Students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Mowbray campus and the University of Cape Town (UCT) marched to Parliament on Wednesday. They demanded that President Jacob Zuma release the Fees Commission report. thedailyvox.co.za/
“The government faces difficult choices”, Finance Minister Gigaba said in his Mid Term Budget Statement (MTBPS). But he made no choices. All decisions were postponed to later. On the one hand, the Minister and the MTBPS document provided a shocking account of the deep economic crisis facing South African society. On the other hand, what measures the government is going to take are shrouded in darkness. aidc.org.za/
The unreported loss of almost 100 people in Johannesburg or 11 in Delhi is part of the expanding State policy and practice of abandonment: “Zones of abandonment … accelerate the death of the unwanted” womeninandbeyond.org/
MWASA cautiously welcomes the appointment of the seventh Communications Minister in as many years and as well as the appointment of the non-executive board of directors following the demise of the Prof Maguvhe-led team. wwmp.org.za/
Of all the pillars that help hold up Israel’s special type of settler-colonialism and apartheid, one of the strongest remains the role of Western media in amplifying Israeli hasbara (propaganda). That pillar, however, is beginning to crack. electronicintifada.net/
South Africa celebrated two centenaries this month, says Terry Bell in his latest Labour Wrap: 100 years since the birth of the struggle icon, Oliver Reginald – OR -Tambo and the centenary of the Russian revolution. fin24.com/
Local news from Khayelitsha, East London, Port Elizabeth, Alexandra and Orange Farm in English and isiXhosa
With every step that we take in the cybernetic world, we leave traces, knowingly or not. These traces are data – of our identity, our tastes and interests, of our location and displacements, our habits and much more – which are the mana from heaven that feed the big business groups of the digital sector (not to speak of security agencies, criminal groups and others). alainet.org/
The company does take cities seriously. Its executives have floated the idea of taking some struggling city – Detroit? – and reinventing it around Alphabet services, with no annoying regulations blocking this march of progress. theguardian.com/
Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. A report on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention. theguardian.com/
President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos intend to prioritize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education by investing in ‘K-12’ schools across the Unites States where coding and computer science will be taught. This will not be in the interests of the children caution developmental psychologists. sfchronicle.com/
Insects form the base of thousands upon thousands of food chains, and their disappearance is a principal reason why Britain’s farmland birds have more than halved in number since 1970. theguardian.com/
New Online Course on Fair Wage Strategies starts with Facebook Live Discussion on 24 October
Jenny Holdcroft (Assistant General-Secretary of IndustriALL), Uma Rani (Senior Economist at the ILO) and Tandiwe Gross (Associate Expert at the ILO will discuss strategies for fair wages in the global economy, what you can expect from the new online course and other education opportunities of the Global Labour University.
When:24 October 2017 at 13:00h UTC which is 9:00 in the US East Coast, 11:00 in Brazil, 13:00 in Ghana, 15:00 in Germany , 15:00 in South Africa, 18:30 in New Delhi, 19:00 in Bangladesh, 20:00 in Thailand and Cambodia.