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The ANC-Alliance soap opera trundles on

May 30, 2013


“Confusion hath made his masterpiece.” That Shakespearian quote sums up the statements, comments, reports and machinations surrounding the latest episode of the ANC-Alliance soap opera.

Organisational rights & democracy

May 29, 2013


Potentially turbulent and conflicting currents among trade union federations have been exposed following an attempt by deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe to calm troubled labour relations waters.

More & more people, fewer & fewer jobs

May 23, 2013


Globally there are now more than 200 million people who are jobless and with little hope of their circumstances changing. This is particularly frightening in South Africa where we face the prospect of thousands of jobs about to be lost in the mining sector.

Recognising possibilities for change

May 18, 2013


Decent work for decent pay and jobs for all is ludicrously unrealistic, but only if the present economic system, and the social order on which it stands, remains unchanged.

‘Prodigal daughters’ speak out

May 15, 2013


The position of women in the exile liberation movements — a largely neglected aspect of SA history — will feature this year at the Franschhoek Literary Festival in a discussion on the book Prodigal daughters

Who is doing what — and whom — at Amplats?

May 13, 2013


Did the management of Anglo Platinum (Amplats) and the government do a deal behind closed doors regarding retrenchments and shaft closures? Amid a swirl of rumour and innuendo and in an atmosphere of considerable distrust, this is an allegation heard across the union divide.

One lesson to learn from the WEF

May 11, 2013


That private club of super-rich men, the World Economic Forum (WEF), was back in Cape Town this week to persuade, buy up and bully politicians and opinion makers. But there was one WEF lesson opponents should take up.

17 years of supporting the Right to Fight

May 3, 2013


May Day this week should have been a time for reflection, not celebration; reflection about the potentially dire situation the labour movement now finds itself in. To help with this reflection, Business Report is this week making available copies of my book, Right to Fight, to the first five correct answers drawn from responses to a simple question.