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Despite gains, the NUM faces an existential crisis at 40

The once mighty union has many uphill battles ahead to remain relevant in a shrinking sector. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) turned 40 this month, and finds itself facing a midlife crisis. Does it retain its political alliance with the ANC? Will it continue to work with its former…
18 Dec 2022 2PM 7 min

Popular SA brand BOS spills the tea about going big in the UK

BOS iced tea is already sought-after in Europe. Now, after securing additional growth equity from an investment consortium, it will have access to the UK market – one of the world’s top five rooibos markets. BOS Ice Tea will soon be brightening up the fridges and shelves of retailers in…
18 Dec 2022 2PM 6 min

The Finance Ghost: Steinhoff, Mpact or Shoprite – who is the Grinch?

Could someone please let Steinhoff know that December is a time of giving, not taking away? It was in December 2017 that the proverbial hit the fan for the first time, when Markus Jooste resigned and the market realised that Steinhoff’s financials were about as dependable as Transnet Freight Rail…
18 Dec 2022 2PM 4 min

SA may face a crisis in education, but there is no crisis of ideas and potential

Smart and ambitious South Africans are being let down by the education system and increasingly it is falling on post-matric educators, including business schools, to bridge the gap. With matric exams done and dusted, we can look forward to stories of exceptionalism hitting our inboxes soon. Take for example, twins…
18 Dec 2022 1PM 7 min

Ramaphosa’s Renew22 team decides to back Mabuyane over Lamola

When the Renew22 caucus met on Day 3 of the ANC’s National Elective Conference, at least 2,400 delegates agreed to support Cyril Ramaphosa’s bid for a second term as party president, with Oscar Mabuyane as his second in command. Cyril Ramaphosa’s ANC Renew22 grouping believes Eastern Cape provincial chair Oscar…
18 Dec 2022 1PM 5 min

On the road to Nasrec: See us, hear us, demand Khoisan leaders

As thousands of delegates were deliberating and going about their business, two Khoisan leaders staged a lonely protest on the road to the conference venue for several days. Unlike the pickets staged by those who are for and against Cyril Ramaphosa and his predecessor Jacob Zuma, theirs did not attract…
18 Dec 2022 10AM 2 min

Australia steamroll Proteas in two days on questionable Gabba pitch

After a lacklustre batting performance on day one, the Proteas bowling attack fought hard against a stacked Australian batting lineup to bring South Africa back into the game. However, that was all shattered with a total batting collapse in SA’s second innings — Australia ultimately securing victory on a grassy…
18 Dec 2022 10AM 8 min

No Stage 6 at Nasrec: From a people’s congress to an animal farm

In earlier years, you could walk easily among delegates, getting to know them and hearing them and developing a sense of who the ANC is. We had exposure to great minds, which immeasurably improved the quality of my reporting. That started changing about 2007 at the ANC’s Polokwane conference as…
18 Dec 2022 10AM 6 min

Change in the ANC’s Top Six voting system sets the cat among the pigeons

As the party’s national elective conference gets into gear, a new method of choosing the Top Six opens the way for losing candidates to have a second crack at high office – and there’s certainly no shortage of contenders. Fierce debate over policy is expected at the ANC’s national conference,…
17 Dec 2022 10AM 9 min
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