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SA SOCIAL PROTEST OBSERVATORY


SOUTH AFRICAN PROTEST NEWS 11 - 13 OCTOBER 2014
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NUMSA PRESS STATEMENT ON THE MTBPS
NUMSA 23 October 2014

Will more of the same result in Socio-Economic Transformation?

New Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) once more confirms the most obvious fact: the ANC government long buried the Freedom Charter and is now happy to use the language of the failed GEAR policy now called the National Development Plan (NDP) as its guiding principles and programme, for national budgets.
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Protesters take back key parts of Hong Kong
Aljazeera 20 October 2014

Some of the worst violence since demonstrations began erupts after police try to clear key protest site.

Protesters in Hong Kong have reoccupied the Mong Kok site, a key zone in the heart of the city, after police had cleared the area on Friday, sparking some of the most violent confrontations since the demonstrations began three weeks ago.
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Lonmin’s failed gag bid puts spotlight on transfer pricing
Ann Crotty (Business Times) 19 October 2014

Bridgette Radebe. Picture: SOWETAN
ATTEMPTS by platinum giant Lonmin to stop the release of a report by the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC), which puts the spotlight on transfer pricing by mining groups, appears to have backfired, and spurred debate on the controversial issue.
Bridgette Radebe, South African Mining Development Association chairwoman and self-described “mining entrepreneur”, joined the AIDC at a Cape Town Press Club function this week to discuss transfer pricing.
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Most Russians 'don't care' about Western sanctions
Pravda 17 October 2014

EU candidate countries have joined the sanctions against Russia, which Brussels imposed on September 12. Montenegro, Iceland, Albania and Ukraine, as well as Liechtenstein, Norway and members of the European Economic Area have thus joined the EU sanctions against Russia, the Vedomosti reports.
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Green activists support minister
Tony Carnie (The Mercury) 5 October 2014

A COALITION of environmental groups has urged Environment Minister Edna Molewa not to buckle under legal pressure from the petrochemical industry to water down air pollution standards due to take effect next April.
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Don’t touch Lonmin on its Bermuda
Greg Marinovich 12 October 2014

Lonmin has sought an urgent interdict against a non-governmental organisation that ruffled the mining giant’s feathers. GREG MARINOVICH reports on a rather late attempt to muzzle all reporting on the Marikana Commission.
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Hong Kong protests dwindle, as talks continue
News 24 10 August 2014

Hong Kong - Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that brought tens of thousands on to the streets last week dwindled to a few hundred on Wednesday after activist leaders agreed to talks with the government which are all but certain to go nowhere.

The student-led protests have calmed since clashes with police more than a week ago, and the number of protesters calling for universal suffrage has fallen dramatically since violent scuffles broke out at the weekend between demonstrators and pro-Beijing opponents.
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Engen refinery’s ‘National Key Points’ threat to community

R2K 9 October 2014

"No protests - we're a National Key Point". This is the message from Engen refinery in South Durban to community activists.

The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), an active member of R2K KZN, is one of the organisations behind a 'Cancer Walk' on Saturday 11 October 2014 to highlight the high rate of cancer and asthma in communities surrounding south Durban's petro-chemical industries. The area is sometimes referred to as 'cancer alley' because of the health problems that occur there.
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Injustice lingers in air we breathe
Leanne Jansen (The Mercury) 7 October 2014

THAT many South Africans were breathing air harmful to their health was among the most stubborn remnants of apartheid, Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs Barbara Thomson said yesterday.

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Premier’s police’s torture of Glebelands’ residents ends peace
R2K 2 October 2014

Assassinations, manipulation of the criminal justice system and intimidation
are used regularly to protect the plunder of KZN’s public purse,

Or so it would seem when reviewing incidents of violence relating to housing and tender allocations over the last six years in poor communities across Durban.
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Shale Gas - Dot Com
Tim Morgan (The Telegraph) 4 August 2014)

Output from shale wells declines so quickly that they will never be profitable - when investors realise this, the industry will collapse

Public opinion has been divided very starkly indeed by the government's invitation to energy companies to apply for licences to develop shale gas across a broad swathe of the United Kingdom.
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Hong Kong workers strike for democracy
LabourStart 29 September 2014

The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) - the only independent union in China - has called for workers to strike in support of the democracy movement as mass civil disobedience actions come under heavy police attack. The Swire Beverages (Coca-Cola) union and the HKCTU unions of school teachers and dockers are striking and will be joined by other member unions.
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Something Fishy About SA-Russia Nuclear Deal – DA
Natalie Simon (Yahoo News) 23 September 2014

Energy Minister, Tina Joemat –Pettersson’s Monday announcement of the formation of a strategic partnership between South African and Russia to build a large scale nuclear power plant in South Africa has been met with fierce resistance.
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Bangalore Protest Against State Terror on Students of Jadavpur University
Vinay Chandra (CWI India) 22 September 2014

