The Struggle of South African Miners
By a reporter, 30 January 2016
The South African mines minister has warned that 32,000 jobs could be lost in the industry as a result of the fall in commodity prices.
By G. T. Maqhubela, 29 June 2015
For three months, President Jacob Zuma delayed releasing the Farlam Commission’s report into the murders of dozens of striking mineworkers in August 2012.
A warning to US oil workers on South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 10 March 2015
Last month’s tour of Houston picket lines by officials from South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers underscored the anti-working class character of the United Steelworkers.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 3 March 2015
South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) announced the measures in his first full budget speech since taking office last year.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 2 March 2015
The Spy Cables describe Johannesburg as the “El Dorado of espionage.”
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 6 November 2014
An acrimonious strike has crippled the South African Post Office for 12 weeks.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 30 October 2014
Militant strikes by workers have earned South Africa the pejorative title of “protest capital of the world.”
By Derek Bell and Martin Kreickenbaum, 1 October 2014
The film deals with the atrocity against mine workers carried out by the ANC government in South Africa, in cooperation with trade unions and company management.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 12 September 2014
This is the conclusion of a two-part article on the promotion of Castroism by South Africa’s trade unions.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 11 September 2014
This is the first of a two-part article on the promotion of Castroism by the Congress of South African Trade Unions.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 19 August 2014
Workers’ resolve is hardening, even as the unions manoeuvre for paltry wage increases.
By Chris Marsden and Barry Mason, 27 June 2014
The five-month strike of 70,000 South African platinum miners is over following the acceptance of a deal by the Association of Miners and Construction Union.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 31 May 2014
Ngoako Ramatlhodi has set up a team composed of personnel from his department, the Department of Labour and the Treasury in an attempt to ease the concerns of global investors.
By our reporters, 29 May 2014
The World Socialist Web Site conducted an interview with two South African miners.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 17 May 2014
The African National Congress government will now come under increasing pressure from international and domestic capital to find other means of breaking the strike.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 7 May 2014
The longest labour dispute since the end of apartheid is set to overshadow the May 7 general election touted as a celebration of 20 years of majority rule.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 16 April 2014
South Africa’s ruling elite hope to utilise the long-running strike in the platinum mines to push through a sweeping “restructuring” of the industry.
By Thabo Seseane Jr, 10 April 2014
Some 70,000 members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union have been on strike at the three largest platinum producers since January 23.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 4 April 2014
At the Farlam Inquiry into the police murder of 34 striking miners in Marikana, evidence was heard that the victims were surrendering when they were killed.
By Thabo Seseane Jr, 3 April 2014
Mine owners are holding the threat of mechanisation and mass layoffs over the heads of the strikers.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 20 March 2014
The aptitude for horse-trading that Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters displays, the willingness to sit around a table and cut deals, is the hallmark of a self-seeking member of the elite.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 27 February 2014
Evidence belies the testimony of Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo that the massacre at the Lonmin mine in 2012 was not a premeditated bloodbath.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 24 February 2014
Abandoned mines around Johannesburg, often improperly secured by mining companies, are a magnet for laid-off workers, and the sites of numerous fatalities.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 21 February 2014
This is the conclusion of a two-part comment on the manoeuvres of South Africa’s trade unions to contain growing militancy in the working class. Part one was posted February 20.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 20 February 2014
This is first in a two-part comment on the manoeuvres of South Africa’s trade unions to contain the growth of militancy in the working class.
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 30 December 2013
The showdown between different elements in COSATU is bound up with factionalism among the elite.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2013
The revelation that Nelson Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party’s central committee has been passed over in near universal silence by the corporate media.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 December 2013
Governments that once denounced Nelson Mandela as a “terrorist” and supported the Apartheid regime that sentenced him to life imprisonment now hail him as a global icon of peace and reconciliation.
By Chris Marsden, 28 September 2013
South African police face accusations this week at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry that they doctored and concealed evidence in order to whitewash their August 2012 massacre of striking miners.
By Thomas Gaist, 7 September 2013
The National Union of Mineworkers accepted a small wage increase offered by the bosses, sending miners back to work.
By Andrea Peters, 22 August 2013
Entering the fourth day of their nationwide strike, South African autoworkers are demanding a 14 percent wage increase.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 July 2013
Thousands of miners went on strike Sunday evening in a continuation of months of workers’ struggles against multinational corporations and the ANC government.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 June 2013
Fierce clashes broke out between police forces and platinum miners at an Amplats site in Rustenburg.
By Thomas Gaist, 7 June 2013
With militancy on the rise among miners, South Africa’s unions and ruling elite are preparing renewed mass repression against the working class.
By Thomas Gaist, 1 June 2013
Three wildcat strikes broke this week in South African mines, as a new wave of militant action spreads across the country.
By Thomas Gaist, 24 May 2013
Police fired volleys of rubber bullets at striking South African miners at a mine owned by Lanxess Chrome Mining Ltd on Tuesday, near the city of Rustenburg.
By Thomas Gaist, 17 May 2013
In the second wildcat strike to break this week, miners at Amplat refused to go underground Thursday evening.
14 March 2013
Afrikaans is the third most common home language in South Africa and is widely spoken and understood as a second or third language.
By Chris Marsden, 9 March 2013
Nine South African police officers have been charged with the murder of taxi driver Mido Macia.
