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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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More turbulence seems to lie ahead for SA

Wednesday, August 3 will be the climax of probably the most fractious and bitter political campaigning, certainly at a local level, that South Africa has seen since 1994.  641 more words

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A Turkish lesson for democrats everywhere

The latest snub to the rule of law in South Africa came this week with the sacking of SABC journalists by management in flagrant disregard of the ruling made by the Independent Communications Authority. 774 more words

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The only antidote to public confusion

We seem today to be surrounded by much deliberate obfuscation of critical issues by official sources and, all too often, by a swirl of lies, innuendo and fear mongering. 661 more words

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Brexit, nationalism & xenophobia

The looming exit — Brexit — of certainly England and Wales from the European Union (EU) — should not overly concern South Africa economically or politically. 802 more words

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