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Ayanda Kota, chairperson of the Unemployed People's Movement. Photo by Jon Pienaar.
southern africa / the left / non-anarchist press Friday December 05, 2014 - 15:14 byAyanda Kota   image 1 image
Some NGOs with no membership that cast themselves as "radical" misuse grassroots organisations for their own purposes, writes Ayanda Kota. ... read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / the left / non-anarchist press Monday December 01, 2014 - 18:46 byJane Duncan   image 1 image
The country’s largest trade union federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), has expelled the National Union of Metalworkers’ of South Africa (Numsa), for not supporting the African National Congress (ANC). Anyone in South Africa who doesn’t know this news must have been living under a rock for the past week.
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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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africa meridionale / lotte indigene / altra stampa libertaria Friday November 07, 2014 - 00:18 byGianni Sartori
Come spesso accade in molte rivoluzioni parziali ("a metà" o anche meno...) , quando i resistenti non vengono semplicemente eliminati, rischiano comunque di ritrovarsi abbandonati, esclusi...è capitato a molti nostri partigiani nel dopoguerra, capiterà ancora... ... read full story / add a comment
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
africa meridionale / genero / stampa non anarchica Thursday February 21, 2013 - 21:17 byAlex Duval Smith
Oscar Pistorius era il perfetto eroe sportivo sud-africano perchè la sua vittoria sulla disabilità lo aveva reso una figura universalmente ammirata in una società ancora divisa.La cultura profondamente maschilista in cui egli è cresciuto si estende ai gruppi razziali e ci dà qualche spiegazione per comprendere lo scioccante tasso di violenza nelle mura domestiche. [English] ... 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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textDécès de l’anarchiste nigérien Sam Mbah 06:49 Fri 12 Dec by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

Le Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front [Ndt. Organisation communiste libertaire d’Afrique du Sud] est profondément attristé d’apprendre la mort d’un grand être humain, un frère africain et un camarade de lutte – Sam Mbah. Nous voudrions envoyer nos plus sincères sympathies à ceux et celles qui ont connu Sam. Nous espérons que vous puissiez vous consoler par le fait qu’il a fait le plus pleinement usage du temps passé avec nous.

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/

malema_tswana.png imageANC e Latlhile Seaparwelwa Khemo Sa Sone! Ba Bolaile Babereki! 13:53 Fri 03 May by TAAC, iWAC, ZACF 3 comments

Molaotheo o tshepisitse ditokelo tsa dipolotiki le tekatekano. Go a bonagala gore boradipolotiki le bathapi ba dira ka mo ba ratang ka teng. Ba tshameka ka batho. Seo se bonagetse ka nako eo mapodisi a bolaileng badiri bao ba neng ba dirile ditshupetso kwa moepong wa Lonmin Marikana.

10ww.jpg imageΟ αγώνας των εργατώ&... 17:56 Wed 23 Jan by Dmitri (republishing) 0 comments

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.

391982_417861508270211_1865472150_n.jpg imageΗ νίκη των εργαζομέ&... 06:29 Thu 20 Sep by proletconnect 0 comments

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.

marikan.jpg imageAfrique du Sud: Sommet d’oppression politique après le massacre des mineurs 23:16 Sat 15 Sep by Alternative Libertaire 0 comments

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.

photo_134726994500710.jpg imageΑνεξάρτητη απεργί ... 19:06 Wed 12 Sep by Dmitri (republishing) 0 comments

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.

530967_334034813354596_302201915_n.jpg imageCai a máscara do ANC! Trabalhadores assassinados! 14:40 Wed 05 Sep by ZACF/TAC/IWAC 0 comments

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.

530967_334034813354596_302201915_n.jpg imageL'ANC si toglie la maschera! Lavoratori uccisi! 15:59 Mon 03 Sep by ZACF/ TAC/ IWAC 0 comments

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]

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imageBernard Sigamoney, Durban Indian revolutionary syndicalist Dec 12 by Lucien van der Walt 0 comments

A global movement, the anarchist and syndicalist tradition has influenced people from all walks of life. A notable figure was Bernard L.E. Sigamoney, born in 1888. The grandson of indentured Indian labourers, who arrived in South Africa in the 1870s, he became a school teacher with a working class outlook.

imageOur History of Struggle: the 1980s “Workerist-Populist” Debate Revisited Dec 09 by Warren McGregor 0 comments

Today the terms “populism” and “workerism” are widely thrown about in South African political circles. Often, these terms and others (“syndicalism,” “ultra-left,” “counter-revolutionary,” “anti-majoritarian” …) have no meaning: they are just labels used to silence critics. SA Communist Party (SACP) leaders do this often. But in the 1980s, “populism” and “workerism” referred to two rival positions battling for the soul of the militant unions.

These debates, thirty years on, remain very relevant: let us revisit them, and learn. Today’s radical National Union of Metalworkers of SA (NUMSA) was part of the “workerist” camp, while its key rival, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was identified with “populism.” The early battles over the direction of the Congress of SA Trade Unions (COSATU) still echo today, although there is no longer a clear “workerist” camp.

imageThe 1976 Struggle and the Emancipation of the Future Dec 06 by Bongani Maponyane 0 comments

The massacre of South African school children in 1976 – for protesting for instruction in their native languages and for a proper curriculum – continues to be remembered and to influence us today. It showed the brutality of the apartheid state and it left scars still felt by people today.

The challenges faced by youth today are different to that experienced in 1976. This does not mean everything has changed. We need to look to history to learn about and not to repeat mistakes made. But we also look to history to provide us with inspiration. We need to revisit the spirit of the youth of 1976 and copy their courage – to overcome these issues facing our young people today. We need to be the change that we want to see.

imageTraitor to the Working Class Majority: Cyril Ramaphosa Dec 03 by Siyabulela Hulu-Hulu 0 comments

It is said we live in a democratic country; but, believe me it is for the chosen few. Current Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, was once widely considered a hero of the working class. Today he is a hypocrite and traitor to us, the majority.

imageWest Rand Municipal Workers Fight Wage Cuts Dec 01 by Mzee 0 comments

Workers in the Public Safety department of the West Rand District Municipality, Gauteng, are experiencing extremely stressful times. This is mainly due to management’s actions. There have been many cases of resignations and stress-related illnesses – and some workers have been affected badly enough to commit suicide.

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textDécès de l’anarchiste nigérien Sam Mbah Dec 12 0 comments

Le Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front [Ndt. Organisation communiste libertaire d’Afrique du Sud] est profondément attristé d’apprendre la mort d’un grand être humain, un frère africain et un camarade de lutte – Sam Mbah. Nous voudrions envoyer nos plus sincères sympathies à ceux et celles qui ont connu Sam. Nous espérons que vous puissiez vous consoler par le fait qu’il a fait le plus pleinement usage du temps passé avec nous.

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/

imageANC e Latlhile Seaparwelwa Khemo Sa Sone! Ba Bolaile Babereki! May 03 3 comments

Molaotheo o tshepisitse ditokelo tsa dipolotiki le tekatekano. Go a bonagala gore boradipolotiki le bathapi ba dira ka mo ba ratang ka teng. Ba tshameka ka batho. Seo se bonagetse ka nako eo mapodisi a bolaileng badiri bao ba neng ba dirile ditshupetso kwa moepong wa Lonmin Marikana.

imageAfrique du Sud: Sommet d’oppression politique après le massacre des mineurs Sep 15 AL 0 comments

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.

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