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SA budget a tragedy for poor and #FeesMustFall




CCS Seminar: Can the SA budget afford #FeesMustFall demands and other social spending?
Speaker: Patrick Bond
Date: Tuesday 23 February 2016
Time: 12:30-14:00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal
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The poor face double-digit inflation
Patrick Bond (Mail&Guardian) 26 February 2016

Look beyond the fawning and you’ll see some horrifying flaws in Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s budget, writes Patrick Bond.
So much in what Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced to Parliament in his budget speech on Wednesday was pleasing, such as the myriad developmental accomplishments, and yet so much more is truly ¬horrifying.

Apparently, achieving a balanced assessment is beyond most commentators trying to steady our feet on the SA Titanic, what with world financial markets roiling the rand.

In spite of bending over backwards to meet financial markets’ demands for a lower budget deficit (he promised just 2.4% of gross domestic product by 2018, down from 3.8%), Gordhan was pummelled by an immediate 3.2% currency collapse in the minutes after he spoke.

Frankly, most of us who pore over the budget speech are, in class terms, petit bourgeois or above. That’s revealed in the kinds of budget reviews that dominate media such as the Mail & Guardian.

When at theconversation.com a normally humane, democratic political scientist like Ongama Mtimka blithely praises Gordhan because “the increase in social grants continues to provide a social security net to millions of South Africans, keeping them out of extreme poverty,” he subliminally ignores the substantial after-inflation cuts to poor people’s grants.

So does another Conversation contributor, Leon Schreiber, when he says: “The fact that government has avoided cuts to social assistance grants is a politically shrewd move.”

Lads, here’s a fact check: Gordhan provides just a 3.5% nominal increase to foster care providers (who play such a vital role, given our catastrophic Aids orphan rate) and a 6.1% rise for mothers who are child support grant recipients. These poor families face double-digit inflation this year thanks to food, electricity and transport hikes.

So Gordhan’s “real” – after-inflation – cuts to welfare grants of several percent hurt us (in the petit-bourgeoisie) the least, yes, but 16.5-million recipients from South Africa’s lumpen-proletariat will struggle to find more holes in their frayed belts to tighten up, given that 63% of our compatriots – mostly women – already live below the poverty line.

Mtimku endorses South Africa proudly taking our financial place within the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) bloc: “The R2 billion allocated to the New Development Bank (NDB) focused on investments in Africa should be welcomed." .”

Reality check: what Tito Mboweni in 2013 termed the “very costly” NDB – for which taxpayers in each of the Brics countries will cough up $10-billion in capital – is run by hard-core neoliberals best known for privatisation and high-interest monetarism. The nonsensical “Africa rising” meme has come to a crashing end thanks to post-2011 commodity price implosions.

The continent’s current account deficit is soaring since excess multinational corporate profits are expatriated so quickly, not only through illicit financial flows (knocking South Africa for R330-billion a year since 2004) but also through licit outflows, because exchange controls have been removed.

And partly as a result, Africa’s foreign debt has doubled since 2006 to $400-billion – just as South Africa’s has doubled to $145-billion since Gordhan first took over the finance portfolio in 2009. That puts the continent back in the 1980s when fears of a developing countries debt crisis drove finance ministers into self-destructive fits of austerity and structural adjustment.

And so, directly as a result, the chaps who really yank Gordhan’s chain are not those of us in the vain intelligentsia overflowing with advice, praise or critique.

Let’s worry more about upper-class twits running Standard & Poor’s, Fitch and Moody’s international credit rating agencies, and financiers such as New York-based Goldman Sachs, which helped raid our currency on January 11, sending it to R17.99 to the dollar in a few minutes of flash-crash speculation, just after telling its traders that globally, the rand’s decline is the bank’s second most aggressive bet for 2016 (after the dollar’s rise).

These men can obviously be charged with malicious economic self-interest to the extent that in coming months it is likely they will hit Gordhan with junk-minister status. To that end, they’re still selling our currency short.

But, more complicated than mere ill will, recall that back in 2009, when International Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn advocated deficit spending to save world capitalism from implosion, Moody’s actually upgraded Gordhan after his soaring 7.3% deficit-to-GDP rise that year by raising our credit rating from BBB+ to A-. With similar wild abandon, Moody’s clowns also rated Lehman Brothers as “investment grade” just days before it crashed.

But now we see the impact of their turn from the whimsical to the wicked. Partly to their credit, these agencies have put pressure on Gordhan to throw cold water on President Jacob Zuma’s $100-billion nuclear follies. And to Gordhan’s credit, he dodged that round of Russian roulette by kicking the bullet over to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to do “preparatory work for investment in nuclear power.”

But what else might be pleasing to a lefty like me, twice trained by Gordhan in Marxist revolutionary theory alongside Natal Indian Congress youth at Mahatma Gandhi’s Phoenix ashram 31 years ago?

On the horrifying side, Gordhan announced a whopping R600-million increase in funds for the notorious public order policing unit – the unpunished Marikana hit men who joked about defective muti while planting weapons on their victims – instead of replacing it with skilled peace-broking units.

But on the other hand, this remark was uplifting: “Spending on defence, public order and safety services will rise from R172-billion this year to R204-billion in 2018-2019.”

Pleasing? Yes, because without being blatant about it, Gordhan just chopped out R8-billion of securocrat funds compared with Nene’s medium-term budget allocation last October.

But it was when Gordhan bragged of the state’s most active spending that leaders of my residential community grew furious. After living on Durban’s Bluff for the past seven years, the highlight of budget day was reviewing the carnage with the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance in a long strategy session two hours after Gordhan finished speaking.

In the basement of a Wentworth community hall that Gordhan himself once frequented, as rusty fans blew Durban’s humid air back at us, two dozen hardened activists of all races, classes, genders and ages mulled over his generosity towards Transnet, and how that will ¬ultimately be etched on our wretched landscape.

Gordhan would not be the first politician accused of pandering to the KwaZulu-Natal construction mafia by turning a blind eye to repeated collusion and overpricing here.

The current outrage is Transnet’s racist rerouting of the often exploding pipeline that doubles petrol-pumping capacity to Johannesburg from the Engen and Shell/BP plants here at Africa’s largest refining complex, sandwiching the Indian suburb of Merebank, whose Settlers Primary School has an asthma rate that was not long ago measured at 52%, the world’s highest.

Last month’s cost estimate on what Transnet originally priced at R6-billion is now R29-billion.

When Mtimku celebrates that Gordhan’s “investment in infrastructure aimed at stimulating the economy is continuing, with over R870 billion planned,” he should first dissect how much of that vast sum goes to Zuma’s KwaZulu-Natal white elephant breeding project.

In south Durban, we look at the Baltic Dry Index that measures shipping capacity: it’s now at its lowest in history (about 300 after a 2008 peak of 12 000).

And fossil fuel prices have hit the floor, casting a dark spell over Gordhan’s bragging that “work has begun on a new gas terminal and oil and ship repair facilities at Durban”.

Ironically perhaps, this sentence came just after Gordhan praised the Paris Cop21 summit’s (highly dubious) commitment to fighting climate change.

He continued: “We need to accelerate infrastructure investment in the period ahead. So we must broaden the range and scope of our co-funding partnerships with private-sector investors. In taking this forward, we are able to draw on our experience in road funding concessions.” Oops, he hasn’t been briefed by Premier David Makhura about the impact of those concessions on the ANC’s Gauteng voter base.

Worst of all, violating both climate and economic common sense, Gordhan bragged about Transnet’s financing of the lead presidential infrastructure co-ordinating commission project, with its planet-threatening goal of rail-to-ship transfer of 18-billion tonnes of coal.

That Waterberg-Richards Bay line – also costing in the hundreds of billions of rands – may have looked profitable in 2008 with coal at $170 a tonne, but now the price is $50 a tonne. Yet the project trundles on.

Further south, describing frustrating delays in getting Durban’s dig-out port up and running in 2012, Toyota boss Johan van Zyl (whose plant is adjacent to the old airport site) complained: “If return on investment is the line of thinking, we may never see the infrastructure.”

Amid rumours of a two-year dig-out port delay, in December Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Zeph Ndlovu insisted on adding this large white elephant to the herd: “We have to press ahead and if we are to unseat our competitors up north, we can’t win this battle if we pull back every now and then and look at accounting principles.”

Whether Gordhan goes ahead with reducing the state payroll by tens of thousands of public servants or continues his nudge-nudge-wink-wink towards corporations’ illicit financial flows, it’s in the coddling of accounting-challenged KwaZulu-Natal cronies and the crackdown on welfare grant recipients that Gordhan has most decisively intervened in South Africa’s world-leading class struggle. Pleasing to some, yes, and hopefully horrifying to most.

Patrick Bond is director of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Civil Society and a professor of political economy at the University of the Witwatersrand. (This article was adapted following theconversation.com's reattribution of quotations.)
http://mg.co.za/article/2016-02-25-the-poor-face-double-digit-inflation


Pravin Gordhan tried to reassure capitalist investors - NUMSA
Irvin Jim 25 February 2016

Irvin Jim says Treasury must accept their right-wing policies are responsible for the economy being in junk status

Numsa statement on the Budget 2016
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa is not disappointed with the 2016 Budget delivered by Pravin Gordhan, because the trajectory of the budget continued to sing to the tune of international and local finance capital, white monopoly capital and credit rating agencies.

As so often in recent years, the budget speech can only be described as an exercise in “business as usual”, a speech which gave no hint that the minister understands the depth of the crisis facing the poor, working class majority of South Africans.

There were some passing references to “the challenges of tough economic times and difficult adjustments”, “the retreat of capital” and “emerging patterns of predatory behaviour and corruption” but nothing about the devastating quadruple crisis of unemployment, poverty, inequality, corruption.

He was obviously trying to reassure capitalist investors - and appease credit rating agencies who have threatened to downgrade the South African economy to ‘junk’ status - by pretending that everything is under control and no radical changes are required to the neo-liberal policies the ANC government has been following for the last two decades, which have so clearly failed.

The Minister’s approach was a continuation of the GEAR strategy, now enshrined in the National Development Plan, for neoliberal, free-market capitalist policies. Notwithstanding the revolving door of finance ministers, Treasury has maintained its neoliberal path through successive annual austerity budgets.

The 2016 budget is no different. It contains the hallmarks of austerity, some of which include:

- A reduced budget deficit projected at 3.2% and declining to -2.4% in the medium term;

- Freezing of so-called “non-critical vacant posts” in the public service through which the reduction in the expenditure ceiling of R25 billion will be achieved over the next three years;

- Projected real annual average growth in expenditure to be limited to 0.8% in the medium term;

- Opening the door to privatisation of state-owned enterprises, despite the Minister refusing to describe it as that

On inequality there was not even the expected token gesture to raise taxes on the very rich, just the incredibly evasive statement that “our current taxes on wealth are under review by the Davis Committee”. Within a context of shortfalls in revenue collection it would have been appropriate to finally introduce a wealth tax, with added benefit of reducing rising inequality.

One of the biggest reasons for the massive levels of inequality is the illicit flows of capital to tax havens and what Gordhan himself describes as “abusive practices by multinational corporations and wealthy individuals”.

Yet the best he can offer as a solution to these problems is a promise that “with effect from 2017, international agreements on information sharing will enable tax authorities to act more effectively against them”. This lame statement demonstrates that the ANC government acts in the best interest of capitalists with no political will whatsoever to stem the tide of illicit flows of capital.

But while putting off action to tackle millionaire tax dodgers, there is no good news for the poor.

Last year Nene cut the welfare grants budget in real terms by several per cent. In this year's budget, there is a 6.4% nominal increase for the larger grants: "Old age‚ disability and care dependency grants will rise by R80 to R1‚500 in April 2016‚ and by a further R10 to R1‚510 in October."

So R1505 is the average 2016-17 payment to people, an increase per month of R90 (6.36%). The child support grant will rise by R20 to R350 (up 6.1%). The foster care grant rises by R30 to R890 (3.5%).

Given however the anticipated double-digit food prices, a potential 16% Eskom increase and high transport price rises, inflation for poor people will be more than 10%, so there will be a real cut in living standards, as the increase for the average grant recipient is in the range of 3.5% to 7%.

There was nothing concrete on the long-promised National Minimum Wage, Comprehensive Social Security Plan and National Health Insurance system. All he could say was that “Progress has been made towards a minimum wage framework, and to reduce workplace conflict. The National Health Insurance White Paper has been published, and proposals for comprehensive social security will be released by mid-year”.

