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South Africa on a “slippery slope”

June 24, 2015

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Is South Africa on the slippery slope to authoritarianism? It’s a valid question to ask since both the Cosatu and the national constitutions have been undermined. And they were both, in their own way, flag bearers of the democratic promise of the new South Africa.

A desperate need for radical change

June 15, 2015

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Over more than a century there have been warnings that the current global economic crisis would arrive — and what would be the cause. Yet most mainstream economists and commentators persist with an almost religious belief that somehow, sometime, the tide will turn and all with reurn to as it was. It will not.

Of pay, politicians & nurses

May 17, 2015

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Some critics of South African nurses and teachers who have left to work abroad have dubbed them unpatriotic. They are not. They are part of the international army of migrant labour. In any event, since capital knows no boundaries nor should labour accept any borders .

SA ‘workers’ party': a revision of the past?

April 28, 2015

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Faced with what appeared to be a veritable swamp of ideology at a “socialist movement” conference in Boksburg this month, the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) has embarked on the process of creating a “Marxist, Leninist, revolutionary working class” political party. However, Numsa also facilitated the Boksburg conference, where representatives from 11 political groups or […]

Eskom: wake-up call to SA govt & unions

March 22, 2015

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The generating and distribution problems at South Africa's power utility, Eskom amount to perhaps the greatest crisis ever to face the country's fragile, non-racist democracy, especially given the global economic climate. It provides a wake-up call to both government and the unions.

South Africa: sliding toward authoritarianism?

March 9, 2015

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South Africa’s teflon president Jacob Zuma, was at it again in February, slipping away from responsibility after the State of the Nation Address debacle in parliament. But no matter what transpires over the coming weeks and months, the country will not be the same again — and a state of emergency may yet be on the cards.

The Aurora factor & SA worker unity

March 8, 2015

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Infighting, bickering and the pursuit of power and patronage have largely paralysed South Africa's largest labour federation, Cosatu, in recent years. But a politically charged court case involving President Zuma's nephew, Khulubuse Zuma, may trigger a rank and file move toward greater worker unity.

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