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S&P holds SA's credit rating at BBB-‚ outlook negative

SA can breathe a sigh of relief after receiving a reprieve from credit rating agency S&P Global Ratings

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Gwede Mantashe. Picture: THULANI MBELE

ANC put on the spot

President Jacob Zuma may have survived calls from within the ANC’s national executive committee to step down, but his power over the party is weakening

Fidel Castro. Picture: AFP

Fidel Castro: A man of many parts

Cuba’s Fidel Castro long stood as the quintessential communist ideologue — but in reality his politics were much more murky

Imraan Valodia: Changing the balance of power. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Minimum wage: If everyone’s unhappy ...

The head of SA’s national minimum wage panel says if the plan put to government pleases no-one, he and his colleagues must have done their job well. But the R20/hour figure looks like an educated guess

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After SAB: SA's next big deals

With the record SABMiller/AB InBev merger done, these are the dream transactions we’d like to see next year

Adam Craker: The company now has a launch pad from which to challenge our foreign rivals. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA

Consultancy firms: And now for the big guns

SA’s largest homegrown consultancy, bought by private equity firm Capitalworks, is taking aim at its foreign rivals

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Trending: Anybody keen for Throbbing Thursday?

Why stop at Black Friday and Cyber Monday — what about Soapy Tuesday or Wacky Wednesday?

Features

Kevin Hedderwick. Picture: MADELENE CRONJE

How Kevin Hedderwick built a colossus

Hedderwick’s audacious 16-year journey wrong-footed critics every step of the way

President Jacob Zuma and finance minister Pravin Gordhan at the mid-term budget. Picture: THE TIMES

Downgrades just a matter of time

Ratings agencies continue to kick the can down the road on SA, waiting for growth and a political resolution, which both remain elusive

SA shoppers bought into Black Friday this year. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

SA loses its head over Black Friday

SA retailers enthusiastically embrace the day that launches the Christmas gift shopping season — but consumers would do well to double-check the purported savings

FM Fox

Unemployment by the numbers

Joblessness has jumped to its highest in 13 years

Fidel Castro. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/ADALBERTO ROQUE

So long, Fidel

To some an apostle of liberation, to others a ruthless dictator, Castro brought the Cold War to the US’s doorstep, bedevilled 11 US presidents and supported African freedom fighters

A Good Week for Hanekom and a Bad Week for Zuma

Many ANC supporters applaud tourism minister Derek Hanekom, while it’s time for Jacob Zuma to worry

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Dinner party intel: Bok coach poser | Zim bond anxiety

The topics you have to be able to discuss this week

Opinion

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Editorial: Fidel Castro’s complex legacy

Economically, Cuba was a disaster. But as a symbol for African liberation, Castro was an icon

Thuli Madonsela. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Letter: DA is not reactionary

The truth is that only two mechanisms are provided in law for the removal of a sitting president

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Letter: On the wrong track

We cannot be bystanders while Transnet is drawn into a squabble that has nothing to do with us

Money & Investing

Lawrence MacDougall: Getting up to speed. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Tiger Brands: Planning a power surge

Under new CEO Lawrence MacDougall Tiger is taking a long, hard look at itself

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Tongaat Hulett: Sugar-coated prospects

Despite difficulties, sugar production is starting to recover and Tongaat Hulett may have some aces up its sleeve

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Private equity: Fund for firms in trouble

The economic squeeze on businesses is creating an opportunity for investors with risk appetite who want to help

Checkout Counter: Iceland vs Iceland

A weekly round up of the hottest international retail and consumer news

Media & Advertising

In focus: All the winners. Picture: SUPPLIED

AdFocus awards: Top of the tree

Winners of the 2016 AdFocus awards included FCB, in its 90th year of existence; Burson-Marsteller Africa, which operates in 53 markets on the continent; and veteran adman Happy Ntshingila, who in addition received the tribute of a standing ovation

Africa & International

Fidel Castro. Picture: AFP

Fidel Castro: A man of many parts

In Africa, where Che Guevara T-shirts are ubiquitous among the youth, the reputation of Cuba’s leader, Fidel Castro, who died aged 90 last Friday, retains much political and cultural élan

Digital

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Pattern Recognition: Delights of digital photography

Images have come a long way — from time-consuming negatives to smartphone cameras and instant results, writes Toby Shapshak

Why investors are hungry for Famous Brands

No other fast-food operation in SA has the number and variety of franchises as Famous Brands, whose market value grew 150-fold to R15bn on CEO Kevin Hedderwick’s watch. As rivalry in the sector heats up, the group — now led by Darren Hele — has branched out into the premium luxury segment. Is this a wise move as SA’s appetite for fast food grows?

Editor’s Note: Red lights in Habib deal

Salim Essa, a man intricately involved with the Guptas, is part of a controversial deal to buy the bank. But its clients aren’t happy at all, writes Rob Rose

Editorial: Yes Mr President, a rating is a big deal

Zuma casually distorts fact, while blithely choosing to discount the day-to-day impact of his kamikaze-presidency on people he swore an oath to protect

Between the Chains: Who is fooling whom?

You have to ask why Eskom wants to commit funds it does not have to a nuclear programme it does not need, writes Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Food for Thought: Sweet on Kwazulu Natal

The province has more to offer the country than just Jacob Zuma. A visit to the Sugar Club is sure to convince you of that, writes Justice Malala

Shop Talk: 2016’s big moments

As 2016 hurtles to a close I thought a retail retrospective would be rather fitting, writes Zeenat Moorad

Boardroom Tails: Anti-elite mobs run out of steam

Populists fall into line with elites after gaining power, writes Ann Crotty

In Good Faith: Justice delayed

It’s taken so long to settle a row between two farmers that a jail term imposed on one of them has been stayed — it’s not even known if he is still alive, writes Carmel Rickard

Diamonds & Dogs: Naspers; Visual International

It’s been an astonishing ride, and Naspers still has plenty of appetite left to keep the journey going, while Visual International battles for survival

Market Watch: Keep an eye on this

It seems ludicrous that the specialist lending business, Reward, is buried beneath real estate, writes Marc Hasenfuss

Investor’s Notebook: Brave new world

The special opportunities hedge fund is a rare example of a small-to mid-cap focused hedge fund, writes Stephen Cranston

Allan Greenblo: A way to make megamillions

What’s really neat about getting inside information is getting to trade on it without fear of sanction. How so?

Redzone

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Top companies 2016

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