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Apples, drought & democracy

November 5, 2017

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As fruit trees die, surplus apples are being given away as the Western Cape expects p to 50,000 framworkers to lose their jobs because of drought. It is a disaster in the making — and one that could, and should, have been avoided.

Unions demand pension fund answers

November 2, 2017

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South African public sector unions, notably the PSA, are demanding a full account of investments made in unlisted entities apparently to promote Black Economic Empowerment, a "list of politically connected persons" involved and union seats on the PIC and other boards.

As Brexit looms, London’s migrants keep building

September 6, 2017

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Immigrant Irish “navvies” (labourers) are credited with much of the construction work of the last century that made London the city it is today. And now once again, it is the sweated labour of migrant workers that is changing the face of Britain's capital.

Statistics, labour & a no-confidence vote in Zuma

July 28, 2017

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There is nothing sinister in the delay in the release of the South African Labour Forces Survey for the second quarter of this year. But it's crucial look at unemployment and income decline is likely to be swamped by media concentration on the no-confidence vote in parliament.

The bigger picture of patronage and corruption

July 22, 2017

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South Africa's finance minister Malusi Gigaba has announced his 14-point plan aimed at “taking the country out of recession”. Instead it will almost certainly guarantee ongoing discontent, especially with the labour movement.

How ‘the people’ can capture the state

April 9, 2017

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Direct democracy, a system where the citizens as a whole have control over their lives and welfare is not only desirable, it is possible, given the very technology that is now destroying jobs. But it requires education and organisation.

Time to seek the real state of nations

February 11, 2017

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This week brought us, in South Africa, another State of the Nation address (SONA) and, like its predecessors, it will probably be best remembered for the fashion parade on parliament’s red carpet and the punch up on the floor of paliament. There was also the usual post speech analysis of what was seen generally as […]