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e-News bulletin 29 May 2020

 

 

                SOUTH AFRICA

Workers ineligible for UIF can now claim Ters benefit

Minister Thulas Nxesi has amended a directive pertaining to Ters to now allow workers to claim even where their employers did not register them for UIF.
LISA STEYN | BUSINESS DAY

Victory  for workers – but how will it be implemented?

On 25 May, the Minister of Employment and Labour extended the scope of the UIF’s Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) to cover workers who are not registered for UIF. This comes on the eve of an urgent Labour Court application set down for hearing on 28 May, brought by the Casual Workers Advice Office, Women on Farms Project and the Izwi Domestic Workers Alliance.
KELLY KROPMAN, BHAVNA RAMJI | DAILY MAVERICK

Plan to dampen Khayelitsha corona hotspots underway

A plan to deal with and respond to hotspots was tabled in a meeting between the Department for Community Safety in the Western Cape and the Covid-19 steering committee of the Khayelitsha Development Forum.
MZI VELAPI | ELITSHA
Cape Town is no stranger to the creation of transit camps as a response to a public health crisis. In a country with a long history of forced removals and land dispossession, it is difficult not to see the similarities with the manner in which the Cape Colony responded to the outbreak of the bubonic plague in 1901.
JONTY COGGER | M&G

The plight of Gogo Nobude and other elderly people living in townships

Nobude Ngqola is 82 years old and lives in a leaking shack with her eight children. She has been terrified to leave her shack ever since she heard about Covid-19.
SIYABONGA KAMNQAI | DAILY MAVERICK

Publication focuses on impact of Covid-19 on hunger, food security

The Community Chest has joined forces with the Southern Africa Food Lab in launching a publication reflecting on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on hunger and food security.
CAPE TIMES

Malnutrition, health services and democracy: The responsibility to speak out

Not just reclaimers, people are picking through bins for scraps of food while a media storm broke out over the comments of Prof Glenda Grey regarding malnutrition.
MARK HEYWOOD | DAILY MAVERICK

Arch-rivals NUM and Amcu both oppose Mantashe on mining sector restarting

As the industry aims for a complete return to work from 1 June 2020, union resistance is potentially a massive spanner in the works and a political headache for Mineral and Energy Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe.
ED STODDARD | BUSINESS MAVERICK

AngloGold confirms 164 coronavirus cases at Mponeng mine

The mine has indicated that underground production will remain closed until further notice.
FIN24
The people of Mpukunyoni in KwaZulu-Natal are the latest in a growing list of rural South African communities whose land rights are under siege as a mining company seeks to remove them from their homes.
RAMABINA MAHAPA | BUSINESS MAVERICK

Press Release: Launch of National Food Crisis Forum

The NFCF was established to build a partnership with government and the Solidarity Fund to address the food crisis in the country, both having failed to address the worsening food crisis. The food crisis is not new and has been worsening during Covid-19 lock down.
SAFSC 24 MAY

Public Statement and Press Release: Water Stressed Community Report No. 3

The first report on 19 water stressed communities around South Africa qas released 16 April. A second report on another 28 communities was released two weeks later. The third report looks at emergency water services. Eastern Cape and Limpopo communities writhe in the grip of drought, mismanagement and corruption.
SAFSC 26 MAY

UWC Reflections: Birthing the First South African Community Radio Station – and Media Diversity

The University of the Western Cape was involved in establishing SA’s first community radio station, and in leading the country’s media diversity development. UWC alumni, Bush Radio co-founder and Special Advisor to the Minister in the Presidency, Lumko Mtimde, reflects on this journey.
LUMKO MTINDE | UWC

           INTERNATIONAL

Workers in France Take Over McDonald’s to Distribute Food

Workers at a McDonald’s in Saint-Barthélemy, France took the restaurant under their own control so they could distribute boxes of food to people in the neighborhoods of north Marseille.
RÉVOLUTION PERMANENTE | LEFT VOICE

U.S. Jobless Claims Pass 40 Million: Live Business Updates

The latest claims may be not only a result of fresh layoffs, but also evidence that states are working their way through a backlog. And overcounting in some places and undercounting in others makes it difficult to measure the layoffs precisely.
NEW YORK TIMES

Hundreds Of Maquiladora Workers Dying After Back-To-Work Orders

The decision by Wall Street and the Trump administration to restart production has produced an unprecedented health crisis in northern Mexico, where workers at maquiladora sweatshops that produce parts for export to the US are contracting coronavirus by the tens of thousands and dying at alarming rates.
ERIC LONDON | WSWS

Why Our Economy May Be Headed for a Decade of Depression

The economist who foresaw the 2008 financial collapse now predicts no easy recovery from COVID-19. After a decade of misery, he hopes we may get around to developing a “more inclusive, cooperative, and stable international order.”
ERIC LEVITZ | INTELLIGENCER

Five Myths About The Venezuelan Opposition

The latest video produced by VA and Tatuy TV explores the "myths" that sustain the mainstream media's favorable coverage of the Venezuelan opposition. The corporate media is almost unanimous in its support for US regime change plans in Venezuela.
TATUY TV  | VENUZUELAN ANALYSIS
               OPINION

Life After COVID-19: Decommodify Work, Democratise the Workplace

In a joint op-ed, leading academics around the world say we need to heed the lessons of the coronavirus crisis and rewrite the rules of our economic systems in order to create a more democratic and sustainable society.
FERRERAS ET AL. | THE WIRE

The COVID-19 Pandemic Shows That Capitalism Fails Workers

We have seen the scope of the politically possible dramatically change, securing the potential that crisis can, like the Great Depression, lead to a fundamental realignment of American society away from robber barons like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos and toward American workers. 
STRIKE WAVE

Follow the Money: Employers Are Behind the Rush to Reopen

The richest 400 Americans were already worth a collective $2.96 trillion last year, more than the bottom 60 percent of Americans combined. Now many of the super-rich are poised to make even more during the pandemic—like the behemoth Amazon, which is propelling CEO Jeff Bezos even closer to becoming the world’s first trillionaire.
CHRIS BROOKS | LABOR NOTES

Why So Many Nuclear-Capable Hypersonic Missiles?

Apocalypse will be highly likely. Artificial intelligence is not going to save us. These weapons need to be outlawed, not produced and purchased en masse.
kARL GROSSMAN | NATION OF CHANGE
               ISRAEL / PALESTINE

Facebook appoints Israeli censor to oversight board

Under her oversight of the Israeli justice ministry, Emi Palmor, the new member of Facebook's oversight board, formed a cyber unit successfully resulting in the removal of tens of thousands of Palestinian posts from social media platforms.
TAMARA NASSAR | ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

Senate Committee slips through $38 billion package to Israel

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee secretively passed a bill last week to give Israel a minimum of $38-billion over the next ten years despite the ongoing devastation to the US economy by coronavirus policies.
ALISON WEIR | ISRAEL-PALESTINE NEWS
               LITERATURE AND THEORY

There Is No Writer Quite Like Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy has a tendency to rile India’s media and political elites like no one else on the subcontinent. Perhaps that’s because no writer today, in India or anywhere in the world, writes with the kind of beautiful, piercing prose in defense of the wretched of the earth that Roy does.
JOEL WHITNEY | JACOBIN MAG

1983: Ernest Mandel on ''Emancipation, science and politics in Karl Marx''

Marx’s intellectual activity was based on the necessity of emancipation. It quickly merged with his practical activity into a homogeneous whole that lasted until the end of his life.
ERNEST MANDEL | INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE  FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION
 
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