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General strike sweeps South Africa

12 August 2008
South Africa was brought to a standstill on Thursday of last week by a one-day general strike demanding government action over rising living costs.

South Africa: revolution delayed

24 June 2008
Nelson Mandela, jailed for 27 years for fighting the apartheid regime in South Africa, is an inspiration to millions fighting for freedom and justice around the world.

South Africans march against xenophobia

27 May 2008
Thousands of immigrants, township activists, trade unionists and others took over the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa, last Saturday, carrying placards such as "Xenophobia hurts like apartheid" and "Zimbabwe is my neighbour".

South African activists call for solidarity against attacks on migrants

20 May 2008
A series of brutal attacks on migrant workers in South Africa in the last two weeks has left dozens dead and forced thousands to flee.

Hope and despair in South Africa

20 May 2008
Alexandra township was at the forefront of South Africa’s fight against apartheid. So it is shocking that it is now at the centre of attacks on migrants. But the experience in the townships of 14 years of African National Congress (ANC) government has been the slow removal of hope.

South African activists condemn attacks on migrant workers

15 May 2008
‘It is a tragedy that such attacks are happening in poor working class communities, where the poor are fighting the poor. But there is a clear reason for this. Many in our communities are made to believe that unemployment is caused by foreigners who take jobs in the country – this is simply untrue.

Anger at betrayals fuels ANC rivalry

11 December 2007
This weekend will see the most important conference of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), since the end of the apartheid state.


17 July 2007
Strike shows the way The recent public sector workers’ strike in South Africa was very successful, although strikes are never 100 percent perfect.

South African general strike shows victory is possible

03 July 2007
The South African mass public sector workers’ strike ended last week with much improved pay rises for over a million workers.

South Africa: continuing strike action drives the political debate

26 June 2007
A public sector mass strike in South Africa continued at the start of this week despite a "final" and marginally improved offer from the government.

Political crisis in ANC and SACP flows from South African general strike

20 June 2007
The strike by nearly one million South African public sector workers is having massive political implications. Cosatu union federation members have struck for three weeks demanding a 12 percent pay rise.

South Africa's strike movement provokes political crisis

12 June 2007
The strikes which have swept South Africa for two weeks are causing a deep political crisis – and there may be much more to come.

Biggest strikes in South Africa since the end of apartheid

05 June 2007
The biggest strike wave since the end of apartheid is causing a crisis in South African politics – and shaking a government that refuses to increase pay for millions of public sector workers.

Biggest South African strike since apartheid

01 June 2007
What an example for British workers to follow! On Friday South African public sector workers launched the biggest strike since the end of apartheid in 1994.

Fianna Fail wins Irish election | General strike rocks Nigeria | Anger in South Africa over pay

29 May 2007
Fianna Fail wins Irish election A general election in Southern Ireland last week saw the ruling Fianna Fail party hold onto power – just.

Eighteen arrested in South African platinum mine struggle

28 May 2007
The brutal nature of the struggle over land and platinum mining rights was underlined in South Africa this week.

Mining giant Anglo American faces the wrath of the poor in South Africa

17 April 2007
Phillipos Dolo travelled from South Africa to London this week to confront the giant Anglo American mining corporation at its annual general meeting.


10 April 2007
Our struggle continues Forty seven years ago, on 21 March 1960, South Africa’s police force killed 69 people and injured many peaceful protesters who were struggling against apartheid.

Catch A Fire

31 March 2007
It’s been 13 years since the fall of apartheid in South Africa, when millions were allowed to vote in a democratic election for the first time.

Nothing But The Truth

03 March 2007
The legendary South African actor and playwright John Kani is touring Britain with a new "post-apartheid" play Nothing But The Truth.

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