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

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

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 ...

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 ...

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

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?

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

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

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

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

PETER BRUCE: Ramaphosa begins load-shedding

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

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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