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Why jewellers need to vet their global supply chains

Consumers must know whether the gold and diamonds they treasure have been tainted by human rights abuses

Transparency in the age of oversharing

Chief executives can make or break a brand

Taxing times ahead for Gordhan

Slow growth, a rising deficit — and an election — leave the finance minister little room to manoeuvre.

Economic week ahead: SA’s slumping consumer confidence

This week's retail sales snapshot is likely to be a disappointment to pressurised SA consumers but some good news is expected for global markets.

Data stripped to sex up booze-to-healthcare ratio

Average consumers are spending their money largely on transport, housing and food.

Tax incentives available for R&D

Consumers, governments and environmental demands are making research and development a stronger imperative for companies every year.

Delinquency scars credit retailers

Add the big rise in unsecured lending to low economic growth and the problem is clear.

Good news for consumers? Sorry, there’s none

Recent months have brought the consumer a barrage of bad news.

Retailers to feel the pinch in 2013

As consumers tighten their purse strings, retailers are sticking to their game plans, writes Nicola Mawson.

Talk of credit amnesty raises alarm

An amnesty for blacklisted consumers might be on the cards early next year but if implemented poorly, it could be bad for borrowers and lenders alike.

Retail resources in race for returns

Fund managers are divided over South African retail shares, which have outperformed resources by 20%.

Relief for consumers is not good news for the economy

Consumer price inflation slowed markedly in May, reaching 5.7% year on year thanks mainly to an unexpected drop in some food prices.

Banks cash in as SA borrowing soars

Alarm bells are not going off just yet, but experts say the rise in unsecured credit in South Africa is a worrying trend. Lynley Donnelly reports

Responsible shopping in the 21st century

A local organisation has made it their mission to use technology to help us become more responsible shoppers.

A solution to your frustrations

Maya Fisher-French investigates a website that makes it easier to complain

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SABC retrenchment process set to be finalised on Friday

At a portfolio committee meeting on Tuesday, developing a sustainable funding model for the SABC was top of the agenda

Slain top cop blamed for not cooperating with police

The widow of Charl Kinnear submitted a petition to parliament to find out why protection services were withdrawn before her husband’s assassination

Zuma not at court to hear his arms-deal trial start date

The former president’s lawyers asked last week that he be excused from appearing in person, although no such arrangements were made for his snubbing of the Zondo commission

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