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Energy Mix Choices and the Protection of Workers' Interests in South Africa

The recent power shortages and subsequent load shedding experienced by the country, on one hand, and the increasing recognition of the climate change problem have brought home the fact that South Africa requires a mix of all possible energy sources …

Making South Africa's Migration to Fourth Industrial Revolution Just for Workers: A Lesson from the Just Energy Transition Framework to a Low-carbon Economy

Two parallel developments are taking place in South Africa that are of key significance to workers. On the one hand are calls for a move from traditional fossil-fuel energy generation to a greener, cleaner low carbon emissions energy generation. On …

Unpacking Employee Share Ownership Plans (ESOPs)

Globally, the empowerment of historically disadvantaged groups, economically, is not uncommon. As such preferential policies geared towards transformation have been a common feature especially towards advancement of historically disadvantaged groups…

Challenges Facing Women in the Mining, Energy and Construction Sectors of South Africa: Persisting Barriers to Equity in the Workplace

The South African government took deliberate steps to encourage women’s participation in the economy by gazetting a number of progressive policies and legislation to address the challenges faced by women in the workplace. The extent to which these i…

The 4th Industrial Revolution and its Implications for Mining-dependent Countries: Insights from South Africa and Zambia

This interdisciplinary study broadly sought to determine the scope, nature of opportunities, and threats the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) presents to the mining industry in Africa. It examined these threats and opportunities along the entire m…

Union and Business Efforts to Increase Productivity in the Mining Sector: A Critical Reflection

The aim of this paper is to examine the practicality of how mineworkers, organised under a trade union, can participate in employers’ productivity-increasing initiatives in a mutually beneficial way in South Africa. A critical analysis of the concep…

SATRI Quarterly Research Report: May to August 2018

The first article is titled: “The 4th Industrial Revolution – How Should Organised Labour Respond?” In this article we try to unpack the 4th Industrial Revolution, especially what it means to workers in general and the mining sector. We put forward …

The Concept of a Just Transition is as Relevant to the Fourth Industrial Revolution as it is for the Move towards a Low Carbon Economy

Two parallel developments are taking place in Africa that are of key significance to workers. The first one is the concerted effort to move the national economies from depending on fossil-based energy to a clean low-carbon energy. The second is the …

Can the NHI Deliver an Improved Healthcare System? The Case for a System-based Approach to Health Care

This paper argues that the NHI, as currently proposed, is a one-dimensional solution to a multifaceted problem. The NHI focuses on minimising the financial burden of health services to the citizenry, and hopes to subsequently eliminate inequality in…

Mining Sector Wage Structuring: Literature Review

Wages differ significantly between industries and occupations. The results show that wage inequality persists in South Africa based on gender, race, education, industry and occupation, with education and race significantly stronger than the other fa…

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