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The bigger picture of patronage and corruption

July 22, 2017

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South Africa's finance minister Malusi Gigaba has announced his 14-point plan aimed at “taking the country out of recession”. Instead it will almost certainly guarantee ongoing discontent, especially with the labour movement.

Ideas to counter a poisonous legacy

July 16, 2017

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THERE are many thousands of gainfully employed men and women, together with their children, living in the most appallingly squalid conditions in shacks in urban ghettoes around South Africa. Many are members of trade unions that together have trillions of rand in pension funds that could be used to help them and break the group areas legacy of apartrheid.

Media workers, citizens & freedom

July 8, 2017

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Intolerance, bigotry and political cretinism have already contributed to the death of a journalist in South Africa as the country teeters on the edge of that slippery slope to authoritarianism.

The painful reality of junk status

July 1, 2017

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More pain is on the way for South Africa as a result of the junk status credit rating given to the country. But such pain will be passed on — by government and business — to the consumers. Expect resistance.

SA’s looming winter of discontent

June 25, 2017

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The South African government expects public sector workers and the public at large to pay for the incompetence and larceny carried out by its kleptocratic faction and their cronies. This could mean a winter of discontent as pay and conditions talks loom.

A R60bn robbery of SA homeowners

June 16, 2017

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Over the past 20 years and more, thousands of working people in South Africa have been made homeless and effectively robbed of billions of rands by a system forced property sales that is probably the worst in the world.

Weather, workers & a greener environment

June 11, 2017

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Increasing unemployment, controversial evictions and the first cold snap of winter have highlighted the plight not only of the homeless, but also of probably the hardest working and most poorly paid of entreprenurial labourers. At the same time a greener, job creating future beckons.