WATCH: The week that was — October 17 - 21

The top stories that made the news this week

45 minutes ago
Standard Bank backs Pravin Gordhan’s position on bank account closures

But Oakbay Investments, owned by the Gupta family, says the finance minister’s affidavit is flawed and its lawyers will challenge it in ...

47 minutes ago
Weather service warns of severe thunderstorms

Forecaster says this week’s storms marked the start of the rainy season, but warns that this summer’s rainfall is unlikely to be enough to ...

1 hour ago
Shell to sell more than $1bn worth of property in Canada

Shell upstream director Andy Brown says the company is selling to Tourmaline because the assets do not fit into Shell’s near-term ...

23 minutes ago
Rand slightly weaker ahead of medium-term budget policy statement

In the days before Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s medium-term budget policy statement next week the rand is widely expected to trade in ...

4 hours ago
Gas leaders to gather for summit as Mozambique plots its energy future

SPONSORED: Energy bosses from several nations to meet local government officials and Mozambican companies

2 days ago
Wits asks protesters to give peace a chance

Deputy vice-chancellor says the shooting of rubber bullets is unfortunate, but must be understood against a background of violent protests ...

6 hours ago
Tito Mboweni calls for policy certainty to avert ratings downgrade

Former Reserve Bank governor says greater clarity around policy will restore business confidence and improve SA’s economic growth prospects

8 hours ago
Banks failing coast to coast show spreading African distress

High interest rates, soaring levels of unpaid loans and low commodity prices are some of the factors the lenders face as economic growth ...

4 hours ago
RBPlat to triple production from new Styldrift mine

Royal Bafokeng Platinum says R4.75bn will be invested to ramp up Styldrift in response to higher rand platinum prices

6 hours ago
BAT offers to buy the 57.8% of Reynolds it does not already own

British American Tobacco says it has been a shareholder in Reynolds since 2004 and has benefited from its growth in the US market

7 hours ago
Gordhan faces tough task over budget deficit

Revenue shortfall could be 0.5 percentage points higher than expected

11 hours ago
Bitter Donald Trump must not poison US democracy

Republicans have a duty to distance themselves from the candidate’s insinuations about the electoral system

6 hours ago
Cartoon: #publicprotector

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8 hours ago
Prasa turns to NPA for help with probes

Rail agency says anti-corruption unit unresponsive

11 hours ago
The cloud helps Microsoft top earnings expectations

US software company reports a slip in quarterly profit but still exceeds expectations due to the increasing demand for offerings in the ...

6 hours ago


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EDITORS’ LUNCHBOX: Why SA really left the ICC

Eskom executives allegedly gave a Gupta company R587m, and mobile internet in Ethiopia remains shut down

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Cartoon: #publicprotector

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: New gauge for investment fees

Effective annual costs standard makes it easier for clients to compare variety of products

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CARMEL RICKARD: Taking sleaze to the courts

Carmel Rickard

There’s an important lesson powerful men have to learn when they run to the law to protect what they call their reputations — it’s called Democracy 101, writes Carmel Rickard

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ANN CROTTY: What makes CEOs expensive?

Ann Crotty

Only diamonds and the salaries of chief executives have been able to demand ever-increasing prices over such a sustained period, writes Ann Crotty

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Diamonds & Dogs: PSG; DiamondCorp

Jamie Carr

PSG’s success offers a salutary example of what business can achieve without political intervention, while the Grim Reaper sharpens his scythe for DiamondCorp, writes Jamie Carr

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Is this Samsung’s BlackBerry moment?

Toby Shapshak

Will Samsung recover from exploding phones?

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