• VICTORY: Don't allow crowdfunding campaigns for Penny Sparrow
    This is important because it exposes the myth of the rainbow nation. This is what real estate agent Penny Sparrow said on Facebook in January this year: "These monkeys that are allowed to be released on New years Eve And new years day on to public beaches towns etc obviously have no education what so ever so to allow them loose is inviting huge dirt and troubles and discomfort to others. I'm sorry to say I was amongst the revellers and all I saw were black on black skins what a shame. I do know some wonderful thoughtful black people. This lot of monkeys just don't want to even try. But think they can voice opinions about statute and get their way dear oh dear. from now I. Shall address the blacks of south Africa as monkeys as I see the cute little wild monkeys do the same pick drop and liter [sic]."
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  • SABC must screen Project Spear
    Project Spear tracks the theft through corruption of some R30 billion from South Africa in the run-up to the 1994 national elections. Despite having commissioned the film, the Public Broadcaster has gone to extraordinary lengths to try to prevent the South African public from seeing the film and learning about the loss to the country of state resources which could have financed a comprehensive reparations programme for victims of apartheid gross human rights violations. Survivors of apartheid gross human rights violations struggle today still to advocate for the TRC-recommended reparations that represent a key component of justice for victims of apartheid crimes. The SABC has also refused to sell the rights to the material gathered by Ms van Vollenhoven in her work of preparing Project Spear for the series entitled TRUTH BE TOLD. Project Spear uses creative choreography with “Bugsy Malone” style young performers to highlight corruption.
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  • Stop SABC censorship
    The SABC is our public broadcaster and has to serve our interests. This kind of self-censorship is anti-democratic and not what our people struggled for in the national democratic revolution.By self-censoring reporting on these protests, the SABC is denying us our right to know which municipalities are failing to deliver services to their people, and the extent to which our people are unhappy with our local government authorities. This information is especially vital as we draw closer to local government elections where we will be choosing councillors and mayors. Journalists and Staff members at SABC are being suspended unceremoniously because they question the legitimacy of the self-censorship. Those with consciences are being forced to resign. Recently, under Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the SABC opted out of a public consultation process in which the public could comment on the Broadcaster's draft policies.This resulted in Mr Motsoeneng giving himself the role of Editor-in-Chief and by that giving himself power to rule on any controversial editorial line and/or one which might have significant financial and/or legal implications, issues that should ideally be taken over by the Editor-in-Chief and not the COO. We are also aware that all of this is happening at the backdrop of a cloud around Mr Motsoeneng's qualifications and other irregularities at the SABC that the Public Protector has been looking into.
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  • #DecolonizeLibraries now!
    Reform of Library and Petition By-Laws Consequences of the reforms being advocated: • Creating a process for citizen inititatives to be heard • Improving direct democracy in the city For the full proposed Petitions By-Law, please see Annexure A For the full proposed Library By-Law, please see Annexure B http://asri.org.za/sign-the-petition-for-public-library-and-by-law-reform-in-johannesburg/
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  • WE WANT BETTER SERVICE FROM REA VAYA (BRT)
    This is important because Rea Vaya came with something amazing and we prefer it more than other public transport, some of us left our cars at home because BRT is efficient and reasonable.
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  • Naspers must pay for its apartheid role
    Naspers, when given the chance to come clean during South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 1996, refused to give a public account of just how deep its collaboration ran with the Apartheid government. The truth was never told. While Naspers insisted that it had nothing to account for, a group of conscientious 127 journalists who had worked for the company, defied the company’s management and delivered individual submissions, expressing their disappointment with Naspers and acknowledging their role in upholding the system of Apartheid through their work. The company's defense of the apartheid regime, and the hurtful way in which this complicity played out in the newsroom and boardrooms of the company makes the company party to gross human rights violations.
