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e-News bulletin 5 February 2021

 

 

Killings in Khayelitsha linked to extortion gangs

The police minister says that the killing of six men in Khayelitsha at the weekend is linked to extortion rackets.
MZI VELAPI
                SOUTH AFRICA

SABC cuts 303 employees despite Ndabeni-Abrahams’ intervention

Although the SABC is open to considering some of the minister’s alternatives, the broadcaster said it would not reopen talks on retrenchment.
CHRIS GILILI | M&G

Protest against dismissal of Volkswagen shop stewards

The shop stewards were fired after workers downed tools because of a dispute over Covid-19 safety in July. Workers had said they did not feel safe on the production line.
THAMSANQA MBOVANE | GROUNDUP
Casualties of outsourcing, the staff who work at Groote Schuur Hospital say they are tired of “working for peanuts” - a R2,500 salary.
MANDILAKHE TSHWETE | DAILY VOICE

Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Woolworths and others under investigation over alleged price gouging

The National Consumer Commission has launched an investigation into allegations of price gouging relating to garlic and ginger.
BUSINESS TECH
The company has been ordered to reinstate and compensate employees it dismissed unfairly after a strike. And although a court review may delay justice, the workers won’t give up the fight.
MAGNIFICENT MNDEBELE | NEW FRAME

Come and try to ‘save lives’ in this home of 47, pleads Mitchells Plain family

The queries of five of the adult siblings about their place on the City of Cape Town’s housing list, and why they haven’t received a house, have gone unanswered for years. Covid-19 has given their plea more urgency.
CHRISTI NORTIER | DAILY MAVERICK

Zuma’s spy state: A decade of unfettered surveillance, secrets, lies and lootings, propped up by a private army of spies

Jacob Zuma’s vast spy network only cost SA a few billion bucks and spied on everyone from journalists to those in academia and of course his fellow ANC members.
MARIANNE THAMM | DAILY MAVERICK

Youth Unemployment:
Understanding Causes and Finding Solutions

The University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Education Rights and Transformation hosted a workshop on ‘Employment, Education, Skills and Training’, with a focus on young people. This booklet (1MB pdf] attempts to summarise key points raised during the course of the day, with the aim of making them available to the widest possible audience.
Download booklet
               COVID-19 PANDEMIC

We Already Paid for These Vaccines Once

So why do we talk about Pfizer or Moderna, when these should be the people’s vaccines? Let’s recognize the impact of our collective contribution with a more authentic narrative—that indeed, #ThisIsOurShot.
RESHMA RAMACHANDRAN, ZOEY THILL | THE NATION

Covid vaccines: How big pharma's secrets and monopolies hold developing nations to ransom

Where pharmaceutical companies are veiling their negotiations in secrecy, and tie up the supply of vaccines in intrigue, South Africa should take a stand.
CANDICE SEHOMA, CLAIRE WATERHOUSE | NEWS24

India, South Africa bid to ban vaccine patents blocked

An IP waiver by the WTO would have made it easier for developing countries to produce COVID-19 vaccines and drugs. Wealthy countries opposed the move, arguing that a suspension of patents would stifle innovation.
ASHUTOSH PANDEY | DW

A global vaccine apartheid is unfolding. People’s lives must come before profit

The poorest countries are missing out on adequate doses of vaccines – and the health implications should concern us all.
WINNIE BYANYIMA | THE GUARDIAN

The pandemic has revealed the true cost of inequality

Millions of people in several countries are now facing famine. Hospitals are running out of oxygen. And conflict and violence are making life even more precarious. Our food systems need reform now.
AGNES KALIBATA | UN DESA

Down a slippery slope: SAHPRA’s decision on ivermectin is irrational and creates a dangerous precedent 

The regulatory body was unable to stand firm and await results of the trials it holds up as its standard for other health products. Abnormal pressure from lobby groups and capitulation to it shows up the lack of protection from a strong government.
ASLAM DASOO
               INTERNATIONAL

