Student Movement

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...

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...