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Silver lining to global clouds of turmoil

December 21, 2014

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As another year draws to a close, the advice usually attributed to the Italian revolutionary, Antonio Gramsci, constantly comes to mind: exercise pessimism of the intellect, but optimism of the will. Because while dark clouds continue to gather, silver linings of resistance are starting to show through and could drive those clouds away forever.

Who stands to lose most in SA union fracas

November 30, 2014

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The smallest member of the ANC-led tripartite alliance, the SA Communist Party, looks likely to be the biggest loser in the ongoing and bitter fracas in South Africa's major union federation, Cosatu. That party’s “ten-year plan” looks close to being in tatters.

Answer to union turmoil is democracy

November 2, 2014

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Many of my fellow journalists have recently misled the public about the situation regarding South Africa's National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and the Cosatu federation. Part of the blame lies with the confusing utterances by some members of the Cosatu executive who seem unaware of the clauses of their own constitution.

Rank & file make their voices heard

July 7, 2014

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Organised workers at rank and file level in South Africa are displaying renewed confidence and determination as they launch demands for a “living wage”, for the historic wage gap to be closed, and for their voices to be heard.

Labour’s loyalty: a democratic failure

April 27, 2014

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The increasingly bitter row within Cosatu raises the spectre of real, grassroots democracy that could provide a serious wake-up call to union bureaucrats, but should also convey lessons for all citizens as South Africa heads toward another election.

A micro-chip road to real democracy

April 10, 2014

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Some food for thought about the future as the economic crisis continues, elements of barbarism and instability seem to be spreading to various arts of the globe — and as South Africa heads to another election.

A democratic answer to escape from crisis

March 1, 2014

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Crisis-ridden capitalism is past its sell-by date and has become destructive, but a democratic way out beckons. All it requires is political will and organisation. The programme and the technology exist.

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