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Merchants of despair

When imprisonment becomes a business, the profit motive rears its head at the expense of the good of the prisoners. Three recent books deal with the murky workings of the prison-industrial complex in South Africa

Argus tour ‘boosted W Cape economy by R450m’

The Cape Argus Cycle Tour held this past weekend was estimated to have contributed R450-million to the Western Cape's economy.

Private sector needs to step up, says Gordhan

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has urged the business sector to get more involved in the economy through infrastructure and job creation projects.

DA targets Ebrahim Patel over Canyon Springs scandal

The DA has accused Sactwu of shielding Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel from the fallout of R100-million worth of workers' pension funds.

Cosatu calls for protests over solar sector jobs failure

Cosatu is planning protests over what it says is government's failure to implement job commitments with the importing of solar panel components.

DA’s annual Cabinet report card hands Zuma an ‘F’

The DA's Cabinet report card has given President Jacob Zuma an 'F' while giving Cabinet a 'D', saying Zuma has failed to defend the Constitution.

You might need to apply for an extra day of leave …

People who think they only need three days' leave between Christmas and New Year's Day are in for a shock -- they actually need to apply for four.

Local business gets a boost through procurement regulation

Government has made regulations effective allowing the trade and industry department to designate that only locally produced services are procured.

Zuma announces member of arms deal commission

President Jacob Zuma has appointed Free State High Court Judge President Hendrick Mmoli Thekiso Musi as a member of the arms deal commission inquiry.

SA won’t be spared from eurozone fallout, warns Zuma

The eurozone crisis poses a serious threat to the SA economy, President Jacob Zuma says, and it will take a collective effort to cushion the country.

Market inefficiencies compound SA woes

SA's current fiscal predicament is partly due to the severity of economic shocks but also because of the inefficiency of product and labour markets.

Department of public works missing R2.1-billion

The Auditor General says the public works department is unable to account for R2.1-billion of goods and capital expenditure during 2010/11.

State’s debt to municipalities estimated at R64-billion

A government committee has been formed to help municipalities recover debt the national government owes them, which could be as much as R64-billion.

No land reform before audit, says DA

Until government has completed an audit of what land it owns and in what condition it is in, land reform will be seriously compromised, says the DA.

Gordhan searches for a better plan

Pravin Gordhan needs SA's economy grow at a rate of around 7% per annum in order to create jobs and keep the country globally competitive.

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Unions cry foul over SABC dismissal costs and retrenchments

Broadcaster bodies say claims that a recent skills audit is unrelated to retrenchments are ‘irrational’

Finance probe into the Ingonyama Trust Board goes ahead

The threat of legal action from ITB chairperson Jerome Ngwenya fails to halt forensic audit ordered by the land reform minister

Fake trafficking news targets migrants

Exaggerated reports on social media of human trafficking syndicates snatching people in broad daylight legitimate xenophobia while deflecting from the real problems in society

Press Releases

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

Mental Health

During the pandemic there's been a dramatic increase in depression, anxiety and suicides, according to some of the surveys done

Expert financial advice still recommended – especially in uncertain times

A financial advisor is an expert who will help you to protect your wealth and make a realistic plan when unexpected events threaten your wellbeing

What is a virtual card, and how does it work?

A virtual card lets you pay online without ever having to take your card from your wallet or exposing your actual account information

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