The Bengali community (especially students and young people) in Bangalore rose up in solidarity against the recent state violence on students of Jadavpur University. On the 17th of this month, male students were beaten up and girls students molested in a barbaric dead-of-the-night police assault on the students carrying out a peaceful sit-in demonstration. The students were particpating in a non-violent protest demanding an impartial probe into an incident of sexual harrassment of a student at the University earlier last month. An eye-witness account of what happened in Kolkata including the role of goons from Trinamool Congress (TMC) can be found on our website here
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Cyril Ramaphosa's Lonmin tax-dodge headache
Craig McKune, Andisiwe Makinana 22 September 2014

Having recently blasted corporate tax evaders, the deputy president now has egg on his face after Lonmin's Bermuda tax avoidance tactics surfaced.
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GLEBELANDS UPDATE
Vanessa Burger 17 September 2014

Representatives from the eThekwini Municipality met Glebelands Hostel leaders today. All committees and official structures (both block chairmen and Mzobe's committees) have been dissolved for the time being while the municipality investigates bed selling allegations and accusations of corruption on all sides.
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All support for the strike of the São Paulo universities
Carla Queiroz Translation Google Translate 16 September 2014

The strike of the São Paulo universities has been ongoing for more than three months. In the case of the University of São Paulo, and not trade, the president had the audacity to present more precarious and proposals to privatize the university.
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Hong Kong’s democracy struggle faces major test

Sally Tang Mei-ching of Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong) says only an all-China mass movement can defeat one-party dictatorship
China Worker interviewed Sally Tang Mei-ching about the latest dramatic events in Hong Kong 10 September 2014
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Community protest over corruption widens
Authorities deploy heavily armed response
WASP reporters 12 September 2014

The Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) has been leading the community of Ga-Nchabeleng, (in the Fetakgomo municipality of Limpopo) in a major service delivery protest that has broadened into a full scale community strike. Hundreds and hundreds of community members, with the youth and school students of the Socialist Youth Movement (SYM) in the vanguard, have protested daily.
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Lake Baikal turns into swamp because of alien algae
Pravda 9 September 2014

One of the central natural wonders of Russia, Lake Baikal, has recently been a source of troubling news. Every week, volunteers remove tons of garbage from the coast of the deepest fresh water lake on our planet, while officials try to handle the consequences of the closure of a pulp and paper mill. Now it is environmentalists who sound the alarm. In their opinion, Baikal turns into a swamp.
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Protest against India-Australia Uranium Deal

Socialist Alternative (CWI India) 5 September 2014
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Grants mixed up in microlending
Nokuthula Ntuli (Durban) 5 September 2014

The company that pays the government’s social grants has been accused of taking advantage of the poor by allowing beneficiaries to borrow against their monthly grants and then taking back the debt from the next payout - trapping people in a cycle of debt.

Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) has been tasked by the government to pay welfare grants, but it has also become one of the country’s biggest microlenders.
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China’s NPC ‘closes the door’ on Hong Kong democracy
“NPC Doesn’t Represent Me!” – Mass resistance against one-party dictatorship is the only way forward!
Statement by Socialist Action 2 September 2014

The National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee’s framework for upcoming elections in Hong Kong delivers a brutally clear message that free elections are not an option under China’s one-party (CCP) dictatorship. Not only has the ‘door been closed’ on universal suffrage, Beijing has slammed it shut! The Standing Committee’s ruling brushes aside popular demands for democratic elections by insisting only pro-CCP candidates – vetted by a regime-controlled nomination committee – can run for the post of Chief Executive.
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Coal and eMalahleni's poisoned people
Mail & Guardian 27 August 2014

A Greenpeace investigation of Witbank, which has the world’s dirtiest air, sheds light on the impact of coal on humans. A photo essay explains.
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THE GLEBELANDS QUESTION
Why is it so important for the ANC and eThekwini Municipality to keep Ward 76 Councillor, Robert Mzobe at Glebelands Hostel?
Vanessa Burger 23 August 2014

Over the past 6 months there have been around 14 assassinations, 6 attempted assassinations, drive-by shootings, numerous assaults, over 100 illegal evictions, intimidation, harassment, theft and damage to the property of Glebelands Hostel community leaders - the Block Chairmen, their committees, friends, family members, associates and uBunye Bamahostel leaders - allegedly at the hands of suspected criminals who boast of their allegiance to, and protection from, local Ward 76 Councillor, Robert Mzobe, SAPS members - particularly those from eMlazi Police Station, as well as former Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa - and other highly placed politicians.
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Brazilian environmentalist upends presidential election race
Anthony Boadle (Yahoo News) 18 August 2014

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Environmentalist Marina Silva could defeat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil's October election goes to a second-round run-off, according to a new poll that saw the challenger entering the race in second place.
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Mining firm got a ‘slap-on-wrist’
Tony Carnie (IOL News) 16 August 2014

THE provincial government has been urged to tear up a recent “slap-on-thewrist” fine for a Zululand coal mining company and to punish it with a new fine of at least R12 million for ignoring the country’s environmental laws.
Earlier this year, the Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) was fined R497 000 by the KZN Department of Environmental Affairs for establishing three new coal mining shafts near the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve without seeking environmental authorisation.
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Former shack dwellers’ official acquitted
IOL News 8 August 2014

Durban - The former secretary-general of shack dwellers’ movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, Bandile Mdlalose, was acquitted this week on a charge of public violence.

