The mineworkers employed at the Lonmin platinum mine in Rustenburg (South Africa) has returned to work on September 20. Their strike committee and the Lonmin management have signed an agreement of basic wage increases by 22 percent. This remarkable outcome has followed the strike for 36 days; and the tragic bloodbath which took the toll of 35 lives of mineworkers and six police personnel.
South African singing legend Miriam Makeba has died aged 76, after being taken ill in Italy. Makeba, known as "Mama Africa", spent more than 30 years in exile after lending her support to the anti-apartheid struggle. She appeared on Paul Simon's Graceland tour in 1987 and in 1992 had a leading role in the film Sarafina!
Billy Nair, stalwart of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, died on October 23, 2008. As a communist, he led from the front in the struggle of the working class against imperialism and racist domination.
Pragoti brings together an obituary and the statements of SACP, COSATU and ANC - the three organisations that shaped Billy Nair and to which he dedicated his life.
The political rupture in South Africa is being presented in the outside world as the personal tragedy and humiliation of one man, Thabo Mbeki. It is reminiscent of the beatification of Nelson Mandela at the death of apartheid. Veteran and respected journalist John Pilger writes. Courtesy, www.johnpilger.com .
The current wave of xenophobic attacks must be strongly condemned by all South Africans. So has the SACP expressed its strongest condemnation of these attacks. Not only are these attacks barbaric and inhumane, but this is a hugely embarrassing spectacle for South Africans, both domestically and internationally.
March 28, 2008 -- Fourteen years after South Africa's
first democratic elections and the fall of racial
apartheid, John Pilger describes, in an address at
Rhodes University, the dream and reality of the new
South Africa and the responsibility of its new elite.