Labour History Group, 1984, “Abasebenzi Basedokisini Ekapa” (Xhosa translation of “Organising at the Cape Town Docks”)

The “Labour History Group” based in Cape Town issued a series of pamphlets on the history of the working class in South Africa — more precisely, on some notable events in trade union history. For more on this group and its context, see here.

This particular pamphlet, entitled Abasebenzi Basedokisini Ekapa is a Xhosa translation of Organising at the Cape Town Docks, which you can read here.  It is of especial interest for its discussion of the revolutionary syndicalist Industrial Workers of Africa in Cape Town from the late 1910s, and the rise of the massive Industrial and Commercial Workers Union of Africa (ICU), which was influenced by syndicalism (among other things).

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Zabalaza in “Afrique Sans Chaines” (CNT, Vignolles), 2000s

Materials by the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation (later: Front, ZACF) were carried in the Paris-based Afrique Sans Chaines, which ran for at least 5 issues. Afrique Sans Chaines was produced by the Africa team of the International Secretariat of the CNT-Vignolles, an anarcho-syndicalist union  with which the ZACF and, before it, Bikisha Media Collective, had links. Afrique Sans Chaines focussed on African workers in France, African news and African trade unions, and African anarchist and syndicalist news. Several issues of the ZACF’s journal, Zabalaza, carried adverts for Afrique Sans Chaines as well, and Afrique Sans Chaines described Zabalaza as its “sister” journal. In practice, Afrique Sans Chaines carried materials on “Francophone” Africa, and Zabalaza, on “English-speaking” Africa.

Below are complete copies of issues of Afrique Sans Chaines in which Zabalaza or ZACF material (in French, naturally) was carried.

Issue 1 hereasc4_Page_1 CROP

Issue 2 here

Issue 3 here

Issue 4 here

A copy of Issue 5 (no Zabalaza material) is here for reference.

Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF) at 1997 (6th) Congress of the International of Anarchist Federations (IAF/IFA) in Lyon, France

The Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF) attended the 1997 (6th) Congress of the International of Anarchist Federations (IAF/IFA) in Lyon, France, which ran from 31 October to 2 November.

Below is a report on the congress from the French-language Le Monde Libertaire anarchist weekly, 12 November 1997, no. 1099.

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Text only: (Zulu) Yini i-Anarcho-Syndicalism? (Freedom # 5, ca. 2000, Durban)

This is the Zulu text (only) from Freedom: Zabalaza Books Bulletin #5, Zulu translation of George Woodcock’s “What is Syndicalism,”: PDF of Bulletin here. Freedom: Through Class Unity and Resistance  Zabalaza Books Bulletin #5 – Free or Donation

Freedom without Socialism is Privilege, Injustice Socialism without Freedom is Slavery, Brutality    – BAKUNIN

YINI I-ANARCHO-SYNDICALISM?

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PDF: (Zulu) Yini i-Anarcho-Syndicalism? (Freedom # 5, ca. 2000, Durban)

Graphic (Zulu, syndicalism)From Freedom: Zabalaza Books Bulletin, number 5, Durban (Zabalaza Books).  Zulu translation of George Woodcock’s “What is Anarcho-syndicalism” (1943, from his book Railroads & Society, 1943).  English text online here. At the time Woodcock wrote the text, he was an active anarchist; later disillusioned, he wrote a number of key academic texts on the subject, including the well-known (if controversial) G. Woodcock, 1975, Anarchism: a history of libertarian ideas and movements ( Penguin, revised ed.)

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Kapitalisme vandag: die “vrye mark” aanslag teen werkers – Workers Solidarity Federation, Afrikaans, undated

Vrye Mark Aanvaal - WSF Afrikaans

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Daar is op die oomblik internasionaal ‘n groot verandering in die vorm van kapitalisme na die “vrye mark” vorm. In Suid-Afrika het ons die regering se nuwe beleid: “GEAR” en kapitalistiese “industriële herstrukturering”. Dit gaan lei tot grootskaalse werksverlies, befondsingsbesnoeings vir hospitale en skole en ‘n grootskaalse aanval op vakbonde. Continue reading

Verwerp GEAR: Hoekom werkers die regering se ekonomiese strategieë moet teenstaan – Workers Solidarity Federation, Afrikaans, undated

Verwerp GEAR - WSF Afrikaans

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Gedurende 1996 het die ANC-geleide regering die “Growth, Employment and Redistribution” plan aanvaar. Die beleid van hierdie program ondersteun blatantdie base ten koste van die werkers. Dit wys die regering se verbintenis met die “vrye mark” stelsel. Continue reading

Die Revolusionêre Industriële Vakbondwese: die pad na vryheid vir die werkers – Workers Solidarity Federation, Afrikaans, undated

Revolusionere industriele vakbondwese - WSF Afrikaans

Die Revolusionêre Industriële Vakbondwese: die pad na vryheid vir die werkers

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LEES, KOPIEER, VERSPREI

Staan die base teen!

