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  • Read our latest article in The South African – Will mine workers with silicosis and tuberculosis finally achieve justice?

    By ACTSA | February 9, 2018

    The campaign for justice for Southern African ex-mineworkers with silicosis and tuberculosis may be coming to an end. But the mining companies involved have proved that they cannot be trusted.

    Read our latest article published in The South African,  written by our Senior Campaigns Officer Sunit Bagree,

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    ACTSA article on Swaziland in The South African

    By ACTSA | December 13, 2017

    ACTSA’s article, ‘Why Bother with a Country Like Swaziland?’ has been published in The South African. It may be accessed here.

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    ACTSA Fundraising Dinner 2017 Thank you!

    By ACTSA | December 4, 2017

    A huge thank you to everyone who has supported ACTSA’s annual Fundraising Dinner 2017. 

    The event took place on Friday 1st December and was attended by 160 guests. It was a wonderful evening of fundraising and festivities and we were delighted to celebrate solidarity between the people of the UK and Southern Africa and raise money for the work ACTSA does campaigning for rights, equality and development across the region.

    ACTSA would like to thank everyone who attended and helped to make the event happen. A special thanks to all of our donors, who helped us to surpass our fundraising goals and have contributed immensely in helping us to continue the work we do.

    A special thank you to:

    Tembe Elephant Park & Friends

    Mantis Collection

    Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives Committee

    Dan Jones

    Bikes Direct

    Maggie & John Paterson

    And a big thank you to:

    Almeida Theatre


    Arsenal Football Club


    Bob Newland

    Brand South Africa

    Cookery School at Little Portland Street

    Cox and Power Jewellery

    Discover Ltd (Kasbah du Toukbal)

    Experience Days


    Great Rail Journeys

    London African Drumming

    Lord Bob Hughes

    Lord Peter Hain

    Lyric Theatre

    Mandla Langa

    Mr & Mrs Bagree

    Peter Bosman

    Public & Commercial Services Union

    Responsible Travel

    The Cinnamon Club

    The London Recruits

    The Percy Arms


    Wines of South Africa

    Zita Holbourne


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    ACTSA letters on Zimbabwe in the Guardian & Financial Times

    By ACTSA | November 29, 2017

    ACTSA has had two letters on Zimbabwe published. The first, in the Guardian, relates to the political situation in the country. The second, in the Financial Times, relates to the economic situation in the country.

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    O R Tambo Centenary London Schools Competition

    By ACTSA | September 5, 2017

    As many of you will know this October will mark 100 years since the birth of Oliver Reginald Tambo, one of the founding fathers of non-racist, non-sexist, democratic South Africa and leader of the ANC in exile from 1960-1990.

    As one of several celebrations taking place this year and as part of Black History Month ACTSA is delighted to have partnered with Park View School and the Anti Apartheid Movement Archives Committee to organise a competition for school students in Haringey, North London.

    O R Tambo lived in the borough of Haringey with his family during their exile from South Africa, and this October students age 7-18 from the London borough are being asked to ‘Make a Memorial to Oliver Tambo’.

    Students are invited to commemorate life and achievements of O R Tambo in an array of formats, from a painting to a speech, a photo essay to a magazine or webpage. Whole class and group entries are encouraged and the judging will take into particular consideration the way in which students link O R Tambo’s struggles and story to their own lives.

    Entrants will be split into three age categories and with a prize for each category, including, amongst others, a trip to the Houses of Parliament hosted by anti-apartheid activist Lord Peter Hain.

    Deadlines for entry to the competition is 4pm Thursday 19th October. For further information on the competition, including how to enter and tips on planning your winning entry, please click here to read online or download the leaflet here.

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

    By Campaigns | July 26, 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 so many of them developing the diseases silicosis and tuberculosis (TB).

    A settlement reached in March 2016 with AngloGold Ashanti and Anglo American South Africa, while welcome and positive, is limited to 4,365 claimants. It is not a comprehensive industry-wide settlement. A class action filed in the High Court of South Africa in December 2012 and certified in May 2016 seeks to achieve an industry-wide compensation scheme. However, the OLDWG companies are appealing all aspects of the class action certification.

