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South Africa, China and colonialism

August 23, 2015

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The question of colonialism has come to the fore again in South Africa, courtesy of the Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu). It has vehemently objected to the introduction of the Chinese Mandarin dialect to local schools, labelling the move "colonialism" by the Chinese.

Mining, job losses & the system

August 15, 2015

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Large scale redundancies in the South African mining sector, running to tens of thousands of jobs, are probably inevitable. But only because of the system in which we have to operate. Even in the gold sector, there will be mines and shafts that remain profitable without job losses, but each shaft and each mine will […]

Alex La Guma comes home

August 9, 2015

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“Alex La Guma has come home.” With those words, a visibly emotional Blanche La Guma last month received the first book, “hot off the presses” containing three of her late husband’s best-known novels, all of them banned in the apartheid era. The occasion was the initial launch of Alex La Guma – A colossus revisited […]

Playing games with women’s rights

August 9, 2015

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Every year as August dawns there is an annual media ritual in South Africa about women’s rights and, on August 9, national Women's Day, a positive rash of declarations. But this year there was great irony in the media murmurings about national “Women’s Month” being eclipsed by news of the awarding of the 2022 winter Olympics to Beijing. And not only because China has a hardly sterling record for human as well as women’s rights.