Workers On Wednesday 1 November
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207 

South Africa is still plagued by an unusually high number of deaths, accidents and work-related illnesses. Mine, farm, construction and chemical work is very hazardous and horrific deadly accidents occur regularly, with many not being reported in the media. The mining industry is one that has a particularly high mortality rate, of those miners still toiling underground and those dying slow and painful deaths from occupational respiratory diseases years after their retrenchment or retirement.

Why is it that we have good protective legislation around health and safety in the workplace, yet we have so many problems with workers risking their lives daily just to earn a living?

GUESTS

  • Bulelwa Huna, Senior Specialist, Occupational Health, Safety and Hygiene, Department of Labour
  • Bomeshia Retief, Case worker, Industrial Health Resource Group
  • Paul Bester, Cosatu Western Cape educator and organiser

Workers On Wednesday 18 October
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207 

This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution of October 1917. For several decades it represented the greatest moment in the history of working class struggle for many workers and poor people all over the world. It was the first time that the working class wrested power from its ruling class through a process of revolutionary struggles and their own organs of power (Soviets). The Russian Revolution had immediate international ramifications and has a legacy that still lives with us today. In view of the degeneration of the USSR under Stalin’s leadership and its eventual collapse with other Eastern Bloc countries in 1989, should working class and poor people all over the world be celebrating the centenary of the Russian Revolution?

GUESTS

  • Prof Peter Alexander, Director of the Centre for Social Change, University of Johannesburg
  • Dale Forbes, independent analyst

Workers On Wednesday 11 October
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207 

For over a century, the mining industry has been at the heart of South Africa’s economy. It laid the basis for the racist Apartheid system. Today there is a continued scramble by local and foreign investors for our mineral wealth, due to its high demand and profitability. However, while our government promotes mining as a job creator and supporter of Black Economic Empowerment, it seems like it has come at huge costs to mineworkers, their families, mining communities and the environment. In today’s show we take a critical look at mining and whether it is worth the costs.

GUESTS

  • Tiny Dlamini, resident of Snake Park, a mine-affected community in Doornkop, Soweto
  • David van Wyk, lead researcher Benchmarks Foundation

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