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The Root of the Crisis in State Owned Enterprises

by Newton Masuku & Tinovimbanashe Gwenyaya Featured in our latest uManyano lwaBasebenzi publication #2 The economy continues to plunge deeper into crisis as it enters yet another recession. For the second time since Ramaphosa’s ascendancy, the economy contracted for two consecutive quarters in the last half of 2019. Major companies like Glencore, Samancor and Telkom have announced that thousands of workers willRead the rest of this page »


8 March: International Working Women’s Day

By Carmia Schoeman Featured in our latest uManyano lwaBasebenzi publication Initially a commemoration of the decisive strike action taken by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, one of the largest unions in USA history, the formal institution of International Working Women’s Day (IWWD) was championed at the 1910 Second International Congress by German socialist, Clara Zetkin. The initial intent of the dayRead the rest of this page »


Coronavirus: Quarantine Capitalism Now!

Our publication will feature the following statement on the coronavirus. See the bottom of the page for details.

WASP EC Statement At the time of writing, the recorded spread of the Coronavirus spans 157 countries, with 62 known cases in South Africa, figures sure to be outdated by the time this is read. Within its few months of existence, this virus has begun to lay bare every fundamental failure of capitalism. The spread of the novel Coronavirus (orRead the rest of this page »


Women rise up!

The fight against gender-based violence Written by Ferron Pedro Featured in our uManyano lwaBasebenzi publication In September 2019, public outrage at the brutal murder of student Uyinene Mrwetyana triggered nationwide protests against the rising tide of gender-based violence in South Africa. Phemelo Motseokae, WASP Tshwane Branch Secretary, reported from the march to the Union Buildings: “Women are now more willing to takeRead the rest of this page »


Marxism and the Changing Climate

SYSTEM change, not CLIMATE change!

Written by Ndumiso Ncube Featured in our uManyano lwaBasebenzi publication Worldwide, science shows that climate change is speeding towards a point of no return; tipping points from which damage will be irreversible. Despite the wealth of scientific evidence, world leaders are doing nothing of value to act against this disaster, with COP25 in Madrid the latest example. To address climate change effectively,Read the rest of this page »


Capitalism is the Real Villain: A Review of Joker

Written by Phemelo Motseokae Featured in our uManyano lwaBasebenzi publication Joker was first portrayed as a criminal mastermind: a psychopath with a warped, sadistic humour and audiences grew to know him as the archenemy of Batman. In the 2019 adaption of Joker, he is the alias of a character named Arthur played by Joaquin Phoenix. A child abused by his father andRead the rest of this page »


Service delivery struggles unite and coordinate

Written by Trevor Shaku and featured in our uManyano lwaBasebenzi publication On 14 January 2020, nine members of Ikgomotseng community appeared before Brandfort magistrate court on charges of public violence related to  a September 2019 service delivery protest. Due to the backlog in social services, unemployment and grinding poverty, the community of Ikgomotseng, just outside of Bloemfontein, embarked on aRead the rest of this page »


Can Eskom leaving SA in the dark be the spark for rebellion?

Written by Mametlwe Sebei and Newton Masukuu Featured in our uManyano lwaBasebenzi publication Eskom’s load-shedding has once again plunged us into darkness, marking the beginning of a ‘black Christmas’ season for South Africa. This time the ‘black Christmas’ nightmare will not be limited to the most ‘unfortunate’ – the entire working class and many middle-class people are affected. Implementing StageRead the rest of this page »


SAFTU: Confront GBV in the federation and workplaces! Fight for working class unity!

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On 23 January, General Secretary of SAFTU, Zwelinzima Vavi, released a statement outlining that the National Spokesperson for the federation, Ntozakhe Douglas Mthukwane, had had his employment withdrawn after a series of background checks revealed that Mthukwane is currently on trial for three rape charges and was convicted in 1995 of attempted rape.  We applaud SAFTU for acting swiftly inRead the rest of this page »


Build for a general strike against the bosses’ resistance

By Mametlwe Sebei The outcomes of the strikes and collective bargaining of 2019 signify a shift in the capitalists´ industrial policy, from political pacification to hardened resistance and the outlines of an impending generalised offensive. This is underlined by stalemates such as the recent SAA and Spar strikes, following the Transpharm strike and defeats such as at Sibanye Gold andRead the rest of this page »


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