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  • Make Gauteng Community Health Workers Permanent
    This issue is important because the health of poor communities, who have no options like private health care, depends on Community Health Workers. In a context of deteriorating health and other social outcomes, the outsourcing of these workers threatens to lead to a further deterioration in the health of township residents. The issue is also important because the Minister is avoiding her constitutional responsibility of providing decent, affordable health care, as well as her constitutional responsibility of fair labour practice.
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  • Business and industry must heed urgent call to save water
    Women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection. They often have to walk an average of 7 Kilometres a day just to collect water. If businesses reduced their water usage by 10%, 624,000 households would gain access to 30 kilolitres a day. For a sector that uses 27% of the total water supply overall, the response from the business community to date has been inadequate. While South Africa has been hit by one of the worse droughts in its history and the people of Mzansi have been inundated with messages on individual responsibility to save water, we fail to see a similar commitment by the business community, who have the resources and the money to act. We cannot allow for business interests to put profits before the lives of people. Endorsed by: ActionAid South Africa, African Civil Society Centre, Project 90 by 2030, Gender CC, Federation for a sustainable environment, Jukskei Catchment Management Agency Forum, 350Africa.org
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  • Remove Judge Mabel Jansen for racist comments
    The fact that Jansen, who is supposed to uphold the rule of law in an objective and unbiased manner, could a) rise through the judicial ranks and b) defend her racism so eagerly is outrageous. How are we, as citizens of South Africa, supposed to trust that Judge Jansen will preside over cases fairly when she is so clearly racist and uninformed?
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  • Stop selling blood jewellery
    Mining companies have been exploiting workers for decades when it has come to workers rights, safety and health. Many workers have died, slow painful deaths with no compensation, having worked in mines that produce gold used by jewellers. Public pressure forced regulation of conflict diamonds, and labelling of goods from Israel, now we need to use consumer power to transform the gold industrial complex.
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  • Stop paying below living wage salaries to PIKITUP workers
    PIK IT UP workers have been on strike for weeks asking for a living wage. This is affecting municipalities and with local municipal elections coming up, decisive action needs to be taken to prioritize PIK IT UP workers
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  • STOP THE VICTIMISATION OF STUDENT ACTIVISTS AT UCT
    Over the last year, South Africa has seen a rise in student protests calling for the decolonization of institutions and for the provision of free education. All across the country there has been explosions of student and worker anger directed at university management and the state for their failure to respond adequately to the anti-black, anti-poor and liberal state of our higher education system. Black students and outsourced workers can no longer be silent about their dehumanization in our institutions of higher learning. Black students and outsourced workers can no longer accept being marginalized on their own land. However, university executives across the country are silently using their institutional powers to stifle dissent by victimizing student activists. At the University of Cape Town, supposedly the ‘best’ university in Afrika, management has turned to repressive means and is intimidating and victimizing student activists. Outside of the gaze of the media and public scrutiny, Vice Chancellor Max Price and his deputies are silently executing a clear mandate: suffocate legitimate student protests by criminalizing, indefinitely suspending and expelling those the university regards as ring leaders instead of dealing with the issues raised by students. To date the University of Cape Town has: • Indefinitely suspended 3 student leaders from the university. • Indefinitely Interdicted 5 activists from accessing the university. Initially there were 16 students interdicted. • Charged 9 student activists through internal disciplinary procedures with the intention to expel Several students have now lost a whole term due to their suspensions and interdicts barring them from accessing the campus and it is predicted that UCT will target more black students. For black students access to higher education is political. Our histories have been shaped by poverty, a lack of human dignity and inequality due to being denied access to quality education. Furthermore, gaining access to higher education burdens us with the duty to break this cycle by actively challenging the neoliberal anti-black policies around housing, fees, institutional racism and patriarchy in order break open the ivory towers of higher learning for the majority of the people of this country. It is this cause that UCT is now criminalizing and victimizing black students for. We call on all progressive forces, parents, community leaders, alumni, civil society, politicians and the general public to put pressure on UCT management to lift the suspensions, remove the interdict and to seek alternative methods of resolving these conflicts so as to avoid denying students access to education at UCT.
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