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What makes the Constitutional Court’s decision on a secret ballot so difficult

What makes the Constitutional Court’s decision on a secret ballot so difficult

South Africa has been treated to an overdose of legal arguments as its Constitutional Court grapples with whether or not a parliamentary vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma should be conducted by secret or open ballot. The country’s opposition parties are trying to get Zuma removed. Their latest attempt was triggered by his […]

Government - By The Conversation | 26 May, 2017
To stay in the game, universities need to work with tech companies

To stay in the game, universities need to work with tech companies

Over the last five years, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have enabled universities to share their expertise with millions across the world. T

General - By The Conversation | 20 May, 2017
White monopoly capital – good politics, bad sociology, worse economics

White monopoly capital – good politics, bad sociology, worse economics

Many would like to consign the polarising debate about “white monopoly capitalism” (WMC) in South Africa to the margins. They argue that its proponents are nothing more than Marxist ideologues or mischievous political manipulators. But, even if we query the integrity of the term WMC, its introduction into South Africa’s contemporary discourse is indisputably good for the country’s politics.

Finance - By The Conversation | 12 May, 2017
SA’s new labour struggle: less work, same pay, and basic income for all

SA’s new labour struggle: less work, same pay, and basic income for all

Since the 19th century May 1 has been International Worker’s Day, chosen by organised labour to celebrate the contribution of workers around the world. But it’s frequently forgotten that the day actually celebrates a particular achievement of the labour movement: being able to do less work. Not better paid or decent work, but shorter working hours.

Business - By The Conversation | 6 May, 2017
Facebook can tell you more about a person than actually meeting them

Facebook can tell you more about a person than actually meeting them

Despite being a carefully curated version of one’s self put on display for people to see, studies show that online representations can give away even more about someone’s personality than actually meeting them.

Lifestyle - By The Conversation | 5 May, 2017
South Africa has a new trade union federation. Can it break the mould?

South Africa has a new trade union federation. Can it break the mould?

The newly launched trade union grouping in South Africa – the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) – promises to be a voice for the growing numbers of unorganised and marginalised workers in the country.

Business - By The Conversation | 30 April, 2017
As South Africa’s ANC implodes, Thabo Mbeki tries to rewrite his own history

As South Africa’s ANC implodes, Thabo Mbeki tries to rewrite his own history

As South Africa’s political climate goes from fractious to feverish, with protests mounting against the embattled president, Jacob Zuma, a former national leader and titan of the ANC has waded into the fray.

Government - By The Conversation | 28 April, 2017
Yes, giving money to the poorest will make their lives better – UN study

Yes, giving money to the poorest will make their lives better – UN study

Is eradicating poverty, a goal the United Nations’ hopes to achieve by 2030, actually feasible? New research out of Ecuador says yes – if governments are willing to pay for it.

Wealth - By The Conversation | 26 April, 2017
White people in South Africa still hold the lion’s share of all forms of capital

White people in South Africa still hold the lion’s share of all forms of capital

The role of “white monopoly capital” in post-apartheid South Africa has been in the news lately. In the South African context, it can be understood as the white population’s extensive control over the country’s economy.

General - By The Conversation | 25 April, 2017
Survey sheds light on who marched against Zuma and why

Survey sheds light on who marched against Zuma and why

South Africa has long been described as the “protest capital of the world”. But the protests have largely been confined to black townships and informal settlements.

Government - By The Conversation | 22 April, 2017
The markets can stomach a captured Treasury but South Africa’s poor will suffer

The markets can stomach a captured Treasury but South Africa’s poor will suffer

The formal economy might find it a lot easier to live with a (partly) captured national treasury than many might imagine. This is bad news for people living in poverty who would then lack friends in high places to resist the capturers.

Business - By The Conversation | 21 April, 2017
Explained: the proposed changes to Australian citizenship

Explained: the proposed changes to Australian citizenship

On Thursday, 20 April, the Australian government announced three broad changes to the criteria for Australian citizenship.

Lifestyle - By The Conversation | 20 April, 2017
No need to despair even as the dream of South Africa feels like a nightmare

No need to despair even as the dream of South Africa feels like a nightmare

Personal interests, corruption, private gain, entitlement, a vicious contempt for the poor and the common good, a culture of blatant lies and cronyism — and possibly worse — dominate our public landscape.

Finance - By The Conversation | 17 April, 2017
Organic food matters – but not for the reason you think

Organic food matters – but not for the reason you think

Is organic agriculture the solution to our global food system challenges? That’s been the premise and promise of the organic movement since its origins in the 1920s: farming that’s healthy, ecological, and socially just.

Lifestyle - By The Conversation | 15 April, 2017
Why Joburg cyclists never use the bike lanes

Why Joburg cyclists never use the bike lanes

When you think of the world’s bicycle friendly cities, Johannesburg probably doesn’t feature.

Motoring - By The Conversation | 15 April, 2017
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