GAVIN KEETON: State and SOEs must devise an urgent plan to escape debt trap

New leadership is required to tackle the bloated staffing and dodgy tenders, which lie at the heart of their culture of excessive spending

GAVIN RICH: SA teams’ poor Super Rugby form may benefit the Boks

For Bok coach Rassie Erasmus, it is time to step out of the shadows and go to the coalface

Bread-makers, Brexit and the power of the least-bad option

What voters feel about different flavours of Brexit depends on facts, propaganda, prejudices, and the comparisons that come readily to mind, writes Tim Harford

NEELS BLOM: Washington Post mohair story pulls wool over readers’ eyes

When the Washington Post elevated Peta’s investigator to reporter, the rigours of journalistic ethics started applying

EDITOR’S LUNCHBOX: Onerous birth certificate rules for travellers could soon fall away

Now you will be able to hear both ‘Yanny’ and ‘Laurel’, and is Old Mutual planning to go up against Capitec in the low-income banking ...

STEPHEN CRANSTON: BrightRock and Discovery are able to tap into what people need

While one incentivises truck drivers with airtime and chips, the other gets group cover right

STREET DOGS: Beware commercial advertising

Ogden Nash: I think that I shall never see a billboard lovely as a tree

Thebe’s Vusi Khanyile savours highlights as he steps down

Business Day asks Vusi Khanyile and incoming CEO Sizwe Mncwango what Thebe’s milestones have been

ANTHONY BUTLER: What difference can Cyril Ramaphosa make?

The true value of Ramaphosa’s leadership can be measured in his rescuing and creating enduring institutions and good governance

SIMON LINCOLN READER: Political correctness flourishes amid London bloodbath

The curse of political correctness is flourishing in a bloodbath, and it is being used as a crutch to advance the prominence of some people

NATASHA MARRIAN: Cyril Ramaphosa faces crucial Moyane battle

Former Constitutional court justice Kate O’Regan was party to that case and hence well placed to be an arbiter in the matter

TIM COHEN: Brutal, thankless and relentless: the task that awaits Popo Molefe

After the debacle at Prasa, Molefe begins the process all over again — but this time the stakes are much higher at Transnet

MICHAEL FRIDJHON: Many producers make wine for the love of it

They craft thoughtfully made wines in relatively small quantities and hand-sell them around SA and to a few select markets around the world

CHRIS THURMAN: Wonders of Rock Art a chance to redeem acts of image making

SA has rock art so old it makes Lascaux seem recent. The exhibition gives visitors the chance to reconsider our own ancient artistic heritage

KEVIN McCALLUM: Messi business of wads of words dribbling on empty

There was a Messi mess of stories. I wonder how Tom Wolfe would have reported on the fun and games, of a team that came and went quicker than Des van Rooyen

EDITORS’ LUNCHBOX: Mzwanele Manyi distances himself from Guptas in bid for TV licence

Land Bank due to triple its lending to small farmers, and Floyd Shivambu says Lionel Messi was ‘honoured’ to meet the EFF

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