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Dennis Webster

Dennis Webster

Dennis Webster has a research background in labour, land and housing. He writes about cities, farm work and popular politics in the countryside.
Why South Africa is the world’s most unequal society
Why South Africa is the world’s most unequal society
The label is used so often it runs the risk of monotony. But a new report sheds light on the full, multidimensional nightmare of South...
Unemployment in South Africa is worse than you think
Unemployment in South Africa is worse than you think
Statistics South Africa’s (StatsSA) quarterly labour force survey for the second quarter of this year shows that the country’s unemployment...
The workers who won’t snitch
The workers who won’t snitch
Metalworker union Numsa on Friday filed legal arguments in the Constitutional Court on behalf of 65 Dunlop factory workers from Howick, KwaZulu-Natal. The workers were dismissed in 2012 because they did not snitch on fellow workers during a protected strike....
Gautengers move to shacks and gated estates
Gautengers move to shacks and gated estates
No two shacks are the same. Inside Julia Mashaba’s home, the cushions on the double bed are decorated with images of the Eiffel Tower. Her...
Constantia leaves bitter aftertaste
Constantia leaves bitter aftertaste
Grand Constance, Groot Constantia’s flagship wine, is rumoured to have been Napoleon Bonaparte’s wine of choice during his time on St Helena....
Look to owners and state for 'bad buildings'
Look to owners and state for 'bad buildings'
In the past few weeks, hundreds of people have been evicted from their homes in Berea, Johannesburg, mainly from a building known as The Ridge. After...
Clean sweep of the poor is not constitutional
Clean sweep of the poor is not constitutional
Since early February, the City of Johannesburg has been clearing intersections in the city of beggars, window washers, street traders and...