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The ANC-Alliance soap opera trundles on

May 30, 2013

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.