Our thoughts are with the families of Lily Mine workers. This Monday 27th February marks the beginning of an inquiry into the cause of the horrific collapse that left Pretty Nkambule, Solomon Nyerende and Yvonne Mnisi trapped underground at Lily Mine, for over a year. The inquiry into the cause of the avoidable collapse is set to last about 3 weeks; but it is widely expected to ensure truth, justice, and due compensation for the families, and all those affected. Read more

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has released its Green Paper on International Migration. As part of a public consultation process, we have until the 30th of September 2016 to submit comments on the Paper [1]  Positive aspects of the Green Paper - The Green Paper calls for the further decolonising of South Africa’s immigration policy, and to address the bias that favour immigrants from Europe over African countries. - The low-skilled regional work visa proposal, if properly implemented and... Read more

Denied access. That’s what Pastor Steven Anderson’s application to enter Mzansi reads. The Department of Home Affairs’ Minister Gigaba announced the news in a media briefing in Cape Town.   Read more

Writing you this update was hard. Despite families' and professionals’ concerns, intervention by Civil society and our campaign, psychiatric patients were relocated to ill-equipped NGOs from Life Esidimeni. Now, barely 3 months later, 36 of them have died [1]. As if to add salt to injury, some families were notified of their loved ones' deaths more than a week after the fact. We cannot sit and wait for more patients to die, let us pressure the MEC and Premier of Gauteng to act on... Read more

Obesity and Type 2 diabetes is on the rise, driven by our high sugar diets. Mzansi's health system is already under huge pressure, that's why the Finance Minister's sugar tax could help turn this situation around. The Beverage Association of South Africa's (BevSA) claim that government's proposed sugar tax “could result in South Africa losing 60,000 jobs” is unfounded; and the figures are from a study that BevSA paid for and they have refused to share the study data [1]. Read more

Good news for the ‘Stop the Fronting Seminar’ campaign! Earlier today a statement was released by the organisers of the “fronting seminar” stating the seminar has been cancelled [1]. This followed the Black-Broad Based Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission’s ruling that the seminar had to be cancelled and those who registered had to be refunded [2]. Read more

***Sign the campaign for an independent inquiry here:  This ruling is based on the written submissions of Mr Rob Devereux, business rescue practitioner, on behalf of Makonjwaan Imperial Mining Company (Pty) Ltd, and those of Wally Mbhele, editor of the Sunday Independent newspaper. The mining company (MIMCO) is complaining about a story in Sunday Independent of 19 June 2016, headlined Did mine management flout rules? – Lily must show it was in on the safety act. Read more

***Read the Lily Mine Update here to better understand this blog. In an explosive article in the Sunday Independent, an academic from CPUT's School of Civil Engineering exposed how Lily Mine management wouldn't allow his team to assist with rescue efforts, that management ignored workers when warning signs were reported, and that it's well known that the type of mining done by Vantage Goldfields is dangerous [1]. In response, Vantage Goldfields are trying to silence the academic and journalist who exposed this... Read more

PUBLIC CALL TO ACTION: 16 August 2016 – Marikana Day JOIN THE SOCIAL MINING COALITION [SMC] SOUTH AFRICA AND PUBLIC INQUIRY COMMISSION INTO LILY MINE DISASTER 5 FEBRUARY 2016 We the people declare the deaths of #TheBarberton3 at Lily Mine a disaster;We declare a Public Interest Commission [PIC] into this workforce disaster;And we call on you to join and.or support the Social Mining Coalition [SMC]. #FreeTheBarberton3 It’s the day of the Marikana Massacre. A day most of us will never,... Read more

It's been 4 years since Lonmin and our police coordinated to crush the miners' strike, resulting in 44 lives lost. Today families grieve while struggling to put food on the table after the loss of their bread winners. But there is some hope. Government has engaged in talks with representatives of the families, though no firm commitments have yet been made. Despite Lonmin’s role in the massacre, they have as yet not provided any form of compensation nor do they... Read more