Southern African Anarchist & Syndicalist History Archive

The SAASHA site is focused primarily on collecting primary documents, source materials and publications related to the anarchist and syndicalist movement in Southern Africa.

This movement emerged from the 1880s in the Cape Colony, and grew rapidly from the early twentieth century. Its key impact was in South Africa, but it had some influence in Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Decline from the mid-1920s was marked, although not total.

The 1990s, as elsewhere, saw an important revival in South Africa, with subsequent connections in Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We reserve the right to select which materials and comments appear on this site.

Articles référencés

VIDEO : Motsoaledi Concerned Residents (MCR) protest, Soweto, (...)

This is a news report from a protest by the Motsoaledi Concerned Residents (MCR) in Soweto, April 2009. Motsoaledi was a squatter camp (...)

Biography : Lucien van der Walt, 2011, “Thibedi, Thibedi William (...)

Lucien van der Walt, 2011, “Thibedi, Thibedi William (1888–1960), South African revolutionary syndicalist and Communist,” in Emmanuel K. (...)

Biography : Noor Nieftagodien, 2011, “Clements Kadalie,” in (...)

Noor Nieftagodien, 2011, “Clements Kadalie,” in Emmanuel K. Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates, Jr (eds.), Oxford Dictionary of African (...)

[Archived webpage] : The Workers’ Library and Museum (Johannesburg)

Previous posts have looked at the Workers’ Library and Museum (WLM) in Newtown, Johannesburg, and mentioned the role of anarchists (...)

VIDEO : The Newtown power complex before the Workers Library and (...)

There is an interesting video, captured from a VHS, from a report on the TV station M-Net, on the Newtown power complex in what looks (...)

Repost : “Notes and posters from the Workers’ Library & Museum (...)

Several posts on the history of the Workers Library and Museum (WLM) and the role of anarchists in this body in the late 1990s and (...)

ca. 2003 : “Whose Town is Newtown ?”

As noted elsewhere, anarchists from Bikisha Media Collective (BMC) played a key role in the Workers Library and Museum (WLM), a (...)

22 January 1998 : Email from WSF requesting solidarity against (...)

The Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF) actively tried to build links with Zimbabwe, providing a free subscription of its paper Workers (...)

Peter Cole & Lucien van der Walt, 2011, “Crossing the Color (...)

Peter Cole & Lucien van der Walt, 2011, “Crossing the Color Lines, Crossing the Continents: Comparing the Racial Politics of the IWW (...)

Material on the ICU, from “New Nation, New History” volume 1 (...)

The 1970s and 1980s anti-apartheid movement was marked by he explosion of an alternative press. A notable example was the (...)