September 27, 2015
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.
July 25, 2015
A façade of unity and cohesion continues to be promoted by Cosatu and, even more interestingly, by the SA Communist Party that is itself under pressure break from the ANC-led alliance. This pressure comes members who believe that party offers a radical alternative. But perhaps the SACP's red flag is now just "palest pink".
July 21, 2015
Behind a very flimsy screen of unity and cohesion promoted last week by Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini, the divisions in the country’s largest labour federation have become even greater. And, amid a welter of contradiction and debates about constitutionality, it is not surprising that so much confusion reigns.
April 28, 2015
Faced with what appeared to be a veritable swamp of ideology at a “socialist movement” conference in Boksburg this month, the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) has embarked on the process of creating a “Marxist, Leninist, revolutionary working class” political party. However, Numsa also facilitated the Boksburg conference, where representatives from 11 political groups or […]
April 6, 2015
So the slow-motion disintegration of Cosatu seems likely to continue, whatever the efforts of the ANC, the decisions of the courts or the votes at whatever national congress is finally staged. After 30 years of sporadic squabbling about party politics, bureaucracy and worker independence, it now appears that an end of some kind is nigh.
March 14, 2015
Book Review: Askari — an exceptional book that, to quote author Jacob Dlamini, "complicates how we think about apartheid and its legacies, and reminds us of the stories that still refuse to be told.....we would do well to examine the taboos, the secrets and the disavowals at the core of our collective memories".
February 15, 2015
Many postal workers and their trade unions seems to have learned a valuable lesson: nationalisation — state control — does not necessarily mean any improvement. But worker control, they feel could be the way frward.