“I couldn’t understand at first what was being said. I had tears rolling down my face. It was only when the prosecutor said that I was free to go that I ran out of the dock. It has been joy and pain,” Mdlalose told the Daily News on Thursday.
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NUMSA hosts international symposium of left parties and movements
Castro Ngobese (NUMSA national spokesperson) 6 August 2014

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) will be hosting an International Symposium of Left Parties/Movements in Benoni, Kopanong Hotel, from August 7-10, 2014, under the theme: “Building our own Movement for Socialism: Learning the Lessons First Hand”.
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How World Bank & IMF Plan to Dismantle Ukrainian Economy

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West looks to ramp up gas production, as Vice President Biden's son named leader in Ukrainian gas company Burisma
Michael Hudson interviewed on the Real News Network 3 August 2014
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Chinese TV 'anti-Communist messages'
iAfrica 2 August 2014

A Chinese cable television service broadcast censored Tiananmen crackdown pictures and messages condemning the ruling Communist party, locals said, in what appeared to be a rare hacking attack.
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Antiwar Protests Spreading in Ukraine
Roger Annis 1 August 2014

A rising wave of antiwar and anti-conscription protest is taking place in cities and towns across western Ukraine. The protests are prompted by the announcement of Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko ten days ago that a ¡°third¡± military mobilization is now required for the war that his governing regime began waging against the population of eastern Ukraine three months ago. Kyiv calls the war an ¡®anti-terrorist operation¡¯.
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China: Corruption probe begins against Zhou Yongkang
Former security chief is the most senior scalp to be claimed by Xi Jinping’s anti-graft campaign
China Worker 29 July 2014

It was officially announced today that former security chief Zhou Yongkang is under investigation for “serious disciplinary violations” – CCP-speak for corruption. The announcement has been expected for a long time, with news reports that Zhou and most of his family have been under house arrest since last year. Zhou was a member of the ruling CCP’s all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee until 2012. He is therefore the most senior government figure to be purged for corruption since the state was founded in 1949.
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Ukrainian Su-25 was approaching Malaysian Boeing
Pravada 22 July 2014

Russian radars recorded a Ukrainian Su-25, that was supposedly flying in the direction of the Malaysian jetliner that crashed above the territory of Ukraine, representatives of the General Staff said at a press conference.
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NPA to nail e-toll defaulters
Anna Cox (IOL News) 15 July 2014

Johannesburg - And so the fight begins. Over a million motorists face criminal records for failing to pay their e-tolls following an announcement this morning that two prosecutors have been appointed to start taking action against motorists who have failed to pay their bills.
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New anti-e-toll campaign launched
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) on Thursday announced a new campaign to fight e-tolling in Gauteng.
The Sowetan 11 July 2014

"In this campaign we want to help individual citizens to hold the SA National Roads Agency Limited [Sanral] and the government to the rule of law and the Constitution," chairman Wayne Duvenage told reporters in Johannesburg.
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India's Modi tightens grip on ruling party
Sanjeev Miglani 9 July 2014

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's closest political associate was named the president of his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday as the leader tightened his grip on the party he carried to its biggest election victory this summer.
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‘Exporting Gaza’
Dave Zirin 8 July 2014

When I was in Brazil for those first days of the World Cup, I was—with many other journalists—tear gassed by military police. I saw sleek, urban-outfitted tanks in the streets and I felt concussion grenades send subsonic shrapnel crashing into my eardrums. I didn’t see the drones flying overhead, but then again, no one without a Hubble telescope is supposed to see the drones.
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Russian prosecutor seeks eight-year jail terms for two protest leaders
Yahoo News 7 July 2014

A Russian state prosecutor demanded eight-year prison sentences on Monday for two opposition leaders accused of organising mass riots against Vladimir Putin on the eve of his inauguration for a third term as president.
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Brazil: Solidarity with sacked Metro workers


42 workers sacked for going on strike
CWI Brazil 5 July 2014
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Uphold Sustainable Development!
Condemn `Foreign Funded’ Destructive Development Promoted by IB!
Socialist Alternative 2 July 2014

June 28, 20145 The following statement, that has been signed by many individual activists and organizations, is in response to the so called leaked Intelligence Bureau (IB) report. This report is a warning sign of things to come and how the right wing, Narendra Modi’s BJP govt. plans to muzzle any form of dissent against the destructive neo-liberal economic policies which is bound to be much more brutal in the coming period.
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Neo-nazis attack trade union conference in Kiev


