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Cosatu schisms make for a rocky road ahead

April 21, 2014

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South Africa's scheduled national elections on May 7 seem to be beset by more bickering, bitterness and fragmentation than normal — and this is a clear portent for the future. A rocky road lies ahead.

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.

Pay gap fuels university protest

March 9, 2014

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The wage and welfare gap is proving a potent political weapon. And it was wielded with considerable effect at South Africa's University of the Western Cape (UWC) last week.

Numsa, political parties & socialism

March 6, 2014

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Despite media claims to the contrary there is no move by the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) to start a political party. What the union plans to organise is a series of “socialist consultative conferences” in the nine provinces of South Africa.

Marikana and the 2014 elections

March 5, 2014

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Most of the public, along with the media, appear stunned that miners on the platinum belt have maintained their strike for nearly two months. They need only to consider the depth of bitterness caused by the bloodbath at Marikana,

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.

SA faces it most critical election since 1994

February 28, 2014

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The results of the May 7 South African general election — the most critical in the 20 years since the transition from apartheid — including abstentions and spoiled ballots should be a good measure of the mood of the country.

Another breach in ANC-led alliance

February 23, 2014

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Another Cosatu union has broken ranks with the ANC-led alliance, but still maintained a toehold "in th absence of any alternative".

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