ETTIENNE LE ROUX: SA can’t bank on China

Hopes that a significant stimulus in China could lift SA from its growth slump are unrealistic. Better to zero in on challenges closer to home

JUSTICE MALALA: How bribery soured the American dream

If the poor start acting on the belief that the system is rigged we are all toast

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Old Mutual and Sanlam’s oh so different businesses

Old Mutual and Sanlam have facilitated the birth of two very different businesses, both of which reported results last week

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THULI MADONSELA: Leave no woman behind in political economy

If we are to grow our economy in a sustainable manner, we need to consider the gendered dimension of development

MARC HASENFUSS: Grand Parade Investments bites off more than it can chew

GPI — certainly at the time of signing the Burger King deal in 2012 — would have expected to be serving up meaningful profits off a 90-strong store ...

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ZEENAT MOORAD: Lessons from billionaire Barbie

Toymaker Mattel is to launch an astrophysicist iteration of Barbie — one of the most iconic toys in the world with a billion-dollar brand with $1.09bn in ...

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FRED KHUMALO: How SA could rock

Vilakazi Street was buzzing even though it was in the middle of the week. If only its entrepreneurial spirit could be replicated all over the country

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Why Facebook wants to be WeChat

Is the world’s largest social network moving away from its news feed into an ecosystem that may look like China’s super app?

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JAMIE CARR: Group Five — another corpse among the construction pile

The particular noose around Group Five’s neck was its catastrophic Kpone power station contract in Ghana

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CARMEL RICKARD: Numsa employee takes union to court

In a case of the ‘shoe being on the other foot’, Numsa has found itself in a dispute with an employee — but it never became an injury to all

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ANN CROTTY: South Africans are good people. Pity about the leaders

South Africans are a good bunch of people. Shame about the leaders

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PETER BRUCE: Ramaphosa begins load-shedding

All is not lost as the president begins to get rid of the dead weight in his party

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LETTER: Voters should not tolerate corruption

The Hawks and the NPA constitute twin structures that have not been — and will never be — fit for countering grand corruption, state capture and kleptocracy in ...

LETTER: Sars is seriously off track

I read of illicit tobacco sales, rampant corruption and complete inefficiency, and wonder why Sars sees me as a criminal

LETTER: Heads I win, tails you lose

Wouldn’t it be nice to judge the successes of the ‘superhero’ CEOs, by how the companies’ share prices fare in the years following their departure?

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