Posts Tagged ‘commentary’

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.

http://iolsresearch.ukzn.ac.za/pcc14978.aspx

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The Plight of Tutors at UKZN: Whose the culprit?

June 12, 2008

UKZN
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.

http://iolsresearch.ukzn.ac.za/PNG14980.aspx

Running on empty? God Bless Neo-liberalism

March 13, 2008

Editorial

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.

 

 

IOLS Commentary

February 27, 2008

Welcome to the Discussion Blog for IOLS Commentary.

Load Shedding: Who’s to blame? Will we MAKE it to 2010? Can we ever bridge the class divide? Is South Africa the next ‘Zimbabwe’? What do you THINK?? What do YOU think??? IOLS-Research Newsletter is extending its dynamic reach through Commentary Make your voice heard and debate other’s perspectives in just 800 words. Send articles, queries and contributions to  Azad EssaEmail: essa@ukzn.ac.za  Website: http://www.iolsresearch.ukzn.ac.za