Browsing All posts tagged under »poverty«

Unemployment, malnutrition & decolonisation

August 13, 2018

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Local production — poultry and sugar being classic examples — is being crippled by unfair competition. This means not only more job losses and suffering; in the long term it could mean the effective takeover of SA Inc, something the decolonisation lobby would do well to consider.

Thuma mina and social class

July 14, 2018

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. That French expression certainly applies in South Africa where there has been major change in the legal deracialisation of society, but where the fundamental class divide is perhaps even more starkly evident.

Youth may yet show the way forward

June 15, 2018

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There is little for the youth of today to celebrate as they contemplate the present and the prospects for themselves in the future. For most — and especially those with little formal schooling — current prospects are bleak and the future outlook bleaker still. But change could come. The missing ingredient: political will and as the South African youth of 1976 showed, such will can be awakened

Minimum wage, innovation & persecution

June 2, 2018

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By the time — perhaps a year down the line — that South Africa's minimum wage legislation is passed, inflation would have caused the cost of living, especially for lower paid workers, to rise substantially. In any event, the claim that the the minimum wage is R3,500 a month and will improve the lot of more than 6 million workers is an illusion.

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.