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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.

How ‘the people’ can capture the state

April 9, 2017

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Direct democracy, a system where the citizens as a whole have control over their lives and welfare is not only desirable, it is possible, given the very technology that is now destroying jobs. But it requires education and organisation.

New SA labour fed: a new wheel or a retread?

April 9, 2017

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Will the launch in two weeks of a new labour federation in South Africa herald a new era for local trade unionism or will it merely signal the arrival of just another federation in the existing mould? Time alone will tell.

Showing up the farce of SA democracy

April 4, 2017

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South Africa’s constitutional democracy has, over the past week been shown up for the farce that it is. And the call now must be for a system that will extend democracy and grant real power to the people “on the ground”,

A tweet too far on Singapore

March 23, 2017

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Helen Zille, former leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance and premier of South Africa's Western Cape province, tweets that we should look for inspiration to Singapore. Yet this is an authoritarian city state that does not tolerate opposition.

Political interference and the unions

February 11, 2017

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The attempt by labour minister Mildred Oliphant — including a couple of lengthy and costly court battles — to interfere in trade union administration was slapped down hard on January 26. The labour appeal court ruled that her instruction to the registrar of labour relations to withdraw action against a defaulting Cosatu union and her […]