Who was Tsietsi Mashinini?: An incomplete biography

By BO Staff Writer Black Opinion republishes this short and incomplete biography of one of the leaders of the June 16, Black Power uprising. The young heroes of the uprising, inspired by the Black Consciousness movement, had the country on standstill and fought diligently for liberation of black people. We republish this short biography in …

The truth white media doesn’t want you to know

Featured Image: Hendrina power station and Tegeta director Nazeem Howa. Photo: Sunday Times By Andile Mngxitama Almost nine million people are unemployed in South Africa today. There is also no indication that this situation is going to improve anytime soon. To this end the economy is headed towards an official recession with negative growth resulting from …

BLF says they support the call for a #Shackville TRC 

By BO Staff Writer Many students who were part of the students protests late last year and early this year have faced expulsions, suspensions and victimisation by universities. The student movement has now called for a Shackville TRC to discuss a way forward in the continuing a struggle for a free, black centered socialist education. …

Media exposed, Guptas cleared

By BO Staff Writer The Gupta family has now been cleared by over four entities of any wrong doing but you wouldn’t know this from the media reports. The big story over the weekend by the City Press revolved around the alleged Eskom untoward “bail out” of the Gupta family business. But, Eskom has issued …

Black Agenda on pensions and benefits for the elderly

By BO Editorial Collective CHAPTER 9 of the BLACK AGENDA on pensions and benefits to the elderly calls for a living pension, free adequate housing, free electricity, water, telephone, travel and health care. It calls for state pension to be in line with average earnings or inflation (whichever is the greater) and so forth. Please …

Black Agenda on Unemployment

Featured Image: Unemployed painters, plumbers and tilers wait outside Builder’s Warehouse in Johannesburg for job opportunities. Photo: Herman Verwey/City Press By BO Editorial Collective In the context of building society along black socialist lines CHAPTER 8 of the BLACK AGENDA on unemployment calls for an end to job cuts, prohibition on cheap labour apprenticeships and unpaid internships, …

Where is the ‘African’ in African Studies?

Featured Image: Outside the University of Cape Town. Photo: Ian Barbour. By Robtel Neajai Pailey Black Opinion republishes this article on African studies in light of the conversations on the decolonisation of curricula in South Africa. Last week, I was invited by Eritrean-Ethiopian masters student Miriam Siun of Leiden University’s African Studies Centre to give one …

Take the battle to spaces of privilege

Featured Image: Pastor Xola Skosana of the Way of Life Kilombo Village in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. By Pastor Xola Skosana Spaces of privilege are our last battlefield. They are synonymous with whiteness and by very design are commodified and made exclusive. Spaces of privilege are visible parts of the enemy’s invisible camp, therefore we must …