n Historia - Metal That Will Not Bend: The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa 1980-1995, Kally Forrest : book review

Volume 57, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



This book is an addition to the growing number of contemporary South African trade union histories published since the 1980s. Within the space of 22 chapters the author traces the rise of NUMSA through its predecessors MAWU and NAAWU and examines how it built and used workers' power. The huge influence that NUMSA exercises as the largest affiliate (it had 235 000 members by 1989) in the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is confirmed by its many leaders who became part of the post-apartheid South African political and labour elite, including names such as Bernie Fanaroff, Alec Erwin, Moses Mayekiso, John Gomomo, Tony Ehrenreich, Enoch Godongwana, Danny Oliphant and Willys Mchunu, to name but a few.

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