Women suddenly saddled with increased caregiving duties – whether for children or elderly parents – have been forced to reduce their hours, which hurts their careers and lifetime earnings.
Public officials are now in the spotlight: Does the public view them as professionals, bound by duty, or as elites who invoke ideals while pursuing their own agendas?
Big cities are seen as the centre of everything, which creates an attitude that often devalues the work and skills of rural professionals. And sometimes even they subconsciously buy into this.
The 'turf war' between doctors and pharmacists we see in current debates has a long history.
There's a move to have economists acredited, like dentists. But it doesn't have much support yet.
The rise of professional couples has added to the complexity of ensuring overseas assignments are a success for both employer and employee.
The membership base of South Africa's trade union movement has undergone significant changes which begs the question: has it moved away from its working class roots to become a middle class movement.