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In Thandi Dlamini's report on mining in South Africa she writes how more than twenty years after democracy women make up only 11% of the operational mining workforce in South Africa. Before 1994, underground work was exclusively for males. This report assesses the possible side effects of the mining industry’s apparent new found enthusiasm for female employees. ...

Meredeth Turshen reviews a recent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan entitled, Kongo: Power and Majesty. She marvels at the extraordinary artistic production of Kongo society and asks, why were the Africans who created these instruments not honored as contemporaries of Michelangelo? Why didn’t Europeans regard the Kongo civilization as comparable to the Renaissance? Why did they reduce Africans to raw human labour?...

Gary Littlejohn writes how the outbreak of the Zika virus in Central and South America, has spread across some 23 countries and has caught international health agencies by surprise. It has now shown up in recent months in Cape Verde, so it has returned to Africa after circling the globe eastwards in less than 70 years. Littlejohn asks what are the lessons from Africa for defeating the virus....

In the afterword to the series Radical Agendas in South Africa, John Saul reflects on the essays that have appears over the last two months. In conclusion he asserts, as the contributors to this series have confirmed, the struggle continues in South Africa and that ROAPE (in both hard-copy and virtual format) must continue to report upon and bear witness to....

In the final essay in the series Radical Agendas in South Africa, Vishwas Satgar sees the possibility of a movement for socialism emerging in South Africa grounded in a collective leadership, a democratically conceived and commonly agreed program and a political division of labour in which a party is merely a tactical device in a mass transformative strategy....

On the fifth anniversary of the Egyptian revolution Brecht De Smet writes that the events in 2011 remain an inspiration for contemporary radical politics. However the counter-revolutionary Egyptian state holds the mirror up to the core countries of the West, which can recognize their own policies in the peripheral, broken reflection of an authoritarian, debt-ridden, and unstable regime....

In the fifth installment of Radical Agendas in South Africa, Jacklyn Cock sees the building blocks of eco-socialism, food sovereignty, energy democracy, transformational feminism and environmental justice, gaining momentum. New social forms, she writes, are emerging around these ideas that embody fragments of a vision of an alternative post-capitalist future....