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Why SA is no more ‘the gateway to Africa’

March 18, 2013

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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"?

Union move to save SA steel industry

March 3, 2013

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South Africa's metalworkers' union invesment company is making moves to obtain a major stake in the local steel sector as part of a strategy to halt “continuing de-industrialisation” in the coal and iron ore rich country.

Less gold at SA’s rainbow end

January 28, 2013

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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.

End of the “rainbow nation” fairy tale

November 6, 2012

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The last remnants of the South African fairy tale were put to rest in London’s influential Frontline Club in October. A packed audience comprising mainly media workers and more than a handful of public relations and investment advisers clearly concluded that the rainbow nation was no more than a myth. Yet, once upon a time, and not very long ago, when concerned investment groups started casting about to find somewhere outside of the industrialised world to increase the size of their cash piles, they looked to South Africa.

Voodoo economics, journalism & human rights

January 7, 2011

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It is time we all stopped bowing down at the altar of voodoo economics and acknowledged that our world is in crisis. And that this crisis is a consequence of adherence to an almost religious belief that “the market” is some sort of sane and sensible mechanism; that the mystical “invisible hand” mentioned by Adam Smith is a reality.

Voodoo economics, journalism & human rights

January 1, 2011

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(First published:  February, 2006) It is time we all stopped bowing down at the altar of voodoo economics and acknowledged that our world is in crisis.  And that this crisis — not of shortages, but of gluts — is a consequence of adherence to an almost religious belief that “the market” is some sort of […]

Why labour’s battle is far from over

December 5, 2010

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South Africa has a justly lauded Constitution and Bill of Rights. It also has some of the best labour laws anywhere. These are victories largely attributable to the labour movement, but they remain paper victories that have constantly to be fought for to ensure that they are applied.

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