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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).

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.

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.

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