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As Brexit looms, London's migrants keep building

Immigrant Irish “navvies” (labourers) are credited with much of the construction work of the last century that made London the city it is today. Their contribution — along with the hardships they suffered — is immortalised in songs such as McAlpine’s Fusiliers which deals with the often brutal construction sites in the post World War 2 years, McAlpine being one of the major construction companies. 626 more words

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Back to a messier present

MUCH has changed in South Africa over the past 30 years, yet so much has remained the same. Institutional apartheid has gone, but the spatial — the geographic — reality remains. 716 more words

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Statistics, labour & a no-confidence vote in Zuma

South Africa’s Labour Forces Survey (LFS) for the second quarter of this year has been postponed from July 25 to the eve of August 8. But there is probably nothing sinister about the delay although details in the LFS are likely to be swamped by reports from parliament on that day. 655 more words

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The bigger picture of patronage and corruption

A month ago I wrote that South Africa may be heading into a “winter of discontent” as the public sector unions face their employer, the government, in pay and benefits talks. 847 more words

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Ideas to counter a poisonous legacy

THERE are many thousands of gainfully employed men and women, together with their children, living in the most appallingly squalid conditions in shacks in urban ghettoes around South Africa. 833 more words

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Media workers, citizens & freedom

Intolerance, bigotry and political cretinism have already contributed to the death of a journalist in South Africa. Suna Venter, one of the brave “SABC 8” who made a stand for media freedom, was shot at, kidnapped, assaulted and had her car vandalised. 834 more words

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The painful reality of junk status

“It’s the rich wot lives in clover/It’s the poor wot gets the blame.” So goes a line in an old — and often ribald — English music hall song. 682 more words

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