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Sagarmatha & Survé: yet more questions

April 20, 2018

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Controversial media tycoon Iqbal Survé's investment management company, 3 Laws Capital, stood to gain more than R50 million had the now postponed Sagarmatha Technologies listing — in which he is the major player — gone ahead. While there are questions about the listing, more questions have been raised about Survé. His profile on the 3 Laws website makes claims about Independent News Media head that, like several other claims in the recent past, are unsubstantiated.

A citizens’ coalition road to real democracy

April 2, 2018

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Modern communications technology allows us all to be in almost instant communication with one another. Why then should we not use such technology to organise a coalition of citizens on the basis of a democratic programme that would remove the system of elites that now operates and that is inherently open to corruption? It is possible and is certainly worth discussing seriously.

Which women best epitomise IWD?

March 11, 2018

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As was noted at the International Women's Day founding conference in Copenhagen in 1910: “It is a matter of indifference who is the ‘master’, a man or a woman.” Is it women who support this point of view who best represent the ideals that should be striven for?

Nurses: the essential foot soldiers for national health

February 25, 2018

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This item was first published in the City Press, 25.02.2018 One of the policies listed for almost immediate implementation by South Africa’s newly installed President Cyril Ramaphosa in his recent State of the Nation address (Sona), concerned health. “The time has now arrived to finally implement universal health coverage through the National Health Insurance (NHI),” […]

Repeating the past: SA’s annual ‘matric’ circus

January 12, 2018

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Even a cursory examination reveals the level of farce that is played out in South Afrca's annual matriculation announcements. There is, for example, no reference to the massive student dropout rate or to the fact that it now requires a bare 30% to pass. There is also a history to this circus that goes back to the days of exile and apartheid.

Gramsci, technology & hope for the future

January 4, 2018

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Those in positions of power continue to bury their heads in the sand, constantly prophesying that the economic crisis is heading towarda recovery. But each of these predictions is as hollow as the next. If the system is to recover, it will only be at the most horrendous cost in terms of human suffering as well as in massive environmental despoilation. However, there is hope.

ANC leadership: change, but no change

December 19, 2017

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Looked at in isolation, the election of the ANC’s “top six” at the governing party’s Nasrec conference, provides a classic example of the more things change, the more they stay the same. But it could be a case of Cyril Ramaphosa being handed a poisoned chalice.