Renewable Energy

DAILY LIFE FOR PALESTINIANS UNDER ISRAELI OCCUPATION

DAILY LIFE FOR PALESTINIANS UNDER ISRAELI OCCUPATION

I HAVE JUST RETURNED TO SOUTH AFRICA after spending months in occupied Palestine. When I was thinking about what to write about my time there, the first thing that popped into my mind was the mental violence at Israeli checkpoints. And that is still what is with me...

What do we mean by neoliberalism?

What do we mean by neoliberalism?

IT CAN NO LONGER BE DOUBTED THAT we are living in an age of unceasing crisis. And South Africa can no longer be considered as an exception in the socio-economic problems it faces. At home and abroad, we face unyielding economic instability, explosive political...

JUST PROFIT NOT JUST TRANSITION

JUST PROFIT NOT JUST TRANSITION

IN THE SPACE OF A YEAR AND A HALF, South Africa has agreed to borrow billions of rand in foreign currency. This is for a programme of economic restructuring on the basis of a Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP). Unions and civil society have been...

IKORA FIGHTS INCOMPETENT, CORRUPT ANC MUNICIPALITY

IKORA FIGHTS INCOMPETENT, CORRUPT ANC MUNICIPALITY

Amandla! interview INTERVIEW WITH THULANI BUKANI, Secretary Independent Komani Residents’ Association (Ikora) Note: sometimes Komani is referred to by its former name of Queenstown. Amandla!: What are the conditions of public services in Komani? Thulani Bukani: The...

WATER FOR PROFIT NOT USE: THE CASE OF NELSON MANDELA BAY

WATER FOR PROFIT NOT USE: THE CASE OF NELSON MANDELA BAY

WATER IN SOUTH AFRICA IS A story of failing infrastructure and dry taps. Only one-third of South Africa’s water infrastructure is operational. The government’s inability to maintain existing infrastructure, as a result of austerity policies and political malfeasance,...

1973 STRIKES – BIRTH OF NEW UNIONS

1973 STRIKES – BIRTH OF NEW UNIONS

TWO THOUSAND BLACK WORKERS at Coronation Brick and Tile in Durban went on strike in January 1973. They could not know that their action to demand a modest wage increase would ultimately transform workers’ struggle in South Africa. They launched a process of concerted...

CRISIS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT LIES IN COST RECOVERY FINANCING

CRISIS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT LIES IN COST RECOVERY FINANCING

NOT SO LONG AGO, LOCAL government was blamed for the failures of the “new” democratic order in South Africa. Once known as the hands and feet of government, it was the target of protest by working-class communities frustrated by poor service delivery and the...

CAMDEN POWER STATION: THE WORKERS’ STORY

CAMDEN POWER STATION: THE WORKERS’ STORY

Interview with Camden NUM leadership Amandla!: So we're sitting here with load-shedding. It persists. In general, it gets worse. Why in your view is this the case? What is happening that is causing us to have this level of load-shedding or even load-shedding at all?...

Amandla 87: State of dysfunction

Amandla 87: State of dysfunction

Issue 87 of Amandla! focuses on the collapse of the state. We look both at municipalities and state-owned entities. Trevor Ngwane writes on local government finance and we have an interview with Ikora, a civic from Komani in E.Cape, as well as an article from Tony...

Solar panels consume world’s silver

Solar panels consume world’s silver

Green energy requires the use of scarce resources, just as fossil fuel energy does. We must rapidly come to terms with this. This article gives us an example. By 2050 we may not only have reached peak silver; we may have consumed most of the world’s reserves. Silver...

CLIMATE CHANGE AS CLASS WAR

CLIMATE CHANGE AS CLASS WAR

Bruce Baigrie interviewed the author, Matt Huber Amandla!: Your recent book is titled Climate Change as Class War: Building Socialism on a Warming Planet. Can you explain what you mean by that? Why is class so important here? MATT HUBER: The title is very explicitly...

Soundz of the South

Soundz of the South

Amandla! spoke with Anele Selekwa Amandla!: Could you give us a little bit of the history of Soundz of the South (SOS), like when you started, why you started, where you are from as a collective?  Anele Selekwa: We started in 2008 as a loose collective of activists,...