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The bigger picture of patronage and corruption

A month ago I wrote that South Africa may be heading into a “winter of discontent” as the public sector unions face their employer, the government, in pay and benefits talks. 847 more words

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Ideas to counter a poisonous legacy

THERE are many thousands of gainfully employed men and women, together with their children, living in the most appallingly squalid conditions in shacks in urban ghettoes around South Africa. 833 more words

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Media workers, citizens & freedom

Intolerance, bigotry and political cretinism have already contributed to the death of a journalist in South Africa. Suna Venter, one of the brave “SABC 8” who made a stand for media freedom, was shot at, kidnapped, assaulted and had her car vandalised. 834 more words

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The painful reality of junk status

“It’s the rich wot lives in clover/It’s the poor wot gets the blame.” So goes a line in an old — and often ribald — English music hall song. 682 more words

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SA's looming winter of discontent

The kleptocratic faction in the South African government, together with their cronies, have squandered and misappropriated billions of rand.  Now they expect public sector workers and the public at large to pay for this mixture of incompetence and larceny. 627 more words

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A R60bn robbery of SA homeowners

Over the past 20 years and more, thousands of working people, across the social spectrum in South Africa, have been made homeless and effectively robbed of billions of rands. 692 more words

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Weather, workers & a greener environment

The first serious cold snap of winter struck South Africa’s Highveld this past week, bringing sub-zero temperatures. And the Western Cape was battered by what were said to be the worst storms in 30 years. 634 more words

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