Newsmaker of the year: Zweli Mkhize

As SA’s first responder to the event that defined 2020, health minister Zweli Mkhize has had a brutal year, involving very little sleep

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Political newsmaker of the year: Ace Magashule — Cyril’s wild card

The secretary-general of the governing party dominated political news this year. But, he tells the FM, he’s just being ‘targeted’ because people want to ...

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International newsmaker of the year: Elon Musk’s genius muscle

There is no international business figure who came out of 2020 with his fortunes so radically enhanced. Despite the glut of short-sellers betting on his ...

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Society newsmaker of the year: Glenda Gray

Glenda Gray may have ended up in a spat with Zweli Mkhize this year over lockdown rules, but it says much about the respect she commands that he was the one ...

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SA’s top suburbs: where you should be buying, and selling

As home-buying patterns shift on the back of the Covid-induced ‘Zoom boom’ and record low interest rates, up-and-coming suburbs could replace tried-and-tested ...

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Can new Woolworths CEO Roy Bagattini be ‘the difference’?

Woolworths CEO Roy Bagattini has one of the toughest jobs in retail: fixing a business that has gone badly off the rails over the past few years. It’s trial by ...

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Sasol: When will the Lake Charles nightmare end?

The company’s recent AGM was a long, grim affair, with difficult questions raised. But CEO Fleetwood Grobler remains upbeat about the future of the ...

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Paul Hanratty’s plan for Sanlam

Where is Sanlam CEO Paul Hanratty planning on taking Africa’s largest insurance company in the next five years? The deal with Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow ...

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Covid positive: South Africans who’ve defied the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has plunged the world into terrible turmoil, but some rays of light have emerged from the darkness ...

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Fear and loathing at audit watchdog Irba

Is the new CEO’s past at Tongaat Hulett hurting the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors’ ability to clean up SA’s struggling auditing industry?

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Tongaat: what happened behind closed doors

Did Jenitha John fail to ensure adequate oversight at Tongaat Hulett, or should she be lauded for helping to expose the scandal at the company?

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Inside the big DA showdown

Interim DA leader John Steenhuisen seems certain to cement his position in the party at its elective congress this weekend. But he will be taking the reins of ...

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Are SA’s banks facing a bad-debt crunch?

One concern is that civil servants may start to fall victim to retrenchments as the government seeks to cut costs, resulting in many more people (and their ...

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House of cards: Is Hermione Cronje hiding an ace?

Cronje’s investigating directorate has contracted some of SA’s best legal minds to ensure the effective prosecution of state-capture kingpins

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STORE WARS: The battle for wallets goes digital

Covid-19 has prompted a ‘once in a generation’ shift to online retail — but have SA companies been caught napping?

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How SA lost a decade of jobs in four months

How four months wiped out 10 years of jobs growth, and created millions of new grant recipients