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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.

Political abuse & arrogant dogma

September 14, 2014

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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.

Constitutional misunderstandings

September 8, 2014

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South Africa's justly praised Constitution and the institutions it created have taken something of a verbal battering over the past week and more — and often for the wrong reasons. In the process, the office of the public protector has become something of a surrogate battleground for the opposing factions in in the country's major trade union federation, Cosatu.

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