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AIDC Statement on the 2022 Mid-Term Budget (MTBPS): Extreme austerity and budget cuts continue in a glass house of orthodoxy!

Minister Enoch Gondongwana’s speech illustrates how the government has fully adopted a neoliberal austerity agenda, including the privatisation of the country’s energy and transport systems. It remains committed to major budget cuts and harsh austerity as Treasury continues to swing

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Preview of the 2022 Mini-Budget: AIDC calls on the government to abandon austerity!

On Wednesday,  26th of October 2022, Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana will be tabling the 2022 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) in Parliament. As the Alternative Information and Development Centre, we continue to challenge the government’s austerity agenda which has

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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:

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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.

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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

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