Vol 23 No 1

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Following his State of the Nation Address, President Zuma declared 2017 the year of radical economic transformation. Mr. Zuma, speaking with a forked tongue, proclaimed that a key aim is to change the structure and patterns of ownership of the economy in favour of all South Africans, particularly the poor (State of the Nation Address (SONA 2017)). In a class divided society, if transformation is for all South Africans and the poor, then whose class interests will radical economic transformation […]Read the rest of the article

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The Deputy President signed the National Minimum Wage agreement on 7 February 2017 at the offices of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) . It is set to come into effect on 1 May 2018 and pegs the lowest earnings at R20/hour. Loopholes inside this minimum wage plan show that it is aimed at maximising super-exploitation. Despite the best efforts of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, his announcement contained nothing for workers to celebrate. How is it possible to […]Read the rest of the article

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How will the ANC government reverse the unemployment trend which recently increased to more than 27%? After seeing jobless growth for nearly a decade up to 2007, the economy of South Africa  started to haemorrhage jobs from 2009 onwards. This process started in the wake of job shedding for nearly a decade in the textile and mining industries. The years 2016 and 2017 revealed a bloodbath again within these sectors,  coupled with mass retrenchment that are currently being experienced in […]Read the rest of the article

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A recent tweet by Helen Zille highlighted some of the benefits of colonialism; this she had done to the embarrassment of (mostly) her black party members and the fury of most South Africans. Apparently, we should have some degree of appreciation for the progress that colonialism brought in areas such as health care and infrastructural development, if one may paraphrase broadly.  Needless to say, those who were on the receiving end of colonialism, responded with justified rage and indignation. Faced […]Read the rest of the article

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The Case Of The Philippi Horticultural Area Africa, as a continent faces many challenges, most tangible among these, that of food security. It is estimated that 250 million Africans are chronically malnourished, with 40% of children under the age of 5 years experiencing stunted mental and physical development. A Global Hunger Index, released by the ‘International Food Policy Research Institute’ in 2014, places Sub-Saharan Africa at the top of regions/countries afflicted by this problem. Some of these countries are facing […]Read the rest of the article

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The Western Cape Department of Human Settlements is involved in a protracted struggle to remove livestock farmers on the edge of the City of Cape Town. In October 2016 the Department issued eviction notices to the Ithemba Farmers Association and Penhill Residents Small Farmers Co-operative Association. As long-term urban residents they have engaged in livestock production and crop farming since the mid-1980s and 1994 respectively. The Ithemba Farmers Association comprises 175 members occupying approximately 70ha of land whereas the Penhill […]Read the rest of the article

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The Bromwell Street struggle for decent housing in Woodstock reflects once again the ruthlessness of the capitalists and their flagrant disregard for the working class. These residents face imminent eviction by the City of Cape Town and relocation to a desolate area far removed from either their current jobs or job opportunities closer to the city. Destitute communities and so-called backyard dwellers are all too familiar with the now common practice by the DA-led Western Cape government of relocating poor […]Read the rest of the article

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The premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille used the opportunity of the 17 February State of the Province address to smugly advocate her usual toxic provincialism and the associated racialism that it accompanies. Her speech was littered with references to the ‘exceptionalism’ of the Western Cape and the ‘good governance’ of her party, the Democratic Alliance. Her political alliances and political utterances clearly marks her out as a representative of the international and the national bourgeoisie. She portrayed the […]Read the rest of the article

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Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections has shocked far more citizens in the US and the rest of the world than those who have hailed his triumph. This deeply divisive figure, xenophobe, misogynist, climate change denier and racist, will assume the presidency of the only superpower in the world. This billionaire’s election campaign with its focus on an attack of the establishment, his tirades against illegal Mexican immigrants and calling for a ban on Muslims entering the US, […]Read the rest of the article

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Implications For The Working Class And Poor  The situation facing the National Health Service (NHS) in England was described recently by the chief executive of the British Red Cross as “a humanitarian crisis”. The British Red Cross has been providing support as dozens of hospitals and the ambulance services struggle to keep up with demand. He said his organisation was on the “frontline” as they had to “help get people home from hospital and free up much needed beds”. There […]Read the rest of the article

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 The Life Of A Young Man Who Is Losing His Eyesight I am 39 years old this year. I am a visually impaired young man, a father of three boys and I have been living with this eye condition for 13 years since I was diagnosed with glaucoma in 2003. I am living with my life partner and my sister in Kutlwanong Location in Kimberley. I went to school at St Peters primary, Molehabangwe and high school at Thulash and […]Read the rest of the article