Browsing All posts tagged under »racism«

Race & the colour of money

July 28, 2019

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Populist demagogues tend to emerge during times of economic and social crises. They use the age-old method of divide and rule to prey on the fears and insecurities of the working class battered by a system of exploitation that the demagogues fundamentally support. But at the root of the problems faced by the global majority is not race, religion, language or ethnicity: it is capitalism where the colour of money is all that matters.

The reality of white privilege in SA

May 13, 2018

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There were hostile reactions from several quarters in South Africa following Democratic Party leader Mmusi Maimane's statement that white privilege still persists. But the statement was logical and an honest reflection of reality. The reactions tended to reveal a worrying level of blinkered arrogance.

Wages & the need for financial disclosure

May 13, 2018

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It is not in the interests of either employers or employees to have profitable enterprises collapse. Which is why exemption clauses exist in cases of legislated minimum wages. But for such a system to operate honestly, requires full financial disclosure by employers.

Why so many SA rugby fans support the NZ All Blacks

October 10, 2017

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There is a long an sometimes bitter history behind the fact that so many South African rugby fans — especially in the Eastern and Western Cape — support New Zealand's All Blacks against South Africa's Springbok team. And that support seems likely to ontinue.

Behind South Africa’s racist frenzy

January 13, 2016

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A bitterly fought election campaign is already underway in South Africa, even before the announced date of the 2016 local government poll. And racism, land and traditional law have become the major areas of contention.

A tangled web of race classification

October 30, 2011

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South Africa’s 2011 census, bar the tallying, the number crunching and a few follow-ups, is over. And there were remarkably few difficulties encountered although, being South Africa, the question of race was once again raised — and it highlighted some peculiarly South African problems.

Playing the race card as polls loom

March 18, 2011

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(First published 11 March, 2011) Whenever an election looms, the rumour mills tend to grind away, often fuelled by ill-considered comments by politicians.  It’s the same the world over, compounded by media manipulation, distortions of fact and outright falsification being all too often the order of the days leading up to polling time. But there […]