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A glimmer of democratic hope

May 30, 2022


(First published on Fin24 and in City Press, May 29, 2022) A destructive political bloodbath was avoided at the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) second elective conference in Boksburg last week.  But while no issues were finally settled, the underlying problems, some of which have festered for years, were laid quite bare.  Aluta, as […]

Squatting around Hampstead Heath

May 13, 2022


Reflections of a Wayward Boy (31) can also be found: For all my tendency to optimism, I have always harboured a degree of caution. So, when we sold up everything in New Zealand and shipped ourselves and more than a tonne of books, and other educational gear to start the ANC primary school in […]

Mayday, Mayday for May Day

May 2, 2022


These are parlous times for trade unions, not just in South Africa, but globally. And as May Day 2022 dawns once favoured slogans such Phambili basebenzi! Forward [with the] workers! should perhaps, more appropriately, give way this year to the international radio distress signal: Mayday, Mayday, Mayday. For, almost everywhere, the labour movement is floundering, […]