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Editorial: Oil mystery: R1bn here, R1bn there ...

If Eskom CEO Brian Molefe thinks investors ought not to worry about these sorts of 'frivolous' leakages, he’s far off the mark

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Ombudsman blitzes Surve’s newspaper group over its ‘dirty tricks exposé’

Johan Retief rules that Independent breached press code as the article did not 'report news truthfully, accurately and fairly'

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Steel industry: Timing is everything

IDC, which only last year affirmed its commitment to build a US$5bn steel mill in SA together with Chinese investors, is unlikely to proceed with the investment

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Higher education fees: Solving the equation

Minimising government's wasteful expenditure, corruption and economic mismanagement could release money to fund free education

Gimme: Acer Predator 17

All the better to be gaming with. It’s eye-catching, and intentionally looks brutal. Think stormtrooper uniforms, writes Kate Ferreira

Wilbur Smith’s wild ride

Debbie Hathway talks to the hugely successful writer, whose latest book is already topping the bestsellers list

Features

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NPA: Courting controversy

There have been a number of efforts to prise deputy prosecutions head Nomgcobo Jiba from her powerful position in the National Prosecuting Authority

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Property: Malls begin to pall

South Africans’ penchant for retail therapy has meant that shopping centres traditionally make more money for property investors than any other sector of the SA real estate market

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Oceania Capital: Copelyn comes out tops

Hosken Consolidated Investments prime mover Johnny Copelyn has kicked off his Australian adventure on a profitable footing

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Entrepreneur: Khonology's Michael Roberts

Obtaining a degree is a great achievement. Putting that cherished piece of paper to work in the world of big corporations is a very different story

Opinion

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Boardroom Tails: Milking the cash cow

Bain’s investment in SA is right up there with disasters unleashed by the likes of Tony O’Reilly in 1994 and Lakshmi Mittal in 2002, writes Ann Crotty

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Bruce's List: When will students learn?

Students should be focusing on government, not business or mining and not university managements, writes Peter Bruce

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Editorial: If sanity is the goal, the only option is Hillary

In a world being rapidly changed by technology, war, inequality and mass immigration, politicians with openly racist and nationalist views are once again gaining traction

Money & Investing

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Investment fees 101: Ask before you invest

Whether investors know it or not, their asset manager may well be ripping them off

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Pan African Resources: Showing the way

The main beneficiary of gold miner Pan African Resources’ decision to pay a 30% higher dividend will be the company itself

Media & Advertising

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Interbrand founder Jeremy Sampson jumps ship

Fall out with management sees Interbrand founder move to rival Brand Finance

AdFocus Awards: Agencies on the shortlist

Twenty-seven agencies across eight size and speciality categories make it on to the 2016 AdFocus agency of the year shortlist

Africa & International

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Nigerian economy in numbers

Its economy is in recession, after having registered two quarters of negative growth

Digital

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The raging .za debate

Companies want to sell .za websites but the regulator doesn’t think it’s necessary

Times Media wins awards for election app and new website

Times Media wins best data visualisation project and best new product at the inaugural Digital Media Africa Awards

Ranking the MBAs: Which business school is in the driving seat?

What matters to potential students and employers

The new MBA: Laying (most) fears to rest

Nearly one year into its existence, has SA’s new MBA regime been as destructive as some predicted?

School profile: TUT — still in the shadows

Despite the TUT MBA having been accredited for several years, the profile and brand image of the school’s course are low

Editor's Note: Just come clean, Moyane

Sars puts its foot in it by arguing the media is ‘anti-South African’ for asking why it took four months to act on corruption claims, writes Rob Rose

Between the Chains: Getting wings back again

Selling the airlines to private investors would enhance competition and save jobs. Distributing shares to the poor would fight inequality, writes Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Food for Thought: The (new) madness of the ANC Youth League

A calm, stylish space in the inner city offers a pleasing antidote to the lunacy of the ANC Youth League, writes Justice Malala

Shop Talk: Yes, athleisure is a word

Millennials behaviour has effectively reshaped the retail space, writes Zeenat Moorad

Pattern Recognition: Still a special place

The burning of a library — the very symbol of education — by those who aspire to be educated is dishonourable and ignorant, writes Toby Shapshak

In Good Faith: Dunce caps for ministers

Courts deliver double tongue-lashings as two cabinet members fail to do their duty in separate applications involving roads and lands, writes Carmel Rickard