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36 Civil Society Organisations Reject proposed increase in VAT

36 Civil Society Organisations reject proposed increase in VAT: Tax the wealthy to invest in our future! We are alarmed to hear that the Minister of Finance is proposing a 1% increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) to 15%. In


Understanding the National Budget – fact sheet

Understanding the National Budget – fact sheet In the light of a stagnant economy, growing debt and a further wave of job losses, we as civil society are taking up President Cyril Ramaphosa’s SONA call to engage his government in


We want the Right to say NO!

We want the Right to say NO! Alternatives to mining and extractivism Amandla! Ulutsha Newsletter Issue  No.5 | Editorial | 15 February 2018 “A rising tide will lift all boats.” That’s a common and understandable metaphor in economic contexts. But


Decolonising African Economies: Towards a people’s Pan-Africanism

Decolonising African Economies: Towards a people’s Pan-Africanism By Michael Nassen Smith | Amandla!Magazine Issue No. 55/56 | December 2017 In 2011, the Economist issued a special edition titled “Africa Rising” and argued that the continent had a bright and prosperous


Rethinking economic policy and strategy

Rethinking economic policy and strategy By Zunaid Moolla | Amandla! magazine Issue 55-56 | December 2017 Let us start with a few words of sympathy for Malusi Gigaba. He was thrust into the position of Minister of Finance as a


Worker Resistance in a Time of Labour Market Restructuring

Worker Resistance in a Time of Labour Market Restructuring By Siviwe Mhlana | Amandla! Magazine Issue 55/56 | December 2017 On 10 July 2017, following an appeal by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), the Labour Appeal


Where to go with “zama zama” mining?

Where to go with “zama zama” mining? By Angela Kariuki | Amandla! Magazine Issue No. 43/44 | December 2015 With the slowdown of the large scale gold mining sector in the last decade, mines have gone into temporary cessation, warehousing,


Free Ahed Tamimi & end the violation of children’s rights by the Israeli Apartheid State

Free Ahed Tamimi & end the violation of children’s rights by the Israeli Apartheid State Dominic Brown | Alternative Information & Development Centre (AIDC) The Israel Apartheid State continues to openly disregard it obligations to protect children from excessively harsh


Public Forum: Solidarity against mining in Africa

Public Forum: Solidarity against mining in Africa Parallel to the Alternative Mining Indaba, Amandla! and Africa Unite are hosting a forum to discuss the issue of extractivism in Africa. Being at the heart of local, regional and international mining interests,


A year of mud and struggle in Brazil: 1st anniversary of the mining disaster in Mariana

A year of mud and struggle in Brazil: 1st anniversary of the mining disaster in Mariana By Judith Marshall | Amandla! Issue No. 49/50 | December 2016 On November 5, 2015, a tailings dam collapsed at the Samarco iron mine. The


Response to Tendele Coal

Response to Tendele Coal by WoMin and allied organisations | Amandla! Issue No. 49/50 | December 2016 WoMin’s initial article, dated 7 September, was based on participatory action research (PAR) led by women in the Somkhlele and Fuleni communities in northern


Living the future in Kwazakhele

Living the future in Kwazakhele By Janet Cherry | Amandla! Magazine Issue 55-56 | December 2017 One hundred years after the Boshevik Revolution, the advocates of global capitalism repeat their neoliberal mantra: There is no alternative.  Socialism has failed everywhere,


Whither South Africa?

Whither South Africa? How to build a counter power to the unravelling hegemony of the ANC Amandla! Ulutsha Newsletter Issue 4| Editorial | 7 December 2017  ANC December Conference  The South African economic crisis has morphed into a political crisis,


Four Futures: Life After Capitalism

Four Futures: Life After Capitalism By Dominic Brown | Amandla Magazine Issue 54 | October 2017 Oh no! Not another book predicting the future that never gets beyond some of the worst features of today, including the all-pervading sense of


The Heher Commission’s findings are very questionable

The Heher Commission’s findings are very questionable Fort Hare Student reflects on the Free-Fee Education report  by Lwazi Ncapayi The University of Fort Hare student population is dominated by children from rural poor-working class backgrounds, they come from their homes


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


How to build a counter power to the unravelling hegemony of the ANC

Whither South Africa? How to build a counter power to the unravelling hegemony of the ANC Amandla! Ulutsha Newsletter Issue 4| Editorial | 7 December 2017  ANC December Conference  The South African economic crisis has morphed into a political crisis,


Lessons from the Russian Revolution

Lessons from the Russian Revolution An edited extract of a talk by Vivek Chibber Strategic lessons that we can learn from older experiences such as the Russian Revolution are very, very important, because in my view, we are today witnessing


What Does It Mean to be a South African Marxist, 100 Years after the Russian Revolution?

What Does It Mean to be a South African Marxist, 100 Years after the Russian Revolution? By Andrew Nash | Amandla Magazine Issue 54 | October 2017 It is not too much to say that the Russian Revolution made South


Kenya: A tradition of stolen elections

Kenya: A tradition of stolen elections By Firoze Manji | Amandla! Magazine issue 54 | October 2017   A few days after the elections held in Kenya on 8 August, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced that the


Justice for whistle-blowers

Justice for whistle-blowers Koketso Moeti | Amandla! Magazine Issue No. 41 | SEPTEMBER 2015 In 2007, ANC councillor Grisham Bujram was shot dead by a bodyguard and lover of the then-mayor of Dundee. The killing was carried out using the


W(h)ither the Students?

W(h)ither the Students? Christopher Morris | Amandla! Magazine Issue 54 | October 2017 As I sat down to write this article, news of police moving in to squash protest at Cape University of Technology (CPUT) had just blown up over


Media Freedom in South Africa: the two-part formula for securing freedom of expression

Media Freedom in South Africa: the two-part formula for securing freedom of expression By Julie Reid | Amandla! Magazine Issue 54 | October 2017 In October, those of us working in the media sector and related fields pause to remember


By way of an introduction: The stages of the 1917 revolution (Part 2)

By way of an introduction The stages of the 1917 revolution (Part 2) By Francois Vercammen The revolution of October 1917 At the start of September the pendulum swung to the left as sharply as it had swung right at

 
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