The Young Communist League of South Africa is a Marxist-Leninist youth wing of the SACP.

The YCL stands for:

Non Racism
The socialisation of the ownership and control of the means of production
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086 601 2065 / 086 666 4153

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Tel: +27 11 339 3633
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Johannesburg 2000
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Issue 2, Vol 14: 2 February 2016

The Living Conditions Survey [2017]: A Story that Leaves much to be desired

Over and above the programmes that the Young Communist League of South AFrica [YCLSA] has always been been undertaking, we have at pains in dispelling many of the deeply held myths about the economy, especially as far as the neoliberal capitalist economy`s capacity to ameliorate social and economic ills is concerned. In actual fact, many of our campaigns such as Jobs for Youth, the Right to Learn, the Read to Lead, or our Ten Youth Demands yearly contextualized, which mainstream media does not sufficiently cover, have sought to bring forth -theoretically and programmatically so - progressive and alternative paradigms through which we can best understand our situation and respond adequately. One of our proposition has been: decommodify social services because a neoliberal wage-determinant consumption capacity of society is unfavourable to the majority of the people - the working class.

Last year`s National Income Dynamic Survey [2016] by the University of Capetown (on behalf of government) launched by the Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, and this week`s release of the Living Conditions Survey [2017] by Statistics South Africa, confirm many of the things that the SACP and the YCLSA have been saying.

What has always been the subject of our critique is a semi-colonial growth path that constantly reproduces the structural and systemic features of an economy that in no way can overcome poverty, inequality and unemployment. And some of the things that we have put forth to deal with such a situation have been - a need for a comprehensive social security scheme linked with creating labour-absorptive industries; control of financial capital flows to encourage investment in the national economy; taking charge of the commanding heights of the economy - land, steel industry, Sasol, mines, banks [creation of a state bank] etc., and the introduction of the minimum wage that will cushion workers from penal poverty.

As things stand, South Africa does not have a national minimum wage. Instead wages are set on a sectoral basis through collective agreements negotiated at the level of the firm or bargaining council, or through sectoral determinations published by the government. What this simply means is that, there is no cross-cutting legislative stipulation on at least how much an average industrial or farm or domestic worker must earn.

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Speech by Cde Mluleki Dlelanga YCLSA National Secretary at Limpopo Congress
YCLSA speech to 95th Anniversary Celebrations of the SACP Delivered by the National Chairperson Yershen Pillay
Address by Cde Mluleki Dlelanga at Youth Month Rally
Address by Cde Mluleki Dlelanga on the SASCO Policy Conference
Address by YCLSA National Secretary Cde Mluleki Dlelanga at Popcru Political School
Address by YCLSA National Secretary Cde Mluleki Dlelanga at the 21 Anniversary of Cde Joe Slovo
Young Communist League Message delivered at South African Communist Party 3rd Special National Congress by the National Secretary Comrade Mluleki Dlelanga
YCLSA Youth Month Message delivered by YCLSA National Secretary, Mluleki Dlelanga
YCLSA Limpopo congratulates the newly elected ANCYL PEC
YCLSA Free State Message to the SASCO Lecture - Solidarity with KenyanStudents Movements and People about 147 Students Assasinated delivered by the Deputy Provincial Chairperson, cde Thabang Mokitimi
Speech by the National Secretary at the Eastern Cape Special Provincial Council

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YCLSA 3rd National Council

16 November 2016

The Young Communist League of South Africa [uFasimba] will be holding its 3rd National Council from the 8th [Thursday] to the 11th [Sunday] December 2016 in Johannesburg, Gauteng, under the theme "Deepening Youth Mobilization for Socialism".

The National Council is the non-elective highest decision-making body of YCLSA in between National Congresses, and its utmost task is to assess the work of the organization since the last National Congress and a map a way-forward until the next National Congress in 2018.

The National Council will be attended by more than 1000 delegates from branches, districts, provinces and the National Committee. The National Council will be addressed by the tripartite alliance leaders [SACP, ANC and COSATU], and the Progressive Youth Alliance [SASCO, COSAS and ANC YL] and International fraternal organizations.

The 3RD National Council is scheduled as follows:

Date: December 8th to 11th, 2016
Venue: University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus.

Members of the media are cordially invited to attend, cover and report on the National Council.

To confirm attendance, journalists and media institutions are requested to contact YCLSA National Spokesperson:

The following information should be included in the confirmation reply for accreditation and logistical purposes.

Name and Surname

Media institution

E-mail and contact details

Issued by YCLSA Media

For Further information please contact:

Cde Molaodi Wa Sekake
YCLSA National Spokesperson
Cell: 078 164 3668
Tel: 011 339 3621


Cde Mawande Ndawo
YCLSA Media Liason Officer
062 062 7714