The launch of VOICES OF BOIPATONG on National Heritage Day 2013 served as the occasion for the unveiling of the banner of Khulumani Boipatong. The banner / flag is a beautifully crafted ceremonial banner embroidered with Khulumani's logo and with a Bible verse Isaiah 13 Verse 2.
The verse reads,
"Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them, beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles."
Khulumani in Aliwal North laid a charge against their local municipality, Maletswai Local Municipality, for building the memorial graveyard to receive the remains of some 300 unknown Black victims of the Aliwal North Concentration Camp from the South African War (Anglo- Boer War) of 1899 - 1902 over graves containing the remains of their own direct relatives and ancestors.
Two Khulumani project staff participated in the 10th Annual Conference of the Oral History Association of South Africa in Kimberley between October 8 and 11, 2013.
The OHASA Conference saw the launch of three books of papers delivered over the past ten years at OHASA Conferences. The book containing these papers is Oral History: Heritage and Identity, edited by Christina Landman and published by the Department of Arts and Culture, Republic of South Africa in 2013.
Khulumani is concerned at the revelation of the remuneration of SASOL's CEO, a situation labelled by the Daily Maverick author as 'corporate piggery'
In the month that marks the 26th Anniversary of the 1 October 1987 SASOL strike, Khulumani is astounded to learn that the recently appointed CEO of SASOL, Mr David Constable, is this year receiving a 68 per cent increase on his basic remuneration package while SASOL workers are receiving a mere 7,7 per cent increase. Read Article in the Daily Maverick.
In a month that marks a pivotal turning point in SASOL's unfortunate history of harsh and exploitative labour conditions and the violent suppression of the workers' strike, more and more evidence is emerging about the tactics used by SASOL to end the 1987 strike and to dismiss 2,400 of their workers. The struggle for justice and redress continues.
On June 3, 2010 when I became the General Secretary of Abahlali BaseMjondolo Movement S.A. I vowed to die where Abahlali members die. I vowed to protect my country. I vowed to be loyal to the poorest of the poor.
In 2 days, the continent's leaders at the African Union will debate a motion being driven by the political leaders of Sudan and Kenya for African leaders to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).
This is a devastating propsect in a context of growing divides between the leaders of African countries and the people of African countries who suffer the consequences of states that tend to rule over their people, rather than ruling in the service of their people.
Federation says the trade unionist was driven to suicide while in detention.
Tomorrow, Sunday 6th October, would a have been the 60th birthday of Dr Neil Aggett, who was born on 6 October 1953. He was a doctor by profession, a career that would have earned him almost all the luxuries that doctors had, but he chose the unpaid job of a relentless trade unionist and freedom fighter.