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Criminalising desperate mine workers

The regulations governing mining in South Africa are in desperate need of revision. This was brought to the fore again last week with the deaths and arrests of “Zama-zama” artisanal gold miners, a fact underlined by word that government is contemplating seriously a new compensation regime for mine workers. 791 more words

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The productivity & growth illusion

Politicans, economists and several labour leaders keep telling us that we need more growth and greater productivity in order to claw our way out of the present economic crisis. 637 more words

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State & union 'capture' in South Africa

State capture. These are two of perhaps the most used words in recent political and social commentary in South Africa.

And here they seem to have a very specific meaning: the attempt — or possible success — of a single family, the Guptas, in being able to exercise great and undue influence over the government. 776 more words

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The living legacy of 'Mama Ray'

Three noteworthy and inter-related events were registered in South Africa during Women’s Month 2016: the 60th anniversary of the great anti-pass march on the Union Buildings, the 70th anniversary of the first major strike by the country’s black miners and the decision by the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) to withdraw from the Cosatu federation. 773 more words

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Marikana, mining and idustrial peace

Four years ago last week 34 striking miners were gunned down by police at Marikana in what now suspended police chief Riah Phiyega described as “representing the best of responsible policing”. 873 more words

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Women's Day and celebrations of patronage

Should we, in South Africa, celebrate the fact that Women’s Day. August 8, has now morphed into the whole of August being Women’s Month? Or is this yet another example of hype, of much form and little substance? 673 more words

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Quotas do not equality make

Despite a clear South African Constitutional Court decision last month on quotas and equal rights, much election propaganda on the topic, leading up to the August 3 poll, was characterised by misinformation, distortions and downright lies. 731 more words

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