The Marikana Massacre five years on

By BO Staff Writer Today marks five years since 34 black mine workers were murdered for fighting for a R12 500 living wage. The miners had been on strike against their British employer, Lonmin platinum mine. Loosing profits and generally agitated by these defiant black men and women, the firm broke down the strike by …

BLF calls on ANC to give workers minimum wage of R12 500

Media Statement Black First Land First (BLF) maintains its call in the Black Agenda for a living wage of  R12 500. This is the demand that the Marikana workers died for in a bloody massacre instructed by white capital via the agency of Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa. It must be remembered that Ramaphosa, who has …

Black Agenda on Work and the Minimum Wage

By BO Staff Writer Yesterday, the Deputy President, main negotiator in the sellout CODESA negotiations and the leader of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) advisory panel on a national minimum wage, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced a proposal for the national minimum wage to be R3 500 a month and R20 an hour. While …

Sipho Pityana the Askari of the Oppenheimers

By Andile Mngxitama “I prefer land to niggers.” – Cecil John Rhodes Sipho Pityana has launched himself as the conscience of the nation ever since the funeral of Mkhankesi Stofile. This is a blatant abuse of the nation’s sympathy and respect for the dead to undertake the most shameless defense of monopoly capital in modern …

Remember the Marikana 44

By Botsang Moiloa Four years down the line, we remember the 44 Black men mowed down in Marikana Platinum Mine for the protection of the settler minority land thieves’ interests. And when I speak of land, politicians give my people squatter camps and bonded residential land. And when I wrote of minerals and economic land …

Taking The Marikana Massacre Battle To Germany

Featured image (courtesy of Jakob Krameritsch): Anglican Bishop Jo Seoka addresses the BASF shareholder meeting in 2015. by Koketso Moeti BASF is a huge corporate that gives Lonmin a lot of business. Today, April 29, in Germany they are gathered for their annual shareholder meeting. Along with the usual shareholders who attend these meetings there’ll be …