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southern africa / miscellaneous / other libertarian press Wednesday February 01, 2012 15:29 by Jeremy   text 1 comment (last - thursday august 09, 2012 13:53)   image 1 image
Disclaimer: These are some impressions of life, politics and social movements in South Africa (and to a lesser extent Namibia, which shares many of the same historical and social conditions). My ideas are based on a few weeks of travel, and some limited participation as an Australian outsider in political actions. For much better analysis, check out zabalaza.net - a great resource of anarchist news and analysis from South Africa. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / non-anarchist press Sunday January 08, 2012 23:59 by Ayanda Kota
A true liberation movement would never have killed Andries Tatane, attacked and jailed activists of social movements. It would never send people to lull – it would encourage people to continue organising and mobilising against injustices and oppression. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / history of anarchism / press release Sunday January 08, 2012 16:32 by Lucien van der Walt   text 4 comments (last - wednesday february 29, 2012 20:44)
This paper examines the development of anarchism and syndicalism in early twentieth century Cape Town, South Africa, drawing attention to a crucial but neglected chapter of labor and left history. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Saturday January 07, 2012 22:53 by Christopher McMichael
The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants to present itself as South Africa's opposition-in-waiting, for the day when ANC domination withers. But look at Look at urbanisation policy in the Cape, controlled by the DA: behind the liberal rhetoric of the party lies an ideology very comfortable with increasing the suffering of the most vulnerable. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / the left / opinion / analysis Tuesday December 27, 2011 14:32 by Jonathan Payn   text 1 comment (last - monday january 02, 2012 18:03)   image 1 image
Failures of democracy have been a big part of the history of the DLF. We in the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) have had to raise such challenges several times (see “DLF structure: concerns and proposals” by ZACF). We have long been troubled by the lack of proper democratic structures, by a leadership that consists far more of middle-class intellectuals than of grassroots militants, and by a programme that seems to be determined in advance by the academic and NGO interests of these intellectuals instead of by the immediate needs of the workers and the poor. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / environment / other libertarian press Monday December 12, 2011 15:07 by Jared Sacks
Jared Sacks on the civil society/NGO exploitation of grassroots organizations at the United Nations COP 17 meeting on global warming in Durban. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / repression / prisoners / non-anarchist press Friday December 09, 2011 15:25 by Democratic Left Front   image 2 images
On Saturday December 3rd, the international day for a climate action march, the 500 strong Democratic Left Front contingent made up of activists from different parts of the country, arrived at the Botha Park Assembly point with its banners demanding: '1 Million Climate Jobs Now!' 'Africa is Burning, Transform the System!' and 'Listen to the People!'. Our red t-shirts said the same thing. Our activists also prepared their own posters the night before. We had our own marshals and sound system. We were unarmed and intent on acting peacefully. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / environment / non-anarchist press Wednesday December 07, 2011 06:01 by Niren Tolsi
ANC supporters dressed in the COP17 volunteers' tracksuits tossed stones and water bottles at members of civil society organisations that were marching in protest against climate change, the corporate-funded lack of progress at COP17 and other green issues in Durban on Saturday. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / environment / non-anarchist press Monday December 05, 2011 23:44 by Ben Fogel
The civil society march on the COP 17 was attacked by ANC Youth League thugs. This report is from a largely Trotskyist organisation but the eyewitness account of the 'green bombers' of the ANC Youth League attacking the march is important. Other more libertarian orientated organizations have long suffered the same fate in Durban. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Wednesday November 23, 2011 21:19 by Jonathan Payn   image 1 image
It was recently reported by various newspapers that ‘a “notorious gang of anarchists” with links to cash heists is attempting to destabilise the Gauteng ANC’. Newspaper articles [*] quoted ANC provincial secretary David Makhura as saying that an ANC investigation would ‘expose the hidden hand of business people who are fuelling and financing activities that seek to disrupt the functioning of the ANC’. The claims came after a group of disgruntled party members allegedly held an unofficial parallel election to decide the party’s Tshwane leader. According to Makhura the parallel gathering ‘was organised by a notorious gang of anarchists, most of whom have disciplinary cases’. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Tuesday November 22, 2011 14:23 by Ayanda Kota
Ayanda Kota, chairperson of the Unemployed People's Movement, on the 'secrecy bill' that comes before the South African parliament today. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / gender / non-anarchist press Monday November 14, 2011 21:35 by Richard Rooney
Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, says Swaziland will not give human rights to gay people, because they don’t exist in the kingdom.
