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An ‘oasis of excellence’ in the Karoo

May 25, 2014

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In the midst of the poor and semi-arid Karoo region is an holistic developmental project that has been hailed as "an oasis of excellence"; an example that could be followed.

The myth of the lady with the lamp

May 18, 2014

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Nursing unions and the media in South Africa last week noted that Monday was a day dedicated to nurses, to those who treat the sick and the ailing.  And, as they did so, they continued to perpetuate a myth. The myth is that Florence Nightingale, was the unique “lady with the lamp”, who tended to […]

Voting is over — new battles begin

May 11, 2014

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South Africa's 2014 election is over, but for many participants it will be recriminations rather than celebrations that will follow a watershed election, signalling changes — and battles — to come.

Still waiting to attain the first May Day demand

May 7, 2014

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It is 158 years since the first protest that gave rise to May Day — and the basic demand for an 8-hour day that launched it, has still not universally been met although it is more important now than ever.

Labour’s loyalty: a democratic failure

April 27, 2014

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The increasingly bitter row within Cosatu raises the spectre of real, grassroots democracy that could provide a serious wake-up call to union bureaucrats, but should also convey lessons for all citizens as South Africa heads toward another election.

Cosatu schisms make for a rocky road ahead

April 21, 2014

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South Africa's scheduled national elections on May 7 seem to be beset by more bickering, bitterness and fragmentation than normal — and this is a clear portent for the future. A rocky road lies ahead.

Still seeking fairness on SA farms

April 15, 2014

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The grape harvest in the Western Cape is coming to an end and, with it, thousands of part-time jobs and incomes for poor families will disappear for some eight months.

Strike that should focus on jobs

April 8, 2014

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A crunch point has this week been reached in South Africa's platinum sector where a 12-week strike presents a plethora of complex issues that must be addressed to achieve future stability.

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