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Statement: Interest Rate Hike An Assault On The Poor!

Yesterday, the South African Reserve Bank made the outrageous decision to raise the repo rate by 50 basis points, up to 7.75%, marking the ninth consecutive increase since November 2021. This is a deeply regressive decision. It will further pull


Empowering Communities: The Right to Say No Campaign promotes self-determined development and the right to consent!

Last week, Southern Africa and the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power hosted a two-day #RightToSayNo national workshop attended by over 70 activists from mining communities across the country. They discussed a number of issues under the theme: Building the Just


Electric cars — a major problem for all and a solution for only a few!

By Jeff Rudin  | Daily Maverick | 07 Mar 2023 One has indeed to be rich to afford the comfort of doing one’s bit for slowing down climate change. Were it not for neglected railway and underground systems, along with the


WRITING’S ON THE WALL OP-ED: Thoughts arising from the ideological astigmatism in Pieter du Toit’s ‘The ANC Billionaires

By Jeff Rudin  | Daily Maverick | 27 Feb 2023 There was nothing exceptional in what Big Capital undertook to do in South Africa. No ruling class anywhere in the world has ever voluntarily relinquished power to those they used to


Cry of the Xcluded’s Year of Mass Action campaign gains traction

Earlier this month, the Cry of the Xcluded launched a Year of Mass Action campaign, since then, they have held speak-outs, teach-ins, protests and demonstrations to create awareness and to channel the anger of South Africans to where it belongs.


AIDC Statement on 2023/4 National Budget

2023/4 National Budget Analysis Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) Statement 23 February 2023 “This is not an austerity budget”, said Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana in his 2023 budget speech. It is a blatant lie. Yet another budget that centres


#FixEskom to address South Africa’s energy crisis: Private sector is the problem not the solution to the electricity crisis: a public pathway is possible!

Context: The escalation of load shedding and Eskom’s general debilitation has exploded into a national crisis. Unfortunately for South Africans, the government has not confronted this crisis with effective and just solutions.  After years of short-sighted policy choices, the government


Strategies to Resist Austerity!

AIDC is hosting a discussion on International and Historical Experiences of Austerity with Clara Mattei – author of the Capital Order: How economists invented austerity and paved the way to fascism on the 15 March 2023.  Following the input from


ENERGY CRISIS (PART ONE): If Eskom’s tariff increase is to go, its financing model needs to bite the dust too

By Dominic Brown and Jaco Oelofsen | Daily Maverick | 08 Feb 2023  Reducing primary energy costs and providing debt relief are low-hanging fruit in terms of solving Eskom’s tariff increase problem, but these measures will be short-lived unless there is a restructuring of


Anti-Mining Activists to picket outside Parliament!

Statement by The Right to Say No and People’s Dialogue Cape Town, 6 February 2023 From today through to 9 February, transnational mining corporations from around the world will gather in Cape Town for their annual Mining Indaba. The purpose


AbM STATEMENT: Amadiba Crisis Committee comrades are under threat – a call for solidarity

Last year our movement lost three leaders to assassination and another comrade to a police murder. On 21 January our comrade Thulani Maseko was assassinated in Swaziland. Political assassinations have often been used to repress dissent in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. 


Financing Public Energy Pathways for Energy Transition and Climate Protection

A realistic but profound vision for financing a public pathway to an energy transition capable of addressing energy poverty and climate protection needs to be developed. What is clear and well elaborated in the framing document, is that a neoliberal


Report: Global South School On Combating Corporate Profit Shifting and Wage Evasion

Illicit financial flows and base erosion profit shifting (IFFs and BEPS) have been called the ‘Achilles’ Heel’ of transnational corporations, because they present a vulnerability through which the architecture of corporate impunity can be tackled. Through both the interrogation of the


STATEMENT: Amadiba Crisis Committee 2023-01-30: Plot to kill two leaders in Amadiba, Mbizana, EC.

We have received very disturbing information in January from a whistleblower, of the planned assassination of Nonhle Mbuthuma and Thwesha Silangwe, community leaders in Amadiba A/A in Mbizana (EC). Both leaders have been working to move the N2 Wild Coast


AIDC FORUM | Private sector is the problem not the solution to the electricity crisis: a public pathway is possible!

The electricity crisis is getting worse. Loadshedding is happening more frequently and for longer periods. The situation has become intolerable. A stagnant economy is teetering and another recession beckons. Many workers will lose their jobs as businesses close. Of course,


We condemn the brutal slaying of Comrade Thulani Maseko and demand justice be served

Statement by the Southern Africa and the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power  Cape Town, 25 January 2023 –  It is with deep anger and sadness that we learned of the brutal murder of our comrade and friend Thulani Maseko


These are dark days for South Africa: The power crisis is worsening, but its effects are not equally felt

By Andile Zulu | The Continent | 21 Jan 2023 It is just three weeks into the new year, and South Africans have spent most of it without consistent power, with little sign of improvement on the horizon. Rolling blackouts of up to 10 hours


Op-Ed: Mozambican government’s legitimacy crisis reinforces authoritarianism

By Boaventura Monjane and Teresa Amal | Daily Maverick | 11 Jan 2023  The current crisis in Mozambique is due mainly to the inability of the state and the government to respond to the primary concerns of the Mozambican people. These include


BEYOND THE COP27 OP-ED | Climate crisis – practical action begins with better understanding of planetary reality

By Jeff Rudin | Daily Maverick | 09 Jan 2023    Documents that were kept under wraps for 50 years give us insights that help explain why efforts to agree on climate change interventions have failed so far. The scale of the


CARBON CRISIS OP-ED: Why the fossil-fuel industry is a distraction to understanding the failure of COP27

By Jeff Rudin | Daily Maverick | 01 Dec 2022  We should not be distracted by holding the fossil-fuel industry accountable for the failures of the COPs. Instead, we must understand the incestuous links between politics and business and why world leaders


INTRODUCING A (UNIVERSAL)
 BASIC INCOME GRANT
 IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Basic Income Grant (BIG) has long been a topic of debate in South Africa. The idea was first raised in the 1997 White Paper on Social Welfare. More than 20 years later more than half the population lives on


Statement: More than 11 million South Africans remain jobless!

The Assembly of the Unemployed (AoU) and the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) are not moved by the recently released figures that indicate that the unemployment rate decreased to 32.9% from 33.9% in the second quarter of 2022.  According


Op-Ed: We should be sceptical of climate loans

By Andile Zulu | Mail & Guardian | 25 Nov 2022 Who does the government serve? As people across the country struggle to survive, witnessing their country deteriorate because of pervasive economic dysfunction and misgovernance, the lethargy and inaction of the ANC government


Taking Back the Just Transition for Climate Protection and Decent Work!

The AIDC, with the support of FES, is inviting you to debate the energy transition in South Africa. This discussion amongst trade unionists, social and environmental justice activists is urgent in light of the crisis of energy and climate policy. There are growing differences