Miles writes:

“Swing Shift” refers to the iconic photograph – “Lunch atop a skyscraper” – a famous image taken in 1932 of workers resting during the construction of the RCA building in New York.

Miles used the photo as a starting point for his cartoon, using it as a metaphor for the shifts in power within Cosatu. Represented in the cartoon are the ANC, SA Communist Party, National Union of Metalworkers and Cosatu, each playing a role in pushing Zwelinzima Vavi out.



Cuan MILES has been drawing for as long as he remembers. Trained as a graphic designer, his first job was as a layout assistant at Perskor in Johannesburg, where he…>

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MILES based this cartoon on an iconic 1932 photograph of construction workers completing the Rockefeller skyscraper in Manhattan, New York (see below). Read his notes about this inspiration and his interpretation in the sidelines column, above.

Manhattan Workers