Campaign for Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine 30 June 2014
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India's new government accused of interfering with judicial independence
Frank Jack Daniel 27 June 2014

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, faces accusations his government ran a campaign to block the appointment of a Supreme Court judge it believed was biased against it, fuelling a debate about judicial independence in the world's largest democracy.
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Numsa members embark on 'indefinite strike action'
Mail & Guardian 26 June 2014

Cosatu’s largest union says its 220 000 members in the metals and engineering sector will go on strike from July 1, demanding a 12% wage increase.
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Patrick Bond on the Platinum Miners Strike

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South African platinum workers will see a pay increase by 2017, but opponents are now attempting to limit their ability to to strike again
Patrick Bond interviewed on the Real News Network 25 June 2014
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Match-fixing claims involving Ghana cast shadow over World Cup
A registered agent and manager of the Ghana under-20 team have been filmed allegedly promising to rig international friendlies
Owen Gibson in São Paulo (The Guardian) 23 June 2014

Fresh match-fixing claims are set to cast a shadow over the World Cup in the wake of allegations that officials connected to the Ghanaian FA were prepared to rig international friendly matches.
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Solidarity with the antifascist resistance

São Paulo : Solidarity with the antifascist resistance at the Ukraine Consulate
Campaign for Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine 20 June 2014

In response to the call made by the International Marxist Tendency in solidarity with the Ukrainian workers and their organizations, Esquerda Marxista and the PCB (Brazilian Communist Party) held a rally in front of the General Consulate of Ukraine in São Paulo.
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Land and housing struggles in Brazil
Free land for five years of popular struggle for housing, land and rights!
Marcio Silva e Igor Marchetti 21 June 2014

The Free Land - Popular Movement in Rural and City five years ago in the first half of 2014 many struggles and victories of the resistance were poor people.! In these five years, we have grown and we have become important national popular movement, while many others preferred to duck his head and be mere advisors the federal and municipal governments.

In late 2008, militants of the Popular Movement of the countryside and the city of four states got together and held a seminar in Belo Horizonte to discuss a new organization to be the flag of his fights.
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The World Cup You Won’t See on TV

Znet 17 June 2014
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Global peace declines for first time since WWII
Mail & Guardian 18 June 2014

World peace has deteriorated steadily over the past seven years, with wars, militant attacks and crime reversing six earlier decades of gradual improvement, a global security report said on Wednesday.
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Brazil: Protests continue as World Cup starts

Solidarity protests taking place on 13th June Friday
CWI Brazil 13 June 2014
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Protesters, police clash in Sao Paulo ahead of World Cup
Mail & Guardian 8 June 2014

Three days before the city hosts the World Cup kick-off, protesters set fire to garbage piles, prompting police to fire stun grenades and tear gas.
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Body snatching by Korean police as Samsung struggle heats up
Labourstart 8 June 2014

A few days ago, a leader of a new union at Samsung in South Korea named YEOM, Ho-seok took his own life to protest the vicious anti-union policies of the company. At his funeral, 300 police stormed in, arrested 25 mourners and absconded with his body.
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South Africa: Disappearing Diamond Revenue
Janine (The study of value) 6 June 2014

"In 2011, South Africa produced diamonds whose uncut, or rough, value was $1.73 billion, or 12 percent of global production, according to the most recent government data available.
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Brazilian Workers Strike and Protest Runup to World Cup

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The Real News Network 5 June 2014
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Break-up of Ukraine continues: Odessa
Pravda.Ru 5 June 2014

Residents of the Odessa region of Ukraine are trying to join the Donetsk and Lugansk announcing the creation of the People's Republic of Odessa. Anti-Maidan activists of the region declared the establishment of the republic and urged residents to block traffic, rusnovosti24.ru website says.
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Blade defends Zokwana herder's pay
iAfrica 2 June 2014

National Union of Mineworkers president Senzeni Zokwana. SapaThe South African Communist Party has defended new agriculture minister Senzeni Zokwana after it was reported that he was underpaying his cattle herder.

The City Press reported on Sunday that the minister, who is the SACP national chairperson, was paying his herder R800 a month and that the herder had to work every day.
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The Turkish Factory Under Workers’ Control


Joris Leverink 31 May 2014

On the eve of the first anniversary of the Gezi uprising, a small group of textile workers explores a radical alternative: occupy, resist, produce!

