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A wake-up call for SA trade unions

South Africa is heading into a particularly rough year economically. That much seems to be agreed by economists and commentators across the board. So when unions start, later in the year, to demand double digit pay rises, do not be surprised: they will be justified. 660 more words

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Dealing with the "4th Industrial Revolution"

I didn’t expect anything worthwhile to emerge from the World Economic forum annual meeting that ended in Davos last week.  Once, again, I was not disappointed. 707 more words

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Opening the debate on alternative economics

“The doors of learning and culture shall be opened.” So states the eighth clause of the ANC’s Freedom Charter, adopted in 1955 and still claimed to be the guiding programme of the governing party. 666 more words

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Forward to a Cold War future?

In the face of the ongoing global economic crisis, with massive unemployment and a wage and welfare gap continuing to grow, the remnants of communist parties around the world see a chance of again becoming major, even leading, political forces. 624 more words

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A new year — and a new world ahead

Oh, when will they ever learn? I have quoted that line from a Pete Seeger song several times in the past. And, as we enter fully into 2016, it keeps recurring to me as I listen to various proposals for the economic future. 652 more words

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Spin, myths and The Market

Outrageous political satire seems to be a South African speciality. Only it is mostly produced by politicians rather than penned by satirists. Comedians such as Pieter-Dirk Uys long ago realised this fact, as did cartoonists such as Zapiro. 720 more words

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Where political expediency trumps education

Schools around South Africa ended their 2015 academic year this week. And most learners went off on their holidays without having sat for the government’s demanded Annual National Assessment (ANA) tests. 635 more words

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