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A Post Office van is set alight in Rosebank on September 2, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Post Office recently announced it planned to fire 473 casual workers who had been on illegal strike. (Photo by Gallo Images / The Times / Moeletsi Mabe)
southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Monday November 10, 2014 - 15:26 byThabiso Bopape   image 1 image
Thabiso Bopape from a workers' committee that has been involved in ongoing strikes in the Post Office and that founded the Democratic Postal and Communications Union (Depacu) talks about the struggle of casual workers to ban labour brokers and to be directly and permanently employed by the South African Post Office (Sapo).

This discussion took place on 10 October, 2014, and so there have been some developments since then. The strike referred to by Thobiso was called off shortly after the interview, after the Minister intervened to address their demands, but a group of workers organised under the Communication Workers Union (CWU) remains out on strike at the time of publication.
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southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Monday September 15, 2014 - 14:03 byDavid Cartwright, Komnas Poriazis
A summary of the August 2014 amendments to the Labour Relations Act and their meaning and implications for workers. ... read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Friday August 08, 2014 - 19:17 byPersistent Solidarity Forum   image 1 image
For workers at universities, transformation must improve working conditions, raise wages, defend dignity and allow their full participation in governance of these institutions. Outsourcing and the privatisation of services such as cleaning at universities is against transformation because these measures lower labour standards and create a highly unjust system for workers at these institutions. This perpetuates the legacy of colonialism and apartheid.

Like cleaners in other universities, cleaners at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) – organised under the Persistent Solidarity Forum (PSF) – are in a protracted struggle to secure the rights promised in the Constitution, shape the transformation agenda of the institution and reverse outsourcing of cleaning services and other so-called non-core services. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / non-anarchist press Friday January 03, 2014 - 21:19 byShanti Aboobaker
This important article from the mainstream press in Johannesburg, South Africa, shows that, contrary to the assumptions of most political analysts in South Africa the metal workers' union, which has recently split from the ANC, will not be supporting either Julius Malema and his corrupt and neo-fascist politics or either of the two small Trotskyite parties.

Numsa is not an anarchist union but it is rooted in the workerist tradition and has a long history of shopfloor democracy. It is the largest and most militant union in South Africa and its break from the ANC is widely seen as highly significant. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / miscellaneous / non-anarchist press Sunday December 15, 2013 - 20:44 bySlavoj Zizek
In the last two decades of his life, Nelson Mandela was celebrated as a model of how to liberate a country from the colonial yoke without succumbing to the temptation of dictatorial power and anti-capitalist posturing. In short, Mandela was not Mugabe, South Africa remained a multi-party democracy with free press and a vibrant economy well-integrated into the global market and immune to hasty Socialist experiments. Now, with his death, his stature as a saintly wise man seems confirmed for eternity: there are Hollywood movies about him — he was impersonated by Morgan Freeman, who also, by the way, played the role of God in another film; rock stars and religious leaders, sportsmen and politicians from Bill Clinton to Fidel Castro are all united in his beatification. ... read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Monday May 06, 2013 - 16:43 byCSAAWU   image 4 images
Over 60 CSAAWU worker leaders have been dismissed for taking part in the recent strike wave. Farmers are dismissing workers, increasing their rent, electricity and water. Farmers are preventing dismissed workers from finding alternate sources of income and threatening workers with evictions. Workers are being forced to take their children out of school and borrow money for food where they can. Workers are sitting with pain and suffering but do not regret standing up against years of abuse and exploitation. Viva the spirit of farm workers! ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / non-anarchist press Saturday April 13, 2013 - 16:57 byMalaika Mahlatsi
A critique from within the Black Consciousness tradition in South Africa of a collapse of a faction of that tradition into an authoritarian form of politics. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / gender / non-anarchist press Tuesday February 19, 2013 - 18:44 byAlex Duval Smith
Oscar Pistorius was the perfect South African sporting hero because victory over his disability made him a universally admired figure in a still-divided society. The profoundly macho culture he grew up in spans racial groups and provides some explanation for the country's shocking rates of domestic violence. [Italiano] ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Saturday December 08, 2012 - 20:50 byBenjamin 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 - 15:09 byCommercial, 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 - 12:12 byCommercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural & Allied Workers Union   text 3 comments (last - sunday november 25, 2012 - 14:55)   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
southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Sunday October 21, 2012 - 09:16 byJared 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 - 19:27 byChris Webb   text 1 comment (last - thursday december 12, 2013 - 15:53)
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
southern africa / the left / non-anarchist press Thursday September 06, 2012 - 15:40 byVishwas 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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southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Thursday August 23, 2012 - 19:38 byLeonard Gentle
The story of Marikana has so far been painted shallowly as an inter-union spat. In the first few days after the fateful Thursday and the shock and horror of watching people being massacred on TV there have correctly been howls of anger and grief. Of course no one wants to take responsibility because to do so would be to acknowledge blame. Some pundits have even gone the way of warning at anyone “pointing figures” or “stoking anger.” That buffoon, Julius Malema, stepped forward as if scripted, and promptly lent credibility to those warnings. So Jacob Zuma's setting up of an inquiry and his call for a week of mourning for the deceased and their families could come across as “statesmanlike.” ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Tuesday August 21, 2012 - 01:15 byChris Rodrigues
By the time you read these words, the miners of Marikana will have long crossed the river Styx. Contemplate dear reader: These men with dirt in their pockets, their ears ringing with the noise of exploding lead, the holes through their bodies. ... read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / repression / prisoners / non-anarchist press Friday August 17, 2012 - 20:43 byAbahlali baseMjondolo   image 1 image
Statement by the shack dwellers movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, on the massacre of more than 40 striking workers in South Africa. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Thursday August 16, 2012 - 21:45 bysyndicalistnyc
Statement by Metalworkers, NUMSA, on allegations of South African state union deregistration of NUMSA.