Afghanistan War Exposed: An Imperial Conspiracy

The perpetual occupation of Afghanistan has become so normalized it's even jokingly referred to as the "forever war" - accepted as just a constant reality. A soldier dies now and again. A couple dozen civilians get killed in another bombing. It's never enough to stir the population to pressure Washington to stop it. The endless war drags on. #EndTheForeverWar
ABBY MARTIN | THE EMPIRE FILES

Dutch court orders Shell to pay Nigerian farmers over oil spills

The case was initiated by four farmers and the Friends of the Earth campaign group, who were seeking reparations for lost income from contaminated land and waterways.
AL JAZEERA
               ISRAEL PALESTINE

Striking Workers Triumph!

After 19 days of an open-ended strike demanding their human and labor rights, Palestinian workers at Yamit suspended their strike. Yamit's Israeli owner was forced to apologise for a racist letter her had written to the worker's committee.
PALESTINE NEW FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS
               OPINION

Broken world, broken people – we need a path to a better future

We are living in a world that for most people is broken and that has broken most people. It is not a god given world, but one that has been constructed by those in power and that has left most people mired in deprivation.
SHAWN HATTINGH | LINKS

Chris Hedges: Papering Over The Rot

The death spiral of the American Empire will not be halted with civility. The longer wealth is funneled upwards into the hands of a tiny, oligarchic cabal, who put Biden into office and whose interests he assiduously serves, we are doomed.
CHRIS HEDGES | SCHEER POST

Take Action To End The Economic War At Home And Abroad

The neoliberal economic system, white supremacy and disregard for human life underlie sanctions abroad and at home. The current recession and pandemic have exposed this in a brutal way in the United States.
MARGARET FLOWERS | POPULAR RESISTANCE

Why We Can’t Give Up On A World Free From Nuclear Weapons

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons came into effect on January 22 but none of the nuclear weapons states are signatories. In fact, the US, in October, asked those governments who signed the treaty to withdraw from it.
VIJAY PRASHAD | PEOPLES DISPATCH
ENVIRONMENT

Biden-Kerry international climate politricks

Given the prevailing evidence, claims made about Kerry’s new-found ‘humility’ should no longer lull observers into allowing another decade of U.S. sabotaging global climate policy. And that means a totally different perspective is needed on how U.S. and international progressives treat the U.S. re-entry to Paris: with eyes wide open – and protest placards at the ready.
PATRICK BOND | ZNET

World cannot meet climate targets relying on carbon capture and storage

Unable to ignore the catastrophic emissions produced by burning fossil fuels, the fossil fuel industry has turned to carbon capture and storage as a solution that allows them to carry on business as usual.
GLOBAL WITNESS

Vital statistics from a warming world

A selection of the planet’s vital signs, from carbon dioxide levels to Arctic sea ice. The graphs are fed from data sources including Nasa, the US National Snow and Ice Data Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
ALAN EVANS | THE GUARDIAN
NEW TECHNOLOGIES / NEW FORMS OF LABOUR

Facebook is banning leftwing users like me – and it's going largely unnoticed

Facebook placed a number of leftwing organizers on a restricted list during Biden’s inauguration. It’s part of a much bigger problem.
AKIN OLLA | THE GUARDIAN

We can have democracy, or we can have a surveillance society, but we cannot have both. We have a democratic information civilization to build, and there is no time to waste.
SHOSHANA ZUBOFF | NEW YORK TIMES

ARTS

Sibongile Khumalo: A true diva departs the stage for the last time

Sibongile was special, even unique, and she touched so many in her time among us. And at 63, her time among us ended too soon. She had much more to give — as a musician, as an educator, as a preserver of traditions — and as a person.
J BROOKS SPECTOR | DAILY MAVERICK

 

Behind the music: The cultural impact and sound revolution of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’

The 1970s classic still holds much relevance in progressive rock music and pop culture. The album takes listeners across various emotions and stages of human life, beginning and ending with a heartbeat. 
LUSANDA LUTHULI | DAILY MAVERICK
 
 
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