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The African Mine workers strike of 1946 South African ...

The strike by some 76,000 black miners in 1946 was one of the most significant examples of industrial action by black workers in South Africa. Following the demise of the ICU in the early 1940s, the mine workers were the first to challenge not only their employers, but the racist policies of the segregationist state of Jan Smuts.

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1946 African Mineworkers Strike South African History

On 12 August 1946 African mine workers of the Witwatersrand went on strike in support of a demand for higher wages - 10 shillings a day. They continued the strike for a week in the face of the most savage police terror, in which officially 1,248 workers were wounded and a very large number - officially only 9 -

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South African miners strike for higher wages, 1946 ...

In 1941 the pay disparity between black South African mine workers and white South African workers was R70 to R848, respectively. The African Mine Workers’ Union (AMWU) formed in response to address this issue. By 1946 the 12:1 ratio of pay had not changed, as black workers were paid R87 while white workers were paid R1,106.

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1946 African Mine Workers' Union strike - Wikipedia

The African Mine Workers' Strike was a labour dispute involving mine workers of Witwatersrand in South Africa. It started on 12 August, 1946 and lasted approximately a week. The strike was attacked by police and over the week, at least 1,248 workers were wounded and at least 9 killed.

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South African miners strike for higher wages, 1946 ...

In 1941 the pay disparity between black South African mine workers and white South African workers was R70 to R848, respectively. The African Mine Workers’ Union (AMWU) formed in response to address this issue. By 1946 the 12:1 ratio of pay had not changed, as black workers were paid R87 while white workers were paid R1,106.

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Grounds for a Strike: South African Gold Mining in the 1940s

August 1946 has a special and romantic place in the annals of South African history. As an event it is celebrated in the popular history, as a critical marker in the history of the miners' struggles against a labor repressive gold mining industry.' The strike is invoked as a testimony to the capacity of African miners

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A Salute by the South African Communist Party to South ...

Fortieth Anniversary of the 1946 Mine Strike A Salute by the South African Communist Party to South Africa’s Black Mine Workers Big Events Have Small Beginnings The beginning of the first real mass trade union for South Africa’s black miners was a small event — so small that history records very little about it, save that

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A history of mining in South Africa (ZA)

Such events are rooted in a strike led by the African Mine Workers’ Union in August 1946. Miners of the Witwatersrand were demanding higher pay: an extra 10 shillings a day. The strike went on for a week despite what South African History Online describes as “the most savage police terror”. Officially, the police and army attacked the ...

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MINERS END STRIKE IN SOUTH AFRICA WITH NO WAGE GAIN

Aug 31, 1987  More than 250,000 black miners agreed today to end South Africa's largest and costliest strike after three weeks. ... The biggest previous mine strike was in 1946

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List of miners' strikes - Wikipedia

Strike Country Region Year(s) Larger movement African Mine Workers' strike South Africa Witwatersrand: 1946 Alabama miners' strike of 1920 United States Alabama: 1920 United Mine Workers: Anaconda Road massacre United States Montana: 1920 Industrial Workers of the World: Arizona copper mine strike of 1983 United States Arizona: 1983–86

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Miners' Strike: South Africa 1922 Encyclopedia

Miners' Strike. South Africa 1922. Synopsis. In early 1922, white South African workers in the Witwatesrand gold mining region went on strike. The strike soon became a violent rebellion—sometimes known as the Rand Revolt—that pitted the white miners against the mine owners and the government.

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A century of migrant labour in the gold mines of South Africa

the component from within South Africa fell from 160 000 to 131 000. The violent events of the Afrikaner Rebellion in 1914, the protests of Gandhi, the General Strike in 1914, and an earlier mine strike in 1913 had all disturbed the status quo of the total labour force. Grievances were many, and ameliorative

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South African gold miners go on strike - BBC News

Sep 03, 2013  Some 80,000 gold miners in South Africa, one of the world's biggest producers of the precious metal, have gone on strike, but have significantly reduced their demand for higher pay.

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Southern Africa - Southern Africa, 1899–1945 Britannica

Southern Africa, 1899–1945 The South African War. If the Nama-Herero wars were among the most savage in colonial Africa, an equally bitter, costly colonial war was fought by Britain against the Afrikaner South African Republic.The reasons for the South African (or Anglo-Boer) War (1899–1902) remain controversial: some historians portray it in personal terms, the result of clashes between ...

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Marikana and Beyond: New Dynamics in Strikes in South

The 1946 African mineworkers’ strike marks a second turning point. World War 2 had seen a surge of strikes by African workers and a rapid increase in the growth of African unions, including the establishment of the African Mine Workers’ Union (AMWU) in 1941. In 1946, AMWU called for

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Mining Strike Impacts South African Economy Voice of ...

