Category Archives: Society, Work and Development Institute

3 Mar| SWOP 2017 Breakfast Seminar Series – Work, Water, Community and Livelihood in Peril

Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) presents new research. These papers document the destruction of work, water, community and livelihoods by the current wave of intensified marketisation, posing the question of alternatives for social crisis.

18 Mar | Student Movements, old and new

A new wave of student protests has gripped South African universities since October 2015. This movement has shaken universities and government, and triggered an alliance between students and outsourced workers. Critical issues raised by this movement include decolonisation, free education, labour insourcing and the general character of the post-apartheid social order. The first semester Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) breakfast series will interrogate these issues.

The Arcelor Mittal case: The power to pollute and the politics of knowledge

Mining and mineral beneficiation are held up as the path to economic development for South Africa. Yet these processes are often brutally disruptive for environments and communities. This semester the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) is exploring some of their devastating consequences for workers, communities and the nature that we all depend on for life itself.

The Marikana Commission: Unearthing the truth, or burying it?

Mining and mineral beneficiation are held up as the path to economic development for South Africa. Yet these processes are often brutally disruptive for environments and communities. This semester the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) is exploring some of their devastating consequences for workers, communities and the nature that we all depend on for life itself.

The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA): Developmental or destructive?

Mining and mineral beneficiation are held up as the path to economic development for South Africa. Yet these processes are often brutally disruptive for environments and communities. This semester the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) is exploring some of their devastating consequences for workers, communities and the nature that we all depend on for life itself.

Feminist Table on Food Sovereignty and Renewable Energy

The aim of the Feminist Table workshops is to explore different aspects of the environmental crisis from a feminist perspective. It involves ‘dialogic learning’ in the sense of creating a shared and safe space in which women, from mainly grassroots organisations, can share their experiences, deepen their understanding and develop their collective strength.

30 Years of SWOP Colloquium: ‘New directions, new collaborations, new generations, new voices’

We are joining in celebrating the event of the ’30 Years of SWOP’ Colloquium, entitled ‘New directions, new collaborations, new generations, new voices’. Presenters include Alberto Arribas (University of Granada, Spain), Ruy Braga (University of São Paulo, Brazil), Michael Burawoy (University of California, Berkeley), Jacob Dlamini (Harvard University) and Cesar Rodriguez (University of Andes, Colombia).

‘No Chief Ever Bought A Piece of Land!’: Struggles over property, community and mining

New forms of resistance are emerging among previously unorganised sectors of South African society – casual workers, rural villagers, farmworkers. The Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung are launching three new Working Papers on these topics in the first semester of 2015, please join us at 08h30 on 13 March 2015.

Fighting their own battles: The Mabarete and the End of Labour Broking in the South African Post Office

This working paper outlines how casual workers ended labour broking in the South African Postal Office (SAPO). There is now acute awareness of the explosive nature of SAPO’s industrial relations and an increasing understanding that at its root is the problem of casual workers. This perception is correct: current industrial disputes in SAPO are, largely, the end game of a long and frequently bitter struggle to remove labour brokers from the Post Office.

Fighting Their Own Battles: The Mabarete and the End of Labour Broking in the South African Post Office

New forms of resistance are emerging among previously unorganised sectors of South African society – casual workers, rural villagers, farmworkers. The Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung are launching three new Working Papers on these topics in the first semester of 2015, please join us at 08h00 on 27 February 2015.