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Middle East

Hamas, Abbas’s PLO announce reconciliation agreement

Head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh and Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed (L) attend a news conference as they announce a reconciliation agreement in Gaza City on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
4 hour(s) ago

The move, coming after a long line of failed efforts to reconcile after seven years of internal bickering, envisions a unity government within five weeks

Economy

Petrol price increase behind increase in March CPI

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12 hour(s) ago

Increase in consumer price index is in line with expectations, with transport, education costs viewed as biggest drivers

Business

Research shows youth lack confidence in SA’s ability to deal with socioeconomic issues

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6 hour(s) ago

Less than 40% of the 5,000 graduates were confident that unemployment in South Africa would improve over the next five years

Business

Leading business indicator falls in February

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14 hour(s) ago

Negative contribution comes from decline in number of residential building plans passed, while acceleration in rate of change in job ad space provides good news

Markets

JSE misses record close on US housing data

JSE. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
5 hour(s) ago

JSE closes flat, relinquishing earlier gains that pushed the market to new intraday record as poor US housing data weigh on global markets

National

Randfontein and Westonaria municipalities to fuse

4 hour(s) ago

The two West Rand municipalities have been given a deadline of 2016 to finalise the merger

Politics

Parties debate state’s role in shaping the economy

DA national spokesman Mmusi Maimane. Picture: SOWETAN
2 hour(s) ago

ANC, DA and EFF have different views on how much economic control the government should have

Labour

Amcu lukewarm over new offer by platinum miners

Amplats CEO Chris Griffith, Lonmin CEO Ben Magara and Impala CEO Terence Goodlace brief media on the stalled platinum sector wage talks on Wednesday. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
18 hour(s) ago

Producers moot R12,500 within five years but union in no rush to respond

INITIATIVES: A three-year study says many small-scale farmers are combining farming with other activities and trade more in informal markets.  Picture: SOWETAN

State continues to botch policy of restitution

If the government wants to promote viable black farmers the private sector stands ready and willing to help, writes Anthony Evans

Columnists

Steven Friedman

We can use what information we have and some common sense to get an idea of how the elections are likely to turn out, writes Steven Friedman

Election predictions do not stand up to scrutiny

Columnists

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Amcu leaders seem not to notice the adverse effects of its ascendancy, writes Allister Sparks

Political wake-up call cannot be tainted by emotionalism

Politics

Zille prevented from talking to Cape Town protesters

DA leader Helen Zille. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 hour(s) ago

March organised by the Western Cape Social and Economic Development Forum included the Ses’khona Peoples’ Rights movement and provincial ANC leaders

Politics

Vavi stuck between rock and hard place ahead of elections

Zwelinzima Vavi.  Picture: THE TIMES
8 hour(s) ago

Cosatu general secretary will be required to campaign for ANC in keeping with federation’s resolution, but is feeling pressure from Numsa to distance himself from ANC’s ‘good story’

Financial Services

Russia’s Gazprombank opens in South Africa

5 hour(s) ago

The bank’s deputy chairman Oleg Vaksman will launch the bank in Johannesburg

Motoring

Toyota to introduce affordable, SA-made sedan

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18 hour(s) ago

Toyota’s creation of a new budget car category will challenge importers of popular Korean vehicles

Asia-Pacific

Chinese factories stalling as eurozone business picks up

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8 hour(s) ago

Chinese factory activity shrinks for fourth straight month in April but private businesses across eurozone enjoy best month in nearly three years, surveys show

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EDITORIAL: Taxpayers should laud Sassa ruling

At last, the Constitutional Court has declared the
social grants tender invalid and has ordered Sassa to start again

Europe

Ukraine’s leaders say they have US backing to take on ‘aggressors’

Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov (front) delivers a speech during the Caspian Sea littoral states conference in Moscow on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
5 hour(s) ago

Government says US has promised to stand by it in face of aggression, and announces it will press ahead with security operation to crack down on pro-Russian armed groups

Asia-Pacific

Chinese factory activity shrinks for fourth month, but pace of decline slows

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12 hour(s) ago

China’s factory activity shrinks in April, signalling economic weakness into second quarter, a preliminary survey shows, although pace of decline has eased

Land & Agriculture

Zille says state is neglecting Cape fishing harbours

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17 hour(s) ago

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille locked in a dispute with two national government departments over poor management of 12 small fishing harbours

Mining

New coal report raises strategic questions

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19 hour(s) ago

Waterberg may be best for next power station but mining there is tricky, writes Brendan Ryan

African News

Kidnap scourge persists in Mozambique

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19 hour(s) ago

Maputo’s lawyers are unwilling to represent charged businessman Moniz Carsane

Transport & Tourism

Car rental prices forecast to climb on higher rates, rand

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17 hour(s) ago

Car rental companies under pressure from larger shareholders who want a better return on investment

Asia-Pacific

Australia, Malaysia vow to keep searching to solve plane mystery

Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein reads a statement during a news conference about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
4 hour(s) ago

But Australian authorities say unidentified material washed up on the coast of Western Australia is being investigated for possible links to the missing flight

African Business

SA falls behind China, as Zimbabwean trade fair opens

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe attends the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, in this April 25 2008 file photo. Picture: REUTERS
9 hour(s) ago

Despite uncertain economic environment, South African firms have secured lucrative deals at Zimbabwe International Trade Fair over past three years

African Business

Zimbabwe pledges not to seize foreign investment capital

Zimbabwean Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
12 hour(s) ago

Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa confirms it is not Zimbabwean government policy to ‘get 51% of anyone’s money’ as part of indigenisation law

Politics

SABC shrugs off EFF threat over banned advert as election ploy

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16 hour(s) ago

Public broadcaster dismisses EFF’s ‘publicity stunt’ to gain traction two weeks before elections by taking the SABC to Icasa for refusing to air its ad

National

Warhorses rolled out for Nkandla probe

President Jacob Zuma's  Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal in November 2013. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
18 hour(s) ago

Now that all the parties participating in the committee have announced their names, it is scheduled to get down to business

National

A long history of principled choices

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela delivers her final Nkandla report in Pretoria in March. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
16 hour(s) ago

Public protector has refused to kowtow to politicians, writes Mike Cohen

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Cartoons

The Lexus ES 300 Hybrid.

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Lexus offers necessary balance

In our attempt to redress past injustices, we have to look at our history holistically and honestly, writes Alexander Parker

Gadgets & Gear

TECHNOLOGY: Tech giants pose threat to fund houses

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19 hour(s) ago

Some asset managers agree that the technology sector may succeed where they have failed if the likes of Google put their minds to asset management, writes Madison Marriage

Opinion

‘Kill switch’ will save cellphones

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A ‘kill switch’ for phones designed to protect personal information will become standard as of 2015

Opinion

JAZZ: Reza Khota’s Transmutation

Guitarist Reza Khota’s story is summed up in the title of his debut release

Jaco Taute is seen during a training session in Cape Town. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/CARL FOURIE

Clash of the wooden spooners

Cheetahs are the only team in Super Rugby doing worse than Stormers

Soccer

‘Unluckiest man’ Modise a strong contender for top PSL award

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17 hour(s) ago

At the rate Teko Modise is going, he could make his own luck and win both the league and the player of the season award

 
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The Third Umpire

Sanral CEO Nazir Alli. The agency approached the bond market last week for the first time since it launched the e-tolling system, and managed to raise R500m in an auction that was almost twice oversubscribed.

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