WSF “Solidarity Centre” and webpage: 1996 [WSF Internal Bulletin 1]

From the Internal Bulletin of the Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF) of South Africa, no. 1, September 1996.  The “Soldarity Centre” was in the DJ Du Plessis building on the West Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. It was not, in fact, used much. There were too many other demands on time, and the WSF was soon to focus off-campus and start holding its business meetings in Newtown, in downtown Johannesburg. The webpage was on the now-defunct Geocities.

“**NEWS**
OFFICE: SOLIDARITY CENTER
The Wits branch has been awarded an office by the SRC. We aim to establish an Anarchist  resource center, in which we will store anarchist literature and magazines, and make them available to workers and students. The office needs a lot of work and should be up and running by the beginning of next year, hopefully sooner.

WE ARE ON THE NET!!!!
We have arrived !!One of our members has organised WSF a Web page on the internet. The page is still under construction and we are aiming to place a lot of interesting anarchist material on our page, link to other anarchist pages, and display a lot of our own work eg. the position papers, on our page. Once it has been constructed, our web page will facilitate communication with other anarchist groups and individuals who are interested in our ideas.
Now all we need is a phone.”

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About Lucien van der Walt

I teach at Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape. I’m South African, born and bred. I am currently also involved in union education and have a background in social movement and left-wing activism, the Workers’ Library and Museum, the Anti-Privatisation Forum, and the National Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU). I’ve presented papers at more than 120 conferences and workshops, published in key journals like 'Capital and Class' and 'Labor History', have co-edited 3 journal specials (these on global labour history, African labour, and unions in the Global South), and written well over 130 other articles, papers and entries. I was Southern Africa editor for the 2009 'International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protest' (Blackwell). My focus has been on South Africa, but I have also done research in Zambia and Zimbabwe. I won the 2008 international 'Labor History' thesis prize, and the 2008/2009 Council for the Development of Social Science Research prize for best African dissertation, for my PhD thesis on South African anarchism, syndicalism and black militants. I have several books, including 'Negro e Vermelho: anarquismo, sindicalismo revolucionário e pessoas de cor na África Meridional nas décadas de 1880-1920,' 'Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1880-1940: the praxis of national liberation, internationalism, and social revolution' (co-edited with Steve Hirsch, Brill, 2010/ 2014) and 'Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism' (co-written with Michael Schmidt, AK Press 2009).