Terry Bell.Trade union supported political parties: lessons to be learned

Learning from the mistakes of others, and being aware of the basis of those mistakes, helps us not to repeat the same errors. This is something to which those individuals, groups and unions now agitating to move South Africa onto a new political trajectory via a trade union supported political party would do well to pay heed.

Nov 24, 2014
Terry Bell
Kathryn Stinson.Ebola: the difficult return from the front

The health care workers who put their lives at risk to fight Ebola should be honoured, not quarantined, writes Kathryn Stinson, who recently returned from Sierra Leone.

Nov 20, 2014
Kathryn Stinson
Photo by Casey West (Wikipedia handle) under CC BY-SA 2.0.Why we should support the new complementary medicines regulations

It has been a year since regulations were published to protect the public from poor quality complementary medicines. The industry’s response has been characterised by obfuscation, denial and blatant contraventions, writes Professor Roy Jobson.

Nov 17, 2014
Roy Jobson
A police Nyala drives through De Doorns after protests in January 2013. Photo by Kate Stegeman.Farm workers union Csaawu should be saved

Csaawu is facing bankruptcy for supporting farm workers dismissed after the sector’s historic strikes in 2012/13 - arguably the strongest challenge to rural labour exploitation in recent South African history. This is the story of why it is important for the union to be saved.

Nov 17, 2014
Daneel Knoetze
Massive implications of Cosatu crisis

It is no exaggeration to say that South Africa is in the midst of the most important political development since 1994.

Nov 17, 2014
Terry Bell
The Tokolos Stencil Collective asks questions about Cape Town's public art. Photo courtesy of the Tokolos Stencil Collective.Real art makes the privileged uncomfortable

Several Cape Town landmarks have been defaced in recent weeks. Here members of The Tokolos Stencil Collective explain why they have done this.

Nov 13, 2014
Members of the Tokolos Stencil Collective
Fires have severely damaged Forbes Grant, a school Steve Biko attended. Photo by Daniel Linde.Current struggles of historic school that Biko attended

Forbes Grant Senior Secondary School is not safe. The flimsy fence structure around the school is easily breakable. On the school’s perimeter, the fence has gaping holes in many places. In some parts, there is no fence at all.

Nov 12, 2014
Daniel Linde
Terry Bell.When the representatives of labour become employers

The very public scrap between former trade union leaders John Copelyn and Marcel Golding, both now billionaire business people, has raised a crucial question for the labour movement: the role of union investment companies.

Nov 12, 2014
Terry Bell
Ten year old Mikey makes the gang salute. Photo by Dariusz Dziewanski.Recruiting child soldiers on the Cape Flats

Calvin* has spent over half of his life in Cape Flats gangs. Today, he is 26 years old and a high-ranking member of both the Mongrels street gang and the 28s prison gang.

Nov 10, 2014
Dariusz Dziewanski
Michael Pedro, who stands to lose his family's home due to a court ordered eviction this week, sits beside his shack in Walmer Estate. Photo by Daneel Knoetze.How magistrates and local government are failing to uphold the Constitution

The Constitution and legislation protect vulnerable people from being evicted into homelessness. But for 14 shack-dwellers in Walmer Estate this is exactly what is happening, writes Daneel Knoetze.

Nov 3, 2014
Daneel Knoetze