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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.

The SABC & a democratic future

October 21, 2017

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In common with much of the rest of the world, South African media freedom is being eroded. And a prime focus in the battle for freedom of information and of the Press is the SABC. It is a battle that should be joined by everyone hoping for a better, more democratic future.

The poison of unprincipled unity

October 7, 2017

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The poisonous belief that unity of an organisation must be maintained at all costs is the primary cause of the present crisis in South Africa's governing ANC. It is a concept that became embedded in that organisation from its earliest years in exile and it allowed corrupt elements to thrive.

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.

De Klerk ‘a problem with national dialogue’

May 8, 2017

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Why the inclusion of former apartheid president FW de Klerk is a millstone around the neck of the "national dialogue" initiative about the future of South Africa launched by former ANC president, Thabo Mbeki.

A May Day lesson for SA labour

May 6, 2017

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The tumultuous events during May Day in South Africa illustrated more starkly than ever before the huge rifts within the ANC-led alliance. They should also have raised questions, especially in the labour movement, about united fronts or so-called “broad church” alliances.