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The powers of the Public Protector

By Paul Hoffman* Now that the high jinks of Busisiwe Mkhwebane, our current Public Protector, have been characterised as both dishonest and indicative of her incompetence by our highest court and by our long-suffering and chronically persecuted Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, it is an opportune time to take stock of what should be […]

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Homelessness In The New South Africa

The lot of street people, street children, collectively “the homeless” is a terrible and hard-to-face indictment of the caring, compassionate and human rights oriented ethos of the new dispensation in South Africa. Those living in doorways, under bridges, on pavements and in abandoned buildings have a hard life. The indignity of it all cries out […]

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Poo Politicking Goes Around The Bend

Wednesday 5 February 2014 is a day that will live in infamy in the annals of the history of Cape Town. Two events, and the very average conduct of some present at both of them will ensure that. A turning point in the promotion of participative democracy was reached and the slope ahead looks somewhat […]

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Doing business in a constitutional democracy

It is a pleasure and a privilege to be invited to participate actively in this timely jobs summit. It is also an honour to have so diverse and august an audience. While observing all protocol, allow me to establish the composition of my audience here today: How many of you are South African citizens? How […]

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The Truth About Employment Equity

To measure progress and the returns on the national investment in employment equity over the past twelve years by the ‘one size fits all’ measurement of demographic representation is a gross oversimplification and a reckless disregard for the complex nature of organisational development. No matter what is said in general debate about workplace and employment […]

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