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Ebrahim Harvey

13 tough questions for Zwelinzima Vavi

18 May 2014 15:00

ZwelinzimaVavi says Cosatu has become far too absorbed with ‘palace politics’ and leadership ­squabbles, taking its eye off the issues that really matter to its members. Author Ebrahim Harvey has some tough questions for the union federation’s general secretary

The great middle class debate: Putting things into perspective

22 January 2014 10:00

So dedicated was the apartheid state to racist ideology that even the white working class enjoyed one of the highest standards of living in the world, especially of urban infrastructure, under conditions typical of what would constitute the middle class in other nations.

NUM needs its thinking cap

3 June 2013 10:00

The flurry of reports in the media about the huge 60% wage increase the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is seeking for their members at the bottom end of the industry in its annual wage negotiations, has imparted a sombre and dramatic note to it.

Mangaung and Motlanthe’s future

20 January 2013 10:00

There’s no question that the issue of whether ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe would challenge president Jacob Zuma for the party presidency in Mangaung last month was more prevalent than any other in the South African media last year.