Browsing All posts tagged under »labour«

Pay people fairly for the work they do

December 2, 2018

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South Africa can expect a deluge of bigoted pro- and anti-minimum wage propaganda from vested minority interests as the date for implementation draws near. Much of this may amount to wilful distortion of facts most people should be aware of, especially if the rhetoric moves into overdrive..

Looking to real alternatives

August 31, 2018

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As the global economic crunch continues and seems to be worsening, perhaps it is time to look to the examples of democratic control manifest in the recovered factories movements of Latin America. There may even be sound lessons to be gained by researching what happened in Paris in 1871.

Marikana — and the wheels keep coming off

August 18, 2018

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In 2010, as he was reaching the end of his days, Henry Makgothi, former South African treason trialist and former deputy secretary general of the ANC, confided sadly: “I fear the wheels are coming off.” He was referring to the apparent inability of the vehicle of government to act fairly and decisively as nepotism and […]

Thuma mina and social class

July 14, 2018

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. That French expression certainly applies in South Africa where there has been major change in the legal deracialisation of society, but where the fundamental class divide is perhaps even more starkly evident.

Promised New Dawn & glimmers of hope

July 6, 2018

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South Africa's governing ANC, along with the opposition political parties, share one thing in common: the mantra that they alone can usher in a “new dawn” for the working people of the country. But the important question remains: is a new dawn possible under the present circumstances and under the existing system?

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.

The role of remembrance

June 30, 2018

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There are moments in history that must be remembered and discussed because of the profound influence they may have on where we are now and where we may wish society to be in the future. The past week, especially from South African perspective, has provided several such moments to remember.