Ed Cropley

Zuma: Government wants 30 wells in 10 years for oil exploration

Although blessed with an abundance of minerals such as gold, platinum and coal, SA has always been a major oil importer.

Pistorius’s life in the balance as judge gives verdict

Judge Thokozile Masipa began reading the verdict in the trial of Oscar Pistorius, who is charged with killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

Informal settlements ablaze with disenchantment

It has become a frequent ritual in townships – disaffected youths burning tyres and looting in a demand for jobs, electricity and political change.

Karoo fracking: Water, wealth and whites

The sparse and evocative Karoo, a place for artists and soil-tillers, may soon become a place for geologists, scientists, and fracking.

Zuma cancels Mozambique trip, no comment on Mandela life support reports

President Jacob Zuma has cancelled a trip to neighbouring Mozambique, intensifying speculation about a deterioration in the health of Nelson Mandela.

Labour unrest: Worker stabbed at AngloGold

Small groups of workers have stopped miners at two AngloGold mines from reporting for duty and a miner is in a critical condition after being stabbed.

Gordhan lauds SA’s economy despite stifling monetary policy

The SA Reserve Bank has done well to balance economic growth and job creation while pursuing its mandate to monitor inflation, says Pravin Gordhan.

Zille: Battle for spoils tearing ANC apart

The ANC will fracture before the decade is out, pulled apart by tension between big business and labour, opposition leader Helen Zille said.

UN truce fails to hold Syria to account

Violence has erupted in two Syrian provinces with reports of 10 civilians dead in an army mortar attack and 12 soldiers killed in clashes with rebels.

Civil case to take gold mines to court

An SA lawyer says he is preparing to sue leading gold miners on behalf of former miners who contracted respiratory ailments such as silicosis.

State clamps down on provinces’ out-of-control spending

The government has taken direct control of several provincial administrations in a clampdown on profligate spending and terrible service delivery.

EU banks refuse loans to firms doing business with Africa

Europe's debt crisis has led banks there to refuse to lend money to firms trading with Africa, threatening growth on the continent.

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