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Budget 2016

Money & Investing
Questions for big grocers
Ranking the Analysts 2016
The best of the best

Africans just don’t dislike each other the way Europeans do

A decision to leave the EU, a Brexit, would hit South Africa as it would the rest of the world, writes Peter Bruce

Top stories

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: THEMBINKOSI DWAYISA

Zuma wants more. He wants it all

It is all very simple. Jacob Zuma wants a lackey at treasury so that he can influence not just the national budget but also the R1.8trillion controlled by the PIC, which is controlled by treasury, writes Peter Bruce

Rob Davies. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

BEE reality hits marketers

New BEE code prioritises black ownership and widens pool of human resources in advertising

Themba Nyathi is ready to spend time on his farm. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Profile: Themba Nyathi

Read more on why MTN SA's human resources executive, who has not needed to work for the last seven years, is finally leaving

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How SA stole the World Cup

Was it all worth it? Six years after SA hosted the 2010 soccer World Cup, this remains a difficult question to answer

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It's not just the Guptas shut out by banks

If you think it’s just the Guptas struggling to keep their bank accounts open, think again

De Beers mine in Botswana. Picture: BLOOMBERG/CHRIS RATCLIFFE

De Beers’ secret relationship with Botswana

De Beers’ corporate dealings and Botswana’s ruling party’s funding are not always clear

Features

The SARS building in Randburg. Picture:TYRONE ARTHUR

Sars 'rogue unit': Untangling the helix

One of the reasons any arrest of Pravin Gordhan over a 'rogue unit' at the Sars seems far-fetched is that there’s no clarity on whether there ever was such an illegal intelligence unit

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Reform scorecard: Fake it till you make it

Have we made enough progress in implementing structural reforms to allow SA to hold onto its investment-grade rating?

Eric Gcilitshana. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Silicosis: Blows for mining industry

Mining industry’s Occupational Lung Diseases Working Group says gold companies do not believe they are liable for more compensation and are defending liability claims

FM Fox

Cloud computing. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Gimme: Payroll in the cloud

Kate Ferreira reviews PaySpace, a cloud-based HR and payroll solution which is good for mining and heavy industry firms with projects across continents

Neil Coleman: Business's resistance is short-sighted. Picture: HETTY ZANTMAN

Minimum wage: Deadlock at Nedlac

The only way to break deadlock in national minimum wage talks is to declare formal dispute, says labour spokesman Neil Coleman

Mbombe 6x6. Picture: PARAMOUNT GROUP

Arms exports: Jordan orders SA vehicles

Military equipment group Paramount has proved that with the right technology and business model, SA manufacturers can hold their own against the best in the world

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In Numbers: Mpumalanga's mining legacy

Figures and percentages reflecting Mpumalanga's mining legacy

Opinion

Dikgang Moseneke. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Editorial: Moseneke, a giant of SA justice

Dikgang Moseneke retired from the constitutional court as the greatest chief justice South Africa never had

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Diamonds & Dogs: Santova; IHG

Santova continues to invest in technology to ensure that its client service and efficiency remain at the cutting edge and IHG dropped just shy of £1m in six months, writes Jamie Carr

PPC CEO Darryll Castle. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

Editorial: PPC should have spotted problems earlier

The day the cement maker shocked the market with an announcement of a planned rights issue, its share price dropped almost 30%

Money & Investing

Poultry

Astral Foods: Still the bird to back

Chris Schutte speaks about the consolidation that must transpire among the bigger players in the stressed local poultry sector

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Investec: Comfy balance sheet

Investec has built a powerful franchise as an alternative to the stuffiness of the big four banks

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Directors’ Dealings: Where the road leads

Investors need to ponder a few issues when directors sell stock in their company

Graham O'Connor. Picture: JACKIE CLAUSEN

Spar Group: Dynamic and growing

The company is living up to the new image it acquired when it began overseas expansion

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Market Watch: Verimark

Verimark can gain traction if the rand holds. But that's not all... there are dividends too, writes Marc Hasenfuss

Media & Advertising

Rob Davies. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

BEE reality hits marketers

New BEE code prioritises black ownership and widens pool of human resources in advertising

Africa & International

Manuel Vicente. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/ESTELLE MAUSSION

Money laundering: Unclear associations

The arrest of Orlando Figueira, Portugal’s public prosecutor responsible for investigating money-laundering allegations, sheds light on connections between some financial institutions

Digital

Pattern Recognition: Claiming the home front

Google is trying to catch up with Amazon with a voice assistant in the latest round of home automation attempts, writes Toby Shapshak

Cover Story

Exclusive: Gordhan on that 'arrest' and averting a downgrade

The Sars 'rogue unit' row is a proxy battle in a war for control of the state purse. How do ANC factions line up? Natasha Marrian and Rob Rose report

Cover Story

What not to do after a downgrade

If SA loses its investment grade credit rating it is likely to experience a recession that will last up to two years

Cover Story

SA's sovereign rating: The last bastion

Pravin Gordhan and national treasury have become SA’s last bastion of defence against the looting of public money

Boardroom Tails: The risk of false comfort

African Bank's example provides food for thought on corporate governance. Ann Crotty asks if it is time to get rid of nonexecutive directors

In Good Faith: D is for dismissal

Employers have a duty to protect anyone they deal with who is sexually harassed by an employee, writes Carmel Rickard

Twentysomething: Body on a budget

You can spend a lot to get fit — or not, writes Colleen Goko

Pattern Recognition: Claiming the home front

Google is trying to catch up with Amazon with a voice assistant in the latest round of home automation attempts, writes Toby Shapshak

Between the Chains: MTN echoes African Bank

People who don't learn from past mistakes are doomed to repeat them. Nhleko's dominance is not good for MTN, writes Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Editor's Note: The lights are flashing

Rob Rose asks if you can really call it paranoia when the person who calls the shots is that tenuously tethered to reality

Food for Thought: Ah, for some consistency

If only Jacob Zuma could learn a few basic lessons from successful restaurants he wouldn't keep spoiling the broth for all of us, writes Justice Malala

Shop Talk: Brand equity linked to customer loyalty

In SA, there is a tendency to rely on the reputation of a branded product, writes Zeenat Moorad

Investor’s Notebook: Overlaying factors can generate better returns

Everybody gets information from publicly traded companies at the same time, writes Stephen Cranston