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  • South Africa: President Zuma announces freeze in tuition fees

    By admin | October 27, 2015

    Following a meeting with the leaders of the universities and students on Friday 23 October President Zuma announced there will be on tuition fee increases in 2016.

    Whilst objection to planned tuition fee rises of 10 to 12% seem to have been the catalyst for the widespread protest students also have other grievances including the outsourcing of university jobs, the total cost of study and the high level of unemployment.

    Universities have postponed exams and some such as the University of Cape Town are Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: Students protest. Universities Closed. President to meet student leaders and Vice Chancellors

    By admin | October 22, 2015

    Students have been protesting across South Africa against a planned rise in fees of 10-12% causing many Universities to close. Students and their supporters also got into the parliamentary precinct in Cape Town with 29 people arrested.

    The protests have the slogan, # Fees must Fall. They have been described as the biggest student protests since the end of apartheid in 1994. President Jacob Zuma is meeting Vice Chancellors and student leaders on Friday. A large number of academics have also signed a statement supporting student demands. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Justice for refugees and migrants. ACTSA signs letter with 24 other organisations.

    By admin | October 19, 2015

    ACTSA have co-signed a letter from 25 organisations calling for justice for refugees and migrants.

    “We have created obstacles in people’s lives. Now we erect them in their path of escape.  People across the UK have demonstrated the power of solidarity.  Now we demand our government delivers justice. “ see full letter and all signatories  here

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/18/time-to-address-a-refugee-crisis-of-our-own-making

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    Civil society groups call for rural women not to be neglected in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

    By admin | October 15, 2015

    25 civil society organisations, including ACTSA, issued a statement on the International Day for rural women( 15 October) calling on African governments to ensure rural women are the central focus for sustainable development.

    The statement said the social and culture factors which prevent rural women’s access to, control and use of land should be addressed. Discrimination has to be overcome,”” rural women in sub-Saharan Africa produce most of the food in the region and yet, due to discrimination Read the rest of this entry »

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    PUDEMO statement on EU – Swazi relations

    By admin | October 13, 2015

    12 October 2015

    The People United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), the premier liberation movement in Swaziland, has noted media reports in the weekend newspapers alleging a litany of half truths, lies, distortions and deliberate omissions following government’s trip to Brussels. The National Executive Committee, the highest decision making body of the organisation between congresses, has deliberated on Read the rest of this entry »

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    The latest on the fight for justice for South African gold miners

    By admin | October 12, 2015

    Monday 12 October: key legal hearings will take place in South Africa 12-23 October to determine whether a class action against 32 mining companies seeking decent compensation for those with silicosis can go ahead.

    There are two class actions; one will rep­re­sent cur­rent and for­mer gold min­ers with sil­i­co­sis and depen­dants of those who have died as result of the dis­ease. The other rep­re­sents cur­rent and for­mer gold min­ers who have or con­tracted pul­monary tuber­cu­lo­sis and the depen­dants of deceased under­ground minework­ers who died of pul­monary tuber­cu­lo­sis.

    The mining companies are resisting the class action Read the rest of this entry »

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    Questioning the Sustainable Development Goals

    By admin | October 8, 2015

    World leaders have officially agreed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aka Global Goals. Are they useful and thus worthy of support? That’s a question without a straightforward answer.

    In total there are 17 goals with 169 targets, all of which should be met by Read the rest of this entry »

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    “Refugees Welcome Here”, National Day of Action, Saturday 12 September – Assemble noon at Marble Arch

    By admin | September 7, 2015

    National day of action, Called by Stand up to Racism, BARAC, Stop the War Coalition, Migrant Rights Network,  War on Want, Peoples Assembly Against Austerity, Unite Against Fascism, Movement Against Xenophobia, Love Music Hate Racism and Black Out London.

    Saturday 12 September 2015, 12pm, Assembly point Marble Arch 2pm Rally,Downing Street

    This event has been called to show solidarity with refugees fleeing war, persecution, torture and poverty, losing their lives or struggling to find a safe haven. This includes the death of 200 refugees Read the rest of this entry »

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    August E-Update

    By admin | August 25, 2015

    Hello,

    Welcome to August’s issue of ACTSA’s E-update with a brief rundown on key issues from across southern Africa, in addition to a summary of what we’re getting up to at the moment.

    Hope you find it interesting and informative. Gives us feedback by emailing info@actsa.org

    News in brief

    Swaziland:  Unfair Trial, Arbitrary Detention and Judicial Impropriety in Swaziland Read the rest of this entry »

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    SADC People’s Summit Communique

    By admin | August 20, 2015

    More than 500 representatives from a range of Southern Africa civil society organisations met in Botswana on 15 and 16 August and developed and presented a communique to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government. The communique was received by the SADC Deputy Executive Secretary. It covers seven thematic areas:

    1.Tax Justice and the Fight against Illicit Financial Flows

    2. African Solidarity, Migration and People’s  movement

    3.Governance, Democracy and Human Rights

    4.Cross-border traders, small-scale farmers

    5.Trade Negotiations and Agreements

    6.Climate Change

    7.Agricultural Finance,  Seed Sovereignty and Climate  Justice

    The whole document is available here: Gaborone SADC People’s Summit 2015 Communique Document

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