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southern africa / anarchist movement / link to pdf Tuesday February 12, 2013 03:00 by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front   image 1 image
Issue number 13 of the ZACF's organ, Zabalaza: A Journal of Southern African Revolutionary Anarchism now available online. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Sunday February 10, 2013 00:28 by Shawn Hattingh   image 1 image
The series of strikes and protests that recently took place in and around farms in South Africa’s Western Cape Province was fuelled by the deep-seated anger and frustration that workers feel. On a daily basis, farm workers face not only appalling wages, bad living conditions and precarious work, but also widespread racism, intimidation and humiliation. The extent of the oppressive conditions run deep and it is not uncommon for workers to even be beaten by farm-owners and managers for perceived ‘transgressions’. Indeed, life for workers in the rural areas has always been harsh, but over the last two decades it has in many ways gotten even worse and poverty has in many cases grown. read full story / add a comment
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Νότια Αφρική (Περιφέρεια) / Εργατικοί Αγώνες / Νέα Wednesday January 23, 2013 18:56 by Dmitri (republishing)   image 2 images
Υστερα από μια μικρή ανάπαυλα, ενός μήνα, οι εποχιακοί εργάτες γης στη Νότια Αφρική ξεκίνησαν ξανά τον απεργιακό τους αγώνα, με βασικό αίτημα το διπλασιασμό του μεροκάματου από 8 δολάρια σε 17,5. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Saturday December 08, 2012 21:50 by Benjamin Fogel
Ben Fogel on the media response to the self-organised farm workers' strike in the Western Cape. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday November 21, 2012 16:09 by Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural & Allied Workers Union   image 1 image
For over 2 weeks now, farmworkers in different areas of the Western Cape have been striking. This is a spontaneous strike driven by workers on the ground in response to decades and decades of brutality at the hands of farmers and a government that has thus far refused to listen to workers and transform the rural landscape characterised by dependency master-slave relations, racism, sexism, starvation wages and violations of the limited freedoms won from decades of working class struggle. Farmworkers do backbreaking work sometimes for 12 hours a day to produce food and wine for everybody in this country and countries overseas yet they are forced to work under unsafe and unhealthy conditions, to drink dirty water, live without electricity, live without toilet facilities, on poverty wages, suffer threats of evictions, and violent physical and verbal abuse and intimidation at the hands of the bosses.
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southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Friday November 09, 2012 13:12 by Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural & Allied Workers Union   text 3 comments (last - sunday november 25, 2012 15:55)   image 1 image
The Leeuwenkuil farm in Agter-Paarl, Cape Town – one of largest farms in the Western Cape, which produces wine and olives, is one instance of the ongoing intimidation and attacks against workers by bosses on the farms. Here, the farmer, Willie Dreyer, is denying workers’ rights to freedom of association and freedom of speech. The farmer has intimidated workers by dismissing shop stewards and laying false charges of attempted murder against two farm workers, Amos White and Patrick Philander, and charges of assault against CSAAWU’s Assistant General Secretary, Karel Swart. The union has been denied access to the farm on weekends and after hours in the week on a number of occasions. We maintain that workers must be able to meet with any organization or person they choose to in their own time. It should not be the prerogative of the farmer to control workers’ own time and who they can and cannot meet. Workers and their families are standing behind their dismissed leaders. They are sharing what they have with each other – their pain and their strength. read full story / add a comment
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région sud de l'afrique / luttes en milieu de travail / entrevue Monday October 29, 2012 20:26 by Mutiny Zine   image 1 image
Zine Mutiny a récemment interviewé Jonathan, le secrétaire international du Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) sur le massacre par la police de travailleurs en grève dans le société minière Lonmin à Marikana en Afrique du Sud ZACF Pour plus d’informations sur: http://zabalaza.net/ [English] read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / interview Sunday October 21, 2012 19:14 by Mutiny Zine   image 1 image
Mutiny Zine recently interviewed Jonathan, international secretary of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF), about the police massacre of workers who were on strike at the Lonmin company’s mines in Marikana in South Africa. For information about ZACF, see http://zabalaza.net/ [Français] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Sunday October 21, 2012 11:16 by Jared Sacks
The coverage of the Marikana massacre seems to start with the mass killings of 16 August. But that’s not where, or how the violence started, and it wasn’t rivalry between unions, either. Rewind a few days and prepare for goosebumps: you’ll find a web of conspiracy around two murders which were not reported in the media and ended in no arrests, but scared the living daylights out of the workers before the weeks of horror started. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / non-anarchist press Tuesday October 09, 2012 21:27 by Chris Webb   text 1 comment (last - thursday december 12, 2013 16:53)
About a month ago I stood with some 200 striking farm workers in South Africa's Hex River Valley, a rich agricultural region that produces table grapes for export. The workers were on strike against severe pay cuts and outsourcing, which came about when a major fruit export company took over the farm from its previous owner. The workers were a mixed group. Some were Zimbabwean migrants, but the majority were Xhosa speakers from the more impoverished Eastern Cape, where 72 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line. Most of them currently lived in the valley's informal settlements, expanses of matchbox houses and zinc shacks on the dusty ground between the grape farms. As we marched toward the farm, the workers began to sing struggle songs praising the African National Congress (ANC) and the role of struggle leaders like Oliver Tambo and Chris Hani. read full story / add a comment
Marikana: The man in the green blanket, later killed by police.
