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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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Participatory Democracy for the Young

Primary school children from the Pinelands North Primary School were treated to an unusual, if not unique, outing when they were given the opportunity of visiting the Western Cape Parliament and presenting its select committee on agriculture and environmental affairs with their input on issues as disparate as energy consumption, water rights, waste disposal and […]

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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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Employment Equity Constitutionally Revisited

It is extremely rare to find a senior cabinet minister excoriating his own government’s chief spokesman in public. When the spokesman in question is also simultaneously president of a business management pressure group, probably due to the inability of his superiors in government to grasp that there is a direct and intractable conflict of interests […]

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Tuberculosis And Poverty: What Could (And Should) Be Done?

Two groups of experts from different parts of the world agree that extreme poverty and all its accompaniments-malnutrition, overcrowding or homelessness, addiction, and lack of access to health care-is the major driving force underlying the presence and spread of tuberculosis, including the current increases in tuberculosis caused by multiple drug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant strains.   […]

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Grootboom To Hangberg – Access To Adequate Housing

The South African constitution is brief and to the point when it comes to the right to housing. It guarantees everyone the right to have “access to adequate housing”. The state is enjoined to “take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to achieve the progressive realisation of this right.” No one may […]

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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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