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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.

Back to work on the SA platinum front

June 15, 2014

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Barring some unforeseen last minute hitch it seems that the country’s longest mining strike is finally over. But it has been accompanied by some silly and dangerous comments.

Marikana and the 2014 elections

March 5, 2014

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Most of the public, along with the media, appear stunned that miners on the platinum belt have maintained their strike for nearly two months. They need only to consider the depth of bitterness caused by the bloodbath at Marikana,

Democracy needs labour unity

August 23, 2013

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Unless trade unions go back to basics, back to democratic control, to accountable and recallable union leaders the immediate future for South Africa's labour movement and for the country’s fledgling democracy could be bleak.

Marikana: a wake-up call still ignored

August 15, 2013

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The Marikana massacre was a wake-up call to every concerned citizen to consider the causes of the tragedy in order to be able to say, with hope: Never again.

Need to confront poisonous roots of the past

July 12, 2013

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The poisonous roots of Marikana go back at least 15 years — and must be confronted if anything is to change.

Left spectre haunts the ANC/SACP

June 27, 2013

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ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe conjured up a spectre from South Africa’s trade union past when he blamed the "Swedes and Irish" for the "anarchy" on the platinum mines.