SA — still awaiting a workers’ party

May 21, 2019

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South Africa’s May 8 national and provincial poll effectively demolished an enduring myth, beloved of many bosses and union-bashing free marketeers: that union bosses call the shots and members blindly follow, doing exactly what they are told.

SA elections – a cry for a real alternative

May 17, 2019

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Last week, if nothing else, most workers, employed and unemployed, showed that they are not gullible voting fodder; that they are dissatisfied with what is on offer in the parliamentary dispensation. This applied particularly to those in that important adult age bracket of 18 to 30. Most South Africans are probably more than ready for an alternative political dispensation

SA union secretary’s future in the balance

May 11, 2019

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The future of Dennis George, the suspended general secretary of the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) will be decided on Thursday. He has faced a disciplinary hearing about his controversial purchase of shares in AYO Technological Solutions and in being an effective "praise singer" for AYO and controversial businessman Iqbal Survé.

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What about the workers?

May 8, 2019

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Much has changed on the South African political scene since the transition from apartheid in 1994. In the sixth national election since then, the votes of more than 2 million unionised workers could be crucial to the final outcome.

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Flawed democracvy & words as weapons

May 4, 2019

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'Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.' So said French philosopher Voltaire. It is a statement worth bearing in mind in this digital age where distortions of fact and the manipulation and faking of news in both social and mainstream media is becom ing ever more prevalent.

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Land & outlandish promises in SA

April 24, 2019

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Land and its expropriation remains a common theme, along with the need to amend Section 25 of the Bill of Rights, as South Africa heads toward its sixth non-racial parliamentary election. But this is flawed sloganising: Section 25 allows for the expropriation of ANY PROPERTY, provided it is "in the public interest", for "a public purpose" and to provide "equitable access to the country's natural resources". Property, the section notes, "is not limited to land". The only proviso is that expropriation should be "just and equitable".

Let’s ditch myths about ANC’s glorious past

April 15, 2019

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Accusations about the manipulation of ANC election lists are nothing new. Nor, for that matter, is evidence of corruption, nepotism and the existence of patronage networks. Because the "broad church" of this liberation movement made unity of the good, the bad and the ugly the priority. Continuing to cling to, and propagate, myths may only ensure that the disasters of the past will continue to be repeated.

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