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October 04 2013

August 16 2013

Marikana Memorial

#Marikana Memorial

This time last year, platinum workers (all black) at a mine in #South_Africa’s North West Province, went on an illegal strike against workplace racism, bad conditions, low wages and their ineffective trade union. The standoff started around August 10th, and by August 16th, they had shut down all production. Government Ministers hardly showed their […]


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August 13 2013

There is no liberal tradition in South_Africa

There is no liberal tradition in #South_Africa

#liberalism regards the individual as the ultimate social and political agent, endowed with a number of rights. The ideology also acknowledges that individuals live in societies and are not totally autonomous. Consequently it also recognises a number of societal obligations the individual should fulfil in order to co-exist with others. In the continent of its […]

#POLITICS #Helen_Suzman #Jan_Smuts #Pallo_Jordan #race #Thomas_Pringle #whiteness

August 04 2013

Welcome to Kleinfontein, lingering outpost of apartheid South Africa | World news | Guardian Weekly

Welcome to Kleinfontein, lingering outpost of apartheid South Africa | World news | Guardian Weekly

Inside the coffee shop, at the bank, everywhere, there are only white faces. A white security guard, wearing grey camouflage, checks cars at a gate on the main road. Race is a key factor for entry. No blacks are allowed to buy or rent houses.

Two decades after the end of apartheid, a system of brutally enforced segregation, this hamlet exemplifies the deep racial divides that still preoccupy South Africa. The existence of Kleinfontein and places like it has set off a debate about the type of country that South Africa should be today.


To blacks, Kleinfontein is a remnant of a painful past, a gated community of whites determined to perpetuate racist, apartheid-era practices. The several hundred whites who live there say they need to safeguard their Dutch-based Afrikaner culture and language and seek refuge from affirmative action policies and high crime rates that they blame on blacks. They insist that they are not racist, noting that they don’t welcome Jews, Catholics or any English speakers, either.


The tension over Kleinfontein and other aspiring whites-only enclaves in a country that is nearly 80% black also reflects a broader societal conflict pitting individual rights against a community’s rights. South Africa’s constitution gives communities the right of cultural self-determination but also enshrines basic human rights that outlaw exclusionary practices.


[Kgosientso Ramokgopa, the executive mayor of Tshwane, a municipality that includes Pretoria, the country’s administrative capital, Kleinfontein and other surrounding areas] and ANC leaders have shied away from bulldozing the settlement, underscoring how race still shapes the nation’s political landscape. The mixed-income community of homes, shacks and tents is on 715 hectares of private land zoned only for farming, Ramokgopa said. But he added that the government needs to avoid antagonising South Africa’s white minority, which still largely controls the economy. Pretoria, just north of Kleinfontein, has the highest population of Afrikaners in the country. Being a seat of government under both black and white rule, racial tensions are more pronounced there.

“We don’t want a situation where we are going to polarise the city,” Ramokgopa said.


#apartheid #afrique_du_sud #afrikaners #malaise

July 29 2013

The Story of South African farms

The Story of South African #farms

In 2011 an investigation by Human Rights Watch into working conditions on #South_Africa’s wine and fruit farms drew international attention. The report documented numerous instances of human rights and labour abuses, including instances where workers faced physical abuse from farmers and were exposed to toxic chemicals. While the report was criticized by many in [...]

#MEDIA #Flip_Engelbrecht #racism

July 17 2013

Racial scare-mongering in South Africa makes light of women's murders | Sorting fact from fiction |…

Racial scare-mongering in South Africa makes light of women’s murders | Sorting fact from fiction | Africa Check

Claims that white women are likely to be murdered by “unknown black males” amount to racial scare-mongering, writes Lisa Vetten. The vast majority of women who are murdered in South Africa die at the hands of their husbands, boyfriends and lovers.

#criminalité #afrique_du_sud #femmes #racisme

July 12 2013

The poor bosses

The poor bosses

Miners at multinational #Lonmin platinum mine at Marikana in Rustenburg, #South_Africa, speaking to (South African) Sunday Times reporter Lucky Biyase: ‘Whenever we ask for a wage increase, these companies plead poverty and threaten us with retrenchments. This is because they don’t want to pay money to black people. Why work when you don’t get [...]

#HISTORY #mining

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