April 28, 2015
Faced with what appeared to be a veritable swamp of ideology at a “socialist movement” conference in Boksburg this month, the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) has embarked on the process of creating a “Marxist, Leninist, revolutionary working class” political party. However, Numsa also facilitated the Boksburg conference, where representatives from 11 political groups or […]
April 6, 2015
So the slow-motion disintegration of Cosatu seems likely to continue, whatever the efforts of the ANC, the decisions of the courts or the votes at whatever national congress is finally staged. After 30 years of sporadic squabbling about party politics, bureaucracy and worker independence, it now appears that an end of some kind is nigh.
March 14, 2015
Book Review: Askari — an exceptional book that, to quote author Jacob Dlamini, "complicates how we think about apartheid and its legacies, and reminds us of the stories that still refuse to be told.....we would do well to examine the taboos, the secrets and the disavowals at the core of our collective memories".
February 15, 2015
Many postal workers and their trade unions seems to have learned a valuable lesson: nationalisation — state control — does not necessarily mean any improvement. But worker control, they feel could be the way frward.
November 30, 2014
The smallest member of the ANC-led tripartite alliance, the SA Communist Party, looks likely to be the biggest loser in the ongoing and bitter fracas in South Africa's major union federation, Cosatu. That party’s “ten-year plan” looks close to being in tatters.
November 24, 2014
Where in the world has a ventriloquist’s dummy been sued for defamation and won a gagging order in court? Why, in South Africa, of course. This is among the increasingly bizarre contradictions emerging in this once widely hailed “rainbow nation”.
November 17, 2014
It is no exaggeration to say that South Africa is in the midst of the most important political development since 1994, triggered by the decision of the Cosatu union federationto expel its largest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa).