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Strikes In Essential Services

Introduction Strikes, all too often accompanied by violence, are common in essential services in South Africa, as the recent public sector strike demonstrates. The purpose of this paper is to explore the legality of these strikes and to suggest what the law could do to better manage them. Essential Services and the Right to Strike […]

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The Calling Of Professional Public Servants

An extract from the address of the Reverend Professor Peter Storey on Sunday 22nd August, preaching at a service commemorating the life of his late brother-in-law the Reverend Paul Welsh: “Frederich Beuchner says, ‘The vocation for you is the one in which your deepest gladness and the world’s deep need meet – something that not […]

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The Education Debate

Everyone in SA, child and adult alike, is entitled to a basic education according to our Bill of Rights – no ifs, no buts. In the first year of our current Constitution 1,19 million black learners entered the public school system in grade 1, most seeking the “quality education” that would lift them from poverty, […]

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Striking Efficiently

Only two weeks before the kick-off of the world soccer spectacular, a deal was struck that ended almost four weeks of national disruption, untold economic damage and widespread anger attributable to strikes in the transport sector. Since then the nation has seen nothing but a show of national spirit, unity and support for Bafana Bafana […]

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Jimmy Manyi: An Intractable Conflict Of Interest

The Director General of Labour, Jimmy Manyi is an ebullient, energetic and assertive senior public servant whose urbane skills would be an asset to any government department anywhere in the world. His Minister is satisfied that he was the best candidate available for the post and he has applied himself vigorously to his responsibilities in […]

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The Future Of The National Prosecuting Authority

Two conflicting takes on the future of the National Prosecuting Authority have been placed before the Justice select committee of Parliament in recent weeks. The one envisages business as usual, the other some radical departures from the status quo. This ought to be perplexing to members who attended the presentations made first by Menzi Simelane, […]

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