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Citizens’ coaltion infrastructure is in place

December 31, 2012


In South Africa, all the infrastructure exists to institute the modern world's first attempt to extend the partial democracy we now have into the real thing: a truly egalitarian system that could make a reality of the values of human dignity, equality and freedom. All it requires is organisation.

2012 in review

December 31, 2012


Review of who looked at the blog in 2012, commented on it and where they came from. Hope you find it even more interesting in 2013 as it promises to be — and not only in South Africa — an even more tumultuous period.

The ‘Secrecy Act’ is coming

December 28, 2012


The "Secrecy Act" is coming. And we can get a good idea of government’s intentions from the way ministers and officials have flouted existing freedom of information legislation.

An alternative to more chaos and destruction?

December 17, 2012


The promises and the policies, the personalities elected, even the potential political punch-ups at Mangaung are basically irrelevant. Only a radical move toward a new political dispensation could stop the social fabric of the country from continuing to fray and tear, causing further moves towards repression.

The tiredness/drunkenness equation

December 14, 2012


South Africa now has a promised crackdown on tired drivers with officials at roadblocks instructed to pull them over and instruct them to get some sleep. How this can be done and how tiredness can be assessed is a problem, but such a move is perhaps long overdue.

The road from 1996 to Mangaung

December 13, 2012


The tortuous road to the governing ANC’s centennial conference at Mangaung ends next week. And, not to put too fine a point on it, much of the country is gatvol with the route it has taken and where it has arrived.

A route to a truly democratic society

December 7, 2012


South Africa's Bill of Right provides the cornerstone on which a truly democratic society can be built. The technical resources exist in a world of surpluses. Only imagination and political will are missing.

Right to Fight to be launched

December 6, 2012


Right to Fight, a selection of 17 years of Inside Labour columns by Terry Bell, with cartoons by the internationally acclaimed Zapiro will be launched at the Book Lounge in Cape Town on December 13.