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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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    Coughing Up: Justice for Southern African gold mineworkers with silicosis and tuberculosis

    By Tony | April 25, 2017

    Coughing Up

    Justice for Southern African gold mineworkers with silicosis and tuberculosis

    ACTSA Briefing Paper Published April 2017.

    ACTSA calls on the mining companies that profited from South Africa’s gold to provide proper medical screening, decent financial compensation and healthcare for all ex and current mineworkers suffering from silicosis and TB.

    Read the full briefing paper here

    ACTSA – Justice for Miners briefing – Apr 2017

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    Angola has a long way to go on human rights

    By ACTSA | December 12, 2016

    10 December was Human Rights Day. ACTSA’s Senior Campaigns Officer Sunit Bagree argues that Angola has a long way to go to Read the rest of this entry »

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    2017 Mozambique Calendar

    By ACTSA | December 2, 2016

    Bristol and Beira (Mozambique’s third biggest city) signed a friendship agreement in 1990 and through that the Bristol–Beira Read the rest of this entry »

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    ACTSA’s ‘Stories from Swaziland’ exhibition to be displayed in UK parliament

    By ACTSA | November 11, 2016

    ACTSA is pleased to announce that our ‘Stories from Swaziland’ photo exhibition will be on display Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe Update: Opposition supporters under attack, how the hunger crisis is affecting Zimbabwe’s children and much more

    By ACTSA | November 1, 2016

    This edition of the Zimbabwe Update looks at opposition supporters under attack Read the rest of this entry »

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    Angola Monitor: Oil price crash, yellow fever outbreak and much more

    By ACTSA | October 20, 2016

    The Angola Monitor is our quarterly look at the politics, economics, development and human rights issues in Angola. Each issue is produced in English and Read the rest of this entry »

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