In 2010 we took part in a series of meetings in South Africa. We were first invited by the Cape Town-based ILRIG (International Labour Research and Information Group) to a colloquium of activists and scholars entitled Globalization Today. ILRIG and its partners then helped us take part in a Johannesburg conference on city planning in the Gauteng region, and Patrick Bond invited us to a meeting in Durban, so what was originally intended as a one-stop trip turned into a long visit. We wanted to see the country and meet people, so NUMSA helped us to hire a car and we drove – to Port Elizabeth, Jo’burg, Durban and places on the way, meeting activists, political leaders and farmers. It was a formative experience.
This post mainly presents the proceedings of the ILRIG conference, but includes for historical interest the agenda of various meetings and our two presentations.