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Worker hope for SA public broadcaster

The industrial relations mess that exists within the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) at the moment highlights many of the problems facing the trade union movement, and not only in South Africa. 791 more words

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Apples, drought & democracy

South Africa has certainly had many wake-up calls about the economic, social and political mess that the country is in. They have come through good investigative journalism and also through honest reports produced by official sources. 834 more words

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The SABC & a democratic future

It was the 40th anniversary of South Africa’s “Black Wednesday” this week, the day in 1977 that saw the apartheid government crack down on opposition media, journalists and pro-democracy organisations. 702 more words

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A wage to fuel the fires of discontent

Fuel prices in South Africa went up again last week with hardly a whisper of comment. Perhaps we have become inured to such economic pain. Or perhaps, like some media houses, we misread the latest statistics, a good example of why the expression, lies, damned lies and then statistics remains current. 754 more words

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The poison of unprincipled unity

Job losses continue apace and the process seems unlikely to be reversed. That was a comment attributed to South Africa’s statistician general Pali Lehohla and it triggered an angry response from ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. 823 more words

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Looming battle about SA state pension funds

South Africa’s government aligned union federation, Cosatu, backed by the Communist Party, called for a general strike last Wednesday. It was a gamble, and it certainly did not bring the country to a halt. 898 more words

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I have seen the future & it frightens me

I RECENTLY saw again the future of retail – and it works. At the same time, it frightens me. The same applies to many of the observed developments, especially in the service industries, along with the decline in trade union membership across the world. 781 more words

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