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Oukasie residents protest over poor service delivery in 2010. Jaco Marais/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Book review: lessons from a township that resisted apartheid

A readable and important new book on the struggle for justice in South Africa's Oukasie township does not go far enough to question the feasibility of grassroots resistance.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions, the country’s largest trade union federation, has been losing members. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Has South Africa’s labour movement become a middle class movement?

The membership base of South Africa's trade union movement has undergone significant changes which begs the question: has it moved away from its working class roots to become a middle class movement.
Delegates at the launch of the South African Federation of Trade Unions. The Star/Nokuthula Mbatha

South Africa has a new trade union federation. Can it break the mould?

South Africa's newest trade union federation, Saftu, comes at a time of declining political influence by unions, compared to during the struggle against apartheid. They are also seen as elitist.

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