Ruth First Prize
Review of African Political Economy
The Editorial Working Group of Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE) is pleased to announce the 2018 winner of the Ruth First prize. The prize is awarded for the best article published by an African author in the journal in a publication year.
This year, the prize was awarded to Mondli Hlatshwayo for his article “The new struggles of precarious workers in South Africa: nascent organisational responses of community health workers”. It was published in ROAPE Volume 45, Issue 157 in Autumn 2018.
The article shines the spotlight on community health workers (CHWs), who remain a blind spot in the literature on South African labour studies. Abandoned by mainstream unions and often ignored by labour scholars, the article reveals that CHWs are crafting their own nascent organisational responses as women and as precarious workers.
Mondli Hlatshwayo is a Senior Researcher in the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation at the University of Johannesburg. Previously he worked for Khanya College, a Johannesburg-based NGO, as a researcher. His areas of research include precarious work, female migrants, migrant workers, politics of stadia, unions and technological changes, workers’ education, trade unions and social movements. Hlatshwayo has published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the abovementioned topics. He is co-editor (with Aziz Choudry) of the Pluto Press book, Just Work? Migrant Workers' Struggle Today (https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745335834/just-work/ ). His Doctoral thesis, which he completed in 2012, was on trade union responses to technological changes.
Find out more about the prize and the winner on the RoAPE website.
This article can be read for free until July 2020.
|2018||Mondli Hlatshwayo||The new struggles of precarious workers in South Africa: nascent organisational responses of community health workers||45||157|
|2017||Papa Faye||The politics of recognition, and the manufacturing of citizenship and identity in Senegal’s decentralised charcoal market||44||151|
|2016||Grasian Mkodzongi||I am a paramount chief, this land belongs to my ancestors’: the reconfiguration of rural authority after Zimbabwe's land reforms||43||Special Issue 1|
|2016||Steven Nabieu Rogers||Rethinking ‘expert sense’ in international development: the case of Sierra Leone’s housing policy||43||150|