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E-NEWS BULLETIN 29 September 2017 A week’s links to the making of the world

Michael Blake 1954 – 2017

Tribute to the late Michael Blake on Radio 786 [AUDIO]
Michael Blake passed away on Tuesday at the age of 63. He was a key contributor to the research at the International Labour Research and Information Group. From his role in the Cape Areas Housing Action Committee in the 80s organizing against evictions in the Cape Flats through to his work with the Anti-Eviction Campaign and his baby the Housing Assembly, Mike did more for the self-organization of working class black people in South Africa than most. He destroyed cardboard Marxists who refuse to take race seriously, and polemicized against pan-Africanists who think class is irrelevant. Comrade Mike will be forever remembered and sorely missed.


numsaThe National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) succeeded in forcing the Gauteng government to ban labour brokers

Provincial Premier, David Makhura, announced at the Cosatu strike on Wednesday, that the Gauteng government would ban labour brokers by the end of the year. What Mr. Makhura failed to mention was that his government has no choice but to ban labour brokers, because NUMSA has been instrumental in ensuring that the labour law strengthens the rights of all contract and temporary workers.

Political parties must disclose private funding – court ruling

The Western Cape High Court ruled on Wednesday that the Promotion of Access to Information Act has to be amended so that political parties can be compelled to disclose their sources of private funding.

r2kNew report shows how PAIA is being undermined – R2K

Year after year, the Access to Information Network’s Shadow Report on the state of access to information in South Africa has demonstrated poor levels of compliance with the PAIA, (2000) by government, state-owned entities and private companies. Today the Access to Information Network releases its annual Shadow report for 2017, again showing that compliance levels with PAIA remain dismal.

South Africa’s housing challenge seen through the lens of its third largest city

Durban has reported that the number of households living in informal dwellings in the city has remained stubbornly high at 317,613. One third of eThekwini’s 3.5 million residents live in shacks.

Billions lie unclaimed in miners fundlungile

A total of R30bn lies unclaimed from the pension and provident funds of former miners who worked under apartheid but never received their money.

4 000 EC ex-miners finally strike gold

Four thousand Eastern Cape ex-miners or their families today stand a chance to claim their share of R40-billion worth of benefits that was left unclaimed for

shopriteShoprite cashiers appear in court [AUDIO]

Do you know how much Shoprite cashiers earn monthly? It’s R2400. Some customers, who know this or out of generosity, give tips to the cashiers. Today, seven Shoprite cashiers who were arrested for taking tips, appeared in court. Koketso Sachane talks to Shaheed Mohamed, Secretary of the Workers International Vanguard Party.

Pension fund fears and the Cosatu general strike

A general strike is supposed to shut down a country, says Terry Bell. The one called on Wednesday by Cosatu, backed by the SA Communist Party, certainly came nowhere close to doing that.

Local news from Khayelitsha, East London, Port Elizabeth, Alexandra and Orange Farm in English and isiXhosa

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Botswana’s diamond industry loses its sparkle

Even the news that the second-biggest diamond ever found was discovered beneath its soil cannot hide the decline of Botswana’s diamond industry.

The big Bots diamond rip-offmine truck

Botswana, Africa’s GDP poster-child, is the world’s second-biggest diamond producer, from which it earns four-fifths of its national income. Heavily reliant on diamond exports, the country went into business with mining giant De Beers 50 years ago. For Botswana it’s a raw deal.

Capitalism: The Nightmare

grim reaperThe neoliberal, arch-capitalist era we inhabit is chock-full of statistics and stories that ought to send chills down the spines of any caring, morally sentient human. The gross injustices of the American dream.

A worker-driven way out of the crisis in Mediterranean agriculture

SOS Rosarno, an association of farmworkers, farmers and activists in Calabria, Italy, represents an innovative response from below to the extreme exploitation and precarity of migrant farmworkers in the Mediterranean region.

Morgan Freeman: War Whore

Morgan Freeman is used to playing God, and in lesser roles, president of the United States. These days, however, Freeman has sold his image and aura to the worst warmongers on the planet. Morgan Freeman has signed on as a front man and propagandist for an all-out military confrontation with Russia..


netanyahuEvidence of Israeli apartheid, pillage and murder handed to Hague court

Four Palestinian human rights organizations on Wednesday handed 700 pages of evidence of Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.


Deus ex machina: former Google engineer is developing an AI god

Way of the Future, a religious group founded by Anthony Levandowski, wants to create a deity based on artificial intelligence for the betterment of society.

As Google Fights Fake News, Voices on the Margins Raise Alarm

google reichDespite Google’s insistence that its search algorithm undergoes a rigorous testing process to ensure that its results do not reflect political, gender, racial or ethnic bias, there is growing political support for regulating Google and other tech giants like public utilities and forcing it to disclose how exactly its arrives at search results.

Facebook, Google and others commit $300 million to tech education

The White House on Monday announced plans to spend $200 million a year on grants meant to boost science, tech, engineering and math education. Facebook, Google and Salesforce have committed $50 million apiece.

Edu-Tech’s Brave New World – How Education Software is Being Designed to Hijack Children’s Brains

babyThe Edu-tech Revolution has begun. At this very moment new computer games and education software are being developed to teach children one-to-one via computers. Following on the success of the hi-tech gaming industry, the goal is to use technology to transform schooling.

Pushing Back on EdTech

I am on my annual quest to limit my children’s exposure to screens and overuse of technology in their educational lives. Last week I met with my son’s middle school principal to discuss the Opt Out letter.

Retail jobs will ‘vanish’ due to technology and it ‘will amazonaffect every city and region’

Analysts from Citi bank and academics from Oxford are predicting seismic changes to the retail industry that could mean low-skilled jobs “vanish.”

Six Photographers Took The Same Man’s Picture, What They Captured Will Make You Think

Each of them was told a different background story about who he was. One of them was told he was a self-made millionaire whilst another was told he was an ex-convict. The resulting portraits were very revealing to say the least.