A strike that favours all road users

April 12, 2017

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South African bus commuters stranded today as a result of a national transport strike should bear in mind one important fact: this strike is in aid of the commuting public almost as much as it is in support of the drivers.

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How ‘the people’ can capture the state

April 9, 2017

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Direct democracy, a system where the citizens as a whole have control over their lives and welfare is not only desirable, it is possible, given the very technology that is now destroying jobs. But it requires education and organisation.

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New SA labour fed: a new wheel or a retread?

April 9, 2017

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Will the launch in two weeks of a new labour federation in South Africa herald a new era for local trade unionism or will it merely signal the arrival of just another federation in the existing mould? Time alone will tell.

Showing up the farce of SA democracy

April 4, 2017

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South Africa’s constitutional democracy has, over the past week been shown up for the farce that it is. And the call now must be for a system that will extend democracy and grant real power to the people “on the ground”,

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A tweet too far on Singapore

March 23, 2017

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Helen Zille, former leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance and premier of South Africa's Western Cape province, tweets that we should look for inspiration to Singapore. Yet this is an authoritarian city state that does not tolerate opposition.

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A usurped International Women’s Day

March 8, 2017

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It’s the 106th International Women’s Day (IWD) today. And its original goal has been all but usurped by the very elites that IWD was established to oppose.

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A Budget by any other name would smell the same

February 23, 2017

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THE more things change, the more they stay the same. This applies not only to the latest South African Budget, but to almost all such economic policy statements as finance ministers continually repeat variations on the same failed remedies, apparently in the hope of different outcomes.

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