunday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 hour(s) ago

Reigning world champion wins second successive British Grand Prix to extend his lead in the championship standings over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg

Asia-Pacific

Beijing police detain man over online stock suicide rumour

A stock investor checks prices in a brokerage house in Shanghai on Monday. China's market continued falling despite money-easing policies announced at the weekend. Picture: EPA
5 hour(s) ago

Chinese authorities arrest man arrested for allegedly spreading rumour online that a person jumped to their death due to China’s precarious stock markets

Cricket

Du Plessis leads South Africa to 148-4 against Bangladesh in first T20

GOING HIGH: South Africa's Faf du Plessis plays a shot during the Twenty20 international cricket match against New Zealand in Durban on Friday. Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

Faf du Plessis scores only half century as South Africa labour to score 148-4 in first Twenty20 international against Bangladesh in Dhaka

Vodacom branding on the Ponte Building in Hilbrow, Johannesburg, in 2011. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/FOTO24/FELIX DLANGAMANDLA

EDITORIAL: Opaque Vodacom deal is of concern

Murky deal raises concerns about the role of the PIC and its relationship with the government and the governance of the public fund manager

African News

Leaders to meet over Burundian crisis

Burundi election line. Picture: AFP / PHIL MOORE
2 day(s) ago

Leaders are to meet on Monday in latest bid to resolve political crisis in Burundi, after controversial elections are internationally condemned for not being free and fair

Telecoms & Technology

Court summons Telkom CEO to respond to fraud claims

Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
1 day(s) ago

Telkom boss Sipho Maseko to respond to allegations of traffic regulation fraud after investigation that started last July

Education

Manufacturing Seta official loses dismissal appeal

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2 day(s) ago

Takalani Murathi, former senior official of manufacturing Seta, loses appeal against dismissal after earlier being found guilty of fraud

African News

Two years after Mursi, Egypt stuck in turmoil

A woman sings at the funeral of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat, on the second anniversary of the June 30 protests that toppled former president Mohamed Mursi, in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday. Picture:  REUTERS/MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY
2 day(s) ago

Two years after army deposed president Mohamed Mursi, Egypt is being racked by brazen Islamic State group attacks in Sinai Peninsula and brutal government repression

Transport & Tourism

Bus routes protest in Mamelodi simmers down but police remain vigilant

An Autopax bus is shown after it was stoned by taxi drivers in Mamelodi , Pretoria.  Picture: SOWETAN
1 day(s) ago

Police beef up their presence in strife-torn Mamelodi after three days of violence during which taxi operators disrupted services and several commuters were wounded

National

EFF to lay charges against Ramaphosa and Mthethwa for Marikana

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa briefs the media on the new e-tolls dispensation on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS
2 day(s) ago

Economic Freedom Fighters concerned Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former police minister Nathi Mthethwa will go unpunished for massacre of striking Lonmin mineworkers

Property

Melrose Arch seeks more residents

Meago Asset Managers executive director Jay Padayatchi says retail at Melrose Arch is not performing as planned. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA
2 day(s) ago

A R450m residential development launched to boost number of wallets heading to Melrose Arch

Labour

Salga, municipal unions to hear wage proposal next week

South African Municipal Workers Union general secretary Walter Theledi (left) and South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union president Louise Thipe at a press conference in Centurion on Wednesday on Cosatu. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
1 day(s) ago

Parties agree to extend the conciliation period to allow canvassing on any nonbinding proposal as two days of conciliation talks conclude

Markets

Grexit to test investor appetite for risky assets

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2 day(s) ago

Greek exit from eurozone would probably dampen investor appetite for risky emerging market assets, writes Colleen Goko

Rugby

Highlanders claim first Super title

Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes and Bismarck du Plessis of the Sharks vie for the ball during the Super 15 Rugby match at Kings Park Rugby Stadium in Durban on Saturday. Picture: AFP PHOTO
1 day(s) ago

Historic first title is only the fifth time in 20-year history of Super rugby that the home team is beaten in the final

Asia-Pacific

China’s brokers band together to curb
market plunge

A stock investor checks prices in a brokerage house in Shanghai on Monday. China's market continued falling despite money-easing policies announced at the weekend. Picture: EPA
1 day(s) ago