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southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Friday November 11, 2011 21:37 by Landless People's Movement - Protea South
Press Statement: Landless People’s Movement - Protea South, November 2011 read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Sunday November 06, 2011 13:19 by Jonathan Payn   image 1 image
The Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front, or ZACF – Zabalaza meaning ‘struggle’ in isiZulu and isiXhosa – is a specific anarchist political organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a unitary organisation – or federation of individuals, as opposed to a federation of collectives – whereby membership is on an individual basis, by invitation only. This is because we have seen – through our own experience, as well as that of global anarchism historically – that we can accomplish more as an organisation, and be more effective, when our members share a certain level of theoretical and strategic unity, and collective responsibility.
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southern africa / anarchist movement / anarchist communist event Monday October 31, 2011 22:42 by Jared Sacks   text 1 comment (last - thursday november 03, 2011 22:23)   video 1 video file
Remember, remember, the fifth of November, as this is the date when South Africa will play host to its first ever Anarchist Book Fair, taking place in Observatory, Cape Town, at Café Ganesh (corner Trill Road and Lower Main Road). read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Wednesday September 14, 2011 16:25 by James Pendlebury   image 2 images
Cleaning workers throughout South Africa have been on strike since Monday 8 August. They are demanding a living wage of R4 200 per month, as well as a 13th cheque and shorter hours.
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southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Tuesday September 13, 2011 18:31 by Steve Faulkner
Today, Friday 9th September marked the last day in the second Global Week of Action on Swaziland, culminating in a large protest march in Mbabane that has resulted in pitched battles between a heavily armed and aggressive security detachment, and mostly poor workers, students and the unemployed, who gathered legally and peacefully as they have done all week. read full story / add a comment
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áfrica austral / história do anarquismo / link para pdf Monday September 12, 2011 21:00 by Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
Este artigo examina a história inicial do anarquismo e do sindicalismo revolucionário na África do Sul, uma sociedade colonial que se industrializou no final do século XIX, e nos arredores da região sul-africana. A África do Sul era caracterizada, nessa época, por um movimento sindical militante, mas que era dividido nacional e racialmente, e pela opressão nacional das pessoas de cor, que constituíam a maioria da população. Em oposição à opressão nacional e à segregação, mas também assumindo uma posição crítica ao nacionalismo africano e de cor, os anarquistas e os sindicalistas revolucionários desenvolveram uma análise da opressão nacional cada vez mais sofisticada, recrutaram e treinaram um quadro multirracial, formaram sindicatos gerais pioneiros e revolucionários contra as pessoas de cor e continuaram a influenciar o trabalho regional, branco e negro, e a esquerda, em geral, após a formação do Partido Comunista da África do Sul (South African Communist Party – CPSA) em 1921.
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southern africa / workplace struggles / press release Thursday September 08, 2011 17:49 by Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, James Pendlebury, Komnas Poriazis
Beginning on Sunday 28 August, Wits students have been littering parts of campus in solidarity with the cleaners’ strike. Cleaners throughout South Africa are demanding a living wage of R4 200 per month: this compares with less than R2 000 paid to cleaners at Wits, who are employed by outsourcing companies such as Supercare. The strike has been undermined, at Wits and elsewhere, by the presence of scab labour; Wits management and the outsourcing companies are striving for “business as usual”. This undermines the entire purpose of the strike, which is to compel exploiter-managers to meet workers’ demands by withdrawing their labour, by preventing the job from getting done – by making sure the campus is not clean. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / the left / opinion / analysis Saturday September 03, 2011 00:48 by Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
This article outlines the core features of the anarchist/ syndicalist vision, strategy and relevance to contemporary struggles. While of general interest, it is also directed to South African militants on the left, as part of the larger debate on the future of the left project. read full story / add a comment
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