A LAUGHING MATTER: President Cyril Ramaphosa and former president Jacob Zuma. Picture: SUPPLIED
A LAUGHING MATTER: President Cyril Ramaphosa and former president Jacob Zuma. Picture: SUPPLIED

Stories of Note

Bytes from the digital world

Total striking oil at Brulpadda off the coast of Mossel Bay offers high hopes for SA, but also fears, given the endemic corruption of our politicians. 

SA desperately needs an independent power transmission network to open its electricity generation market, which is not going to happen by making it an Eskom subsidiary instead of a separate company. 


In My Opinion

Matters of debate

Jonny Steinberg reminds us we all need to be extremely grateful for SA’s two-term limit on presidents.

“The sojourn from factional fighting will be brief, and its resurgence thereafter will be rapid and aggressive,” writes Natasha Marrian.


Finding Alpha

The long and the short of the markets

Former Shoprite CEO Whitey Basson appears to have over-estimated the threat Walmart posed when it entered SA by acquiring Massmart, pouring R40bn into technology that is now not paying its way under his successor, Pieter Engelbrecht.

The threat of a “militant, but peaceful campaign” by Palestinian lobby group Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Clover to thwart its acquisition by the Milco consortium has scared off Brimstone, but not its Israeli majority owners.


Oh, Very Twitty

The lighter side of the web


Very Visual

Graph of the day

Investec economist Brian Kantor looks at the pros and cons of JSE-listed companies increasingly paying out their profits as dividends rather than investing in their own businesses.