Diren!Kazova, reads the sign above a small shop and cultural center in Istanbul’s busy Þiþli neighborhood. Inside, the floor is made of cobblestones, giving the visitor the impression of arriving at a type of indoor street market. Slogans like ’1st of May!’, ‘Resist Kazova!’ and ‘Long Live the Revolution!’ are written on the stones, scattered across the room. From the walls hang racks full of sweaters, hundreds of them. At first glance they appear to be just ordinary sweaters. That is, until one learns the story behind them. Then suddenly the sweaters turn into symbols of resistance, signs of defiance, and the materialized hope for a more equal society, a more just economy — yes, for a better world even.
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Manolis Glezos elected to EU Parliment
Keep Talking Greece 29 May 2014

Manolis Glezos, the WWII hero and resistance fighter, the man who took down the Nazi Flag from the Acropolis, is heading to the European Parliament after more than estimated 160,000 SYRIZA voters “crossed” his name on the ballot list. On Tuesday morning and with 31.14% of the ballots counted, Glezos leads with 155,425 crosses, while second on SYRIZA list is former athlete and SYRIZA MP Sofia Sakorafa with 100,998 votes.
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Donbas miners mobilise against oligarchs’ offensive
Timur Dautov28 May 2014

Miners of the Donetsk region stopped work yesterday, starting an all-out strike in protest against the Ukrainian army’s continuing offensive and demanding an end to the “anti-terrorist operation” (ATO) in the region; several pits in the Donbas are taking part already and the strikes appears to be spreading to more mines. Meanwhile, spokesmen of the Kiev government and Ukrainian armed forces threaten escalation of the crackdown, with ATO press-secretary Alexei Dmitrashkovsky stating that the operation will continue “until all terrorists are destroyed or surrender”.
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Brazilian anti-World Cup protests hit Sao Paulo & Rio

BBC News 27 May 2014

Riot police in Brazil have fired tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro who marched against the cost of hosting the football World Cup.
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May 15 national day of action against World Cup

Video and from intervention of LSR (CWI in Brazil) in anti-World Cup protests
CWI Brazil 18 May 2014
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India opposition wins landslide, early tally shows
Yahoo News 16 May 2014

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi and his party won national elections in a landslide Friday, preliminary results showed, driving the long-dominant Congress party out of power in the most commanding victory India has seen in more than a quarter century.
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ANC lost support due to e-tolls: Outa
IOL Motoring 15 May 2014

Johannesburg - The decline in support for the ANC in Gauteng was due to e-tolls being forced on an unwilling public, despite the ruling party's claims to the contrary, Outa said on Monday.
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Lesotho: Public-Private Parnership failure
World Bank private financing scheme bleeds Lesotho's health system dry
Lehlohonolo Chefa, Lesotho Consumer Protection Association (LCPA)
9 May 2014

Lesotho is a small mountainous country with enormous health challenges. It has the world‘s third highest burden of HIV and AIDS (23per cent), life expectancy has fallen from 60 years in 1990 to just 50 years in 2011, and infant and maternal mortality rates are rising. More than half of the Basotho people, Lesotho’s largest ethnic group, live below the poverty line.
The Consumers Protection Association published a joint report with Oxfam in April that shows how a health public–private partnership (PPP) is draining the budget of the Ministry of Health and diverting scarce resources away from primary health care services in rural areas, where death rates are rising and where three-quarters of the population live.
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Africa loses $50bn a year in plundered resources
Lynley Donnelly (Mail & Guardian) 8 May 2014

Clamping down on illicit plundering of food and natural resources could curb Africa's food shortages, says the latest Africa Progress Panel report.

Senegal was estimated to lose as much as $300-million or 2% of its national GDP to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in 2012. (Reuters)
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South African campaigner wins environmental prize

The Economist 29 April 2014

The man leading the opposition against a proposed expansion of the port in Durban, South Africa’s largest, has won the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize in San Francisco. Desmond D’Sa, a community leader, campaigns against toxic waste dumping in South Durban, a poor but highly industrialised area.
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Brazilian Police on Strike Abandon Salvador Streets

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More than 150 people have been killed throughout Brazil's northeast state Bahia, after police go on strike demanding higher pay - a move that's viewed as quite political ahead of elections
The Real News Network 25 April 2014
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Workers from IMBEL of Itabujá-MG on indefinite strike
Urgent solidarity needed

Workers from the State Industry of War Material of Brazil (IMBEL) from Itabujá-MG went on strike indefinitely on Monday, 14h of April.

More than 60% of the 970 workers joined the strike.

IMBEL from Itabujá-MG has 60% of the workers from all business units across the country and is responsible for the production of the new IA2 rifles, pistol, loaders and all weapons sold by the company.
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Ukraine: Miners strike in Lugansk region
In Defence of Marxism 23 April 2014

On 22 April a strike began at the six mines of PJSC "Krasnodonugol" in Krasnodon, region of Lugansk. The mines are owned by SCM, the company of Rinat Akhmetov, one of the country’s wealthiest businessmen and a key regional oligarch. 2000 miners gathered at the mine office, demanding the reinstatement of 30 miners who had been dismissed for participating in a rally in Lugansk. The striking miners demanded a wage increase to bring their wages up to the average wage of workers in the Donbas coalfield and the lifting of sanctions against their fellow miners.
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China: Labour disputes soar
40,000 workers paralyse world’s largest sports shoe maker
chinaworker.info reporters 19 April2014

Workers at six out of ten factories in Dongguan owned by Taiwanese multinational Yue Yuen have been on strike for the past three days after discovering the company has not been paying legally required levels of social security and housing contributions.