The only crumb of comfort is that he took a similar vague view on the planned nuclear energy deal, which Numsa strongly opposes. All he said was that “Minister Joemat-Pettersson is overseeing our renewable energy, coal and gas IPP programme, and preparatory work for investment in nuclear power.” Such a half-hearted reference to what President Zuma saw as a key project, suggests that it may also have been put on the back burner.

On higher education the minister did nothing more than Jeff Radebe had already announced. He has given R5.4 billion a year "additional" to the R63.7 billion "Post-School Education and Training" line item.

An additional R16.3 billion has been allocated for higher education over the next three years. R5.7 billion of this addresses the shortfall caused by keeping fees for the 2016 academic year at 2015 levels, and the carry-through costs over the MTEF period. R2.5 billion goes to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme to clear outstanding student debt, along with a further R8 billion over the medium term to enable current students to complete their studies.

But this R5.4 billion additional funding is tokenistic compared to the R35 billion a year that even the neoliberal Democratic Alliance has advocated. As even that party pointed out, [the Ministerial Committee] found that South Africa’s budget for universities as a percentage of GDP was only 0.75%, lower than the Africa-wide proportion of 0.78%, the world-wide proportion of 0.84% and the proportion spent by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries of 1.21%.

“The report also noted that between 2000 and 2010, state funding per full-time equivalent student fell by 1.1% annually in real terms, while fees per each of these students increased by 2.5% annually in the same period…” (Democratic Alliance, Oct 2015)

The minister announced the tabling of the draft Revenue Laws Amendment Bill, which is intended to postpone by two years the compulsory annuitisation of provident funds. As Numsa has previously indicated this is too late as the Taxation Laws Amendment Act is scheduled to be implemented in less than a week on 1 March. Furthermore this belated bill will not address constitutional problems in the original act as it was incorrectly processed as a money bill.

The budget is presented within a context of threats of further investment ratings downgrades for the country by international credit ratings agencies, and makes the admission that debt-service costs are the “fastest growing category of spending”, with an annual increase of 11.4% over the medium term.

The bulk of this is drawn from foreign funding sources, which leaves us at the mercy of volatile exchange rate fluctuations and foreign interest rates that slavishly respond to the tyranny of credit ratings agencies, thereby increasing debt servicing costs. The time has come to consider local sources of financing.

The Public Investment Corporation (PIC), for example, controls assets worth over R1, 8 trillion, the bulk of which is composed of the Government Employee Pension Fund (GEPF), and much of which is ironically invested in foreign financial markets.

One of the worst aspects of the budget speech, however, is Gordhan’s frequent references to what he insisted is not “privatisation”, but in reality is. For example he says: “We must broaden the range and scope of our co-funding partnerships with private sector investors. This requires an appropriate framework to govern concession agreements and associated debt and equity instruments, and appropriate regulation of the market structure”.

He reported that Minister Brown is in discussion with Transnet’s leadership on measures to accelerate private sector participation in the ports and freight rail sector. The Budget Review also says government is looking at “strategic partnerships” to allow SAA “to draw on private sector capital and technical expertise to improve its performance and expand its network”.

“The recent tremors felt by emerging markets,” he said, “are a warning that we need to take corrective steps urgently or we will be worse off. At the same time, we need to move forward to mobilise the resources and capacity of all our people, large and small enterprises, civil society organisations and public-private partnerships.”

As the Daily Maverick correctly concluded minutes after the speech, “Gordhan puts state-owned companies on notice”.

Numsa notes with concern that special economic zones and employment-intensive sectors with export potential have been prioritised for support by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). This is however happening at a time when IDC has refused to fund or to buy Evraz Highveld Steel, a plant that employees about 18 000 workers.

If it closes the whole of Emalahleni in Mpumalanga would become a ghost town like many towns which are victims of deindustrialisation. Why will this government throw money to IDC, which has been spending billions on green field projects for years, but won't spend money to save so many jobs? If this capacity is destroyed it will never come back?

Numsa demands the following immediate steps:

1. The Numsa ANC government must nationalise Evraz Highveld Steel or, through the IDC, they must buy it for R150 Million - a drop in the ocean in comparison to splashing billions to green fields and to so-called black industrialists.

2. Numsa calls on the black industrialists who are now swimming in no less than R23 billion to invest their free allocated money in buying this company, as we are completely uninformed as to what they will be investing this huge allocation on.

3. Government must appreciate that our country is facing a national crisis of a job loss bloodbath - a national emergency; action is needed now not tomorrow and in the light of this crisis Numsa demand that government nationalise the steel Industry and the entire value chain in manganese, coal, iron ore and vanadium.

This government, in particular the Treasury, must accept that their right-wing conservative policies are directly responsible for the economy being in a junk status, whose results has been mass poverty, unemployment, inequalities. This chosen path resembles the old apartheid capitalist colonialism and this can only mean that apartheid and a system of racism through a new dispensation in our country has continued by other means and both systems have successfully kept blacks and Africans at the bottom of the food chain.

This government must act swiftly and urgently so as to cut interest rates, bring back capital controls to stimulate the economy and to stop capital flights, both legal and illegal.

All capitalist right-wing wing ideological priests must accept that for the past 21 years there has been no socialism in SA and they must take full responsibility for the mess, including Tito Mboweni, Trevor Manuel and the Free Market Foundation led by Herman Mashaba who is anti-worker and a union basher who has now made himself available for an opportunist project to be Mayor of Johannesburg for the DA.

He is challenging in court collectively negotiated agreements in order to reverse all workers’ hard-won gains, their improvements, benefits and conditions of work. This very desperate greedy capitalist and exploiter still wants to win elections through the carcasses of the slaves he is determined to keep exploiting.

Numsa, unlike the Current ANC of Gwede Mantashe, the SACP of Blade Nzimande and the Cosatu of Sdumo Dlamini, sees itself as an embodiment of what the revolutionary alliances of Chris Hani, Oliver Tambo, Joe Slovo and Harry Gwala were about; that is why we demand an economy and a budget, that must be based on:

- Concrete measures to fast-track the redistribution of land

- A concrete programme of nationalisation of the commanding heights of the economy in order to restore the wealth of the country to the people as a whole – thereby ending poverty and unemployment, and freeing the genius of all our people to contribute to create wealth for themselves

- Full employment for all who need work, which is both a duty and a right

- Full social security for all human beings

- Full free medical services for all

- Housing for all, as a human right

- Abolition of all racial, gender and other forms of discrimination in wages, the work place, communities and culture

- Full state funding for education from birth to death, for all

- Proper conditions of work and decent pay for all public sector workers, and the protection of their right to demand wage increases

- Creation and restoration of the manufacturing capacity of South Africa, under popular working class control and ownership

- Abolition of the apartheid geography, economic and cultural landscape that continues to scar our country, 22 years into the so-called democracy.

The measures we propose above are perfectly possible, and doable. They are a fundamentally important step if we are serious about pulling the country out of the triple crisis of poverty, unemployment and inequalities rather then responding to the propaganda of rating agencies. Our true measure of the development and growth of our economy and country must be determined on the basis of the demands we make above, and not on the growth of profits in a sea of growing poverty, unemployment and inequalities.

South Africa, just like the rest of Africa is too rich to fail to provide for all its peoples. The problem is the current concentration of wealth and political power in the hands of a dominant but tiny filthy rich parasitic capitalist class and mass poverty for the majority - the system called capitalism.

The challenge we face is how to reach and educate every worker and every poor rural dweller, about the real causes of their poverty and suffering, and how to end it. This year we must dedicate ourselves to organising, mobilising and educating ourselves for the overthrow of the God of Profit and its tiny filthy rich followers and parasites in government. The alternative is to starve to death in a rich country.

Numsa reiterates its total opposition to privatisation and all policies whose aim it is to placate white monopoly capitalism and their credit rating agencies. We call on all workers, employed and unemployed, to join us in our United Front, in the work we are involved in to create a new federation, in the work of forming and developing a genuine revolutionary socialist political party of the working class and in defence of Numsa.

This budget, and the ANC government’s commitment to the neoliberal National Development Plan, makes it more necessary than ever to form such a party to fight for the nationalisation of the big capitalist monopolies and the building of a democratic socialist society.

Working together, we cannot fail!

Organise or starve to death!

Statement issued by Irvin Jim, Numsa General Secretary, 25 February 2016




Budget: Pensioners and children will be poorer
Social grant increases are below inflation

Elroy Paulus 25 February 2016

Grant recipients will have less money to spend following the Minister of Finance's budget announcement yesterday. Photo: Government website

With more than one third of South Africa’s population dependent on social grants, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s announcement that grants are not even going to keep pace with inflation is disappointing.
Social Grant Grant amount in rands 2016/17 Grant amount in rands 2015/16 % increase
(inflation is 6.2%)
Child Support Grant 350 330 6.1

Grant-in-Aid 350 330 6.1

Foster Child Grant 890 860 3.5

War Veteran's Grant 1,520 1,440 5.6

Care Dependency Grant 1,500

(1,510 from October) 1,420 5.6

(6.3 from October)
Disability Grant 1,500

(1,510 from October) 1,420 5.6
(6.3 from October)
Older Person's Grant 1,500

(1,510 from October) 1,420 5.6
(6.3 from October)

In his speech yesterday the Minister described the context as a "combination of multiple demands and constrained resources".

He asked how the state should deal with such complexity and what should be prioritised.

One of the key state instruments to reduce extreme inequality and poverty remains the significant rollout of social grants and the strengthening of social security reform initiatives. We commend his stated intention to extend the social safety net. State allocations by government to those who rely on social grants in our nation, especially at this time, are utterly crucial.

We are disappointed that the increases made to these grants do not even keep pace with inflation. This was acknowledged by senior Treasury officials yesterday and we cannot endorse this decision.

Whilst we appreciate that the 2016 Budget was a fine balancing act in difficult times, we think that this decision will again affect persons in the lower income categories disproportionately.

As the table above shows,for instance, the older person’s grant goes up only 4.2% this year while inflation is running at 6.2% a year. Food inflation is even higher. This means recipients of the grant are actually getting poorer in terms of what they can buy with their money.

The behaviour of some financial service providers that are responsible for predatory practices

against social grant beneficiaries in particular, needs to be challenged more urgently. These predatory institutions are wreaking great harm, especially on grant beneficiaries.

We should reject with contempt the practices of these financial service companies – including some insurance, credit, and funeral companies. The judgement in the Flemix case against those seeking unlawful emolument attachment orders against farmworkers, sadly revealed that even some in the legal fraternity (involved in debt collection agencies and loan companies), are guilty of these predatory practices.

Now working class families increasingly have to assist their aged parents, our disabled sisters and brothers affected by these disputed or fraudulent social grant deductions. This is over and above those fearing extortion by loan sharks. They have to stretch their already stretched own income.

Whilst this happens to one cohort of South Africans, another cohort, the wealthy owners of businesses, enrich themselves on these deductions. This practice not only erodes the gains made by the State, but also contributes to so much social tension and fuels inequality.

We hope that the raft of legislation and regulations addressing these immoral practices by some

companies and individuals will finally stop these deductions and unacceptable practices from social grants.

On the revenue generation side, we welcome the decision not to raise VAT, which is an easy way to increase revenue collections. An increase in VAT would have had a seriously adverse effect on the already strained consumption patterns of lower income earners and the working class.

Much more could have been done to cut public spending. Appointed and

elected officials paid from public money could lead by example when calling for austerity measures themselves. A lot of public respect would have been gained if Ministers and the highest earning public servants took even a small cut in their salaries, as has happened in countries such as Brazil, Bolivia and Tanzania.

Paulus is National Advocacy Manager and spokesperson for Black Sash.


Alternative Information and Development Centre, AIDC on the 2016/17 Budget: Caught between the credit ratings agencies and the local government elections

The 2016/17 budget will hurt, but the real pain is still to come. The Minister of Finance has cleverly deferred the real pain to non-electoral years. As for now, the budget is a prisoner of the demands from the credit ratings agencies and the need to stop the further alienation of the ANC’s electoral base before the forthcoming local government elections. It is however doubtful that the measures announced by Finance Minister Gordhan will satisfy the credit ratings agencies and prevent a down grade to junk level. Should a down grading occur, it will throw out most of the calculations that this budget is based on. The Treasury promises that such an event will be met by “aggressive austerity measures” (Budget Review p.30), obviously believing that this is politically and socially possible. In the current climate of increased social tensions, this is delusional. But the government is trapped in the neo-liberal cage and the longer it stays the same, the worse it will get.

The Fees Must Fall movement will be deeply disappointed with this budget. It fails to put free higher education on the radar, never mind suggesting a free education and insourcing plan. R16bn is reallocated to post school education and training, but the allocation in real terms per student over the coming three years will fall!

