South African trade unions played a key role in the struggle against apartheid. They mobilized workers from various racial backgrounds, and united them in order to challenge subjugation in the authoritarian apartheid political economy. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) South Africa will be partnering with the South African Labour Bulletin (SALB) and the Society Work and Development Institute (SWOP) to launch a book on the history of the Food and Canning Workers Union (FCWU). It is authored by Jan Theron, former general secretary of FCWU.
The authors of the SWOP working paper titled “Dispossessing the Dispossessed? Mining and Rural Struggle in Mokopane, Limpopo” will be presenting their findings to the community in Mokopane on Saturday, 29 October 2016.
From May 26 to 27 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in partnership with The Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) and Stellenbosch University will be hosting a feminist table workshop on climate change and the food-water-energy nexus. The aim of the Feminist Table workshop is to explore different aspects of the climate crisis from a feminist perspective. It involves ‘dialogic learning’ in the sense of creating a shared and safe space in which women can share their experiences, deepen their understanding and develop their collective strength.
On Wednesday 10 September, the National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI) in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) held a seminar under the theme “The Right to Strike”. The purpose of the half-day seminar was to discuss, explore and interrogate the nature of strikes in South Africa in order to understand and prevent elements of violence.
You are warmly invited to the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa breakfast seminar, featuring Presenter Asanda Benya (SWOP PhD Fellow) who will be delivering a presentation entitled “Women in Marikana: the invisible hands”.