Archive for the ‘Labour’ Category

Xenophobia: Reasons for the impeding crisis

June 12, 2008

Focus: Xenophobia in South Africa
Reasons for the impeding crisis

By Patrick Craven

The recent shocking spate of murderous attacks on foreign residents has rightly dominated both the media and the academic world. IOLS Research has already made an important contribution to the debate around the causes of this outbreak of violence.
What is becoming clear is that there is no consensus on the underlying reasons for the problem and the debate will doubtless continue. I would like to focus on one particular attempt to identify the reasons – an article on 30 May 2008 in Independent Newspapers by veteran journalist Allister Sparks. He puts the blame on the interaction of two failed government policies – one caused by the old ANC leadership and the other, as
he puts it, at least partially by the new.



June 12, 2008

NOCWAL: supporting postgraduate research
by Yajiv Haripersad and Sabeeha Maithir


University education is characterized by a reputation for developing critical thinkers. This is especially so in the Faculty of Humanities, Development and Social Sciences. However the gap between developing an analytical mind on a learner level, guided by teachers or supervisors within the relevant higher education institutions and writing independently is one that remains under-developed. Postgraduate learners rarely express individual (or collective) research interest through independent initiative research papers or the like. Reason for this being, that there is no formalized space dedicated to the stimulation of postgraduate research through which postgraduate learners can express their interest in research.

Furthermore upon reaching a postgraduate level and thereafter exiting university, a learner is armed with the necessary rules and taught methodologies but without an avenue through which to channel this knowledge and interest in research. University education is often criticized for not providing for the practical training of the learner, a need that other tertiary institutions such as those aligned towards more vocational training and education provide for. There is thus an opportunity for the creation of a formal structure within public higher education institutions that provides for the experiential training needs of postgraduate learners.

The Plight of Tutors at UKZN: Whose the culprit?

June 12, 2008

The plight of tutors at UKZN: who is the real culprit?
by Percy Ngonyama

As tutors engage in rigorous debate about the super exploitation of their cheap labour, they should be wary not to succumb to ‘divide and rule’?the boss’s very effective dirty strategy? blaming fellow victims. Getting up and standing up for their labour rights are long overdue for tutors at UKZN.

The prospect of withholding of labour power should be seriously looked into.
As our experience, past and present, will tell us, sometimes, this is the only language bureaucrats understand.

Percy Ngonyama is a MA student and a Tutor in the Department of Historical and
Internet Studies.

Worker’s Labour Matters

May 15, 2008


Workers’ Labour Matters

     by Patrick Craven


Patrick Craven is the National Spokesperson of COSATU. This is his address at the IOLS-Research/CCS Workers Festival at UKZN on May 7 2008



Exploitation from Below: Tutoring at UKZN

May 15, 2008

Right to respond

Exploitation from below?

Tutoring in the School of Sociology at UKZN-Howard College.

By Yajiv Haripersad


A recent restructuring of the tutorship programme within the School of Social Sciences has resulted in the restriction of the number of hours that post-graduate students are allowed to work as tutors. In addition, budget cuts have meant a decrease in tutors’ wages.


Skills development or Labour Exploitation?

April 21, 2008

Student Employment at University: Skills development or Labour Exploitation?
      by Brian Zondo

Running on empty? God Bless Neo-liberalism

March 13, 2008


Running on empty? God Bless Neo-liberalism
            by Shafinaaz Hassim


A little over a decade ago, various media voiced the concerns of critics about the state’s decision to adopt neo-liberal policies. While debates have raged throughout this time, dissident voice was, for the most part, hushed as mere skepticism.  

They said it would make us richer.

Now, as we watch our little house of cards slowly tumbling over, one can only wonder about these shortsighted urges to follow so-called global trends.

The evidence is exhausting.



Interview: World Class Cities for all Campaign (WCCA)

March 13, 2008

”Claim no easy victories and tell no lies. Give them practical alternatives”
        by Azad Essa

Reflections on the Tyre Industry Strike

March 12, 2008


Workers still count: reflections on the 2007 Tyre Industry Strike

by Sithembiso Bhengu

The Big Garment Dupe: ‘Made in South Africa’

February 27, 2008

The Big Garment Dupe: ‘Made in South Africa’
by Yajiv Haripersad and Michael Kinville