Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery


12 Jul 2013 | Little faith in the courts

One in three South Africans believes the courts discriminate against poor black South Africans. Even worse, only half of South Africans believe court...

16 Jun 2013 | Youth Day (June 16): South Africa's jobless youth victims of 'prostitution of politics'?

It is yet another June 16 public holiday in South Africa – ‘Youth Day’ – a day that commemorates the massacre of Soweto pupils...

12 Jun 2013 | Kenya: Activists Oppose Isreali Film Festival in Kenya

OPINION An open letter to the French Cultural Centre, Nairobi Israeli cultural and academic institutions, as well as cultural products like films, d...

10 Jun 2013 | Embrace migrants' entrepreneurial spirit

Xenophobia has a long and tumultuous history. During the apartheid era, foreigners from neighbouring African states were also regularly subjected to d...

23 May 2013 | Whose language should SA speak?

Last week the University of KwaZulu-Natal announced that it would be making Zulu compulsory for all first year students from next year. Blogs and soc...

9 May 2013 | South Africa: Future of Labour Relations in SA

Labour relations may have reached a defining moment in South Africa's history. Many share the view that over the past few years, unprotected strike ac...

26 Apr 2013 | Wage rise mirage

I was chatting recently to a petrol attendant who said his monthly wage of R4 500 made it very difficult to support the eight people in his extended f...

19 Apr 2013 | No bridging the trust gap

The stand-off between Cosatu and cabinet over the National Development Plan (NDP), as well as bitter exchanges between the labour federation and busin...

19 Apr 2013 | Public service picture not so perfect, Mr President

In a letter published in The Star earlier this month, President Jacob Zuma congratulated the public servants of South Africa who, he said, were improv...

18 Apr 2013 | Difficult pay talks lie ahead for Numsa

Wgae talks in the car manufacturing sector and with industrial giants Samancor, BHP Billiton and Eskom are what the National Union of Metalworkers of ...