In its New Year’s statement, the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) general secretary Irvin Jim called on those who “genuinely see themselves as communists” to swell into the ranks of the new workers party. “We …

Whether biotechnology can help end hunger has been at the centre of debate for many years. Poverty and hunger have continued to grow in many parts of the world, and the use of technology to speed up the growth of…

On 14 December 2017 the South African Federation of Trade Unions and #OutsourcingMustFall gathered at Beyers Naude Square in Johannesburg to march against the exploitation of workers through the outsourcing of work, retrenchment of employees, and the increased use of…

Parliament is considering bringing about huge changes to the Labour Relations Act (LRA), the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) and introducing the…

The 54th ANC elective conference held on 16 to 20 December 2017 at Nasrec, Johannesburg, shocked many when it resolved to amend the constitution to enable the government to expropriate land without compensation. Supporters of the newly elected ANC President…

At the beginning of the ANC’s 54th Conference in December 2017, President Zuma announced that higher education would be free from 2018 for students from working class and poor households. The announcement partly responds to the demands…

Among the many controversial resolutions of the 54th National Conference of the African National Congress (ANC) held at the end of December 2017 was the decision to nationalise the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). The Reserve Bank is responsible for…

On 12 December 2017 more than 300 people marched with African Diaspora Forum (ADF) against slave trades and human trafficking in Libya. The mood of the marchers was emotional as others roped themselves with chains to express their feelings…

In November 2017, the era of Zimbabwean long time leader, Robert Mugabe came to a dramatic end. After Emmerson Mnangagwa was purged by the then president of Zimbabwe in what was a succession struggle between the aforementiond and Grace Mugabe…

A number of social movements and trade unions met in Germiston at the Casual Workers Advice Office to discuss a campaign opposing the latest amendments to the Labour Relations Act (LRA). The proposed amendments will effectively make it difficult for…

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