Phillip de Wet writes about politics, society, economics, weird stuff, and the areas where all of these collide. Over the past decade and a half, he has also written about telecommunications, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), property development, civil liberties, riot policing, mining, movies, the media, and UFOs, among other topics. But never about serious sport, which he knows nothing about. He studied journalism and has never been anything other than a journalist, except for ill-considered stints as a media trainer and starting up new newspapers, magazines and websites, a suspiciously large percentage of which are no longer in business. PGP fingerprint: CF74 7B0F F037 ACB9 779C 902B 793C 8781 4548 D165
On money the union and the employers virtually agree. But on matters that could define future strikes the differences appear nearly unbridgeable.
Everyone condemns labour-related violence but no one can agree on how to deal with the matter.
In the Free State, access to health services can depend on who you know, as the tragic case of one woman illustrates.
While the first day of week 10 of Reeva Steenkamp's murder trial seemed to go the prosecution's way at first, the defence found good footholds.
Oscar Pistorius was not unable to control himself or understand the consequences of actions the night he killed Reeva Steenkamp, a court has heard.
A signatory to the seminal Freedom Charter says several of its key aspirations have been achieved.
Blame for violence towards non-striking Transnet employees at Ngqura port in Coega, Eastern Cape, is being bandied about between Numsa and Satawu.
The metalworkers' union seems to be attacking the networks of patronage created under President Jacob Zuma's administration.
The ANC's young guns marched on the 'Mail & Garbage' to protest against a pre-election editorial.
About 160 supporters of the Gauteng ANC Youth League marched on the M&G to demand "fair, objective, balanced and accurate reporting".