President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/RAJESH JANTILAL
President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/RAJESH JANTILAL

Stories of Note

Bytes from the digital world

Corrupt politicians are too good at hiding their loot to make lifestyle audits viable, speakers at a forum said. 

“We want to see you not in the courts but in your boardrooms where we can talk and debate,” President Cyril Ramaphosa tells mining executives.


In My Opinion

Matters of debate

In contrast to US President Donald Trump’s tweets and rhetoric, Ramaphosa’s speeches build up “like the best hymns do, to the idea of a promised land and a crescendo of millenarian hyperbole”, Gareth van Onselen writes.

Only one of the elephants Dalene Matthee wrote about in Circles in a Forest survives.


Finding Alpha

The long and the short of the markets

Who is Symphony Capital advisory services? And why did the Public Investment Corporation pay it R192.8m for “the art of structuring” when it could have bought a Picasso for that kind of money?

Austrian civil engineering group Strabag refuses to proceed with a joint venture with Aveng to build a more than 1km long bridge across the Mtentu river following threats of violence from the local community. Sanral says it may challenge this decision in court.


Oh, Very Twitty

The lighter side of the web

Woolworths and marketing fiascos are now nearly synonymous.


Very Visual

Graph of the day