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No bad woman, just bad laws: why the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa is a feminist issue

No bad woman, just bad laws: why the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa is a feminist issue By Nosipho Vidima and Ishtar Lakhani | Amandla! Magazine Issue 55-56 | December 2017 In South Africa we are losing the


David Mahlobo puts his foot on the gas in driving role of Central Energy Fund

David Mahlobo puts his foot on the gas in driving role of Central Energy Fund By Richard Worthington | 6 December 2017 We don’t often get a detailed PowerPoint presentation from an energy minister, particularly one that has not been


Op-Ed: The Libya Crisis and Capitalism

The Libya Crisis and Capitalism By Keamogetswe Seipato| Amandla! Ulutsha Newsletter Issue 4 | 7 December 2017 On November 17 the CNN  brought our attention to a modern slave trade taking place in Libya: Humans sold as slaves, some for as


Inequality in a photograph – Nairobi, Kenya

Inequality in a photograph – Nairobi, Kenya Forty Billionaires and Forty Million Beggars Although Kenya often appears in the press as a nation split by ethnic discord, it has just two “tribes”: the rich and the poor. Read more


Getting out of the mess [Amandla 55/56 Editorial]

Getting out of the mess Editorial Collective | Amandla! Issue No. 55/56 | December 2017 We have to acknowledge that we are sitting at a low point for popular movements and popular politics. Not just in South Africa. Look at


AIDC answers Net 1: Statement of Clarification

AIDC answers Net 1: Statement of Clarification Net1 has contested the veracity of our report to Black Sash and CALS at Wits University. Our report focused on the inadequacy and inaccuracy of Net1’s subsidiary Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) Statement of


Students speak out on Free-Fee Report

Students speak out on Free-Fee Report The much anticipated President’s Report on the Feasibility of Free Tertiary education was released. Fees have not fallen, even after three years of student protests under the banners #FeesMustFall and #OutsourcingMustFall. It’s been a


CPS still courting controversy: 
Thin response on social grants saga invites criticism

CPS still courting controversy: Thin response on social grants saga invites criticism By Ann Crotty  in Financial Mail  It’s difficult to know who’s more damned by KPMG’s statement: Net1, KPMG or the entire audit profession In April 2014, when the


The European Left in Times of Crises: Lessons from Greece

The European Left in Times of Crises: Lessons from Greece by Andreas Karitzis In the wake of neoliberalism and concomitant harsh austerity measures, the people of Greece resisted. The political parties in Greece inspired few, so people looked for alternatives.


Independent report dispute Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) disclosed full extent of profit

Independent report dispute Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) disclosed full extent of profit Joint Media Release by AIDC, Black Sash and CALS 19 November 2017 CPS financial statement submitted to the Constitutional Court, audited by KPMG, has not provided enough information


Wage & Tax Evasion Made in Paradise: The Role Of Appleby

Wage & Tax Evasion Made in Paradise: The Role Of Appleby Brian Ashley and Dick Forslund | Alternative Information & Development Centre (AIDC) |14 November 2017 The Paradise Papers, just like the earlier Panama papers, give ordinary people a glimpse


Ronnie Kasrils’ new book “A Simple Man” [Book launch]

Ronnie Kasrils’ new book “A Simple Man” AIDC and Amandla will be launching Ronnie Kasrils’ new book “A Simple Man”. This book deals with the Faustian Pack of the 1990s and the current political crisis an inevitable outcome of these compromises. 


Decolonising the Mind: Hugh Masekela’s lecture to Unisa’s Annual Spring Law Conference

Decolonising the Mind: Hugh Masekela’s lecture to Unisa’s Annual Spring Law Conference Amandla! Issue No. 43/44 | December 2015 I always hear people, before they make a speech, say this, so I’m going to say it too. I don’t know


Village meeting about N2 Wild Coast Toll Road: SANRAL refused to negotiate

Village meeting about N2 Wild Coast Toll Road: SANRAL refused to negotiate Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) 2017-11-01 Today, Sanral’s “community expert” Dr Mongezi Noah and N2 Wild Coast Toll Road consultant, Mr Ntsizakalo Ngalo, left a community meeting organised by


AIDC calls for public audit of the debt [MTBPS 2017]

In face of debt crisis and state capture: AIDC calls for public audit of the debt “The government faces difficult choices”, Finance Minister Gigaba said in his Mid Term Budget Statement (MTBPS). But he made no choices. All decisions were


What Gigaba should be saying

What Gigaba should be saying 24 October 2017 South Africa’s unemployment rate is one of the highest in the world. The country is number 12 on the list for high carbon emissions. These are the two biggest crises facing the


AIDC Library

AIDC Resource and Information Centre Library A space for activists and all those interested in understanding our rapidly changing world   About AIDC hosts one of the most exciting libraries of progressive books, magazines and documentary films. The collection contains material essential


7 Che Guevara quotes

7 Che Guevara quotes   Revolutionary Marxist – Che Guevara was murdered 50 years ago today.  Here are 7 of his more famous quotes, enjoy: If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine. 


Lenin Moreno: a new chapter for Ecuador?

Lenin Moreno: a new chapter for Ecuador? By David Fig in Quito | Amandla Magazine  As Ecuador’s new president, Lenin Moreno Garcés, gave his inaugural speech to the National Assembly members and a number of invited Latin America’s presidents, an


Political Obstacles to a Mass Renewable Energy Programme

The One Million Climate Jobs monthly meeting has invited Professor Mark Swilling to be a guest speaker at the next Monthly Meeting. Prof. Swilling is based at the Sustainability Institute at Stellenbosch University.  He will be speaking on the Political Obstacles


United action of the working class: against factionalism

United action of the working class: against factionalism Editorial Collective | Amandla! Magazine | Issue 54 | OCTOBER 2017 Disunity in the mass working class movement only ever has one beneficiary: management. As we can see in the split in


Izwelethu speak out: land, food & jobs (23 September 2017)

IZWELETHU SPEAK OUT: LAND, FOOD & JOBS 23 SEPTEMBER 2017 @ 10:00 – 15:00 Albertina Sisula Road, Town 2, Khayelitsha (Open Land opposite Chuma Primary School) People have been on the housing waiting list for more than 20 years.  Promises of


New labour federation and the gender question

New labour federation and the gender question By Asanda Benya | Amandla! Magazine Issue 52 | May 2017   A few weeks ago we saw the launch of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu). At inception, it became


“But he is politically important”: silencing women in activist spaces – reflections on #menaretrash Amandla Forum

But he is politically important”: silencing women in activist spaces – reflections on #menaretrash Amandla Forum Camalita Naicker | Amandla! Magazine | Issue 53 The #menaretrash Amandla! Forum happened in a room full of people from political parties, social movements,