The Work of the IEC Must Be Strengthened

Dear friends and fellow South Africans, As we approach the 2014 national and provincial elections, the integrity and independence of the IEC, the Independent Electoral Commission, are of paramount importance. It is, ultimately, the IEC that must deliver a credible, free and fair election. As the Editor of the Mail & Guardian puts it in […]

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The Best and Worst of Election Fever

Dear friends and fellow South Africans, Election fever has well and truly started. While in some industries May 2014 seems a long way off, in politics it’s just around the corner. There are just eight months left before the 2014 national elections. As always, election fever brings with it some of the best and worst […]

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Trade Unionism is A Highly Politicised Arena

Dear friends and fellow South Africans, When power cuts affected former President Nelson Mandela’s Houghton home last week, it was inevitable that someone would comment on social media that “now he knows what the squatters feel like”. It’s an unjust and insulting comment, but not unexpected. The division between the haves and the have-nots is […]

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My 85th Birthday and the Secret to My Endurance

Dear friends and fellow South Africans, As I celebrated my 85th birthday this week, several journalists contacted me to ask about the secret to my endurance and the highlights of my life. Of course, the usual question came up, about when I plan on retiring. But one journalist more inventively pointed out that I am […]

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Young People, Your Vote Shapes Your Future

Dear friends and fellow South Africans, Standing on the koppie outside Marikana where 34 miners were shot dead by police last year, I looked out on a crowd of people who still live in need and grief, and in hope that their circumstances might change. Yesterday’s commemoration of the Marikana Mine Massacre reminded South Africa […]

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