    ACTSA, in solidarity with a range of South African civil society organisations, has campaigned for justice for Southern African gold mineworkers with silicosis and TB since 2012. We call on AngloGold Ashanti and the other mining companies to urgently provide proper medical screening, decent financial compensation and healthcare, and adequate support for all ex- and current mineworkers suffering from silicosis and TB. To this end, we call on AngloGold Ashanti to answer the following questions.

    1) Why are AngloGold Ashanti and other OLDWG companies appealing all aspects of the class action certification?

    2) Do you believe that the broad terms of any settlement of the class action should be at least as good as the terms of the March 2016 settlement?

    3) When was the last time you met with the legal representatives of the mineworkers that brought the class action?

    4) Will you commit to meeting regularly, at least quarterly, with the legal representatives of the mineworkers bringing the class action, as well as with the National Union of Mineworkers (South Africa), in order to bring about a comprehensive industry-wide settlement that is fair to ill mineworkers?

    5) In terms of implementing the March 2016 settlement, Anglo American stated (at its AGM on 24 April) that 700 of the 4,365 claimants had been paid out. Is this also your understanding and how many claimants have been assessed so far?

    6) Would it be possible to receive more regular (e.g. quarterly) and detailed updates regarding the implementation of the March 2016 settlement?

    Download this statement 

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

    By ACTSA | July 21, 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. On 26th October 2017 Judge Albie Sachs who knew and worked closely with O.R. Tambo will deliver the Tambo centenary London lecture, O.R. Tambo, the Quiet Revolutionary.

    Albie Sachs is a distinguished human rights activist, lawyer, judge and scholar. He was imprisoned by the apartheid regime, forced into exile where he was the target of a letter bomb designed to kill him. He lost an arm and the sight in one eye. He is a renowned former South African Constitutional Court Justice and a key drafter of the post-apartheid constitution. On display at the lecture will be a new photo exhibition, O.R. Tambo and the role of International Solidarity.

    To register your interest email us at info@actsa.org.

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    LGBT+ Downloadable Resource

    By ACTSA | June 22, 2017

    ACTSA’s Resource on LGBT+ Organisations in Southern Africa is now available as a downloadable resource.

    This information can also be viewed online from the LGBT+ Rights main page found under the Campaigns & Advocacy section on our website.

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    LGBT+ Resource from ACTSA now available

    By Robyn | June 13, 2017

    From its foundation, ACTSA has recognised that marginalised and vulnerable groups are most likely to experience violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. The LGBT+ Community is one group that faces discrimination and marginalisation. ACTSA is an active member of the LGBT+ and International Development Round Table and has undertaken an initial mapping of LGBT+ organisations in Southern Africa now available.

    If you would like to donate to ACTSA’s work on LGBT+ Rights you can donate online through our secure payment facility or call us on 02071860750.

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    Justice for Silicosis Sufferers – ACTSA attend Anglo American AGM

    By Robyn | May 4, 2017

    At the Anglo American AGM on 24 April ACTSA pushed for urgent action to establish a comprehensive industry wide scheme for Southern Africa mineworkers who have silicosis to provide decent health care and compensation.

    ACTSA was represented by Director Tony Dykes and Senior Campaigns Officer Sunit Bagree who raised the apparent lack of action since the settlement covering 4,365 mineworkers in March 2016. ACTSA queried why Anglo American and other mining companies continued to appeal court decisions in South Africa and oppose the class action on behalf of 30,000 mineworkers, including contesting elements that were part of the settlement of March 2017.

    Questions were also put to the board by Peter Bailey, Chair of Health and Safety of the National Union Mineworkers of South Africa and Glen Mpufane, Director of Mining of IndustriALL, the global trade union federation.

    The Chief Executive of Anglo American seemed to accept the need to communicate better and hold more regular meetings with key stakeholders in South Africa in order to discuss an industry wide compensation scheme for those with silicosis. Anglo American continues to deny any liability for ex-gold mineworkers with silicosis.

    ACTSA’s participation was facilitated by the London Mining Network (LMN), of which ACTSA is a member. A full report of the questions and points raised at the AGM is on the LMN website. ACTSA has also published a briefing paper Coughing Up; Justice for Southern Africa gold mineworkers with silicosis and tuberculosis.

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