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    Letter from Hobeni 4: Treasure!

    Sunday, August 31st, 2014

    By David Kenvyn I have now got to the real treasure trove of the collection – the private papers of Donald and Wendy Woods.   And they contain some real surprises.   Of course, I expected to find letters from people like Alan Paton as a long-time friend of the family.   I was not expecting to find [...]

    Swaziland: where praying is dangerous

    Sunday, August 31st, 2014

    By Owen Tudor, TUC I’ve commented so often on what’s wrong with the last feudal dictatorship in Africa – the kingdom of Swaziland – that I often think nothing more can shock me. Whether it’s jailing a newspaper editor and a union lawyer for questioning the decisions of the courts, or the Prime Minister threatening [...]

    Letter form Hobeni 3: Snake!

    Friday, August 22nd, 2014

    There are what are euphemistically called “environmental hazards” in Hobeni.   There was one curled up on the veranda outside my room.   I dealt with the problem by calling out “Snake!   Snake!!!”   I then let someone else deal with it. I was reminded however that

    Letter from Hobeni 2: Books!

    Sunday, August 17th, 2014

    Elliotdale Technical and Commercial Senior Secondary School is one of the schools that serve the Hobeni area.   It was started in 1997 as the result of a community meeting, convened by the local chiefs and the Bomvana Chamber of Commerce.   The school faces

    Letter from Hobeni 1

    Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

    David Kenvyn is a member of ACTSA’s National Executive I am here in Hobeni volunteering as a librarian at the Donald Woods Foundation Library and Archive.   Donald was the journalist who exposed the murder of Steve Biko by the apartheid security police in 1977 and, following attacks upon

    Letter from Hobeni

    Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

    David Kenvyn is a member of ACTSA’s National Executive and the ACTSA Scotland Executive Committee. He was chair of London AAM. David is in Hobeni, Eastern Cape, volunteering as a librarian at the Donald Woods Foundation Library and Archive. He is keeping us up to date on his experiences and thoughts with his regular

    Zimbabwe Update: Issue 3/2014

    Thursday, August 7th, 2014

    Zimbabwe one year on This special edition of the Zimbabwe Update, a year after the 2013 elections, focuses on Zanu PF being seen as ‘the only game in town’, the Catholic Commission of Justice and Peace’s report on the 2013 elections, and who will succeed Robert Mugabe as leader of Zanu PF? It also looks [...]

    Swaziland: A letter to Barack Obama from imprisoned human rights lawyer

    Monday, August 4th, 2014

    Human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and editor Bheki Makhubu have been imprisoned for two years, charged with contempt of court for criticising Swaziland’s Chief Justice. Thulani wrote to US President Barack Obama, ahead of the US Africa Leaders Summit, to ask him to call on King Mswati to introduce fundamental human rights and democracy. Thulani [...]