The budget perpetuates a development path that has failed and which has brought us to this crisis point. It contains no perspective of dealing with South Africa’s nightmarish unemployment and inequality levels. What is the government’s strategy to deal with the current wave of retrenchments affecting the heart land of the country’s industrial base (mining and mineral processing)? The budget has nothing to say. The indecisiveness of the government is evident.

The poor will get poorer as a result of this budget. While the social grants are increased by 6.1-6.4% (the foster care grant by a mere 3.4%), the cost of living will rise much more among the poorest households. Already in Statistics SA’s inflation report for January, the inflation that hits the poor is measured at 6.6% year on year. Food inflation alone is expected to rise to well above 10% this year, further eroding the grant increases.

The insufficient increases of the social grants are especially appalling since there was a political space before the budget for increased taxation of high income earners. Surprisingly, the government did not use the space. Instead it balances a slight increase of personal taxation (through the effect of inflation on tax brackets) by increasing the tax credit for medical insurance. Given the government’s commitment to a national health insurance scheme, one must wonder why this tax credit is not instead gradually withdrawn. On the individual level, the net effect of the adjustments in fact becomes a tax cut across the board, even for income millionaires (p. 143 in the Budget Review)! The major tax increases hit consumption and are regressive. The increase of the fuel levy by 30 cents per litre adds R6.8bn to the revenue, but this will hit the working class and the poor harder, as they spend a larger share of their income on transports, just as is the case with food inflation.

In this budget the Treasury is further cutting the size of the public sector, by reducing the budget deficit more aggressively than was indicated in the Midterm Budget policy statement. This is what the credit ratings agencies wanted and demanded. A smaller public sector will increase the social crisis for the majority. Minister Gordhan has also strongly signalled that privatisation is back on the government’s agenda. This will be pursued through the sale of “non-performing assets”, but it has greater significance in the form of private public partnerships in the delivery of mega infrastructure projects in transport, energy e t c. The renewable energy industry has already been handed over to big multinational corporations. Now the government intends to do the same with coal fire power stations and even nuclear. This will accelerate the increase in tariffs for basic services, such as electricity, transport and possibly water and sanitation.

In the coming year, South Africa will require new alliances of students, workers and poor communities to bury austerity, privatisation and the neo liberal trajectory that this government is wedded to under the tutelage of the creditors and predatory financiers.

Further comments: Brian Ashley: 0820857088 and Dick Forslund: 0828957947

Gordhan’s complacency paints over SA’s grim reality
Zwelinzima Vavi 26 February 2016

#Budget2016 / If a visitor from another planet was sitting in the South African Parliament on Wednesday, listening to Pravin Gordhan’s Budget speech, he or she would conclude that South Africa is a wealthy, peaceful country, with maybe just a few little problems here and there, caused by worldwide economic stagnation and the drought, neither of which the government can be blamed for.

The contrast between the finance minister’s bland and complacent picture of the country and the grim reality of desperate poverty, sky-high unemployment, widening inequality and epidemic levels of corruption that are facing the majority of its people could not be greater.

His guiding principle appeared to be to tell international credit rating agencies that they have nothing to worry about, certainly nothing to justify downgrading South Africa to “junk” status, because everything is under control and the country is on the brink of an economic revival.

The reality is that the crisis is getting even worse and this Budget contained nothing to suggest that it would be getting better any time soon. On the contrary, the minister maintained the path he and his predecessors have pursued in successive austerity budgets, based on the neoliberal Gear strategy of the 1990s and its continuation in the National Development Plan.

On inequality Comrade Gordhan did not even make the widely expected token gesture of raising taxes on the very rich, only an assurance that “our current taxes on wealth are under review by the Davis Committee”. One of the biggest reasons for South Africa becoming the world’s most unequal society is the illicit flow of capital to tax havens, depriving Sars of trillions of rands of unpaid taxes, the minister could only promise that “with effect from 2017, international agreements on information sharing will enable tax authorities to act more effectively against them”.

No good news for poor
But while he is putting off action to tackle millionaire tax dodgers for a year, there is no similar good news for the poor. Social grants are to be increased, but by amounts well below the expected levels of inflation for poor families, given a potential 16 percent Eskom tariff hike and the anticipated double-digit food prices as a result of the drought and the fall in the rand. So real inflation for the poorest families will be above 10 percent, while the increase for the average grant recipient is between 3.5 percent and 7 percent.

Nor was there any good news on the long-awaited National Minimum Wage, Comprehensive Social Security Plan and National Health Insurance system. The best he could promise was that “Progress has been made towards a minimum wage framework, and to reduce workplace conflict. The National Health Insurance White Paper has been published, and proposals for comprehensive social security will be released by mid-year”.

I noted that the minister said he was tabling a draft Revenue Laws Amendment Bill, which was intended to postpone by two years the compulsory annuitisation of provident funds, which all workers were so angry about. But he was too late, as the Taxation Laws Amendment Act was scheduled to be implemented on Tuesday.

I welcome the additional R16.3 billion for higher education over the next three years, but credit for this must go not to the minister but the students whose #FeesMustFall campaign compelled government to keep fees for the 2016 academic year at 2015 levels.

But it remains a scandal that South Africa’s budget for universities as a percentage of gross domestic product is lower, at 0.75 percent, than the African average of 0.78 percent, the world-wide proportion of 0.84 percent and the proportion spent by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries of 1.21 percent.

For me the most alarming features of the Budget speech, was what Comrade Gordhan insisted on not calling “privatisation”, but was clearly just that. He says: “We must broaden the range and scope of our co-funding partnerships with private sector investors. This requires an appropriate framework to govern concession agreements and associated debt and equity instruments, and appropriate regulation of the market structure.”

Private sector
Minister Lynne Brown, he reported, was in discussion with Transnet’s leadership on measures to accelerate private sector participation in the ports and freight rail sector. The Budget Review also says government is looking at “strategic partnerships to allow SAA “to draw on private sector capital and technical expertise to improve its performance and expand its network”.

“The recent tremors felt by emerging markets,” he said, “are a warning that we need to take corrective steps urgently or we will be worse off. At the same time, we need to move forward to mobilise the resources and capacity of all our people, large and small enterprises, civil society organisations and public-private partnerships.”

This is without doubt a policy of creeping privatisation, a green light to capitalist hyenas to start preparing to get their teeth into publically owned enterprises and run them to maximise profits, rather than operate a public service.

In conclusion I repeat what I said in my response: “The Budget speech today, like all other before, simply does not represent any new direction. It blatantly refuses to accept the deepening crisis of poverty, unemployment and inequalities or even the scale of corruption. It is the continuation of the old business as usual ignoring the plight of the black working class and the poor.”

Zwelinzima Vavi is the former Cosatu general secretary.
The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Independent Media.


Budget 2016: A strong society and economy is built on its people: social grant allocations inadequate.
PACSA Media release 24 February 2016

Minister Gordhan budget seeks to build stronger foundations for our future society and economy. Human capital is core to building a stronger foundation. At the most basic level, greater public investment is needed so that households can access sufficient and nutritious food. The increase of R90 on an old-age pension and R20 on a child support grant will not allow that. The implications of not ensuring the core foundational aspect of society is met by ensuring the household base is strong and able to absorb increasingly unpredictable and massive price fluctuations undermines our social and economic outcomes.

Underspending on food will further impact on the public health sector; result in low work place productivity; and underutilization of investments in education and public health.

The social grant increases announced by the Minister will neither stop people from falling into poverty nor help them escape poverty. The increases on social grants would not absorb the high levels of food price inflation projected at beyond 15% in 2016. The February 2016 PACSA food price data shows:

• Food price inflation on the food baskets which low-income households try and buy each month has increased by +R231.14 (14%) over the last 3 months from R1 648.10 in November 2015 to R1879.24 in February 2016.

• The PACSA food basket increased by +R82.20 (4.6%) in the last month from R1 797.04 in January 2016 to R1 879.24 in February 2016.

• The cost of feeding a small child (3-9 years) a nutritional but basic diet for a month; cost R546.80 per child in February 2016. Month-on-month, the cost of feeding a small child has increased by R18.55 (3.5%) from R528.25 in January 2015 to R546.80 in February 2016.

• The cost in February 2016 of a 10kg pocket of potatoes is R70.63; a loaf of brown bread is R9.92; 2 cabbages cost R27.95; a 5kg bag of sugar beans is R86.49; 4 litres of cooking oil is R90.48; and 2 litres of milk is R24.66.

Minister Gordhan has increased the state pension by R90 (6.3%) from R1 420 to R1510 (R10 is staggered till October); and the child support grant by R20 (6.1%) from R330 to R350. These increases do not take into account the projected CPI peak of 7.8% by the end of 2016.

The CSG’s rand value of R350 is not enough to meet the nutritional requirements of a small child in February 2016: R350 vs R546.80. This is an underspend of 36% on the plates of children. The R20 increase on the grant has almost already been eroded since the month-on-month increased by R18.55 between January 2016 and February 2016.

The state pension supports entire families. The total pension, with the R90 increase – if every cent was used on food - is not enough to afford a basket of food for households in February 2016: R1 510 vs. R1 879.24. Between January 2016 and February 2016, the food basket increased by R82.20, already eroding the first tranche of R80.

The increase in the fuel levy by 30 cents as well as the possible electricity increases will also contribute to rising food inflation and will make public transport more expensive – these directly impact on low-income households.

In the light of rising food prices, projected to increase beyond 15% in 2016, with STATS SA projecting an 11% increase towards the end of the year, and the severe household indebtedness and financial stress at household level; we expected that the Minister would have taken bold steps to relieve some of these pressures on low-income households, who make up the majority of households in South Africa.

Low-income households are the majority of households in South Africa. South Africa’s low labour absorption rates, low baseline wages earned by the majority of workers, and low social grant levels do not allow households to support themselves whilst ensuring a buffer to absorb price fluctuations. Annual increases in wages and grants are not keeping up with high levels of inflation (well beyond headline CPI) on goods and services for low-income households. This situation, over the last several years has become more severe. Households, unable to absorb shocks by spending more money have been viciously cutting back on expenditures and taking on higher levels of and more expensive unsecured credit. This strategy is now being found wanting, with deprivations acting to undermine health, education and productivity. These 3 aspects are the foundational elements of an economy – with its core in households having access to affordable, good quality nutritious and sufficient food and municipal and public services.

About PACSA
The Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA) is a faith-based social justice and development NGO that has been in operation since 1979. PACSA tracks the price of a basket of 36 basic food items from six different retail stores servicing the lower-income market in Pietermaritzburg and issues a monthly food price barometer which serves as an index for food price inflation and provides insight into the affordability of food and other essential household requirements for working class households.

