A wage to fuel the fires of discontent

October 14, 2017

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The South African government intends to introduce a minimum wage of R3,500 a month in March next year. But, given the reality of the cost of living and the level of existing poverty pay, this seems likely to fuel further the fires of discontent.

Why so many SA rugby fans support the NZ All Blacks

October 10, 2017

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There is a long an sometimes bitter history behind the fact that so many South African rugby fans — especially in the Eastern and Western Cape — support New Zealand's All Blacks against South Africa's Springbok team. And that support seems likely to ontinue.

Posted in: Commentary

The poison of unprincipled unity

October 7, 2017

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The poisonous belief that unity of an organisation must be maintained at all costs is the primary cause of the present crisis in South Africa's governing ANC. It is a concept that became embedded in that organisation from its earliest years in exile and it allowed corrupt elements to thrive.

Looming battle about SA state pension funds

October 1, 2017

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The South African government and its ailing state owned enterprises certainly have their eyes on Africa's largest pension fund pot. And assurances by finance minister Malusi Gigaba that there will be no attempt to raid the funds have so far failed to allay fears.

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