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E-NEWS BULLETIN 17 August 2018 Links to present possibilities



ex-mineworkersWorkers commemorate Marikana in Cape Town and Johannesburg

Demonstrations in Cape Town and Johannesburg commemorated the Marikana massacre on Thursday. In Cape Town about 50 ex-miners and their supporters marched to demand unpaid benefits and access to their provident and pension funds. In Johannesburg, about 50 people from civil society organisations lit candles on Nelson Mandela bridge and strung photos across the bridge and sang struggle songs.

Marikana commemorative actions on the sixth anniversary

Details of events jointly organised in Johannesburg by the Marikana Support Campaign, Right2Know and the Socio Economic Rights Institute to mark the sixth anniversary of the Marikana massacre.

numsa logoSix years after the Marikana massacre and still no justice for the miners

NUMSA press statement, 16 August 2018 – The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa salutes these martyrs of the mining industry. We shall never forget them or the price they paid for a better life. The anniversary of the Marikana Massacre is an opportunity to remind us that for the working class majority who are black and African in South Africa, freedom and genuine equality remain an illusion.

Renewed appeal for Solidarity with the Boiketlong 4

boiketlong protestOn the 21st April 2015 the Magistrate’s Court in Sebokeng sentenced 4 community activists from Boiketlong, to a total of 16 years in prison. There is now an opportunity for a mediated process that may assist in a process of early release. There is an urgent need to cover the costs of mediation which we estimate could come to about R40,000.

Gautrain workersFEDUSA will go to court to get Gautrain financials

United National Transport Union and the Federation of Unions of South Africa reached a wage agreement with the Gautrain’s operating company, Bombela, putting an end to the two-week strike on Monday.

michael komapeEducation: In SA, Children’s rights die one PowerPoint at a time

When the history of the cruel early years of the 21st Century comes to be written, it will be found that South Africans, especially our politicians and policy-makers, were a nation of ditherers. We held conference after conference about the plight of the poor, in fact making an industry out of it.

xolobeni“12 days left for Minister Gwede Mantashe to visit Xolobeni” – Amadiba Crisis Committee

“All Mining Ministers: Buyelwa Sonjica, Susan Shabangu, Msebenzi Zwane have promised our land to the Australians and their black capitalist partners. Gwede himself now gives more time for the mining lobby to push their agenda.”

superstress The seriousness of workplace stress

Over the years when discussing occupational health and safety, we normally focus on overt physical impacts of work on workers such as accidents that cause death or injury or other factors such as hazardous chemicals or repetitive work strain. It seems that a neglected side of occupational health is workplace stress that often has far-reaching and long-term negative consequences for individual workers, workplaces, the economy and society. In today’s show we take a close look at workplace stress – its causes and consequences.

amandla 58 coverAmandla! Magazine 58

South Africa’s new progressive magazine standing for social justice

  1. Dysfunctional economy needs urgent change
    Stats SA reported disastrous results for the economy for the first three months of this year….
  2. The case for a Left Block in the 2019 national elections
    Is EFF about to go into alliance with ANC in the 2019 elections? After the “united”…
  3. The Meaning of the 25 April Strike Against the Labour Bills
    On 25th April, Saftu called a general strike and organised marches around the country…
  4. A new politics from the left?
    Can it be achieved from within existing political institutions? Or does it require new sources of power…
  5. Redistribute land and revolutionise food production and distribution
    The South African land debates of the last months have largely failed…



The author, Terry Crawford-Browne, is the South Africa Coordinator for World Beyond War and a member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. He delivered these remarks at a symposium, “The Congo: Natural Resources, Hidden Silent Holocaust”.

Britain’s new African empireimperial england

British companies still dominate the African mining landscape. Despite the fact that most British colonies gained independence more than 50 years ago, the influence of London-listed companies on African economies is considerable. At least 101 such mining companies control a staggering US$1.05-trillion worth of resources in Africa in just five commodities: oil, gold, diamonds, coal and platinum.



ayyubState enemy number one – courage of an investigative journalist in India

Rana Ayyub is an Indian investigative journalist whose self-published book, Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up, exposes the complicity of the Indian state in the Gujarat riots of 2002. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was highlighted as the main culprit.

‘Guilty on All Counts!’: In roundupHistoric Victory, Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289 Million in Roundup Cancer Lawsuit

A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weedkillers, including Roundup, caused him cancer and ordered the company to pay $289-million in damages.

robotic assemblyWhy bringing manufacturing jobs back to the US will NOT save blue-collar America

Automation and Artificial Intelligence are clearly the major game changer in the world economy today, and society, and the labour market in particular, have to take precautions to manage the challenges, rather than to try to bring back manufacturing jobs, which themselves are facing a gloomy future.

ManUManchester United branded ‘beyond arrogant’ by campaigners over failure to pay all workers ‘real’ Living Wage

“The fact that the richest club in the world doesn’t pay its staff – including caterers, cleaners and stewards – a wage they can live on is embarrassing. Everyone is entitled to a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.”



unrwa gaza cityUNRWA Under Attack: Trump Tries to Destroy a Palestinian Achievement to Force a Deal

The problem with UNRWA, from the perspective of the Israelis and Americans who want it dismantled, isn’t that it funds aid to the needy. The problem is that the organization’s decades of existence is a Palestinian political achievement, reflecting an international consensus that Palestinian refugees are in a different category than other refugees.

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pacmaneater“What Have We Done?”: Silicon Valley Engineers Fear They’ve Created A Monster

Gig-economy companies like Uber and Instacart are on the verge of overtaking the traditional economy. And the only people who understand the threat are the ones enabling it.


aminSamir Amin at 80: An Introduction and Tribute

Egyptian-French leftist thinker Samir Amin died in Paris this week. Amin was one of the world’s leading Marxist intellectuals, and his views on the “Third World” saw him attract a wide and passionate following in Africa and the Middle East. John Bellamy Foster wrote this tribute to Amin in 2011.







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