Browsing All posts tagged under »Marikana«

Marikana and the 2014 elections

March 5, 2014

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Most of the public, along with the media, appear stunned that miners on the platinum belt have maintained their strike for nearly two months. They need only to consider the depth of bitterness caused by the bloodbath at Marikana,

SA workers resist the lure of spin

February 18, 2014

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This is the first in the new series of Inside Labour.  It appears initially on the Fin24 digital platform and in the Sunday City Press newspaper in South Africa. The curse of spin and speculation is well and truly upon us in South Africa. It could hardly be otherwise, with a major strike on the […]

What SA shop stewards really think

August 30, 2013

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Critical elements of a long-awaited survey of the attitudes of Cosatu shop stewards are finally available — and they provide much food for analysis and thought.

Democracy needs labour unity

August 23, 2013

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Unless trade unions go back to basics, back to democratic control, to accountable and recallable union leaders the immediate future for South Africa's labour movement and for the country’s fledgling democracy could be bleak.

Sectarian shame of the SACP

August 16, 2013

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Shortly after the column below was written and blogged, the SA Communist Party issued its statement on Marikana that reveals the deep and dangerous sectarianism of this organisation. Here, I feel, is exposed one of the roots of the problem. I include here the final paragraph of that statement as an introduction to a repeat […]

Marikana: a wake-up call still ignored

August 15, 2013

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The Marikana massacre was a wake-up call to every concerned citizen to consider the causes of the tragedy in order to be able to say, with hope: Never again.

The Marikana watershed

August 4, 2013

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The massacre at Marikana was a watershed, a turning point that is likely to have a profound and long-term impact on South Africa's social and political environment.

A Marikana miner speaks

March 13, 2013

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A brief report by lawyer Jim Nichol that sums up the experience and feelings of many ordinary miners who survived the horrific tragedy at Marikana.