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Eskom and unions reach wage agreement, workers back at work

The power utility warned that the system would take some time to recover because maintenance work had been postponed because of the unprotected strike

Start of State Security Agency R1-million theft case delayed

Thuso Oesi, a former SSA administrator accused of fraud, did not arrive in court for medical reasons

Why government would fall short of cash if the fuel levy is scrapped

But restructuring the Road Accident Fund levy would reduce pressure on consumers

Gordhan’s Eskom ‘blame game’ underwhelms ANC leaders

Sources at a meeting of the national executive committee said a call was made to shift the power utility to Gwede Mantashe’s ministry of minerals and resources

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Death of Zimbabwe’s funeral business

Burial societies and companies have collapsed and people can no longer afford decent burials for their family members

South Africa, Kenya and Morocco invest in electric car charging stations

As demand for electric cars rises on the continent, public and private sector investors are lining up a series of charging stations on major highways, entertainment and recreation spots including those outside capital cities

Language of learning at odds with learning of language

Children learn to read and write more easily if they are first taught in their mother tongue. In Ghana, as in many African countries, that’s easier said than done

Petrol to cost a record high R27.74 a litre from Wednesday

The steep increase is despite the treasury’s decision extend the reduction in the general fuel levy by 75 cents a litre

Global energy crisis forces an ‘undignified transition’

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted some to make an about-turn on coal but their scramble has not sealed the fate of renewables

A year after the riots, South Africa is a tinderbox waiting to be lit

Some of the conditions in which the July unrest occurred have abated but others, such as the spiralling cost of living, have worsened

Ramaphosa tells parliament to act on Zondo’s findings on the State Security Agency

The president has singled out the part of the state capture report that recommends an investigation that includes Arthur Fraser’s alleged abuses be resumed

How spies shape South Africa’s political path

From Mbeki to Zuma to Ramaphosa, the facts and fictions of the intelligence networks have shadowed political players and settled power struggles

Time for young leaders to take over ANC’s top six positions, Ronald Lamola says

The justice minister, who is angling to become the party’s deputy president, was quick to add that there should be a generational mix in leadership

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No shucks given at the Knysna Oyster Festival

The world of Knysna’s shores is everyone’s oyster this week. There is something for everyone: arts; entertainment; trail running; wining and dining; and chocolate making

Colleges need a professional council

The failure to establish a regulatory body is not in line with policy, limiting funding and seriously inhibiting potential benefits

Early childhood development sector rises above flood

The deluge in KwaZulu-Natal put learning under strain but ECD practitioners are overcoming the difficulties

Future of our world is in our hands

Education is key to giving our children a chance to navigate, and thrive in, a complex modernity

Is the English cricket form as fickle as Ramaphoria?

What the former has which the latter conspicuously lacks is a behind-the-scenes ‘enforcer’ to establish a bold new ethos

Test cricket is dead, but not for the eager Proteas

Even before the demise of this format of the game was predicted, the women’s team had little opportunity to experience and enjoy it

How The Ghost have kept Orlando Pirates alive

Supporters’ branches, despite financial challenges, have been the lifeblood of football teams in South Africa

Saudi welcomes 1 million for biggest hajj pilgrimage since pandemic

Muslims from around the world have packed the streets of Islam's holiest city ahead of the biggest hajj pilgrimage since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Boris Johnson: the ‘greased piglet’ slips away again

All politicians need luck and Boris Johnson –once described as a "greased piglet" – has had more than most in his career.

UK PM braced for Tory no-confidence vote

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed defiance on Monday ahead of a no-confidence vote among Conservative MPs, after dozens rebelled over a string of scandals that have left the party's public standing in tatters

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