A democratic back to school message for SA

January 20, 2018

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Whatever democratic power ordinary people have should always be defended — and fiercely. So SA ctizens, importantly organised labour, should prepare to do battle with a government that proposes abolishing elected school governing bodies that have admittedly failed, but largely because government has failed them.

2018 — and the hope to fly above the mire

January 13, 2018

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A hope for 2018: that we will not again see the reinvention of old political and economic wheels that drag us deeper into the recessionary mire and instead utilise existing opportunity and abiity to soar above the mess we are in.

Repeating the past: SA’s annual ‘matric’ circus

January 12, 2018

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Even a cursory examination reveals the level of farce that is played out in South Afrca's annual matriculation announcements. There is, for example, no reference to the massive student dropout rate or to the fact that it now requires a bare 30% to pass. There is also a history to this circus that goes back to the days of exile and apartheid.

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Gramsci, technology & hope for the future

January 4, 2018

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Those in positions of power continue to bury their heads in the sand, constantly prophesying that the economic crisis is heading towarda recovery. But each of these predictions is as hollow as the next. If the system is to recover, it will only be at the most horrendous cost in terms of human suffering as well as in massive environmental despoilation. However, there is hope.

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ANC leadership: change, but no change

December 19, 2017

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Looked at in isolation, the election of the ANC’s “top six” at the governing party’s Nasrec conference, provides a classic example of the more things change, the more they stay the same. But it could be a case of Cyril Ramaphosa being handed a poisoned chalice.

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Glimmers of hope amid the gloom

December 16, 2017

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Whether the much debated five-day ANC elective conference at Johannesburg's Nasrec conference centre — it started today, ten hours late — ends prematurely or in calumny or consensus, life in South Africa life will go on, with the lot of the already battered majority of the population unlikely to improve. But despite the gloom, there are flickers of hope; evidence of a growing fightback.

Fake unity — and what to look forward to

December 10, 2017

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Unity is the main internal rallying cry as South Africa's clearly disunited and governing ANC heads towards its faction ridden elective conference next weekend. But unity with whom — and to what purpose? Once again it seems to be a case of mixing oil and water.