We shall not accept one more job loss at Angloplats – We shall resist – We shall fight
In January 2013, Amplats claimed that the platinum industry was in an intr...
On 27 April 2013 Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM), the largest organisation of the militant poor in post-apartheid South Africa, established in Durban in 2005. Released a press statement entitled "Marikana: A New Land Occupation Founded on UnFreedom Day 2013."
The statement says: "Members of Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape have occupied a piece of vacant land in Philippi, Cape Town. Shacks have been built and families have moved in to th...
Walter Rodney was assassinated on June 13, 1980.
At the time of his assassination, Forbes Burnham was the President. Since the assassination, there have been numerous calls for an investigation into the circumstances of the killing. The brother of Walter Rodney, Donald Rodney, survived and told the world that the bomb that assassinated Walter Rodney was placed by Gregory Smith. Smith was an operative from the Guyanese Defense force and he was ...
The City of Cape Town has been caught red-handed using a fraudulent legal pretext to justify the eviction of shack dwellers who had occupied a vacant piece of City-owned land, by citing a non-existent law they claim is called the "Protection of the Possession of Property Act". After speaking with legal experts in the field of property and evictions, I was told that not only was the eviction of the 'Marikana' shack dwellers in Cape Town's Phili...
Political conferences of the oppressed invariably attract a variety of responses - varying from cynical conviction that they are an utter waste of time to naïve optimism that they will change the face of the world. In actuality, popular struggle continues from day to day at many different and more profound levels; and its intensity at any given time primarily determines the relevance and utility of the conference as a technique of co-ordinatio...
In death Margaret Thatcher has caused further division. The left has failed to convince enough people of the alternatives.
In 1966, a little more than a year after Martin Luther King won the Nobel peace prize, only 33% of Americans had a favourable view of him, as opposed to 63% who viewed him unfavourably. It's not difficult to see why. He was a civil rights leader in a country where 85% of whites thought blacks were "moving too fast for raci...
How ironic that the attack on COSATU comes from within. Ironic, but not unexpected. Supporters of the Zuma faction in COSATU want to get rid of Vavi as
This feature of Amandla! lays bare the conflict unfolding in COSATU. Tensions in SA's biggest labour movement play themselves out over the failure of
COSATU is in the midst of the biggest crisis in its 27-year history. This crisis has arisen from an SACP-driven attempt to oust democratically elected
Interview with Dirk Hartford, the first head of COSATU media and editor of COSATU News in the 1980's, about the implications of the current tensions in
The ANC has taken off its mask I am writing this letter out of anger. My anger started to grow after I watched the ANC attack the FNB advert. FNB
International The Citizens' Revolution advances in Ecuador The radical social and economic reforms of President Rafael Correa, known as the Citizens'
NO NEED FOR RETRENCHEMENTS Delegates wrapped up the 19th annual African Mining Indaba in early February 2013 full of back-thumping promises to improve
Jonathan Jansen is Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State and President of the South African Institute of Race Relations. Amandla!: How did
It is true we in live a world where technology and globalisation give the impression of rapid change and constant flux. The mouthpieces of capital, marching
The Association of Mining and Construction Workers (AMCU) was born in 1998 out of a strike at Douglas Colliery, one of the oldest mines belonging to Ingwe
Internal tensions in the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) surfaced in June 2012 when Gauteng provincial chairperson Liver Mngomezulu and
Brazilian President Lula entered the elections for his second term with his back against the wall, confronting a massive corruption scandal and growing
The story of farm workers and farm bosses in the Breede River Valley| by Mercia Andrews On Wednesday 6 March 2013 in Ashton, 180 km from Cape Town,
Why consider the history of a hundred-year old law? Surely the Marikana massacre and farm-workers' strikes are more urgent? In fact, there are direct links
Large-scale commercial agriculture produces an estimated 90% or more of marketed food in South Africa. Two-thirds to three-quarters of food is purchased
Black Noise is a new column that features young black writers dedicated to critiquing and undermining racism, sexism and economic exploitation in South
Even with the death of Venezuela's Chávez, his continuing legacy – 'chavismo' or the Bolivarian revolutionary process – is here to stay. Twenty years
The general election of February in Italy produced a political deadlock over the formation of a new government and reawakened fears that the crisis of
Interview with Gilbert Achcar, academic, writer, and activist, Professor at the Development Studies Department at the School of African and Oriental
Two years after the revolutionary insurrection that caused the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee Tunisia, the situation in the country remains precarious.
Dear President Zuma, I found donkey in my burger. Disappointed Dear Disappointed, I can understand why you feel the way you do. After all, I
DARKNESS AT NOON A novel by Arthur Koestler Comment by Allan Kolski Horwitz 'Originally published in 1941, Arthur Koestler's modern masterpiece, Darkness
What can an American book tell South Africans about race and racism that they don't already know? Racecraft: The Soul of the Inequality in American Life Karen
(1930-2013) | by The Botsotso Collective Chinua Achebe was a writer with massive influence in Nigeria, in Africa and, indeed, in the world. He was the