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Echos of Hani & the Broederbond haunt ANC

August 31, 2020

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By elevating the tactic of principled unity to the sole principle of unity at all costs, South Africa's governing ANC created the malaise that is destroying the party.

Political opportunism & Covid-19

May 19, 2020

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The arrival of Covid-19 opened the door to rightwing political parties and has given some politicians the opportunity to exercise authoritarian tendencies. That is the view of leading Swedish epidemiologist Professor Johan Gieseck. In an interview last week he said the existence of the latest Corona virus had enabled politicians to “show decisiveness and strength”, […]

Rainbows, dreams & ethical journalism

June 29, 2019

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Ethical journalism is an essential bulwark against the erosion of not only freedom of expression, but of whatever democracy may exist in any parliamentary system. This much has also been acknowledged by the recently appointed head of the investigative unit of South Africa's National Prosecuting authority. But threats remain amid apparent "over the rainbow" illusions.

Thuma Mina (send me): to Geneva?

June 14, 2019

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At a time when belt tightening is called for and greater austerity looms, South Africa arrives at the International Labour Organisation's 100th birthday bash, with one of the largest delegations. Now there are calls for the public to be given a cost/benefit analysis of what seems to be an expensive junket paid for by working people through one o other means.

Labour’s view of SONA 2019, S. Africa

February 9, 2019

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There is nothing new in the recipes proposed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to remedy the damage done over the past decade to South Africa's state institutions and the economy. They are recipes that trade unions across th board have already rejected.

Behind the SABC debacle

December 10, 2018

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Amid all the rumour, innuendo and double talk surrounding the board resignations and other happenings at the SABC lie two simple facts: the board is answerable only to parliament, and not to any minister and, without a requested R3bn bank loan guarantee — not a bailout — the national broadcaster will be bankrupt.

Our common economic ailment

November 4, 2018

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The SA economy,worked out by corruption, seems to be well and truly up the creek and with only a very fragile investment paddle to hand.

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.