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CLIMATE CHANGE AS CLASS WAR by Matthew Huber

CLIMATE CHANGE AS CLASS WAR by Matthew Huber

IN 2022, THERE ARE A LOT OF BOOKS about climate change and a lot of books that purport to tell us how to address it. Matt Huber’s book is not like most of these. It unambiguously centres class struggle, reconstituting materialist analysis as ecological politics. By...

Why Numsa has degenerated

Why Numsa has degenerated

This article has been jointly published with Daily Maverick. Comrades who have been unlawfully suspended by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have been repeatedly asked one question over the past couple of weeks: “Why is this happening?” Why...

PRIVATISED ENERGY: a warning from Mexico

PRIVATISED ENERGY: a warning from Mexico

This article was first published by Africa is a Country. In the 2018 Mexican general election, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known as “AMLO”) swept to victory. His presidential victory coincided with the historic collapse of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional...

EXPERIENCES OF THE UNEMPLOYED!

EXPERIENCES OF THE UNEMPLOYED!

AMANDLA! INTERVIEWED MEMBERS OF THE BOTSHABELO UNEMPLOYED MOVEMENT (BUM) ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES AS UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE. THESE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THEY HAD TO SAY. Unemployment and jobs Amandla asked them about their experience of unemployment and looking for jobs....

The struggles of working-class women

The struggles of working-class women

ALL WORKING-CLASS communities suffer from the capitalist crises of climate change, unemployment, poverty, and inequality. But women suffer the most. As capitalism advances, it also benefits patriarchy and helps it to flourish. As such, patriarchal capitalism imposes...

SOUTH AFRICA’S FOOD CRISIS

SOUTH AFRICA’S FOOD CRISIS

SOUTH AFRICANS ARE CONTENDING with a rapidly unfolding food crisis, marked by rising transport and food prices. As they do so, high levels of unemployment, unchecked inequality and deepening poverty continue under the watch of the South African State, threatening the...

ORGANISE TO AVOID COLLAPSE!

ORGANISE TO AVOID COLLAPSE!

THE GANG RAPE OF EIGHT WOMEN in Kagiso is an outrage. It is even more of an outrage when you consider this is not an isolated incident. So many women are raped, and gang raped in South Africa. It is estimated that a woman is raped every 26 seconds. Adding insult to...

Migration is a class issue

Migration is a class issue

POLITICIANS ACROSS THE WORLD make efforts to mobilise support from low-waged, precarious and otherwise marginalised workers. They do this by claiming that they will protect them from the depredations of “migrants”, foreigners who take resources from citizens. This...

Xenophobia in Thembalethu township: INTERVIEW

Xenophobia in Thembalethu township: INTERVIEW

My name is Siphiwo Mathys. I am a community activist in Thembalethu township in George and I am a member of the Active United Front.  Siphiwo Mathys: In my community, we have been residing with people from other tribes, other nations for years. They have been working...

BUILDING SOLIDARITY AGAINST XENOPHOBIA

BUILDING SOLIDARITY AGAINST XENOPHOBIA

THE 13TH OF JUNE 2022 marked 42 years since the brutal assassination of Walter Rodney, the Guyanese activist and historian. His most influential book, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, has been described as “a priceless weapon of theory and history that restores the...

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...