Tag Archives: Marikana

Mining The Many Faces of Cyril Ramaphosa

  “Apartheid was baked hard in the mining industry, because that’s where it originated”- Cyril Ramaphosa   Ramaphosa and Marikana “An injury to one worker, is an injury to all,” Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa roared from the stage from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Central Committee meeting In Pretoria, at the end [...]

Those Ones Who Owned the Mines, I Hate Them, I Hate Them Very Much

  Excerpt from: Broke and Broken: The Shameful Legacy of Gold Mining in South Africa by Lucas Ledwaba and Leon Sadiki (Jacana) Zwelendaba Mgidi was 23 years old when he left his home village of Kwa-Bala in the beautiful valleys of Mpondoland, Eastern Cape to start work on the gold mines of the Free State province in 1983. [...]

The Amnesiac Leaders of the ‘Neverlution’

  As South African universities ready for the new academic year — and potentially renewed conflict between students and university managements and government – Himal Ramji questions the narrow authoritarianism creeping into the Fees Must Fall movement    The beginning of 2016 saw growing ferment at South African universities. By October, universities across the country had shut down. Re-opening dates [...]