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On the State of Democracy in South Africa

Steven Friedman 25/06/15

South African democracy spans two very different worlds. In one, people complain loudly but enjoy full democratic rights – in the other, most remain unheard and battle for the right to speak. In both, life is difficult for those who do not (...)

On Not Reducing Racism to Apartheid

Richard Pithouse 28/01/15

We would be more effective at dealing with the endemic racism in our society if we didn’t relentlessly speak in a manner that reduces racism to apartheid and ‘apartheid tendencies’. The reason for this is not because historical trauma should be (...)

Afrique du Sud : de nouvelles dynamiques dans le monde du travail

Leonard Gentle 09/12/14

Le monde du travail sud-africain est traversé de mouvements contraires, entre déclin de la grande fédération syndicale historique – le Cosatu – et renouvellement d’une capacité de lutte ouvrière déconnectée des logiques d’appareil. Ces tendances ont pour (...)

The New Denialism

Richard Pithouse 30/10/14

In 2005, early in her in her first term as Minister of Housing, Lindiwe Sisulu announced that the state had resolved to ‘eradicate slums’ by 2014. This was a time when the technocratic ideal had more credibility than it does now and officials and (...)

On Strikes and Violence in South Africa

Mohamed Motala 04/09/14

In recent years, strikes in South Africa have become turbulent. Today the Farlam Commission is hearing evidence of the 2012 strike on the platinum belt that was characterised by extreme use of violence on all sides. Mining companies, Lonmin, (...)

South Africa : Historic win for striking miners

Gillian Schutte , Sipho Singiswa 15/07/14

The stadium in Phokeng outside Rustenburg in South Africa’s North West Province exploded in jubilation when the end of the longest strike in South Africa’s history was announced on June 23. Men and women waved their arms victoriously in the air (...)

Afrique du Sud : entre héritage de l’apartheid et développement national

Hélène Passtoors 07/04/14

Vingt ans après son accession au pouvoir le bilan de l’ANC est marqué par l’ambivalence. D’un côté le maintien des objectifs historiques de liquidation de l’héritage de l’apartheid, des dépenses sociales considérables et des politiques de discrimination (...)

South Africa : The Urban Land Question

Richard Pithouse 07/04/14

Urban land is acutely contested in contemporary South Africa. There are regular land occupations, some taking the form of quiet encroachment and some taking the form of overtly political acts. At the same time most municipalities have armed (...)

Desire for change unites post-apartheid activism

Sarah Wild 24/02/14

Protests have brought activists to the centre of politics again, but these aren’t the only voices heard. We look at the state of activism in SA today. What does activism in South Africa look like ? Is it the angry face of a protester in Tembisa (...)

South Africa : Community Says Mining Company Mintail’s Suspension is a (...)

Media for justice 23/01/14

Minister of Mineral Resources, Susan Shabangu, has suspended Australian mining company Mintail’s operations in Kagiso on the West Rand after community members embarked on protests citing serious environmental, safety and health violations and (...)

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