Columns

Poor Workers, Weary Unions In May Day Lamentations, By Owei Lakemfa

The 2019 May Day activities, rallies and protests across the globe showed that the trade unions do not have a common agenda, that there is the continued ascendancy of capital over labour, of profits over human rights and an international preponderance of compromised labour leaders making excuses for employers and…
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Columns

South Africa: Will Ramaphosa Bring the House Down? (1), By Rafiq Raji

“But whether Ramaphosa succeeds depends on elections outcome on May 8th. But even if the ANC wins, he will face ferocious opposition to the clean-up from within his party. He will therefore need to tread carefully as it would be easy for rivals to remove him from the party leadership”.…
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Opinion

Africa and Its Fickle Vehicles for Power-Grab, By Kọle Ọmọtọṣọ

Political parties in Africa for now are short term conveniences when power is the objective, a ladder to use and throw away. So, can such parties create and guarantee democracy in African countries? The African National Congress (ANC), formed in 1912 by African intellectuals, traditional chiefs and leaders, as well…
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Columns

South Africa: The Complications of Free Higher Education, By Rafiq Raji

Market forces that have been found to engender optimal pricing for goods and services have also been found to serve the education system quite well. So as a practicing economist, I see how fraught with risks for the economy the new free education policy is. As an African who has…
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Opinion

The Nigerian Youth Need to Get Their Acts Together, By Rafiq Raji

...until young people begin to engage their older colleagues without fear, they would remain subjugated and relegated. Breaking out of this backward psyche would be difficult, however. But if the Nigerian youth hope to kick out the old men who think that leading us is their birth right, they would…
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Opinion

The Mandela Legacy: the Costs of Not Pushing Hard on Economic Freedom, By Rafiq Raji

...with the benefit of hindsight, Mr. Mandela should have paid as much attention to economic freedom as he did the political one. Some might say he was constrained somewhat. This is doubtful. The apartheid regime only caved in because it had no choice. Mr. Mandela could have pushed harder. Whether…
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Guest Columns

South Africa’s Wrestle With Its Past and Future, By Owei Lakemfa

The ANC might not have failed, but it has failed to meet the expectations and needs of the people; it might also be losing steam. It has two options, either to continue in its old way of non-fundamental reforms and eventually losing the people, or making a radical turn by…
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