Tag Archives: Amplats

‘White Foreigners’: History Repeating

  Terry Bell   Gwede Mantashe, former chairman of the SA Communist Party, former general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and now the powerful secretary-general of the governing ANC, sounded furious this week. In what must qualify as the most ironic case of “we’ve heard all that before”, he blamed the platinum […]

Platinum Strike: Where to Now? [Updated]

  Update: Late yesterday news broke of an “in principle” agreement on a new wage offer between Amcu and the platinum producers. According to www.platinumwagenegotiations.co.za, which is run by the platinum producers, Amcu will be taking this offer to striking mineworkers for a mandate to accept the offer. It is believed that this new offer consists of an […]

Platinum Strike: Who Oppresses Whom?

  “Some say they are fighting for economic freedom – who is oppressing them economically? Who do they want economic freedom from?” South African President Jacob Zuma uttered these words in October last year. He was addressing a crowd of 500 people at the Mdantsane’s Nonzwakazi Primary School in the Eastern Cape. Naturally, his disingenuous diss was […]

The Co-option of Amcu’s Radical Heart?

“It’s not even that the mine bosses liked the NUM [National Union of Mineworkers], they just liked using it.” As he says this, the Socialist Group’s Trevor Ngwane is thumbing through a photocopied, comb-bound recognition agreement signed early this year between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). The […]