On the 16 August 2016 the Masifunde Women Camp and One Million Climate jobs commemorated the 4th year since the Marikana Massacre.
The Marikana commemoration was held on the 16th of August 2016 in solidarity with the miners who were shot down in Rustenburg on the 16 August 2012. The aim was to link the issues of the community, workers, students, civil society, political parties and social Movements. In the hope to address the exploitative work environments and conditions that people work under.
The event started with the solidarity walk on the pavement of Grahamstown City Centre followed by a Public Debate on the issues mentioned above. The Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC), the United Front, Economic Freedom Fighters, PASMA (Rhodes University branch ), Unemployed Peoples Movement (UPM), Nkuzi Development Association and the One Million Climate Jobs (OMCJ) gave solidarity messages.
The Masifunde Womens Camp facilitated by Masifunde Women chapter then started from the 17th- 19th of August 2016, discussing land access, food sovereignty, Marine rights and climate change was the focus of the camp. The camp drew support from Local Masifunde groups of women working on land issues from Peddie, Glenmore, Riebeeck East, Alicedale, Addo etc. The camp requested One Million Climate Jobs to assist Masifunde in developing strategies on how to incorporate climate jobs into their work around Agro –ecology. With the ultimate objective to develop sustainable livelihoods.