S’bu Zikode: Food Sovereignty from the Perspective of the Urban Poor

Peoples Dispatch Abahlali baseMjondolo president S’bu Zikode speaking to members of the movement. Photo: Abahlali baseMjondolo Presentation by S’bu Zikode to the United Nations Food Systems Summit: A Critical dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food on 16 September 2021 On the occasion of World Food Day and the 25-year anniversary…

Food Sovereignty from the Perspective of the Urban Poor

Abahlali baseMjondolo The food solidarity programme at kwaMzize, Eastern Cape. Presentation by S’bu Zikode to the United Nations Food Systems Summit: A Critical dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food on 16 September 2021 May I express my appreciation to the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and all organisers of this important discussion….

South Africa: Not Even the Dead

New Frame Our history of violence accumulates into the present as time slips by, and taints the future too. There must be decisive action against all political murders, old and new alike. South Africa is one of the most violent countries on the planet. We have the highest rate of rape recorded anywhere in the…

Fighting Hunger in Joburg, One Meal at a Time

Magnificent Mndebele 24 August 2021: Children from Organic Market shack settlement, near Bramley View in Johannesburg, stand in line waiting at the food kitchen, which serves breakfast and lunch five days a week. Sanny Mashigo, 48, cooks and sells food to industrial workers around Strydom Park in Randburg, in the northwest of Johannesburg. But when…

Marikana: The Struggle for Breath and Dignity

Bonile Bam 31 July 2021: Former mine employee Bongani Mpofu says life in Marikana is hard for its impoverished residents. (Photographs by Bonile Bam) The Marikana area in North West province may be rich in platinum group metals, but the profits from mining them do not benefit residents, who have little hope of improving their…

A Scheme of Legitimation: South Africa’s Revisionism

 Thand’Olwethu Dlanga South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) government is exhibiting the past in the present by forging narratives, images, metaphors and symbols to create a specific perspective. The purpose of that perspective is to make sense of the past in ways that render their actions in the present more plausible. They sanction struggle…

South Africa: NUMSA Leader Assassinated

Pavan Kulkarni Photo : NUMSA via Twitter Malibongwe Mdazo, an organizer of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, who had led a 7,000-worker strike last month, was publicly gunned down at the doorstep of Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, amidst a labor dispute on August 19 Four days after the public assassination of…

South Africa: Community at the Heart of Hunger Struggle

Anna Majavu 9 June 2020: Sbongile Tabhethe works in the food garden in eKhenana shack settlement in Cato Manor, Durban. (Photograph by Mlungisi Mbele) Communal gardens and farming enterprises are the beginning of sustainable food sovereignty in South Africa, but a basic income grant is essential to address hunger in the shorter term. In a…

Crackdown on Pro-Democracy Forces in Swaziland (eSwatini) Continues

Pavan Kulkarni Swazis marching in Pretoria, South Africa, calling for the expulsion of the Swazi Embassy. Photo: CPS Pro-democracy parties in Swaziland have criticized the delegation of Southern Africa Development Community for understating the atrocities committed by the army of King Mswati Pro-democracy forces in Swaziland, which are enduring a crackdown by the army of…

The Soweto Uprising and the Long Road to Justice

Steve Lalla On June 16, 1976, the Soweto Uprising began in Soweto Township, Johannesburg, South Africa. Three days of students strikes and widespread demonstrations brought international attention to the injustices of white supremacist rule. The 1976 Uprising was partly a visceral popular reaction to the oppression and dispossession of the colonial system and the apartheid…

Kagame’s Push to Fight in Mozambique Ran into Roadblock – Southern African Development Community Does Not Want Rwanda’s Strongman in the Region

David Himbara The French multinational Total’s US$20 billion Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in Gabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique General Paul Kagame has been pushing hard to fight in the Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado where Islamic militants overran US$20 billion French investments. While Mozambique, France and Rwanda are reading from the same playbook, the…