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May Day under COVID-19 in South Africa

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  24 hour May Day programing on mayday.pacifica.org.
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Pacifica COVID-19 Taskforce is hosting May Day with programing from throughout the world. Live streaming from South Africa, Korea, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and other countries. May Day on Pacifica Radio contains diverse struggles, issues and lessons on the fight against COVID-19. This international war for the health and safety of workers and survival of unions is also a fight not only against governments and bosses but for democratic worker organization that can confront the global pandemic, world depression and famine.
 
We will continue this channel and work for it to be a world portal for labor on the struggle for survival.

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An Injury To One Is An Injury To All!

False hope of employment forms jobless queue at Khayelitsha Hospital

Jobs at Khayelitsha District Hospital that were advertised via social media have been withdrawn.


 

Long queues in Khayelitsha amid growing infection rates

The numbers of those infected by the coronavirus in Khayelitsha are growing alarmingly as residents fail to practice social distancing while they queue for food parcels and submit applications for jobs.

                SOUTH AFRICA

The curfew – and other crackdowns – raises disturbing questions for South Africa’s democracy

In a curious take on easing the hard lockdown, the government has imposed a curfew. Co-operative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in Wednesday’s briefing mostly avoided using the word curfew, instead saying: ‘When you come back from work you have to be at home…’
MARIANNE MERTEN | DAILY MAVERICK

With the easing of the lockdown the ANC government is gambling with lives!

We must ask President Ramaphosa what happened to the science of the pandemic. The state is throwing away the science in order to protect the fabulous wealth of capital. On the day when the country registered the highest number of daily infections (318), Ramaphosa announces the easing of the lockdown.
JOHN APPOLIS | KARIBU

Freedom not yet

The ANC’s access to state power has not been used to honour the commitments the organisation made to the people who gave it their trust. Oppression has spread, like a virus.
NEW FRAME EDITORIAL

UN Human Rights Office concerned by excessive force, death reports during SA lockdown

The UN Human Rights Office highlighted the "heavy handed" and "highly militarised" law enforcement response to Covid-19 in several countries, inclusing the Philippines and Sri Lanka.
AZARRAH KARRIM | NEWS 24

Damning Independent Monitors Report on Strandfontein

Five independent monitors visited the Strandfontein internment camp for street people. They've written very damning report (linked) on the camp which has finally been published today after having been submitted to the SAHRC.
Click here to download the report.
ESSOP,, VAN HOLDT | BUSINESS DAY

Overlooking the missing millions – another ‘stain on our national conscience’

Although Covid-19 the disease has malicious preferences for the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions, the virus itself doesn't discriminate in its infectiousness. If you are a human being, you are at risk. It’s a great leveller of artificial denominators based on class, gender and colour.
MARK HEYWOOD | DAILY MAVERICK

Calls for all domestic workers to be paid during lockdown

Domestic workers network Izwi Domestic Workers Alliance has urged the Department of Employment and Labour to compel all employers to pay domestic workers their wages regardless of their Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) registration status.
ETHABI MADIBA | CREAMER NEWS

Communities, not government, can and are fighting Covid-19

The heavy-handed, top-down approach during the lockdown has not worked; NGOs, coalitions and community networks have.
ESSOP,, VAN HOLDT | BUSINESS DAY

Coronavirus: why South Africa needs a wealth tax now

We show that a wealth tax on the richest 354,000 individuals could raise at least R143 billion. That equates to 29% of the announced R500bn fiscal cost of the relief package.
CHATTERJEE, GETHIN, CZAJKA | THE CONVERSATION

SA’s richest 3,500 own more than the bottom 32 million

When people call South Africa the most unequal country in the world, they’re talking about income. Now, we have a clear picture of how unequally the country’s wealth is distributed.
DENNIS WEBSTER | NEW FRAME

In Pictures: How COVID-19 outbreak affected S African fishermen

17 arrested after looting in a week of unrest in Lichtenburg

Lockdown: 'Police shot me in neck and head for buying electricity'

A visit to a spaza shop to buy electricity became a nightmare for a 33-year-old Ladysmith man who was shot in the head and neck with rubber bullets, allegedly by police officers.
CHRIS NDALISO | IOL

103 police officers test positive, more than 1 000 quarantined

99 workers at 'unsafe' Cape Town pharma factory have Covid-19

Pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline confirmed the number on Saturday, four days after the labour department said production and operations at the Epping factory must be suspended.
IDAVE CHAMBERS | TIMES LIVE

Uitenhage hospital staff down tools after patient tests positive for Covid-19

Shock as forty test positive for Covid-19 in tiny Port St Johns village

The chaotic situation in Machibini village, where there is virtually no policing or army boots on the ground, is threatening to realise the health authorities’ worst nightmare about a virus explosion in the province’s rural areas.
FENI, FUZILE, PILISO | DISPATCH
Mineworkers’ high rates of lung disease and cramped working conditions are just some of the reasons experts believe their return to work will risk widespread infections and death.
SARAH SMIT | M&G