PACSA media contact:
MERVYN ABRAHAMS
PACSA Director
PACSA | Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action
170 Hoosen Haffejee Street, Pietermaritzburg, 3201 | P O Box 2338, Pietermaritzburg, 3200
Tel +27 33 342 0052 | Fax +27 33 342 0303
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 Patrick Bond on comparative solidarity with Palestine and South Africa, Johns Hopkins University, 7 April 
 Patrick Bond paper on Climate Change, Debt and Justice in Africa at University of North Carolina conference, 5 April 
 Zackie Achmat, Thando Manzi, Paul Routledge Dennis Brutus Memorial Debate: The state of our social movements, from SA to BRICS to the world 31 March  
 Paul Routledge CCS/Development Studies seminar on politics of climate change, 31 March 
 Zackie Achmat and Ndifuma Ukwazi offer activist Autumn School, 31 March - 2 April 
 Prince Mashele CCS Seminar: The fall of the ANC, 28 March 
 Patrick Bond seminar on a Redistributive Eco-Debt Payment system, University of Lund, 28 March 
 Waldemar Diener CCS Seminar: Identity formation amongst immigrant traditional healers, 27 March  
 Charles Mangongera & Toendepi Shonhe CCS Seminar: Who rules Zimbabwe - and what should civil society do now? , 25 March 
 Patrick Bond and Xolani Dube debate 20 years of liberation (plus booklaunch), Time of the Writer festival, 20 March 
 Lukhona Mnguni, Molaudi Sekake & Lesiba Seshoka (invited)CCS Seminar: UKZN student woes and freedom of expression, 20 March  
 Patrick Bond responds to Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim foreign policy presentation, 19 March 
 Vanessa Burger and Faith kaManzi support Durban harbour mobilisation, Dalton Hostel, 16 March 
 Israeli Apartheid Week talk by Miko Peled, CCS co-sponsorship with Palestine Solidarity movement, 14 March 
 Peter McKenzie CCS Seminar: Cato Manor Between hope and Possibility, 13 March 
 Patrick Bond testimony on water politics at SA Human Rights Commission, 11 March 
 Patrick Bond lecture at Rosa Luxemburg centenary of Accumulation of Capital, Berlin, 9 March 
 Patrick Bond seminar on SA's Resource Curse, Harare, 28 February 
 Sreeram Chaulia CCS Seminar on Brazil-Russia-India-China-SA, 25 February 
 Patrick Bond seminar on 'tokenistic' social policy at UKZN Development Studies, 19 February 
 Patrick Bond addresses PanAfrican Climate Justice Alliance challenges, Dakar, 10 February 
 China Ngubane addresses conference on Community Serving Humanity, UKZN, 12 February 
 Vishwas Satgar runs workshop on the United Front approach, 30 January 
 Patrick Bond addresses Numsa shopstewards on economic crises, Johannesburg, 25 January 
 Patrick Bond testifies to Parliament against mega-projects, 16 January 
 Shauna Mottiar Protest and participation in Cato Manor, Merebank and Wentworth, 15 January  
 Patrick Bond lecture on development and political economy and method, Birzeit University, Ramallah, Palestine, 6 January 
 Events Index 2013 
 China Ngubane and Patrick Bond speak at the People's Dialogue BRICS strategy session, Johannesburg, 10-12 December 
 Thando Manzi and Patrick Bond discuss Durban slum research at the Institute of International Affairs, Oslo, 10 December 
 Patrick Bond, Farai Maguwu and Khadija Sharife testify to African Union commission against corruption, Arusha, 7 December 
 Mithika Mwenda CCS Seminar: Report-back from Warsaw climate summit, 6 December 
 Patrick Bond debates natural capital and GDP at Wits University, Johannesburg, 5 December 
 CCS hosts Democracy from Below citizenship movement 30 November - 1 December 
 Giuliano Martinello CCS Seminar: Dispossession and resistance to SA agribusiness in the new scramble for Southern and Eastern African land, 28 November  
 Patrick Bond at South Durban BRICS-from-below campaign against port-petrochemical expansion, Wentworth, 27 November 
 Film Screenings: Non-Violence as a Strategy for Social Change: CCS Seminar room, 19 September, 17 October, 21 November 
 Patrick Bond debates climate and capitalism at COP19 in Warsaw, 17 November 
 CCS participates in South Durban People's Climate Camp, 14-17 November 
 Patrick Bond lectures on global finance in Brussels, 13-15 November 
 Patrick Bond presents on Commoning, Rights and Praxis at Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Berlin, 8 November 
 Patrick Bond public lecture on the New Africa Scramble in Berlin, 7 November 
 Patrick Bond CCS Seminar: Financial crises and social resistance, from household to global scales, 6 November 
 Gcina Makoba & Muna Lakhani CCS Seminar: Mapping Waste From Cradle to Grave: the Inkanyezi Community Recyclers and Global Zero-Waste Movement, 31 October 
 CCS founder Adam Habib launches South Africa's Suspended Revolution, Ike's Books, 29 October 
 Brutus Memorial Debate: "From democracy to kleptocracy", 26 October 
 Faith Manzi CCS Seminar: The Anatomy of a Cato Manor 'Popcorn Protest', 24 October 
 Patrick Bond critiques financial markets at Unemployment Insurance Fund board meeting, 15 October 
 Waldemar Diener CCS Seminar: Cartooning race and class after Marikana, 10 October 
 Molaudi Sekake, Christelle Terreblanche & China Ngubane CCS Seminar: Commoning as an antidote to uneven development in Southern Africa, 9 October 
 CCS PhD student Vuyiseka Dubula leads AIDS research workshop, Johannesburg, 4 October 
 CCS co-organises workshop on 'Beyond Uneven Development' in Maputo, 1-3 October 
 Patrick Bond on Durban's urban neoliberalism, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, NYC, 29 September 
 Margherita di Paola Film Screening - On the Art of War, 20 September 
 Patrick Bond speaks on the World Economic Crisis and BRICS, at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, 13 September 
 Patrick Bond speaks at 'Rising Powers' workshop, Fudan University, Shanghai, 12 September 
 Patrick Bond at Shanghai Academy of Social Science, 11 September  
 Patrick Bond lecture on geopolitics at Institute for International Relations, Prague, 9 September 
 Patrick Bond at G20 Post-Globalisation Initiative G20 counter-summit, St Petersburg/Moscow, 2-6 September 
 Geoff Harris & Sylvia Kaye CCS Seminar: Nonviolence in social-change strategy and tactics, 30 August 
 Patrick Bond on BRICS and 'natural capital' at Centre for Natural Resource Governance, Harare, 29 August 
 Khadija Sharife at 'No REDD in Africa Network,' Maputo, 27-29 August 
 China Ngubane helps launch Diakonia's KZN School of Activism, Albert Falls, 27 August 
 Patrick Bond at Durban Flatdwellers conference, 24 August 
 China Ngubane, Joy Mabenge & Tafadzwa Maguchu Regional and Zimbabwean civil society challenged, 22 August 
 Ed Harriman, Khadija Sharife & Sarah Bracking CCS Workshop: Corruption, corporate bribery, arms deals and social critique, 21 August 
 Simphiwe Nojiyeza & Richard Kamidza CCS Seminar: Neoliberal water, neoliberal trade, 19 August 
 Patrick Bond debates BRICS, UKZN Student Union, 14 August 
 Simphiwe Magwaza, Simangele Manzi, Thando Manzi, Niki Moore, Knut Nustad, Jabulile Wanda & Philani Zulu CCS seminar on Cato Manor politics, Thursday, 15 August 
 Patrick Bond discusses SA's economic crisis at National Union of Metalworkers, Johannesburg, 8 August 
 Christine Jeske CCS Seminar: Social conceptualizations of work, unemployment, and blame in KwaZulu-Natal, 6 August 
 Larry Swatuk CCS Seminar on water resource conflicts, 1 August 
 Lorenzo Fioramonti Centre for Civil Society Seminar: Gross Domestic Problem, 18 July 2013 
 CCS hosts Open Society's Sustainable Development course for Southern Africa, 15-27 July 
 Faith ka-Manzi, Anne-Marie Debbané & Patrick Bond CCS Seminar on Durban hotspots (Cato Manor service delivery and South Durban privatised wastewater and port/petrochem expansion), 10 July 
 Thamsanqa Mthembu & Hylton Alcock Video Screening: Participatory video as a tool for social transformation, 4 July 
 Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja CCS Seminar: Southern Africa and the Challenge of the Congo, 27 June 
 Patrick Bond debates Blade Nzimande on 21st Century Socialism, Chris Hani Institute, Johannesburg, 25 June 
 China Ngubane & Patrick Bond CCS Seminar: The state of eco-social justice campaigning in East Asia and the Americas, 18 June 
 Khadija Sharife and Shauna Mottiar Analysis of illicit flight presented at the UN Economic Commission on Africa conference on illicit capital flight, Lusaka, 18 June  
 Patrick Bond at Ecuador conference on eco/economic crises, Quito, 12 June 
 Patrick Bond at Left Forum,New York City, 7-9 June 
 Patrick Bond lecture on Enviro Impact Assessments at Savannah School of Law in Georgia, 6 June 
 Amanda Huron, Amanda Thomas & Victoria Habermehl CCS Seminar: Geographies of Justice: experiences from three continents, 3 June 
 China Ngubane speaks at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development counter-summit, 1 June 
 Nik Theodore & China Ngubane CCS Seminar: Migration and the Struggle for Urban Space, from Chicago to Durban, 28 May 
 CCS hosts Antipode Institute for the Geographies of Justice, 27 May to 1 June 
 Abby Neely CCS Seminar: Local Biologies, and ART Protocols: A Political Ecology of Tuberculosis and the Body, 24 May 
 Silke Trommer CCS Seminar: Transformations in Trade Politics - Participatory Trade Politics in West Africa, 23 May 
 Patrick Bond at AIDC National Development Plan seminar, Cape Town 22 May 
 Thuli Hlela CCS Seminar: Mapping Water/Sanitation Services in KwaNyuswa, Valley of 1000 Hills, 21 May 
 China Ngubane participates in the Gumede Lecture Series 17 May 
 Maia Green CCS Seminar: Youth empowerment on South Africa's Wild Coast, 14 May 
 Patrick Bond talk on African poli-econ at OilWatch-Africa conference, Johannesburg, 13 May 
 China Ngubane, Joy Mabenge & Tafadzwa Maguchu CCS Seminar: Zimbabwe's Election Preparations and Civil Society Politics, 10 May 
 Blessing Karumbidza CCS Seminar: Government Clumsiness in Rural Entrepreneurial and Coop Support, 30 April 
 Khadija Sharife and Patrick Bond presentation on climate finance at SADC Basic Income Group strategic workshop, 25 April, Johannesburg 
 Sarah Bracking & Patrick Bond at SDCEA workshop, Clairwood, 20 April 
 Patrick Bond, Des D'Sa, Megan Lewis, China Ngubane and Bobby Peek CCS Seminar: Assessing BRICS, Friday 19 April  
 Patrick Bond paper on geopolitics at Univ of California-Riverside, 13 April 
 Patrick Bond presents on South Durban to Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, 10 April 
 Patrick Bond on territorial alliances at International Studies Association, 6 April 
 Faith ka-Manzi CCS Seminar: UMkhumbane (Cato Manor) ilokishi elithuthuka ngamandla kodwa elibhekene nezingqinamba ezahlukahlukene, 5 April 
 Patrick Bond on 'Making of Global Capitalism', International Studies Association, 4 April 
 Patrick Bond presentation on BRICS at International Studies Association, San Francisco, 3 April 
 Patrick Bond lectures on BRICS and the Dennis Brutus legacy, University of Pittsburgh, 2 April 
 Patrick Bond on skype to World Social Forum, 28 March 
 Ondøej Horký-Hlucháò CCS Seminar: The depoliticisation of civil society in post-communism, 28 March 
 Ashwin Desai & Kagiso Molope seminar on SA oppressions, 22 March 
 BRICS EVENTS 22 -27 MARCH 
 Patrick Bond at Ejolt workshop in Abuja, Nigeria, 20-21 March 
 Susan Abul Hawa workshop on Palestine liberation today, 20 March 
 Patrick Bond lectures on climate justice, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, 15 March 
 Candido Grzybowski BRICS seen from Rio, 13 March 2013 
 Patrick Bond at community BRICS briefing, Wentworth, 11 March 
 Choice Mahridzo, China Ngubane & Toendepi Shone CCS Seminar: Zimbabwe's future, from inside and out, Thursday 7 March 
 Patrick Bond gives UKZN Development Studies seminar on BRICS, 6 March 
