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The Sundays River Valley branch of Phakamani Siyephambili – a social movement of farm workers, farm dwellers and small-scale farmers based in the Eastern Cape – calls on the government to extend…

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Load-shedding has ‘returned’ after at almost 3 years. This is barely a month since the Chief Executive Office of Eskom, Phakamani Radebe has assured the public that “there will be not be loadshedding this year”. The issue of loadshedding by…

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On June 16 South Africa commemorated the student uprisings of 1976. 2018 marked 42 years since students in Soweto rose up against apartheid and thus set in motion the resurgence of the struggles of the oppressed that led to the…

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The ANC-led government was elected into political office in 1994. Enshrined in the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP), one of the mandates of the ANC government was to deliver quality…

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The banning of student organisations – SASO and SASM – in 1977 did not succeed in destroying the spirit of resistance among students for long. Already in 1979 a new student organisation, the Congress of South African Students (COSAS), was formed. Unlike its predecessor SASM, the COSAS supported the…

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In 1975 the Minister of Bantu Education decided that half of the subjects in standard five and form one must be taught in Afrikaans. There was widespread opposition to the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction. The argument was that students were not familiar with Afrikaans and this was…

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The crushing of mass resistance in the early 1960s –signaled by the Sharpeville massacre and the banning of the liberation movements was followed by the growth and expansion of the manufacturing…

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The #ScrapTheLabourBillsCampaign spent Youth Day (16 June 2018) accessing the progress of the campaign and putting together a way forward. The campaign held a meeting at the Casual Workers Advice Office (CWAO) in Germiston, and industrial area east of…

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South Africa

“The most historic and progressive changes to South Africa’s labour legislation were adopted overwhelmingly by the National Assembly on Tuesday [29 May 2018]. They were the most significant and progressive amendments to our labour laws…

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In November 2017 the Department of Labour published the National Minimum Wage Bill (NMW) which proposes that the lowest wage should be R20 each hour for general labourers; R18 for farmworkers and all working in the Forestry sector; R15…

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