Let’s not monumentalise the NDP

The broad context of the NDP • Global conjuncture – persisting global capitalist crisis in developed centres, relative de-throning of neo-liberalism • South African conjuncture – advances in consolidating a constitutional democracy – but threatened by persisting triple crisis (unemployment, poverty, inequality) • Danger of NDP being divisive factor – with avid supporters and equally […]

Interview with Comrade Chris Hani

CH So let me start from the beginning. I was born in the Transkei on 28 June 1942 in a small town called Cofimvaba which is about 60kms from Queenstown. I was not born in that small town, I was born in a remote village, St Marks. My mother had never been to school and […]


“The crisis of socialism cannot spell the end of history. I’m saying this because we’ve got to go back to the reasons for the emergence of the theories of scientific socialism…. That is still the position in capitalist countries, we have a class which owns the means of production, and we have workers who only […]

Political Education and Cadre Development

The significance of political education cannot be overemphasised, particularly in this period of heightened ideological contestation. Political training is not only significant for building consciousness but also to ensure all round cadre development.  The CHI Political education programme aims to deepen political consciousness and a range of organisational and leadership skills. The CHI’s dream is […]

Biting on the Bullet

John Haylett, The Morning Star, London, 20 February 1993 Anyone suggesting in the 1980s that, by August 1991, the South African Communist Party would be legal and its Soviet counterpart illegal would have been seen as a suitable case for treatment. But it happened – and it meant that the newly legalised SACP and its […]

South Africa’s Development Dilemma

by Jacklyn Cock, Professor Emeritus Wits University Honorary Research Associate, Society Work and Development Institute (SWOP) Introduction I feel very honoured to be speaking on the 18th anniversary of Jo Slovo’s death and at this first public event of the Chris Hani Institute since Eddie Webster was appointed as director. As I understand it, Eddie’s vision […]

A high road scenario: Creating our Lula Moment?

Always bear in mind that the people are not fighting for ideas, for the things in anyone’s head. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of their children. Amilcar Cabral 4.1. The ANC is proposing to launch a second, […]

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