 Patrick Bond debates Ebrahim Ebrahim on BRICS, ActionAid in Joburg, 28 February 
 Patrick Bond panel sessions on climate and BRICS at the Global Studies Conference, Univ of California-Santa Barbara, 23 February 
 Gcina Makoba & Thuli Hlela CCS Seminar: Mapping Inanda rubbish and Valley of 1000 Hills sanitation, 21 February 
 Patrick Bond talks about climate justice at Institute for Policy Studies in Washington on 19 February 
 Thandokuhle Manzi & China Ngubane CCS Seminar: Mapping Cato Manor sewage, animals and protest; and an Umlazi update, 13 February 
 Faith ka-Manzi CCS Seminar: Mapping AIDS, from body to city, 11 February 
 Delwyn Pillay CCS Seminar: A recent spatial history of Durban student unrest, 7 February 
 Patrick Bond briefing on BRICS at AIDC, Cape Town, 1 February 
 Patrick Bond CCS Seminar: BRICS as Pretoria's next site to 'talk left, walk right' 31 January 
 Patrick Bond at crisis & inequality seminar at Focus on the Global South, Bangkok, 28-29 January 
 China Ngubane, Patrick Bond & the Brutus Community Scholars CCS Seminar on social conflict mapping in Durban, 22 January 
 Patrick Bond testimony to NERSA against Eskom price hikes, Durban, 17 January 
 Bill Carroll CCS Seminar: Global corporate power and a new transnational capitalist class? 17 January 
 Don Chen CCS Seminar: Smart growth, urban equality and environmental justice, 16 January 
 Bill Carroll CCS Seminar: Research institutes dedicated to social justice - a global survey, 15 January 
 Mfundo Mtshwelo CCS Seminar: New critiques of South Africa's ruling party post-Mangaung, 11 January (Cancelled) 
 Events Index 2012 
 Phillip Lühl & Guillermo Delgado CCS Seminar: Unitary urbanism, towards maximal difference, 8 January  
 Khadija Sharife, Min-Jung Kim, Patrick Bond CCS Seminar: Doha's COP18 crash and climate justice (skypecast), 20 December 
 Patrick Bond lecture on BRICS in Moscow, 15 December 
 Patrick Bond lecture on Marikana and SA Resource Curse, Institute for African Studies, Moscow, 13 December 
 Patrick Bond lecture on environmental commodification, Manchester, 11 December 
 Khadija Sharife presentation on land-grabbed Africa at South South Forum 2, Chongqing China, 8 December 
 Patrick Bond lecture to African economic journalists on global economic governance, 6 December 
 Patrick Bond at IG Metall conference on inequality, 6 December 
 Patrick Bond on debt at Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Berlin, 30 November 
 Faith ka-Manzi delivers UKZN World AIDS Day Lecture, 29 November 
 Khadija Sharife Illicit flight and mining presentation at Economic Justice Network regional tax conference 27-29 November  
 Patrick Bond keynote address on Climate Justice to Norwegian Development Association, Oslo, 27 November 
 Pamela Ngwenya CCS Course: An introduction to video production 26-30 November 
 Patrick Bond on water rights and climate at Norwegian Development Studies panel, Oslo, 26 November 
 Primrose Sonti, Mbuso Ngubane, Mametlwe Sebei and Rudolph Dubula at Brutus Memorial Debate on Marikana, 22 November 
 Patrick Bond on SA's Resource Course at Amandla! colloquium, Gauteng. 16 November 
 Pamela Ngwenya & Ben Richardson CCS Seminar - Aid for trade and Southern African agriculture: the bittersweet case of Swazi sugar, 15 November 
 Patrick Bond on BRICS/G20 at SA Forum for International Solidarity, Johannesburg, 14 November 
 Ruth Castel-Branco CCS Seminar - Why unions still matter: the case of domestic worker organizing in Maputo, 8 November 
 CCS cohosts State of Zimbabwe Transition, Diakonia, 2 November 
 Liane Greeff CCS Seminar: ‘You can’t have your gas and drink your water!’ - the incompatibility of fracking to water rights, 29 October 
 Patrick Bond with Helmi Shawary at the Jozi Book Fair on Fanon in contemporary Africa, 28 October 
 Thami Mbatha, Faith ka-Manzi, China Ngubane & Percy Ngonyama Ukucwaswa kwabokufika (CCS seminar on xenophobia, in isiZulu) 26 October 
 Patrick Bond on Marikana narratives, at Leeds University School of Politics and African Studies, 26 October 
 Patrick Bond on South Africa resource cursed, at Manchester University Development Studies, 26 October 
 Patrick Bond skype lecture to ClimateMediaFactory, Berlin, 25 October 
 Patrick Bond on the Politics of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, at Limerick University, 24 October 
 Ewok's 'Letters to Dennis' at Poetry Africa, 19 October 
 Allan Kolski Horwitz Kebbleism, politics and art, 19 October 
 Philo Ikonya Centre for Civil Society and Centre for Creative Arts Seminar: Are there limits to the freedom of expression? 16 October 
 Patrick Bond debates Brazilians on the World Cup and human rights, Sao Paolo, 15 October 
 Maia Green CCS Seminar: Love and Power on the Wild Coast, 15 October 
 David van Wyk & Chris Molebatsi CCS Seminar: Marikana: Why? What next? 9 October 
 Peace Workshop, 4 October  
 Muhammed Desai seminar on Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions against Israel, 2 October 
 Patrick Bond plenary address to Muslim Youth Movement 40th conference, 30 September 
 Patrick Bond on MDGs, Redi Tlabi Radio 702 show, 25 September 
 Patrick Bond debates KZN provincial planner, 25 September 
 GreenSquad Alliance sponsors Nonviolence training, 21 September 
  Patrick Bond speaks on Resource-Cursed Southern Africa in Harare, 18 September 
 CCS film screening about 'post'-shopping, 18 September 
 Milford Bateman CCS Seminar: Civil society's microfinance mistakes, 13 September 
 Patrick Bond on detoxing South Durban at Umbilo community meeting, 12 September 
 Patrick Bond briefs OECD-Watch on Marikana and the SA Resource Curse, 11 September, Johannesburg 
 Melanie Müller CCS Seminar: What did COP17 do to SA environmentalism? 7 September 
 Patrick Bond at the Lost in Transformation book launch seminar, 6 September 
 Patrick Bond at Cosatu/AIDC seminar on employment, Port Elizabeth, 6 September 
 Muhammed Shabat & Asad Asad CCS Seminar: Israeli apartheid's challenge for academics in Gaza, 6 September 
 Adrian Nel CCS Seminar: Ugandan carbon forestry, community resistance and environmental management, 4 September 
 Jonathan Nkala CCS anti-xenophobia drama: The Crossing, 1 September 
 Patrick Bond debates Pravin Gordhan on South Durban's port expansion, Clairwood, 1 September 
 Youngsu Kim Trade union politics in South Africa and South Korea, 31 August 
 Patrick Bond on SA transition at Arab Spring conference, Pretoria, 30 August 
 Patrick Bond paper on environmental and social rights at Christian Michelsen Institute workshop, Norway, 27 August 
 Molefi Ndlovu on Qwasha! Durban street narratives about COP17, Christian Michelsen Institute, Norway, 26 August  
 Environmental Teach-In, 25 August  
 Delwyn Pillay, Dimple Deonath & Vanessa Black South Durban civil society confronts Back of Port planning, 23 August 
 Sarah Bracking CCS Seminar: Contesting the frontiers of value in society, nature and capitalism, RESCHEDULED FOR EARLY SEPTEMBER FROM 22 August 
 Nonhle Mbuthuma, John Clarke & Luc Hoebeke CCS Seminar: Avatar on the Wild Coast - lessons from Xolobeni against national and global commodification, 21 August 
 Patrick Bond lecture on White Elephants to S.Durban Community Environmental Alliance at Austerville Community Centre, 21 August 
 CCS brainstorm on Marikana Massacre, 21 August 
 Michael Dorsey CCS Seminar: Can the Green Climate Fund provide appropriate finance to Africa? 20 August 
 Percy Nhau CCS Seminar: Implications of the Secrecy Bill for Academic Research, 16 August 2012 
 Farai Maguwu & Patrick Bond CCS Seminar: Democratic Transitions from Top Down and Bottom Up: Prospects in Zimbabwe, 15 August 
 Faith ka-Manzi CCS Seminar: Izingqinamba ngezemvelo zaseThekwini, 8 August 
 Neima Adamo, Sergio Brito, Ester Uamba, Patrick Bond & Dimple Deonath CCS Seminar: Climate, water and destructive development from Maputo to South Durban, 3 August 
 CCS celebrates Brutus legacy at From Roots to Fruits non-violence conference, Durban Univ of Technology, 1 August 
 Matt Meyer & Elavie Ndura CCS Seminar: Nonviolent pedagogies of Africa's oppressed, from South Africa to the Great Lakes, 31 July 2012  
 Ravindra Kumar CCS Seminar: Gandhi, Democracy and Fundamental Rights, 30 July  
 Patrick Bond lecture on African political economy to Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, Johannesburg, 26 July 
 Ewok does Durban (with a French connection) UKZN Jazz Centre, 6pm, 25 July 
 Peter Muzambwe & Dean Chahim CCS Seminar: Solidarities of international urban residents and 'development' students, 25 July 2012 
 Terri Barnes CCS Seminar: Gender, autobiography and social justice, 24 July 
 Jim Kilgore meets Zimbabweans in central Durban, 23 July 
 Jim Kilgore CCS Seminar: Freedom never rests, when it comes to water commodification and service delivery protests, 23 July 
 Shalini Sharma CCS Seminar: Bhopal's catastrophe and representations of social mobilisation, 20 July 
 Jane Duncan CCS Seminar: Voice, political mobilisation and repression under Jacob Zuma, 19 July 
 Patrick Bond at Rio+20 reportback, 17 July, Diakonia Centre 
 Khadija Sharife & Patrick Bond CCS Seminar: The Decommissioning of Durban's Emissions Trade Pilot, 11 July 
 Bheki Buthelezi & China Ngubane CCS Seminar: Interpreting Umlazi's Unrest, Repression and Occupy Resistance, 9 July 
 Farai Maguwu CCS Seminar - Resource-cursed Zimbabwe's Marange blood diamonds, 6 July 
 Patrick Bond on climate justice at Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism, Goethe Institute, Johannesburg, 5 July 
 Eric Baldwin CCS Seminar: Housing Policy and Liberal Philosophy in Post-Apartheid South Africa, 5 July 
 Patrick Bond course lectures on political economy, ecology and social policy, 2-13 July 
 Khadija Sharife & Patrick Bond CCS Seminar - Rio+20 report-back, 2 July  
 Monica Fagioli CCS Seminar - State-building in practice: the Somali diaspora and processes of reconstruction in Somaliland, 28 June  
 Fidelis Allen at African politics conference, Dakar, 26 - 28 June 
 Patrick Bond on SA subimperialism and resistance, Rio+20 Intercoll.net seminar, 21 June 
 Molefi Mafereka Ndlovu, Niall McNulty & Lwazi Gwijane CCS Seminar: QWASHA! An online archive of community digital content, 21 June 2012 
 Patrick Bond on social and environmental justice strategies, Rio+20 Cupula dos Povos plenary, 18 June 
 Patrick Bond, Khadija Sharife & Baruti Amisi on African CDMs at the International Society for Ecological Economics, Rio de Janeiro, 17 June 
 Patrick Bond and Eddie Cottle discuss SA World Cup lessons for Brazil, 13 June, Rio 
 Kim Min-Jung speaks on climate activism and the COP17 at Gyeongsang Univ Institute of Social Studies, Korea, 15 June 
 Fidelis Allen & Khadija Sharife CCS Seminar: CDM cannot deliver: Lessons from Nigeria, 11 June 
 Patrick Bond at the Building and Wood Workers International debate on Green Economy and Sustainable Development, 11 June, Rio de Janeiro 
 Michela Gallo CCS Seminar: Zimbabwean civil society in South Africa, 7 June  
 Patrick Bond speaks at faculty strike support committee, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 6 June 
 Patrick Bond lecture on carbon trading at the Brazilian Society of Political Economy, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, 5 June 
 Patrick Bond on debt crises at Queens University, Canada, 30 May 
 Dennis Brutus Memorial Debate: Durban's Corruptions & Disruptions, 24 May 
 Maria Schuld CCS Seminar: Small wars ‑ A micro‑level analysis of violence in KwaZulu‑Natal, 17 May 
 Iain Ewok Robinson MCs the Brutus Sessions, 16 May 
 Patrick Bond on 'Imperial and subimperial interests in neoliberalised nature', keynote address at Sussex Univ SouthGovNet conference, Brighton, 16-17 May 
