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Race & the colour of money

July 28, 2019

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Populist demagogues tend to emerge during times of economic and social crises. They use the age-old method of divide and rule to prey on the fears and insecurities of the working class battered by a system of exploitation that the demagogues fundamentally support. But at the root of the problems faced by the global majority is not race, religion, language or ethnicity: it is capitalism where the colour of money is all that matters.

Exploitation: a case of money, not melanin

July 26, 2019

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Ten years ago, the “Celtic Tiger” economy started to collapse amid the stench of corruption. Its demise underlined how dangerous it is to welcome corporate pirates with “investor friendly” policies. Yet today, these — or very similar — policies are being proposed as a means to lift South Africa out of the economic mire into which it has slid. In the process, the melanin rather than the money card is being played.

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.