NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

NUMSA Bulletin

Preparing its cadres

Numsa’s political school met from August 16-18 2010 to assess the ANC’s progress in preparation for the ANC’s National General Council (NGC) from September 20-24 2010. Delegates to an extended Numsa Central Committee engaged with provocative speeches from the leaders of the tri-partite alliance. Commissions dealt in more detail with key areas of concern like […]

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Education

Background We reaffirm that we have to build people’s education for people’s power. This is not a neutral question – it is a class question. We must educate so that society can benefit as a whole. We don’t want knowledge production that just furthers the interests of the property class who own the means of […]

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Education

Background We reaffirm that we have to build people’s education for people’s power. This is not a neutral question – it is a class question. We must educate so that society can benefit as a whole. We don’t want knowledge production that just furthers the interests of the property class who own the means of […]

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How far have we travelled from Polokwane?

Before Polokwane It is impossible for any serious post-1994 political analysis of South Africa to ignore the 1994 democratic breakthrough. The South African working class in general, and the black and African working class in particular, must answer the question: how far did the 1994 democratic breakthrough go in advancing workers’ rights and the advance […]

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What are the different kinds of renewable energy?

Wind Every year, wind energy produces enough electricity to serve one million households. This is only a small amount of the electricity used and produced. One reason wind plants don’t produce more electricity is that they can only run when the wind is blowing 22.5 km/h or more. In most places with wind farms, the […]

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ENERGY

What are Num's views on nuclear? Our focus, as Num and Cosatu, since 1995 was on distribution of electricity – to restructure and transform it and ensure a more equitable distribution of energy, especially to the urban poor and rural folk. Our outcry has always been that we need to have a debate on the […]

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NERSA on ESKOM

• Previous load forecasts had anticipated the current growth rate. The implementation of measures to provide for the growth has been inadequate and slow. In particular, there have been delays in returning the mothballed generation plant to service and the implementation of energy efficiency and demand management initiatives remain behind targets. • The implementation of […]

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Poverty and unemployment bedevil South Africa

Eskom was always the blue-eyed boy of the new South Africa – it produced the cheapest energy in the world, so cheap that it made sense for giant smelters like Hillside and Bayside to make aluminium from imported bauxite. But after the disastrous load-shedding earlier this year, Eskom has taken a knock. Electricity prices are […]

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Workers’ lament

When I hear the bells' toll, I arise I peer through the tiny windows of my bedroom and its time The clearness of the glowing is the end of my joy The shiny rays of the dawn bring more worries For I know to whom the day belongs More than a drop of my blood […]

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Land reform plans do not get to root of rural ills

When it comes to land reform, a glaring yet largely submerged gap has developed between public expectations and actual policy. Most supporters expect broad empowerment of the rural poor. In contrast, current proposals for land redistribution seek to create just 10000 black commercial farmers. Ten thousand may sound like a lot. But it represents only […]

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