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Inclusion boosts the bottom line

New research shows that while South African organisations have made strides in achieving greater diversity and transformation, too many people still feel excluded in workplaces – and this has significant consequences for productivity and company performance

Social justice groups call for halt on evictions during the Covid-19 pandemic

Twenty-seven organisations have penned a letter to the presidency calling for evictions to be banned in an effort to protect vulnerable groups

Human Rights Day reminds us of our progress and failures

The history of human rights in South Africa is complex, not least because the removal of oppression has not equated to substantive liberation

Sharpeville is much more than the site of a massacre

Tsepo Gumbi’s photographs bring a more complex view of a place that has been so singularly defined as to be unknowable

How to make our society kinder

Schools provide a unique opportunity to teach citizens the basics of co-operation and ethics

Turkey is a democracy — that’s a fact

A bid to overthrow a legitimate government and the deaths of innocent people cannot be justified

Human rights and cultural practices

A new study explores clashes between initiation, polygamy and constitutional rights

Splurge does little for Sharpeville

Residents are angry that commemorating the massacre has not resulted in a better life for them

Fight the random everyday acts of violence

We have the organisations, the policies, the laws and the insights to try to stop it, but still it goes on

Human rights 70 years on: Important victories as well as major misses

Human Rights Day might not be a reason for celebrations. But it's a useful reminder of what's been achieved over 70 years.

The danger of abuser confessions

Done badly, abuser's confessions can trigger a lot of pain for anyone who has lived through gender-based violence.

Memories of anti-apartheid bravery are fading in Mofolo

Many know about Sharpeville. Few know about the anti-pass march in Soweto on the same day in March 1960.

Zuma warns against racists who use art, ‘like cartoonists’

President Jacob Zuma spoke out against racism at a Human Rights Day celebration at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Monday.

From Sharpeville to San Francisco and back again

The history behind the name "Human Rights Day"is one of a larger and longer battle for equal rights and justice for all human beings.

Zuma vows better service delivery at Human Rights Day address

President Jacob Zuma has hailed South Africa as one of the few countries in the world that includes socioeconomic rights in its Constitution.

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Scores die in Western Cape’s deadly taxi tit-for-tat

Forty-three people were shot dead in the first six months of this year in the Western Cape’s intractable taxi violence, while close to 100 have been arrested and 40 are on court rolls in connection with the conflict

Ingonyama Trust Board moves to retrench staff

More than 50 workers at the Ingonyama Trust Board have been issued section 189 notices

Solar stuck where sun don’t shine: State spends R289m to store solar water heaters

The national solar water heater programme is set to take off once again this year, but meanwhile the government is spending millions on storing heaters that have yet to be installed

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Debt management amid Covid-19 and beyond

This webinar on Debt Management, sponsored by Debt Rescue, had its experts share a practical approach to debt management amid this crisis and beyond

NSTF-South32 Awards

All of the awards are made for outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa

The benefits of being a GEMS member

The scheme offers comprehensive and affordable healthcare options to all public service employees and greater access to better healthcare

The evolution of South Africa’s savings culture

A common misconception is that you need a lot of money to start saving, but this is simply not true – you can start with R50

Tobacco producers welcome new research confirming that cigarette ban has failed

Every day that goes by shows the importance of getting rid of this ban and going back to producing and selling cigarettes as we were before

Cost increases sharing of cigarettes

Many people are questioning whether the ban on tobacco in South Africa is not in fact having the opposite effect of that intended

How to tell if you have a hidden contact centre in your business

The important thing to remember is that a contact centre is defined less by the physical space it occupies and more by the customer experience it delivers

Accessing health and justice in a time of Covid-19

The similarities between the HIV epidemic and the Covid-19 pandemic are hard to ignore – the most obvious is the level of premature deaths caused by both

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