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Terry Bell.Progress in public sector wage negotiations, but key issues remain unresolved

My column last week, comparing the pay and conditions of nurses and teachers to those of cabinet ministers, seems to have touched a raw nerve. And mainly among both national and local government employees that I failed to mention.

May 25, 2015
Terry Bell
Marikana, North West Province. Photo by Nathan Geffen.Why mining communities will take government to court

Mining companies and the government are ignoring the interests of the communities that should be benefiting from mining, writes the author. Now civil society organisations intend to take legal action.

May 21, 2015
Christopher Rutledge
Archive photo of demonstration against Home Affairs. Photo by Veronica Washaya.Operation Fiela: Sweeping Dignity Aside

Just under a month ago today, South Africa was shocked by the images on the cover of the Sunday Times on 19 April 2015. The images depicted Emmanuel Sithole, a Mozambican man and breadwinner for his family, lying on his back amongst rubbish as he pleaded with three men bearing knives standing above him, moments before they fatally stabbed him in cold blood.

May 18, 2015
Lara Wallis
Terry Bell.Extraordinary wage inequality among those paid with public money

South Africa is desperately short of nurses and many highly skilled practitioners are now over the age of 50 and nearing retirement. Yet there are estimated to be more than 30,000 South African nurses working abroad, everywhere from Dubai to Dublin.

May 18, 2015
Terry Bell
SJC members explain the budget. Photo courtesy of the SJC."What is your business in Council?" - My experience trying to participate in the City of Cape Town's budget

Every year the mayor calls for residents to participate in the budget process by making submissions on Cape Town's draft budget. Last year fewer than forty people wrote submissions and only 23 were from the public. This has been the trend for the last couple of years.

May 14, 2015
Axolile Notywala
Terry Bell.On D-Day for public sector wage agreement, consider lopsided government salaries

Don’t blame workers for poor management. And feel some sympathy for any competent managers, whether in a large school, a government department, or parastatal who often have to deal with a legacy of maladministration, all too often accompanied by levels of corruption.

May 11, 2015
Terry Bell
SAMWU protest in Cape Town, 6 May 2015. Photo by Masixole Feni.How Virginia de Azevedo has improved our health

Dr Virginia de Azevedo, the City Health Manager in Khayelitsha, has become a target of SAMWU strike action which affects ten City of Cape Town run clinics in Khayelitsha.

May 7, 2015
Lynne Wilkinson
Old Mutual's Portside building in the city centre. A condition for buying the property where this building is situated is that land owned by Old Mutual in Khayelitsha would be developed. Seven years later it remains vacant. Photo by Brent Meersman.Vacant land in Khayelitsha: Old Mutual responds

On 28 April GroundUp reported that land in Thembokwezi, Khayelitsha had not been developed by Old Mutual despite a commitment to do so in 2008. Here is Old Mutual's response.

May 6, 2015
Old Mutual
The Rhodes statue a few weeks before it was removed from UCT. Photo by Masixole Feni.On being black in UCT's law faculty

Amid all the furore over the removal of the Rhodes statute, a crucial point must be made and reiterated: the Rhodes statue is not merely a symbol for the continued exclusion of black students, it is also the lived experience for many black students -- as the experiences of black students at the UCT Law School shows.

May 6, 2015
Johan Lorenzen, Thamsanqa Malusi and Kevin Minofu
Taking inflation into account, real wages for low paid work have barely increased in 20 years, according to the Labour Research Service Picture: LRS.The rebellion of the poor

Today, 1 May, South Africa celebrates Workers’ Day. In the third and last in a series of articles, Leonard Gentle argues that a new labour movement will have to be part of a broader social movement.

May 1, 2015
Leonard Gentle

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