Hopes of grassroots democratic change

October 9, 2014

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The fact that the “Save Our Metro” campaign in South Africa's east coast Nelson Mandela Bay area was flagged in an official press notice of the country's largest union federation is important. It gives the campaign wider credibility and raises hopes of greater grassroots democracy.

Posted in: Commentary

The potential for economic change

October 6, 2014

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In 1996 the combined labour movement in South Africa presented alternative economic policy proposals — and then back peddled. But the potential — and need — now exists to press for economic alternatives.

How heritage got roasted

September 28, 2014

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September 24 was a public holiday in South Africa: Heritage Day, called to "celebrate our unity in diversity". But perhaps rather than celebrate, South Africans should use the day to question why the country's diverse communities are so grossly unequal.

When rights clash with tradition

September 21, 2014

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Swaziland may provide the catalyst in a clash between the egalitarian concepts embodied in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the demands in South Africa to retain undemocratic, feudal and colonial hangovers of the past.

Lies, defamation & the real MK

September 16, 2014

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Former South African intelligence services minister and Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) veteran Ronnie Kasrils has launched a scathing attack on deputy defence minister Kebby Maphatsoe who, as chair of the MK Military Veterans Association has emerged as a principal cheerleader for President Jacob Zuma.

Posted in: General reporting

Need for labour to speak with one voice

September 14, 2014

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The labour movement is coming under increasing pressure as the global economic crisis continues to bite. Unless South African unions find a single voice, they are in danger of being further weakened.

Posted in: Commentary

Political abuse & arrogant dogma

September 14, 2014

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Deputy defence minister Kebby Maphatsoe this week withdrew his claim that public protector Thuli Madonsela was a “CIA spy” and apologised for the statement. But the issue continues to reverberate throughout the body politic.

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