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Labour pickets at the ‘sport of kings’

January 28, 2018


Trade union pickets — for the first time in a 134-year history — confronted the fashionistas and glitterati who turned up for one of the premier events in the South African horse racing calendar, the Cape — now Sun — Met in Cape Town. But, so far, there has been little response to this action at the annual his mink and manure fiesta.

A democratic back to school message for SA

January 20, 2018


Whatever democratic power ordinary people have should always be defended — and fiercely. So SA ctizens, importantly organised labour, should prepare to do battle with a government that proposes abolishing elected school governing bodies that have admittedly failed, but largely because government has failed them.

2018 — and the hope to fly above the mire

January 13, 2018


A hope for 2018: that we will not again see the reinvention of old political and economic wheels that drag us deeper into the recessionary mire and instead utilise existing opportunity and abiity to soar above the mess we are in.

Glimmers of hope amid the gloom

December 16, 2017


Whether the much debated five-day ANC elective conference at Johannesburg's Nasrec conference centre — it started today, ten hours late — ends prematurely or in calumny or consensus, life in South Africa life will go on, with the lot of the already battered majority of the population unlikely to improve. But despite the gloom, there are flickers of hope; evidence of a growing fightback.

Fake unity — and what to look forward to

December 10, 2017


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


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


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.