October 9, 2014
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.
October 6, 2014
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.
September 28, 2014
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.
September 21, 2014
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.
September 16, 2014
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.
September 14, 2014
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.
September 14, 2014
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.