Spectre of Marikana still looms large

August 17, 2017

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The bloody spectre of of the Marikana massacre continues to loom large over the politics of South Africa, for all the evident attempts to push it into the background. And the calls for justice, not only for the families of the dead and the injured of Marikana but for mining communities generally will only grow louder.

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Iqbal Survé: a fantasist lashes out again

August 4, 2017

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That “other Mandela doctor” — putative media tycoon Iqbal Survé — is at it again. Survé who once professed to have been the personal physician to Nelson Mandela, surfaced with another diatribe last week which did nothing to answer the questions about his various fantastic claims to fame and fortune.

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Back to a messier present

August 4, 2017

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In many ways the relationship between members of the governing, ANC-led alliance and the unions that stand in opposition is, on one level, an apparent repeat of the situation that existed 30 and more years ago when internal "workerists" were opposed by the exiled ANC alliance.

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Statistics, labour & a no-confidence vote in Zuma

July 28, 2017

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There is nothing sinister in the delay in the release of the South African Labour Forces Survey for the second quarter of this year. But it's crucial look at unemployment and income decline is likely to be swamped by media concentration on the no-confidence vote in parliament.

Pulp(ing) facts about that Mandela book

July 26, 2017

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The withdrawal and probably pulping, at considerable cost, of thousands of copies of the book, Mandela’s Last Years, is unprecedented in South African publishing. However the same publisher, 36 years ago, pulped another book concerning South Africa.

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The bigger picture of patronage and corruption

July 22, 2017

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South Africa's finance minister Malusi Gigaba has announced his 14-point plan aimed at “taking the country out of recession”. Instead it will almost certainly guarantee ongoing discontent, especially with the labour movement.

Ideas to counter a poisonous legacy

July 16, 2017

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THERE are many thousands of gainfully employed men and women, together with their children, living in the most appallingly squalid conditions in shacks in urban ghettoes around South Africa. Many are members of trade unions that together have trillions of rand in pension funds that could be used to help them and break the group areas legacy of apartrheid.