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As 2009 drew to a close, the formal resolutions we had waited a year for finally passed the University of KwaZulu-Natal Council and Senate, giving CCS permanent status within the School of Development Studies. This followed a very positive 2007-08 UKZN Review and then an inexplicable mid-2008 UKZN Administration threat to close the Centre, in turn rebuffed by the Howard College Faculty Board after local and international outcries, but not without damage to CCS’s staff complement and morale. The team limped through 2009, and only in September were we authorized to grant contracts longer than three months’ duration.

Then on December 26, we mourned the death of our politico-cultural mentor, Dennis Brutus.

Externally, matters were just as hard for those civil society forces committed to social and environmental transformation. December was also the moment it became clear our planet will suffer extreme global warming, given the outcome of the UN’s Climate Summit; CCS had contributed analysis, newspapers and inputs to a widely-viewed internet film (‘Story of Cap and Trade’). Indeed, 2009’s ongoing economic and environmental crises provided ample evidence of political gridlock on all the macro, meso and micro issues we work on. Having seen many of these processes up close, we’re more impressed by ineptitude of those with power at global/continental/national/local levels, the overweening elite self-interest (mainly on behalf of competing corporations, in the context of a dramatic downturn in profits, financial wealth and output), and states’ ongoing incapacity to pacify rising grassroots fury.

2009 Durban social mobilisations and (40+) protests

January: Qadi people over Inanda dam land claim; Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM) v KZN Slums Act; Durban Univ of Technology (DUT) staff and student strike

February: Cosatu v Israeli ship; UKZN and DUT students; Ntuzuma service delivery; Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) v Mugabe; Umlazi police violence

March: DUT students; bus commuters; South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) v SASOL

April: KwaMashu housing; Lamontville housing; Warwick Junction Early Morning Market (EMM)

May: Siyanda housing; Marianhill housing; Lamontville housing; SDCEA v Shell; Warwick EMM

June: Warwick EMM; electricity disconnections; Qadi land claim; AbM on shack fires; Umlazi hostel conflicts; MDC v Home Affairs; public sector doctors; Lindelani housing; National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) v Mabhida Stadium contractors; Durban bus drivers

July: Warwick EMM; doctors; NUM v Mabhida contractors; drivers and residents v City bus service; SA Unemployed People's Movement v shops; SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) v municipality

August: Warwick EMM; the Communications Workers Union v Post Office; Clairwood and Bluff residents v truckers; SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) v Massmart; Telkom workers v Telkom; social workers v KZN Province; Lamontville housing; IFP youth

September: AbM attacked; Westcliff Flat Residents' participation; tow truck drivers v Joburg competition

October: AbM solidarity and Slums Act court win; Chatsworth v toxic dump; Mangosuthu University of Technology students; Ratepayers Associations v Eskom prices; Warwick EMM

November: Wentworth service delivery; Hammarsdale service delivery; AbM solidarity; Phoenix residents v Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital; Warwick EMM; Mayville service delivery; Marianridge housing; UKZN workers v labour broking

December: AbM solidarity; Saccawu v Pick n Pay

Articles in this issue of Agenda by CCS People

The struggle for water: The river (Umngeni) we have lost to the dam Inanda)
By Dudu Khumalo

A death in Durban Capitalist patriarchy, global warming gimmickry and our responsibility for rubbish.
By Patrick Bond & Rehana Dada

CCS Annual Report & CCS Newsletter January-August 2007


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The Niger Delta region of Nigeria had a long standing history of crises even before the late Ken Saro-Wiwa helped to bring these crises to the attention of the world. The international community increasingly needs Nigerian oil largely because of the political dislocations and uncertainties in some of the major oil-producing regions of the world. But unfortunately the crises in the Niger Delta, which produces most of Nigeria's oil, have also been escalating to alarming proportions, often turning the region into a site of seemingly unending uncertainty and conflicts. The book focuses on Ogoniland - one of the oil-producing communities that make up the Niger Delta. It examines the colonial origins of these crises and their links to the dynamics of petroleum exploitation in the region as well as to the structure of Nigeria's contemporary political economy. It relates the ways in which the crises in Ogoniland are connected to the generalised turmoil in the Niger Delta and argues that they are often exacerbated - rather than attenuated - by the Nigerian federal process and its unique combination of militarism, ethnicity and religion.

Sanya Osha holds a PhD in Philosophy and has held various teaching and research positions in Nigeria, the United States, the Netherlands, and South Africa. From 2004-07 he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. His publications include the book, Kwasi Wiredu and Beyond: The Text, Writing and Thought in Africa (2005).


A Political Programme for the World Social Forum ? Democracy, Substance and Debate in the Bamako Appeal and the Global Justice Movement

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 Other Publications
 isiZulu Articles & Translations 

 Publications Index
 CCS pays tribute to Guy Mhone and José Negrão: Briefings’ in the March 2007 Review of African Political Economy By Patrick Bond 
 Special issue of the University of South Africa Development Studies journal Africanus, November 2007 
 Eye on Civil Society 
 Giving & Solidarity: Resource flows for poverty alleviation a development in South Africa Edited by Adam Habib & Brij Maharaj 
 A Political Programme for the World Social Forum ? Democracy, Substance and Debate in the Bamako Appeal and the Global Justice Movements Edited by Jai Sen, Madhuresh Kumar, Patrick Bond & Peter Waterman 
 The Accumulation of Capital in Southern Africa Edited by Patrick Bond, Horman Chitonge & Arndt Hopfmann 
 Beyond Enclavity in African Economies Edited by Patrick Bond, with contributions by Adebayo Olukoshi, Judica Amri-Makhetha, Omano Edigheji, Tawanda Mutasah, Thandika Mkandawire  
 Research Reports 
 Research Reports 2006 Vol 1: Yonk' Indawo Umzabalazo Uyasivumela: New Work From Durban 
 Research Reports 2005 Vol 2: Problematising Resistance 
 Research Reports 2005 Vol 1: From Local Processes To Global Forces 
 Wolpe Lectures & Reviews 
 Articulations: A Harold Wolpe Memorial Lecture Collection 
 CCS Annual Reports  
 2009 Annual Report 
 2007 Annual Report  
 2006 Annual Report 
 2005 Annual Report 
 2004 Annual Report 
 2003 Annual Report 
 2002 Annual Report 
 CCS Newsletters 
 CCS NewsLetter: January-August 2007  
 CCS NewsLetter: May-August 2006 
 CCS Newsletter: January-April 2006 
 CCS Newsletter: May-August 2005 
 CCS Newletter: January-April 2005  
 Other Publications 
 Inquiring Activism: The Centre for Civil Society Five Years On David Sogge  

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