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International Conference - Crisis of Politics & the Politics of Crisis
Crisis of Politics and the Politics of Crisis: Searching for new left thinking and strategies. Read More

New Politics – Workshops – 15 March 2017

AIDC (www.aidc.org.za) working with the Transnational Institute (www.tni.org) within the New Politics Platform will host a series of parallel workshops on 15 March 2017 in Cape Town. These workshops will be attended by 25 researchers, public intellectuals and social and

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“Village vs Empire” – Amandla Screening – 23 FEB @ 6PM

We live in a MAD world – we live with the threat of nuclear warfare, where mad stands for Mutually Assured Destruction. Where the theatre of war shifts across the globe and is part of our reality, no matter who

Communities, workers and students call for pro-poor budget
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Communities, Workers and Students demand Pro-Poor Budget

Approximately 100 workers affiliated to the soon to be launched new federation, student activists and community activists from unemployed people’s movements across the country marched to Parliament on Budget Day. Their demand was that the South African government tax the rich

AIDC Statement on 2017/2018 Budget
2017/18 Budget:  Another holding operation - "too little too late". Read More

2017/18 Budget: Another holding operation – Too little, too late

Alternative Information and Development Centre – 2017/18 Budget:  Another holding operation Under the extreme pressure of the Zuptas and other sections of the predatory elite, on the one hand, and the credit ratings agencies, on the other, Minister Gordhan has

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Project Spear, ABSA Saga, Apartheid Debt + + +

Former President Thabo Mbeki and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan  have gone to extraordinary lengths to discredit the CIEX report as the illiterate rantings of a retired British spy (Michael Oatley) and bounty-hunter.  Let us now also recall the uproar that

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OMCJ Monthly Meeting (21/02): Backyard traditional chickens as important food source

One Million Climate Jobs Campaign TUESDAY 21st FEBRUARY 2016 9.30 to 12.30 AIDC 129 Rochester Rd, Observatory (MEETING WILL START PROMPTLY AT 9.30!) Agenda: Apologies Introductions Backyard traditional chickens as important food source – Ed Wethli Nuclear update – Liz

A change of epoque? Movements strategy and emancipation project
“The old world is dying, the new world appears slowly and in this chiaroscuro emerge monsters "Read More

A change of epoque? Movements strategy and emancipation project

Important reading looking towards The AIDC-TNI Conference on the Crisis of Politics. This article was written for Le Monde Diplomatique, Brazil. Posted online in English at Intercoll, Wednesday 24 August 2016. By Gustave Massiah – A change of epoque? Movements strategy and emancipation

Save our Water demonstration in upmarket Cape Town Restaurant
The PHA Food & Farming Campaign held a demonstration in Cape Town (16 February 2017). Read More

“Save our Water” demonstration in upmarket Cape Town Restaurant:

Water a necessity turned into a commodity, that many Capetonians cannot afford. by Amandla Correspondent (16/02/17) The PHA Food & Farming Campaign [Philippi Horticultural Area] held a picket in Cape Town Thursday, 16 February 2017. They demanded that the Provincial

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Amadiba Crisis Committee: “Only fraud can pass the criminal traditional leadership bill through parliament”

ACC Press Statement( 2017-02-03): Public TLKB Hearing in Kokstad 3 February: “Only fraud can pass the criminal traditional leadership bill through parliament” This is how the chair of the parliamentary committee, Mr Richard Mgakane, conducts the public hearings on the

Changing context: the jump to the Right
It is essential to understand the current crises in order to respond appropriately, to do this it is critical to consider changes to the context that must be taken into account. Upon reflection we find that many of the changes to the context and the issues arising are interconnected and reinforce each other in various ways, and we need to think about how we position ourselves in response to this constant dynamism.

