Category: South Africa

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Patrick Bond: Keep South Africa’s Lights on with Renewable Energy – or Irradiate a Darkened Nation?

After an explosive start to his State of the Nation Address last week, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma turned to nuclear, coal, fracking and offshore drilling projects – but what about the country’s free sunshine, wind and tides?

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Patrick Bond: South Africa’s Electricity

A Muddle, a Meltdown or a Miracle?

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Patrick Bond: South African Oil Spill Pollutes Rich Whites’ Playground

But suburban Durban’s disaster reveals wider planetary abuse and eco-racism

Doug Allen: Nelson Mandela: His Meaning For Us Today

When assessing the meaning and significance of Nelson Mandela for us today, we are confronted with many contradictory questions: Which Nelson Mandela? Which Mandela narrative?

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Patrick Bond: Ricardo Hausmann’s Tall Tales about South Africa

Misunderstanding Foreign Economic Relations and Worker Productivity

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Stephen Roblin: The Poverty of Debate: Washington, UNITA, and the American Press

Excerpts from Piero Gleijeses’ Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991

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Patrick Bond: The World Bank blinks at South African inequality and corporate subsidies

The Bank’s optimism about redistributiom is not unusual, for it suffers a seriously bad statistical habit: poverty denialism.

Various Contributors: NUMSA’s Expulsion from COSATU

Statement by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa

Irvin Jim: South Africa: ‘We will continue to mobilise the working class for socialism’

Below are the speaking notes Jim’s presentation to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Central Executive Committee meeting to discuss the union’s expulsion from the federation, on November 7, 2014. After meeting through the night, delegates voted 33-24 in favour of expelling NUMSA, South Africa’s biggest trade union, the largest union in the federation and Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Media Meltdown Emails Disclose Who Really Runs the South African Show

The biggest credibility crisis ever to hit South Africa’s independent media is unfolding

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