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What solution to a world in crisis?

Oh, when will they ever learn? It’s the last line in every stanza of a famous Pete Seeger anti-war song. And it was wholly appropriate in South Africa last week as we digested the latest GDP figures against a background of ongoing crisis especially in the steel, mining and manufacturing sectors. 646 more words

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South Africa, China and colonialism

The whole question of colonialism has come to the fore again in South Africa, courtesy of the Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) and its vehement objection to the introduction of the Chinese Mandarin dialect to local schools. 679 more words

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Mining, job losses & the system

Large scale redundancies in the South African mining sector, running to tens of thousands of jobs, are probably inevitable. But only because of the system in which we have to operate. 753 more words

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Playing games with women's rights

Every year as August dawns there is an annual media ritual in South Africa about women’s rights and, on August 9, a positive rash of declarations of intent and remembrances about the 1956 anti-pass march of the women on Union Buildings. 624 more words

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Unity, cohesion and a pink flag

Unity and cohesion remain the slogans for the ANC-led alliance as the three partners echo the claim of last week’s Cosatu special national congress that such togetherness has been assured. 579 more words

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A case of confusion, contradiction & irony

Behind a very flimsy screen of unity and cohesion promoted last week by Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini, the divisions in the country’s largest labour federation have become even greater. 757 more words

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Marikana, Aurora: where the buck should stop

Two of labour’s greatest modern tragedies in South Africa provided a media focus over the past week or so: Aurora and Marikana. And the latest episodes in these sagas brought to mind two popular expressions: “The buck stops here” and “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” 653 more words

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