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SA’s Cosatu: neither dead nor dying, but deeply troubled

December 8, 2015

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As South Africa's major labour federation, Cosatu, goes into its fourth decade, it does so carrying all the damaging detritus of the past that the leadership continues not to confront.

Time to learn lessons — & face reality

November 29, 2015

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True shopfloor democracy and the tolerance of difference may be the only hope left to halt a slide toward irrelevance for South Africa's major trade union federation. And there are lessons to be learned from recent events in Britain.

SA education: testing, love & ANA

September 27, 2015

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To test or not to test? That is not the question. But it is the way the current row about basic education has largely been presented in South Africa. And it is a disaster in the making.

Coping with the robot revolution

September 21, 2015

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If the rise of robots — the spread of automation — is killing jobs and threatening the world with disaster, how can this be seen as potentially beneficial? It’s a question that is frequently asked and seldom answered. But we should welcome developments that minimise drudgery and that produce more and better products more cheaply and efficiently — however, only if they benefit us all.

The foulbrood threat to Africa

September 13, 2015

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South Africa’s more than R7 billion a year fruit industry is threatened with potentially massive job and financial losses. It is a looming crisis that calls for urgent and comprehensive action at governmental level before the threat, still restricted to the Western Cape province, can spread.

What solution to a world in crisis?

September 3, 2015

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The most important lesson to learn: The very developments that are starting to make most of humanity redundant, causing horrendous suffering and social and economic dislocation around the world could become the means to collective — and truly democratic — decision making.

South Africa, China and colonialism

August 23, 2015

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The question of colonialism has come to the fore again in South Africa, courtesy of the Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu). It has vehemently objected to the introduction of the Chinese Mandarin dialect to local schools, labelling the move "colonialism" by the Chinese.

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