WHETHER the much debated five-day ANC elective conference at Nasrec — it starts tomorrow — ends prematurely or in calumny or consensus, life in South Africa should go on much the same as before. Depending on the outcome, the exchange rate value of the rand may weaken or strengthen as the money market gamblers win or lose their bets. And, with an 18%-plus increase in the price of electricity looming, the trajectory of tougher times for many will continue.
WHATEVER happens at Nasrec this weekend at the apparent watershed elective conference of the ANC will probably not much affect the lives of most South Africans, says Terry Bell in his latest Labour Wrap. Whether the conference collapses prematurely or ends in calumny or consensus, life should go on much the same as before. If a state of emergency is declared, something Bell has for some time forecast as a possibility, all bets are off. Only a fool could then forecast what may happen.
Cape Town - Nearly 24 years down the line, a number of former Midrand municipal workers who were controversially sacked after a strike in 1994, may be getting their jobs back as both general workers and drivers. “It has been a long time, but this is a big first step,” said Stena Molapo, co-ordinator of the Midrand group that has maintained contact with one another over more than two decades, those in Johannesburg meeting almost every Sunday.
In a clear example of paranoia, J - "I am an honest politicians" - Z descended in his SABC PR exercise interview to a level even he has not plumbed before, claiming that Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada was apparently senile and "used" as part of a conspriracy to denigrate him. Shameful.
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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