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NUMSA, other organizations seek court action to end South Africa’s debilitating power outages

An application filed by NUMSA along with other trade unions, political parties, and civil society groups seeks urgent action to end load-shedding and a recent hike in electricity tariffs by Eskom as power outages endanger South Africa’s infrastructure and economy 

The devastating impact of South Africa’s electricity crisis

Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, Spokesperson of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, explains the devastating energy crisis in South Africa and how it might pave the way for greater privatization of the sector

Amid record power outages, South Africans now brace for hike in electricity prices

South Africa’s national energy regulator has approved an 18.65% hike in electricity tariffs by state-owned electricity utility company Eskom. The decision comes amid record power outages and a years-long energy crisis

South Africans are fighting for crumbs: A conversation with trade union Leader Irvin Jim

South Africa is sitting on a tinderbox, says Irvin Jim, General Secretary of the country’s largest trade union NUMSA. The solution is to foster a spirit of solidarity which will have to come from people’s struggles and movements

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An image of hope: Abahlali baseMjondolo’s fight for dignity and land, 17 years on

On November 17, a photo exhibition titled ‘Socialism or Death: Abahlali baseMjondolo on the Frontlines of Struggle’ opened at The Forge in Johannesburg. The work displayed chronicles the years-long struggle of South Africa’s shack dwellers movement to secure land and housing for the urban poor

“South Africa’s ‘Just’ Transition climate deal with the west is a betrayal of the working class”

South Africa is set to implement an $8.5bn plan funded by western countries to transition from coal-based energy to renewables. The country’s biggest union NUMSA has warned this plan will only intensify privatization while burdening South Africans with debt and poverty.

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South Africa Labor Court interdicts NUMSA strike at Macsteel 

The union had announced a strike at the steel company on October 11, citing a unilateral withdrawal of employment benefits including medical aid

South Africa’s escalating power crisis explained

Vashna Jagarnath of the Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party talks about the escalating power crisis in South Africa and the impact it is having on the poor. She also analyzes the failure of the government to come up with solutions to the problem

Abahlali baseMjondolo demands justice for its members lost to “the politics of blood”

AbM leader George Mqapheli Bonono called on the UN to take a stand against the murders of the movement’s leaders, and for the South African government to set up a commission of inquiry to ensure justice for all victims of political killings

The electricity crisis in South Africa continues to brew

South Africa will not move into the light until the social value of access to electricity is affirmed.

A victory for the planet: Wild Coast communities prevail over Shell in oil and gas exploration case

A South African court has revoked an exploration right granted to Shell to conduct seismic surveys off the Wild Coast. The court sided with the affected communities who were not consulted prior to the project

Lindokuhle Mnguni is third Abahlali baseMjondolo leader to be killed this year

28-year-old Lindokuhle Mnguni, the chairperson of the eKhenana commune of South African shack dwellers’ movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM), was gunned down at his home in Durban on August 20.