The need to understand history

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived. But if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” So wrote the American author Maya Angelou. A fellow writer, James Baldwin also noted: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed...

The ballot box and a youth wage subsidy

The battle for the electoral support of the millions of unemployed, unskilled and mostly ill-educated youth — perhaps the most crucial voting bloc for the 2014 elections — is now in the open. It came with the decision by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to march on Cosatu...

A glimmer of hope for youth unemployment

Continually lost in the ongoing row about the mooted youth wage subsidy is the context in which it is being proposed. Not just the national, but the global context. It is a context in which there are fewer and fewer jobs for more and more job seekers. At the same...