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Numsa marches for jobs across South Africa

25 March 2014
The South African metal workers’ union Numsa held a day of action on Wednesday of last week against unemployment.

Miner out on bail in South Africa

18 March 2014
Striking South African platinum miner and leading AMCU union activist Makhanya Siphamandla was released on bail on Friday of last week. Makhanya and another militant are charged with attempted murder. 

Leading miner arrested in South Africa as bosses face strike wave

11 March 2014
Makhanya Siphamandla, an important leader in South Africa’s national strike of platinum miners, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

South African platinum strikers to march

04 March 2014
Thousands of striking platinum miners were set to march on South Africa’s parliament on Thursday of this week.

Strike escalates in South Africa after more workers walk out

11 February 2014
A strike across South Africa’s platinum mines escalated after metalworkers in the Numsa union at the mines came out alongside miners.

New platinum miners' strike panics government in South Africa

28 January 2014
Tens of thousands of platinum miners began an all-out strike in South Africa on Thursday of last week. 

International: In Brief

14 January 2014
 Basque Country; South Africa; Central African Republic; Syria

South Africa's largest union breaks with ANC and calls for new workers' party

07 January 2014
South Africa’s largest union withdrew electoral support for the governing African National Congress (ANC) in a historic move at a special conference last month. It went on to call for a new workers’ party to be set up.

New struggles rock South Africa today

10 December 2013
The death of Nelson Mandela has made the South African political establishment look at its own aims and record. Compared to the ideals of 1994 and the sacrifice of Mandela, their aspirations fall very short of what the mass of South Africa’s people want.

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

05 December 2013
Nelson Mandela's fight against apartheid inspired millions of people across the world. Charlie Kimber looks back on his life and the struggle he helped lead

Marikana film shows cops' attacks on miners

29 October 2013
New evidence backs miners in the fight for justice over the Marikana massacre, reports Ken Olende

New footage of Marikana massacre shows unprovoked attack

25 October 2013
Socialist film maker Rehad Desai has uncovered previously unseen news footage of the beginning of the Marikana massacre in South Africa in August 2012.

Amplats strikers win concessions in South Africa

15 October 2013
Striking platinum miners at South Africa’s Amplats company returned to work last week following concessions from bosses. A planned 3,300 redundancies have been shifted from being compulsory to voluntary by the strike.

Miners strike in South Africa

01 October 2013
South African platinum miners at Amplats mines around Rustenburg came out on strike on Friday of last week against 3,300 planned redundancies.

Cops faked Marikana inquiry evidence

24 September 2013
Newly revealed footage from after the Marikana mine massacre of 2012 shows Brigadier Adriaan Calitz, praising police for a perfectly executed plan. It was Calitz who had ordered the police to open fire on striking miners.

South African workers turn out the lights

10 September 2013
Striking power workers put the lights out in Johannesburg, South Africa, for three days last week. 

Videos from Marikana memorial rally in South Africa

23 August 2013
Speeches by lawyer Jim Nichol and Julius Malema

Thousands remember Marikana one year on

20 August 2013
More than 15,000 people gathered in Marikana, South Africa, on Friday of last week to mark the first anniversary of the massacre when police gunned down striking miners.

South Africa's new party of Economic Freedom Fighters

13 August 2013
Former ANC youth league leader Julius Malema has launched a new party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). He says we have political freedom, but it’s not enough without economic freedom too.

Workers' revolt in South Africa is a direct challenge to the ANC

13 August 2013
South Africa is going through a revolt. It started with the victorious strike at Marikana and a wave of wildcat strikes in the mines.

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