Mar 20, 2014  As South Africa's biggest post-apartheid mine strike marks its eighth week on Thursday, it is already denting growth and export earnings, and many of those affected are having to sell their most ...

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The post-war strike wave in East, West, and Southern Africa

Mar 02, 2018  From the end of the Second World War until the mid-'60s there was a wave of strikes in British East and West Africa, French West Africa, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The history of this class struggle has been neglected by both mainstream historians and most revolutionary tendencies based in Europe and the US.

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History of mining in South Africa: The key events ...

May 20, 2019  History of mining in South Africa: Early industrial developments. The first mine to be constructed in what is now South Africa began operations in 1852, a copper project that would go on to form the cornerstone of the town of Springbokfontein, today Springbok, in the Northern Cape province.

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Government Smashes Strike of 50,000 in South Africa (24 ...

The Militant, 24 August 1946 Government Smashes Strike of 50,000 in South Africa. From The Militant, Vol. X No. 34, 24 August 1946, p.1. Transcribed marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.. The heroic four-day stride of over 50,000 native gold mine workers in South Africa was brutally smashed by the government on August 16.

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Grounds for a Strike: South African Gold Mining in the 1940s

August 1946 has a special and romantic place in the annals of South African history. As an event it is celebrated in the popular history, as a critical marker in the history of the miners' struggles against a labor repressive gold mining industry.' The strike is invoked as a testimony to the capacity of African miners

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The 1946 African mine workers’ strike and the political ...

Mar 25, 2008  (1975). The 1946 African mine workers’ strike and the political economy of South Africa. The Journal of Commonwealth Comparative Politics: Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 146-173.

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GOLD SHARES SOAR ON NEWS OF STRIKE; South African ...

LONDON, April 16--Gold shares blazed into activity in the stock markets here today and "went through the roof" when Western Holdings announced an incredibly rich strike in South Africa, assaying ...

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Marikana and Beyond: New Dynamics in Strikes in South

The 1946 African mineworkers’ strike marks a second turning point. World War 2 had seen a surge of strikes by African workers and a rapid increase in the growth of African unions, including the establishment of the African Mine Workers’ Union (AMWU) in 1941. In 1946, AMWU called for

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Miners' Strike in South Africa Raises the Spirit of ...

Aug 16, 1987  THE nationwide strike launched last week by more than 300,000 black miners has caused new political uncertainty in South Africa. The strike

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Massive general strike in South Africa highlights demand ...

Feb 25, 2021  Workers across South Africa took part in a massive general strike that was called by the left-wing South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) on Wednesday, February 24. The trade union confederation reported that millions took part in the labor action which was described as a resounding success. Demonstrations were held across the country.

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Mine Boy, where apartheid clashes with native culture ...

Oct 30, 2013  Mine Boy is a novel that talks about the problems the African miners experienced during the apartheid in South Africa. It shows the struggle of Africans to attain equal rights and to be treated as human beings with dignity. Peter Abrahams was born on March 3, 1919, in Vrededorp, Johannesburg, South Africa. Mine Boy was published in 1946.

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The post-war strike wave in East, West, and Southern Africa

Mar 02, 2018  From the end of the Second World War until the mid-'60s there was a wave of strikes in British East and West Africa, French West Africa, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The history of this class struggle has been neglected by both mainstream historians and most revolutionary tendencies based in Europe and the US.

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Southern Africa - Southern Africa, 1899–1945 Britannica

Southern Africa, 1899–1945 The South African War. If the Nama-Herero wars were among the most savage in colonial Africa, an equally bitter, costly colonial war was fought by Britain against the Afrikaner South African Republic.The reasons for the South African (or Anglo-Boer) War (1899–1902) remain controversial: some historians portray it in personal terms, the result of clashes between ...

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South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid

Organizing mineworkers in closed compounds was difficult. Despite a major strike in 1946 by a short-lived miners’ union which was quickly and ruthlessly suppressed, black mine unionization remained impossible until the 1980s. Nevertheless, African nationalism

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South Africa mining strike to spread to at least 15 firms ...

Feb 22, 2019  South Africa mining strike to spread to at least 15 firms -Minerals Council By Reuters - 22 February 2019 - 15:48 The 15 mining firms will

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History of mining in South Africa: The key events ...

May 20, 2019  History of mining in South Africa: Early industrial developments. The first mine to be constructed in what is now South Africa began operations in 1852, a copper project that would go on to form the cornerstone of the town of Springbokfontein, today Springbok, in the Northern Cape province.

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De Beers Diamonds - From Founding Apartheid In South ...

Feb 11, 2020  Despite these laws, black mine-workers resisted, in 1920, 70,000 African mine-workers downed their tools. Police were called in to break the strike - they fired on the workers injuring 35. In 1946, 76,000 black miners went on strike. Again, police stepped in to crush the strike.

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