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BUSINESS ABUSES OP-ED: Corporate human rights abuses can be curbed across Africa with buy-in from governments to honour the UN treaty

By Boaventura Monjane and Anesu Dera | Daily Maverick | 02 Jul 2023  On 28 and 29 June, community members, popular formations and civil society organisations from across the African continent gathered in Johannesburg to participate in the African Regional Indaba

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WATER-RELATED HEALTH CRISES OP-ED (PART TWO): Cholera — examining the horrific consequences of government’s own contaminated policy choices

By Jeff Rudin | Daily Maverick | 27 Jun 2023  Understanding the background to the neoliberal political economy that underpins government policy choices is a starting point for addressing the changes needed to reduce the excesses of our country’s poverty, unemployment

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WATER-RELATED HEALTH CRISES OP-ED (PART ONE): Cholera — have we really learnt nothing from Covid-19?

By Jeff Rudin | Daily Maverick | 26 Jun 2023  The first of two articles examining water-related health crises in South Africa asks why we have learnt nothing from previous crises and why our government, having responded to each new crisis

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CLIMATE CHANGE OP-ED: The green economy – at best, a wishful illusion; at worst, a deceptive myth

By Jeff Rudin | Daily Maverick | 25 May 2023 The claims of the green economy, together with the green economy’s long history, provide the essential backdrop to the question of why, after a gestation of 34 years, it still

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Op-Ed: EFF’s embracing of African monarchies is not socialist or revolutionary

By Andile Zulu | Mail & Guardian | 18 MAY 2023 Founded in July 2013, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) appeared as a compelling alternative in an increasingly stagnant electoral landscape. Rejecting the stale and impotent liberalism of the Democratic Alliance (DA),

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Electric cars — a major problem for all and a solution for only a few!

By Jeff Rudin  | Daily Maverick | 07 Mar 2023 One has indeed to be rich to afford the comfort of doing one’s bit for slowing down climate change. Were it not for neglected railway and underground systems, along with the

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WRITING’S ON THE WALL OP-ED: Thoughts arising from the ideological astigmatism in Pieter du Toit’s ‘The ANC Billionaires

By Jeff Rudin  | Daily Maverick | 27 Feb 2023 There was nothing exceptional in what Big Capital undertook to do in South Africa. No ruling class anywhere in the world has ever voluntarily relinquished power to those they used to

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ENERGY CRISIS (PART ONE): If Eskom’s tariff increase is to go, its financing model needs to bite the dust too

By Dominic Brown and Jaco Oelofsen | Daily Maverick | 08 Feb 2023  Reducing primary energy costs and providing debt relief are low-hanging fruit in terms of solving Eskom’s tariff increase problem, but these measures will be short-lived unless there is a restructuring of

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Op-Ed: Mozambican government’s legitimacy crisis reinforces authoritarianism

By Boaventura Monjane and Teresa Amal | Daily Maverick | 11 Jan 2023  The current crisis in Mozambique is due mainly to the inability of the state and the government to respond to the primary concerns of the Mozambican people. These include

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BEYOND THE COP27 OP-ED | Climate crisis – practical action begins with better understanding of planetary reality

By Jeff Rudin | Daily Maverick | 09 Jan 2023    Documents that were kept under wraps for 50 years give us insights that help explain why efforts to agree on climate change interventions have failed so far. The scale of the

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