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A case for Basic Income Support

The Covid-19 pandemic has had devastating financial consequences on many households in Mzansi [1]. The cost of food continues to rise [2], unemployment is rising and many people are unable to generate income. This situation is going to continue to worsen and many households will continue to go hungry or go into debt unless they have money to provide for themselves and have the dignity to improve their lives. Read More

Survey Results: Which workers employers are putting workers at risk

As lockdown regulations have eased under level 2, industries are opening up, meaning more people are returning to work. Employers are responsible for ensuring that they provide safe working conditions for their employees by taking all necessary COVID-19 precautions. This includes, but is not limited to, providing them with hand sanitizers, masks, and social distancing while they are at work. Read More

Which employers are putting workers at risk

In the midst of a pandemic, many people have had to return to work. This means they are at a higher risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease Covid-19. It is important that employers provide safe working spaces for all their workers - this means taking and providing necessary precautions to prevent the transmission of Covid-19. Read More

Government Covid-19 relief efforts have failed the poor

The government’s response to COVID-19 has laid bare a number of truths that existed prior to the start of the pandemic: high levels of inequality and high levels of unemployment (currently at 30% and projected to increase to 50%). One in six people work in the informal sector; these jobs are often precarious, fleeting and poorly paid. When lockdown commenced, the government announced various relief measures, which seemed like an impressive thumbs up to the plight of the poor. Yet 100+ days into lockdown, we are forced to reckon with whether government relief measures were for those who really needed them the most. Read More

A proposed plan for a social pedagogy alternative in the time of a pandemic

We are educators in the post-school education sector across South Africa. We have come together in various fora over the past month to discuss principles, practices and possibilities for learning and teaching in South Africa during and after the COVID-19 Global Disaster. We are committed to our students, to our institutions, our communities, to developing critical intellectual cultures and to equal education as an essential service.  Read More

Vodacom drops data prices

Vodacom took a step in the right direction when it announced that it would be dropping data prices from the 1st April and this price reduction is only the first one. It is the first network to settle with the Competition Commission rather than face prosecution. Read More

How a pandemic underscores the importance of internet access

As we have seen in different parts of the world, overcoming this pandemic will require that every sector of society step out of the ‘business as usual’ logic. This is an invitation to the mobile network operators to do just that, not only for our sakes, but their own because they too are institutions existing and dependent on this very same society. Read More

Data Must Fall timeline

The Data Must Fall campaign has had high's and lows. From protesting outside the high court, completing ICASA's submissions, the slashing of the out-of-bundle rates by Vodacom in October 2017, the ICASA end-user regulations implemented and the Competition Commission's ruling on mobile network operators dropping data prices by 30% to 50%. Below is is a full timeline of the Data Must Fall Campaign. Read More