Waarom het ons vakbonde nodig?

Vakbonde word gebou omdat dit vir werkers nodig is om saam te werk teen hul base, want die base buit die werkers uit: die werkers doen al die werk, maar die base vat die wins. Die base is ‘n minderheid wat op die werkers, die meerderheid, teer.

Die vakbonde gee mag aan die werkers deur hulle in een sterk organisasie te verenig en deur werkers te organiseer om die baas te kap waar dit die seerste maak, die bankrekening, omdat die vakbonde produksie,die bron van die base se rykdom, deur massa-aksie kan ontwrig. Continue reading

Net die werkers kan die werkers bevry: ‘n Inleiding tot die Workers Solidarity Federation – WSF, Afrikaans, undated

Net die werkers kan die werkers bevry - WSF Afrikaans

Net die werkers kan die werkers bevry

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Hierdie pamflet is ‘n kort inleiding tot die Werkersolidariteitsfederasie (Suid-Afrika) se politieke idees. Ons is ‘n libertaries sosialistiese anargo-sindikalistiese) politieke organisasie. Continue reading

Na die ineenstorting van Marxisme: Watter alternatiewe teenoor kapitalisme bly oor? – Workers Solidarity Federation, Afrikaans, undated

Watter alternatiewe teenoor kapitalisme bly oor - WSF Afrikaans

Na die ineenstorting van Marxisme: Watter alternatiewe teenoor kapitalisme bly oor?

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Kapitalisme en die regering bly mense teleurstel. Ter selfde tyd is ‘n groot gedeelte van die sosialiste in ‘n onoplosbare krisis gedompel. Al wat oorbly is anti-outorotêre, anti-regering sosialisme op die voetsoolvlak: libertariese sosialisme (anargo-sindikalisme). Continue reading

Umhlaba onenkululeko kuncike ezinguqukweni zabezinyunyuna zohwebo – WSF Leaflet, Zulu, undated

Land and Freedom through Revolutionay Unionism - WSF leaflet, Zulu

The WSF’s Zulu leaflet, “Land and Freedom through Revolutionay Unionism” (Umhlaba onenkululeko kuncike ezinguqukweni zabezinyunyuna zohwebo )

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Siphikisa uhlelo lwe-capitalism kanye nabaqashi

Umzabalazo wabasebenzi abamnyama e-S.A. ngumzabalazo ophikisana nobugqili kuhlangene nohlelo lwe-capitalism. I-capitalism uhlelo lwaleyongcosana ebusayo. (amacapitalist abaphathi abasemazingeni aphezulu, osopolitiki abaqeqeshiwe) eqonde ukuxhaphaza iphinde icindezele iningi elingabasebenzi (abasebenzi bawowonke amazinga; imindeni yabo, amasotsha; abangaqashiwe kanye nemphakathi ehluphekayo yasemaphandleni). Lezinhlobo zombili zinenhloso ezehlukile zivaleleke emzabalazweni wangokwezinga. Continue reading

Phansi i-privatisation phansi! – BMC, Kathlehong march, 2001 – English and Zulu

BMC leaflet issued in Kathlehong 10 May 2001

BMC leaflet issued in Kathlehong 10 May 2001

I Bikisha Media Collective, eyilungu le AntiPrivatisation Forum (APF) igqugquzela umkhankayo wanumuhla ngenxa yokuthi ukweyiswa no ku thukwa ko mphakathi ngamakhansela akwamukeleki.

Masisukumeni sizabaleze, sizabalezele impilo engcono; ukohlonishwa kanye nenkululeko yangempela.Umzabalazo, hayi ezekhetho namanga awa hambisana nazo nezinhlangano ze politiki hi yo indlela eyisa enkululukweni ya nge mpela. Continue reading