David Hemson researches and writes on South African and broad international issues. He was active in the rebirth of the union movement among black workers in the 1970s before he was banned and house arrested. Together with others, he has been active in supporting socialist policies within the ANC in exile and beyond.
His doctoral thesis was on the history of Durban’s dock workers he organised at that time. He has researched and written extensively on municipal services to the urban and rural poor, particularly on water and health.