Bevil Lucas is a former trade union organiser and anti-apartheid activist in South Africa, now a labour and community historian guiding tours in Cape Town about the role of the working class in shaping the city and its struggles against the apartheid state. These tours are largely conducted with activists, students, trade unionists and social historians from countries like Canada, Brazil and Mozambique. While working at the Labour Research Service some years ago, he produced a cd-rom on the 1973 Durban Strikes, which in labour history terms is the rebirth of the progressive black trade union movement in South Africa.
“Bevil Lucas took us to Cape Town’s famed Community House, a vibrant centre for organizations working on women’s issues, HIV/AIDS, union work, etc. It is located in Salt River, an area for predominantly black working class families.”
– Ontario Public Service Employees Union