Behind SA’s buy-to-let slump

Record-low interest rates, an oversupplied property market and a pandemic-induced financial squeeze on tenants leave many landlords with no choice but to cut ...

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CHRIS ROPER: How the media broke the news

Much of the breathless reporting of UCT lecturer Lwazi Lushaba’s now-infamous political science lecture is based on 12 seconds of a 55-minute video. Context is ...

Is Africa heading for a crisis?

The G20’s debt service suspension initiative missed a trick when it excluded Chinese and private creditors. Will a rethink be enough to avert a sovereign debt ...

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Abiy Ahmed’s undoing

The Tigray conflict has cast a shadow over the Nobel peace prize laureate and Ethiopian prime minister

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Land grabs in SA: The age-old game

Expropriation is hard-wired into the country’s DNA. It has led to centuries of violence, which suggests that any promise that a new law will be the solution to ...

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The trouble with SA’s Covid tests

It seems SA’s private pathology labs are in a months-long standoff with the health products regulatory authority over the validation of laboratory-based Covid ...

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Winelands property gets a pandemic boost

There’s been a steady trek to the Western Cape’s winelands district from mid-2020, as city dwellers look to relocate permanently to the countryside

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Local government elections: What now?

Neither the authorities nor the IEC can simply postpone local government elections as a result of the pandemic. Doing so would require an amendment to SA’s ...

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Sparks will fly as Eskom and unions go head-to-head

Eskom and its two biggest unions are set to go head-to-head in wage negotiations later this month. It will open yet another battle front for the beleaguered ...

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CHRIS ROPER: A ‘Corruption Olympics’ anyone?

A ‘Corruption Olympics’ would give real meaning to a contest between strongmen and strongwomen. SA is a bit off the pace on this count, though the DA may ...

Behind SA companies’ foreign misadventures

What’s behind SA companies’ foreign misadventures? In part, it seems to be a lack of a company-specific foreign policy

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Can a super-merger keep SA gold in the game?

While Sibanye-Stillwater’s Neal Froneman is talking up the possibility to keep this country in the gold game, insiders are sceptical that it will ever happen

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NATASHA MARRIAN: ANC deck stacked against Ace

Party secretary-general Ace Magashule and his RET brigade are on the ropes after this weekend’s NEC meeting — as numerous decisions show

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SAM MKOKELI: Gwede Mantashe under pressure

All eyes are on Gwede Mantashe — and SA’s energy policy more generally — amid rumours of a cabinet reshuffle and a critical need to fix operational issues

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Inside Sibanye’s ‘zombie mine’

The miner has been trying to shut down Ezulwini’s operations for four years. But without a closure certificate it can’t do so. And until it gets one, it’s on ...

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Behind the deadly Mozambique attacks

Islamist extremists attacked the town of Palma in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province last week — the latest event in what’s proving to be a protracted civil war

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