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Eskom: wake-up call to SA govt & unions

South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa persists in referring to the mess that exists in power utility Eskom as “a challenge”. He did so in his Q & A session in parliament last week. 734 more words

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The Aurora factor & SA worker unity

Infighting, bickering and the pursuit of power and patronage have largely paralysed South Africa’s largest labour federation, Cosatu, in recent years. That, broadly, is the view of the federation’s embattled general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, and of Jay Naidoo, Cosatu’s first general secretary. 629 more words

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Real SA Budget: a frantic daily struggle

Wednesday was Budget day in South Africa, an annual event for the state. But for most citizens, budget day is every day or, if they a slightly luckier, a weekly or monthly calculation to try to remain at least afloat economically. 619 more words

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Nationalisation, silver linings and the SA Post Office

Every cloud has a silver lining. This expression implies that there is some good in every troubled circumstance. Yet it is often difficult to find that silver lining in terms of benefits gained or lessons learned. 625 more words

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Let's stop abusing holy prophets & Marx

The Q’uran and the Prophet Mohammed cannot be held responsible for the Jihadi atrocities of Boko Haram or the Islamic State groups any more than can the Christian Gospels and Jesus be held responsible for apartheid or the Ku Klux Klan. 661 more words

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Inherent inequality of the World Economic Forum

The annual World Economic Forum (WEF) extravaganza got underway last week as 700 private jets whizzed into the Swiss Alpine resort of Davos.  This is a gathering where the heads of immensely rich corporations wine, dine, bribe and bully various power brokers and wannabe tycoons to do their bidding and to adopt policies that suit the corporate world. 652 more words

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Unions: potential bulwarks of democracy

Trade unions are the bulwark of democracy, Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation told the recent UNI global union gathering in Cape Town. 622 more words

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