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29 July 2006
TsotsiDirected by Gavin HoodDVD out now This film traces six days in Tsotsi’s life in modern South Africa. He ends up caring for a baby he accidentally kidnaps during a carjacking.

The struggle for justice continues in South Africa

17 June 2006
In the days leading up to the 30th anniversary of the Soweto uprising, young people have been urged by the government to take part in nationwide commemorations.

When Soweto rose up

17 June 2006
On 16 June 1976 South African school students took to the streets of Soweto to protest at being forced to learn Afrikaans, which they saw as the language of their white oppressors.

South African revolt grows over jobs

23 May 2006
A general strike over the lack of jobs won wide support in South Africa on Thursday of last week. It was best supported in the mines, car plants, the metal industry and schools.

Tsotsi: life and love on the streets of Johannesburg

11 March 2006
This is a film about a young gang leader named Tsotsi who lives on the dangerous and crime-ridden streets of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Activists elected in South Africa

11 March 2006
The Operation Khanyisa (Light-Up) movement won a council seat in the Johannesburg region in the recent South African municipal elections. The related Displaced Ratepayers’ Association won three seats in Ekurhuleni – the former East Rand.

Shut out of the Thames Gateway

28 January 2006
The lesson of history is that the rich like to push the poor around. From the Highland Clearances in Scotland in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, to forced removals in apartheid South Africa and Chinese dam projects, those with power want to tell those without it where and how to live.

Poor launch land war in South Africa

03 December 2005
A wave of bitter revolts over land and housing is sweeping many parts of South Africa. Ten years after the end of apartheid, the ANC government’s commitment to neo-liberalism means millions are still waiting for proper houses, clean water and toilets.

Land still in hands of the few in South Africa

17 September 2005
The background to this whole debate is the history of colonial and apartheid era land dispossession. In 1996 white people still owned and controlled over 80 percent of farm land, despite being only 11 percent of the population.

Jacob Zuma — a very unlikely hero

03 September 2005
The deputy president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, was sacked in June after his financial adviser Schabir Shaik was found guilty of corruption. The case has become a huge issue, with many in the trade union movement demanding that the charges be dropped.

First steps towards a radical alternative in South Africa

03 September 2005
More than 70 trade union, campaigning, socialist, religious and civic groups came together recently to form a coalition to challenge the ANC government’s economic policies.

Who decides how we see Africa?

27 August 2005
In the spring of 1993 South African photojournalist Kevin Carter was covering the famine in Sudan. While visiting a feeding station, a starving child crawling through the dust caught his eye. Behind the child stalked a large vulture.

South African miners strike forces concessions

20 August 2005
South African miners strike forces concessions

Echoes of apartheid repression in South African municipal workers strike

13 August 2005
Around 180,000 municipal (council) workers are also on indefinite strike.

South African workers in key battles for justice

13 August 2005
OUR MEMBERS have come out 100 percent countrywide in support of the battle. All the main mine companies—AngloGold, Gold Fields, Harmony, South Deep—are stopped.

The South African revolt against poverty

16 July 2005
Around 200,000 South African local government workers struck for a day on Tuesday over pay.

Divisions at heart of South Africa’s rulers

25 June 2005
THABO MBEKI, the president of South Africa, fired deputy president Jacob Zuma, the country’s second most powerful politician, last week.

The poor rise up in fury to protest in Cape Town

11 June 2005
Toyi-toying youth, burning tyres, barricades, teargas, stun grenades, rubber bullets, running battles with the police — these scenes from apartheid’s battlefields were rerun in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa, over the last week.

South African activist rejects Blair’s neo-liberal agenda for Africa

30 April 2005
I hear that Trevor Manuel, South Africa’s finance minister, has appeared in the British press calling for people to vote Labour because of the party’s commitment to tackling world poverty.

South African strike wins some real harmony for workers

16 April 2005
The two-week strike by miners at the Harmony gold mines in South Africa (Socialist Worker, 9 April) has won important concessions.

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