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A Covid-19 wake up call for fairness

March 22, 2020

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The spread around the world of Covid-19 by jet set and cruise travellers has heightened the fear of the horrendous human cost that this virus — no respecter of class, caste or colour — could cause should it reach the teeming favelas, squatter camps and shacklands of the working class poor. This should bring to the fore the gross neglect of the poor, many of whom continue to live — and die — as a result of treatable and curable epidemics such as tuberculosis (TB).

Middle class is not defined by income alone

March 11, 2020

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Beware the anger of those individual workers, who finding themselves jobless, realise they were conned into believing that they had ascended to middle class status and supposedly shared greater interests with the owners of capital than with the other sellers of labour, the working class majority.

Dear Sir bids farewell to Pritz

March 7, 2020

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The surviving cast and helpers involved in the 1981 Dear Sir production at the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College will fondly remember the contribution of Pritz Dullay who died in Denmark on February 27.

Declarations of war & pie in the sky

February 28, 2020

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South African finance minister Tito Mboweni's 2020 Budget was a classic example of pie in the sky and it therefore — and unsurprisingly — triggered declarations of war from the labour movement. The only fulsome support seems to have come from from those at the top of the financial pile.

FW de Klerk has so much more to apologise for

February 20, 2020

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There is nothing new in former apartheid president FW de Klerk's latest denialist comments, nor in the belated apology that followed it. He has never changed, nor has he told the truth about so much, especially about the massacre of five children in Mthatha in 1993.

The potentially explosive reality of joblessness

February 19, 2020

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While some commentators clutch at straws of optimism, citing unchanged quarterly unemployment statistics, the reality is that what exists is not just a crisis, it is a tragedy of massive proportions with socially explosive potential.

Statistical facts and reality

February 18, 2020

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It is necessary to look behind the bald unemployment statistics to discover the truly frightening reality. An "official" rate of joblessness at 29.1% if far fromn the more accurate "expanded" figure of 38.7%. And even that does not reflect the true measure of unemployment in South Africa.