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SA will not declare national disaster over drought

9 hour(s) ago

Government will not declare national disaster in response to worst drought in a century as it hopes ample late rains will continue to improve situation, says deputy minister of agriculture Bheki Cele

Asia-Pacific

North Korea triggers fresh outrage with space rocket launch

North Korea's rocket launch of the earth observation satellite Kwangmyong 4 at an undisclosed location in North Korea. Picture: AFP
9 hour(s) ago

Rocket launch widely condemned as another defiant step towards a missile capable of striking the US mainland

National

Presidency, Cosatu in bid to resolve tax law impasse

Jeff Radebe. Picture: SIYASANGA MBAMBANI
9 hour(s) ago

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe holds talks with Cosatu leaders in an attempt to discuss labour federation’s unhappiness with Taxation Laws Amendment Act

National

Corruption Watch a friend of the court in Nkandla case

The issue of whether President Jacob Zuma would pay back the money spent on upgrades to his Nkandla home has harmed both the African National Congress and Parliament. Picture: REUTERS/ROGAN WARD
8 hour(s) ago

Organisation joins EFF and DA to get legal recognition of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s powers and to have findings of her 2014 report on Nkandla enforced

Americas

Trump fights, Rubio on the skids in Republican debate

Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio talks with rival candidate businessman Donald Trump during a break in the midst of the Republican US presidential candidates debate on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS
8 hour(s) ago

Confident Donald Trump locks horns with Republican rivals in final US presidential debate before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, as a surging Marco Rubio wilts under sustained attack

Politics

‘I had to step down,’ says Nene

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON
1 day(s) ago

Nhlanhla Nene resigned as an MP after his axing in December and was said to be earmarked for nomination for a post at the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank

Soccer

Africa ‘unanimously’ backs Sheikh Salman for Fifa presidency

The head of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Fifa presidential candidate, Bahraini Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa. Picture: AFP
1 day(s) ago

Confederation of African Football endorses Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa as the next Fifa president

Transport & Tourism

Tourism ‘will take years to recover’ from visa issues

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1 hour(s) ago

Tourism industry boss welcomes South African visa regulatory concessions but says the industry will take years to recover from onerous requirements

Herman Mashaba. Picture: SOWETAN/SUNDAY WORLD

Shaming of poor South Africans does all citizens a disservice

Herman Mashaba, like all who have contempt for the poor, believes poor people do not know how to handle finances — but this is untrue, writes Thabiso Bhengu

Columnists

Linchpin paragraph in letter signed by Beaufort West mayor Truman Prince says ANC-led municipality ‘in need of financial injection for our 2016 local ...

Prince’s letter a manifestation of the ANC’s creed

Columnists

Will the ANC become a party of authority figures using private wealth to amass public power and public power to amass private wealth, asks Steven ...

ANC’s Gupta leaks indicate battle for future of party

Europe

Turkey to open its border to Syrian refugees ‘if necessary’

Syrian refugees in a camp as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on Saturday in Bab al-Salam, near the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish border crossing. Picture: AFP
8 hour(s) ago

Turkey is ready ‘if necessary’ to let in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees trapped on its border after fleeing a regime assault, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says

African News

Mugabe’s health challenged in court by opposition

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Series of blunders prompts Zimbabwean lawyer to ask the country’s highest court to order an investigation to determine President Robert Mugabe’s fitness to hold office

Americas

Bernie’s youth revolution — and Clinton’s problem

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with rival candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders as they participate in the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 13, 2015. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

First time Democratic voters are flocking en masse to Bernie Sanders, giving Hillary Clinton a youth deficit problem as the White House race tightens

Americas

Brazil’s anti-Zika war goes house to house

Rosana Vieira Alves bathes her 4-month-old daughter Luana Vieira, who was born with microcephaly. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

With national and international concern growing over the explosion in the region of Zika cases, the mosquito-checking programme has taken on new urgency

The statue of Cecil Rhodes is seen on the facade of Oriel College in Oxford, England. Picture: REUTERS

Whites repeat Rhodes’s crass racism

Cecil John Rhodes did not remotely reflect nor respect views of vast majority of the population, writes Bryan Rostron

Americas

Twitter users decry reported plan to prioritise tweets

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8 hour(s) ago

Report says social media platform will reorder tweets to prioritise those it believes more users will want to see

Americas

Argentina in ‘breakthrough’ offer to creditors

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1 day(s) ago

Dispute and US court case around it has roiled global sovereign debt markets while deeply hampering Argentina’s ability to access international capital

Transport & Tourism

Further visa concessions possible for travellers from Russia, India and China

Mkuseli Apleni, left.  Picture: SOWETAN
2 day(s) ago

SA is considering granting visas on arrival to travellers with permits in their passports to travel to countries that impose ‘stringent checks on visitors’

National

Maybe we expected too much from the ANC, says former UK cabinet minister Hain

Britain’s Welsh Secretary Peter Hain says relations between SA and the UK have cooled. File picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

In a speech at Swansea University on Thursday, cabinet minister Peter Hain said the ANC had to tackle cronyism and corruption to prosper, writes Marvin Meintjies

Mining

Coega is best-connected industrial or special economic zone in Africa

South African-built FAW trucks outside the plant in the Coega IDZ.  Picture: FAW SA
2 day(s) ago

