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THE JUST TRANSITION IS THE TASK OF AN ACCOUNTABLE STATE

THE JUST TRANSITION IS THE TASK OF AN ACCOUNTABLE STATE

JUST WEEKS BEFORE THE BEGINNING of COP27, Inger Anderson, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, made a staggering assessment of the global response to the climate crisis: “We had our chance to make incremental changes, but that time is over....

The Alliance is dead – long live the alliance

The Alliance is dead – long live the alliance

ONE OF THE KEY RESOLUTIONS OF Numsa’s 2013 special congress was to bring into existence a United Front to act as a popular, working class-based alternative to the ANC. By 2016 it had run its course. In 2018, following a successful one-day strike, Saftu initiated the...

The Alliance is dead – long live the alliance

TAKING BACK THE JUST TRANSITION

The latest edition of Amandla is out! Issue 85/86 of Amandla magazine has a special feature on the Just Transition. Highlights of some of the articles: According to Andile Zulu, AIDC Energy Democracy Officer, South Africa’s climate finance deals, and its current...

TUNISIA: THE ROAD TO AUTOCRACY

TUNISIA: THE ROAD TO AUTOCRACY

DURING THE WINTER OF 2010-2011, the Tunisian people rekindled a flame that was thought to have been extinguished forever - that of a popular revolution against corrupt and dictatorial regimes. The shock wave spread in the region (Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Syria, Yemen,...

OPT OUT OF COP27 AND BUILD AN ALTERNATIVE

OPT OUT OF COP27 AND BUILD AN ALTERNATIVE

This is an edited version of an article first published in Daily Maverick. THE 27TH MEETING OF THE UN’S Conference of the Parties – otherwise known as COP – is now only months away. So it is timely to ask: who benefits from these gatherings of world leaders who...

Expect little from Kenya’s elections

Expect little from Kenya’s elections

ON 5TH SEPTEMBER 2022, THE Supreme Court of Kenya upheld President William Ruto’s victory in the recently concluded general election that was held on 9th August. Ruto’s main competitor, Raila Odinga, stood as the candidate of the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition....

Angola’s illegitimate elections

Angola’s illegitimate elections

IT WAS AUGUST 18TH, SIX DAYS before the election. Incumbent President João Lourenço was delivering a speech to a rather apathetic public in Benguela province, southwestern Angola. In it he described the country’s unaligned civil society as “lumpens and thieves”. Such...

WHAT ABOUT WHITE WORKERS?

WHAT ABOUT WHITE WORKERS?

HOW DID THE END OF APARTHEID affect South Africa’s white workers? An excellent question. And the answer can go a long way towards explaining some of the more virulent politics evident today. But the question is rarely asked because – so the assumption goes – there are...

GREEN EXTRACTIVISM and the green frontier

GREEN EXTRACTIVISM and the green frontier

AS WE EMERGE FROM THE pandemic, the impact of Covid-19 has exacerbated the converging social, economic, and ecological crises, which emerge from the systemic and colonial legacy of extractivist patriarchal capitalism. These crises include climate, ecological and...

The quiet vanguardism OF THE LEFT

The quiet vanguardism OF THE LEFT

WHEN WE THINK OF NORTH stars, we think of a destination we feel we are striving for. The South African Left lacks a north star today. The truth of contemporary South African politics is that the anti-apartheid struggle was the great unifier of progressive forces. It...

The Left after constitutional defeat in Chile

The Left after constitutional defeat in Chile

After a crushing defeat of its proposed constitution, Chile’s Left must regroup around universal material reforms. CHILE’S CAPTIVATING PROCESS OF systemic change has derailed. A mass rebellion forced politicians to concede a constituent process, after elections gave...

Building the working class movement through a Left Popular Front

Building the working class movement through a Left Popular Front

IN 2017, THE 14TH NATIONAL Congress of the SACP adopted a resolution “SACP and state and popular power” which resolved that: the 14th Congress mandates the Central Committee to establish a Road Map that must be adopted, with clear, indicative time-lines, by the...

The South African Left needs to go back to its roots

The South African Left needs to go back to its roots

The Working Class Summit bounces back  LAST MONTH, 600 ACTIVISTS packed into a Johannesburg hall for the first meeting in several years of the Working Class Summit. It was a welcome sight for the many sore eyes on the South African Left. The WCS’s main convener is the...

A UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: no to means testing

A UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: no to means testing

DOZENS OF SOUTH African civil society organisations, trade unions, academic and research bodies –and influential observers like the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development - have been calling on the government to phase in a universal basic income by...

Editorial | Towards the fire next time

Editorial | Towards the fire next time

A key element of the crisis of politics in South Africa lies in the great levels of disillusionment and apathy toward politics of millions of working class people. The “protagonists of the revolution” don’t believe politics is for them. Many believe today that “all...

ROE v WADE  and the Global South

ROE v WADE and the Global South

IN JUNE, THE UNITED STATES Supreme Court overturned its previous Roe v. Wade decision which declared the constitutional right to an abortion. Because of this, abortions are now regarded as illegal in certain US states, where the historic ruling was the only law that...