South Africa

Peoples movements should advance an alternative vision for BRICS

Topic: 
BRICS
English
Programmes: 
Corporate Power
Article type: 
Press release
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A panel discussion organised on 5 October in New Delhi under the banner of Peoples Forum on BRICS underlined the importance of peoples' movements from across the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries coming together not only to challenge neo-liberal projects of BRICS but also to collectively articulate an alternate vision for the grouping. The panel is part of a series... Read more

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Southern Africa: SADC People's Summit Roars into Life

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Programmes: 
Corporate Power
Article type: 
In the media
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Brid Brennan from the Transnational Institute (TNI) in Amsterdam spoke about how governments are being captured by the interests of corporates and serving their interests. The Southern African Permanent People's Tribunal which organisations in the region are building will establish a platform where we can expose corporate interests and collusions with our governments.... Read more

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BRICS: Salvation or Ruination of South Africa?

 

The economic landscape of the world is changing dramatically. The power structure that favoured developed countries is falling away under the effects of the global financial crisis of 2008, the slowdown in the US economy and the debt crisis in Europe. At the same time developing countries are gaining economic ground. South Africa is among the developing countries taking a more prominent role on the global stage. With China, Brazil, Russia and India it is part of the BRICS alliance, created to give the leading developing countries a stronger position when it comes to taking global action.

But BRICS has its downsides, and South Africa faces many potential pitfalls as well as potential benefits. Will the richer countries in the alliance use their power to control BRICS initiatives? Can the member countries work together effectively when they are also in competition? What can South Africa gain from it?

You are cordially invited to a round table discussion with Dr William Gumede, author of South Africa in BRICS: Salvation or ruination? (Tafelberg Short/Tafelberg Kort, 2013) on Wednesday 30 April from 15:00 - 17:00 at the Transnational Institute, De Wittenstraat 25, 1052AK Amsterdam.

Registration: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/brics-salvation-or-ruination-of-south-africa-tickets-7798663011

 

Dr Gumede is Associate Professor & Convener, Political Economy, Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Senior Associate & Program Director, Africa Asia Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

He is a former advisor to the Development Bank of Southern Afric, 2014d former Deputy and Managing Editor, The Sowetan newspaper. He is the Founder of Democracy Works, a new democratic initiative. 

Dr Gumede is the author of a clutch of number one bestsellers and award winning books. His other most recent books include South Africa in BRICS: Salvation or Ruination, Restless Nation: Making Sense of Troubled Times and Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC. His forthcoming book is Broken Promises, and will be released in May 2014.

English
Date: 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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Topic: 
BRICS Initiative
BRICS Initiative
BRICS
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Alternative Regionalisms
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Ditch treaties that bite

Topic: 
TTIP
BITS
English
Programmes: 
Trade & Investment
Article type: 
Article
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In 1995, The Netherlands and SA signed a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) which is now coming up for review. The deadline for notification of termination of the Dutch BIT is this week, or the treaty will automatically be extended for a further 10 years.... Read more

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Aniversario de la masacre de Marikana - ¡Pongamos fin a la impunidad del poder corporativo y la complicidad de los Estados !

Topic: 
Desmantelando el poder corporativo
Impunidad corporativa
Spanish
Programmes: 
Poder Corporativo
Article type: 
Article
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Condenamos nuevamente este evento trágico y el hecho de que ninguno de los responsables por este violento crimen haya sido detenido o procesado. Apoyamos la búsqueda de justicia de los mineros sudafricanos y expresamos solidaridad con sus demandas, que incluyen:... Read more

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Marikana Massacre Anniversary - Time to end Corporate Impunity and State complicity!

Topic: 
Dismantle Corporate Power
Corporate Impunity
Corporate Impunity
Corporate Impunity
English
Programmes: 
Corporate Power
Article type: 
Article
Body: 

On the one-year anniversary of the massacre of 34 striking workers at the Lonmin plc Marikana mine in South Africa, the members of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity express their ongoing solidarity with the Lonmin plc mineworkers, their families and the entire Marikana community who, though still grieving their losses, continue on the fight for justice and... Read more

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SA mining laws cause for concern

English
Topic: 
Renewables
Corporate Impunity
Energy Democracy
Programmes: 
Corporate Power
Agrarian & Environmental Justice
Article type: 
In the media
Body: 

Speaking at a recent conference in Iceland, David Fig of UCT questioned why SA remained trapped in an undemocratic industrial paradigm which gave primacy to its minerals and energy sector.... Read more

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