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Khulumani Support Group

Khulumani Support Group

Website URL: http://www.khulumani.net

To Supporters of the Gogos and Mamas: Making the connections

A special story from Merle Conyer who offered a much appreciated self-care workshop to 12 Khulumani group facilitators in September 2014 which included crafting blankets to represent symbols of the sources of nourishment that enable the facilitators to keep on keeping on.

In 2014 I returned to my birthplace South Africa after a long absence, and wanted to honour the transition of the past twenty years and the people who contributed to this.

MARKING 27 YEARS OF STRUGGLE: SASOL 1 & NATREF Ex-Workers to picket SASOL 1 offices, Sasolburg to hand over a memorandum at 11:00 on Tuesday, 21 October, 2014 to Demand Redress and Compensation

Twenty seven years ago, in October 1987, the managements of Sasol One and of Natref precipitately dismissed 2,400 skilled workers from their plants at Sasolburg when they embarked on a strike for improved wages. The workers had served Sasol One and Natref for periods of between 5 and 35 years. Their wholesale dismissal threatened the operations of the companies at a time that South Africa was reliant on the production of oil from coal at its Sasol One plant.

In the 27 years since their dismissal, the lives of the ex-workers of Sasol One and of Natref, have been destroyed. None of the workers has received their accumulated benefits. Only one worker has been provided with his service certificate. No workers have been compensated for the harm caused their families including the loss of life of 77 breadwinners, the loss of homes, the falling apart of many marriages, and the loss of the ability to send children to school and to take forward their lives. For 27 years, Sasol One and Natref have refused to acknowledge their responsibility for this destruction.

Save the apartheid victims compensation fund!

If we don’t do something, money promised to help repair the lives of those who were at the forefront of the struggle will instead go to municipal infrastructure projects like community centers. This despite some communities already having centers.

Apartheid survivors don’t see how infrastructure projects will provide them with rehabilitation, and why compensation they were promised should be funding infrastructure projects that the government should pay for.

You can take action to stop this from happening here http://goo.gl/yOaqQB

A Call To An Alternative Economics – Community-Based Models Of Development: Some Key Points From The Norman Reynolds Memorial Lecture, 6 October 2014

Norman Reynolds applied his alternative economic thinking to proposals for community rehabilitation for survivors of apartheid gross human rights violations. He called for community-based approaches to economic development.

In reviewing Norman's alternative economic thinking, Professor Mark Swilling in the Norman Reynolds Memorial Lecture held at UNISA on 6 October 2014, pointed to our present economic interregnum in which we need to adopt models that place development in the hands of citizens rather than in the hands of the state.

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Khulumani (KSG)
Thu Jul 30 14:39:06 +0000 2015

Report: Workshop on Business and Human Rights, co-hosted by ICAR, CHR at UP and Khulumani Support Group, 20 - 22... http://t.co/tOFyRVmSKG
Khulumani (KSG)
Thu Jul 30 12:35:00 +0000 2015

Naspers/Media24 article on Khulumani Support Group open letter yesterday to Media24 CEO Esmare Weideman... http://t.co/qVEk7VvSdq
Khulumani (KSG)
Thu Jul 30 12:32:32 +0000 2015

Call for Naspers/Media24 to pay for apartheid role http://t.co/GqrXWoQktY via @News24
Khulumani (KSG)
Thu Jul 30 12:20:51 +0000 2015

Report: Workshop on Business and Human Rights, co-hosted by ICAR, CHR at UP and Khulumani Support Group, 20 - 22... http://t.co/Hbka0Fh44d