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E-NEWS BULLETIN 17 November 2017 Links to present possibilities


eskomNUMSA’s Submission to NERSA on Eskom’s Application for a tariff increase

NUMSA is extremely irritated and dismayed by the opportunistic call made by the Eskom board and its management to increase the electricity tariff by 19%. This demand by Eskom is nothing less than the abuse of power and holding hostage the entire economy and its people.

Community takes over control of radio station in North West

community radioResidents of Letlhabile near Brits in North West province took over the control of a local radio station on Monday, demanding that the board disband and the station manager resign since the radio station has failed to call an AGM for the past seven years.

Are South African health workers being silenced into malpractice?

The cries of the 140+ deceased Life Esidemeni residents were unheard – despite pressure sores and other unaccounted wounds, signs of starvation and dehydration. It is only in retrospect that we see they were not the only ones who were unheard – those who predicted the train wreck and voiced their concerns were no more acknowledged than those that have fallen.

Caution over Collaboration Schools

For profit or not, Collaboration Schools are likely to introduce well-known aspects of privatisation: undermining democratic school governance and introducing market principles into education. One of the core aspects of the model is how it restructures SGBs – opinion from Equal

FMFDailyVox on the release of the #FeesCommission Report: A shocker
President Jacob Zuma released the report of the Commission into the Feasibility of Fee-Free Higher Education and Training in South Africa [.pdf [14MB]. Zuma established the Heher Commission in January 2016 to investigate university fees.

Executive Summary [1MB]

Speculation was rife last week that Zuma would shock the public and announce free education but alas, dololo free education. Students were to rediscover that their interests are not the president’s highest priority.

Despite the disappointing news, the report does recommend that TVET college tuition be fee-free and that all application and registration fees be squashed. The money to pay for these concessions comes from somewhere. The Commission recommended using companies’ BBBEE contributions as one means to fund higher education

It’s all good and well that the Presidency has released it’s recommendations, but what does this mean for 2018 fee increases? Universities and students react to the report.

This could mean we haven’t seen the back of Fees Must Fall protests in South Africa. Not by a long shot.


Zimbabwean socialist responds to ‘palace coup’ facing Mugabe’s regimeharare CBD

The Zimbabwean armed forces seized control of the capital Harare and detained president Robert Mugabe early on Wednesday morning. It is the result of a spiralling political crisis facing the regime, with rival factions of the ruling Zanu PF party jostling for power.
Read Mahmood Mamdani’s appraisal of Mugabe, writing in 2008

isobel dos santosAfrica’s richest woman gets fired

The daughter of former Angolan leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos was axed from her influential post as head of the Sonangol state oil company.

Richest 1% own half the world’s wealth, study finds1%

The world’s richest people have seen their share of the globe’s total wealth increase from 42.5% at the height of the 2008 financial crisis to 50.1% in 2017

U.S. soldier in Niger ambush was bound and apparently executed, villagers sayUS burial

The case has received enormous attention in the United States because of conflicting accounts over whether the soldiers were on a low-risk patrol or had changed plans and set out in pursuit of Islamist insurgents.

The Logic of Drug Legalization

The Drug Lords of today exist because of the extraordinary profits resulting from criminalization. Estimates run in the half a trillion range globally per year.

nomadlandMany older Americans are living a desperate, nomadic life

In her powerful new book, “Nomadland,” award-winning journalist Jessica Bruder reveals the dark, depressing and sometimes physically painful life of a tribe of men and women in their 50s and 60s who are surviving America in the twenty-first century.

India Rules Sex With a Child Bride Is #childnotbrideAlways Rape in a Massive Win for Girls’ Rights

It’s a landmark change to India’s marital rape laws.

ITF: ‘new era for fishers begins’

The International Transport Workers’ Federation describes the coming into force of the ILO Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 on November 16 as having the potential to open up a new era for millions of fishermen worldwide.

Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling nestleWater It Pays Nearly Nothing For

The corporation’s operation in Michigan, U.S., reveals how it’s dominated the industry by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws.

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

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uberUber loses appeal in UK employment rights case

Ride-hailing app had appealed against ruling that drivers were workers with minimum-wage rights and not self-employed.


100 years on from the Russian Revolution, could a 21st century revolt bring about the leninend of capitalism?

Since 1917, countless social movements have taken their cue from this momentous uprising, and its lasting impact on the world may yet to be felt fully.

1917 Russian Revolution: The gay community’s brief window of freedombolshevik gay weddiing

In January 1921 Russian Baltic Fleet sailor Afanasy Shaur organised an extraordinary gay wedding in Petrograd. At the time Russia’s gay community was enjoying a brief window of tolerance.

tanzanian troopsHow colonial violence came home: the ugly truth of the first world war

The Great War is often depicted as an unexpected catastrophe. But for millions who had been living under imperialist rule, terror and degradation were nothing new

How to Remember What You Read

Why is it that some people seem to be able to read a book once and remember every detail of it for life, while others struggle to recall even the title a few days after putting down a book?