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The hidden entrepreneurs

July 14, 2019

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Entrepreneurial spirit has again been hailed by South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa, but within the context of the digital revolution, of tablets, coding and bullet trains. But excellent examples of this very spirit are, are mostly ignored. Yet they are hidden in plain sight among te waste pickers and the growinbg legions of the working hjomeless.

4IR & the ideological prison

July 12, 2019

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The business and political elites are trapped within an ideological prison that does not allow for them to consider ther need to break out in order to salvage both themselves and the world at large. And so they continue to prattle away about how best to reform the system from within when, in fact, it is the system itself that is at fault.

Journalism & the antidote to horror

July 1, 2019

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A free and truthful media is essential for the maintenance, let alone extension, of what democratic rights exist in parliamentary systems. Yet everywhere it is under attack, lumped together in the public mind with those clearly compromised elements peddling levels of absurdity. It is time to fight back.

Rainbows, dreams & ethical journalism

June 29, 2019

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Ethical journalism is an essential bulwark against the erosion of not only freedom of expression, but of whatever democracy may exist in any parliamentary system. This much has also been acknowledged by the recently appointed head of the investigative unit of South Africa's National Prosecuting authority. But threats remain amid apparent "over the rainbow" illusions.

A new dawn — or an impending storm

May 31, 2019

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It was obvious from the first announcement last year about South Africa's minimum wage levels that they probably signalled storm clouds rather than any pale rays of a new dawn. However it is not only to the labour front that the purveyors of a promised new dawn 
should pay close heed.

SA — still awaiting a workers’ party

May 21, 2019

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South Africa’s May 8 national and provincial poll effectively demolished an enduring myth, beloved of many bosses and union-bashing free marketeers: that union bosses call the shots and members blindly follow, doing exactly what they are told.

SA elections – a cry for a real alternative

May 17, 2019

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Last week, if nothing else, most workers, employed and unemployed, showed that they are not gullible voting fodder; that they are dissatisfied with what is on offer in the parliamentary dispensation. This applied particularly to those in that important adult age bracket of 18 to 30. Most South Africans are probably more than ready for an alternative political dispensation