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#FixEskom Webinar Series

As the country plunges deeper into an energy crisis, the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) invites you to join us for a series of webinars on loadshedding and South Africa’s energy crisis. The webinars will provide insights into what

AIDC Statement: Interest rates hike to push SA towards recession!

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has hiked the interest rate by another 75 basis points. The repo rate will now increase to 6.25%, and the prime rate to 9.75%, from 9%. This is like pulling the handbrake on the

WEBINAR: Impact of Shell Judgement for the Right to Say NO!

AIDC together with Amadiba Crisis Committee and the Southern Africa Green Revolutionary Council are hosting an exciting webinar to discuss the power-shifting Shell judgement and the impacts of the judgement for the Right to Say No. For communities that are

Victory for the Right to Say No!

On 1 September 2022, the Makhanda High Court handed down an important and progressive judgement against Shell, Impact Africa, BG International, the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy and the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries setting aside the exploration

AIDC submission on the 2023 Medium-Term Economic Framework (MTEF)

The Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC), in support, and as part of the Budget Justice Coalition (BJC) has made a submission on the 2023 Medium-Term Economic Framework (MTEF) with a specific focus on the long-standing, chronic and unique challenge

Global School on Combating Illicit Financial Flows, Profit Shifting, Tax and Wage Evasion

The Global South Project on Combating IFFs and BEPS, the Churches and Mining network, Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development, and the Alternative Information & Development Centre will be hosting a Global School on Combating Illicit Financial Flows, Profit

AIDC statement in support of the #NationalShutdown!

The South African Federation of Trade Union (SAFTU) and working-class formations, including the Assembly of the Unemployed are embarking on a national shutdown on 24 August 2022. The national shutdown is taking up demands against the rising cost of living

United Front to Address Loadshedding

Towards a Public Pathway Approach to Energy Transition On Wednesday, July 27th, 2022, representatives of unions and social movements met in Johannesburg to discuss the country’s energy crisis. The representatives agreed to form a united front to resist privatisation of

Communities’ ‘right to say no’ must be enshrined in the Binding Treaty!

Last month, the Alternative Information and Development Centre together with the Centre for Applied Legal Studies and Lawyers for Human Rights hosted a two-day indaba on the UN Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights in Johannesburg. The theme was:

Op-Ed | Symptoms of a paranoid dictatorship: Why Numsa has degenerated

Unions should by law be prohibited from owning or having any interest in investment companies. They have wrought havoc in the South African trade union movement.

Op-Ed | There is no U-turn – The public sector austerity negotiations and the ‘4.5%’ spin

By Dick Forslund | Daily Maverick | 07 June 2022 Dick Forslund is a senior economist at the Alternative Information and Development Centre, which produces the activist magazine Amandla. On 2 June, Business Maverick (BM) reported that the government had “made a

Right to Say No pamphlet

The National Right to Say No campaign is excited to share a short information pamphlet that speaks to what the Right to Say No campaign is, the demands being made by communities affected by extractivism and who can say no.


The left internationally and in this country has struggled to know how to position itself in relation to the war in Ukraine. Between Putin’s nationalist and imperialist ambitions, NATO expansion and the reactionary nature of the Ukraine regime, where and

Op-Ed: Austerity at Sars threatens state capacity and public service stability

By Dick Forslund and Brian Ashley | DailyMaverick | 23 May 20222  Dick Forslund is senior economist at the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC). Brian Ashley is the editor of AIDC’s magazine Amandla. Disclosure: This article is a part of a series

OPINION | Climate change: We are wedded to our own suicide

By Jeff Rudin Richard Calland covers a lot of ground in his article, “No walls high enough to stop climate change” (Mail & Guardian 6 May 2022). What stands out are the reasons he offers for the “bewilderment that an issue that

Amandla #81 Editorial | Take back the unions for their members

WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING IN the labour movement today is quite simply a tragedy. At a time when the working class is suffering as never before, leaders of Saftu are tearing the young federation to pieces.  The working class needs

Op-Ed: Amadiba Crisis Committee will honour slain activist by defending the right to say no to extractivism.

By Nonhle Mbuthuma and Maxine Bezuidenhout | DailyMaverick | 27 Mar 2022  Nonhle Mbuthuma is the spokesperson of the Amadiba Crisis Committee of the Xolobeni community. Maxine Bezuidenhout is a programme officer in the Alternatives to Extractivism and Climate Change programme

AIDC Comments on Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill

The AIDC, together with Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED), the Transnational Institute (TNI), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), and the National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (NUMSA), has conducted research on energy policy and the ongoing reforms to

Budget 2022/3 statement: Tell no lies, claim no easy victories

Budget 2022/3 statement: Tell no lies, claim no easy victories by Cry of Xcluded | 23 February 2022 “Accordingly, we have decided to keep money in the pockets of South Africans.“ – Minister Enoch Godongwana This is an ideologically driven

AoU/Cry of the Xcluded to host a two-day People’s Summit!

The Assembly of the Unemployed / Cry of the Xcluded is hosting a two-day National convergence for the implementation of a Basic Income Grant and putting an end to budget cuts ahead of the National Budget Day. It is becoming

Identity: A (seemingly) good idea with malignant consequences that fan xenophobia and race war

Jeff Rudin | Daily Maverick |  14 Feb 2022 Julius Malema and the EFF lose no opportunity to fan a race war against white (and Indian) South Africans. We have made their demagogy very easy by the perpetuation of the


The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] notes the tabling of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) to the Joint sitting of both the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, by President Ramaphosa last night.

The real reasons behind South Africa’s R11bn loan from the World Bank

The real reasons behind South Africa’s R11bn loan from the World Bank By Dick Forslund 07 Feb 2022 | Originally published by Daily Maverick The government is about to get a $750-million (about R11-billion) loan from the World Bank. The loan is said

Fighting Mass Unemployment

RIGHT2WORK – GOVERNMENT MUST EMPLOY EVERYONE WILLING AND ABLE TO WORK According to the expanded definition of unemployment released in the latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey by Statistics SA, 12.48 million people are now unemployed. This is a staggering figure,