Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
13 September 2010

Mass Rally on 25 September on informal settlement strike in western Cape

A call for a week of informal settlement strike
UPDATE ON A MEETING HELD AT ABAHLALI BASEMJONDOLO WC OFFICE

THE MEETING THAT WAS HELD AT QQ SECTION, ABM WC OFFICES ON THE 11TH SEPTEMBER (SATURDAY) WHERE MORE THAN 15 INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS ATTENDED THE MEETING.

AND THE MEETING RESOLVED THAT

1. A MEMORANDUM MUST BE WRITTEN TO THE MINISTER OF HUMAN SETTLEMENT TOKYO SEXWALE .

Ø A MEMORUNDUM BE WRITTEN ALSO TO MEC FOR HUMAN SETTLEMENTS BONGINGOSI MADIKIZELA

Ø AND A LAST MEMORUNDUM BE WRITTEN TO CITY OF CAPE TOWN MAYOR DAN PLATO

2. IT WAS ALSO RESOLVED THAT A MASS RALLY MUST BE HELD AT VE INFORMAL SETTLEMENT ON THE 25TH SEPTEMBER 2010 AT 11:AM AS A BUILD UP ACTIVITY TOWARDS THE WEEK OF INFORMAL SETTLEMENT STRIKE

3. AND IT WAS ALSO RESOLVED THAT AFTER THE WEEK OF INFORMAL SETTLEMENT STRIKE A COLLECTIVE ACTION OR JOINT ACTION MUST BE IMPLEMENTED AND IT WAS AGREED THAT THE MUCH TO PARLAMENT MUST TAKE PLACE.

FOR COMENT CONTACT MZONKE PONI ABM WC CHAIRPERSON AT 073 2562 036 OR VUYANI NTONTELA 071 113 6764 OR XOLANI QONDANI 073 117 8782

OR MTHOBELI QONA 076 875 9533

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