Browsing All posts tagged under »corruption«

Less gold at SA’s rainbow end

January 28, 2013


Once upon a time and not very long ago, South Africa, as the continent’s largest economy and with a first-world banking and financial sector, was regarded as the potential gateway to investment in Africa. This is no longer the case: investors are tending to look north, to Ghana and even Zambia.

The road from 1996 to Mangaung

December 13, 2012


The tortuous road to the governing ANC’s centennial conference at Mangaung ends next week. And, not to put too fine a point on it, much of the country is gatvol with the route it has taken and where it has arrived.

Some clarity — and more arms deal murk

November 30, 2012


A small part of the murk surrounding South Africa's multi-billion dollar arms deal cleared slightly, but only to reveal still greater depths to be plumbed. And it has now eerged that a Swedish businessman with a highly chequered past was also involved with all sides concerned with the controversial multi-billion dollar arms deal.

Another front opens in SA arms deal scandal

November 27, 2012


Another crack has opened up in the facade of secrecy surrounding South Africa's controversial multi-billion dollar arms deal. It came on November 21 on Sweden’s TV4 channel in the first of two special reports by the Kalla Fakta (Cold Facts) investigative team.

Know clearly what you want — and will fight for

August 2, 2012


That there is widespread and apparently growing cynicism within the South African labour movement about politics and politicians is perfectly understandable. Perhaps the lesson to be learned is not only to be careful what you wish for, but to be perfectly clear about what you want and are prepared to fight for.

SA govt decisions sow union discord

December 9, 2011


The South African government’s latest moves directed, ostensibly, at combating corruption and maladministration have sown considerable confusion, distrust and suspicion in sections of the trade union movement.

ANC faces a turbulent post-election period

May 29, 2011


The government as employer, together with the governing ANC, could be sailing into some turbulent post-election waters. A series of meetings, some of which started this week, will determine quite how turbulent, but the prospects for smooth sailing look remote. On May 26 representatives of the 14 unions in the public service were in Cape […]

The Facebook trigger to Egypt’s revolution

February 4, 2011


A Facebook group, started to support a strike called for April 6, 2008 became, within three years, the most potent movement for political transformation in Egypt. Eva Haroun provides the background to this phenomenon.


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