“The factory has been tricking us for 10 years,” a woman worker told Reuters. “The [local] Gaobu government, labour bureau, social security bureau and the company were all tricking us together.”
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Modi accuses Congress of indulging in ‘black magic’
Shiv Sahay Singh 16 April 2014

“Black magic” has made jobs of youth disappear over the past 10 years and is making lives of farmers difficult

Hitting back at Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi returned the “magician” remark directed at him and said here on Thursday that the country is “not afraid of magicians but the black magic” of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
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Taiwan: Occupation of parliament ends after 23 days
What are the lessons of the island’s ‘sunflower movement’?
China Worker 11 April 2014

Taiwan has witnessed an unprecedented mass protest movement since 18 March when around 200 students occupied the main chamber of the Legislative Yuan (parliament) to stop the ratification of the contentious Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA) between Taiwan and China. The beginning of an ‘Asian Spring’ is how some media commentators have described this movement. The abrupt way the protests have ended raises many questions about what the movement has achieved and which social forces can mount a serious challenge to neo-liberal economic policies and trade deals. We interviewed Sally Tang Mei-ching, who has been coordinating CWI Taiwan’s participation in the Taipei protests.
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Ukraine crisis exploited by multinational fracking lobby
Oppose the pro-big business EU/ US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership!
Paul Murphy, Socialist Party MEP, and Tanja Niemeier 9 April 2014

In the context of the escalating political standoff over Ukraine between the US and the EU, on the one side, and Russia, on the other side, big business and conservative politicians seem to remember Winston Churchill´s saying “never let a good crisis go to waste”.

As part of the debate on escalating sanctions against Russia and possible Russian retaliation as a result, there is increasing talk about “energy security” and the need for stimulating “energy independence”, in particular from Russian gas.
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Grants only for ANC supporters - MEC
Bongani Hans, Leanne Jansen and Kamini Padayachee (IOL News) 9 April 2014

Durban - People who are paid social welfare grants but who vote for opposition parties were stealing from the government.

That’s according to KwaZulu-Natal Agriculture and Environmental Affairs MEC Meshack Radebe, who was speaking in the presence of President Jacob Zuma in Greytown during his provincial roadshow on Tuesday.
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‘Superbugs’ make antibiotics useless, say experts
The Mercury 8 April 2014

The first patient with pneumonia resistant to all antibiotics was recorded in South Africa last year, raising the “terrifying possibility of a postantibiotic era”.
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Free Wu Guijun! Strike is not a crime!
Calling concerns from all sides: Justice for Workers!
HKCTU 3 April 2014

The case of Wu Guijun: Trial after a 10-month detention

In early May 2013, the employer of Shenzhen Diweixin Product Factory started to relocate the factory to Huizhou City. By law, workers are entitled to financial compensation based on the years of service (equivalent to one month’s wages per year of service). 300 workers went on strike to demand negotiation with the emploiyer and due compensation. The employer agreed to pay only 400 Yuan per year of service after the month-long strike which is much lower than the legal minimum.
On 23 May, some 200 workers marched to petition the district government to seek help and all of them were detained by the riot police. Most workers were released the next day except Wu Guijun. Wu is one of the workers' representatives in the negotiation. He was kept under detention and later charged for "gathering crowds to disrupt traffic order
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‘Not The Future We Want’: Durban’s Port Plans Face Protest
Megan Lewis 26 March 2014

“We are walking around carrying dwarves on our shoulders who now think they are tall, forgetting about who is holding them up”, said a comrade at a recent labour gathering. The statement has nothing to do with dwarves and even less to do with us as individuals, but rather with us as a society in a country that is supposed to be democratic and led by a government that wants “a better life for all”, but that ignores this responsibility in the face of economic growth built on the backs of the common citizen.
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Whistle-blower exposes Sanral’s e-tolling extravagance
Cosatu 1 April 2014

The campaign against e-tolls, by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) and many others, has been powerfully vindicated by the testimony of a whistle-blower, employed by the Austrian company Kapsch, which works with Sanral on the e-tolling of Gauteng’s highways.
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Russia to create special economic zone in Crimea
Times Live 31 March 2014

“Our aim is to make the peninsula as attractive as possible to investors, so that it can generate sufficient income for its own development,” Medvedev told a Russian government meeting on the Black Sea peninsula, which Moscow has annexed from Ukraine.
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Rousseff’s approval rating drops
Paulo Prada 28 March 2014

Rio de Janeiro - Popular support for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has faltered ahead of the October 5 presidential election, a poll showed on Thursday, but the leftist leader remains favoured to win a second term.
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TORTURE IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY

Phiyega - take responsibility for your killer cops!
Ubunye Bamahostel Press Statement 26 March 2014

