A hat, a kayak & dreams of Dar

November 13, 2017

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Here is a brief excerpt from my latest book that is a quite radical departure from anything I have produced in the past, Fordsburg Fighter (published last year) being a case in point. Currently, both books are only available in South Africa.

Posted in: Books/pamphlets

Worker hope for SA public broadcaster

November 13, 2017

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The corporatisation of trade unions and the development of an almost symbiotic relationship between union leaders and employers, pubic and private, is a major problem for the labour movement. It can lead to an industrial relations mess such as that in the SABC. But the hope — and the remedy — still lies with united workers.

Apples, drought & democracy

November 5, 2017

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As fruit trees die, surplus apples are being given away as the Western Cape expects p to 50,000 framworkers to lose their jobs because of drought. It is a disaster in the making — and one that could, and should, have been avoided.

Unions demand pension fund answers

November 2, 2017

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South African public sector unions, notably the PSA, are demanding a full account of investments made in unlisted entities apparently to promote Black Economic Empowerment, a "list of politically connected persons" involved and union seats on the PIC and other boards.

Posted in: General reporting

In memory of O.R. Tambo

October 27, 2017

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Today we salute the memory of Oliver Reginald — O. R. — Tambo, intellectual and idealist with an iron will who held together the disparate “broad church” of the ANC in exile. October 27 is 100 years since the birth of of this honest, but pragmatic politician, who saw unity of the movement as the […]

Posted in: Commentary

The SABC & a democratic future

October 21, 2017

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In common with much of the rest of the world, South African media freedom is being eroded. And a prime focus in the battle for freedom of information and of the Press is the SABC. It is a battle that should be joined by everyone hoping for a better, more democratic future.

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.