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e-News bulletin 30 October 2020

 

 

Education department mum on youth pay

School patrollers and Covid-19 Brigades say the Gauteng education department has not paid them for the past three months.
RAMATAMO SEHOAI

KDF says extortion won’t be tolerated in Khayelitsha

The Khayelitsha Development Forum had harsh words – and prayer – for those who are involved in extortion of small businesses, informal traders and residents.
LILITA GCWABE
                SOUTH AFRICA

Mboweni is sending South Africa from recession to depression, preparing a clash with public sector unions

"It is a disastrous plan that makes a mockery of any ideas about “economic recovery” and a government stimulus" – joint statement on the 2020 Medium-term Budget Policy Statement.
CRY OF THE XCLUDED, ASSEMBLY OF THE UNEMPLOYED, AIDC AND FIA

No to Mboweni’s austerity measures: A climate justice critique of the budget

The MTBPS continues to reproduce inequality while allowing corporations and the wealthy to continue concentrating wealth at the top. In the context of Covid-19 and worsening climate shocks this is a recipe for climate injustice such that precarious workers, the powerless and vulnerable carry the cost of austerity
NFCF, COPAC AND SAFSC

Tito Mboweni and Pravin Gordhan defend R10.5-billion bailout for SAA

Despite protestations by the Finance Minister that the R10.5-billion allocation to SAA is not a ‘bailout’, it has the hallmarks of undeserved financial assistance that will come from deteriorating taxpayer funds.
RAY MAHLAKA | DAILY MAVERICK

7,000 jobseeker applications handed to City of Cape Town

Over a thousand people, led by SAMWU and Assembly of the Unemployed, marched to the Cape Town Civic Centre and Parliament on Wednesday to demand permanent jobs.
JAMES STENT | GROUNDUP

Land reform is about more than just land

A successful land restitution project in the Eastern Cape is being hampered by government’s failure to provide basic services for the family working and living there.
ANNA MAJAVU | NEW FRAME

Family ‘dumped’ in Wellington can’t travel to work and school

A family of nine from Paarl were forcibly evicted from their home on a farm on 20 October. They had lived there for 23 years and have been unable to commute to work and school in Paarl since the eviction.
LIEZL HUMAN | GROUNDUP

Legal but reckless: Lending to social grant recipients

It’s not just loan sharks or mashonisas who are charging exploitative interest rates to poor people. Beneficiaries of social grants have become a lucrative market for formal lenders too, and this is slipping past the regulatory authorities.
ERIN TORKELSON, DEBORAH JAMES, DAVID NEVES | GROUNDUP

Water costs up by 213% in 10 years

Research by the South African Reserve Bank shows that the price of water has shot up by 213% in the last decade. We’re also paying 177% more for electricity than we did 10 years ago.
ETV

South Africa is drying up – and it is only going to get worse

South Africa is among the 30th-most water-stressed countries in the world. Since the beginning of the 2010s, the country has been trapped in a series of multi-year droughts. Average temperatures for the period 2010-2020 were the highest on record, and that translates into real problems for all communities.
ROLAND NGAM | DAILY MAVERICK

Why Eskom Is In a Mess and What To Do About It

This publication [1.2MB pdf] offers an in-depth analysis of the origins of the crisis at Eskom with a goal to understand the changes and processes that have driven them. In addition to the phenomenal historical analysis, the publication also features a series of explainers and articles geared toward illustrating the failures of the Governments approach to managing the Eskom crisis, and the set of concrete alternative pathways available if we want to achieve a just energy transition.
ESKOM RESEARCH REFERENCE GROUP

Science lab cuts let rapists run free as DNA backlogs run close to 120,000 cases

The Forensic Services Laboratories has ground to a near-halt, with more than 100,000 case exhibits stuck in the process. And 92% of these cases are associated with rape and sexual assaults.
TANYA WATERWORTH | IOL
               INTERNATIONAL

How A Police Killing In Nigeria Sparked A Nationwide Movement

Nigerian security forces opened fire this week on protesters in Lagos, killing at least 12 demonstrators and marking a deadly escalation in the weeks-long protests against police brutality.
JOSHUA KEATING | SLATE

