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Mandela: the dangers of deification

December 13, 2013


Myths can often be easily shattered, the shards of half truths, of falsehoods and exaggerations tending to bury the real merit on which they were based. So let it not be with Mandela.

Party politics dominates Cosatu crisis

December 5, 2013


Fudging and delay. That was what emerged from yesterday’s eagerly awaited Cosatu press conference. As a result, the questions about the future of suspended general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and the prospect of a Special National Congress (SNC) remained unanswered. And it soon became obvious, as the conference progressed, that the reason for the fudging and […]

The need to remember history — & plan political homes

November 28, 2013


One element lacking in the current debates about what is going on in Cosatu is any sense of recent history. Because there is nothing really new in the current spate of political bloodletting, in the bitterness and the backstabbing. The rationale behind the suspension of Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and the resignation this week […]

Look to the real reasons for SA road carnage

November 15, 2013


The road crash massacre on the Moloto Road in Mpumalanga this week provides an horrific portent for the annual festive season slaughter on the highways and byways of South Africa. Perhaps it is finally time time for some serious action to be taken to remedy the situation.

Economic apartheid & the builders of the world city

November 7, 2013


Christmas is coming to a world city so it is perhaps time to ask who built it, who is losing out, who is getting fat — and how and why this happens.

In a changed world unions should ditch dogma

October 31, 2013


Trade unions have the potential to play a vital role in building a better future for all. But they will have to go back to first principles and accept that dogma is anathema.

SA ‘beacon of hope’ still flickers faintly

October 25, 2013


The moral high ground bequeathed to Suth Africa and its post-apartheid government by the global struggle against apartheid, has also all but evaporated, but faint hope still remains.

Very little ‘sunshine’ for workers

October 4, 2013


Following a proposal from the SABC that South Africa’s national broadcaster should present 70% “sunshine news”, it seemed appropriate to look at this from a wider — and working class — viewpoint, writes Terry Bell


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