AIDC held its annual general meeting (AGM) 15 July 2016. the AGM took stock of the implementation of AIDC’s 3 year strategic plan, building alliances for a just transition to a wage-led, low-carbon, equitable and sustainable development path.
Not only did the board of trustees have the opportunity to thoroughly evaluate AIDC programs; it also had a very rich discussion on the state of popular movements and the opportunities for building alliances, networks and coalitions.
This was done, after having received inputs from eight different grassroots movements with whom AIDC works closely. This provided a good insights into the opportunities and challenges facing the building of democratic grass-root organisations in this current period.
It was resolved that AIDC together with these movements would initiate a process towards building a Community Worker Alliance (CWA) as a first step towards forging a broader movement for social justice. This would lay this basis for transforming AIDC into a membership based organisation.
The AIDC Board resolved, after receiving the directors report, to organise a conference together with our partners, both locally and internationally – titled, The Crisis of Politics and the Political Crisis as part of celebrating AIDC’s 20th Anniversary.
To strengthen the Board in the face of the tasks facing the organisation six additional members were elected to the Board. They are:
Noor Nieftagodien is the South African Research Chair in Local Histories, Present Realities and is the Head of the History Workshop at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he also lectures in the Department of History. He has authored books on the history of Alexandra, Ekurhuleni and Kathorus, and recently published books on the history of Orlando West, the Soweto uprising, and co-edited a book on the history of the ANC and on student politics (Students Must Rise). In addition, he has published articles and book chapters on aspects of popular insurgent struggles, public history, youth politics and the state of the left in South Africa (New South African Review 5 and Global Resistance in Southern Perspective).
He is currently researching the relationship between local popular movements and the local state in the Vaal Triangle. Nieftagodien serves on the boards of the South African History Archives (SAHA), the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI) and the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP), as well as the editorial boards of African Studies and Africa Perspectives Series.
Phindile Kunene holds an MA in History (Wits). Her research variously explored the history of the local state in South Africa, youth political activism, apartheid forms of co-option and youth political demobilization. She has also explored post apartheid forms and repertoires of collective action and protest. She is a contributor to a new book on students moments and political mobilising in various parts of South Africa (Students Must Rise) and has written about forms of organising and demand articulation in community protests. Her areas of work include editing students and worker publications, campaigns and popular education materials and leading strategic communications.
An activist herself, she has been involved in youth and student movement (SASCO), the trade union federation COSATU and currently works as an educator and curriculum specialist service based at the Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education.
Jaamia Galant has an MEd (Mathematics Education) from UCT and is completing her PhD at the Institute of Education, University College London (UCL), focusing on research practices in Higher Education. She currently works as Faculty Planning Manager in the Faculty of Humanities, UCT and is Research Associate in the School of Education, UCT. For the past few years she has worked extensively on a research project focusing on management and pedagogic practices in poor schools that perform above schools with similar demographics.
Jaamia has continued her social activism from the anti-apartheid years to the present day, strongly aligning herself with the ongoing struggle of workers for social and economic justice. She has served as the Secretary of the Claremont Main Road Mosque (CMRM) Board since 2011, where she has played a leading role in their social justice campaigns. These have included the CMRM Jihad Against Poverty Campaign that supports solidarity efforts with poor and marginalised communities, including farmworkers.
Mark Weinberg is an alternative media activists who cut his teeth in the student media movement. He has served in the leadership of the SA Student Press Union (SASPU), National Community Media Forum (NCMF), Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI), Siyathanda, Amandla Editorial Advisory Board, Right2Know National Working Group (R2K), and board of Cape Town Community Television (CTV). He has worked as Communication Coordinator of the SA NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), Deputy Director of the Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC) and is currently the National Coordinator of the Right2Know Campaign (R2K).
Jacklyn Cock is emeritus Professor in the Sociology Department at Wits University. She describes herself as an feminist eco-socialist activist and academic. She works as an Honorary Research Professor in Sociology of Work Programme (SWOP) and is involved in post-graduate supervision, research and social engagement around gender and environmental issues. She has written several books including Maids and Madams that dealt with the position of domestic workers in Apartheid South Africa, The ‘war against ourselves: Power, Justice and Nature in which she argues that human beings are not separate from nature and demonstrates the need for an inclusive politics which brings together peace, social and environmental justice. Jacklyn Cock is active in many organisations and campaigns in South Africa including Earthlife Africa and the Million Climate Jobs Campaign.
Gumani Tshimomola is a researcher in the South African national Parliament. He works for the Economic Freedom Fighters. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Sussex and his thesis focused on the Politics of policy decision-making spaces and the post-apartheid political transition in South Africa. His research interests include climate change, fiscal policy and macro-economic more broadly. He has been active in several youth and student organisations before embarking on his current career path.