Few commodity exporters have invested in their infrastructure like SA has to provide a foundation for the beneficiation of minerals, writes Sadick Davids

Mining

Three remain missing after cave-in at Mpumalanga mine

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2 day(s) ago

All 87 workers who had been trapped underground on Friday morning had been safely rescued, Vantage Goldfields said

Politics

Zuma in a bind over EFF proposal

President Jacob Zuma's residence in Nkandla. Picture: SOWETAN/SUNDAY WORLD
2 day(s) ago

Malema wants admission oath of office breached on Nkandla

Europe

Adblock Plus, scourge of websites, seeks industry deal

Axel Springer. Picture: AFP PHOTO/JOHANNES EISELE
8 hour(s) ago

German firm behind Adblock Plus is reaching out to its adversaries to find an ‘acceptable’ level and form of advertising on the net

Markets

Pound hurt by ‘Brexit’ debate

Pound Coin. Picture:AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL
1 day(s) ago

The pound is suffering as the forthcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union looms large

Americas

LinkedIn value declines one-third on forecast of slower revenue growth

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1 day(s) ago

The professional networking site is facing a slowdown in its marketing-services business, used by firms to find potential customers and to generate sales leads

Industrials

Evraz Highveld deal with China’s International Resources fails

STALLED: Workers at the Evraz Highveld steel plant in Emalahleni. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 day(s) ago

Chinese company International Resources will no longer buy ailing steel producer Evraz Highveld, which is undergoing business rescue

Labour

Samwu denies workers have gone on an illegal strike

Pikitup. Picture: SOWETAN
2 day(s) ago

While Pikitup spokeswoman Pansy Jali says collection refuse operations have been put on hold in Johannesburg since Thursday due to ‘illegal’ work stoppage

National

Court case ‘spoiling my retirement’, says Lamoer

Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

Former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer and three others face 109 charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering

Industrials

ArcelorMittal reviews role of second major operation

ArcelorMittal SA's Vanderbijlpark plant. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
2 day(s) ago

Loss-making ArcelorMittal SA places Saldanha Works under review as company braces for deeper loss than forecast

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Cartoons

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The big world of tiny artwork hits Joburg later this month

SA will host the four-yearly World Federation of Miniaturists exhibition in a first for the continent, writes Sue Blaine

Opinion

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Cape terroirists make a killing with solo sites

Rarity is clearly a relative concept, but then so is ‘uniqueness of site’

Management

Seven tips for firing someone the right way

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1 day(s) ago

Here are seven tips on the best way to decide to let a low performer go

Arts & Entertainment

Teen rapper slam-dunks both music and matric

Charmaine Motlhabi took a year-long break from her music career to concentrate on her studies, and is now pursuing a law degree — but Chazz Le Hippie will continue to play a large part in her life. Picture: EUGENE GODDARD
2 day(s) ago

Chazz le Hippie is off to law school, but she has new mix-tape in her sights, writes Eugene Goddard

Opinion

HALF ART: The artist’s clear vision echoes a tyrant’s mania

Artist William Kentridge warns against certainty: that way lies obsession and monomania

Tokyo Sexwale confirmed his intention to run for the Fifa presidency after the football body red-carded Sepp Blatter and a number of other officials. Picture: LEFTY SHIVAMBU/GALLO IMAGES

Safa ‘asked Sexwale to withdraw from Fifa race’

Insider says Tokyo Sexwale was saved from an embarrassing exit after Safa decided to leave his fate in the hands of the Confederation of African Football

Other Sport

Shange lifts off for Olympics with super Australia walk

Lebogang Shange in action in the 3000m walk during the Gauteng North League Athletics Meeting at the LC de Villiers Stadium in Pretoria in March last year.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES/REG CALDECOTT
2 day(s) ago

Lebogang Shange dreams of becoming the first black South African walker to win an Olympic medal at the Rio Games this year

Soccer

Crunch time for intrepid Leicester

BRACE: Jamie Vardy, left, races to score his second in Leicester’s 2-0 win. Picture: REUTERS/DARREN STAPLES
2 day(s) ago

Claudio Ranieri’s side now a ‘second club’ for fans looking for an alternative to mainstay Premier League clubs

Cricket

Proteas bowlers need to step up

Imran Tahir. Picture: GALLO IMAGES
2 day(s) ago

‘When you don’t bowl well and the opposition bat well, then you chase 400’, says Lance Klusener

Cricket

End of road for cricket Big Three

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2 day(s) ago

The hostile takeover of world cricket’s finances by India, England and Australia in 2014 will be undone at the International Cricket Council’s June board meeting

Soccer

Teenager arrested in Pienaar racist abuse incident

Steven Pienaar. Picture: REUTERS/ANDREW YATES
2 day(s) ago

An arrest has been made following the racial abuse of South African midfielder Steven Pienaar in an English FA Cup clash between Everton and Carlisle at the weekend

Other Sport

Fury loses urge to carry on

UPSET: Tyson Fury celebrates winning the fight on Saturday. His unanimous points victory ended Klitschko’s run of 19 consecutive defences. Picture: REUTERS/LEE SMITH
2 day(s) ago

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury aims to spend more time with his family than chase money

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