 Patrick Bond booklaunch on climate justice at Bookmarks, London, 14 May 
 Film & discussion on Genetic Engineering hosted by Green Squad Alliance, 11 May  
 Sasha Kramer & Anthony Kilbride CCS Seminar: Improving access to sanitation on a global scale, 10 May 
 Khadija Sharife talks on Tax Justice to the Economic Justice Network, Cape Town, 9 May 
 Patrick Bond skype lecture on media and climate policy, Bergen, Norway, 7 May 
 China Ngubane & Patrick Bond CCS Seminar: The Africa People's Charter, Zimbabwe People's Convention Charter and South African Reconstruction and Development Programme, 7 May  
 Patrick Bond unpacks eco-imperialism at People's Dialogue 'Green Economy' seminar, Johannesburg, 5 May 
 Patrick Bond at Comrade Babble play on Kebbleism, Johannesburg, 5 May 
 Durban can 'connect‑the‑dots' to climate change with 350.org, 5 May 
 Nosipho Mngoma, Percy Nhau and Murray Hunter CCS seminar on Right2Know for researchers and journalists, 4 May 
 Patrick Bond skype lecture on Green Capitalism to Rhodes Univ, 3 May 
 Ransom Lekunze CCS Seminar: Implications of global economic crisis for Africa, 25 April 
 Patrick Bond talks to Hospice AGM on 'From Caring about Stuff to Caring about Caring' , 25 April  
 CCS participates in the Global Teach - In 25 April 
 Michele Maynard CCS Seminar: African climate change and carbon trading politics, 23 April  
 Fidelis Allen at the Social Theory Forum at Univ.Massachusetts/Boston, 19 April 
 Baruti Amisi CCS Seminar: Will the Inga Hydropower Project meet Africa’s electricity needs?, 20 April  
 Trevor Ngwane CCS Seminar: Ideology, agency and protest politics, 18 April 
 Fidelis Allen & Patrick Bond CCS Seminar: The World Bank presidential race - African interests and personality profiles, 11 April 
 CCS Seminar: Dennis Brutus' life and times - film documentaries and discussion, 10 April 
 Molefi Ndlovu at Young Adult Review workshop of COP 17, South Durban Community and Environmental Alliance, 4 April 
 CCS Seminar: 'Occupy': what kind of social movement is it?, 3 April 
 Jens Andvig, Tiberius Barasa, Stein Sundstøl Eriksen, Sanjay Kumar, Faith Manzi & Knut Nustad CCS Seminar: Slums, states and citizens in Durban, Nairobi Delhi, 29 March 
 Henrik Ernstson CCS/DevStudies seminar on urban ecology, 28 March 
 Ronnie Kasrils CCS Seminar: Corruption, authoritarianism and the challenge for civil society, 23 March 
 Bahaa Taher CCS Seminar: Post-Arab Spring: Literary freedom of expression in Egypt, 22 March  
 Zero Fossil Fuels meeting, 20 March 
 Felix Platz CCS Seminar: Climate Change narratives – experiences from the COP 17, 20 March 
 Molefi Ndlovu presents at the Foundation for Human Rights event on 19 March 
 Trevor Ngwane at Rosa Luxemburg anti-xenophobia panel, Johannesburg, 16 March 
 Patrick Bond reviews RDP for Zim opposition leaders, Nyanga, 16 March 2012 
 David Hallowes and Tristen Taylor CCS Seminar: A hostile climate - civil society impact on the COP17, 15 March 
 Leigh Collingwood CCS Seminar: Presentation of book: “Deforestation: Why YOU need to stop it NOW”, 13 March  
 Lubna Nadvi & Patrick Bond CCS Seminar: Why boycotting Israeli apartheid follows South Africa’s liberation strategy, 6 March  
 Simphiwe Nojiyeza CCS Seminar: Durban’s state-sponsored climate change chaos, 1 March 
 Comrade Fatso CCS Seminar: Zim spoken-word liberation struggles, 29 February  
 Patrick Bond on service delivery protests, Nadel AGM, Mthatha, 25 February 
 Patrick Bond on climate justice at Santa Barbara Global Studies Conference, 25 February 
 Lushendrie Naidu CCS Seminar: The state of South Durban's industrial basin, 23 February  
 Alex Comninos CCS Seminar: Twitter revolutions and cyber-crackdowns, 22 February 
 Patrick Bond debates WWF's Saliem Fakier at AIDC, Cape Town, 17 February 
 Fumhiko Saito CCS Seminar: Shifting to local governance?, 16 February 
 Patrick Bond delivers New Zimbabwe Lecture, Harare, 15 February 
 Patrick Bond banned from delivering New Zimbabwe Lecture, Harare, 8 February 
 Said Ferjani CCS Seminar: The Tunisian democratic revolution, Islam and the left, 1 February 
 Tom Heinemann, Patrick Bond & Khadija Sharife CCS Seminar/film: Politics of microfinance, 25 January  
 Patrick Bond booksigning climate justice titles at Sandton Square Exclusives Books, Johannesburg, 24 January  
 Bobby Peek CCS Seminar: What went right and what went wrong at the COP17?, 19 January 
 Patrick Bond CCS Seminar: What’s going on in China? Boom, bust and battles from below, 10 January  
 Keyvan Kashkooli CCS Seminar: Governing markets from below? From e-commerce to emissions trading, 6 January 
 Events Index 2011 
 Faith Manzi & Oliver Meth CCS Seminar: AIDS, rape and climate, 13 December 
 Patrick Bond lecture on world financial crisis at Lingnan Univ, Hong Kong, 12 December 
 Patrick Bond on CJ at TransNational Institute meeting, 10 December 
 Patrick Bond & Baruti Amisi on climate induced migration at People's Assembly, 7 December  
 Patrick Bond on ecological debt, World Council of Churches, 6 December 
 Patrick Bond & Nnimmo Bassey Book Launch, Ike's Books, Durban: 6 December 
 Patrick Bond on culture and climate at Durban City Hall, 5 December 
 Pablo Solón Wolpe lecture: “Rights of Nature and Climate Politics”, 2 December 
 Patrick Bond presentation on labour-community-eco solidarity at International Transport Federation, People's Space, 1 December* 
 Patrick Bond on puppet statehood and climate, Unctad conference (via video), Geneva, 1 December 
 CCS Teach‑In on Climate Justice, evenings from 29 Nov‑8 Dec 
 Everyone's Downstream 25-26 November 
 Patrick Bond, Lars Gausdal, Molefi Ndlovu & Khadija Sharife on climate politics and narratives, South Durban, November 25-26 
 Patrick Bond at Rosa Luxemburg Political Cafe on climate/energy, Johannesburg, 21 November 
 Molefi Ndlovu & Michael Dorsey lead youth/climate workshop, 21 November  
 Janis Rosheuvel CCS Seminar: U.S. 'Migrant Management' & Grassroots Resistance to Criminalization of Immigrant Life, 18 November 
 Patrick Bond skype lecture on climate politics to Lahore Cafe Bol series, Pakistan, 16 November 
 Patrick Bond keynote speech to Cornell Univ development conference, 12 November 
 Michele Maynard CCS Seminar: The African Peoples Petition: What Durban COP17 must deliver!, 11 November 
 Emanuele Leonardi CCS seminar: The Environmental Side of the Current Economic Crisis: Toward an Ecological Critique of Neoliberalism, 10 November 2011 
 Patrick Bond at City Univ of NY on climate justice strategy, 9 November 
 Patrick Bond on COP17 politics at Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, 8 November 
 Rehana Dada CCS Seminar: The One Million Climate Jobs Campaign, 4 November 
 Lars Gausdal CCS Seminar: Bolivia at the Crossroads, 3 November 2011  
 Patrick Bond talk on population and climate, Pretoria, 1 November 
 Patrick Bond, Dudu Khumalo, Orlean Naidoo, Thando Manzi, Molefi Ndlovu & Noah Zimba Wolpe Lecture: Community Climate Summit, 28 October  
 Patrick Bond on water politics, the IMF and climate in Dublin, 25‑26 October 
 Patrick Bond on energy as a public good in Rome, 24 October 
 Patrick Bond talks on climate justice in Stockholm, 22 October 
 Patrick Bond on climate, land and Africa's exploitation, at Uppsala University, Sweden, 20-21 October 
 Shailja Patel CCS Seminar: Seen And Unseen: Windows On The ICC-Kenya Trials, 18 October 
 Patrick Bond on COP17 mobilisations at PanAfrican Climate Justice conference in Addis Ababa, 15‑16 October 
 Fidelis Allen CCS Seminar: Climate Change, Poverty and Public Policy in Nigeria's Niger Delta, 11 October 2011  
 Patrick Bond on electricity and climate crises, Newlands and Meerbank, 10-11 October 
 Marie Kennedy & Chris TillyCCS Seminar: Latin America’s third left: Autonomy and participation in the new political landscape, 6 October  
 Peter Waterman Emancipatory Global Labour Studies and Social Movements, 5 October  
 Patrick Bond on climate and capitalism at the International Labour Rights Information Group Globalization School, Cape Town, 3 October 
 Trevor Ngwane CCS seminar on protest ideology, 30 September 
 John Saul & Trevor Ngwane Wolpe lecture on South Africa's transition, 29 September 
 CCS hosts Democratic Left Front climate conference, 23-25 September 
 Climate Justice Now! South Africa meets at CCS, 22-23 September 
 Patrick Bond on Electricity Prices and Climate Crisis at SDCEA, 21 September 
 Patrick Bond at People's Dialogue on climate politics, 21 September 
 Solani Ngobeni CCS Seminar: Challenges facing scholarly publishers in South Africa: Towards a turnaround strategy or tilting at windmills, cancelled 
 Anton Harber & Ruth Teer-Tomaselli Amnesty International seminar on the Secrecy Bill, 15 September 
 Sarah Bracking CCS Seminar: How do investors value the environment? Why a pile of stones is not a house, 13 September 
 Climate Justice Protest US, Consulate, 9 September 
 Ashwin Desai & Patrick Bond CCS Seminar: The World Conference Against Racism and 9/11 ten years after, 8 September 
 Patrick Bond on climate injustice and the World Bank, London, 5 September 
 Tehmina Brohi CCS Seminar: Contention in response to neoliberal policies in post-apartheid South Africa: The case of basic services delivery in Durban, 1 September 
 Climate Justice Protest at the US Consulate, 31 August 
 Otieno, Wamuchiru, Todd, Lorimer CCS Seminar: In Hot Water ‑ Climate change and water adaptation in Nairobi and Durban, 26 August 
 Wolpe lecture by Mustafa Barghouti on how to free Palestine, 25 August 
 Patrick Bond on climate finance to SADC parliamentarians, Johannesburg, 25 August 
 Shauna Mottiar at the ISTR African Civil Society Research Network conference, 24 August  
 Kate Skinner seminar on media democracy, 22 August 
 Patrick Bond addresses metalworker shopstewards, Durban, 22 August 
 Patrick Bond on climate at the Johannesburg Book Fair, 8 August 
 Paul Routledge CCS Seminar: Translocal Climate Justice Solidarities, 5 August  
 Patrick Bond CCS Seminar: Lessons for Durban from Ecuador's 'leave the oil in the soil' eco/indigenous movement, 2 August  
 Patrick Bond on the 'green economy' at New Global Hegemonies conference, Quito, 21‑22 July 
 Franco Barchiesi CCS Seminar: Labour and Precarious Liberation, 20 July 
 Patrick Bond on climate and Just Transition at National Union of Metalworkers of SA in Johannesburg, 18 July 
 Sarah Ives CCS Seminar: “Rooibos land is high sentiment, low potential: Preliminary Reflections on a Year in Rooibos Country, 18 July 
 Danny Schechter CCS Seminar: Citizen Media Advocacy, 15 July  
 Chene Redwood CCS Seminar: Voices of the Subaltern: Music within community struggles against environmental degradation in South Durban, 14 July 2011 
 Patrick Bond on SA political economy at Renmin Univ (China) conference via skype, 11 July 
 Patrick Bond on climate and justice at UKZN Peace Studies conference, 9 July 
 Philip Rizk CCS Seminar: Critiquing the Nation State: The Gaza Strip, 8 July  
 Philip Rizk CCS Seminar: Multi-media presentation: “The hard hit is still to come”- An Intifada Imaginary, 7 July 2011  
 Ida Susser CCS Seminar: Organic intellectuals and AIDS social movements: jumping scales, postponed 
 Patrick Bond on neoliberal climate policy at Nature, Inc conference (via skype), The Hague, 30 June 
 Patrick Bond input on African economies to International Labour Organisation industrial relations conference at UCT Business School (via skype), 28 June 
 Peter McKenzie & Doung Jahangeer CCS Seminar: People in Spaces Make Places, 28 June 2011 
 Immanuel Wallerstein Wolpe Lecture on the Arab revolt, the US and Africa, 23 June 
 Patrick Bond on SA climate policy at UKZN Business School, 23 June 
 Patrick Bond CCS Seminar on the global climate justice movement, 21 June 
