Browsing All posts tagged under »economics«

Undermining the SA productive sector

July 28, 2018

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It is becoming increasingly clear that organised labour and others are no longer prepared to be fobbed off by commissions of inquiry, panels and task forces established as proclaimed means to remedy financial malfeasance and often grossly unfair trade practices. The dumping of chicken portions — the prime source of animal protein for poorer communities — is a prime example of such unfair trade in practice.

Cutting through the double talk

July 21, 2018

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Politicians tend always to claim to act in the best interests of all. But is is essential to look closely to see whatever detrimental consequences their professedly beneficial policies have, whether they have to do with recycling or the expropriateion of land.

Lies, damned lies & statistics

July 1, 2018

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As austerity policies start to bite, it is essential that reliable statistical data be critical analysed and interpreted to avoid the distortions of such material by politicians and others with self-serving agendas to push. Only in this way will we be able to see a clear way forward, uninfluenced by political agendas that are all too frequently spiced with wishful thinking.

World of work gets a collective vision

June 24, 2018

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Some small steps were taken in Cape Town last week that may revitalise the weakened trade union movement and so, hopefully, ensure that decent work regulations are not only put in place, but are closely monitored — and enforced.

The long road to decent work

June 22, 2018

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A university-based network may hopefully galvanise the labour movement to make a priority of the Decent Work project the network has started. This could, in its turn, move toward an essential reform on the way to radical economic transformation.

Time to focus on Gross Domestic Benefit

June 17, 2018

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Unless there is some radical change, an estimated 71 million unemployed youth will be the forerunners of what may turn out to be the first of discarded generations of the future. Perhaps it is time to stop focusing on growth — on GDP — and instead target GDB (Gross Domestic — and international — Benefit).

Youth may yet show the way forward

June 15, 2018

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There is little for the youth of today to celebrate as they contemplate the present and the prospects for themselves in the future. For most — and especially those with little formal schooling — current prospects are bleak and the future outlook bleaker still. But change could come. The missing ingredient: political will and as the South African youth of 1976 showed, such will can be awakened