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SA’S UNHOLY ALLIANCE WITH THE WORLD BANK!

SA’S UNHOLY ALLIANCE WITH THE WORLD BANK!

ON 23RD FEBRUARY, FINANCE Minister Enoch Godongwana delivered the third extremely harsh austerity budget in three years. In this budget, the Treasury and the whole government follow through on the budget cuts announced in the Mid Term Budget in November. And they are...

WE ARE THE UNION

WE ARE THE UNION

  A successful 10-week strike by Student Workers of Columbia displayed the power of an insurgent rank-and-file.  SINCE THE 1970s, WORKER participation in labour unions in the United States has been in serious decline. In 1954, a high of over 28% of all US workers...

THE CLOVER STRIKE

THE CLOVER STRIKE

In late February, Amandla interviewed Comrade Montwane Ngoato, a Giwusa shop steward who works at the Clayville Plant as a Load Controller, checking stock into the trucks.  He stays in Tembisa with his family.  Amandla!: The strike that’s been going on, since the end...

WHAT IS THE WAY FORWARD FOR PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS?

WHAT IS THE WAY FORWARD FOR PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS?

Amandla! interviewed Nehawu’s Sidney Kgara  Amandla!: The Constitutional Court recently ruled that government does not have to honour collective bargaining agreements if they “can’t afford” to do so. From Nehawu’s point of view, what are the key elements of this...

RUSSIA’S WAR ON UKRAINE has already changed the world!

RUSSIA’S WAR ON UKRAINE has already changed the world!

This is part of an interview with Ukrainian sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko, conducted by Jerko Bakotin and first published in Jacobin. The article was translated into English by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.  Jerko Bakotin: The West reacted decisively with a strategy...

Why blaming Nato is not Westsplaining

Why blaming Nato is not Westsplaining

This is an edited version of an article first published in Counterfire. RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE IS a war of imperial subjugation. Its brutality is only too familiar from the terrible wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We must condemn it, demanding a ceasefire and...

THE WAR IN UKRAINE: AS SEEN FROM THE GROUND

THE WAR IN UKRAINE: AS SEEN FROM THE GROUND

Interview with Oksana Dutchak, researcher based in Ukraine and activist of Essential Autonomous Struggles Transnational (E.A.S.T). She tells about the current ever-changing situation in Ukraine and local attempts at self-organisation to cope with the war. This is an...

Take back the unions for their members

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 this federation to strengthen and grow....

What do we mean by ECO-FEMINIST-SOCIALISM?

What do we mean by ECO-FEMINIST-SOCIALISM?

THE CLIMATE CRISIS, DRIVEN BY the expansionist logic of capitalism, is intensifying the work involved in social reproduction. This is work done mainly by women to maintain life on both a daily and a generational basis. It involves daily tasks such as cooking and...

TOWARD A PUBLIC GOOD APPROACH

TOWARD A PUBLIC GOOD APPROACH

Brian Ashley interviewed Sean Sweeney from Trade Unions for Energy Democracy Amandla!: Globally, and particularly after COP 26, there is a great urgency for addressing climate change and moving away from fossil fuels, particularly for countries with a high carbon...

CLIMATE CHANGE, health & health systems

CLIMATE CHANGE, health & health systems

IN A 2011 EDITORIAL IN THE BRITISH Medical Journal (BMJ), Fiona Godlee, editor-in-chief, wrote that “the greatest risk to human health is neither communicable nor noncommunicable disease — it is climate change”. Writing this took courage: at that time, only 10 years...

Mining & climate change in SOUTHERN AFRICA

Mining & climate change in SOUTHERN AFRICA

This is an edited version of an input made at a conference in November on climate, extractivism, Covid-recovery and the Just Transition. VERY CLEARLY raw materials and cheap labour were at the heart of colonisation. And it’s so amazing how things have remained the...

UPROOTING the Minerals-Energy Complex

UPROOTING the Minerals-Energy Complex

DURING THE WEEK of September 20th 2021, thousands of people in every province of South Africa mobilised under the banner of #UprootTheDMRE. They were protesting against the polluting, unjust and harmful energy and mining agenda of Minister Gwede Mantashe’s Department...

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS 2021

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS 2021

The majority of South Africans, especially black working class and poor communities, issued a resounding vote of no confidence in the ANC on November 1st: in 1994 the party won 12.2 million votes; in 2021 only 5.2 million votes. Fewer than 12 million out of an...

Public sector jobs under attack

Public sector jobs under attack

Public sector jobs under attack Dick Forslund | Amandla 77 | August/September 2021 A day or two before the Budget Speech in February 2020, the state employer met with the unions and announced that the third year of the 2018 public sector wage agreement wouldn’t be...

A nation divided: 1948 to 2021

A nation divided: 1948 to 2021

A nation divided: 1948 to 2021 Sam Moodley | Amandla 77 | August 2021      Pine Street in Durban, at the height of the conflict between Africans and Indians in 1949. When the riots were finally subdued there were 142 people killed and 1,087 injured. Note: while I...

The Paris Commune: an ode to emancipation [Book Review]

The Paris Commune: an ode to emancipation [Book Review]

  We do not pay homage to a man, a hero or a great thinker, but to a crowd of anonymous people whom we refuse to forget. In this time of despair in South Africa and the world, where we are seeing xenophobia as a dominating factor in our society. In this time...

A terrifying vision of South Africa’s future

A terrifying vision of South Africa’s future

A terrifying vision of South Africa’s future Niall Reddy | Amandla 77 | August/September 2021 This is an edited version of an article which first appeared on the Africa is a Country (AIAC) website. Amandla! has an arrangement with AIAC to publish some of each other’s...