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Newly Qualified Black Teachers Struggle to Find Jobs Despite Overcrowding in South Africa’s Classrooms

By ANNA MAJAVU South Africa has a growing number of unemployed teaching graduates, especially newly qualified Black teachers. When Dr Blade Nzimande took office as Higher Education minister, he increased the number of bursaries for teacher training, supposedly to remedy the extreme shortage of teachers. Last year, R2.4-billion was allocated by the Higher Education ministry to providing scholarships for study ... Read More »

Land, Dignity & Democracy: South Africa’s Constitution Does Allow for Expropriation

South Africa's Constitution

By RICHARD PITHOUSE At a public discussion on the land question in Johannesburg on Friday, February 27, Dikgang Moseneke, the Deputy Chief Judge of the Constitutional Court, began his remarks with a well-known quote from Frantz Fanon: For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring ... Read More »

Laughing President: The Real Reason Jacob Zuma Can’t Stop Smiling

Jacob Zuma

By ALEXANDER O’RIORDAN What happened in the South African Parliament last week was a carefully engineered spectacle of power Last week’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) and the subsequent fallout is being voraciously dissected in the press. Most of the analysis, however, is on what the media presumes are unintended consequences of President Jacob Zuma’s poor planning. But, what ... Read More »

Mining Indaba Rethinks the Role of Mining in South Africa

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Nothing Changes Until Something Big Happens By SALIEM FAKIR Last week the Mining Indaba came and went just like it does every year. Some 7,000 people attended. On its margins, outside of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), a different kind of mining indaba, a people’s indaba, took place in close by Woodstock. This was the 5th Alternative Mining ... Read More »

SONA 2015: Leila Khaled’s Presence In Parliament Lost in Pandemonium of Local Politics

Leila Khaled

By ANNA MAJAVU The Tripartite Alliance’s support of the BDS Movement is weakened by the ruling party’s confusing stance on Israel/Palestine Amongst the audience in Parliament’s public gallery for President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) was a Palestinian freedom icon who carried with her the hopes of all Palestinians that the ANC government would begin making moves ... Read More »

Obama Downplays Terrorism While UN Says It’s a Major Threat to International Peace [Video]

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By PENNY SWIFT President Barack Obama has been labeled “a President in denial” after stating in a recorded interview (watch below) that the media overstates terror threats. In addition, an Israeli Government Minister has accused the President of ignoring the reality of Islamist terrorism. In stark contrast, the United Nations (UN) Office on Drugs and Crime Prevention continues to warn that ... Read More »

Virginia Passes Bill to Rein in Restraints of School Kids

Many schools in the state still have no policies or rules around pinning kids down This story by Heather Vogell, written for ProPublica, unearths some of the barbaric practices that are being used today in a country that is supposedly the leader of the free world. The State of Virginia is at least making a move in the right direction to ... Read More »

The Anti-Politics of Terrorism

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By JANE DUNCAN Terrorism In the wake of the recent attacks in Sydney, Paris and Baga, it’s a word that’s been on many people’s lips. After the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, some have argued vehemently against trying to explain the context in which terrorism arises as an attempt to be ‘soft’ on terrorism. Terrorism Versus Criminality Yet at the ... Read More »

The Human Cost of Xenophobia

Xenophobia

The human cost of intolerance towards African immigrants and refugees is too high By MANDISI MAJAVU Three months after the South African government announced that it was planning to introduce a controversial stringent application process for refugees seeking asylum in the country, foreign-owned shops are being looted in Soweto and foreign nationals are being subjected to xenophobic attacks again. The ... Read More »