CAPE TOWN 3. WORK
This summer Laurie Taylor and Thinking Allowed travel to Cape Town.
Last summer the programme went to Chicago in the hope of finding researchers who were carrying on the great ethnographic tradition of Chicago sociology.
Well his mission this year had rather similar aims. Laurie Taylor wanted to learn from South African social scientists about the other side of this celebrated tourist spot. But what makes Cape Town so different is the recent end of apartheid, what is often referred to as the negotiated revolution of 1994? That transition and the hopes that it inspired, and dashed are a backdrop to every social issue, and of course each one of the programmes in the series:
This week Laurie’s subject is work.
In the post apartheid era the wheels of industry must clearly keep turning. But it is only fair and just that those many thousands of people who were disenfranchised by the apartheid regime should be offered work, and in some cases a share in running businesses?
Laurie travels to Ocean View to talk to fishermen who feel that for them working life under the ANC is no better if not worse than under the previous governments. Sociologist Moenieba Isaacs from the University of the Western Cape and Dr Lance van Sittert from the University of Cape town try to square the circle of capitalism and equality of opportunity.
On fishing issues Moenieba Isaacs can be contacted at:
Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)
Dr Lance van Sittert
Department of History
University of Cape Town
Performer: Basil Coetzee
(track 2) from Cape Jazz 2
Record label: CDMOU 7502
Our Loving Family
Performer: Abdullah Ibrahim
(track 5) South Africa
Record label: CD Enja R2 79618
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