Browsing All posts tagged under »South Africa«

Where politics gets really smelly

November 26, 2013


Politics stinks. These days in South Africa, this is a fairly common view. But, in the North West province in recent months, the expression has had a very real resonance. Because, especially as summer has begun to dawn, the seats of political power in the province have become decidedly smelly. So much so, that various […]

Look to the real reasons for SA road carnage

November 15, 2013


The road crash massacre on the Moloto Road in Mpumalanga this week provides an horrific portent for the annual festive season slaughter on the highways and byways of South Africa. Perhaps it is finally time time for some serious action to be taken to remedy the situation.

Economic apartheid & the builders of the world city

November 7, 2013


Christmas is coming to a world city so it is perhaps time to ask who built it, who is losing out, who is getting fat — and how and why this happens.

In a changed world unions should ditch dogma

October 31, 2013


Trade unions have the potential to play a vital role in building a better future for all. But they will have to go back to first principles and accept that dogma is anathema.

SA ‘beacon of hope’ still flickers faintly

October 25, 2013


The moral high ground bequeathed to Suth Africa and its post-apartheid government by the global struggle against apartheid, has also all but evaporated, but faint hope still remains.

Very little ‘sunshine’ for workers

October 4, 2013


Following a proposal from the SABC that South Africa’s national broadcaster should present 70% “sunshine news”, it seemed appropriate to look at this from a wider — and working class — viewpoint, writes Terry Bell

A world of fragmentation, infighting — & hope

September 13, 2013


The global economic crisis continues, with responses leading to fragmentation, infighting — and expressions of hope. Perhaps as educationalist Michael Rosen says: "It's early days...there are possibilities..."

Clearing up some of the SA ‘strike season’ murk

September 6, 2013


In the face of double-digit wage demands, strikes and strike threats, even more murk than usual seems to surround both sides of the employer/employee divide at a time when clarity is badly needed.