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Tax benefits of public-private partnerships
Tax benefits of public-private partnerships

It is becoming commonplace for government to enter into arrangements with a private party where the government provides land for the construction or improvements to buildings by the private party without parting with ownership of the land...

By Graeme Palmer 13 Mar 2015 07:39

Judgment determines state liability, wrongfulness and the duty of care
Judgment determines state liability, wrongfulness and the duty of care

In an environment where much is made of accountability and transparency, a recent judgment has clarified the approach of the court in actions against the state based on improper commercial dealings...

By Rishal Bipraj 13 Mar 2015 07:30

Richard Firth
Is SA ready to be a knowledge economy?

While government initiatives set to improve the country's science and technology output are laudable, the question must be asked: is SA ready to transition to a knowledge-based economy?

By Richard Firth 12 Mar 2015 13:18

How the energy crisis impacts on food security in SA
How the energy crisis impacts on food security in SA

In 2008, scores of South Africans responded in angry disbelief to calls to switch off their lights for an hour in WWF's annual Earth Hour campaign...

By Tatjana von Bormann 11 Mar 2015 07:00

SCA clarifies relationship between VAT vendor and SARS
SCA clarifies relationship between VAT vendor and SARS

The basic principle of VAT is that a vendor must account to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) for output tax on taxable supplies made after deducting any input tax incurred by him...

By Graeme Palmer 9 Mar 2015 10:10

Lionel Moyal
Mobile apps help government connect with citizens, enhance service delivery

Smart cities are fast becoming a reality across the globe, driven by the interconnectedness of devices that communicate and provide information that leads to intelligent automation, decision and actions...

By Lionel Moyal 3 Mar 2015 08:52

Anton Harber
One step forwards, one back for democracy

If journalists in Zimbabwe had stood up in that country's parliament to protest against interference with their cellphone signals, they would have been laughed out of the place...

By Anton Harber 2 Mar 2015 06:14

How sustainable is SAA's Project Solaris?
How sustainable is SAA's Project Solaris?

South African Airways (SAA) currently imports 100% of its fossil-based jet fuel. That said, the national carrier is currently on a mission to become the most sustainable airline in the world by 2022...

By Sindy Peters 25 Feb 2015 13:00

Chris Moerdyk
Brands, cats and the ANC all have nine lives

I was asked to comment by a few business newspapers last week about the impact on the Ocean Basket restaurant brand following a complaint that it sold some dishes using freshwater fish...

By Chris Moerdyk 19 Feb 2015 06:51

Maths not SA's innovation holy grail
Maths not SA's innovation holy grail

Mathematics' contribution to the country's innovation process has been overrated as it is only a part of the process...

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 9 Feb 2015 10:35

Albert van Jaarsveld
Innovation, a catalyst for development

WEF is uniquely placed to offer South Africa a chance to position itself and communicate its value proposition to international decision makers...

By Albert van Jaarsveld 27 Jan 2015 13:53

Anton Harber
Editors must edit without fear of being attacked

I once asked a South African editor why he ran a cartoon that he agreed was offensive. He said he had felt obliged, as he did not want to censor a well-known and much-respected cartoonist...

By Anton Harber 16 Jan 2015 05:59

Anton Harber
Confronting racism on the internet: A response to Nzimande

Minister of Higher Education and Communist Party chief Blade Nzimande is right to be concerned about hate speech and racism on the internet - but what is to be done about it?

By Anton Harber 8 Jan 2015 14:10

Anton Harber
Depth of Africa coverage improves

Coverage of the rest of Africa in our media provides an interesting gauge of our relationship with the continent since our borders opened up 20 years ago...

By Anton Harber 5 Dec 2014 04:53

Anton Harber
MPs more free in the street than in Parliament

I can stand in the street and call someone a thief. I can even call the president a thief. But I can't do it in Parliament. Something is topsy-turvy here...

