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READ IN FULL: President Ramaphosa’s announcement of the economic stimulus package

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the highly-anticipated economic stimulus and recovery plan on Friday

Ramaphosa names retired Judge Robert Nugent to head SARS inquiry

The inquiry is expected to consider the adequacy and legality of steps that SARS has taken to address revenue shortfalls over the past two years

Motshekga calls urgent meeting to discuss poor infrastructure

The education minister has convened an urgent meeting to plot the eradication of unsafe toilets following the death of five-year-old ​Lumka Mkhethwa

Letters to the Editor March 2 to 8

In an open letter to the president, a reader asks that refugees are given a lending hand

Land reform a podium pipe dream

The ANC’s renewed commitment to land expropriation may be more political posturing

What the lay of the land may be

Whatever route the ANC goes, a balance has to be found between property rights and restitution

Ask women about civil servants

Abused women ought to be helped by authorities but this doesn’t always happen

Masses are singing from the pulse of President Ramaphosa’s Sona

Ramaphosa has brought back a sense of belonging to the vast majority of our people, who were despondent and felt dejected.

Comeback king: Gordhan willing to serve in Cabinet for another year

Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan may return to his previous position amidst speculation of a cabinet reshuffle

New dawn, old problem: Our democratic system

The new president’s plans for a better future must include ending party proportional representation so that citizens can have a say and drive change

Leave Cabinet decisions to the president, Pandor tells opposition

The minister told opposition parties that decisions regarding the assembly of new cabinet should be left to the president of the republic

How will Ramaphosa deal with the public sector wage fight?

The salaries of public servants will test the president's resolve in finding a solution to the government's spending problem

​Prepare for a tough budget — Malusi Gigaba

The president has asked the finance ministry to reduce spending and increase revenue to fill a R50-billion revenue gap

Land reform takes centre stage at #SonaDebate

President Cyril Ramaphosa repeated the ANC’s intention to expropriate land without compensation in his State of the Nation address on Friday night.

​Can the budget save South Africa from further credit rating downgrades?

“Should politics continue to improve, then credit ratings agencies might be willing to postpone a downgrade and the rand could hold onto its gains"

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Stern warning against Covid greets Mthembu’s death

The ANC has slammed conspiracy theorists and cautioned against showing complacency towards the deadly virus

Lala ngoxolo Mvelase Jackson Mthembu

In his announcement, President Cyril Ramaphosa called the late minister ‘a life-long champion of freedom and democracy’

Secret meetings with Zuma could sink Mkhwebane

An alleged string of lies about Mkhwebane’s meeting with the former president in her contentious R3.2-billion Absa report has the public protector in a legal wrangle

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