I have seen the future & it frightens me

September 23, 2017

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The automated future is upon us — and it works. But only at the expense of the majority of people who have to sell their labour in order to survive. Yet, if properly managed, such technological innovation could liberate humanity.

Floods & tides also threaten London

September 13, 2017

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If the river Thames burst its banks in London, the results could be devastating, adding another concern to the already economically weakened UK. And there are indications that the great mechanical barrier erected in 1983 may prove inadequate.

Posted in: Environment

A hat, a kayak & dreams of Dar

September 6, 2017

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Finally, after 50 years, the story of the chaotic, haphazard attempt by a hopelessly ill prepared couple to paddle a 5metre kayak from London to Dar es Salaam. Published in South Africa next month as A hat, a kayak & dreams of Dar.

Posted in: Reports abroad

As Brexit looms, London’s migrants keep building

September 6, 2017

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Immigrant Irish “navvies” (labourers) are credited with much of the construction work of the last century that made London the city it is today. And now once again, it is the sweated labour of migrant workers that is changing the face of Britain's capital.

Spectre of Marikana still looms large

August 17, 2017

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The bloody spectre of of the Marikana massacre continues to loom large over the politics of South Africa, for all the evident attempts to push it into the background. And the calls for justice, not only for the families of the dead and the injured of Marikana but for mining communities generally will only grow louder.

Posted in: Uncategorized

Iqbal Survé: a fantasist lashes out again

August 4, 2017

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That “other Mandela doctor” — putative media tycoon Iqbal Survé — is at it again. Survé who once professed to have been the personal physician to Nelson Mandela, surfaced with another diatribe last week which did nothing to answer the questions about his various fantastic claims to fame and fortune.

Posted in: Commentary

Back to a messier present

August 4, 2017

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In many ways the relationship between members of the governing, ANC-led alliance and the unions that stand in opposition is, on one level, an apparent repeat of the situation that existed 30 and more years ago when internal "workerists" were opposed by the exiled ANC alliance.

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