Evidence of a real alternative

October 6, 2018

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It is estimated that automation could soon cost some 4.5 million more South Africans their jobs. “Soon” could mean 2020 or very shorty after. And the number of jobless could be very much higher if, as seems likely, the global economic crisis becomes more severe.

Celebrating Ike’s — a literary landmark

September 21, 2018

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Up a narrow staircase of an historic building in Durban’s increasingly trendy Florida Road, is a South African literary oasis perhaps without parallel. Ike's carries the name of a working class intellectual who loved books and who refused, despite the obvious advantages, to compromise with the racist laws of apartheid.

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The need to reimagine schooling

September 19, 2018

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To equate the power and violence of colonialism with the existing school system — both at the state and elite private level — was bound to raise hackles, however correct the analogy may be. And it is correct since both systems aim to bring about conformity to the existing political and economic order.

Posted in: Commentary

Looking to real alternatives

August 31, 2018

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As the global economic crunch continues and seems to be worsening, perhaps it is time to look to the examples of democratic control manifest in the recovered factories movements of Latin America. There may even be sound lessons to be gained by researching what happened in Paris in 1871.

Labour needs a new revolution

August 27, 2018

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Capitalism is not dying, although the system is obviously gravely ill. But it is resilient and may survive, but only at the the cost of the suffering and sacrifice of billions of working people who are likely to resist fiercely. New thinking is clearly called for.

Marikana — and the wheels keep coming off

August 18, 2018

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In 2010, as he was reaching the end of his days, Henry Makgothi, former South African treason trialist and former deputy secretary general of the ANC, confided sadly: “I fear the wheels are coming off.” He was referring to the apparent inability of the vehicle of government to act fairly and decisively as nepotism and […]

Unemployment, malnutrition & decolonisation

August 13, 2018

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Local production — poultry and sugar being classic examples — is being crippled by unfair competition. This means not only more job losses and suffering; in the long term it could mean the effective takeover of SA Inc, something the decolonisation lobby would do well to consider.