Southern Africa Regional Labour Education Program

The Southern Africa Regional Labour Education (SALEP) is a Diploma program consisting of seven modules namely: (1) Philosophy Dialectical Materials (2) Political Economy (3) Global Labour Market (4) History of Trade Union Movement, Mass Struggles and Resistance (5) State and Society (6) Critique of Law (7) Emerging Political Formations and Ideologies.
The training pedagogy combines convectional lectures facilitated by pro-labour academics and continuous assessment through assignments and practical participation. At the end of the each module participants are require to write an examination which is moderated by the University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.

LaRRI Windhoek– Namibia
Workers College Durban– South Africa
Zimbabwe Labour Centre– Zimbabwe

Antonater T. Choto  (BA– UNISA)– Zimbabwe Labour Centre
Dr. Michael Akuppa– Labour Resource and Research Institute (Namibia)
Dr. John T. Mbuli- Workers College (South Africa)

Munyaradzi Gwisai (LLM, LLB)
Desmond Matla (M.A) (SA)
Mputlane Bofelo (M.A) (SA)
Dr Felix Tshiguendere  (PhD)    (LAM)
Dr Kephas Kaapama
Munyaradzi Mavesere  (BSC, MSC Economics)
Dr. Joseph Mujere (PhD)
Antonater T. Choto (BA Governance, Administration and Development, Master International Relations [cand]
Raymond Sango (BA General in History and Archaeology,  BA special Honours in History [cand]

Duration: 18 months (Block Release)

Entry Requirements
• 5 O’ Levels including English
• Five Matric passes including English
• At least 2 years experience as a leader in a workers council/trade union
• Diploma in Labour Law and Political Economy from a reputable institution

• University of Kwazulu Natal (UKZN)

Political Endorsement/ Affiliation
•    ITUC Africa

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop a conscious cadre with a socialist working class ideology
  2. An understanding of  regional and global economic dynamics and processes and their impact on the working class movement
  3. Understanding of dynamics regional working class solidarity
  4. An understanding to demonstrate, apply and  implement the concepts learnt to the dynamic contexts and to be pro-active in development of alternatives
  5. Understanding of the broad interactions of gender, race, sex as participatory exclusion instruments.
  6. Understanding of dynamics and challenges posed by activism and mass organisations

Module 1: Philosophy– Dialectical materialism
Learning Outcomes

  • Comprehension of the meaning and subject matter of philosophy
  • Exposition and understanding of the two main camps of philosophy: idealism and materialism from a general, African and gendered perspective
  • Understanding appearance vis a vis reality
  • Exposition and understanding of the relationship of philosophy and an equal, egalitarian society based on human dignity and non-discrimination.
  • Broaden the understanding of the philosophical foundations of the Apartheid Pyramid and Glass Ceiling of class, race, gender and ethnicity in SADC.
  • Understanding philosophy as a terrain of struggle between the minority exploiting and oppressing classes and social groups, and the majority working people. How the former seek to use philosophy as an instrument for supporting and legitimizing class, racial, gender and ethnic exploitation. And how working people, women and oppressed racial and ethnic groups can use philosophy to facilitate the struggle for resistance, emancipation and liberation.
  • Articulate an ability to use/apply the approaches across other modules.

i)    Philosophy
ii)    Idealism vs materialism
iii)    Socialist values vs capitalism
iv)    Philosophical manifestations and interactions of gender, race and class

Facilitators: Munyaradzi Gwisai & Mphutlane Bofelo

Module 2: Political Economy
Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the nexus or relationship between politics and economy
  • Unpack global political economy of capitalism in the 21st century
  • Unpack the regional political economy of capitalism in the SADC
  • Analyse the different economic approaches in terms of their impact on poverty, inequality and social exclusion
  • Explore alternative economic practices for SADC based on socialist principles.

i)    Global Political Economy of Capitalism in the 21st century
ii)    Regional Political Economy of capitalism in SADC
iii)    Unemployment, poverty and inequality
iv)    Religious Fundamentalism, Market fundamentalism, statism and econoism
v)    Gender and work
vi)    All forms of social exclusion and marginalisation

Facilitators: Mputlane Bofelo , Dr Felix Tshiguendere (Lecturer University of Namibia)

Module 3: Global Labour Market
Learning outcomes

  • Understanding of the global labour market landscape
  • Understanding of  key trends emerging / shaping the global labour market

i)    Capitalist globalisation and quest for cheap labour
ii)    Impact of the digital era on global labour practises
iii)    Casualisation Forms
iv)    State as an agent of capitalist globalisation
v)    Interaction of informal economy vs formal economy and the global labour market
vi)    Articulating islands of alternative global market interventions
Facilitators: Munyaradzi Mavesere

Module 4: History of Trade union movement, mass struggles and resistance
Learning outcomes

  • Understand the various types of trade unionism, mass struggles and popular resistance
  • Articulate worker control and people’s power as the key issues of the agenda of trade unionism and mass struggles and popular resistance

i)    Anti colonial struggles and liberation movements
ii)    Trade union movement; history and traditions
iii)    Women in the trade union movement
iv)    Trade unions in the 21st century
v)    Civic and social movements
vi)    Youth, Young workers, Unemployed, student activism
Facilitators: (Dr J. Mujere, UZ Lecturer, Historian, author), Tafadzwa Choto (Political Scientist, activist, researcher), Bernard Tjatjara Lecturer (Namibia University of Science and Technology)

Module 5: State and Society
Learning outcomes

  • Understand the role and responsibility of the state to the society
  • To explore the key theories that have been used to account for the origin and formation of the state
  • Analyse and critic the state-market-society nexus
  • Explore and compare different ways of organising society
  • To assess what responsibilities have been apportioned between state and civil society.

i)    Origins of the state
ii)    World system theories (states)
iii)    Concept of society, state and nation
iv)    Forms of governance
v)    The origin and functions of SADC (history)
vi)    Alternative ways of organising society
Facilitators:  Tafadzwa Choto, Raymond Sango and Mputlane Bofelo

Module 6: Critique of Law
Learning outcomes

  • To analyse how law/legal framework is constructed and applied
  • Explore how to engage the law to advance the working class agenda

i)    The socio economics basis of law
ii)    Law & social economic rights,
iii)    law and workers’ rights,
iv)    law and human rights
v)    women and law
vi)    Law as an instrument to advance the working class agenda

Facilitators:  Munyaradzi Gwisai & Jeremiah Bamu (Legal Practitioner, human rights activist)

Module 7: Emerging political economy formations and ideologies
Learning outcomes

  • To analyse and contextualise emerging political economic formations and ideologies
  • Identify, advocate and explore working class biased political economic formations and ideologies

i)    Critic of economic nationalism, indigenisation and black empowerment
ii)    Anti-capitalist and anti-neoliberal movements. (Landless movement, paraplegic movement, Solidarity economy, civil society co-operations, Social movement strategies, short and long term strategies for intra country and across borders)
iii)    Socialist alternatives

Facilitators: Desmond Matla (B.A, M.A)

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