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e-News bulletin 16 October 2020

 

 

Grooms dismissed from PE race course charge ward councillor for running security business from public office

Two residents of ward 40 in Port Elizabeth want their ward councillor investigated for a conflict of interest after they were injured during a recent strike by horse grooms at Fairview Racing Course.
JOSEPH CHIRUME

Civil society demands extension and increase of COVID social relief grants

The C19 People’s Coalition and close to 80 civil society organisations have signed a petition demanding the extension of the covid-19 emergency grant to March next year and its increase from R350 to R585 a month.
MZI VELAPI

Centane village without water for 6 years

Nombanjana's taps have been dry since 2014 but the villagers received no emergency relief during the covid-19 lockdown. When leaders protested to the Amathola District Municipality, they were arrested.
NOMBULELO DAMBA-HENDRIK

Zimbabwe workers earning 12% of family basket

The estimate amount a Zimbabwean family of six needs to pay for the basics rose by 45% for the month of September to approximately ZWL21,000 (R1,078).
CHRISTOPHER MAHOVE
                SOUTH AFRICA

‘Made in SA, not China.’ Why Foschini, Mr Price and Truworths now want local clothes 

After years of relying on Chinese imports, large South African clothing retailers are starting to source and manufacture more of their products locally.
GARTH THEUNISSEN | BUSINESS INSIDER

National Strike at Clover SA

Close to two thousand members of the General Industries Workers Union of SA embarked upon a nation-wide strike action at Clover SA on Tuesday, 13 October 2020. GIWUSA is calling for a nationwide boycott of Clover products.
GIWUSA PRESS STATEMENT

Striking workers call for boycott of Clover SA products

They are demanding a 16% wage increase, and that all labour broker employees be employed permanently by the company. Clover SA offered a 5% increase from 1 July 2020, which was rejected.
JOSEPH CHIRUME | GROUNDUP

Barloworld workers decry ‘unfair retrenchments’ 

The future of thousands of former employees and trainees looks decidedly bleak after they were retrenched in what they – and labour unions – say has been an opaque process.
MAGNIFICENT MNDEBELE | NEW FRAME

Why operational subsidies are key to reforming South Africa’s minibus taxi sector

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced recently that the government was considering a R50 billion subsidy to the minibus taxi sector. The proposed national operational subsidy is an opportunity to improve and reorganise this sector to address the needs of users.
BENJAMIN BRADLOW | THE CONVERSATION

Fixing South Africa’s minibus taxi industry is proving hard: tracing its history shows why

It is vital that the latest move by government towards restructuring succeeds in making the industry safe, reliable and viable, contributing to the country’s economy.
SIYABULELA FOBOSI | THE CONVERSATION

Market cap of SA mining has hit R1 trillion

The surge in mining's evaluation signals that the industry has weathered the Covid-19 storm mostly unscathed.
DINEO FAKU | IOL

Tide turns for mining sector as reversal of job losses starts to trend

South Africa’s mining sector has been on the rebound after years of almost terminal decline, with several of the big players reporting soaring profits on the back of red-hot prices. The question now is whether the tide has turned on a decade of job losses.
ED STODDARD | BUSINESS MAVERICK
                COVID-19

Civil society calls for extension of Covid-19 relief funds

A call by the C19 People's Coalition, Saftu and Thuli Madonsela among others has been made for government to extend the R350 Covid-19 social relief of distress and R585 caregiver grant.
IOL

Read the C19 People's Coalition statement

Pandemic Could Push Up To 150 Million Into 'Extreme Poverty' By 2021

Amid findings that the combined wealth of the planet's billionaires skyrocketed to $10.2 trillion during the coronavirus pandemic, the World Bank warned that the public health crisis could cause global extreme poverty to rise for the first time in over two decades.
JESSICA CORBETT | COMMON DREAMS
               INTERNATIONAL

AFRICOM: Deadly Deception.

AFRICOM's real aim was never peace nor stability but rather, strategic interests. The United States uses its military throughout the globe to bring about full spectrum domination and Africa is no exception.
FRIENDS OF CONGO | BLACK AGENDA REPORT
 

The race for Africa

Africa has become the battlefield for global powers. China, India, US, EU, Israel are fighting it out in the continent. Who is winning? and What's it in for Africa
GRAVITAS PLUS

Young Nigerians rise up to demand a different kind of freedom

A video of a young man brazenly killed by a member of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad or SARS caught the attention of netizens sparking a wave of protests across most of Nigeria’s urban metropolises under the moniker #ENDSARS.
SAKIRU ADEBAYO | THE CONVERSATION

Ten Reasons Why The Assange Trial Threatens Freedom Of Speech

The Ecuadorian diplomat who gave Julian Assange political asylum reports from the extradition hearing against the WikiLeaks journalist, and explains why it is “the most important case against the freedom of expression in an entire generation.”
FIDEL NARVAEZ | THE GRAYZONE

Dangers Of Military Confrontation Around Taiwan And South China Sea

Over the past two years, the United States has dramatically increased the number of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and destroyers sent into the South China Sea to remind the Chinese government that the U.S. considers it as part of the oceans of America and its allies.
ANN WRIGHT | POPULAR RESISTANCE
 

Activists disrupt the Copenhagen Fashion Summit to spotlight the deepening crisis of garment workers

CFS+ proclaims to focus on “redesigning value,” and creating a more “resilient business model” post COVID-19 by bringing “industry leaders” and “diverse voices” together, but ignores the very people who need to be heard the most.
CLEAN CLOTHES CAMPAIGN

International Home-Based Workers Day

To commemorate the historic signing of the Kathmandu Declaration on 20 October 2000,  home-based workers (HBWs) come together to organise a series of events and demonstrations aimed at drawing attention to their rights and demands.

