Browsing All posts tagged under »Ramaphosa«

ANC leadership: change, but no change

December 19, 2017


Looked at in isolation, the election of the ANC’s “top six” at the governing party’s Nasrec conference, provides a classic example of the more things change, the more they stay the same. But it could be a case of Cyril Ramaphosa being handed a poisoned chalice.

Looming battle about SA state pension funds

October 1, 2017


The South African government and its ailing state owned enterprises certainly have their eyes on Africa's largest pension fund pot. And assurances by finance minister Malusi Gigaba that there will be no attempt to raid the funds have so far failed to allay fears.

Spectre of Marikana still looms large

August 17, 2017


The bloody spectre of of the Marikana massacre continues to loom large over the politics of South Africa, for all the evident attempts to push it into the background. And the calls for justice, not only for the families of the dead and the injured of Marikana but for mining communities generally will only grow louder.

Need for labour to speak with one voice

September 14, 2014


The labour movement is coming under increasing pressure as the global economic crisis continues to bite. Unless South African unions find a single voice, they are in danger of being further weakened.

Exposing the race/class fault lines in SA society

October 5, 2012


The racial and class fault lines in South African society, papered over by rainbow nation platitudes and disguised for global consumption by the myth of a negotiated miracle, have been brutally exposed. When, as it has now emerged, special para-military units of the police opened fire on miners at Lonmin’s Marikana mine on August 16, the resultant bloodshed washed away the last traces of hypocritical camouflage; it also acted as a catalyst creating conditions in which dangerous and opportunistic political viruses thrive.