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Watch out when China coughs

If Wall Street sneezes, the world catches cold. That expression — and variants of it — refers to the American stock exchange crash of 1929 that signalled the start of what is still known as the Great Depression. 663 more words

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Patronage: rotting social fabric from within

Skeletons seem to be rattling around in several ministerial closets in South Africa at the moment in what appears to be a case of political patronage gone severely toxic. 735 more words

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SA unions bid to 'save the country'

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Two names now epitomise the specific economic problems and political turmoil South Africa finds itself in: Zuma and Gupta. 775 more words

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The new spectre stalking the world

If you wish to access the videoed interviews (1. on a new labour federation and 2.  a potential workers’ party) with Irvin Jim, general secretary of NUMSA that are embedded in the column below, please go to: 851 more words

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The real message of International Women's Day

Tuesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day (IWD). It comes at a time of ongoing global economic crisis and when we, in South Africa, face further massive job losses, turmoil on the university campuses and in the labour movement. 644 more words

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No joy for SA labour in 2016 Budget

South Africa’s 2016 Budget has come and gone — and has done little or nothing to assuage the anger felt in many sections of the embattled trade union movement. 746 more words

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Avoiding the real state of the SA nation

There has now been enough time to digest the latest South African State of the Nation Address (SONA). Although digest seems hardly the right word, given how little substance there was in the speech: it was extremely lean in terms of content. 669 more words

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