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NEVILLE ALEXANDER REMEMBERED: Activist, academic and assesor was a giant amongst men, servant of our people and a champion

August 30, 2012

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Tribute to Neville Alexander by ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman My earliest recollection of Neville Alexander was whilst I was a young student at UWC. Neville, though always the image of dignified maturity, was a fierce debater and had a lifelong devotion to the cause of workers and the issues of the workers’ struggle. […]

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Selim Gool: Neville Alexander

August 28, 2012

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I was informed of Neville´s cancer some time ago by close friends who knew our close friendship – but Neville was not only my friend (he was considerably older being born in 1936 and I in 1948) but also of many members of the Gool and Abdurahman family – who were closely connected to Cmde. […]

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Marikana and the New Politics of Grief by Jon Soske

August 20, 2012

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In July 1981, 1,700 workers at the Penge asbestos mine in the Northwestern Transvaal struck after a bitter, two year struggle for recognition by the Black Allied Mine and Construction Workers Union. After four days, the mine owners fired all of the workers, who then responded by occupying the living compounds attached to the mine. […]

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Paper on The Black Students In Rebellion by María Jorgelina Echevarría

July 31, 2012

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During the 1960s, organised black opposition to apartheid had been highly reduced and controlled after the Sharpeville massacre and the imprisonment and exile of most of the African National Congress (ANC) leaders. However, the year 1969 saw the birth of a new organization exclusively formed by black university students: the South African Students Organization (SASO). […]

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ROGER BATE: Inferior medicines pose a major health risk

July 10, 2012

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Donors should expose and combat the double standard of companies exploiting weak oversight to sell poor-quality products to lower-income markets ROGER BATE Published: 2012/07/10 07:22:42 AM GLOBAL health agencies and western donors have made great efforts in recent years to subsidise and improve the supply of medicines for diseases affecting the world’s poorest people, particularly […]

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Right of reply – I have never used anyone as a shield

July 9, 2012

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2012-07-08 10:00 Angie Motshekga After reading various articles about the textbook issue in Limpopo, I could not help but write this letter. I have no doubt that not only am I capable of fulfilling my responsibilities, but with the current team in the national department and in provinces, we have steered this ship well in […]

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Opinion – How whites can reconcile

July 2, 2012

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2012-07-01 10:00 Alistair McKay Many excellent pieces of introspection and reflection have been written recently, and it’s about time. We haven’t done enough introspection in South Africa, especially among white people. We are a nation emerging from a mass tragedy – much like the Germans after World War II – and yet too few white […]

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Do not let our archives turn to dust

June 29, 2012

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29 Jun 2012 09:09 – Shula Marks National records are vital to democracy, yet they are consistently neglected by the government, writes Shula Marks. For most people other than historians and lawyers, the notion of a public archive is almost certainly rather hazy. Insofar as they think about it at all, the public probably believes […]

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Paying the price for recognition

June 26, 2012

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2012-06-24 08:42 South Africa’s decision to contribute to the firewall that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is preparing if the eurozone comes crashing down needs to be commended. We are not handing over a pot filled with two billion one-dollar bills, we are simply committing ourselves to be ready to help if the euro crashes. […]

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