So, what’s next for Cosatu? Whatever happens will affect the very foundations of the South African political economy. Cosatu in Crisis is a must-read for unionists, business leaders, policy makers, academics and for anyone interested in knowing how labour will continue to shape the future trajectories of South Africa”.
In December 2013 FPD submitted a concept paper to the Friederich Ebert Stiftung (FES) for a book to be produced entitled COSATU in Crisis. The book was to integrate and analyse some of the outcomes of the Cosatu Shop Stewards Survey funded by FPD and released in 2013 and to offer a more wide-ranging perspective given to the present labour dynamics in Cosatu. Two workshops were held in April and October 2014 to assist authors to clarify objectives of the book.
The book editors were Dr Vishwas Satgar and Professor Roger Southall. Satgar and Southall together with FPD solicited support from key academic contributors for the project.
The book has been published and the following successful book launches have taken place during November 2015:
|5th November 2015||Launch at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Illovo with panellists Mr Joe Mothibi, Dr Vishwas Satgar and Mr Patrick Craven|
|16th November 2015||Launch at the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) in Cape Town with speakers Dr Vishwas Satgar and Professor Roger Southall|
|19th November 2015||Launch at a business breakfast meeting hosted by the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Commerce (PCC) with keynote address by Mr Zwelinzima Vavi and Professor Roger Southall|
|19th November 2015||Launch at Ike’s Bookshop in Durban with Professor Eddie Webster and Professor Roger Southall|
The COSATU in Crisis book was the number five bestseller on the Exclusive Books website during November 2015.
The book has received excellent media coverage since being launched, such as:
|20th November 2015||Featured in The Witness newspaper|
|22nd November 2015||Full page article in the City Press newspaper|
|23rd November 2015||Interview with Dr Vishwas Satgar on the Justice Factor etv|
|24th November 2015||Interview with Dr Vishwas Satgar on Umhlobo Wenene FM|
|27th November 2015||Interview with Dr Vishwas Satgar on Classic FM|
Additional book launches and/ seminars has since been scheduled, namely Thursday, 3rd March 2016, 18h00 at UJ.
Further schedules will be communicated timeously as and when finalised.
An instightful review was received from South Africa Labour Bulletin, specifically Editor: Elijah Chiwota in their February/March 2016 issue, attached. http://www.fpd.org.za/publications/download/3_14a4a8de182196eb7899bfb2ee2abe70