Amandla Issue 32

Domestic violence and the care economy after the pandemic

Domestic violence and the care economy after the pandemic

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, AND the lockdown it gave rise to, were unprecedented in South Africa’s recent history. So too was the devastation wrought on people’s lives and worlds. “Building back better” is a phrase that runs like a hopeful thread through South Africa’s...

STRANDED WORKERS ACTION NETWORK

STRANDED WORKERS ACTION NETWORK

Amandla’s Carilee Osborne interviewed Anindhita Adhikari Amandla!: You’re a founding member of the Stranded Workers Action Network. Could you tell us about the events that led to the emergence of SWAN? Anindhita Adhikari: When the pandemic hit the world and became...

XENOPHOBIA ON THE FARMS: INTERVIEW

XENOPHOBIA ON THE FARMS: INTERVIEW

My name is Denia Jansen and I’m part of Mawubuye Land Rights Movement. We are in alliance with CSAAWU, the farm workers’ union. My daily work is working with workers, especially seasonal workers and community members, struggling for land. Much of the work I do is out...

Musk’s Twitter move: VANITY OR GAME-CHANGER?

Musk’s Twitter move: VANITY OR GAME-CHANGER?

MANY SUPER-RICH PEOPLE, including the richest, Elon Musk, became even richer during the pandemic, as governments printed even more money than usual. In between overseeing his various companies, Musk is fond of playing the stock and cryptocurrency markets. His critics...

Privatisation of distribution

Privatisation of distribution

AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THE privatisation of electricity sales in South Africa is about to be taken. The process the government has embarked on is in effect a privatisation of sales, as in any privatisation of public property. Private investments have to produce a steady...

ANTIDOTE TO XENOPHOBIA IS ORGANISATION

ANTIDOTE TO XENOPHOBIA IS ORGANISATION

THE PERSISTENT PREVALENCE OF xenophobic attitudes within the working class is no surprise. Nor is the emergence in many townships of Operation Dudula, an openly reactionary and right-wing organisation. Equally unsurprising is the resonance of Operation Dudula in...

SRI LANKA: ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CATASTROPHE

SRI LANKA: ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CATASTROPHE

THE SRI LANKAN catastrophe persists with no signs of respite. The terrible economic crisis has sparked an unprecedented mass protest that started after the Sri Lankan government defaulted on its external debt obligations in April 2022. The previous Prime Minister,...

The Sibanye-Stillwater strike

The Sibanye-Stillwater strike

Interview with Amcu President, Joseph Mathunjwa Amandla!: Amcu has conclude a three-year agreement with Sibanye-Stillwater Gold after a gruelling strike. What were the gains for gold workers and what were the main lessons you take from the strike? Joseph Mathunjwa:...

The Soweto Uprising: forging student-worker unity

The Soweto Uprising: forging student-worker unity

THE STUDENT UPRISING OF 1976 was a pivotal moment in the liberation movement against apartheid. For the first time high school students en masse across the country mobilised against Bantu Education and apartheid. The march by thousands of students and subsequent...

Ukraine-Russia: LIKE AN EARTHQUAKE

Ukraine-Russia: LIKE AN EARTHQUAKE

This article was first published on Michael Roberts’ blog. “The war in Ukraine is like a powerful earthquake that will have ripple effects throughout the global economy, especially in poor countries”. That’s how IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva described the impact of...

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NEUTRALITY AND NON-ALIGNMENT

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NEUTRALITY AND NON-ALIGNMENT

RUSSIA’S WAR WITH UKRAINE HAS invited widespread calls for de-escalation and diplomatic resolution. Still, countries worldwide are more reluctant to express outright condemnation for Putin’s aggression, or to join the West’s efforts in actively deterring Moscow...

OBITUARY: PIERRE BEAUDET reason to revolt

OBITUARY: PIERRE BEAUDET reason to revolt

PIERRE BEAUDET, ACTIVIST, strategist, intellectual, friend and comrade died earlier last month. As well as the loss to me of a friend and comrade of 35 years, he is a loss to many in the progressive and revolutionary movements across the world.  Pierre was a friend of...

Makana Municipality put on probation

Makana Municipality put on probation

ON 14TH MARCH 2022, THE Appeal Court ordered the Makana Municipality and the Eastern Cape Government to come up with a financial recovery plan (FRP) to improve the financial and management position of the failing municipality.   In 2020 the Makhanda High Court had...