China’s 21 largest brokerage firms say they will invest more than $19bn in the country’s stock markets in order to curb its precipitous fall over the last three weeks

National

SA repeats call for US to lift trade blockade against Cuba

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media after delivering her vote speech in Parliament on Tuesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Minister says SA 'joins all progressive and freedom-seeking nations' in calling for lifting of unilaterally imposed blockade against Cuba

Financial Services

FNB preferred bidder for Gauteng government’s banking tender

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 day(s) ago

But bank has one more hurdle to cross before it clinches tender — an independent probity team has to draft report in which it recommends FNB as tender winner

National

NPA ‘sidesteps’ merits of case against Zuma — again, says DA

Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: THE TIMES
2 day(s) ago

Democratic Alliance says National Prosecuting Authority has again failed ‘to deal with merits’ of application to have prosecution of President Jacob Zuma case reinstated

Energy

Eskom freezes job cuts to retain vital skills

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 day(s) ago

Jobs growth has averaged 20% a year since 2008 even as electricity output fell amid frequent breakdowns of ageing coal-fired generation plants

National

NEWS ANALYSIS: Migration operation a precursor to border agency

Defence force members in Mayfair, Johannesburg, on Monday during a crime prevention exercise with police and government officials. Picture: SOWETAN
2 day(s) ago

The new migration approach will be elaborated in the green paper to be released by March 2016, writes Khulekani Magubane

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Musical about Marikana shines the spotlight on sociopolitical theatre

Although writer-director Aubrey Sekhabi avoids commenting on political aspects of killings and their aftermath, he says he hopes musical will contribute to a healing process

Opinion

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: What separates cheap plonk from a wallet-whacking trophy wine?

Like all high-end purchases, deluxe wine occupies its place on the pricing spectrum as a result of an implicit contract and a social conspiracy

Management

Five things to look for when you’re hiring for innovation

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2 day(s) ago

With digital firms bringing new business models to most industries, traditional companies are under pressure to step up innovation, writes Nevo Hadas

Gadgets & Gear

Casio bets on a watch that tries to be smart

A Moto 360 smartwatch is seen in this Motorola Mobility handout image. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Watchmaker hopes its expertise will help it outmanoeuvre technological wizardry of Apple Watch with smartwatch that is comfortable, durable

Arts & Entertainment

ON THE STAGE: Satirists centre stage at festival

Tara Notcutt Picture: NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL
2 day(s) ago

This year’s National Arts Festival has chosen the art (and artfulness) of satire as this year’s featured ‘artist’ in response to the roiling sociopolitical climate

Arts & Entertainment

Turbine fair cranks up art exposure

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2 day(s) ago

Lack of pretension, community-centred objectives and the professionalism are the hallmarks of this exceptional exhibition-art fair, writes Sue Blaine

JP Duminy says the Proteas have new goals as a team and as individuals ahead of the series in Bangladesh. The series starts with a T20 international in Dhaka on Sunday. Picture: DUIF DU TOIT/GALLO IMAGES

SA’s quest for T20 glory starts in Fatullah

Getting all in order for the World T20 matters more than winning

Other Sport

Hamilton’s heart is on home track

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wants to lift the trophy at Silverstone this weekend when he races in front of a home crowd with only a 10 point lead over Nico Rosberg. Picture: REUTERS /OLIVIA HARRIS
2 day(s) ago

World champion Lewis Hamilton bids to beat Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the British Grand Prix this weekend

Other Sport

Murray keeps his serve while Federer shows his nerve

Andy Murray of Britain is all concentration on his way to victory over France’s Jeremy Chardy during their second round match at the Rome Open on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Defending women’s champion Petra Kvitova beat Japan’s Kurumi Nara 6-2 6-0 in just under an hour

Rugby

Balanced Bok side can win cup, says Schalk Burger

Veteran player Schalk Burger during the Springbok training camp at St Peter’s College in Johannesburg on Monday. Picture: DUIF DU TOIT/GALLO IMAGES
2 day(s) ago

World Cup veteran Schalk Burger believes a mix of old heads and some of the young talent could see the Boks go all the way

Other Sport

Delpech and Marcus target Durban July record

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2 day(s) ago

Jockeys Anthony Delpech and Anton Marcus want to beat record four wins at SA’s most famous race

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