Thursday, September 27, 2007

Floeytry... Poetry According to Floyd

September as a Heritage Month in South Africa has been dedicated to Poetry. In commemoration of our heritage, we re-publish the Poetry earlier published in the blog. They are not for comment.

The Juxtaposed Song of Azania

On this street
hand to mouth is their psalm
Ignorance their rhyme
and hunger their lullaby
yet in MISERABLE woebegone faces they sing
we will vote, and they, provide
cross the street

Discussing the ANC Strategy and Tactics

Discussing the Strategy and Tactics

The essence of any revolutionary struggle is organisationally articulated through strategy and tactics, comprising the underpinning programmatic and methodological pillars guiding and sustaining revolutionary movements. It is against this background that the African National Congress has since 1912 had a set of tactics and a strategy, documented or otherwise.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

SA Developmental State?

The myth of a South African Developmental State
Nyiko Floyd Shivambu

Acknowledging the massive setbacks and crisis of unemployment and poverty that characterise the 13 years of democratic dispensation in South Africa, the new mantra in the African National Congress and government is that of building of a Developmental State. The ANC Policy Conference discussion document on economic transformation and its Draft Strategy and Tactics stand by the ultimate objective of building a development state, which supposedly requires an efficient a market as possible.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

YL Leftwards

The ANC Youth League indicating Left
The recent statements and pronouncements by the African National Congress Youth League (ANC YL) should be given the consideration they deserve in the youth movement. At formation, the Youth League was the first to accept Colonialism of a Special Type characterisation of South African colonial oppression, and essentially recognised the reality that in South Africa, national oppression, patriarchy and class exploitation are inseparable. This was characteristic of the Youth League, which influenced and played a central role in the Defiance Campaign, which indisputably invigorated the ANC into a revolutionary National Liberation Movement.

Monday, April 16, 2007

SA Media

Some Lessons from Sunday Newspapers
Floyd Shivambu

South African media has in the past few months been correctly blamed within South African society, particularly as it relates to the so-called succession debate in the African National Congress and Tripartite Alliance as a whole. There is a variety of media creations and constructions, which are non-existent in the real world. South African Media sought to redefine South African society through perspectives and information from mainly faceless sources, who would purportedly sneak out of formal political structures to connive with scribes for whatever reason.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

SA democratic?

South African Democracy Revisited

By Nyiko Floyd Shivambu

Concepts, euphemisms and terminology are observably very important in politics, not because they linguistically explain and obfuscate certain matters, but because they have substantive, profound and systemic potential to guide and/or misguide policy directions and positions. The South African democracy and developmental trajectory has in the recent past employed the concept of “first and second economy” to explain the vast South African socio-economic inequalities and disparities.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Create Jobs and fight Poverty

South Africa must industrialise to create jobs and fight poverty
February 2007

The ideological supposition and expectation created in South Africa’s political economy discourse in 1996 when government adopted the Growth, Employment, and Redistribution (GEAR) strategy was that high levels of economic growth would address the poverty and unemployment challenges. Various and at times dissimilar statistics continue to indicate that although the productivity of the South African economy has somewhat increased over the past 13 years, poverty and unemployment continue to ravage South African society.