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    Commitment to reducing inequality: Southern African Rankings

    Thursday, July 27th, 2017

    South Africa has been ranked 21 and Swaziland 140 out of 152 countries on the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index. Oxfam and Development Finance International (DFI) have developed the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index which seeks to measure the commitment of governments to reducing inequality. They state the index is work in progress and they [...]

    Public Statement on AngloGold Ashanti and Gold Mineworkers with Silicosis and Tuberculosis in Southern Africa

    Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

    In April 2017, Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) published the briefing paper Coughing Up. The paper argues that AngloGold Ashanti and other companies in the Occupational Lung Disease Working Group (OLDWG) not only made huge profits from apartheid gold, but in doing so they completely neglected the health and safety of black mineworkers, leading to [...]

    South African visual activist Zanele Muholi debuts first solo show in London

    Monday, July 24th, 2017

    A new exhibition  ‘Somnyama Ngonyama’ by South African photographer and visual activist Zanele Muholi is running  at the Autograph ABP gallery in London from 14th July to 28th October Muholi is a self-proclaimed visual activist who is known for her advocacy work on behalf of the LGBTI community in South Africa, particularly with regards to [...]

    O. R. Tambo, the Quiet Revolutionary, Centenary London Lecture by Albie Sachs

    Friday, July 21st, 2017

    In celebration of the centenary of the birth of O. R. Tambo, President of the African National Congress (ANC) 1967-1991 and a founding father of democratic, non-racist and non-sexist South Africa ACTSA has joined with others to host a lecture in central London.

    Future of South Africa

    Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

    A conference for the Future of South Africa was held on 18 July (Mandela Day) in Johannesburg. The organisers say 600 people from 130 civil society organisations attended. The conference was convened by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Save South Africa campaign. The conference was held due to continuing and increasing concern around the [...]

    Mandela Day 18 July

    Monday, July 17th, 2017

    Mandela Day 18 July 2017 “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela was born 99 years ago on18 July 1918. The UN General [...]

    Two new sites in Southern Africa awarded World Heritage Status

    Thursday, July 13th, 2017

    Two sites in Angola and South Africa have been awarded World Heritage Status by the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The historic center of the city of Mbanza Kongo in Angola’s northern Zaire Province and #Khomani Cultural Landscape in South Africa were both inscribed on the prestigious world heritage list at the [...]

    Zambian opposition leader launches petitions against treason charge

    Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

    The treason charges against Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema for failing to move aside for the presidential motorcade earlier this year are still being upheld. Hichilema’s legal team maintain the traffic violation did not represent an attempt to topple the government and as such the treason charges should be dropped. Petitions have been taken to [...]