#EndSARS revolt and the bloodbath in Nigeria – Part 1: Towards a political economy of the police

The role of the police in some high-profile labour disputes and generalised social control indicate the decay of neoliberalism.
BABA AYE | GLOBAL LABOUR COLUMN

A contested legacy: Julius Nyerere and the 2020 Tanzanian election

Tanzanians will head to the polls on 28 October in which the incumbent, John Magufuli, faces a determined opposition. Magufuli leads Chama Cha Mapinduzi, one of the longest serving ruling parties in Africa, also the party of Tanzania’s socialist founding father, Julius Nyerere.
LUKE MELCHIORRE | THE CONVERSATION

Celebrations as Chile votes by huge majority to scrap Pinochet-era constitution

A plebiscite called in response to street protests in 2019 sees 78% of people back a new charter to replace one imposed by the military dictator.
CHARIS MCGOWAN | THE GUARDIAN
 

Chile: Approval For A New Constitution Wins Massive Mandate

Chileans overwhelmingly approved the doing away of the old Piniochet constitution and gave the green light to the creation of a Constitutional Assembly.
TELESUR ENGLISH

Thailand: Imprisonment of Railway Union Leaders a Travesty of Justice

The three-year prison terms imposed yesterday by a Thai court on thirteen leaders of the State Railway Workers’ Union followed a vendetta against the workers, including through the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission.
ITUC
 

Labor Radio Podcast Network Launches Interactive Network Map

Launched in 2019, the Labor Radio Podcast Network focuses on working class issues that are often overlooked in the corporate-controlled media. The goal of the network is to help raise the voices of working people and strengthen organized labor to demand and achieve better treatment from workplaces and elected officials.

               OPINION

PODCAST
Why We Need To End Capitalism To Defeat Fascism

With the presidential election coming up, there is a lot of focus on how the election will go and who will win. One thing is certain, no matter which corporate candidate wins, the people and the planet will lose, as explained by philosopher Gabriel Rockhill.
MARGARET FLOWERS | CLEARING THE FOG

               ISRAEL PALESTINE

Oxford Study Challenges Israel’s Claims Concerning Palestinian Refugees

Pro-Israel institutions and spokespeople like to claim that the Palestinian refugee issue has passed some imaginary statute of limitations, but as a comprehensive new Oxford study shows,  it “has since become even stronger.”
MIKO PELED | MINTPRESS NEWS

European Hypocrisy: Empty Words for Palestine, Deadly Weapons for Israel

Despite the seeming rift between Washington and Brussels, the US and Europe don't differ on Israel.Both are Israel’s largest trade partners, weapon suppliers and political advocates.
RAMZY BAROUD | COUNTERPUNCH

Israelis have Destroyed 1 mn Palestinian Olive Trees; this Month, they're at it Again

October is the olive harvest month in Palestine. This emblem of peace, however, is under attack by illegal extremist Israeli squatter settlers who carry out their attacks under the protection of the Israeli army.
MOHAMMED SAMAANA | INFORMED COMMENT

Berlin art college withdraws funding to Israelis seeking to unlearn Zionism

A Berlin art school abruptly withdrew funding for a program started by Jewish Israelis who seek to challenge the Zionist narrative they grew up on.
MAIRAV ZONSZEIN | 972 MAG
               NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Activists Build Facial Recognition to ID Cops Who Hide Their Badge

In order to hold police accountable when they try to hide their identities, a growing number of activists are developing facial recognition tools that identify cops.
DAN ROBITZSKI | FUTURISM

A senior engineer at Facebook who collected evidence showing the social media company giving preferential treatment to right-wing accounts was fired this week.
CBS SF

               ARTS

The poet and novelist says racism hasn’t disappeared in the UK, it has simply become more insidious.
NATALIE MORRIS | METRO

               HISTORY

Ideas of freedom were in the air and mass strikes on the ground. Durban in 1973 saw the dream of freedom turning towards a strategy to realise democratic socialism.
DAVID HEMSON | NEW FRAME

 
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