Jobs campaign on CDL agenda

2011-01-20 00:00

AN unemployment action campaign, modelled on the successful HIV/Aids Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), is likely to emerge from a national conference of grassroots organisations in Johannesburg this week.

The first National Conference of the Democratic Left (CDL) starts today at the University of Witwatersrand and will end on Sunday.

Over 200 representatives from grassroots organisations from throughout the country are expected to attend, according to steering committee member Mazibuko Jara.

He says the conference is a culmination of a process that started in October 2008, which saw hundreds of activists take part in forums and platforms in different provinces to look at ways of strengthening grassroots-based civil society organisations.

Jara points out that more than 1,5 million jobs have been lost since the start of the recession and that South Africa has become the most unequal society in the world.

He adds that the country exceeds the world in violence against women and children and more than two million families lack decent housing.

A national food and hunger campaign could also arise from this week’s gathering. The CDL is the third major initiative to build and enhance civil society as one way of keeping political power in check.

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