Power to the People

This week's episode of AIAC Talk is a replay of the launch of the latest issue of Amandla! magazine, a South African publication advancing radical left perspectives for change.

Children cross a stream of sewage in Soweto-on-Sea, Port Elizabeth. Image credit Mkhuseli Sizani.

This episode of AIAC Talk is a replay of the launch of issue 78 of Amandla! magazine, a progressive South African publication devoted to advancing radical left perspectives for social transformation. Since 2020, Africa Is a Country has been fortunate to be in partnership with Amandla! (the Nguni word for “power”) and is pleased to expand the range of content shared across both publications.

The issue was published on the eve of South Africa’s local government elections, which happened on November 1. While South Africa’s political class has run out of ideas to address the manifold crises afflicting the country’s municipalities, this issue looks at the many ideas for change amongst South Africa’s progressive forces, as well as the organizers carrying out some of them. At the launch, Amandla! editorial collective member Shaeera Kalla sat down with issue contributor Ayabonga Cawe for a wide-ranging conversation about municipal decay and what can be done about it.

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To read the whole issue, download your copy here. Select articles have been republished on Africa Is a Country.

Further Reading

South Africa’s Left needs a new party

Assuming today’s socioeconomic crisis benefits the Left is folly. That will only happen if we have the political vision to make class the fault line of social polarization, and for that we need to face the challenge of constructing a new party.