Browsing All posts tagged under »democracy«

Fight for a “peoples’ vaccine”

July 12, 2020

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With the Trump administration playing ball with the pharmaceutical companies, democrats everywhere should rally to fight for the "peoples' vaccine" demanded in May by 140 experts and world leaders, including President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa.

Prospects for a new social compact

June 28, 2020

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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.

A post Covid-19 future worth striving for

April 17, 2020

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Poverty is the biggest danger facing not just South Africa, but the world today. So it is perfectly understandable that poor people, oprdered to stay at home and socially distance, may see this as an invitation to starve, perhaps to death.

Beware the laws that muzzle media

December 1, 2019

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Forget, for the moment, state capture. Think instead of media capture and the impact it can — and does — have on all our lives. At the same time, consider too the ongoing attempts to discredit journalism and the media. That we should all do so was highlighted last week by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng […]

SA unions: still seeking a coherent political role

November 2, 2019

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Ever since making a tentative move toward principled unity 23 years ago, South Africa's modern and militant trade unions, once to the forefront of the struggle against apartheid, have steadily weakened, with a degree of fragmentation. Now, with the realities of the digital revolution being felt, time is not on their side if they wish to remain relevant and play a role of protectors and extenders of democracy.

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.

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.

How the people could really govern

February 10, 2019

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Democracy as practiced in so-called parliamentary democracies around the world is a lie. One person, one vote was a concession granted by the governing, monied elite after long, brutal and bloody struggles by oppressed majorities. But it was a concession within the same corrupt and corrupting system. With the advance of communications technology, true democracy beckons