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The Global Financial Crisis: A Decade Later – Still in the Danger Zone

The Global Financial Crisis: A Decade Later – Still in the Danger Zone Alternative Information and Development Center (AIDC) | 17 September 2018 15 September 2018 was exactly ten years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, ultimately culminating in a


The Role of Public Utilities in Transforming the Energy Sector

The Role of Public Utilities in Transforming the Energy Sector, Johannesburg 3 – 5 September 2018 Alternative Information & Development Centre (AIDC) | 14 September 2018 AIDC, together with TNI (Transnational Institute, based in Amsterdam), and TUED (Trade Unions for


#UniteBehind is ready to build a just and equal society

#UniteBehind is ready to build a just and equal society By Bruce Baigrie | Amandla Correspondent | 10 September 2018 On 6 April 2017, activists from various peoples’ movements and NGOs came together to organise the Cape Town Memorial for


Marx at 200 and Marxist experiments in Africa

Marx at 200 and Marxist experiments in Africa By Phindile Kunene | Amandla Magazine Issue 59 | 7 September 2018 Marxist ideas and forms of political expression seem to be marginal in popular struggles in Africa today. But the retreat


The Working Class Summit: a step towards united, militant action

The Working Class Summit: a step towards united, militant action By Amandla correspondent | Amandla Magazine Issue 59 | 4 September 2018 Working class formations in South Africa have been fragmented and in decline for a long time. Saftu itself


Role of Public Utilities in Transforming the Energy Sector [Livestream]

Role of Public Utilities in Transforming the Energy Sector From Neoliberalism to a Just Transition for Energy Democracy Eskom (South Africa’s) is in deep crisis, the state of South Africa’s public utility is not unique to South Africa indicative in


Intersectionality: Materialism or culturalism?

Intersectionality: Materialism or culturalism? Michael Nassen Smith | Amandla | 23 August 2018   Intersectionality has become a “master” concept in progressive circles today. With origins in critical legal studies in the USA, it has quickly spread across the globe


Review: Learning for Living’: A much needed publication

Review: Learning for Living’: A much needed publication Siyabulele Mama | Amandla | 24 August 2018   ‘Learning for Living’ is a book that argues for an emancipatory and humanist pedagogy. 2018 marks 21 years since the death of Paulo


A new political environment?

A new political environment? By Trevor Ngwane | Amandla Magazine Issue 58 | 23 August 2018 The state of the left There are moments in history which give glimpses of what the working class can do. They are moments in


Building the movement of the working class and the dispossessed

Building the movement of the working class and the dispossessed Amandla Editorial | Amandla Magazine Issue 59 | 22 August 2018 South Africa is becoming more impoverished day-by-day. Stats SA’s latest figures show unemployment increasing by 0.5% to 37.2%. (We


“12 Days Left for Minister Gwede Mantashe to visit Xolobeni”

“12 Days Left for Minister Gwede Mantashe to visit Xolobeni” By Amadiba Crisis Committee | 13 July 2018 On Monday 6 August, 200 members of the Amadiba Crisis Committee gathered to General Meeting on a mountain in Xolobeni. The meeting


Effective Governance

Effective Governance By Anthony de Villiers | Written for Amandla | 31 July 2018 What kind of constitutional democracy is this that South Africans give so much credibility to? How can the vast turmoil we see reflect our people’s representation?


The people shall govern: Freedom isn’t free

The people shall govern: Freedom isn’t free By Hlumela Dyantyi | Original source: Daily Maverick | 30 July 2018 Freedom Isn’t Free is directed by Martin Jansen, a socialist political activist and former Congress of the People member. The documentary aims


The struggles of Abahlali baseMjondolo

The struggles of Abahlali baseMjondolo By Thapelo Mohapi | Written for Amandla | 27 June 2018 Abahlali baseMjondolo is a democratic movement of impoverished people with members in five provinces. The movement was formed in 2005, after a blockade of


A blow to labour broking – a victory for all workers

A blow to labour broking – a victory for all workers By AIDC | AIDC Press Release | 27 July 2018 The Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) salutes the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) for their


South African Women Demand Action, and Quick

South African Women Demand Action and Quick By Sibongile Ndimandi | Written for Amandla | 24 July 2018 On the 9th of August 1956, 20 000 women marched to the Union buildings in Pretoria to hand over a petition against


Freedom Isn’t Free [Screening]

Join us on 24 July 2018 at AIDC (129 Rochester Road, Observatory) for a screening of Freedom Isn’t Free, the Freedom Charter Today and a discussion with Martin Jansen, the producer writer and director of the film.  Synopsis: Freedom Isn’t


Can Ramaphosa Deliver?

Can Ramaphosa Deliver? 19 July 2018 | 18:00 – 20:00 | 129 Rochester Road, Observatory, Cape Town Will Ramaphosa Deliver? Will CR’s “new dawn” introduce an alternative growth path that breaks from the ecologically-damaging mineral-energy complex? What local and global


Mining communities reject new draft charter

Mining communities reject new draft charter By Lisa Steyn | Original Source: Business Day | 6 July 2018 The largest network of communities affected by mining in SA has rejected the draft Mining Charter ahead of a summit this weekend.


Freedom Isn’t Free [Screening & Discussion]

Freedom Isn’t Free Screening & Discussion 24 July | 18:00 – 20:30 | Venue: 129 Rochester Road, Observatory Cape Town Synopsis: Freedom Isn’t Free challenges the ANC government with its failure to bring into being the words and resolutions of the


PHM-SA Statement on National Health Insurance Bill

PHM-SA Statement on National Health Insurance Bill By People’s Health Movement | Press Release | 26 June 2018 The long-awaited National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill is welcomed by the People’s Health Movement South Africa (PHM-SA) in that it affirms “universal


Dysfunctional economy needs urgent change

Dysfunctional economy needs urgent change By Amandla! Editorial Collective | Amandla! Issue 58 | 26 June 2018 Stats SA reported disastrous results for the economy for the first three months of this year. The economy shrank by 2.2%. This prompted


BRICS in Africa: “You are either at the table or on the menu”

BRICS in Africa: “You are either at the table or on the menu” At a Johannesburg BRICS think tank, scholars get drunk on their own rhetoric By Patrick Bond  South African academics and think tanks met on 28-31 May 2018


Famous Mtentu River damaged by up-stream sand from Sanral’s N2 mega-bridge project

Famous Mtentu River damaged by up-stream sand from Sanral’s N2 mega-bridge project By Amadiba Crisis Committee | Press Release | 14 June 2018 At a visit in Jama village two weeks ago, the problem of a more than one meter