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A democratic back to school message for SA

Whatever democratic power ordinary people have should always be defended — and fiercely. It for this reason that community activists, including trade unionists with experience of organisation, should be gearing up this year to confront a serious challenge on the educational front. 938 more words

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2018 — and the hope to fly above the mire

It’s a new year and, if South Africa to see any real hope for a better future, the country probably needs to see the beginnings of at least some radical transformation of our present economic, political and social environment. 848 more words

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Glimmers of hope amid the gloom

Whether the much debated five-day ANC elective conference at Johannesburg’s Nasrec conference centre — it started today, ten hours late — ends prematurely or in calumny or consensus, life in South Africa should go on much the same as before. 832 more words

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Fake unity — and what to look forward to

Unity is the main internal rallying cry as South Africa’s governing ANC  heads towards its faction ridden elective conference next weekend. It comes from various sources within the ANC as well as from its trade union alliance affiliate, Cosatu. 727 more words

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How to counter child exploitation

Christmas is coming and the tills of the towns in South Africa are unlikely to jingle as merrily as in previous years. Understandably, because even the average banked salaries of South Africans have declined in real terms courtesy of these straitened economic times. 821 more words

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Worker hope for SA public broadcaster

The industrial relations mess that exists within the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) at the moment highlights many of the problems facing the trade union movement, and not only in South Africa. 791 more words

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Apples, drought & democracy

South Africa has certainly had many wake-up calls about the economic, social and political mess that the country is in. They have come through good investigative journalism and also through honest reports produced by official sources. 834 more words

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