The 2008 national budget took a "business as usual" approach in failing to carry through President Thabo Mbeki's commitment to change all South Africans' lives for the better, the People's Budget Coalition said on Thursday, adding that the government will not be doing anything fundamentally different from what it has done in the past.
A crowd of about 500 bereaved music fans thronged in the scorching sun outside music venue the Bassline in Johannesburg's Newtown cultural precinct on Wednesday for the memorial service of slain South African reggae icon Lucky Dube. Inside were another 1Â 000 fans, family members and friends of the singer.
"He's behaving like Cosatu belongs to him," muttered one observer. It was a reference to Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi -- the high-spirited, joke-cracking star of the show at the federation's recent central committee (CC) meeting. Everything was going Vavi's way.