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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.


Labour Studies Seminar Series 2017

Rhodes University

Hosted by the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit, the Department of Sociology, the Department of History, and the Department of Economics and Economic History



Seminar focus




Aug 23rd

Book Launch: "The Spirit of Marikana: The Rise of Insurgent Trade Unionism in South Africa" (Pluto Press)


Siphiwe Mbatha and Luke Sinwell, University of Johannesburg

Zoology, Minor 02


Sept 13th

Spatial differences in stunting and household agricultural production in South Africa: (re-)examining the links using national panel survey data


Mike Rogan, Neil Aggett labour Studies Unit, Rhodes University

Zoology, Minor 02


Sept 27th

Recovering African Marxism: "Comrade Mzala" and the National Question


Percy Ngonyama

Zoology, Minor 02


Oct 9th

Women Workers' Politics, Race and Consumption in South Africa: Shelved in the Service Economy


Bridget Kenny, University of Witwatersrand

Zoology, Minor 02


Oct 17th

1917-2017: The Russian Revolution and its Relevance Today

Oupa Lehulere, Khanya College and Lucien van der Walt, Sociology, Rhodes University


Barrat Lecture Theatre 3



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