‘Ghastly’ reality on SA roads

May 13, 2017

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An Easter weekend death toll of 235, with m ore than 1,000 people injured, highlighted the complex problems with South Africa's road transport. It is a situation where many truck, bus and coach drivers maintain that their harsh conditions have been little changed in 25 years.

De Klerk ‘a problem with national dialogue’

May 8, 2017

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Why the inclusion of former apartheid president FW de Klerk is a millstone around the neck of the "national dialogue" initiative about the future of South Africa launched by former ANC president, Thabo Mbeki.

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A May Day lesson for SA labour

May 6, 2017

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The tumultuous events during May Day in South Africa illustrated more starkly than ever before the huge rifts within the ANC-led alliance. They should also have raised questions, especially in the labour movement, about united fronts or so-called “broad church” alliances.

The danger in unprincipled unity

April 29, 2017

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To rally around a flag, an individual a label or a brand, and to follow blindly, is a recipe for disaster. Yet this is a call being loudly trumpetted today in South Africa and there will certainly be such calls to blind loyalty on May Day.

A strike that favours all road users

April 12, 2017

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South African bus commuters stranded today as a result of a national transport strike should bear in mind one important fact: this strike is in aid of the commuting public almost as much as it is in support of the drivers.

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How ‘the people’ can capture the state

April 9, 2017

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Direct democracy, a system where the citizens as a whole have control over their lives and welfare is not only desirable, it is possible, given the very technology that is now destroying jobs. But it requires education and organisation.

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New SA labour fed: a new wheel or a retread?

April 9, 2017

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Will the launch in two weeks of a new labour federation in South Africa herald a new era for local trade unionism or will it merely signal the arrival of just another federation in the existing mould? Time alone will tell.