May 15, 2013
The position of women in the exile liberation movements — a largely neglected aspect of SA history — will feature this year at the Franschhoek Literary Festival in a discussion on the book Prodigal daughters
May 3, 2013
May Day this week should have been a time for reflection, not celebration; reflection about the potentially dire situation the labour movement now finds itself in. To help with this reflection, Business Report is this week making available copies of my book, Right to Fight, to the first five correct answers drawn from responses to a simple question.
April 26, 2013
Politics and personal ambition compounded by some sloppy journalism have clouded and confused the issues surrounding the bitter internecine feud within Cosatu and the governing ANC-led alliance.
April 18, 2013
Who would have thought, even a matter of weeks ago, that the issue of toll roads could become a potential political tipping point for members of the governing ANC-led alliance? Yet so it is — and no more so than in the Western Cape where Cosatu and the ANC find themselves on the same side as the opposition DA in opposing the introduction of road tolls to Cape Town’s two main traffic arteries.
March 18, 2013
In what must be seen as a major wake-up call, some mining analysts rank the current potential of crisis-wracked Zimbabwe higher than that of South Africa. So why is SA no longer perceived as the investment "gateway to Africa"?
February 9, 2013
It was a not very auspicious start to 2013 for South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC). Not only did a host of unwelcome baggage from the past come tumbling into the new year, but other, new, difficulties also emerged before the year was even a month old.
February 8, 2013
South Africa's governing ANC has loosed off the first major salvoes of the 2014 election campaign — and all of them have backfired, largely because of the confusing balancing act of trying to keep its trade union ally, Cosatu on board while pursuing policies the unions bitterly oppose.
January 18, 2013
Responsibility for creating the conditions that have now, sometimes literally, set the Boland ablaze should be shared to a large degree by the dismissive attitudes of provincial and national government, the mainstream trade unions and the reactionary farming lobby. As a result, the tinder and the makings for what has turned out to be a quite major conflagration have been in place for years.