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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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    South Africa: President Zuma survives eighth no-confidence vote

    By Tony | August 10, 2017

    On 8 August a motion of no-confidence in President Zuma was defeated in the national assembly (parliament) by 198 votes to 177 with nine abstentions. To have been carried the no-confidence motion needed 201 votes (50% +1 of the Assembly).

    This was the eighth motion of no-confidence in President Zuma all of which have been defeated. This was the first conducted by secret ballot. It came several months after President Zuma sacked the Minister and Deputy Minister of Finance and amid increasing allegations of corruption and patronage at the centre of government.  On the face of it seems it was a comfortable victory for President Zuma however after allowing for a couple of vacancies and that a number of MPs did not vote it is estimated between 26-36 ANC MPs voted for the opposition motion of no confidence. The ANC has 249 MPs. The combined opposition in theory has 151. However two smaller parties usually vote with the ANC reducing the opposition to 141.

    Some think that having survived the no-confidence vote President Zuma will be strengthened. Others think the vote shows increasing divisions and tensions within the ANC which will hold its five yearly elective conference in December. President Zuma has said he will step down as President of the ANC at the conference. He may continue as President of the country until 2019 but then will have completed the maximum of two terms allowed under the constitution.

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    Future of South Africa

    By Tony | July 19, 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 alleged corruption of state institutions and in particular what has been termed, “ state capture” used to denote family, corporate interests not just influencing but “capturing” state resources so they are used for their benefit. In particular it is alleged the Gupta family which has close links to President Zuma have directly and indirectly influenced and benefited from government institutions and policy. These allegations are denied.

    The use of PR firms by companies with strong connections to the Gupta family has become highly controversial with accusations that the campaigns these companies have engaged in to deflect attention from the allegations of state capture not only targeted individuals but sought to provoke racial tensions. Bell Pottinger set up an independent enquiry into its work. After receiving an interim report it dismissed a senior partner, suspended several other staff and issued a full, unequivocal and absolute apology to anyone impacted saying, “These activities should never have been undertaken. We are deeply sorry that this happened.” Bell Pottinger has been reported to the PR regulatory body. Bell Pottinger’s apology has been called insufficient and they have been requested to make public all communications they sent or received in connection with the PR work they undertook. Criticism has also been levelled at McKinsey who have suspended their South African director.

    A vote of no-confidence in President Zuma is scheduled for a parliamentary vote on 8 August.  It has been requested that this be a secret ballot. The president is elected by secret ballot by parliament. The constitutional court has ruled the Speaker can decide to hold a secret ballot. A national day of pray against state capture has been called for and it is likely there will be demonstrations in the run up to the no-confidence vote. The ANC currently holds 62% of the parliamentary seats.

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    South Africa: Victims of the Sharpeville Massacre Remembered on Human Rights Day

    By ACTSA | March 21, 2017

    On 21 March 1960, 69 black South Africans were killed by Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: ANC stalwarts criticise current leadership

    By ACTSA | December 19, 2016

    A group of veteran ANC members including the three Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa local elections: ANC remains the largest party but loses control of several major cities

    By ACTSA | August 9, 2016

    Summary points from the South Africa local government elections held on 3 August.

    The African National Congress (ANC) has lost control of Nelson Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africans to vote in local elections

    By ACTSA | August 3, 2016

    South Africans will vote today (Wednesday 3 August) in local elections. South Africa’s local government Read the rest of this entry »

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

    By ACTSA | 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; State of the Nation Address

    By ACTSA | February 12, 2016

    President Zuma delivered the annual state of the Nation Address on 11 February 2016, the 26th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.

    He referred to a number of anniversaries in 2016, including 16 June which will mark the 40th anniversary of Read the rest of this entry »

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    Letter from Hobeni 7: Elections

    By Mark | September 19, 2014

    I have just seen a video of a tribute concert to Desmond Tutu that took place in Cape Town a few years ago.   It was magnificent.   Sibongile Khumalo sang “Amazing Grace”.   There was a beautiful rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Suzanne Murphy.   That song is special to anyone who was at the Mandela Concert in 1990 because the crowd started to sing it as he walked on the stage and Ben E. King sang “Stand by me”.   But the moment that was really special for me was when Read the rest of this entry »

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