William Gumede

Challenging the old union order

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Upon realising that they were not receiving adequate services from their unions, members have either formed new unions or joined others. With new formations looming on the horizon, such as the United Front or Movement of Socialism as proposed by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) does this signal the end of the old order and the coming into being of the new? William Gumede explores.

Is SA at tripping point.

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Twenty years after democracy South Africa is experiencing a perfect storm of crises, the product of a number of simultaneous, deep-rooted, structural crises: political, economic, labour and social. These crises may be sign that the country’s social and political power is going through change writes William Gumede.

Creating African free-trade area

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In June 2011, African leaders unveiled new plans to create an Africa-wide free-trade area, when they announced that 26 African nations will join three existing, but often overlapping, regional trade blocks, writes William Gumede.

SA must rethink relations

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South Africa’s current strategy of bending backwards to please China threatens our hard-fought democratic gains. Allowing the Asian dragon to buy up all the strategic sectors of the economy will only lead to a new form of colonialism, this time, not from Western powers, but from the East, writes William Gumede.

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