By Anton Harber 21 Nov 2014 09:39

Addressing the national energy crisis
Addressing the national energy crisis

We can no longer depend solely on Eskom to meet our escalating energy needs, says WWF-SA, nor can we continue our heavy reliance on coal...

By Sindy Peters 20 Nov 2014 09:20

CPA not applicable to majority of residential property sales
CPA not applicable to majority of residential property sales

Since the promulgation of the CPA on 1 April 2011 there has been debate as to whether the voetstoots clause is permitted by the CPA...

By Chantelle Gladwin 20 Nov 2014 06:35

Miller Matola
Active citizenship and its role in changing the South African brand reality

We often hear the term 'active citizenship' and see it used in relation to our contribution to the growth and development of South Africa. But do we fully understand what this term means?..

By Miller Matola 19 Nov 2014 14:26

Chris Moerdyk
Government on an ad-banning roll

It was entirely predictable that after a relatively trouble-free and politically safe banning of tobacco product advertising almost two decades ago, government would turn its attention to liquor, fast food and a raft of other forms of advertising...

By Chris Moerdyk 13 Nov 2014 14:48

Vision 2030 requires leadership and courage
Vision 2030 requires leadership and courage

Cape Town's socio-economic challenges cannot be overcome through narrow, sectarian politicking.

By Chris Whelan 12 Nov 2014 08:54

Anton Harber
Space for independent, critical media is under siege

Senior journalist Tony Weaver faced a company disciplinary hearing because he questioned why the Cape Times cut an advertiser's logo out of a photograph of a shooting in a supermarket...

By Anton Harber 7 Nov 2014 06:04

Ke nako! Shifting to a green economy
Ke nako! Shifting to a green economy

Ke nako (It's time) was the buzz phrase top of mind during the months preceding the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In 2014 this phrase once again rings true, but for a new zeitgeist: it's time for business to get on the green wave.

By Sindy Peters 7 Oct 2014 10:17

Climate change: the South African scenario
Climate change: the South African scenario

On Tuesday, 23 September, more than 120 world leaders will meet in New York to announce how they each intend to tackle climate change.

By Sindy Peters 18 Sep 2014 11:49

Miller Matola
SA's democracy: The heritage we will bequeath to generations of the future

Democracy is a much yearned for and sought after system of governance. As a system where the popular will of the people is superior to the will of individuals, democracy represents the Elysium of multitudes of people around the world...

By Miller Matola 12 Sep 2014 06:54

Anton Ressel
Let's stop throwing stones in the well

There is a song called 'Traffic in the Sky' by laid-back musician Jack Johnson that contains a lyric that has always stuck with me...

By Anton Ressel 4 Sep 2014 09:13

Will broadcasting history repeat itself?
Will broadcasting history repeat itself?

Thinking of the Snuki Zikalala example: If Cyril Ramaphosa succeeds President Jacob Zuma, can he, given his apparently sincere convictions about media and broadcast freedom, retain Hlaudi Motsoeneng at the SABC?

By Ed Herbst 3 Sep 2014 09:13

Anton Harber
Absurdity rules the day in justice as in headlines

Craig Williamson, who sent the bomb that killed activist Ruth First in Maputo in 1982, walks free... Pallo Jordan, who lied about having a doctorate, has withdrawn from public life...

By Anton Harber 29 Aug 2014 06:28

Anton Harber
SA must put pressure on Swaziland to open society

I think SA should recall its ambassador to Swaziland and threaten to close our borders with the country. I am not joking...

By Anton Harber 22 Aug 2014 06:21

South African consumer rights under threat
South African consumer rights under threat

The prohibition of alcohol advertising and raising the age limit for alcohol sales to 21 is an infringement of consumers' rights to choose their own lifestyle...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Aug 2014 08:03

Anton Harber
Does a liar as a source ever deserve protection?

It is easy to review ethical decisions in journalism with hindsight, when one has the luxury of time to wonder whether a choice made under pressure was the correct one...

By Anton Harber 8 Aug 2014 05:48

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