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Sugary drinks tax

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Why trade unions can support it? 

The Treasury has proposed a tax on sugary drinks. This is opposed by sugar companies and some trade unions on the grounds of job losses. Tracey Malawana explains how

the tax will save thousands of lives and that the sugar industry is in rapid decline and jobs are, and will be, lost for other reasons than the tax.

NUM’s defining events

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There were six events in the National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM) history that defined it and led to its growth. These included the aborted 1984 wage strike, racial confrontations, illegal strikes and mass dismissals at Vaal Reef and the overturning of the 1985 mass dismissals and transformation of Gencor, writes Dunbar Moodie.

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Interview with PWMSA convenor Hlengiwe Mkhize

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Interview with PWMSA convenor Hlengiwe Mkhize

South Africa’s role in Africa

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South Africa’s role in Africa can be described as capitalist, imperialist, expansionist and opportunistic. This makes it impossible to build cross-class alliances against global imperialism, writes Shawn Hattingh.

Cosatu tribute to Mandela

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When Nelson Rohlihlahla Mandela passed last year on 5 December, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) paid tribute not only to South Africa’s most loved liberation hero but also to an internationally recognised leader.

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Zimbabwe Nation in limbo

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With President Robert Mugabe winning the July 2013 election he will rule for yet another five-year term, which he will complete at 94 years of age. Blessing Vava looks at how Zimbabwe should start thinking of a new leadership to take the country forward instead of ZANU PF’s ‘team old’.

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Domecratic Marxism and the Numsa moment

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The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) moment challenges neoliberal capitalism promoted by the African National Congress (ANC) and brings together organised working class and left forces against capital. It is also provides an opportunity for renewal of Marxism in South Africa, writes Vishwas Satgar.

Social democracy and the ANC

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The African National Congress (ANC) has historically supported ideas of social democracy as some of the ways to bring development to the country. Robert van Niekerk traces ideas of social democracy in the party’s history as it is important to review what has influenced ANC thinking in the last 20 years of democracy.

Challenging the old union order

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Upon realising that they were not receiving adequate services from their unions, members have either formed new unions or joined others. With new formations looming on the horizon, such as the United Front or Movement of Socialism as proposed by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) does this signal the end of the old order and the coming into being of the new? William Gumede explores.

Is SA at tripping point.

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Twenty years after democracy South Africa is experiencing a perfect storm of crises, the product of a number of simultaneous, deep-rooted, structural crises: political, economic, labour and social. These crises may be sign that the country’s social and political power is going through change writes William Gumede.

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