When nothing goes right go left – changes to the local and international political–economic context:

It is essential to understand the current crises in order to respond appropriately, to do this it is critical to consider changes to the context that must be taken into account. Upon reflection we find that many of the changes

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Deconstructing ‘white monopoly capital’

From Mail & Guardian By Khadija Patel 27 Jan 2017 00:00 “White monopoly capital” is a recurring theme in contemporary political discourse. But a Google search of the term returns results that variously describe it as a bogus grouping or

Conference: The Crisis of Politics - The Political Crisis
The Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) together with the Transnational Institute in the Netherlands, as part of the New Politics Platform, hosted an international conference on the crisis of politics and the politics of crisis. The conference will take place from 16 – 18 March 2017.  Read More

Crisis of Politics – Politics of Crisis

CRISIS OF POLITICS –POLITICS OF CRISIS CONFERENCE: 16 – 18 MARCH 2017 CAPE TOWN The Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) together with the Transnational Institute in the Netherlands, as part of the New Politics Platform, hosted an international conference on

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Robertson Strike – CSAAWU is the Hope

By: Amandla! Correspondent From: Amandla issue 49/50, December 2016 The 14 week long strike at Robertson Winery (RW) in Western Cape is over, but the struggle surely isn’t. 220 workers went out on strike at the end of August for

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Summary Million Climate Jobs Meeting 26th January 2017

Million Climate Jobs Monthly Meetings have been taking place at AIDC´s premises since 2012. The main items at its most recent meeting on 26th January 2017, was backyard agriculture using waste water. It was well attended by approximately 30 participants.

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Million Climate Jobs Meeting THURSDAY 26th JANUARY 2016 – Agenda

Thursday 26th January 2016 9.30 to 12.30 AIDC 129 Rochester Rd, Observatory (MEETING WILL START PROMPTLY AT 9.30!) AGENDA 1.    Apologies 2.    Introductions 3.    Alternative backyard agriculture using waste water – Robert Andrews 4.    Film on rainwater harvesting – Lucia

Some Xolobeni residents had been opposed to the plan. File picture: Yvette Descham

Update: Amadiba Crisis Committee

Amadiba Crisis Committee 2017-01-17: Unexpected support to the fight against mining at the funeral of Pondo Revolt veteran Samson Gampe Close to 1000 attended Mr Samson Gampe’s funeral in Sigidi on Saturday in Mbizana, Wild Coast. Samson Gampe passed away

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Numsa and the Crisis in Cosatu: what now? Remembering the Numsa Moment

From Amandla! Issue No.33 | MARCH/APRIL 2014 During the 1980s the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) was the figurehead of the so-called ‘workerist’ tendency within the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and has always been

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Robertson Abattoir – Slavery of a special type (a story from 5 Years ago)

Recently the exploitative, degrading working conditions at Robertson Winery were in every newspaper. This is not a new problem. The working conditions at Robertson Abattoir that were publicly denounced since 2011, appear just as another facet of workers exploitation in post-Apartheid

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Zwelinzima Vavi: A message of solidarity to the NUMSA 10th National Congress

Zwelinzima Vavi, Convener of the Steering Committee message of solidarity to the NUMSA 10th National Congress 2016 held on the 12 – 15 December 2016, Cape Town Dear Comrades One and All, with all Revolutionary Protocol Observed It is of

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South Africa avoided dreaded junk status – but S&P’s arguments are also junk

By Patrick Bond, Professor of Political Economy, University of the Witwatersrand Originally From The Conversation South Africa avoided dreaded junk status – but S&P’s arguments are also junk The whole economically-aware population of South Africa is celebrating that the three main ratings

Crisis of Politics
AIDC's 20th Anniversary and the seminar on the crisis of politics Read More

AIDC’s 20th Anniversary and The Seminar on the Crisis of Politics

The AIDC is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. At the same time, it is the 10th anniversary since the launching of the Amandla media project. To commemorate AIDC’s 20th anniversary and Amandla’s 10th anniversary, we will host a seminar

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Report on November´s Million Climate Jobs Meeting

Million Climate Jobs Monthly Meetings have been taking place at AIDC´s premises since 2012. The main new items at the most recent meeting on 24th November 2016, were mine reclamation, COP 22 and the release of the new Integrated Resource

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DMR pushing for Xolobeni mining at Wild Coast Sun meeting: Where is the “18 month moratorium”?

Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) 2016-11-24: DMR pushing for Xolobeni mining at Wild Coast Sun meeting: Where is the “18 month moratorium”? Today the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) called “Xholobeni stakeholders” to a meeting at Wild Coast Sun Casino. An

National Minimum Wage
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The National Minimum Wage and the struggle for ending the low wage regime

Following the “R3500” national minimum wage (NMW) proposal from the government, we hope to see the start of a broad public debate about the conditions for the workers in South Africa. We welcome this debate pushed by unions and civil society