New dawn, old problem: Our democratic...

COMMENT The State of the Nation address (Sona) on Friday February 16, given by South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, heralds a new dawn for South Africa. After a decade of maladministration, venal politics, corruption and the wrecking of a number of important state institutions, any alternative would have filled South Africans with optimism. But […]

Expect more tax increases this budget

Taxpayers should brace themselves for tax increases this year, warns Ettiene Retief chairman of the national tax and South African Revenue Service (Sars) committee at the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA), in a press statement on Monday. This is to address the R51-billion revenue gap that the treasury needs to close, the result […]

Are the winds of change blowing acros...

On Wednesday February 14 2018, South Africans awoke to the news that there had been a dawn raid on the Saxonwold compound – derisorily referred to as the “Saxonwold Shebeen” – owned by the Gupta family, close friends of President Jacob Zuma. It was the clearest sign yet that the president’s powers had faltered and his […]

​Unembargoed: February 16 to 22

‘Miners shot while hiding or fleeing’ Six years on, police describe their horror as ‘rogue’ officers mowed down Marikana strikers Murder trail leads to Botswana Chilling emails suggest Vusi Mhlanzi was on the cusp of exposing top officials before he was killed Slice of life: The taste of Africa “It was the simple things I […]

Some provinces still need new leaders...

The impasse in the ANC over former president Jacob Zuma’s removal from office, and the fightback by his supporters, has derailed the governing party’s process of electing new leadership in several provinces. New leadership needs to be elected in KwaZulu-Natal and Free State, where provincial elective conferences were declared unlawful by the courts last year.  […]

Head of police ‘discouraging pe...

The Ministry of Police, headed by Fikile Mbalula, on Sunday discouraged people from offering rewards for the arrest of Ajay Gupta. Police ministry spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga said: “We are discouraging people to offer rewards.” READ MORE: Fugitive Ajay Gupta still in the country – Hawks He said the police did not want independent reward offers to […]

​What’s really in an All-Star?

The NBA league competition culminates in a gruelling seven-game finals series fight for the championship title between the best team in the Eastern Conference and the best in the West. A real exhibition of athleticism. A test of wills and mental strength. The definitive yardstick for what a team can put up on the scoreline […]

Ramaphosa’s plan to fight corruption

No-one will be spared in the government’s new fight against corruption, and the criminal justice system will be strengthened to make sure the guilty are locked up, president Cyril Ramaphosa has announced in his State of the Nation address (Sona). Ramaphosa’s maiden Sona focused on uniting the country and fighting corruption, with several warnings that […]

Crush on you: All eyes on Gigaba

After a manic fortnight an expectant nation will tonight listen to president Cyril Ramaphosa’s inaugural State of the Nation address but keep a keen eye on Candy Crush aficionado Malusi Gigaba. Treasury is set to present its 2018 budget to parliament on Wednesday, but the other focal point of tonight’s proceedings will be finance minister Malusi […]

Independent Media and Caxton fined mi...

Media companies Independent Media and Caxton have pleaded guilty to price fixing and fixing of trading conditions, agreeing to pay fines totalling nearly R8 million. Independent prints titles including The Star, Isolezwe, The Cape Argus and Daily News. Caxton owns a number of community newspapers and The Citizen. Read the full Competition Commission finding here:  […]



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