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South African Federation of Trade Unions [SAFTU] Launch

Opening address by Raymond Mnguni, Chairperson of the Steering Committee for the new trade union federation, 21 April 2017, Boksburg Comrade Chairperson, delegates, visitors and friends On behalf of the Steering Committee I welcome you all to this historic gathering.

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“Communities must have right to say No to mining”

Amadiba Crisis Committee: Public Hearing on MPRDA Amendment Bill in Xolobeni: “Communities must have right to say No to mining” Today the Alfred Nzo District Municipality public hearing on the Amendment Bill of Mining and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA)

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NUMSA rejects latest wage offer!

Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) have rejected the latest wage offer by Employers in the Bus Passenger sector. Thousands of NUMSA members have gone on strike to protest against the dehumanising conditions faced by

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Amadiba Crisis Committee: SANRAL’s CEO to Xolobeni on the Wild Coast [Thursday, 6 April]

Amadiba Crisis Committee 2017-04-04: SANRAL’s CEO to Xolobeni on the Wild Coast this Thursday, 6 April Invited in February by Umgungundlovu Traditional Authority, SANRAL’s new CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma has confirmed he will visit the Umgungundlovu Great Place in Xolobeni. This

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CSAAWU THREATENS RENEWED BOYCOTT CALL

CSAAWU THREATENS RENEWED BOYCOTT CALL   The farmworkers union, CSAAWU, is threatening to reinstate its global call for a boycott of Robertson Winery because the corporation is apparently refusing to honour it’s agreement signed at the end of last year’s

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Xolobeni Community to SANRAL: “Cease and desist from all activities in Umgungundlovu”.

Amadiba Crisis Committee 2017-03-23: Xolobeni Community to SANRAL: “Cease and desist from all activities in Umgungundlovu”. On 14 February, SANRAL’s new CEO Mr Macozoma got an invitation delivered by hand in Pretoria from Umgungundlovu Traditional Authority (TA) to discuss the

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Million Climate Jobs Meeting 21st February 2017

Million Climate Jobs Monthly Meetings have been taking place at AIDC´s premises since 2012. Approximately 21 participants attended the meeting on 21st February 2017. 1.    Dr Ed Wethli: Keeping Domestic Chickens Farming can be a major source of greenhouse gas:

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Philippi High students demand promised new school

About 150 learners march to the Metro South office of the education department Students from Philippi High marched to the offices of the Department of Education in Mitchells Plain demanding a new school be built.  On Monday, 6 March 2017, about

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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

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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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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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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

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Breaking News! CSAAWU COMMUNIQUE ON THE SETTLEMENT OF THE 14 WEEK STRIKE AT ROBERTSON WINERY

CSAAWU COMMUNIQUE ON THE SETTLEMENT OF THE 14 WEEK STRIKE AT ROBERTSON WINERY (23 November 2016) CSAAWU wishes to announce that we have finally reached a settlement with Robertson Winery, which brings a heroic worker – led 14 week strike to

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“Affordability” and profit shifting at Robertson Winery

In September 2016, about 230 workers at Robertson Winery (RW) in the Western Cape went on strike. They have been picketing the factory gates, trying to stop the recruitment of strike breakers and urging all in Robertson not to buy

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Amadiba Update

Authorities finally move against Australian mining company Tormin accused of breaching environmental licence By Glenn Ashton From GroundUp The controversial Australian mining company Mineral Resources Commodities (MRC) has launched a court case against the national Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)

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The strike at Robertson Winery has now entered into its seventh week. Read More

Robertson Winery Strike Update: Week 12

Csaawu and striking workers thank all of you very much for you magnificent support  and solidarity work in support of striking RW workers and farm-workers in general. Comrades after overseeing five mediation meetings the CCMA withdrew its assistance for the

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Activists Leadership School Camp: 28th – 30th November 2016

Leading activists from social movements across South African will converge at a camping site at Llandudno coast in Cape Town. Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC) together with partner social movements is hosting a leadership school camp in order to build

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Robertson Winery Strike enters Third Month

Strike enters Third Month INTENSIFY ROBERTSON WINERY BOYCOTT Last week, (19 – 21 October) negotiations between the Robertson Winery management and the workers ended in a stalemate after management refused to bring an offer to the table. The bosses insist on only

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UPDATE: STRIKE ON ROBERTSON WINERY – CALL FOR INTENSIFIED SUPPORT! (October 2016) The strike at Robertson Winery has now entered into its seventh week. Although the company and the union have had one meeting, meaningful negotiations have yet to get

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AIDC Political Education Training (PET)

ACTIVISTS FROM PARTNER ORGANISATIONS CONVERGE TO PLAN FOR A POPULAR EDUCATION PROGRAMME On the 29th & 30th September 2016 twenty five young activists from around the country came together to plan AIDC’s Political Education Training (PET) programme at the Alternative Information

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The 18 month “moratorium” in Xolobeni – Amadiba Update

Amadiba Crisis Committee 2016-09-15: The 18 month “moratorium” in Xolobeni After one year of violence and intimidation, culminating in the murder of ACC chair Bazooka Radebe 22 March, the Mining Minister Mr Zwane today declared an 18 month moratorium for the Xolobeni