BITCOIN DIARY: The coin breaks through the R80,000 barrier

Bitcoin's early adopters are living the high life as the damn thing continues to surge despite the slings and arrows of outrageous bankers like Jamie Dimon

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MATT LEVINE: Rio Tinto and the great Mozambican coal mine disaster

This week the Securities and Exchange Commission brought a fraud case against Rio Tinto plc and two of its former executives 'for inflating the value of coal ...

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DARREL BRISTOW-BOVEY: Floored by some rich treatment

'Apparently these chaps all have five-storey money bins filled with doubloons in which they roll around like Scrooge McDuck'

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BITCOIN DIARY: The coin breaks through the R80,000 barrier

Bitcoin's early adopters are living the high life as the damn thing continues to surge despite the slings and arrows of outrageous bankers like Jamie Dimon

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MATT LEVINE: Rio Tinto and the great Mozambican coal mine disaster

This week the Securities and Exchange Commission brought a fraud case against Rio Tinto plc and two of its former executives 'for inflating the value of coal ...

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DARREL BRISTOW-BOVEY: Floored by some rich treatment

'Apparently these chaps all have five-storey money bins filled with doubloons in which they roll around like Scrooge McDuck'

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The tao of Xi

'Our country is approaching the center of the world stage and making continuous contributions to humankind. The Chinese nation is standing tall and firm in the ...

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JONATHAN JANSEN: Why schoolchildren should be allowed to express political views

'Schools are there to teach children the habits of democracy. This includes the right to advance and defend an opinion without fear'

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TOM EATON: Joining the dots is becoming really simple

'There are only two dots. The one is the ANC and the other is a failed state‚ and right now they are already joined by a very clear‚ very short line'

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Saunders wins Man Booker Prize for 'Lincoln in the Bardo'

His novel, set in 1862, a year into the American Civil war, is a blend of historical accounts and imaginative fiction

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Xi promises to open China to investors, deepen reform

On the economy, Xi said China would relax market access for foreign investment, expand access to its services sector and deepen market-oriented reform

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JONATHAN BERNSTEIN: Trump is hated at home - the numbers prove it

'To get this unpopular, this fast, and to do it in an era of relatively good times, is just breathtaking'

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PETER APPS: How China has become the world leader in mass surveilance

In Western democracies, the deployment of such techniques has been slowed by concerns over civil liberties. Those qualms are largely absent amongst China’s ...

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TONY LEON: Jacob Zuma's Harvey Weinstein moment

'Judge Navsa reminds the court that the investigations relating to Zuma's criminal conduct date back to 2001. That's right - some 16 years have elapsed since ...

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RANJENI MUNUSAMY: Zuma moves chess pieces, but what is the end game?

'Zuma seems to have no qualms about accelerating investor jitters about South Africa as he continues to move his chess pieces ahead of the ANC’s elective ...

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RAY HARTLEY: What Zuma's surprise shuffle says about the ANC's succession battle

Is president Jacob Zuma abandoning his support for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as his successor?

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Zuma axes Blade, but ignores Dlamini-Zuma in surprise cabinet shuffle

He surprised by not appointing Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to the cabinet despite speculation that he would do so to improve her prospects of winning the ANC ...

TOM EATON: Capitalists to the left of them, capitalists to the right!

'The contest between the two gangs of capitalists is fierce, and labels like "business-friendly" carry a big payload'

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Tim Noakes describes food pyramid as 'genocide'. Storm erupts

'Low-carbohydrate advocates, including Noakes and his colleagues, have long blamed dietary guidelines for the growing number of people suffering from obesity ...

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PETER BRUCE: After Peak Gupta comes a surprising king-maker

'Anyone who declares they know what is going to happen at the party's elective conference in mid-December is merely guessing'

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BARNEY MTHOMBOTHI: Still waiting for that leopard to change its spots

'Under President Jacob Zuma corruption has gone up a few gears. It's blatant, brazen, shameless and quite scary'

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Five articles by top writers that explain South Africa today

Tim Cohen, Justice Malala, Gareth van Onselen, Stuart Theobald and Ron Derby tackle the forces shaping our fraught political and economic environment

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ANDILE KHUMALO: A mini-budget with one eye on the wolf, one on the party

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The medium-term budget policy statement is upon us on Wednesday, and Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba finds himself having to pull some rabbits out of his hat to keep the wolves at bay. Yes, it has come to that, unfortunately. We no longer have the luxury of looking forward to a mini-budget speech with predictions of how a minister may tweak here and there to make our economy grow faster, bring more relief to the poor, deliver better services and create an enabling environment for business to thri...

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RON DERBY: This is the moment Gigaba gets to choose what his legacy will be

RON DERBY

Just how does Malusi Gigaba avoid sounding like the ministers who have gone before him? That's the question he, and his 20-strong entourage, have to ponder as he heads for what has to count as his most high-profile political stage yet. To deliver a fiscally responsible speech that focuses on the concerns of ratings agencies and other market players - such as deficits, the more than R2-trillion in government debt, the collapse of governance at virtually all state-owned utilities where companies s...

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