News and Analysis: South Africa
Over two decades since the end of apartheid, conditions for workers and residents of rural areas have barely improved, while profit-making corporations have continued to prosper. How could this happen?
Class struggle exists everywhere in Africa, but it is rarely discussed or covered in the United States. This panel features experts on the workers' struggle in Africa, discussing the conditions for working and poor people today.
The South African Labor Court in Johannesburg has granted Gold Fields a court order temporarily prohibiting a planned strike at the company's South Deep mine. The South African National Union of Mineworkers called for the mine's 6,000 workers to strike to protest racism.
In South Africa, over 1 million public sector employees are on an indefinite strike, demanding an 8.6 percent wage increase and a R1000 ($136) housing allowance. However, the South African government rejects their demands and insists that it cannot afford more than a 7 percent wage increase and R700 ($95) housing allowance.