TITLE: The state of civil society and the United Front approach

PRESENTER: Vishwas Satgar

DATE: 30 January 2014

TIME: 13h30 – 16h00


Last month the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa called for a United Front approach to alliance building in the wake of their decision to leave the Alliance of trade unions, the SA Communist Party and the ruling African National Congress on grounds of the latter’s adoption of neoliberal policies. But what kinds of policies would be more appropriate for society?  What kinds of struggles are underway across South Africa?  How can trade unions reunite with allies in communities?  How can civil society generate a more coherent progressive ideology, and what implications do these developments have for politics more broadly, and for the Left in particular?

Vishwas Satgar is senior lecturer in international relations at Wits University and an influential author and commentator. He is also a founder of the Cooperative and Policy Alternative Centre (https://www.copac.org.za/) which promotes cooperative sector institutions in South Africa and the rest of Africa.

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