Still seeking fairness on SA farms

April 15, 2014

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The grape harvest in the Western Cape is coming to an end and, with it, thousands of part-time jobs and incomes for poor families will disappear for some eight months.

A micro-chip road to real democracy

April 10, 2014

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Some food for thought about the future as the economic crisis continues, elements of barbarism and instability seem to be spreading to various arts of the globe — and as South Africa heads to another election.

Posted in: Commentary

Strike that should focus on jobs

April 8, 2014

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A crunch point has this week been reached in South Africa's platinum sector where a 12-week strike presents a plethora of complex issues that must be addressed to achieve future stability.

Mediation: an honourable profession

March 23, 2014

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IN AN an unequal society where conflict between employers and employees is inevitable, the role of mediators who help minimise the damage to protagonists and society at large is an honourable one. An mediation is the role of the CCMA.

The need for long-term planning

March 20, 2014

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One clear message that came through at the Power-Gen Africa conference in Cape Town this week was directed at politicians and the governments they serve: stop short-term thinking and planning. In energy terms as well as water and food security, it is necessary to plan for 30 or even 50 years ahead. Lawrence Jones, vice-president […]

Posted in: General reporting

Bitter background to stalled pay talks

March 16, 2014

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A deeply emotional background underpins the stalled platinum sector wage talks — and it long predates the bloodshed at Marikana on August 16, 2012

Pay gap fuels university protest

March 9, 2014

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The wage and welfare gap is proving a potent political weapon. And it was wielded with considerable effect at South Africa's University of the Western Cape (UWC) last week.

Posted in: General reporting
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