 Simphiwe Nojiyeza & Mary Galvin on sanitation politics, 20 June 
 Simphiwe Nojiyeza and Geasphere debate water and climate at Alliance Francaise, 9 June 
 Mvuselelo Ngcoya & Shauna Mottiar Seminar: Understanding horizontal philanthropy in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 2 June 
 Patrick Bond at Univ of Georgia Antipode Institute for Geographies of Justice, Athens, 30‑31 May 
 Orlean Naidoo, Ma Dudu Khumalo, Thandiwe Zondi, Sam Moodley, Mrs Perumal, Lubna Nadvi, Shauna Mottiar Discussion: Women in Social Movements and Community Organizing 30 May  
 Patrick Bond on climate politics at Korean conference, Jinju, 27 May 
 Florian Kunert, Phillip Hol & Justin Davy Wolpe Lecture: Shack Theatre, 26 May  
 CCS and Zimbabweans celebrate Africa Day, 25 May 
 Patrick Bond on dangers of a neoliberal Palestine, at TIDA-Gaza, Gaza City, 19 May 
 Chris Morris CCS Seminar: Notes on Pharmaceutical Patent Lawfare: The Umckaloabo Case, 19 May 2011  
 Durban Community Video Collective workshop, 14 May 
 Patrick Bond at City Univ of NY conference on precarious labour and socialism, 13 May 
 Patrick Bond on environmental justice at Autonomous University of Barcelona, 28 April 
 Mazibuko Jara, Alan Murphy & Orlean Naidoo Wolpe Lecture Panel on the Local Government Elections, 21 April 2011 
 Patrick Bond at Univ of San Francisco sustainability symposium, 19 April 
 Patrick Bond in Montreal for Cochabamba+1 climate justice conference, 15‑17 April 
 Ron Carver Reflections on organising US labour and community campaigns, 13 April 
 Patrick Bond on Palestine & Durban at American Association of Geographers conference, Seattle, 12‑14 April 
 Shauna Mottiar at the International Research Society for Public Management Conference, Dublin, 11- 13 April 
 Wiebe Nauta CCS Seminar: Civic Engagement and Democratic Consolidation in South Korea ‑ Lessons for South Africa, 5 April 
 Patrick Bond on climate politics with Polaris Institute/Ontario Public Interest Research Group at Univ of Toronto, 31 March 
 Patrick Bond climate lecture at Carleton Univ, Ottawa, 29 March 
 Adekeye Adebajo CCS/SDS Seminar: The Curse of Berlin: Africa after the Cold War, 23 March 
 Molefi Mafereka Ndlovu at Keleketla Library Johannesburg, 21-31 March 2011  
 John Devenish Seminar CCS research on protests in South Africa 2009 - 2011, 17 March 
 Nancy Lindisfarne & Jonathan Neale Seminar: Climate Justice, Global Alliance-Building and Climate Jobs, 22 March 
 Patrick Bond seminar on Palestine, water and the University of Johannesburg, 16 March 
 Seminar: Documentary Screening of 'Zimbabwe's Blood Diamonds, 10 March 
 Patrick Bond gives lectures in Michigan and California, 8-14 March 
 Patrick Bond on climate justice, Northern overconsumption & African resistance at '6 Billion Ways' conference in London, 5 March 
 Wolpe Lecture by Hein Marais: Song & Dance: Power, Consent and the ANC, 3 March  
 China Ngubane hosts Zimbabwe monitoring discussion, 1 March 
 Patrick Bond, Rehana Dada, Blessing Karumbidza & Molefi Ndlovu Seminar on the 2011 World Social Forum, 25 February 
 Patrick Bond delivers Brutus Memorial Lecture, Nelson Mandela Metro Univ, 23 February 
 Danielle Carter CCS Seminar on Sources of State Legitimacy in Contemporary SA, 22 February 
 Blessing Karumbidza, Siziwe Khanyile, Bongani Mthembu, Bobby Peek in Wolpe Lecture 'Climate Teach-In', 19 February 
 Niall Bond Seminar: The history of 'civil society', 14 February 
 Molefi Ndlovu, Rehana Dada & Patrick Bond CCS seminars at the WSF, Dakar, 6-11 February 
 Teppo Eskelinen Seminar: Global justice - some emerging topics and responses 25 January 2011 
 Patrick Bond at Zuma's Own Goal booklaunch, Bluestockings, NYC, 24 January 
 Patrick Bond on climate justice in Sacramento, CA, 20 January 
 Patrick Bond at Resource Rights conference and Eskom protest, Washington, 13-14 January 
 Events Index 2010 
 Patrick Bond radio debate on climate justice politics, 22 December 
 Film screening: The Uprising of Hangberg, 14 December  
 Patrick Bond at global climate summit, 6‑11 December, Cancun 
 Pumla Gqola, Andile Mngxitama, Baruti Amisi & others Seminar on Xenophobia and Racism in SA, 10 December 
 Patrick Bond lecture on uneven development, migration and xenophobia to Univ.Delhi conference, 25 November 
 Patrick Bond, Horace Campbell, Patricia Daley and Eunice Sahle panel at African Studies Association, SF, 21 November 
 CCS Wolpe film screenings with Pamela Ngwenya and community videomakers 20 November 
 Cesia Kearns Seminar: Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign: Transforming the US Electric Sector, 19 November 2010 
 Patrick Bond on oil and financial crises with Attac-Norway in Oslo, 18-19 November 
 Baruti Amisi skype seminar on xenophobia to Roskilde University, 17 November 
 Patrick Bond at Race, Class & Developmental State conference in PE, via Skype, 16 November 
 Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed Wolpe Lecture in Honour of Fatima Meer, 16  
 Patrick Bond seminar on ecosocialism at Inst of Social Studies, The Hague, 16 November 
  Patrick Bond at Historical Materialism conference, London, 12-14 November 
 John Harvey Seminar: US Philanthropy and the Global South: Trends, Opportunities and Challenges, 8 November 
 Patrick Bond at The ‘Progress’ in Zimbabwe Conference, 4-6 November 
 Nicholas Smith Seminar: Lynch Violence and the Governance of Evil, 26 October 
 Ela Gandhi & Dilip Menon Wolpe Lecture: Indians in South Africa: 150 Years, 21 October 2010 
 Patrick Bond seminar on climate justice at Univ of California-Davis, 18 October 
 Mariem el Bourhimi and Peter McKenzie Seminar: Saharawi liberation struggle status, 15 October 
 Rolf Schwermer CCS Seminar: pro-poor technology, 14 October 
 Patrick Bond seminar on climate politics at Trinity College Dublin, 1 October 
 Baruti Amisi lecture on xenophobia for National Association of Democratic Lawyers, KwaZulu‑Natal Law Society, Pietermaritzburg, 30 September 
  Patrick Bond on transition-neoliberalism at Birzeit Univ conference, Palestine, 28 September 
 Patrick Bond in Ramallah on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, 26 September 
 Patrick Bond and Lungisile Ntsebeza launch Zuma's Own Goal at African Studies Association-UK conference, Oxford University, 19 September 
  Hayley Leck Seminar: Rising to the Adaptation Challenge? Responding to Global Environmental Change in the Durban metropolitan and Ugu district regions, South Africa, 17 September 
  Dudu Khumalo, Baruti Amisi, Molefi Ndlovu, Daniel Ribeiro, Terri Hathaway, Lori Pottinger Seminar: Civil society v Southern African dams, 10 September 
 Patrick Bond and Rick Rowden on the IMF and public health, San Francicso, 7 & 14 September 
 Brij Maharaj, Ashwin Desai, Patrick Bond launch new book Zuma's Own Goal, Elangeni Hotel, Durban, 5pm on 3 September 
 Patrick Bond speaks on rights/commons debate at the International Commission of Jurists Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Camp, 31 August, Johannesburg 
 Margaret Gärding Donor power in the international aid industry, 27 August  
 Makhosi Khoza, Fikile Moya, Patrick Mkhize, Tony Carnie, Pritz Dullay and Brij Maharaj on the Wolpe Lecture Panel: Media Information & Freedom, 26 August 2010 
 Ralph Borland Seminar: Radical Plumbers and PlayPumps - Objects in development, 25 August  
 Patrick Bond speaks at Jubilee South Africa conference on ecological debt, 21 August, Johannesburg 
 Dudu Khumalo and Simphiwe Nojiyeza presentation on sanitation at Umphilo waManzi seminar, 13 August, Durban 
 Patrick Bond at South Africa‑Norway climate research seminar, Christian Michelsen Institute, Bergen, 12 August 2010 
 Patrick Bond at Southeast Asia climate justice seminar, Focus on the Global South, Chulalungkorn University, Bangkok, 10 August 
 Trevor Ngwane at Solidarity Peace Trust report on Zimbabwe, 30 July, Johannesburg 
 Wolpe Lecture: Social justice ideas in Civil society politics, global & local: A Colloquium of scholar activists, 29 July 
 Press Conference on Xenophobia, 28 July  
 Padraig Carmody Seminar: Chinese Geogovernance in Africa: Evidence from Zambia, 20 July  
 CCS and Gyeongsang University Institute for Social Science (Korea) joint seminar on political economy of social movements, 14 July 
 Giuliano MartinielloCCS Seminar on Inanda's socio-spatial change, 9 July 
 Pamela Ngwenya Seminar on Video as a tool for outreach, communication, advocacy and community expression, 8 July 
 Anti Xenophobia Rally City Hall 3 July 
 Renee Horne CCS Seminar on Black Economic Empowerment, 2 July 
 Roithmayr, Adonis, Galvin, Bond, Khumalo CCS Colloquium on Water, Rights, Prices, 28 June (skypecast)  
 Blessing Karumbidza CCS Seminar on climate change and carbon trading controversies in Tanzania, 24 June 
 Trevor Ngwane and Rehana Dada at workshop on climate advocacy at the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, 22 June 
 Wolpe Lecture: Durban Social Forum members, 'World Cup for All!', Durban City Hall, 16 June 
 David J. RobertsCCS Seminar: Re-branding Durban through the 2010 World Cup, 14 June 
 Patrick Bond (with Briggs Bomba and Dave Zirin) on the World Cup, Washington, 9 June 
 Patrick Bond on global justice movements, at Grantmakers without Borders conference, SF, 8 June 
 Patrick Bond presents on climate justice at conference, Alter-globalization movements and the alternative ideas of Korea, Seoul, 28 May 
 Patrick Bond lecture on National Health Insurance with Oxfam, 26 May 
 Patrick Bond on 'Poli Econ of the World Cup' in Seoul, 27 May 
 Jessie Lazar KnottCCS Seminar: Identity/Spatial Relations: scholar‑activism in the greater Kei region of the Eastern Cape, 25 May 
 Patrick Bond at Osisa conference on climate and development in Africa, Pretoria, 21 May 
 Patrick Bond on energy policy and the World Bank, at Democracy and Development Programme, Durban, 20 May 
 Eunice N. Sahle Wolpe Lecture: World orders, Ike's Books, 5pm, 20 May 
  Barak Hoffman & Orlean Naidoo Seminar: Chatsworth politics and municipal advocacy, 17 May 
 Patrick Bond on SA climate policy on TEDxUKZN, 14 May 
 Khadija Sharife & Eunice SahleCCS Seminar: Oil, minerals and maldevelopment in Africa, 13 May 
 Patrick Bond speaks on climate debt to the Economic Justice Network, Johannesburg, 5 May 
 Erin McCandless & Shepherd Zvavanhu CCS Seminar on Zimbabwe Civil Society, 3 May  
  Patrick Bond and Khadija Sharife address African tax authorities, 29 April 2010 
 Nathan Geffen (with Faith ka Manzi) CCS Seminar: Debunking Delusions: The inside Story of The Treatment Action Campaign, 29 April  
 Alan Freeman & Radhika Desai CCS Seminar on The world capitalist crisis, 23 April  
 Memorial Tribute to Professor Fatima Meer, 23 April 
 Molefi Mafereka Ndlovu facilitates Krogerup College and Durban Sings, 18‑20 April 
 Patrick Bond on carbon trading at Manchester conference on environment and finance, 15‑16 April 
 Patrick Bond in Boston v WB-Eskom loan, 9 April 
 Patrick Bond at Clark University, 8 April 
 World Bank protest, 7 April, Washington 
 Patrick Bond seminar on climate politics, City Univ of NY, 6 April 
 Patrick Bond at NYU on South African political economy, 5 April 
 Trevor Ngwane at Marxism 2010 conference, Melbourne, 1-4 April 
 Patrick Bond in SF Bay Area on World Bank loan to Eskom, 4 April 
 Patrick Bond on water commons, Syracuse University, 29-30 March 
 Trevor Ngwane seminar on activism and global campaigns, Univ of Helsinki, 26 March 
 CCS/VANSA KZN Panel discussion: 'What is Art and what is not?', March 25 
 Patrick Bond on 'Organising for Climate Justice', Left Forum, NYC, 21 March  
 Workers, Zama Hlatshwayo, Trevor Ngwane CCS Seminar on UKZN labour outsourcing crisis 19 March 
