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Terry Bell makes comeback

Feb 13 2014 15:34
Fin24
Cape Town - Industry role players on Thursday welcomed the comeback of award-winning labour columnist and author Terry Bell, after he agreed to write his long-time column Inside Labour for Fin24 and sister publication City Press.

Business Report suspended Bell's column of 18 years "as part of a wider review and recalibration of all our titles and platforms", according to a statement by Independent Newspapers.

Joseph Maqhekeni, president of the National Council of Trade Unions, welcomed the return of Inside Labour, saying "it is educative and mind-provoking and talks to the working class".

Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer said Terry Bell is an essential read and she "shall now look forward to Sundays". City Press is one of South Africa's leading Sunday newspapers.

Suspended Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi, who criticised Independent's decision to stop publishing Bell's column, said he may not always agree with him, but "Terry Bell's Inside Labour is a must read for any serious activist or enlightened employer".

Koos Bezuidenhout, CEO of Uasa and president of labour federations Fedusa and Sacotu, said he believes Bell is a writer who exposes the essence of our daily struggle to understand the “world and work”. 

"In my view he is a master craftsman in his own right and someone who does not shy away to write the truth about matters that we continuously debate and argue about, and therefore seems to be too complicated and too sensitive to contemplate and whisper in the corridors. In a free South Africa we need to do just that."

Renowned investigative journalist and documentary film-maker John Pilger said there is "a small, honourable and endangered band of journalists who, over many years, are trusted for their insight and wisdom... Terry Bell is a founding member".

Dan Gallin, chairperson of the Global Labour Institute, said he is delighted to hear that Bell is making a comeback. "Fin24 is performing an important public service."

Bell's first instalment will be published on Friday.

 - FIn24

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