Lessons SA unions should look to

November 24, 2014

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There is no need for South African unions to travel to Brazil or Bolivia for enlightenment. There are basic facts about the nature of unions to consider — and several lessons to learn that are much closer to home.

Bleak look at SA media freedom

November 24, 2014

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Where in the world has a ventriloquist’s dummy been sued for defamation and won a gagging order in court? Why, in South Africa, of course. This is among the increasingly bizarre contradictions emerging in this once widely hailed “rainbow nation”.

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Calamity looms on SA political/union front

November 17, 2014

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It is no exaggeration to say that South Africa is in the midst of the most important political development since 1994, triggered by the decision of the Cosatu union federationto expel its largest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa).

Bitter succession battle looms in Zambia

November 8, 2014

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A wide-open and bitter Zambian presidential contest seems on the cards especially because, on his deathbed in a London hospital President Michael Sata nominated a backbench MP as his successor.

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Answer to union turmoil is democracy

November 2, 2014

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Many of my fellow journalists have recently misled the public about the situation regarding South Africa's National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and the Cosatu federation. Part of the blame lies with the confusing utterances by some members of the Cosatu executive who seem unaware of the clauses of their own constitution.

Of social class and door mats

October 26, 2014

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South African free marketeer Ann Bernstein and the Centre for Democracy and Enterprise (CDE) have ironically found themselves ideologically in bed with communist icons Frederick Engels and VI Lenin in arguing for certain workers being "middle class".

Who’s to blame for SA Post Office rot

October 26, 2014

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The strike bound South African Post Office has been badly damaged. And not by greedy workers and belligerent unions, but by mismanagement, corruption and a total lack of planning and foresight. A near three-month strike is not a cause, but a symptom of the malaise.

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