Category Archives: South Africa

South Africa | South Africa: Thousands of workers support national strike

Thousands of workers took to the streets and marched in 13 towns across South Africa in support of a national strike against state capture and corruption on 27 September. The strike, which was a protected strike in terms of the law, was called by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). IndustriALL affiliates the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union, National Union of Mineworkers, and the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union took part in the strike.

BRICS Xiamen summit doomed by centrifugal economics

by Patrick Bond

The Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa summit in Xiamen from September 3-5 is already inscribed with high tension thanks to Sino-Indian border conflicts. But regardless of a welcome new peace deal, centrifugal forces within the fast-whirling world economy threaten to divide the BRICS. South Africa, which plays host to the BRICS in 2018, is already a victim of these trends – even as President Jacob Zuma continues to use the bloc as a primary crutch in his so-called “anti-imperialist” (talk-left walk-right) political survival kit.

India | Workers of the world, united

The Mumbai Conference on War, Exploitation and Precarious Labour brought together unionists from across the globe

Mumbai: Two hundred trade unionists from 22 countries, with another 200 from India, gathered over the weekend to attend the Mumbai Conference on War, Exploitation and Precarious Labour.

South Africa | Wits injury toll mounts‚ includes students‚ police‚ journalists and a lecturer

Students‚ police‚ journalists and at least one lecturer were injured during running battles at Wits University (South Africa) on Tuesday.

They were hit by rubber bullets‚ trampled in the chaos‚ attacked with stones‚ inhaled teargas and suffered abrasions.

South Africa | South Africa: Four years after Marikana killings, Lonmin fails to improve ‘appalling’ housing for thousands of workers

British platinum mining giant Lonmin Plc is still failing to deliver adequate housing for its workforce in Marikana, in spite of the resounding wake-up call it received in the wake of the killing of 34 striking mine workers in 2012, Amnesty International revealed today in a new report.