Interesting information on what seems to be on-going struggles between their (the unions) maintaining their alliance with the State (the Triple Alliance) and the needs of the working class. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Sunday June 03, 2012 - 21:22 byMicah Roshan Reddy
Micah Roshan Reddy reports from Wits University, South Africa, where a hunger strike by students against a proposed abusive sacking of 17 catering staff became an international campaign and secured a remarkable victory. ... read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / miscellaneous / other libertarian press Wednesday February 01, 2012 - 14:29 byJeremy   text 1 comment (last - thursday august 09, 2012 - 11:53)   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

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orbituaryofousilawrencezitha.gif imageOrbituary of Ousi Lawrence Zitha 15:03 Mon 01 Sep by Nobyhle Dube 0 comments

Comrade Lawrence was born on 7 July 1969 in Kliptown before moving to Ceza in KwaZulu-Natal. He attended Ceza Primary and Nghunghunyone Secondary, matriculating in 1986 with exemption (excellent at that time).

saasha.png imageLaunch of the online Southern African Anarchist and Syndicalist History Archive (SAASHA) 03:07 Thu 01 May by SAASHA 0 comments

1 May 2014: launch of the online Southern African Anarchist and Syndicalist History Archive (SAASHA)
http://saasha.net/

textWSA Statement on Marikana Massacre 15:24 Sat 25 Aug by Workers Solidarity Alliance 0 comments

We, members of the Workers Solidarity Alliance, send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the murdered miners in South Africa.

textAnarchism and Syndicalism in an African Port City 15:32 Sun 08 Jan by Lucien van der Walt 4 comments

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.

textStatement by the Anti-Government-in-Exile of Wits University 15:49 Thu 08 Sep by Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, James Pendlebury, Komnas Poriazis 0 comments

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.

headerzab.gif imageAnnouncing the new Zabalaza website 15:37 Sun 10 Apr by Zabalaza.Net tech crew 0 comments

We, at the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF), are pleased to announce that the new Zabalaza website, Home of Southern African Anarchism, is now online.

zacfront_symbol_1.jpg imageThe “Democratic Left”: A Small Step Towards United Working Class Struggle 01:46 Wed 23 Feb by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

From 20 to 23 January 2011, working class and revolutionary militants from throughout South Africa, including a ZACF delegation, gathered in Johannesburg for the Conference of the Democratic Left (CDL). The gathering ended in the launch of the Democratic Left Front (DLF) as a loose alliance of organisations and individuals in struggle.

