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Spectre of Marikana still looms large

August 17, 2017

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The bloody spectre of of the Marikana massacre continues to loom large over the politics of South Africa, for all the evident attempts to push it into the background. And the calls for justice, not only for the families of the dead and the injured of Marikana but for mining communities generally will only grow louder.

Iqbal Survé: a fantasist lashes out again

August 4, 2017

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That “other Mandela doctor” — putative media tycoon Iqbal Survé — is at it again. Survé who once professed to have been the personal physician to Nelson Mandela, surfaced with another diatribe last week which did nothing to answer the questions about his various fantastic claims to fame and fortune.

Back to a messier present

August 4, 2017

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In many ways the relationship between members of the governing, ANC-led alliance and the unions that stand in opposition is, on one level, an apparent repeat of the situation that existed 30 and more years ago when internal "workerists" were opposed by the exiled ANC alliance.