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SA protests: governance is the real issue

October 16, 2016

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Several trade unions and many protesting Fees Must Fall students in South Africa directed their anger at the wrong targets over the past week since the fundamental problem is democratic governance. Unless this is dealt with, the rot in the body politic will remain.

Free education: only political will is missing

October 7, 2016

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As campus chaos continues in South Africa, a simple fact should be borne in mind: the country has sufficient funds to provide free, quality education for all. However, the political will to source and to allocate such funds is currently missing.

Criminalising desperate mine workers

September 25, 2016

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Driven by poverty to artisanal mining, enterprising workers are criminalised for being entrepreneurial. At the same time, the SA government, perhaps with good intentions, seems likely to create a disaster with changes to compensation coverage for miners.

The productivity & growth illusion

September 18, 2016

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Politicans, economists and several labour leaders keep telling us that we need more growth and greater productivity in order to claw our way out of the present economic crisis. But this is an illusion as we face the job-loss reality of the 4th industrial revolution.

State & union ‘capture’ in South Africa

September 10, 2016

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It is high time South Africa's Cosatu unions learned the lessons of their democratic origins so that they do not fall prey to the statist, “conveyor belt,” alternative proposed by the likes to the World Federation of Trade Unions whose congress is being hosted in Durban by four Cosatu unions while Cosatu remains affiliated to the International Trade Union Confederation.

The living legacy of ‘Mama Ray’

September 2, 2016

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The decision of South Africa's Food & Allied Workers' Union to leave the Cosatu federation and the ANC-led alliance seems to indicate that the legacy of principled unity preached by "Mama Ray" Alexander Simons and her cohort continues to survive.

Marikana, mining and idustrial peace

August 21, 2016

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The circumstances surrounding the deaths at Marikana four years ago should provide a bloody and tragic lesson about the reality of South Africa’s mineral wealth. Marikana should become a reminder of a brutal industrial history and a symbol for the struggle to improve the lives of workers, everywhere.