“Ohne Sozialismus keine Demokratie und ohne Demokratie kein Sozialismus.”

[“There is no socialism without democracy and there is no democracy without socialism”.]

– Rosa Luxemburg


"The People shall govern."

Building a just and inclusive society involves establishing a political system that empowers the people to partake in decision-making.

Centre for Applied Legal Studies

The Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) is a civil society organisation based at the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand. CALS is also a law clinic, registered with the Legal Practice Council. As such, CALS connects the worlds of both academia and social justice. CALS’ vision is a socially, economically and politically just society where repositories of power, including the state and the private sector, uphold human rights. CALS operates across a range of programmes including: basic services, business and human rights, environmental justice, gender and rule of law.


The Masifunde Education and Development Project Trust is a non-governmental organisation established in 1983 that operates mainly in the Makana, Ndlambe and Ngqushwa municipal areas in the province of the Eastern Cape. It is affiliated to the National Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE). Masifunde’s primary thrust is advocating for integrated rural development and providing education to further democracy. In alliance with other land and food sovereignty movements, it campaigns for land and agrarian reform to change social relations and transform the rural economy so that it is biased in favour of the poor. Its work includes empowering men, women, youth and the unemployed in rural and peri-urban communities to campaign for access to basic services and resources to improve their livelihoods as well as participate in local government matters and influence policy direction and decisions.


The Centre for Alternative Research and Studies (CARES) provides political education to trade unions and social movements in Mauritius; it offers labour law consultation to trade unionists, hosts seminars on labour legislation, economic and social policies, environmental issues, food and energy security and will soon provide an online resource centre for trade unions and social movements.


Hikone Mozambique, is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 comprising former activists with long-standing connections to national and international organisations involved in humanitarian and development programs. Hikone members unite around the common objective of fighting all forms of social, economic, political and cultural injustices perpetrated against women in Mozambique. The principle is that women must have the freedom to make strategic choices. Achieving this objective entails ensuring that vulnerable women recognise and claim their legal, political, economic and cultural rights; supporting legislation to protect these rights and raising civil society awareness about womens’ rights. The ultimate goal is a society with equal rights and opportunities for both men and women.


An undercurrent of neo-colonialism and racial segregation is latent but alive, well and firmly entrenched in the lives of the people of Southern Africa.


The origins of many labour movements in the region can be traced back to liberation struggles for national independence.

Zimbabwe Labour Centre

The Zimbabwe Labour Centre (ZLC) is a non-profit Trust set up to benefit working people in their struggle for a just, equitable and fair society through training, legal aid, research and advocacy. It provides the following:

  • Legal aid clinic: A Law Society of Zimbabwe registered clinic providing advice and representation to working people and their organisations with an emphasis on defence of the right to organise and strike.
  • Reform and advocacy: Research and policy advocacy is carried out as well as collaborative actions with like-minded movements and organisations.
  • Training, research and publications: Conducts training programmes and courses as well as the development of educational materials and publication of books, pamphlets and journals on labour and human rights.

Southern Africa Trade Union Coordination Council (SATUCC)

The Southern Africa Trade Union Coordination Council (SATUCC) was established in March 1983 in Gaborone, Botswana. SATUCC is an umbrella organisation of 14 national trade union centres from 12 Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, i.e. Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa (three affiliates), Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Altogether, these affiliate national centres represent some seven million organised workers. The Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar and Seychelles are the only SADC countries where unions are not yet affiliated with SATUCC. This is largely because these countries joined SADC fairly recently and their trade unions are not properly organised. SATUCC identified a number of goals around key economic, social and political issues, including the promotion of labour standards, union bargaining rights, review of national, regional and international trade and investment policies to reflect labour interests and strengthen regional integration. It has been developing responses to privatisation, negotiating and campaigning for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), HIV/AIDS and chemical safety standards at SADC level and in all national laws, as well as advocating for equitable public health systems and more informed participation around policies on social security. One of the important outcomes of these struggles is the adoption by SADC member states of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in Southern Africa – an initiative of SATUCC and its affiliates.

Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe (LEDRIZ)

An initiative of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), LEDRIZ was registered as a Trust and started operating in September 2003. Its Board comprises six trade union leaders, four academics and it employs four full-time research economists in addition to other regional project and support staff. The Institute’s main objective is to develop, through research, policy positions designed to influence development processes and outcomes at national, regional and international level. Given the extent of crisis and paralysis in Zimbabwe and the need for coherent policies to resuscitate the economy, development orientated research institutions like LEDRIZ play a strategic role in providing technical assistance to the inclusive government.


With the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990 the last bastion of colonialism and racial segregation was finally destroyed in Africa.