Jon Herskovitz

Zuma’s move to calm economic fears backfires

President Jacob Zuma has tried to play down the effect of labour unrest on the economy but managed to trigger a nearly 3% plunge in the rand.

Labour laws keep SA’s textile industry struggling along

South Africa's labour laws have their pros and cons, but who do the tough legislations ultimately protect?

Deep Read: ‘Born free’ voters may not choose ANC

The growing divide between the ANC and the "born frees" may present a concern for the ruling party when the 2019 presidential election comes around.

Match fixing: Safa says officials were improperly removed

Soccer body Safa has reinstated its chief and four other leading officials suspended over a match fixing scandal involving the national team.

Deadliest year yet for Africa’s rhinos and elephants

Africa's rhinos and elephants have been poached in near record numbers in 2012, with surging demand for horn and ivory driving the slaughter.

Awful year for SA’s rhinos as 2011 poaching shatters record

A record number of rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year as rising demand in Asia for their horns led to a massive upswell in killings.

Fikile Mbalula on the political fast track

The former head of the ANC Youth League, Fikile Mbalula, is beating a path that may lead right to the top using sport to help unite a nation.

SA braces for massive coal strike

About 150 000 SA coal workers seeking 14% wage increases plan to walk off the job from Sunday in a strike that could hurt power supplies.

Eskom raises wage offer to keep the home fires burning

Eskom has increased its wage offer to unions, in a bid to prevent a prolonged strike that could cut power and bring disaster to the economy.

SA economy pays high price for wage raises

Labour protests sweeping South Africa are stoking worries about inflation and dealing blows to the long-term prospects of the country's economy.

Icy rain, fuel shortages hamper relief in Japan

Fuel shortages, icy rain and power failures are hampering Japan's worst humanitarian crisis since World War II, but workers are reporting progress.

Japan: Robot power everywhere except at nuclear plant

Japan may build robots to run marathons and preside over weddings, but it has not deployed any of the machines to help repair its crippled reactors.

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