German readers desert mainstream media over skewed reporting on Russia

Posted 11 November 2014

German readers are deserting the mainstream media over the skewed reporting on Russia. It's not a gradual decline, but a wholesale plunge, as this article explains. But it all started when a German editor brought out a book detailing how German publications have been bought off by the CIA. 

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Eskom moves to prevent jail time for executives

Posted 10 November 2014

Westinghouse is asking the North Gauteng High Court to jail two Eskom executives for failure to hand over documents relating to a R4,3 billion tneder at the Koeberg nuclear power station. Eskom is fighting back, claiming this is a "gross abuse of the court process."

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How to start a war and lose an empire

Posted 08 November 2014

The US and NATO's attempts to encircle and defang the Russian threat have backfired horribly, writes Dmitry Orlov. The US and its allies are increasingly isolated in the world, and Russia is emerging as the clear victor in this dangerous game of chess now being played out in Ukraine. 

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Banks to be hit with avalanche of cases from dispossessed home owners

Posted 07 November 2014

South African banks are about to be hit with an avalanche of legal suits from dispossessed home owners whose properties were sold in execution at a fraction of their market value. They are arguing that this violates their Constitutional rights to property and fair administrative justice.

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It would be folly to reinstate Cele as head of police

Posted 06 November 2014

The recent murder of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa has prompted calls for tougher action on violent crime, but it would be wrong to reinstate the cantankerous former police commissioner Bheke Cele to his former position. 

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Dewani trial could be over in days

Posted 05 November 2014

The South African justice system's reputation is taking strain after the defence team for Shrien Dewani - accused of setting up the murder of his wife in 2010 - starts to fall apart. The Daily Mail speculates that he could be home within days. 

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Plea bargains are judicial bribery

Posted 30 October 2014

South Africa's introduction of plea bargaining has resulted in police laziness rather than better justice, writes Letepe Maisela. This is likey to become a factor in the Shrien Dewani trial, now taking place in the Cape.

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The tyranny of political correctness is hobbling this government

Posted 29 October 2014

The tyranny of political correctness is hobbling this government, preventing it from doing what has to be done sooner or later: privatise not just parastatals but health care insurance and other areas of state incursion into the economy, writes Leon Louw of the Free Market Foundation. 

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The US dollar just got a Zimbabwe-style make-over

Posted 26 October 2014

Given the recent tremors in world stock markets, future historians might regard the US dollar as an object of derision or a relic of some mad past. Either way, the world economy is headed for interesting times.

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What has happened to Boer racism?

Posted 22 October 2014

Afrikaner racism is disappearing, argues Leon Louw of the Free Market Foundation. This is contrary to the perceived state of the Afrikaner rural community. In It's place is a community committed to transformation and maintaining its rightful place in post-apartheid South Africa.

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Changes to retirement tax likely to be delayed

Posted 20 October 2014

Expected amendments to tax on retirement savings due to come into effect in March next year are likely to be delayed, possibly by a year. The retirement industry is less than happy with the delays, which are reportedly caused by trade union concerns over social security, according to Personal Finance.

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How one man's life was ruined after asking uncomfortable questions of FNB

Posted 17 October 2014

Durban-based Nav Chan started questioning FNB's eBucks rewards calculations. Weeks later his accounts were cancelled and he found himself listed on a secretive banking database operated by SA Fraud Prevention Services. Suddenly, his business started to take a dive.  

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Races cannot be classified, Solidarity tells court

Posted 15 October 2014

The liquidations business is pretty much a white-dominated affair, but that may change as a result of a new Department of Justice policy that will appoint trustees based on race and gender. That represents a huge loss of income for the incumbents, who are now challenging this policy, with the help of trade union Solidarity.

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E-tolls' days are numbered

Posted 13 October 2014

The ANC in Gauteng, with one eye on the electoral hammering it is likely to suffer by backing e-tolls, has broken with the national ANC. Meanwhile the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says a growing number of Gauteng drivers are "de-tagging" themselves. It's safe to say that e-tolls' days are numbered. 

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Car parts manufacturers under scrutiny by Competition Commission

Posted 13 October 2014

The Competition authorities have trained their eyes on 82 car manufacturers who are accused of collusive tendering. This follows a similar investigation into removal companies, according to Business Day.

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Competition Commission to revisit property lease agreements

Posted 07 October 2014

The Competition Commission is to decide whether property lease agreements that give anchor tenants exclusive rights to sell certain items in a shopping centre are anti-competitive. This is after the SA Property Owners Association lodged a complaint with the Commission.

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Africa may soon have its first white president since the fall of apartheid

Posted 07 October 2014

Zambia may soon have a white president in the form of Guy Scott, deputy to the incumbent but ailing Michael Sata. As The Economist reports, Zambians are less churlish about race than their southern neighbours. Scott has won widespread admiration for tackling the banks and other thorny social issues.

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Zimbabwe drifts from Pariah to Piranha state

Posted 05 October 2014

President Robert Mugabe spoke in front of a virtually empty hall at the United Nations last week. This is a far cry from his triumphant address to the UN Assembly in 1980, when Mugabe was seen as a saviour of Africa. Zimbabwe's status as a Pariah state is now confirmed in the eyes of the world.

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Celebrating a decade of FAIS

Posted 05 October 2014

The Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services (FAIS) Act turned a decade old this week. By all accounts, it has fulfilled its promise of greater transparency and fairness in the marketing and sale of financial products.

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Shuttleworth donates R250 million court winnings to help fight court battles against the State

Posted 03 October 2014

The Supreme Court of Appeal has orderered Treasury to repay South Arican billionaire Mark Shuttleworth the R250 million in "levies" it charged him as he attempted to expatriate his funds. This is now headed for the Constitutional Court. 

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Masipa's Pistorius judgment places judicial error in the spotlight

Posted 01 October 2014

Judge Thokozile Masipa has been the subject of ferocious attacks over her culpable homicide verdict in the Oscar Pistorius trial. This has placed the subject of judicial error under the spotlight, writes Trudi Makhaya. 

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Apartheid-era laws are alive and well on our roads

Posted 01 October 2014

It seems the legality of the random Metro police stops on our roads is about to be tested in the courts. Apart from presenting police officers with opportunities for daylight robbery, these roads blocks result in traffic snarl-ups and huge inconvenience to the travelling public.

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E-tolling compared to apartheid as public inquiry concludes

Posted 29 September 2014

Public consultations into the future of e-tolling wrapped up last week with virtually unanimous agreement that the current user-pays system was not working and had to be replaced. Some Gauteng residents compared it to the hated apartheid-era pass book system.

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Can Zuma survive the latest scandal?

Posted 29 September 2014

Questions are now being asked as to whether President Jacob Zuma can survive the latest claims that he and the ANC received bribes from Frnech arms firm Thales in 2000. There are rumblings within the ANC that his presidency is a danger to the party's electoral hopes in 2016.

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To understand your future, study Zimbabwe

Posted 26 September 2014

When Money Destroys Nations is a new book by two Johannesburg-based economists. If you ever had the idea that what happened in Zimbabwe cannot happen here, you owe it to yourself to read this.

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