By Ian Verrender Posted June 27, How good were the good old days? The Not So United Kingdom and the rest of the world are now about to find out. In the process, we all might discover a few home truths.
The Report of the Commission and Proposals from Nobs 3. Support for Comrade Jacob Zuma 5. The Recall of President Thabo Mbeki 7. Walking Through the Open Doors 7. Comrade Violet was a good example of the shop floor based and shop-stewards activism that has characterised COSATU for more than two decades.
In honour of this fine comrade, the movement must continue to be rooted in the workers at the shop floor, in the mines, factories and public services. Further, we acknowledge the many members and leaders that have laid down their lives in service of the movement and the cause it is fighting for.
These comrades are the bedrock and lifeblood of the Federation; and continue to work tirelessly, often without reward, to continue the struggles of the workers. It is for this reason, that your efforts must be acknowledged. COSATU is a movement of ordinary working men and women that have joined together to fight for a better life for the workers in the thousands of workplaces across the country.
COSATU members also understand that workplace struggles are integrally linked to community and the broader struggle for social transformation.
Hence, they form the backbone of our allied formations, the leading formation of our national democratic revolution, ANC and the vanguard of the South African working class, the SACP.
Introduction The task of the political report to the Congress is two-fold. First, it must provide a political analysis of the domestic and global situation; identify opportunities and challenges; and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the forces fighting for change.
The second task of the report is give feedback to delegates on what actions were taken to implement the mandate of the previous Congress, i.
For that reason, the Political Report is divided into two parts, reflecting on the broad strategic challenges facing the democratic movement, and a report to delegates and members on the execution of the mandate. The political report is obviously tabled in a different context than the one that prevailed at the 8th National Congress: The changes it has proposed are still at an early stage, but mark a decisive landmark in the post history of the ANC; The subsequent formation of an opportunist splinter group which, in its bid to steal the legacy of our National Democratic Revolution, calls itself the Congress of the People; The historic fourth democratic general elections that took place on April 22, Regular elections are important sign of the health and maturity of democracy.
This year also marked also the 15th Anniversary of the democratic breakthrough. The tumultuous economic developments at a global and national level. The world is still struggling to shake off the massive impact on jobs, livelihoods, national economies and financial markets unleashed by the global economic crisis.
The effects are still working their way in the South African economy and have prompted a national response involving government, labour and business to address the ramifications of the global economic crisis.
The question facing us as delegates is what has changed since the previous time we met? The dominant theme of this report is to provide an answer to this question. There is no doubt that there has been significant change since the last Congress. Before, reflecting on what the post-Polokwane moment represent, the report briefly recalls the mood and context of the previous Congress.
Not only did we report growth in membership, the stature of COSATU remained very high including within the world trade union movement. This manifested itself in the hot contestation for leadership and the direction of the Federation. Negative campaigning, including the use of tribalism, character assassinations and selective use of the mass media to destroy particular leaders or contest Federation position; was the hallmark of electioneering.
The Federation survived that test and emerged united behind a common programme and leadership, to the utter horror of the skeptics and dooms-day philosophers. We owe it to the maturity of delegates and the strength of our organisation that we survived the test.
Congress must also reflect on the strategic task contained in the September Commission Report; the Organisational Review Report and the Plan adopted in the 8th National Congress. At the centre of these historic documents is the task of placing working class interest as the dominant national goal.
That includes building strong organisation; asserting working class hegemony in all sites of power; and defeating neo-liberal dogma.In our age of progressiveness and modernity the pinnacle of open mindedness is seen as a fancy piece of paper saying one is educated.
A degree has become just a continuation of high school, and like high school is just as useless in giving anyone knowledge in the real world.
I am a clerk in a Central Govt. office for the last 30 years. I too was a strong IAS-aspirant till I crossed the age limit.
After going through randomly all the views published, I would like to express that one should enjoy the job he or she gets without any influence or bribe in the life. Joseph Schumpeter's 'Can Capitalism Survive?' presents a detailed theory of his projection for the future of capitalism, while extrapolating on the reasons for and against its coming demise.
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Learn more about what the TCI high school history textbooks have to offer. Thomas Hobbes: Moral and Political Philosophy. The English philosopher Thomas Hobbes () is best known for his political thought, and deservedly so. Here's a full essay that I wrote with my students about the topic below.
Some people think that governments should give financial support to creative artists such as painters and musicians. Others believe that creative artists should be funded by alternative sources.
Discuss both views and give your own opinion. People have different views about the funding of creative artists.