Several trade unions and many protesting Fees Must Fall students in South Africa directed their anger at the wrong targets over the past week. The unions demanded decent work from the private sector; the students, free education from university administrations. 721 more words
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The regulations governing mining in South Africa are in desperate need of revision. This was brought to the fore again last week with the deaths and arrests of “Zama-zama” artisanal gold miners, a fact underlined by word that government is contemplating seriously a new compensation regime for mine workers. 791 more words
State capture. These are two of perhaps the most used words in recent political and social commentary in South Africa.
And here they seem to have a very specific meaning: the attempt — or possible success — of a single family, the Guptas, in being able to exercise great and undue influence over the government. 776 more words
Three noteworthy and inter-related events were registered in South Africa during Women’s Month 2016: the 60th anniversary of the great anti-pass march on the Union Buildings, the 70th anniversary of the first major strike by the country’s black miners and the decision by the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) to withdraw from the Cosatu federation. 773 more words