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Buffalo City claims that it loses millions to illegal connections

The Buffalo City Metro Municipality in the Eastern Cape loses approximately R228-million to illegal connections per year. Informal settlement residents continue to reconnect themselves to the electricity grid after the municipality disconnects their illegal supply.

Bakery workers fired for demanding better working conditions

An employer in Port Elizabeth who dismissed some of his workers in January after they allegedly asked for a pay increase and improved working conditions denies that he is a racist. The workers, however, recorded his alleged racist rant in which he calls them animals.
A video showing Bulelani Qolani being dragged naked by the police went viral, attracting widespread condemnation. He says that he was treated in the most inhumane way possible.
Nurses in Zimbabwe were met with police batons and arrests as they demanded better working conditions, improved salaries and provision of PPE.
                SOUTH AFRICA

Amid escalating gang violence, the City of Cape Town wages war on the poor

The illegal and unaccountable militarisation of Cape Town’s Metro Police undermines both city and national governance. Is there a de facto agreement that the City of Cape Town is allowed to run a private army?
VANESSA FARR, LESLEY GREEN,| DAILY MAVERICK

Eskom Transformed: Achieving A Just Energy Transition for South Africa

On the 23rd of July, a new report on Eskom will be released, which presents a compelling case for a modern national power utility – a “Transformed Eskom” that is vertically integrated and publicly owned – while drawing attention to serious problems in the current “unbundling” approach.
ESKOM RESEARCH REFERENCE GROUP

6th meeting of National Food Crisis Forum: A Call to the Solidarity Fund – Support Community led Food Relief Efforts and Food Sovereignty Pathways

The economics of the Minister’s budget, based on austerity cuts and fiscal reprioritisation, reflects a government captured by financial markets; it is terrified by the power of finance and has turned its back on a simple truth: society is too big to fail.
NFCF
               INTERNATIONAL

Anatomy of a counter-insurgency

How, within the space of two weeks, did the protests against police violence go from burning down a police station to making small budgetary demands.
MARTIN SCHOOTS-MCALPINE | MONTHLY REVIEW

Transform Unions and Organize the Unemployed

How to build unions into a transformative force is the critical question of our times; workers still have the power to shut down production but unions must have a class consciousness, including organizing the unemployed.
THE ANALYSIS NEWS PODCAST

‘A new era of global capitalist crisis – revolution and counter revolution’

The Covid-19 pandemic has been the great accelerator of the multiple crises that had already existed in world capitalism. The economic crisis has gripped the system at an incredible speed and to an extent for which there is no real historical parallel.
PHILLIP STOTT | CWI

Ratify Convention 190 now, against gender-based violence in the workplace

Convention 190 of the ILO and Recommendation 206 will go a long way to address violence at work. The convention provides for the respect and realization of everyone's right to a world of work free from violence and harassment.
LAL BROWN | GLOBAL LABOUR UNIVERSITY

Online Learning Isn’t Even Remotely Equal

Poor and rural students across the U.S. are struggling to complete coursework because of lack of technology or Internet access. We can’t just ignore it: Not every student has access to the same resources.
MARY RETTA | THE NATION
 
               ISRAEL / PALESTINE

Home demolitions spike ahead of annexation

Israel’s formal annexation of occupied land may be put on hold, but the forced displacement of Palestinians in the West Bank marches on.
MAUREEN CLARE MURPHY | ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

The newly-deleted web page that seems to exonerate Long-Bailey and Peake

The website of the Israeli Tactical School, which provides security training to US police and Secret Service officers, casts doubt on Israeli denials that the knee-on-neck restraint is the practice of its security forces.
SKWAWKBOX
               CULTURE

Inquisition Mode

Tariq Ali reviews the Notebooks 1936-1947 of Victor Serge, a Bolshevik who fell foul of Stalin but who defended the Russian revolution al his life.
TARIQ ALI | LRB

The pioneer of dub poetry has been hailed for his ‘political ferocity’ and ‘tireless scrutiny of history’
ALISON FLOOD | THE GUARDIAN

 
 
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