Category: South Africa

Jon Queally: AstraZeneca Charging South Africa More Than Double What Europeans Pay for Covid-19 Vaccine

“This is the problem when you have essential medicines in the hands of big business, with almost no transparency as to pricing.”

Steven Robins: Reclaiming the city and building an urban common in Woodstock

The repurposing of the vacant Woodstock Hospital into Cissie Gool House has been an experiment in creating new relations of social proximity and cooperative interaction

Patrick Bond: As South African climate justice veterans fall, consciousness begins reviving, from below and across

Deaths of four frontline KwaZulu-Natal activists – and latest Durban oil refinery explosion – define 2021 battlegrounds

Ronnie Kasrils: We Fought Against South African Apartheid, and We’re Appalled by Jeremy Corbyn’s Suspension

Solidarity in support of a just cause is a powerful weapon

Patrick Bond: Wallerstein expanded the South African independent left’s horizons

In establishing a strategic approach to these big-picture problems, which we continue to face in South Africa, no one I know embraced scale-politics better, with more seriousness and historical reach, and with such a long-range, compassionate future viewpoint, than Immanuel Wallerstein

Pavan Kulkarni: Teachers mount campaign to roll back school opening in South Africa

The Educators Union of South Africa (EUSA) alleges that money meant for PPEs for students and teachers is being looted through corrupt tenders given at exaggerated prices by the department of basic education and that they are being sent back to schools in an unsafe manner

Writers' Community Action Network: Cape Town Together: organizing in a city of islands

An emerging movement of self-organized, decentralized community action networks responds to the local realities of COVID-19 in Cape Town, South Africa

Patrick Bond: Should South Africa Follow the Law of the Jungle – or the Doctrine of Odious Debt?

How would a foreign loan help, given that the Reserve Bank could easily boost state finances by direct bond purchases – as indeed already occurred on a small scale in late March when the private sector failed to buy Treasury bills at auction?

C-19 People’s Coalition: A Program of Action in the time of Covid-19

A call for social solidarity

Patrick Bond: Covid-19’s attacks on the down-and-out in ultra-unequal South Africa

Lacking linkages to the necessary street-heat that should accompany all the new policy demands, most pro-poor advocacy has been directed at meekly persuading a Presidency, Treasury and Reserve Bank to reverse course

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