Motsoaledi News No. 5: Phambili Motsoaledi Community Project/ ZACF, ca. October 2004

This version of Motsoaledi News (number 5, no date stated, but issued around October 2004) , was circulated on the internet.  No hard copy has been located. Earlier issues, for October 2003 (here) and December 2003 (here) were not numbered, so how they fit with “number 5” is not known, nor is frequency known. Notably this newsletter dates the start of the Phambili (Sometimes spelt ‘Phambele’ or ‘Phembile’) Motsoaledi Community Project (PCMP),  linked to the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation (now Front; the ZACF) in “2002 around October.”

Newsletter of the Phambili Motsoaledi Community Project (PCMP), Motsoaledi, Soweto (by Phillip Nyalungu, Black Action Group, ZACF)


We the people of Motsoaledi; for so long we’ve been waiting. While other communities which came after us have electricity, houses and schools. The only thing we know: it’s promise after a promise. Continue reading

“Motsoaledi News”, December 2003 – Phambile Motsoaledi Community Project / ZACF

This is the second surviving complete copy of the anarchist Motsoaledi News, published in December 2003 in the Motsoaledi squatter camp in Soweto.  It was distributed via Phambile Motsoaledi Community Project, linked to the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation (now Front) (ZACF), of which more here.

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Cover Motsoaledi News Dec 2003

“Motsoaledi News”, October 2003 – Phambile Motsoaledi Community Project / ZACF

The Phambile Motsoaledi Community Project was linked closely to Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation (now Front) (or ZACF).  The ZACF was a direct successor of the Workers Solidarity Federation: on the ZACF, read here.

Besides running a small library and meeting space (a social centre in the Motsoaledi squatter camp in Soweto, behind the giant Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital), the Project also sponsored to start a food garden: the garden operated for a while, albeit with limited success There is some more material on the Project here and here.


The Motsoaledi anarchist centre, Soweto, in red and black ca. 2004

Motsoaledi News was another output of this Project.  This scanned document is the October 2003 edition: it is not known how many issues were produced overall, but it was “free to the people.” The author of the main pieces, PN, was a ZACF member and a Motsoaledi resident.

The same militant was also involved in the Motsoaledi Concerned Residents’ (MCR) structure formed in January 2005: this fought around issues related to miserable living conditions such as a lack of water and electricity, and faced intimidation by supporters of the ruling African National Congress.   According this newsletter, protest meetings were already taking place in late 2003, with active support from the Phambile Motsoaledi Community Project . The MCR later linked up with the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF): see here, and also published its own Vuka Motsoaledi.  It was explicitly described as ” a collective non-politically aligned community organisation, which is affiliated to the Anti-Privatisation Forum and the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation.”

Notes:  1) “Phambile” translates as “forward!”; and 2) “Motsoaledi” was probably named after trade unionist, Communist Party and African National Congress stalwart, Elias Motsoaledi, and sentenced to life imprisonment at the Rivonia Treason Trial along with Nelson Mandela and others.

Now, the newsletter:

Motsoaledi News cover

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