MARK BARNES: New tech-savvy investors will bypass advisers, but should tread cautiously

Fed up with intermediaries and bullies, this new crop of players will make up a sizeable segment of the market

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STEVEN KUO: Asean’s handling of Myanmar issue to test its credibility

The regional association must decide whether to deal with the generals or the deposed democratic leaders

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MNINAWA NTLOKO: Partying without a care in the world is very unsporting

Some who earn their living from sport seem to believe the pandemic is either over or they are immune

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KATE THOMPSON DAVY: Facial recognition and privacy: who’s watching the watchers?

Automated facial recognition is a useful tool, but there is  mounting concern about ethical and privacy implications

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MAMOKETE LIJANE: Companies do themselves a disservice by closing down space for ‘talkative women’

Not building in sufficient redundancy can make decision-making faster, but less robust

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JOHN DLUDLU: New head will have to breathe life into World Trade Organization

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala faces huge challenges as the watchdog has fallen from grace and is facing irrelevance

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CHRIS GILMOUR: More attention should be paid to City Lodge’s net asset value and replacement costs

City Lodge is clawing its way back to break-even occupancy, which — barring any returns to stricter lockdowns — should be reached by May or June

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STREET DOGS: SPACs paying today for who knows what tomorrow

Also known as blank-cheque companies, the mania is not new but it has reached once-unimaginable heights

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GRAY MAGUIRE: The government continues to blow hot and cold on energy transition

Lack of action is testament to the oppositional relationship the department has to renewable energy

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GARETH VAN ONSELEN: Small big-men Zuma and Malema cling on to the illusion of informal power

What safer place for the EFF leader to be than back in the arms of the man he once called ‘our father’?

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MICHAEL FRIDJHON: New owners are redefining the style of Stellenzicht wines

L’Ré Burger has coaxed fine tastes from the existing plantings

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NEIL MANTHORP: The Test that was all over in two days should be cherished

It is laughable to claim this show of intense entertainment between England and India is killing the game and amounted to cheating

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TOM EATON: Maimane, Steenhuisen and the rational centre

Even the most ardent ‘classical liberals’ must admit a white president is simply not a realistic prospect

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CAROL PATON: Ramaphosa finally dips into his political capital

After years of talking about trade-offs, some bold action has taken place

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MICHEL PIREU: Humour can be an antidote to stress in serious business of trading

While making money is no laughing matter it is  now difficult to find amusing commentaries on the market

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BUSI MAVUSO: Unemployment takes a far greater toll on black women

That black women with jobs are paid the least for similar labour makes the picture even grimmer

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