Yesterday, the Daily Maverick introduced a digital new initiative called the Daily Maverick Chronicle. Our first story, Casualties of Cola, immediately went viral, and we can’t help thinking that its success is largely due to a counterintuitive principle: readers are always shocked to learn that many of the worst things that happen in this country are entirely legal.
Casualties of Cola details the story of beverage behemoth SABMiller and its subsidiary, Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI), one of the leading bottlers of Coca-Cola products in Africa, and how they’ve used a black employment empowerment scheme called “owner-driver” to turn employees into contractors, and to choke those contractors into penury. They’ve been able to do this because the law allowed them to do so, and because the concept of outsourcing has become corporate orthodoxy, even if its effects are patently catastrophic.
Casualties of Cola is the story of one particular catastrophe. But there are many. They happen all the time, all over the world. Because this is the new nature of work.
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No, not really. But now that we have your attention, we wanted to tell you a little bit about what happened at SARS.
Tom Moyane and his cronies bequeathed South Africa with a R48-billion tax shortfall, as of February 2018. It's the only thing that grew under Moyane's tenure... the year before, the hole had been R30.7-billion. And to fund those shortfalls, you know who has to cough up? You - the South African taxpayer.
It was the sterling work of a team of investigative journalists, Scorpio’s Pauli van Wyk and Marianne Thamm along with our great friends at amaBhungane, that caused the SARS capturers to be finally flushed out of the system. Moyane, Makwakwa… the lot of them... gone.
But our job is not yet done. We need more readers to become Maverick Insiders, the friends who will help ensure that many more investigations will come. Contributions go directly towards growing our editorial team and ensuring that Daily Maverick and Scorpio have a sustainable future. We can’t rely on advertising and don't want to restrict access to only those who can afford a paywall subscription. Membership is about more than just contributing financially – it is about how we Defend Truth, together.
So, if you feel so inclined, and would like a way to support the cause, please join our community of Maverick Insiders.... you could view it as the opposite of a sin tax. And if you are already Maverick Insider, tell your mother, call a friend, whisper to your loved one, shout at your boss, write to a stranger, announce it on your social network. The battle for the future of South Africa is on, and you can be part of it.
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