South African Government, plans to implement a national minimum wage. What does that mean and is it a good idea?
International experts shed light on the migration-development nexus, for example with regard to migration flows in and from the Middle East and South Africa. They highlight the diversity of reasons for people to leave their homes as well as their courage to do so, and point to political shortcomings and perspectives.
We were tweeting and streaming live on YouTube from the Daily Dispatch dialogue in East London on 14 March 2016, with Zwelinzima Vavi, Devan Pillay (contributing author) and Sibusiso Ngalwa (Daily Dispatch editor). The event’s discussion was broadly covered in the national news, including the articles in the Daily Dispatch.
United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa has warned the state to avoid dismissing the implications of the current service delivery protests sweeping across the country.
Holomisa was speaking at the Daily Dispatch and University of Fort Hare Dialogues in East London on Tuesday night. Some of his sentiments were echoed by fellow panellists, former Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairwoman Brigalia Bam, columnist Nompumelelo Runji, and columnist and Democracy Works chairman William Gumede.
Watch this video for a four minute history of 90 years of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, from its inception on 2 March, 1925 in Germany to its global presence in over 100 countries today. This video is also available in French, German and Spanish.
“Why is public opinion indifferent to renewable energy as a solution to South Africa’s electricity crisis?” On 25 May 2015, SACSIS and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa Office held a panel discussion with some of South Africa’s leading energy experts interrogating this question.
On the 2 February 2015, SACSIS and the Friedrich Ebert South Africa Office (FES), two partner organisations that promote constructive engagement through social dialogue, turned their attention to South Africa’s racial divide by co-hosting a panel discussion on how the media covers the race debate. The video, podcast and written summary are available here.
In recent months, it has been reported that the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, under the auspices of the Ingonyama Trust, is preparing to lodge a massive land claim that will cover much of the land in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. This video shows the panel discussion on the impact of traditional leadership on rural land reform which took place 29 September, 2014 at the Wits Club.
In late July 2014, Steven Friedman provided a lecture on ‘What is the role of the social justice commentator in public interest journalism?’ to the team of writers at the South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS) at their reflection workshop. Watch the video here.
In an extensive interview, Numsa’s general secretary, Irvin Jim, talks to Fazila Farouk of SACSIS about NUMSA’s current strike, alliance politics as well as its United Front and Movement for Socialism. In response to a question about building greater solidarity between the middle class and the poor, Jim argues that Numsa’s movement for socialism is not only for people who are “red”. He says that the middle class has a right to live the kind of life that it chooses, but that it also has a responsibility to make a contribution towards advancing “humanity”.