At a 1 000-strong meeting convened by uBunye Bamahostel at Glebelands Hostel in uMlazi on Sunday 23 March, residents voiced their rage at the recent assault, torture and killing of hostel dwellers by officers of the Prospecton SAPS at around 22h30 on the night of 13 March.
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Mozambique activists protest against rape law
Al Jazeera 20 March 2014

Rights activists in Mozambique have marched through the capital Maputo to protest a colonial era law still included in new legislation that allows rapists to go unpunished if they marry their victims. The "marriage effect" clause sees convicted rapists given a five-year suspended sentence if they marry their victims and stipulates that the perpetrator should stay married to the victim for at least five years. At the protest, a young woman dressed in a blood-spattered wedding gown led a group of about 300 mostly female protesters as they marched to parliament.
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China arrests citizen journalists for reporting Tiananmen 'self-immolation'
Jonathan Kaiman, The Guardian, 13 March 2014

Chinese authorities have detained Huang Qi, director of the human rights website Tianwang, and three citizen journalists, Wang Jing, Liu Xuehong, and Xing Jian, who is 17 years old, for reporting two recent "incidents" in Tiananmen Square, including an apparent self-immolation. "Journalism is not a crime and these three activists should be released immediately," William Nee, China researcher at Amnesty International, said in a statement.
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Union to strike over youth unemployment
IOL News 18 March 2014

Johannesburg - Tomorrow the National Union of Metalworkers begins what could be months of rolling mass action with a nationwide strike over youth unemployment.
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Umbilo residents vow to block port plans
The Mercury 17 March 2014

UMBILO residents have promised to block Durban’s multibillion-rand port expansion, saying they had not been consulted and the plans would benefit big business, not the poor.

The residents, mainly women, gathered at the Dalton Beer Hall in Umbilo Road yesterday to hear from activists, community leaders and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), about Transnet and the city’s back-of-port plans.
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Thousands March in Moscow to Protest Crimea Vote

Yahoo News 16 March 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched in central Moscow Saturday against a Kremlin-backed referendum in Crimea on whether to break away from Ukraine and join Russia.
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UKZN students face charges over criticism
IOL News 10 March 2014

Four University of KwaZulu-Natal masters students have been slapped with several charges for contravening the rules for student discipline.
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IBM strike reflects worker power in China
Pretoria News 9 March 2014

A wildcat strike at an IBM factory in southern China illustrates how tectonic shifts under way in the country's labour market are emboldening workers to take matters into their own hands, raising risks for multinationals.
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NAPM Condemns arrest of Akhil Gogoi and other KMSS activists
NAPM 5 March 2014

The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has been spearheading a vibrant peasant’s struggle in Assam raising issues of land grab, displacement and corruption. On 2nd March, 2014, Akhil Gogoi, one of the leading figures of the KMSS, was picked up from his residence in early hours of the morning, on charges of inciting Sri Pranab Boro to self-immolation. Though the National Alliance of people’s Movements (NAPM), mourns the death of Sri Pranab Boro, it condemns the Government’s attempt to malign the name of the KMSS in this tragic loss of life.
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Ukraine: (Updated March 3) Anti-war statements from the Russian left
A statement from the Russian Socialist Movement 3 March 2014

Crimea: Not 'ours', and not 'yours'
Crimea has found itself unlucky to be at the intersection of Russia's imperialist ambitions, and the rough nationalist politics of the new Ukraine. The Open Left declares: the movement for self-determination in Crimea is more important in its significance than both, imperialist games and nationalist fervour.
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Violent clashes as India announces world's biggest election
Frank Jack Daniel (Yahoo News) 5 mjarch 2014

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Street clashes marred an announcement on Wednesday that India's general election will start on April 7 as passions run high in a race that pits Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi against the unpopular Nehru-Gandhi family's ruling party.
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AIDC’s Budget Statement: “It’s Full Circle Back to GEAR”
AIDC 27 February 2014

No-one can accuse Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan of producing an election-year people’s budget. This is a budget for the rich, the financiers, investors and credit rating agencies.

The Minister went out of his way to reassure the “market” that SA is good for business. This means social instability, service delivery protests and strikes have failed to move the ANC government. The government is moved by the “market” and the market alone.
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Plans for Clairwood rejected
Tony Carnie (The Mercury) 25 February 2014

THE proposed R2 billion logistics park at Clairwood racecourse in Durban has been rejected by the provincial department of environmental affairs following “critical concerns” by several departments in the eThekwini municipality.
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Hong Kong: Newly formed Refugee Union stages sit-in protests
Interviews with refugees fighting injustice and official high-handedness
Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info 21 February 2014

Chinaworker.info met the members of the newly formed Refugee Union at the Prince Edward offices of International Social Service Hong Kong (ISS-HK), which they occupied for one week, starting Tuesday 11 February, before being evicted by a court order. Two other welfare offices in Mong Kok and Tsuen Wan have also been occupied. ISS-HK receives government funding to administer social welfare payments to cover asylum seekers’ rent and emergency food provisions. These allowances are very low – so low, that it is hard to conceive how anyone survives like this! But there is growing anger among many of the 5,000 or so asylum seekers served by ISS-HK that the agency is failing in its legal obligations to administer the payments.
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DIY generation makes cents
Peter Haylett (Cape Times) 18 February 2014

THE time has come for a radical change in our thinking on electricity.

