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A wage to fuel the fires of discontent

October 14, 2017

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The South African government intends to introduce a minimum wage of R3,500 a month in March next year. But, given the reality of the cost of living and the level of existing poverty pay, this seems likely to fuel further the fires of discontent.

The painful reality of junk status

July 1, 2017

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More pain is on the way for South Africa as a result of the junk status credit rating given to the country. But such pain will be passed on — by government and business — to the consumers. Expect resistance.

A desperate need for radical change

June 15, 2015

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Over more than a century there have been warnings that the current global economic crisis would arrive — and what would be the cause. Yet most mainstream economists and commentators persist with an almost religious belief that somehow, sometime, the tide will turn and all with reurn to as it was. It will not.

Real SA Budget: a frantic daily struggle

March 1, 2015

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Wednesday was Budget day in South Africa. But the plaudits and the protests reflected in the media will not cause any excitement for more than half the population that has to deal with a daily struggle merely to survive.

How heritage got roasted

September 28, 2014

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September 24 was a public holiday in South Africa: Heritage Day, called to "celebrate our unity in diversity". But perhaps rather than celebrate, South Africans should use the day to question why the country's diverse communities are so grossly unequal.

Hindsight is also a blinkered perspective

July 13, 2014

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Even the outrageous proposal by satirist Jonathan Swift that the problem of poverty could be dealt with by eating the children of the poor has failed, after 300 years, to bury to mistaken notion that procreation and "over population" is the cause of poverty.

A ticking time bomb & a badge of poverty

June 22, 2014

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The strike on South Africa's platinum belt is only one aspect of a much more severe domesic and global crisis. And some solutions had better be found — and soon.