In explaining our relationship to the DLF, we will here summarise our reservations, while explaining why they are outweighed by the genuine achievements of the CDL. The reservations cover three main areas: attitudes towards the state and elections; leadership structures; and the DLF programme and demands. (We are also less than enthusiastic about some new terms that have become popular in the CDL and DLF, such as “eco-socialism”; but this is largely a matter of language, which we will not discuss in detail here.)

zacfront_symbol.jpg imageSolidarity with the Harare 52: Another dark day in Zimbabwe! 16:54 Tue 22 Feb by Warren McGregor 0 comments

Activists gathered in Harare on the 19th February in a closed meeting to discuss the recent uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, were arrested after a planned police raid. Currently they are being held without charge and reports indicate that key members of the gathering are being subjected to physical assault by their captors. [Italiano] [Ελληνικά]

460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_zacfront_symbol.jpg imageLandless militants and shack-dwellers under attack in Soweto 16:42 Mon 24 May by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 2 comments

The following is an urgent communication issued in solidarity with the Landless Peoples Movement (LPM) and other shack-dwellers of Protea South, Soweto. It is based on information obtained by telephonic and face-to-face conversations held with LPM members following violent attacks against them last night. There still seems to be confusion, however, and details are sketchy. Updates on the situation will be made available as and when they are received, as will be any factual corrections.
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zacfront_symbol.jpg imageTerre'Blanche is dead; long live the workers! 03:57 Wed 28 Apr by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

We in the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front will shed no tears for the killing of the racist Eugene Terre'Blanche. Why should revolutionary workers lament the death of a thug who lived in nostalgia for the days when his emulation of Hitler and (empty) threats of war shook the whole country, and who never ceased to exploit and terrorise the black workers on a farm that should rightly be managed by those who work it to meet the needs of all and not be the property of any one single person?

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imageTokologo supports the community march on the Merafong municipal offices Oct 30 by Tokologo African Anarchist Collective 0 comments

The Tokologo African Anarchist Collective supports the protest march held by members of the Khutsong community – where we have active members – to the Merafong municipal offices.

imageTokologo supports the Khutsong community march on the Teba offices, Carltonville Oct 30 by Tokologo African Anarchist Collective 0 comments

The Tokologo African Anarchist Collective supports the protest march held by members of the Khutsong community – where we have active members – to the Teba Bank offices in Carletonville.

imageWhat are your rights? Oct 13 by Nobuhle Dube 0 comments

Although the Constitution protects the rights of whistle-blowers, and we have laws that are meant to promote their rights (such as the Protected Disclosures Act), in reality there is not much protection for whistle-blowers and such people face huge challenges.

imageCosatu used to pump millions of Rands to support the ANC’s election campaigns Oct 13 by Mzee 0 comments

At the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu) media briefing on Thursday 21 November 2013, its president Sdumo Dlamini told a journalist that the federation is “yet to decide” whether or not to contribute financially toward the ANC’s 2014 election campaign. The briefing followed a Cosatu central executive committee (CEC) meeting.

imageKhutsong: Pre-emptive “crime-stopping” leads to police brutality Sep 09 by Bongani Maponyane 0 comments

Khutsong has not been at peace, facing a high police deployment, supposedly to combat crime. The government was adamant about cleaning up the streets in Khutsong. This followed certain brutal crimes.

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imageOrbituary of Ousi Lawrence Zitha Sep 01 Tokologo African Anarchist Collective 0 comments

Comrade Lawrence was born on 7 July 1969 in Kliptown before moving to Ceza in KwaZulu-Natal. He attended Ceza Primary and Nghunghunyone Secondary, matriculating in 1986 with exemption (excellent at that time).

imageLaunch of the online Southern African Anarchist and Syndicalist History Archive (SAASHA) May 01 Southern African Anarchist and Syndicalist History Archive 0 comments

1 May 2014: launch of the online Southern African Anarchist and Syndicalist History Archive (SAASHA)
http://saasha.net/

textWSA Statement on Marikana Massacre Aug 25 WSA 0 comments

We, members of the Workers Solidarity Alliance, send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the murdered miners in South Africa.

textAnarchism and Syndicalism in an African Port City Jan 08 4 comments

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.

textStatement by the Anti-Government-in-Exile of Wits University Sep 08 Anti-Government-in-Exile of Wits University 0 comments

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.

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