Browsing All posts tagged under »nationalisation«

What SA shop stewards really think

August 30, 2013


Critical elements of a long-awaited survey of the attitudes of Cosatu shop stewards are finally available — and they provide much food for analysis and thought.

Red herring: equating socialism & nationalisation

July 19, 2013


The simple nationalism equals socialism equation, widely touted within the trade union movement, has become difficult to sustain — and was dealt with quite comprehensively more than 130 years ago.

July 19, 2013


Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has now emerged as a new, self proclaimed, socialist party. It plans to stage a mass rally at Marikana on August 17, marking the anniversary of the bloody fracture in the local trade union and political environment. Dressed in their red berets, a la Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, the […]

Economic war in South Africa

June 14, 2013


The “agrarian transformation”, announced on June 12 by two major SA trade unions extended well beyond farm lands and remote rural areas. It can be summarised by the famous 1992 quote by US President Bill Clinton: “(It’s) the economy, stupid.”

Missed chance as our Rome starts to burn

June 15, 2012


When the governor of any central bank starts a speech by acknowledging that the global economic crisis is not only continuing, but is getting worse, every trade unionist should sit up and take notice. That Numsa delegates did not when SA Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus spoke at their congress might be described as the Nero syndrome, after the Roman emperor who supposedly fiddled while his city burned about him.

Of nationalisation, land grabs & vanguards

June 8, 2012


Nationalisation and the expropriation of land without compensation are back on the South African political agenda. However, these demands seem to entail a one-sided interpretation of the contradictory clauses in the Freedom Charter and a misreading of the relevant section in the Constitution.

Political blunders & nationalisation prospects

May 5, 2012


Political blunders over South African transport policy have raised again the prospect of returning to public ownership the extremely profitable coal-to-oil liquid fuel producer, Sasol.

Jobs front cynicism as the debates continue

February 10, 2012


The South African government is optimistically punting figures from the latest Labour Force Survey. The unions take a more cautious view and a closer look at the statistics reveals a still strongly "ticking time bomb" of mass unemployment.