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Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU) events include an Annual Neil Aggett Labour Studies Lecture, a seminar series, and contributions to the ISER Summer School (which will recommence in 2015). The first NALSU events were held as part of the NALSU launch, which took the form of a series of three launch events held on 2-4 April 2014:

  • The first Annual Neil Aggett Labour Studies Lecture was given by Dr Beverley Naidoo, author of Death of an Idealist: In Search of Neil Aggett, on 2 April 2014.
  • A Neil Aggett Colloquium was held in the Makana City Hall on 3 April 2014. Chaired by Dr John Reynolds of NALSU and well attended by members of trade unions, civics organisations, government and Rhodes University, the colloquium featured inputs by the following people:
    • Prof Fred Hendricks, Dean of Humanities and Chair of the ISER Board;
    • Mr Katishi Masemola, General Secretary of the Food and Allied Workers Union;
    • Dr Beverley Naidoo, biographer of Neil Aggett;
    • Mr Jan Theron, Coordinator of the Labour and Enterprise Policy Research Group at the University of Cape Town, and former General Secretary of the Food and Canning Workers Union and the Food and Allied Workers Union;
    • Mr Brian Sandberg, Coordinator of the Neil Aggett Support Group;
    • Dr Gavin Andersson, Managing Director of the Seriti Institute;
    • Ms Jane Barrett, Affiliates Support Coordinator of COSATU;
    • Ma Lydia Kompe, former trade unionist and Member of Parliament, and currently Member of the Limpopo Provincial Legislature;
    • Mr Sipho Kubeka, former trade unionist and currently Deputy Director in the JMPD; and
    • Prof Eddie Webster, Director of the Chris Hani Institute.
  • A Naming Ceremony, during which the Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University, Dr Saleem Badat, and the Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mr Mcebisi Jonas, spoke. Following additional remarks by Mr Brian Sandberg, Prof Robert van Niekerk (Director of the ISER) and Dr John Reynolds, the unit and the building were formally opened by Ms Jill Burger, Neil Aggett’s sister. 

More information on these events can be found here.

The Labour Studies Seminar Series programme for 2018 can be downloaded below:

Programme for 2018 Labour Studies Seminar Series Draft 12(UPDATED-16 MAY 2018)






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