Browsing All posts tagged under »Marikana«

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 […]

Spectre of Marikana still looms large

August 17, 2017

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The bloody spectre of of the Marikana massacre continues to loom large over the politics of South Africa, for all the evident attempts to push it into the background. And the calls for justice, not only for the families of the dead and the injured of Marikana but for mining communities generally will only grow louder.

Marikana, mining and idustrial peace

August 21, 2016

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The circumstances surrounding the deaths at Marikana four years ago should provide a bloody and tragic lesson about the reality of South Africa’s mineral wealth. Marikana should become a reminder of a brutal industrial history and a symbol for the struggle to improve the lives of workers, everywhere.

Marikana, Aurora: where the buck should stop

July 5, 2015

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Two of South Afr1ican labour’s greatest modern tragedies provided a media focus over the past week or so: Aurora and Marikana. The buck — the responsibility — for both should top at the highest levels if there is to be any hope of real change

Mediation: an honourable profession

March 23, 2014

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IN AN an unequal society where conflict between employers and employees is inevitable, the role of mediators who help minimise the damage to protagonists and society at large is an honourable one. An mediation is the role of the CCMA.

Bitter background to stalled pay talks

March 16, 2014

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A deeply emotional background underpins the stalled platinum sector wage talks — and it long predates the bloodshed at Marikana on August 16, 2012

Marikana: the pain SA ignores at its peril

March 8, 2014

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Warnings that SA will ignore Marikana at its peril, today seem even more appropriate than they did only days after the massacre.