We refuse to celebrate our hardship and your relief

We refuse to celebrate our hardship and your relief April 24 Statement by Cry of the Xcluded Nearly one month into South Africa’s lockdown, the vast majority in society faces tremendous suffering and hardship. We have no income, we are scrounging for food, we are harassed by the police and SANDF, we are subjected to violence in the home. And only now the government responds with a social and economic policy. The opinion makers, mainstream media, comfortable academics, the NGO crowd and centrist trade unions all tell us we must…

Nothing radical or significant in Government stimulus package

Nothing radical or significant for the poor in Government stimulus package MAY 2020 The Government’s announcement of a R500-billion stimulus package in the wake of the Covid pandemic is hardly a radical economic shift for the people, notes the TCOE in a statement in response to the President’s announcement. While the measures announced might put more money on the table of very poor households, it is wholly inadequate in addressing the deep inequality and poverty experienced by many. “For example, the amount of R350 per person per month equals a…

Coastal Links activists face water crisis and access to fishing grounds

Coastal Links activists face water crisis and access to fishing grounds May 2020 Eastern Cape Inyanda affiliate, Coastal Links, reports that coastal communities in the province have the added lockdown burdens of access to adequate water supply, as well as access to local fishing grounds for food supply. In early April three youths from the Mendwana community, Willowvale, were arrested in the Dwesa-Cwebe Nature Reserve on charges of trespassing, even though this reserve is on their land that was returned to them in terms of a land settlement agreement several…

Western Cape activists roll out aid and support during lock-down

Western Cape activists roll out aid and support during lock-down May 2020 Mawubuye and CSAAWU activists in the Western Cape have been hard at work – and on the road – during the COVID-19 lock-down to provide emergency aid to impoverished farm workers and support to small scale farmers. Among the aid has been vegetable hampers, seeds and seedlings. “We identified and drew up a database of around 100 families in need of emergency food aid and supplied them with much needed fresh vegetables,” says Comrade Reinette Heunis, who is…

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