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Lessons SA unions should look to

Learning from the mistakes of others, and being aware of the basis of those mistakes, helps us not to repeat the same errors. This is something to which those individuals, groups and unions now agitating to move South Africa onto a new political trajectory via a trade union supported political party would do well to pay heed. 584 more words

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Calamity looms on SA political/union front

It is no exaggeration to say that South Africa is in the midst of the most important political development since 1994. The decision by the majority of the Cosatu union federation executive to expel its largest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) started a process that is in danger of becoming a train smash that could seriously damage the country’s fragile democracy. 661 more words

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Answer to union turmoil is democracy

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. I tender this classic apology on behalf of many of my fellow journalists who have recently misled the public about the situation regarding South Africa’s National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and the Cosatu federation. 603 more words

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Of social class and door mats

The question of class came to the fore this month with that arch South African free marketeer Ann Bernstein and the Centre for Democracy and Enterprise (CDE) hailing the potential growth of a global middle class, among them teachers. 588 more words

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Who's to blame for SA Post Office rot

The strike bound South African Post Office (Sapo) has been badly damaged. And not by greedy workers and belligerent unions, but by mismanagement, corruption and a total lack of planning and foresight. 607 more words

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The potential for economic change

Once again South Africa is having calls from a number of trade unions for the private sector to exercise “social responsibility” in order to help build “a developmental state”. 698 more words

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How heritage got roasted

September 24 was a public holiday in South Africa: Heritage Day. And carnivore commercialism seemed largely to have claimed it.  For many — if not most — South Africans who could afford it, this was a day to indulge in and enjoy… 698 more words

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