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e-News bulletin 20 November 2020

 

 

Bloody end as members cut ties with union

The Academic and Professional Staff Association at Unisa called in thugs to assault members serving resignation letters.
RAMATAMO SEHOAI

Principal fears for his life after accused of misusing funds

The school principal abandoned his post after he was accused by parents and community members of misusing school funds.
NOMBULELO DAMBA-HENDRIK

 

Community care workers on strike for permanent jobs

Community healthcare workers are on the frontline in the battle against the covid-19 pandemic, yet in the Eastern Cape are still ‘volunteers’.
MANDLA MNYAKAMA
                SOUTH AFRICA

Gauteng Bill infringes on rights of foreign nationals

The Gauteng Township Economic Development Bill seeks to exclude people without permanent residence from the township economy.
CATHERINE KRUYER | GROUNDUP

“They Have Robbed Me of My Life”

Based on interviews with 51 people in Western Cape, Gauteng, and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, this report documents xenophobic harassment and attacks by South Africans, including government and law enforcement officials, between March 2019 and March 2020.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Almost R254 million and 10 years later, still no water in villages

R254 million was allocated to two water projects to supply 17 villages. Ten years later there is still no sign of water in their taps.
NOMBULELO DAMBA-HENDRIK | GROUNDUP

The Eastern Cape is South Africa’s land of hunger

Jobless people in the country’s most impoverished province join the growing social grant queues before dawn on empty stomachs, having run out of food for the month.
BONILE BAM | NEW FRAME
 

Workers at the mercy of bosses and the government

Some employees received their full salaries during lockdown whereas others got no pay. Is the ability to survive during a crisis dependent on having a sympathetic boss and state?
AMY MUSGRAVE | NEW FRAME

If we can help SAA we must help the SABC

Instead of politicians expressing “solidarity” with the workers, they should be coming up with a plan to fund the public mandate of our beloved public broadcaster.
MAHLATSE MAHLASE | EWN

The Cape Town inner-city building occupations should not be dismissed as unlawful reservoirs of criminals and freeloaders. Rather, they should be understood as innovative, legitimate and valid forms of protest that do not seek to destroy, but rather to rebuild and reimagine.
HEROLD, BORGVOLD, HANSEN, DE BARROS, WINGFIELD | DAILY MAVERICK

The rise of rural women’s movements in Southern Africa

Rural African women are often marginalised in leadership structures. By organising themselves in social movements, women in Southern Africa have amplified their voices to challenge agri-business and patriarchal oppression.
MERCIA ANDREWS | CULTIVATE

Xolobeni activist receives death threat

In an environment where activism against mining is becoming increasingly deadly, Nonhle Mbuthuma’s life may be at risk.
DENNIS WEBSTER | NEW FRAME

Constitutional Court victory for domestic workers

Domestic workers are now covered for claims for work-related injuries, illnesses and death retrospectively to 27 April 1994.
TANIA BROUGHTON | GROUNDUP

A shocking number of learners are believed to have dropped out of the country’s public schools since the year started, as revealed by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga.
BONGANI NKOSI | IOL

               INTERNATIONAL
The US president last Thursday convened an Oval Office meeting of his national security cabinet to discuss “options to take action against Iran’s main nuclear site in the coming weeks.”
BILL VAN AUKEN | WSWS

Global campaign confronts H&M, Primark, and Nike with unpaid workers’ voices

Garment workers have been left unpaid, jobless, or received only a percentage of their usual poverty wages after global fashion brands refused to pay for over $16 billion worth of goods. As the primary profit makers in the value chain, brands must take responsibility
CLEAN CLOTHES CAMPAIGN #PAYYOURWORKERS
 

Malaysian union victorious after seven year battle over unfair dismissals

The National Union of Transport Equipment and Allied Industries Workers has emerged victorious after seven years of legal battles fighting the unfair dismissal of 18 members for exercising their political rights.
INDUSTRIALL

Billionaire Wealth vs. Community Health

Since March, there are 33 new billionaires in the U.S. Driving this exploding inequality are 12 companies whose profits are coming at the expense of workers and communities.
COLLINS, OCAMPO, MYCKLEBUST, AGUSTIN, HELLER | INEQUALITY.ORG

PODCAST
Nigerian Government Revealing Its True Character In Response To Youth Protest

Youth protests against police violence in Nigeria, the #EndSARS movement, gained international attention with solidarity protests around the world. Abiodun Aremu, the general secretary of the Joint Action Front and the co-coordinator of the Amil Cabral Ideological School Movement, speaks about the political, economic and social environment in Nigeria.
POPULAR RESISTANCE
               COVID-19 PANDEMIC

How a communist physics teacher flattened the COVID-19 curve in southern India

With targeted testing, contact tracing, and isolation measures, the leftist state government of Kerala brought the number of daily new cases down to almost zero in the first few months, flattening the curve before the rest of India.
VAISHNAVI CHANDRASHEKHAR | SCIENCE MAG

Tyson managers bet money on how many workers would contract COVID-19

According to the Black Hawk County Health Department, more than 1,000 workers at the meat processing plant — over a third of the facility’s workforce — contracted the virus.
CLARK KAUFFMAN | IOWA CAPITAL DISPATCH
 

Moderna announces Covid-19 vaccine: Time to fight for a people’s vaccine

Vaccine announcements are coming in a manner reminiscent of Cold War rivalry. These are welcome developments but ineffective unless everybody across the world has access to the Covid-19 vaccines.
BABA AYE | PSI
 
               ISRAEL PALESTINE

Zoom Censorship of Palestine Seminars Sparks Fight Over Academic Freedom

Zoom cited anti-terrorism laws to shut down an event with Palestinian activist Leila Khaled — and other events criticizing its censorship.
ALICE SPERI, SAM BIDDLE | THE INTERCEPT
MISCELLANEOUS READING

New investigation strips away sugarcoated narrative of KZN’s indentured labourers

For 160 years, history has sugar-coated the narrative of the traumatic legacy of Indian indenture within the cane fields of colonial Natal, but a new investigation has uncovered a litany of abuse, rape and murder.
LATASHIA NAIDOO | IOL

The commons as the fulcrum for social regeneration

Karl Marx’s 1875 critique of the German Social Democratic Party provides a withering examination of capitalism’s ‘wicked ways’ and a guide to what the commons is and how to bring it about.
PETER LINEBAUGH | NEW FRAME

Billie review – a truer, historical spin on the great Billie Holiday

Exploitation and harassment, not ‘inner demons’, brought down the singer, argues this documentary that showcases her superb voice.
PETER BRADSHAW | THE GUARDIAN
 
 
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