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    Freedom Day: South Africa commemorates first post-apartheid elections

    Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

    On April 27, 1994, South Africa held its first free election where all residents, regardless of race, could vote freely. President Jacob Zuma will lead Freedom Day celebrations while hundreds of protesters across the country will

    Are you a consultant with experience in project evaluation?

    Monday, April 25th, 2016

    ACTSA is currently seeking a consultant to evaluate the ‘Improving Women’s Rights’ project in Swaziland The purpose of the consultancy is to conduct an external evaluation of the project focusing on its impact and extent to which the project has achieved its outcomes. The project evaluation is

    South Africa: President Zuma announces date for the Local Government Elections

    Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

    President Zuma announced the South African local elections will take place on 3 August. It had been announced previously they would be held between May and August. The last local elections were held on 18 May 2011. You can see the full announcement here.   

    Ahmed Kathrada calls on President Zuma to resign

    Monday, April 4th, 2016

    Ahmed Kathrada, one of the three surviving people sentenced to life imprisonment alongside Nelson Mandela and an ANC member since the 1940s, has publicly urged President Zuma to step down following the Constitutional Court ruling over the Nkandla scandal. In his open letter, Ahmed Kathrada who served 26 years in jail with Nelson Mandela and [...]

    ACTSA calls on UN to tackle human rights abuses in Zimbabwe

    Friday, April 1st, 2016

    ACTSA has called on the UN to urge the Government of Zimbabwe to improve its human rights record in a submission to UN Human Rights Council for Zimbabwe’s forthcoming Universal Periodic Review (due to take place on 2 November 2016). The submission covers a range of issues, including: human rights defenders; freedoms

    South Africa: Constitutional Court says President Zuma failed to “uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic.”

    Friday, April 1st, 2016

    Nkandla (pictured below) is a private residence of President Zuma in KwazuluNatal. Significant upgrades were made to the property at public expense ostensibly to provide improved security there. A number of complaints were made to the Office of the Public Protector about the costs and scale of the work. The Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela investigated