southern africa / workplace struggles / anarchist communist event Wednesday October 03, 2012 04:01 by Inkululeko Wits Anarchist Collective   image 2 images
Come join the anarchists for a film screening and informal discussion about the crisis that South Africa currently faces and possible alternative solutions. read full story / add a comment
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Νότια Αφρική (Περιφέρεια) / Εργατικοί Αγώνες / Νέα Thursday September 20, 2012 08:29 by proletconnect   image 1 image
Αύξηση των μισθών κατά 20% κέρδισαν τελικά οι μεταλλωρύχοιΑύξηση των μισθών κατά 20% κέρδισαν τελικά οι μεταλλωρύχοι στο εργοστάσιο πλατίνας lonmin έπειτα από σφοδρές συγκρούσεις με την αστυνομία που δολοφονούσε και μετά την σκληρή αντιπαράθεση με τα αφεντικά. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / feature Monday September 17, 2012 19:06 by Shawn Hattingh   image 1 image
This article explores, from an anarchist perspective, the sugar industry in southern Africa, and how the two dominant companies - Illovo and Tongaat-Hulett - exploit and oppress workers and communities surrounding their operations. read full story / add a comment
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région sud de l'afrique / répression / prisonniers et prisonnières / communiqué de presse Sunday September 16, 2012 01:16 by Alternative Libertaire   image 1 image
Jeudi 16 août, la police sud-africaine tirait à balles réelles sur les grévistes d’une mine de platine à Marikana, assassinant froidement 34 personnes. read full story / add a comment
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Νότια Αφρική (Περιφέρεια) / Εργατικοί Αγώνες / Νέα Wednesday September 12, 2012 21:06 by Dmitri (republishing)   image 1 image
Οι "χρυσοβαρώνοι" της Ν. Αφρικής "παγώνουν" 15.000 χρυσωρύχους για συμμετοχή σε ανεξάρτητη απεργίαΣτο Δυτικό Ραντ της Ν. Αφρικής, τα Χρυσαφένια Πεδία (Gold Fields), ένας από τους μεγαλύτερους παραγωγούς χρυσού παγκοσμίως, "πάγωσε" 15.000 εργάτες του χρυσωρυχείου που προχώρησαν σε ανεπίσημη απεργία. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / non-anarchist press Thursday September 06, 2012 17:40 by Vishwas Satgar
The massacre of the Marikana/Lonmin workers has inserted itself within South Africa's national consciousness, not so much through the analysis, commentary and reporting in its wake. Instead, it has been the power of the visual images of police armed with awesome fire power gunning down these workers, together with images of bodies lying defeated and lifeless, that has aroused a national outcry and wave of condemnation. These images have also engendered international protest actions outside South African embassies. In themselves these images communicate a politics about ‘official state power.’ It is bereft of moral concern, de-humanized, brutal and at odds with international human rights standards; in these ways it is no different from apartheid era state sponsored violence and technologies of oppressive rule. Moreover, the images of police officers walking through the Marikana/Lonmin killing field, with a sense of professional accomplishment in its aftermath, starkly portrays a scary reality: the triumph of South Africa's state in its brutal conquest of its enemies, its citizens.
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áfrica austral / workplace struggles / comunicado de imprensa Wednesday September 05, 2012 16:40 by ZACF/TAC/IWAC   image 1 image
Declaração conjunta sobre o massacre de Marikana emitida pelo Tokologo Anarchist Collective, a Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front e o Inkululeko Wits Anarchist Collective. A constituição sulafricana promete direitos políticos e igualdade. Está bastante claro que os patrões e políticos fazem o que querem. Pisam no rosto das pessoas. Isso foi demonstrado pela matança de grevistas na mina Marikana de Lonmin. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Tuesday September 04, 2012 17:19 by Shawn Hattingh   image 1 image
While any human being with any sense of justice should be appalled by what happened at Marikana it would, however, be a mistake to view it as an isolated incident that emerged out of the blue. read full story / add a comment
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africa meridionale / repressione / prigionieri / comunicato stampa Monday September 03, 2012 17:59 by ZACF/ TAC/ IWAC   image 1 image
La Costituzione del paese garantisce diritti politici ed uguaglianza. E' abbastanza evidente che i padroni ed i politici fanno invece esattamente quello che vogliono. Ci calpestano. Come è stato dimostrato dalle uccisioni da parte della polizia di minatori in sciopero alla miniera di Marikana della Lonmin. [English] [Français] [Ελληνικά] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / repression / prisoners / press release Saturday August 25, 2012 17:24 by Workers Solidarity Alliance
We, members of the Workers Solidarity Alliance, send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the murdered miners in South Africa. read full story / add a comment
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