We have been wedded to the Eskom big coal, big grid model in which municipalities were actively discouraged from generating their own electricity for so long that they no longer think it’s viable. They are wrong, and failure to realise this will create huge financial problems for them in future.
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Solidarity with the fighting workers of Pradeep Laminators
Workers continue their struggle against brutal management
Venkatesh, New Socialist Alternative (CWI in India), Pune 12 February 2014

Chakan industrial estate in the north of the city of Pune, India, has hundreds of industrial units operating across various sectors, including engineering, automobile and packaging. Pradeep Laminators Pvt Ltd is one of these units. It manufactures flexible packaging material and employs more than 100 workers.
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SDCEA vows to fight
LookLocal 29 January 2014

THE South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) has pledged to bring unprecedented opposition against what it sees as a disregard for South Durban communities in the name of development.
27 January 2014
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Bring back Terry Bell
Cosatu 29 January 2014

The Congress of South African Trade Unions condemns the suspension of Terry Bell’s ‘Inside Labour’ column, which has been appearing every Friday for many years in Business Report, as an insert into the Pretoria News, Johannesburg Star, KZN Mercury and Cape Times, newspapers owned by Independent Newspapers and their new owner, Sekunjalo.
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Brazil World Cup Protests Turn Violent
Mara Ispas (Yahoo News) 27 January 2014

Sao Paolo – Anti-soccer World Cup demonstrations turned violent as clashes erupted on Sunday when thousands of protesters attacked police vehicles, torched other vehicles, and smashed bank windows in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
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We Reject the Poisonous Politic of Division
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement 18 January 2014

Unyawo Alunampumulo: A person is a person where ever they find themselves.

Our movement has a proud history of taking a clear and strong stand against xenophobia. Our movement has always been open to everyone who lives in the shacks and agrees with our politic. We ask people many questions before they join our movement. But we have never asked someone what country they were born in before welcoming them into our struggle. A neighbour is a neighbour no matter where they were born. A comrade is a comrade no matter where they were born or what language they speak. During the xenophobic attacks in May 2008 we insisted that a person is a person where ever they may find themselves. We insisted that South African belongs to all who lives in it. We took a decision to shelter and defend anyone under attack. We acted on that decision. There were no xenophobic attacks in any settlement affiliated to our movement.
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AMCU Divisions: struggle for democratic trade unions
DSM/WASP22 January 2014

On 20 January, the Workers and Socialist Party hosted a press conference to give a platform to rank-and-file AMCU leaders from Rustenburg voicing the concerns of key organisers and AMCU members at Impala, Amplats and Lonmin. We gave these workers’ leaders a platform to respond to the accusations levelled against them by AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa, without a right to reply, at a mass meeting of mineworkers in the Rustenburg platinum belt on Sunday 19 January. At the mass meeting, Mathunjwa named eight rank-and-file AMCU leaders he accuses of seeking to ‘destroy’ AMCU, ‘having tea with Zuma’ and taking money from government, demanding and taking bribes, starting a new union and bearing responsibility for the defeat of the Amplats strike against retrenchments early last year. One of the workers named by Mathunjwa was immediately assaulted by a group of workers prompting the police to intervene.
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Violence rattles Rio slums as World Cup looms
Paulo Prada (Yahoo News) 21 January 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Daily shootouts are rattling two of Rio de Janeiro's slums, communities that until recently showcased attempts to pacify the historically violent shantytowns.
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Police from Marikana massacre 'in new crackdown'
Yahoo News 20 January 2014

At least two police officers who took part in the deadly crackdown on Marikana miners in 2012 were implicated in the killing of three protesters this week, a press report said Sunday.
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E-toll shock for Durban driver
Bronwyn Fourie 16 January 2014

Durban - A Berea mother and son who have never driven their silver Honda Civic outside Durban were informed this week that they owed R460 in Johannesburg e-tolls.

Helen and Mark Ziegler also received a R750 speeding fine in 2013 – the photographed vehicle on the fine being a replica of their car.
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Alliance opposes petrol storage expansion plan
THE South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) believes the expansion of Vopaks storage capacity at Island View will increase toxicity levels in the South Durban Basin (SDB), which they call cancer alley.
Look Local 14 January 2014

Vopaks facilities will undergo a multi-million rand petrol storage expansion, increasing capacity from 19,000m3 to 64,000m3 at the Farewell-King site and from 9,000m3 to 60,000m3 at the Fynn site.
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Workers building Samsung factory riot in Vietnam
LibCom 9 January 2014

Thousands of construction workers building a Samsung's factory in Vietnam's northern Thai Nguyen province clashed with security guards on Thursday, leaving 13 people injured, four critically.
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