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Fake unity — and what to look forward to

December 10, 2017

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Unity is the main internal rallying cry as South Africa's clearly disunited and governing ANC heads towards its faction ridden elective conference next weekend. But unity with whom — and to what purpose? Once again it seems to be a case of mixing oil and water.

How to counter child exploitation

November 29, 2017

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The exploitation of children is a growing global problem, part of the lunatic "race to the bottom" the system demands. And only where an adequate social welfare net exists or where all families are guaranteed the very basic necessities of life can this widespread exploitation of children be eradicated.

Worker hope for SA public broadcaster

November 13, 2017

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The corporatisation of trade unions and the development of an almost symbiotic relationship between union leaders and employers, pubic and private, is a major problem for the labour movement. It can lead to an industrial relations mess such as that in the SABC. But the hope — and the remedy — still lies with united workers.

Apples, drought & democracy

November 5, 2017

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As fruit trees die, surplus apples are being given away as the Western Cape expects p to 50,000 framworkers to lose their jobs because of drought. It is a disaster in the making — and one that could, and should, have been avoided.

The SABC & a democratic future

October 21, 2017

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In common with much of the rest of the world, South African media freedom is being eroded. And a prime focus in the battle for freedom of information and of the Press is the SABC. It is a battle that should be joined by everyone hoping for a better, more democratic future.

A wage to fuel the fires of discontent

October 14, 2017

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The South African government intends to introduce a minimum wage of R3,500 a month in March next year. But, given the reality of the cost of living and the level of existing poverty pay, this seems likely to fuel further the fires of discontent.

The poison of unprincipled unity

October 7, 2017

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The poisonous belief that unity of an organisation must be maintained at all costs is the primary cause of the present crisis in South Africa's governing ANC. It is a concept that became embedded in that organisation from its earliest years in exile and it allowed corrupt elements to thrive.