By Mike Jones, 5 March 2013
Opposition grows to the killing of 27-year-old taxi driver, Mido Macia, by South African police on February 27.
By Chris Marsden, 23 February 2013
The 18 February events could easily have escalated into a second Marikana massacre, when police killed 34 striking miners in August of 2012.
By Joshua Lumet, 30 January 2013
The strike, which has led to the death of at least three workers, was ended last week pending a government announcement on a new minimum wage.
By Chris Marsden, 24 December 2012
The election of Zuma and Ramaphosa is an endorsement of the massacre at Marikana and the ensuing brutal assault on striking miners.
By Iqra Qalam and Jashua Lumet, 8 December 2012
The Congress of South African Trade Unions has called off a strike in the Western Cape Province in a bid to contain growing anger and resistance among farm workers.
By Joshua Lumet and Iqra Qalam, 21 November 2012
The three-week-long strike by farm workers in the fertile farmlands of the Boland in South Africa has now spread to 24 different areas and has led to further violent clashes with police.
By Joshua Lumet and Iqra Qalam, 16 November 2012
Militant struggles among South Africa’s impoverished workers have spread to the Western Cape province’s farms, following on months of upheavals in the mining industry.
By Julie Hyland, 12 November 2012
The inquiry into the South African police massacre of striking miners at Marikana heard evidence that police tampered with the scene to justify the killings.
By Chris Marsden, 5 November 2012
The South African Police Service is waging a brutal campaign of intimidation facilitated by the suffocation of strikes in the mining sector by the COSATU.
By Julie Hyland, 29 October 2012
Saturday’s rally by South Africa’s COSATU union federation and the National Union of Mineworkers only exposed the hostility of broad masses of workers toward the official unions.
By Chris Marsden, 26 October 2012
Mass sackings, police intimidation and brutality are being employed in an effort to bring the wave of strikes in South Africa’s mines to a close.
By Chris Marsden, 26 October 2012
Four miners who testified Tuesday before the Farlam Commission into the Marikana massacre were immediately arrested by police. They are to be charged with murder.
By Chris Marsden, 20 October 2012
Tens of thousands of South African workers remain in struggle and a new strike by platinum miners at Lonmin’s operation in Marikana delivered a blow to efforts to stem the working class upsurge.
By Chris Marsden, 20 October 2012
The main instruments of Zuma and the African National Congress for suppressing the mass strike movement are the Congress of South African Trade Unions and its affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers.
By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2012
Tens of thousands of South Africa miners remain on strike in wildcat action, following a breakdown in talks between trade unions and management.
By Robert Stevens, 11 October 2012
In the face of a growing wave of walkouts by workers across South Africa, mining companies are announcing mass layoffs of striking employees.
By Eric Graham, 9 October 2012
South Africa’s miners are among the workers worst affected by silicosis in the world.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2012
Anglo American Platinum fired 12,000 striking South African miners Friday as the transnational corporations, the ANC government and the COSATU union federation sought to quell a growing wave of wildcat strikes.
By Eric Graham, 2 October 2012
In the midst of an escalating wave of wildcat strike action by miners, South Africa’s biggest trade union federation, COSATU, convened its 11th national congress.
By Chris Marsden, 28 September 2012
The strike wave that began at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine is now engulfing South Africa’s platinum, gold and coal mining industries and has spread to transport and other sectors.
By Julie Hyland, 22 September 2012
As miners at the Lonmin platinum producer in Marikana returned to work Thursday, President Jacob Zuma authorised the domestic deployment of the military to deal with continued unrest in the mining sector.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 21 September 2012
It took three weeks for France’s New Anti-capitalist Party to write on the massacre of 34 South African miners on August 16 at the Marikana mine.
By Julie Hyland, 20 September 2012
The massacre of striking South African platinum miners and the spreading confrontation between miners and the ANC regime have exposed the reactionary character of racial and nationalist politics.
By Chris Marsden, 13 September 2012
The South African army has been put on a state of high alert, amidst an escalating strike-wave involving platinum and gold miners.
By Eric Graham, 12 September 2012
The liquidation of the South African company Pamodzi Gold Limited led to the awarding of rights to the Orkney and Grootvlei gold mines to Aurora Empowerment Systems (AES) in 2009.
By Kate Randall, 11 September 2012
Gold Fields Ltd.’s KDC gold mine has been hit by strike of 15,000 workers, the second wildcat action at the company in less than a week.
By Iqra Qalam, 11 September 2012
More than three weeks after the Marikana massacre, families are still searching for their missing siblings and husbands in hospitals and jails.
By Eric Graham, 10 September 2012
Investigations into the Aurora Empowerment Systems, which has not paid workers at the Orkney and Grootvlei mines for years, have revealed a tangled and dirty web of criminality.
By Julie Hyland, 25 August 2012
Anger continues to mount over the August 16 massacre of 34 striking miners at South Africa’s Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana despite official efforts to lower tensions.
25 August 2012
A South African reader responds to the August 24 perspective, “The unions, the pseudo-left and the South Africa massacre.”
By Bill Van Auken, 21 August 2012
Four days after 34 of their comrades were massacred by heavily armed police, striking South African platinum miners defied a company ultimatum to return to work or be fired.