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- Statement on the South African Foundation Document,
"Growth for all"
- ANC press statement, 12 March, 1996. ANC rejects the document's
call for privatization and structural adjustment.
- Privatisation winning through in S.African
- By Ben Hirschler, Reuter, 29 May 1996. After months in limbo,
South African privatisation policy is crystallising and financial
analysts hope for decisive news on steps to sell state assets.
President Nelson Mandela sent the clearest signal yet that the
government would push ahead with privatisation, despite union
opposition. Economists and business leaders believe privatisation
is central to restoring investor confidence, badly dented by the
rand's sharp fall in the last three months.
- South Africa accelerates privatisation moves
- Peter Limb comments on a Reuters news item, 13 June 1996.
The South African government has invited labor representatives
into a series of cabinet committees mapping privatisation plans.
The macro-economic framework for growth and development - the
government's first comprehensive economic policy package - would
accelerate moves towards privatization. Limb re. lack of effective
alternatives; the global tendency of social democratic parties;
and the question of who benefits from privatization?
- COSATU Statement On Privatization
- 14 September, 1996. The trade union federation opposes the
government's macroeconomic policy of privatization and structural
- COSATU on "flexibility"
- By Mbhazima Shilowa. 5 June, 1997. COSATU's position on structural
adjustment, in which "flexibility" means freedom to
- SAMWU Press Statement on the 1998 Budget
- 12 March 1998. Minister's budget speech threatens public service
jobs rather than define a program for extending desperately needed
services to more communities. The budget is largely based around
discretionary spending by provinces, rather than concrete plans to
rebuild the economy, create jobs and meet the basic need of the people.
The proposed retrenchments are devised to fit the government's
macro-economic GEAR policy, which has failed to create employment
or speed up service delivery. Contracting government consumption
spending means that government can abdicate its responsibility
for meeting basic needs and creating jobs.
- Privatisation of water on the Dolphin coast
- SAMWU Press Statement, 5 May 1998. The privatisation of water
and sewerage in the Dolphin Coast municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.
Among the bidders are the notorious French multinationals Lyonnaise
Des Eaux and Generales Des Eaux, as well as British privateer
Thames Water. These three companies have privatised water in
different parts of the world with disastrous effects for
- Macro-economic Policies Will Hurt Education
- By Gumisai Mutume, IPS, 20 June 1998. When teachers threatened
the biggest national strike after independence, fingers pointed
at South Africa's macro-economic policies. The Government's newly
adopted Growth, Employment and Redistribution (GEAR) strategy,
and all the cuts in social spending it envisages, is being singled
out as having dire consequences on education, among other
- Union will not allow privatisation of Johannesburg's
fresh produce market
- SAMWU Press Statement, 28 January 1999. The Johannesburg fresh
produce market is not about to be privatised, for a framework
agreement around restructuring of local government was
concluded between COSATU and the Department of Constitutional
Development over one month ago, which rules out blanket proposals
of privatisation to municipal services running at a loss,
compelling municipalities rather to enter into negotiations with
the union to finding a public sector solution.
- Fight over water privatisation in South Africa/dt>
- By Anna Weekes, Green Left Weekly, 16 March 1999.
Attempts by the African National Congress government to privatise
the water of Dolphin Coast municipality in kwaZulu-Natal province,
in breach of a national agreement, has met with strong resistance
from the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU).
- SAMWU launches opposition to the restructuring of
- SAMWU press statement and briefing document, 7 April 1999.
The South African Municipal Workers' Union rejects the Igoli 2002
plan to restructure the city of Johannesburg and is calling for
a moratorium on all restructuring. The reasons for this stand.
Igoli 2002 is based on different forms of privatisation, including
rationalisation, outsourcing and termination of activities. The
plan will have far-reaching strategic and political effects on the
city, especially on people's living standards. It will influence
restructuring in every city in South Africa.
- SACP decides on private sector role
- By Primarashni Pillay and Reneé Grawitzky, Business
Day, 6 September 1999. The SA Communist Party (SACP) resolved
to consider the use of private-public partnerships to speed up the
delivery of services at local government level, but warns that this
should not been seen as an endorsement of private capital as the
system most suited to meeting the needs of the people.
- Nelspruit water privatiser breaks promises, dispute
- SAMWU Press Statement, 19 October 1999. The South African
Municipal Workers Union vs. the Nelspruit TLC over the
controversial 30 year water privatisation contract won by
British multinational company, Biwater, last year. The company
has already begun breaking promises it made when it was awarded
- Restructuring state assets has so far yielded
R7.7bn - Manuel
- WOZA SA news, 25 May 2000. The government has so far received
R7.7 million from the restructuring of state assets, which was
well above expectations, said Finance Minister Trevor Manuel.
The government plans to raise at least R40 billion over the next
four years from its restructuring program, which has come under
fire from its trade union and communist allies, who say it has
- Union to oppose changes to water law
- SAMWU Press Statement, 9 June 2000. The South African Municipal
Workers Union (SAMWU) rigorously opposes draft regulations
which will allow local authorities to appoint private companies
to provide water services and publi-private partnerships to
provide water in the country's rural areas. Clause 19.2 of the
Water Services Act says water must be delivered by local
government and not the private sector. The regulations undermine
the spirit of the act, which is firmly in favor of water as a
public service and not a commodity.