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  • ACTSA statement on Anglo American AGM 2016

    By admin | May 4, 2016

    ACTSA, with the support of the London Mining Network, attended Anglo American’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 21st April 2016.

    The purpose of ACTSA’s attendance was to raise the issue of decent compensation and health care for all ex-miners and current miners in Southern Africa with silicosis. It is estimated tens of thousands, possibly more, have this incurable and debilitating Read the rest of this entry »

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    Freedom Day: South Africa commemorates first post-apartheid elections

    By admin | April 27, 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 Read the rest of this entry »

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    Are you a consultant with experience in project evaluation?

    By admin | April 25, 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 Read the rest of this entry »

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

    By admin | April 6, 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. 

     

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    Ahmed Kathrada calls on President Zuma to resign

    By admin | April 4, 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 refused the advice of his lawyers to appeal against his conviction, despite in their a view a good chance of success because it could have opened the way for the apartheid state to demand the death penalty for Nelson Mandela and others  says: “ Comrade President, are you aware that your outstanding contribution to the liberation struggle stands to be severely tarnished if the remainder of your term as President continues to be dogged by crises and a growing public loss of confidence in the ANC and government as a whole.

    I know that if I were in the President’s shoes, I would step down with immediate effect. I believe that is what would help the country to find its way out of a path that it never imagined it would be on, but one that it must move out of soon.”

    See the full letter here.

    http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/2016/04/02/ahmed-kathrada-speaks-out-with-letter-asking-zuma-to-quit

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    ACTSA calls on UN to tackle human rights abuses in Zimbabwe

    By admin | April 1, 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 Read the rest of this entry »

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

    By admin | April 1, 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 Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa Marks 56th Anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre on Human Rights Day

    By admin | March 21, 2016

    21 March 2016 is the 56th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa.  69 unarmed black South Africans were killed and 180 seriously injured by police while they demonstrated peacefully Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: Thabo Mbeki on HIV/AIDS and TAC’s response

    By admin | March 8, 2016

    Thabo Mbeki has sought to justify his position on HIV/AIDS in an open letter published on 7 March. The former President denies that he said HIV did not cause AIDS and claims he was criticised and condemned for Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: Mining companies must provide decent compensation for all silicosis sufferers

    By admin | March 4, 2016

    Given the settlement of some legal cases on behalf of those with silicosis, Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) calls on the mining companies to provide a comprehensive settlement for all those with silicosis.

    The announcement that Anglo Gold Ashanti and Anglo American South Africa will pay compensation to those of the 4,365 ex-miners taking legal action against them who it is shown have silicosis is, on the face of it, welcome.  But it also raises the que Read the rest of this entry »

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