 Carol ThompsonCCS Seminar on resisting agro‑industry, 18 March 
 David Zirin Seminar on Fifa's Looting of SA, 13 March  
 Dennis Brutus memorial, 11 March 
 Trevor Ngwane CCS Seminar on SA's social protest wave, 9 March 
 Molefi Ndlovu and Claudia Wegener seminar at the Centre for Critical Research on Race and Identity, 2 March 
 Patrick Bond testifies to parliament on economic policy, 2 March 
 CCS anti‑xenophobia research workshop, 27 February 
 Patrick Bond speaks on The ebb and flow of water rights, Univ of Cape Town Department of Public Law, 25 February 
  Patrick Bond at Power Indaba privatisation conference, 22 February 
 Press Conference: Keep our South African Coal in the Hole! 22 February 2010 
 CCS Economic Justice course, with Trevor Ngwane, Samson Zondi and Patrick Bond, from 20 Feb‑29 May 
 Climate Justice Now! SA‑KZN chapter hosted at CCS, 13 February 
 Hallowes, D'Sa, Ngwane, Bond , Dada: Seminar on proposed World Bank coal loan to Eskom, Friday, 12 February* 
 Durban renewable energy site visits by Minnesh Bipath, SA National Energy Research Institute with Muna Lakhani and Patrick Bond 10 February 2010 
 Susan Galleymore CCS Seminar: A Dearth of Imagination Leads to Wasting Perfectly Good Waste, 5 February 
 Patrick Bond paper for Socialist Register workshop, 6 February 
 Durban Sings Follow-up and planning session with 8 Editorial Collectives, 4 February  
 Patrick Bond on climate change & Dennis Brutus Memorial at World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, 28 January 
 Rehana Dada & Patrick Bond Seminar: Copenhagen Climate and Eskom Energy Conflicts, 26 January 
 Dennis Brutus tribute, with Social Movements Indaba and Durban community groups, 23 January 
  Peter McKenzie & Doung Jahangeer Seminar: The Saharawi,Warwick Junction and Footsak Politics, 20 January 
 Patrick Bond debates NHI at Idasa, CT, 19 January 
 CCS cohosts Climate Justice Now! on electricity hearings strategy, 15 January 
 Events Index 2009 
 Patrick Bond at SF protest against Danish repression of civil society and Copenhagen climate 'deal', and radio interview, 18 December 
 Patrick Bond addresses climate seminar at Univ of Lund Business School, 15 December 
 Kristine Wasrud Participation and Influence in Water Policy in Durban, South Africa, 11 December  
 Climate Justice Film Festival, 10 December  
 Umesh de Silva Seminar: Traditional farming in Umzinyathi, 9 December 
 Oliver Meth at the CCS Workshop on women & child abuse Cato Crest Library, 8 December  
 Patrick Bond at Roskilde Univ Civil Society Centre, 7 December 
 Patrick Bond keynotes Leeds 'Democratisation in Africa' conference, 4 December 
 Sinegugu Zukulu & John Clarke CCS Seminar: Resilience, Resolarisation and Relocalisation, 30 November  
 Nick Smith CCS Seminar Politics of protection/crime/policing, 26 November 
 Patrick Bond speaks at Mandela Foundation about SA economic disasters, 26 November 
 Seminar on outsourced and contract workers at UKZN, 24 November 
 3rd Climate Justice Now! KZN meeting, 20 November 
 CCS and Durban Sings! at the Global Crisis and Africa: Struggles for Alternatives hosted by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation; Randburg, Johannesburg 19-21 November 
 MAKE SOME NOISE! Concert 6 November  
 Immanuel Wallerstein Wolpe Lecture: Crisis of the Capitalist System Where to from Here?, 5 November 
 The Crises and the Commons: Durban debates on politics, economics and environment 4-7 November  
 Solidarity with Durban's oppressed: Bottom-up resistance strategies of shackdwellers, pollution victims and labour-brokered workers, 4 November 
 Faith Manzi & Oliver Meth at the Gender Based Violence Workshop, Durban 27 & 28 October 
 Seminar on Problems faced by UKZN workers, Westville campus, 28 October 
 Bengt Brülde & Stellan Vinthagenand Seminar: Ethics, Resistance and Global Justice, 26 October  
 Baruti Amisi, Trevor Ngwane & Patrick Bond Anti-Xenophobia research project with Strategy&Tactics 19- 20 October 
 Durban Sings (Molefi Ndlovu & Claudia Wegener) at National Oral History Conference, 13-16 October 
 Tri-Continental Film Festival Durban community screenings – (hosted by Oliver Meth) at Inanda, Chatsworth, Wentworth, CBD, & Folweni, 1-12 October 
 Patrick Bond lectures at Suffolk Univ, Boston, 29 Sept-2 Oct 
 Helen McCueCCS Seminar: Grassroots Mobilising within Refugee Communities: Perspectives on Palestine and Australia, 18 September 
 Dennis Brutus honored by War Resisters League, 18 September 
 Patrick Bond Booklaunch: Climate Change, Carbon Trading & Civil Society, 18 September 
 Patrick Bond skypecast on climate and ecological debt to Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, Copenhagen, 16 September 
 Oliver Meth People to People International Documentary Conference, 10-12 September  
 Dick Forslund & Patrick Bond CCS Seminar: South Africa's capitalist crisis and civil society, 7 September 
 Dudu Khumalo on the Durban public transport crisis, 1 September  
 John Berg CCS Seminar: Barack Obama's presidency and civil society reactions, 24 August  
 Patrick Bond CCS Seminar: National Health Insurance: Can SA afford it?, 24 August  
 Norman Finkelstein Wolpe Lecture: Resolving the Israel-Palestine Conflict: What we can learn from Gandhi, 20 August  
 CCS Seminar with outsourced workers at UKZN, 12 August  
 Patrick Bond debates Sampie Terreblanche (Stellenbosch), 6 August, UCT 
 Dr Essop Pahad CCS Seminar: Thinking about the Legacy of Mbeki's Politics, 4 August 
 Patrick Bond addresses Ecuador eco-finance conference (videolink), 4 August 
 Patrick Bond at the South African Civil Society Energy Caucus Meeting, 29-30 July  
 Barak Hoffman CCS Seminar: Democracy and Civil Society Research in Ghana and SA, 27 July 
 CCS hosts free screenings of Durban International Film Festival, 25 July - 1 August  
 Sean Flynn & Maj Fiil CCS Seminar on water rights, ( SKYPECAST ) 24 July 
 Patrick Bond lecture at carbon trading conference, Johannesburg, 22 July 
 Sein Win Seminar by Burmese prime minister (exiled) on solidarity (SKYPECAST), 21 July 
 Tunde Adegbola A Pan-African Harold Wolpe Lecture & cultural events, 16 July 
 Patrick Bond lecture on SA Political Economy, San Francisco socialist conference, 4 July  
 Orlean Naidoo on participation at DDP seminar, 30 June 
 Patrick Bond speaks on 'World Slump: Financial Crisis and Emerging Class Struggles in the Global South', 28 June, Toronto 
 Patrick Bond on African social resistance to economic crisis, 26 June, Moscow 
 Oliver Meth and Orlean Naidoo facilitate Diakonia Council of Churches Democracy Course, 24 -26 June 
 Alex Callinicos Wolpe Lecture: Economic crisis and prospects for social revolution, 18 June*  
 Blair Rutherford CCS Seminar: Zimbabwe farm labour, social justice and citizenship, 17 June 
 Trevor Ngwane CCS Seminar: Community resistance to energy privatisation and ecological degradation, 11 June 
 DURBAN SINGS central editorial workshops, 8 & 22 June 
 Gaby Bikombo, Judy Mulqueeny, Harry Ramlal, Caroline Skinner CCS Seminar: War of Warwick Junction, 9 June 
 Patrick Bond, Abedian, Dumisa, Maharaj et al on 'Zumanomics', UKZN Biz School, 3 June 
 Rehana Dada keynote address to Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute AGM, 2 June 
 Patrick Bond on African underdevelopment at Sussex IDS conference (via skypecast), 1 June 
 Trevor Ngwane presents at the International Conference on Ideas and Strategies in the Alterglobalisation Movement, Seoul, 29 May 
 Peter McKenzie cultural seminar on 'Footsak: On the Ball for 2010', 28 May 
 Björn SurborgCCS Seminar: Contesting Johannesburg's extractive industries, 25 May  
 Paul Verryn, Methodist Bishop of Johannesburg: Wolpe Lecture: Poverty and xenophobia, 21 May 
 Robert Jensen, Univ of Texas: CCS Seminar: Whiteness and social change in the US, 21 May 
 Tony Clarke, Polaris Institute: CCS Seminar: The state of the world water wars, 15 May 
 Molefi Ndlovu CCS Seminar: Azania Rising: The demise of the 1652 class project, 13 May 
 Patrick Bond debates 'The G20 Global Deal' at Wits/Osisa, Johannesburg, 12 May 
 Rehana Dada,CCS Seminar: Climate mitigation case studies, 11 May 
 CCS/DYFS - Anti-xenophobia film screening facilitators workshop, 9 May 
 Orlean Naidoo CCS Seminar: Chatsworth upgrading struggles and victories, 8 May 
 Patrick Bond, Joburg Wolpe Lecture at Wits Univ, 7 May 
 Patrick Bond at Cosatu electricity workshop, Joburg, 6 May 
 Joan Canela and Helena OlcinaCCS Seminar: Social movements in Bolivia and Catalan, 5 May 
 William Gumede Wolpe Lecture: SA’s “Democracy Gap”, 30 April  
 Three representatives of the Tamil liberation movement youthCCS Seminar: The Tamil people under seige, 21 April  
 Leading eco-social spokespersons from political parties and civil society Seminar: Environmental confrontations - Political parties meet civil society, POSTPONED 
 Rehana Dada at York Univ climate ecojustice conference, Toronto, 16-17 April 
 John Minto CCS Seminar: The Legacy of Anti-apartheid Sports Boycotts, 16 April 
 Dennis Brutus celebrations, honorary doctorates conferred at both Rhodes Univ and Mandela Univ, 16-17 April 
 Nelson Muhirwa & Jean Chrisostome Kanamugire CCS Seminar: The Rwandan Genocide 15 Years On, 8 April 
 Oliver Meth Seminar: Wentworth Crime, Gangs and Civil Society, 7 April  
 Dennis Brutus on Reconciliation and Memory in Post-Apartheid SA, Nelson Mandela Foundation, Johannesburg, 2-3 April 
 Ida Susser booklaunch, 'AIDS, Sex and Culture', with Quarraisha Abdool Karim, at Ike's Books, 2 April 
 Sofie Hellberg CCS Seminar: Governing lives through hydropolitics in eThekwini , 1 April 2009 
 Claudia Wegener & Molefi Mafereka Ndlovu Digital Soiree Durban Sings Internet Radio project, 24 March  
 Simone Claar Seminar: Post-Apartheid Political Economy and State Policy, 19 March 
 Oliver Meth presents at the HSRC Violent Crime and Democratization in the Global South Conference, 18-20 March 
 Simphiwe Nojiyeza CCS Seminar: African Development Bank water projects, 12 March 
 Deniz Kellecioglu CCS Seminar: Zimbabwe Civil Society confronts Mugabe's Economy, 11 March 
  Patrick Bond debates ANC economic policy, 9 March, Durban 
 Kalinca Copello Seminar: ICTs and social movements: From Chiapas to Brazil to South Africa, 6 March 
 Lisa Ramsay & Schwarzanne Leafe Seminar & Film: Climate Change and Eco-Social Resistance in South Durban, 27 February 
 Patrick Bond presents to ActionAid/Nepad conference on global financial crisis, 24 February, Midrand 
 Molefi Ndlovu Johannesburg: Market Photo Workshop, 22-28 February  
 Orlean Naidoo & Patrick Bond seminar on Free Basic Water, and screening of Flow, 18 February 
 Ida Susser Seminar: AIDS, Sex, Culture and Civil Society, 11 February 
 Dennis Brutus and Moya Atkinson film/seminar on US anti-war movement, 9 February 
 Patrick Bond seminar on the ongoing global financial crisis, University of Johannesburg, 6 February 
 Durban Sings internet audio and community radio with Molefi Ndlovu and Claudia Wegener, 2-6 February 
 Patrick Bond in dialogue with Jeremy Cronin on financial crisis, Johannesburg, 28 January 
 Dennis Brutus, Lubna Nadvi, Monica Rorvik and Salim Vally Seminar: Should Israel be boycotted? If so, how?, 27 January 
 Giyani Dube, Lubna Nadvi, Kate Griffiths and Timothy Rukombo Wolpe Lecture: Civil Society Internationalism - from Lindela to Gaza to Washington, 22 January 
 Pamela Ngwenya, Molefi Ndlovu, Claudia Wegener Seminar: Participatory community audio/video as a tool for social research, 21 January  
 Dale McKinley, Orlean Naidoo, Dudu Khumalo, Bryan Ashe Seminar on the World Water Forum, 19 January 
 Mavuso Dingani film/seminar on the Zimbabwean exile in Durban, 6 January 



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