Join us in an online celebration of HBWs
Zoom link
Meeting ID: 844 9129 4514
Passcode: 697714
               THEORY

Cabral was right about class suicide

Cabral said revolutionary organisations must crush imperialism. But insofar as many had the petit bourgeoisie at their helm, they would need to fight a potential enemy from within – themselves. 
BRIAN MATHENGE, MOHAMMED ELNAIEM | NEW FRAME

Challenging SA media’s use of right-wing populism

Right-wing populism has a seductive appeal to some. But its solutions to social ills are dangerous and paranoid and must be rejected.
CHRISTOPHER MCMICHAEL | NEW FRAME

Educating in times of systemic collapse

The suffering of wide swathes of the population is almost guaranteed. For this reason, focusing on justice and democracy is critical. Ecosocial education is more necessary now than ever.
LUIS GONZALEZ REYES | RESILIENCE
               ISRAEL PALESTINE

Israel approves nearly 5,000 new settlement units in occupied West Bank

The Netanyahu government has advanced plans for 4,948 new settlement units in the West Bank, signalling an end to the pretense that Israel has halted its annexation plans in exchange for normalization with Arab countries.
YUMNA PATEL | MONDOWEISS
               ENVIRONMENT

The Arctic is in a death spiral. How much longer will it exist?

The region is unravelling faster than anyone could once have predicted. But there may still be time to act.
GLORIA DICKIE | THE GUARDIAN

               NEW TECHNOLOGIES / NEW FORMS OF LABOUR

 

If data is labor, can collective bargaining limit big tech?

One wonders whether empowered antitrust agencies can solve the problem before them — and whether they can keep the public behind them. For the proposition that many Facebooks would be better than one simply doesn’t resonate.
ERIK RIND, MATT PREWITT | TECH CRUNCH

Amazon Expects Its Employees to Operate Like Fast-Moving Machines. This Amazon Picker Is Fighting Back

Amazon’s offi­cial data on work­place injuries sug­gest that many of its ful­fill­ment cen­ters have rates that far exceed the aver­age ware­house. Yet the com­pa­ny claims these sta­tis­tics are pri­mar­i­ly a tes­ta­ment to its metic­u­lous report­ing rather than a reflec­tion of its shod­dy safe­ty stan­dards.

MICHELLE CHEN, MOLLY CRABAPPLE | IN THESE TIMES

The Case Against Social Media: Mass Misinformation in the Covid-19 Era

Online echo chambers reinforce extreme political views, while providing their consumers with a sense of false confidence in their beliefs – one that is completely divorced from evidence or rational thinking in the case of the QAnon and Covid-19 conspiracies and fake news.
ANTHONY DIMAGGIO | COUNTERPUNCH

The crisis of Capitalism, role of technology and our imaginations

the most profound technological challenge of our times – whose Internet is it? For what purpose will future innovations in the Internet be used? And, most importantly, will people and communities control the evolution of the Internet or will a small elite commandeer it for their narrow interests?
SAMANTHA CAMACHO, JEROME SCOTT, ALFREDO LOPEZ, ,MELANIE BUSH | RADICAL ECOLOGICAL DEMOCRACY
"My wife doesn't do anything; she is just at home," a father of a student from Kerala, India, always used to introduce his wife to others like this. But this boy always saw his mother busy with so much house work, so he painted her while doing so much work and titled it, 'My Mother and Mothers in the Neighbourhood'. The school teacher was so amazed to see this painting done by a class 9 student, Anujath Vinayal, from Thrissur, that he sent it to the Government office. In this painting he has depicted the unpaid work of women working at home. The painting has been selected as the cover of the Gender Budget document of the government of Kerala for the year 2020-2021.
               ARTS

Linton Kwesi Johnson Shares 2020 Literature Prize with Amanuel Asra

This year's winner of the PEN Pinter Prize, Linton Kwesi Johnson, has awarded the 'International Writer of Courage' honour to Eritrean writer, Amanuel Asrat, who is still believed to be in prison after 19 years.
RUFQRO SAMANGA | OKAY AFRICA

They sent talkshow host Dick Cavett fleeing with his fingers in his ears and blasted Ed Sullivan with Haitian Fight Song. Fifty years on, the Jazz and People’s Movement are still fighting to be heard.
MICHAEL FOLEY | THE GUARDIAN

               SCIENCE

An earlier universe existed before the Big Bang, and can still be observed today, says Nobel winner

Roger Penrose, English mathematician and physicist, believes that ‘dead’ black holes from earlier universes or ‘aeons’ are observable now.
SARAH KNAPTON | THE TELEGRAPH
 
 
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