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Bruce's List: Wake the ANC up on Wednesday

It is an important election — they all are — but this one is going to put to the test our ability as South Africans to think for ourselves and not as sheep, writes Peter Bruce


Editorial: Eskom pulls the plug on progress

Eskom should be competing on cost and efficiency with other electricity providers. The fact that it is not, and has the power to destroy an important energy sector, is not its fault but government’s

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HCI dispels lingering perceptions

The reasons for HCI’s share buy-back were explained in black and white at its meeting


SAA: In search of private money

Treasury is finalising the adjudication of proposals for the introduction of an equity partner into the airline

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Gordon Patterson: A king in the media jungle

Patterson was uncompromising in his business principles and unmatched in his desire to share his knowledge with newcomers



Coalitions will be key

With two of the most closely contested metros in SA, Gauteng will be a battleground

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Aids research: High risk, top science

SA is at the epicentre of the global HIV/Aids epidemic, and its scientists are at the very heart of the quest to stop it in its tracks


Co-operatives: Set up for failure?

Experts say government is setting many up for failure — through promises of grants and contracts — when few even get out of the starting blocks

FM Fox

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PPC: Pressure piling on

Local bank fees seen as prohibitively expensive while PPC's share price has halved since January

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Gooderson Leisure: Might be daylight robbery

An employee 'seems to have misappropriated' R3m in funds, equating to over 4% of Gooderson’s market capitalisation

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Amplats: Struggling

Amplats will not be able to hit target of unit cost increases unless management holds firm against unions’ demands for wage increases well above inflation

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Pick n Pay: Wait for wind erosion

What would Pick n Pay be without the Ackermans? It’s difficult to imagine



Editorial: Sorting out SAA would show political will

Among the first things SA promised to do to avoid a credit rating downgrade was to cut wastage and turn around the many loss-making state-owned companies. Exactly the opposite happened

On My Mind: Weightlifters and gymnasts

It’s time to change how companies think about enterprise development: the benefits can be mutual, writes Thabo Mosala


Investor's Notebook: Time for some competition for bloated JSE

ZAR X aims to cut out all the red tape that newcomers enjoy so much when they get onto the JSE, writes Stephen Cranston

Money & Investing


Market Watch: Stellar Capital Partners

Prescient shareholders have several options, but at this point settling for cash may be prudent, writes Marc Hasenfuss

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Ethos: Let the fund begin

Ethos Capital will be a useful investment to diversify investor portfolios. It is arguably the best quality private equity firm in SA


CoAL: Where to now?

CoAL is set to look at other opportunities, including making another offer for Universal in a structure that would ensure the sustainability of the enlarged group

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Directors' Dealings: Roads to riches

Raubex's Freddie Kenney sells R120m worth of company’s stock, while directors at Argent have been snapping up theirs, and Quantum Foods' André Hanekom has not chickened out

Media & Advertising

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Print media: How to survive

Newspapers won't die out, a media consultant maintains, but they must specialise to survive

Africa & International


Egypt: Taking a pounding

Egypt's tightly controlled currency spurs black market trade and inflation woes



Innovation useful but a bit scary

Will calls by bankers to regulate financial technology companies stifle global innovation?

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Discovery stock: Growth story sells

For years, Discovery’s share price has defied the sceptics, who argued that surely its rapid growth had to tail off when it became a 'mature' business

Editor's Note: Want a career in finance?

Ethos’ plan to list on the JSE in August shines a harsh spotlight on the mega-fees in the private equity world, writes Rob Rose

Between the Chains: Manifesto for the youth

As the country goes to the polls, the youth have no champion. Here’s a manifesto to end youth unemployment, writes Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Bruce's List: Hlaudi loses his swagger

Hlaudi Motsoeneng caves quickly and completely, as cowardly bullies do, writes Peter Bruce

Pattern Recognition: FreeMe with data

Telkom is unusually the underdog cellular operator and has turned mobile packages on their heads with data-first deals, writes Toby Shapshak

Shop Talk: Luxury's rough patch

The luxury market is stuck in a 'holding pattern for the foreseeable future'

Food for Thought: Dictated to by the facts

Here’s an idea for the president: build something large and showy that people actually want to visit — and pay for, writes Justice Malala

Boardroom Tails: When stats don’t count

Nothing screams 'corporate tax haven' quite as loudly as Ireland’s 26.3% GDP growth, writes Ann Crotty

In Good Faith: Mall turf wars

A legal spat between Shoprite and Game highlights how exclusive-lease agreements may be more complex than they seem, writes Carmel Rickard

Diamonds & Dogs: Vodacom & ArcelorMittal

Vodacom executives polish the company halo and ArcelorMittal has various government agencies to rule on trade and tariff issues, writes Jamie Carr