A week of dashed expectations

November 26, 2016

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There were hopes in South Africa over the past week that the growing disgruntlement with President Jacob Zuma would result in positive moves for his removal. And there were also hopes, especially among the low paid, that a minimum wage declaration would result in quite prompt relief. But such hopes were dashed.

A basic income glimmer of hope

November 19, 2016

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As we head toward what looks likely to be a rather austere festive period at a time of great political uncertainty arguments in South Africa about a minimum wage continue to rage. But it is an argument that misses an imporyant point as joblessness grows.

Confusion reigns in SA — as does Zuma

November 12, 2016

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A major political battle was won and lost in South Africa over the past week and more. But the war is far from over and — contrary to most media expectations — beleaguered president, Jacob Zuma remains in charge.

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Obituary

November 5, 2016

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The funeral of Lionel Morrison, journalist, trade unionist, social activist and the youngest accused, at age 21, in South Africa’s historic, four-year treason trial will be held in London in two weeks.

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SA protests: governance is the real issue

October 16, 2016

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Several trade unions and many protesting Fees Must Fall students in South Africa directed their anger at the wrong targets over the past week since the fundamental problem is democratic governance. Unless this is dealt with, the rot in the body politic will remain.

Free education: only political will is missing

October 7, 2016

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As campus chaos continues in South Africa, a simple fact should be borne in mind: the country has sufficient funds to provide free, quality education for all. However, the political will to source and to allocate such funds is currently missing.

Campus chaos: history repeats itself

October 3, 2016

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The current crisis on South African university campuses is, in many ways, a repeat of the 1998 protests, the main difference being the existence and widespread use now of social media and mobile telephony programs such as Whatsapp.

Posted in: General reporting