This was a talk I gave to the independent Combined Staff Association (COMSA) at the University of Durban-Westville, Durban as part of a campaign against outsourcing. The published talk is HERE. Poster in PDF is HERE.
Lucien van der Walt, 2020, “The Working Class and the Crisis: Mapping a Long March,” Labour Community Media Forums EC Provincial Workshop Programme, Noluthando Hall, Joza, Makhanda, 22 October. `
Workshop input: Lucien van der Walt, 2020, "Working Class Heritage: The Creation of the Working Class and its Struggles in South Africa" Heritage Day event, Sundays River Valley Farm Workers Forum, Masizakhe Community Hall, Nomathamsanqa township, Addo, Eastern Cape, 26 September.
Lucien van der Walt, 2019, Alternatives from the Ground Up: Anarchism/ Syndicalism and (Black) Working Class Self-Emancipation in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Zabalaza Books, Johannesburg, from HERE. This is a booklet (text below) published by Zabalaza Books in South Africa, HERE. It is based on a paper given at a political "Globalisation School" in Cape Town, for a … Continue reading [TALK] Lucien van der Walt, 2019, “Alternatives from the Ground Up: Anarchism/Syndicalism and (Black) Working Class Self-Emancipation in Post-Apartheid South Africa”
John Reynolds and Lucien van der Walt (eds.), 2019, Strategy: Debating Politics Within and At a Distance from the State, Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU), Rhodes University, Makhanda, South Africa. Free for download, and sharing, published under copy-left. PDF of collection HERE, mirrored from HERE. What are the routes for societal transformation? What are the … Continue reading COLLECTION: John Reynolds and Lucien van der Walt (eds.), 2019, “Strategy: Debating Politics Within and At a Distance from the State”
The Vuyisile Mini Winter School is an annual event, launched at Rhodes University in 2015 with financial support from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). Named after a famed Eastern Cape trade unionist who was executed by the apartheid state, the Winter School has focused on trade unionists based in the Eastern Cape Province, where Rhodes … Continue reading [4-DAY SCHOOL with Eastern Cape unions]: 9-12/07/2019: “Politics Within and At a Distance from the State”
Looking back at the year: we ran a great August 2019 short course on “Political Economy, and Economic and Social Policy” at Rhodes University in Makhanda/ Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. Our theme is “South African Political Economy and the Global Crisis.” The short course is the first module in our four module Policy, Theory … Continue reading [6-DAY SCHOOL with Eastern Cape unions]: 25-30/08/2019: “South African Political Economy and the Global Crisis”
Workshop input: Nicole Ulrich and Lucien van der Walt, 2015, "A Historical Perspective on the South African Labour Movements and the National Question," Vuyisile Mini Winter School 2015: Labour and Social Policy, Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER)/ Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU), Rhodes University, 18 July. The slides for the lecture are … Continue reading Nicole Ulrich and Lucien van der Walt, 2015, “A Historical Perspective on the South African Labour Movements and the National Question,” Vuyisile Mini Winter School
Lucien van der Walt, 1998, "Low Wages Will Not Create Jobs , Struggle Will," Workers Solidarity meeting, Workers Library and Museum, Newtown, Johannesburg, 15 August The bosses and the government say that low wages will lead to more jobs. This is in the GEAR (government) and the SA Foundation (big business) policies. Both government and … Continue reading [TALK]: Lucien van der Walt, 1998, “Low Wages will not Create Jobs, Struggle will”
Popular talk: Lucien van der Walt, 2005, "Reclaiming Anarchism's Relevance to Black Working Class Battles: Dispelling Myths," Red and Black Forum, Phambili Motsoaledi Centre, Motsoaledi, Soweto, 1 October. Anarchism and syndicalism have been major forces internationally in the struggle against all forms of oppression and domination by the popular classes. I mean here there the … Continue reading [TALK] Lucien van der Walt, 2005, “Reclaiming Anarchism’s Relevance to Black Working Class Battles: Dispelling Myths”
I was a founder and a coordinator of the Social Theory course for the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) run at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, from 2009-2015. Classes began in 2010, and there were four modules by block release. Mine was the first of the year, on “Labour, the left … Continue reading [6-DAY SCHOOL with NUMSA]: 2009-2015: “Labour, the left and working class theory”
Part of a larger non-sectarian workers' and union education initiative, through the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU), Rhodes University, I developed this programme in conjunction with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa's (NUMSA's) Uitenhage Local. It was run on a Nelson Mandela University campus in Port Elizabeth.
Co-designed and co-faciliated a three-day workshop with the Unemployed People’s Movement (UPM) in the Eastern Cape, with Leroy Maisiri and Ayanda Kota. The venue was the Bantu Stephen Biko Student Union Building, at Rhodes University, Grahamstown/ Makhanda; the dates were 7-9 November 2018, and the topic was “Autonomy, Land, Self-Management: Alternatives & the Russian and … Continue reading [3-DAY SCHOOL with UPM]: 7-9/11/2018: “Autonomy, Land, Self-Management: Alternatives & the Russian and Spanish Revolutions”
The Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) was a remarkable coalition of post-apartheid social movemenys, launched mid-2000. It was co-founded by Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) affiliates, and some university student groups, but was pretty soon basically a mixture of township-based protest groups and small far-left groups (mainly Marxist, also some anarchists). As an APF Media … Continue reading [POPULAR EDUCATION] 2000-2002 – the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) and the Workers Library
Co-designed and co-faciliated a three-day workshop with the Unemployed People's Movement in the Eastern Cape, with Leroy Maisiri and Ayanda Kota. The venue was Stone Crescent at Grahamstown, dates were 10-12 December 2017, and the topic was "Women, Workers, Land Reform: What can we learn from the Russian Revolution?" Attended by 45 people.