Gaps in South Africa’s relief scheme leave some workers with no income

An economic crisis is beginning to bite in South Africa. The government has announced a number of measures to cushion the impact, but even these are spread very thin.
CARIN RUNCIMAN | THE CONVERSATION

Three years after the nuke deal court victory, the fight for clean energy continues even during Covid-19

Companies going bust: Edcon throws in the towel

City of Cape Town slated over 'questionable ethics' of proposed by-law amendment

The public have until May 17 to comment on the City’s proposed amendments to the streets, public places and the prevention of noise nuisance by-law.
SIPHOKAZI VUSO | IOL
           INTERNATIONAL

World also on brink of 'hunger pandemic,' head of UN food agency says

As the world is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, it is also "on the brink of a hunger pandemic" that could lead to "multiple famines of biblical proportions" said the WFP head.
AP

The Totalitarian Danger – From Paris To Washington

People must go back to work on 11 May at all costs, Macron asserts. Are there scientific reasons for this decision, a dramatic decline of the pandemic? No.
DANIEL GLUCKSTEIN | SOCIALIST ORGANIZER

Workers, act now, or pay later? – Tune in and sick out!

Workers, in large numbers, are voting with their feet and refusing to come to work under the current conditions. This blog post recounts workers' refusal to accept exposure at work to the coronavirus.
ANGRY WORKERS OF THE WORLD BLOG

US Coronavirus ‘Bailout’ Scam Is $6 Trillion Giveaway To Wall Street

Just think of when, in the debates with Bernie, Sanders during the spring, you had Biden, and Klobuchar keep saying, ‘What we’re paying for Medicare-for-All will be $1 trillion over 10 years.’ Well here the Fed can create $1.5 trillion in one week just to buy stocks. Why is it okay for the Fed to create $1.5 trillion to buy stocks to prevent rich people from losing on their stocks, when it’s not okay to print only $1 trillion to pay for free Medicare for the entire population?
MICHAEL HUDSON | MODERATE REBELS

Capitalism’s response to COVID-19: Not enough PPE, even less testing, many die

The class nature of pandemics is revealed by the fact that in the flu pandemic of 2009 three times as many of the poorest died compared to the richest despite both groups having the same level of infection.
PETER WINDELER | INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST LEAGUE

Chile: Teachers Reject Resuming School Year Over COVID-19

Chile's Professors College refused to resume the educational year in May, bringing the union into disagreement with the Chilean president's administrative decisions.
TELESUR

International Labor Solidarity in a Time of Pandemic

The pandemic and the near-total shutdown of our economic life will undoubtedly shift our views about the work and lives that we value, and role of the state to provide aid to those who we see as a part of our community.
MANOJ DIAS-ABEY | BOSTON REVIEW

The capitalist emperor has no clothes as the Covid-19 pandemic strips it bare

The system is rotten to the very core and the Covid-19 pandemic has, again, made this truth apparent to all of us.
AFZAL MOOLLA | DAILY MAVERICK

COVID-END

The COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making (COVID-END) has come together to help coordinate and reduce duplication in evidence-synthesis, technology assessment and guideline-development.
MCMASTER UNIVERSITY | HEALTH FORUM | OTTAWA HOSPITAL
               PALESTINE / ISRAEL

Settler Violence In West Bank Rises Noticeably In April

Human rights center B'Tselem said that Israeli settlers have stepped up their attacks against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank during April despite the coronavirus crisis.
B'TSELEM | DAYS OF PALESTINE
               NEW TECHNOLOGIES, NEW FORMS OF LABOUR
               THEORY

Coronavirus Requires a Collective Response

Coronavirus is a historic crisis, but it is also producing new forms of social organisation. Whether a better world emerges from this era will depend on our ability to respond to its challenges collectively
DAVID HARVEY | TRIBUNE MAG

The Black Death led to the demise of feudalism. Could this pandemic have a similar effect?

We’ve been here before: a pandemic, inequality, economic stagnation and climate change brought down Medieval Europe.
ADAM MCBRIDE | SALON

Debilitating capitalism, Covid-19 and the tragedy of essential work

In unequal countries like South Africa, where settler colonialism normalised the massification of debility for black people, we are not astonished at the high rates of injury and illness experienced by black people. The value of poor, black people is in their disposability and the vastness of the reserves of black labour that can be used up and discarded.
KHARNITA MOHAMED | CORONA TIMES

Rosa Luxemburg and the Final Conflict

Although uncompromising opposition to the First World War subjected Rosa Luxemburg to the pitiless “social distancing” of imprisonment, she felt compelled, as always, to analyze and to organize against the oppression and violence of the capitalist system. 
PAUL LE BLANC | SPECTRE JOURNAL
 
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