Khanya College works for people in the working class and poor societies to meet the challenges posed by economic and political globalization. To achieve this, Khanya College provides training that is relevant to the needs of these groups and strengthens local movements and organizations.

Background

South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world, and a large proportion of the population is experiencing poorer living conditions. Many foreign interests compete for access to, and control over, the country’s resources. For example, several transnational companies are involved in South Africa’s major mining industry. International trade in minerals and metals is likely to be at the expense of the people involved in the extraction. In order to oppose the injustices in the society, a strong civil society and support for organization within the working class is needed. Khanya College’s activities enable people to face these inequalities and to demand their rights.

The organization

Khanya College works for increased social justice and solidarity by strengthening the civil society. The organization supports individuals and associations through research, information, education and workshops. The aim is to strengthen local organizations, social movements and activists in order to meet their needs, defend their rights and oppose the injustice and exploitation. The goal is also to strengthen the contact between different movements in South Africa, in southern Africa and in other parts of the world so that they can face unjustified structures together in solidarity.

 

Solidarity and the fight against injustice

In the fall of 2012, South Africa was shaken from what was known as the Marikana massacre, when 34 striking miners were shot to death by police when they were protesting against labor shortages and low wages at a platinum mine in Marikana. Khanya College has started the “We are all Marikana”-campaign to show solidarity with the victims, to deal with the increased state violence and support the struggle for justice for the working class.

 

“As an organization, we have been very active. We have tried to get a feel for how people perceive the event. In addition to feelings of rage and anger, helplessness is also evident. People feel powerless. What the massacre accomplished is to lift the veil of illusion that there is a functioning democracy under neoliberalism in South Africa. It has shown us how far the state is prepared to go to protect financial interests, “said Elijah Kodisang, who works at Khanya College.

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