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Too Many Carrots and Too Few Sticks

Too Many Carrots and Too Few Sticks Michael Nassen Smith and Carilee Osborne | Amandla 64 | June 2019 In his opening speech at the October 2018 Jobs Summit, President Ramaphosa made the following comments: “The social partners have agreed


The Violent Work of South African Gangs

The Violent Work of South African Gangs Christopher Morris | Amandla 64 | June, 2019 For working class communities on the peripheries of South Africa’s urban centres, gang violence is part of daily life, in the home, taxi, school and


What ever happened to the Energy Transition?

What ever happened to the Energy Transition? John Treat | Amandla 64 | June 2019 Anyone trying to understand what’s happening with the world’s energy systems right now can be forgiven if they are confused. On one hand, most people


Urban Land Reform for Social and Spatial Justice

Urban Land Reform for Social and Spatial Justice  Mercy Brown-Luthango | Amandla 64 | June, 2019 South Africa is now more than 60% urbanised and the urban population is projected to grow to more than 70% by 2030. This is


Queering health care

Queering health care Clio Koopman | Amandla 64| June, 2019 Access to health care is a perfect example of who is important in South Africa and who is not. In unequal South Africa, private health is accessed by 16% of


The Alex shutdown and the real problems of the township

The Alex shutdown and the real problems of the township Interview with Mzwonke Mayekiso, Alexandra Civic Organisation | Amandla 64 | June, 2019 Amandla!: In your view, how does the urban crisis manifest in Alex? What is it that makes


The Urban Crisis Is A Crisis of Capitalist Democracy (and the Struggle to Remove Its Chains)

The Urban Crisis Is A Crisis of Capitalist Democracy (and the Struggle to Remove Its Chains) Trevor Ngwane | Amandla 64 | June 2019 There were protests galore during the build-up to the 2019 May 8 South African national elections.


Something’s got to give

Something’s got to give: Amandla! 64 Editorial Amandla! Editorial Collective | Amandla! 64 | June 2019 The election of a new government should be a time of celebration. 25 years since the end of Apartheid should be the time of


Beyond Monuments: How Do We Truly End the Legacy of Rhodes?

Beyond Monuments:Beyond Monuments: How Do We Truly End the Legacy of Rhodes? Andrew Nash | Amandla 39 | June/July 2015 In the heady years after 1994, a wide range of problems were seen as legacies of apartheid that would soon


Rebuilding the workers’ movement for counter-power, justice and self-management

Rebuilding the workers’ movement for counter-power, justice and self-management: a contribution to the debate Lucien van der Walt | Amandla! 63 | April/May 2019 The robust exchange between comrades Ronald Wesso and Mametlwe Sebei over the South African Federation of


The Struggle is to Socialise Eskom

The Struggle is to Socialise Eskom Jeff Rudin | Amandla! 63 | April/May 2019 When Ramaphosa confirmed the break-up of Eskom, the Numsa General Secretary responded with a fighting tweet: “Numsa shall meet Cyril Ramaphosa in the street. We reject


Internationalism: a culture and a commitment

Internationalism: a culture and a commitment Gustave Massiah | Amandla! 63 | April/May 20 Internationalism is a political movement and a current of thought. It is also part of some conceptions of the “alter-globalist” (in French, “altermondialiste”) movement, also known


What is fascism and how do we fight it today?

What is fascism and how do we fight it today? Michael Nassen Smith | Amandla! 63 | April/May 2019 Not since the 1930s has the word “fascism” loomed so large over our political horizon. The term has been trotted out


Searching for Just One Party for a Just Transition

Searching for Just One Party for a Just Transition Janet Cherry | Amandla! 63 | April/May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s SONA address on 7th February 2019 made the briefest possible mention of the just (and necessary) transition from fossil fuels


Elections promise rural people; the elected forget them

Elections promise rural people; the elected forget them Lubabalo Ntsholo | Amandla 63 | March/April 2019 In December 2015, I went to my rural home in Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape, as I usually do during holidays. Then, one rainy night at about


Election Time Again

Election time again Amandla! Correspondent | Amandla 63| March/April 2019 So we come to another election – the fourth including 1994. Increasingly, radio talk shows are populated by anguished would-be voters in despair at the choice before them. We can’t


To vote or not to vote: that is the question

To vote or not to vote: that is the question Rekang Jankie | Amandla! 63 | April/May 2019 With elections on the horizon, South Africans are being encouraged to go to the polls. This extends beyond regular political party campaigning


Eskom, Climate Change and the Just Transition

Eskom, Climate Change and the Just Transition Amandla! Editorial Collective | Amandla! Issue 63 | 09 April, 2019   What to do about Eskom, is the 64 thousand dollar question? This should actually read the 640 billion rand question –


100 Years of Rosa Luxemburg’s Marxism: Imperialism, Democracy and Lessons for the South African Left

100 Years of Rosa Luxemburg’s Marxism: Imperialism, Democracy and Lessons for the South African Left A Talk at Wits University by Gunnett Kaaf | March 2019 It is now 100 years since Rosa Luxemburg, together with Karl Liebknecht, was murdered


Getting to grips with Venezuela

Getting to grips with Venezuela Amandla Compilation | 27 February 2019 In January of this year Venezuela’s President, Nicolás Maduro, was sworn in for a controversial second six year term on the back of an election largely boycotted by the


Era of unbridled faith in the virtues of the market is now over

Era of unbridled faith in the virtues of the market is now over By Carilee Osborne and Michael Nassen Smith | Original Source: Business Day | 22 February 2019 The year 2019 will undoubtedly be an important year for the


#Budget2019: Out of the Zuma frying pan straight into the privatisation furnace

#Budget2019: Out of the Zuma frying pan straight into the privatisation furnace Alternative Information & Development Centre (AIDC) | 20 February 2019 Tito Mboweni’s budget signals a significant shift in orientation towards privatisation. The break with the Zuma regime is


Unbundling Eskom is code for privatisation

Unbundling Eskom is code for privatisation By Sean Sweeney | Original Source: Business Day | 18 February 2019 Unbundling serves a privatisation agenda by making electricity and its provision a commodity rather than a public service and human right Supporters


Shrinking right to strike

Shrinking right to strike By Ronald Wesso | Amandla Issue 61/62 | 07 February 2019 When politicians, state officials and employers attack the right to strike, workers do not stop striking. But there tend to be fewer strikes, with more

 

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