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A glimmer of hope for youth unemployment

May 24, 2012


There seems consensus that steps should be taken to alleviate some of the worst aspects of youth unemployment, a crisis that affects more than 75 million young people worldwide. But evidence exists of at least one highly successful project in South Africa of youth training and job placement in the current climate.

Fact, fiction, subsidies & jobless youth

May 20, 2012


Facts, fictions and often emotional assumptions pepper the current intense debate in South Africa about a youth wage subsidy. But there is one fact about which all parties agree: there is a massive problem of youth unemployment. Millions of young men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 simply do not have jobs; they also happen to constitute a potentially crucial voting bloc in any future election.

The ballot box & a youth wage subsidy

May 19, 2012


The battle for the electoral support of the millions of unemployed, unskilled and mostly ill-educated youth in South Africa — perhaps the most crucial voting bloc for the 2014 elections — is now in the open. It came with the decision by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to march on the headquarters of the country’s largest […]

Seeking a definition of socialism

May 11, 2012


Is North Korea socialist? That question was put on the South African labour movement agenda by SA Communist Party general secretary, Blade Nzimande when he urged the union movement to affiliate to the North Korean backed WFTU as a oute to "socialism".

Political blunders & nationalisation prospects

May 5, 2012


Political blunders over South African transport policy have raised again the prospect of returning to public ownership the extremely profitable coal-to-oil liquid fuel producer, Sasol.