Analysis: NUM – Rich history, unforgiving present

Daily Maverick, 5 September 2012 Towering over trains in Park Station in Johannesburg, a billboard advertising the 30th anniversary of the formation of the National Union of Mineworkers is a timely reminder of the history of the union. Sure, that history may be a...

Daily Maverick, 24 August 2012 It was meant to be a memorial service, a ceremony held in honour of the victims of the police shootings in Marikana last week. But the Gauteng Provincial Government’s attempt at affording the victims some honour in death quickly...

Reporter’s Notebook: NUM drowned out at UJ meeting on Marikana

Daily Maverick, 23 August 2012  On Wednesday the University of Johannesburg hosted ‘Never Again’, a public meeting on the Marikana mining massacre last week. One by one, speakers made clear their disillusionment with the ANC-led government to do anything more than...

Q&A: Zackie Achmat

Daily Maverick, 30 May 2012-  The controversy that ensued from trade and industry minister Rob Davies’ announcement to have goods originating from the occupied Palestinian territories labelled as such and not “Made in Israel” refuses to die down. Some members of the...

Used goods: Will the new law work?

Daily Maverick, 29 May 2012 –  Second-hand goods tell stories of their own. They speak of the romance and mystery of bygone times as much as they speak of the desperation that drives sectors of the second-hand industry in South Africa. I visited Brixton,...

Syria: The Security Council and the Responsibility to Protect

Daily Maverick, 28 May 2012 –  The United Nations observers in Syria told the Security Council on Sunday that 116 people were killed. More were wounded – most of them were victims of shelling, others of gunshots.  And yet, as outrage and despair grows, any kind...

Malema steals the show, all over again

Daily Maverick, 25 May 2012  –  In commemoration of Africa Day, Unisa hosted the 3rd annual Thabo Mbeki lecture on Thursday night. Four former African presidents discussed the politics of development, but the real story of the night sat in the front row. Julius...