Communist Voices: Grootvlie miners singing Nkosi Sikelel iAfrika
On the Grootvlie mine compound outside Johannesburg in October 1992. I attending a meeting of the National Union of Mineworkers - to meet Communist activists there for a programme about South Africa in the series What's Left of Communism? The NUM had about 2,500 members at that time at Grootvlie of whom between 30 and 40 were in the SACP, but they included many of the local leaders of the union. I stayed on to record wildtrack of their meeting. I hadn't expected it to start with a rendition of Nkosi Sikelel iAfrika - but what a rendition, and very moving.