September 25, 2016
Driven by poverty to artisanal mining, enterprising workers are criminalised for being entrepreneurial. At the same time, the SA government, perhaps with good intentions, seems likely to create a disaster with changes to compensation coverage for miners.
September 18, 2016
Politicans, economists and several labour leaders keep telling us that we need more growth and greater productivity in order to claw our way out of the present economic crisis. But this is an illusion as we face the job-loss reality of the 4th industrial revolution.
February 16, 2016
Perhaps it was appropriate that Sunday was Valentine’s Day. It provided some respite from political shenanigans of the past week and the parlous state of the real economy. But the history of the day provides a glimpse of the reality of technological progress and its effect on jobs.
January 30, 2016
The so-called "Fourth Industrial Revolution" has the potential to free humanity from drudgery and poverty, but only if it is under true democratic control and serves the interests of humanity as a whole. So it is not a matter of demanding changes in mere policy, but in the political system itself.
June 15, 2015
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.
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.
January 28, 2013
Once upon a time and not very long ago, South Africa, as the continent’s largest economy and with a first-world banking and financial sector, was regarded as the potential gateway to investment in Africa. This is no longer the case: investors are tending to look north, to Ghana and even Zambia.