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E-NEWS BULLETIN 3 November 2017 Links to present possibilities


president's keepers‘He is a gangster like us’: New book reveals Zuma’s ‘darkest secret’

Zuma was employed at a security company for at least four months after becoming president receiving a million rand a month for his work. It means that for the first months of his presidency, Zuma had a boss who has an iron hold over Zuma.

sabcSABC staff embark on national strike against ‘political interference’

SABC employees across the country, including journalists and newsreaders, have downed tools and embarked on strike action, saying that they are fed up with political interference in reporting.

MMA and SOS official statement on the ongoing Bemawu strike action at the SABC

The strike comes at a particularly volatile moment. The SABC is still seeking a guarantee from treasury to ensure its continued operations, and South Africa’s economic climate is in a downward turn. The strike also comes off the back of a breakdown of trust between SABC employees and the previous board. Equally, the role of the SABC in the lead up to the ANC elective conference in December is not only under heavy scrutiny, but is already hotly contested.

Village meeting about N2 Wild Coast Toll Road: SANRAL refused to negotiate

Statement by Amadiba Crisis Committee
Sanral’s “community expert” Dr Mongezi Noah and N2 Wild Coast Toll Road consultant, Mr Ntsizakalo Ngalo, left a community meeting organised by the Njanda and Ngwenyeni villages in Khanyayo, by Mtentu river in Eastern Cape. They did not want to negotiate any demands on Sanral about N2. The meeting asked them to leave after an hour and half discussion.

saftu logoSAFTU shocked by even higher unemployment

Just when it seemed that things could get no worse for workers and the poor, we are hit by the Quarterly Labour Force Survey from Statistics South Africa for the third quarter of 2017, which shows yet another rise in the rate of joblessness.

SAFTU condemns poverty pay for EPWP workers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is disgusted at the announcement that the ‘wages’ paid to participants on the Expanded Public Works Programme are to be raised by R4.41 in line with the inflation rate to just R88 per day.

students march to cemeteryLessons from the 1984-85 Vaal Uprising for Rebuilding a United Front of Communities and Workers Today

Jonathan Payn reflects on the conditions in the townships for the black working class in the 1980s that led to the Vaal Uprising and sees missteps in movement building today.


ITFITF applauds ‘historic breakthrough’ on Qatar kafala

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has backed what it describes as “a historic breakthrough” on eliminating Qatar’s kafala system, which has allowed the exploitation of migrant workers in the Gulf state.

vulgarattiWorld’s witnessing a new Gilded Age as billionaires’ wealth swells to $6tn

The world’s super-rich hold the greatest concentration of wealth since the US Gilded Age at the turn of the 20th century, when families like the Carnegies, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts controlled vast fortunes.

White-collar workers should now be concerned about outsourcing overseas too

American workers are increasingly embracing the freelancing lifestyle at a time when increased competition around the world threatens to depress wages in the U.S.


palestine 48100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration – will Britain ever apologise?

Britain, in its official statements, expresses pride over playing a major role in issuing a declaration that led to the establishment of Israel on the ruins of Palestine.

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

Install the Elitsha app on your phone: android iphone


trotskyLeon Trotsky: the life of a revolutionary

A video documentary about Trotsky’s extraordinary career; from his early years as a revolutionary writer and activist, to his leading role alongside Lenin in the October Revolution and Russian Civil War, to his expulsion from Russia and eventual assassination by the Stalinist regime.



What The Booming Gig Economy Means For The Future Of Work

The gig economy is booming. And some think gig work could become the norm in the future. A study released in September by the Freelancers Union and Upwork predicts freelancers will make up a majority of the U.S. workforce within a decade.

Coders of the world, unite: can Silicon Valley workers curb the power of Big Tech?bizos page sandberg pence trump

Big Tech is broken. Suddenly, a wide range of journalists and politicians agree on this. For decades, most of the media and political establishment accepted Silicon Valley’s promise that it would not “be evil,” as the first Google code of corporate conduct put it. But the past few months have brought a constant stream of negative stories about both the internal culture of the tech industry and the effect it is having on society.

Google escalates blacklisting of left-wing web sites and journalists

A Google News search for Chris Hedges returns no relevant results. “I write constantly. Previously, Google News listed my columns for Truthdig and my contributions to Common Dreams and Alternet, as well as references to my books,” Hedges said. “But now it’s all gone. And I’m certain it’s because I spoke out against the Google censorship.”

Net Neutrality: Why Artists and Activists Can’t Afford to Lose It

miss raeNet neutrality is crucial to the careers of comedians like Ms. Rae, but it also allows content about more serious subjects to find an audience, without the endorsement or approval of traditional media gatekeepers.


Germany set to pay customers for electricity usage as renewable energy generation creates huge power surplus

wind turbinesWind generation is forecast to climb to a record on Sunday, creating more output than needed and driving electricity prices below zero, broker data compiled by Bloomberg show. It would be the first time this year that the average price for a whole day is negative, not just for specific hours.