ECD ruling exacerbates inequality

July 7, 2020


The Pretoria high court ruling that childcare centres, closed since March, may open immediately, but subject to safety requirements will not affect the overwhelming majority of such centres. Instead, it will exacerbate existing inequalities.

Posted in: Human Rights

Chaos reigns in the pre-school space

June 30, 2020


Chaos and confusion continues to reign in South Africa’s early childhood development (ECD) sector, with some 2.5 million children under the age of six shut out of 32,000 ECD centres by the Covid-19 lockdown. They are now not only without any structured environment, they have missed out for three months on the one nutritious meal […]

Posted in: Uncategorized

Prospects for a new social compact

June 28, 2020


The "basics" of the early modern trade union movement were extremely democratic. Perhaps it is to these the country must turn to create a new and truly democratic social compact.

Posted in: Uncategorized

A time to try real democracy

June 27, 2020


Covid-19 is being used by politicians the world over to try to hide the fact that the system they administer was responsible for the economic crisis now exacerbated by Covid-19. Time now to try a true democratic alternative?

Reflections of a wayward boy (part 2)

June 24, 2020


Daily Maverick version available at: Pure chance, youthful arrogance and an alcoholic chief reporter who had passed out over his desk one morning in early 1961, provided the ingredients that catapulted me, a wayward school leaver and junior reporter, onto a fast track to radical anti-apartheid politics. In one day, I was set on […]

Posted in: Autobiographical

Reflections of a wayward boy (Part 1)

June 24, 2020


Also available on Daily Maverick: I have been called many things in my day, some of them clearly unprintable.  But only once was I labelled wayward which, given the context of my life, is probably accurate.  Also, so far as I am concerned, and especially from whence the label came, it was a compliment.  […]

Posted in: Autobiographical

The ‘new normal’ capitalism desires

June 14, 2020


The "Great Reset Agenda for Capitalism" proposed by Klaus Schwab is another shrewd,half a loaf, bribe. Perhaps it is time to plan to take the bakery?

A key to a post-pandemic future

June 12, 2020


The roots of the present lie in the past and it is essential that we havea clear idea of such roots if we are to understand where we are now — and why. Without such knowledge we can hardly plan clearly for the future.