No work, no pain. See? Job scarcity is a better life for all

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No work, no pain. See? Job scarcity is a better life for all

The way MPs have reacted to the reduction of perks reveals what unemployment means to the ANC

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In 2017, the board of South African Airways was called to brief parliament’s finance committee on the smoking crater that we still laughingly refer to as the national airline.

This was a difficult meeting to organise. In 2017, parastatal boards were generally appointed in the morning, usually by dangling some raw meat from a string and seeing who jumped the highest, and then disbanded just after lunchtime, giving everyone the afternoon for cashing in golden handshakes. Getting a whole board to appear was always going to be tough, and nobody would have been very surprised when only SAA chairperson Dudu Miyeni showed up.

I’m sure Miyeni was ready to reveal all sorts of cost-cutting schemes, such as rolling out a fleet of ultra-lightweight aircraft built entirely out of shredded ledgers, but we’ll never know: when she arrived boardless, the ANC MPs present told her she would not be able to appear alone...

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