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  • Letter from Hobeni 2: Books!

    By Mark | August 17, 2014

    Elliotdale Technical and Commercial Senior Secondary School is one of the schools that serve the Hobeni area.   It was started in 1997 as the result of a community meeting, convened by the local chiefs and the Bomvana Chamber of Commerce.   The school faces Read the rest of this entry »

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    Letter from Hobeni 1

    By Mark | August 12, 2014

    David Kenvyn is a member of ACTSA’s National Executive

    I am here in Hobeni volunteering as a librarian at the Donald Woods Foundation Library and Archive.   Donald was the journalist who exposed the murder of Steve Biko by the apartheid security police in 1977 and, following attacks upon Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: President Zuma gives State of the Nation Address

    By Mark | February 14, 2013

    State of the Nation Address by His Excellency Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of the Joint Sitting Of Parliament, Cape Town

    The Presidency

    President Zuma gave his State of the Nation Address to Parliament on 14 February. In it he highlighted five key priorities including education, health, the fight against crime, decent work, rural development and land reform. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Jailed Swazi Student leader nominated for Irish human rights award

    By Sarah | January 30, 2012

    Stiff Kitten’s Blog, 25 January 2012

    President of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS), Maxwell Dlamini, has been nominated for the 2012 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk. The award is presented by Front Line, an Irish-based human rights organisation founded by former director of the Irish Section of Amnesty International, Mary Lawlor, and is given to “human rights defenders who, through non-violent work, are courageously making an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of the human rights of others, often at great personal risk to themselves.” Read the rest of this entry »

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    Youth and student delegation, day 11: Pretoria

    By Mark | September 14, 2011

    Swaziland and Pretoria

    Geraldine Donnelly

    “Good morning it is Wednesday 14th September 2011, 6.11am…”

    And so our day begins, the radio greets us as we board the minibus for the last time in Swaziland to be taken to the airport as we embark on our last journey to Johannesburg, South Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swazi schools closed amid budget crunch

    By ACTSA | September 14, 2011

    Pretoria News, 14 September

    School principals in Swaziland on Tuesday shut down many of the nation’s schools on the first day of the new term, demanding that the government pay outstanding fees meant to ensure free public education. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Top South African trade unionist arrested in Swazi protest clashes

    By ACTSA | September 8, 2011

    Mail and Guardian, 7 September

    Swazi police fired teargas and rubber bullets to break up a pro-democracy march Wednesday, arresting a top South African union leader who was going to address the crowd, a protest organiser said. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Youth and student delegation, day four: Cape Town and Johannesburg

    By Mark | September 7, 2011

    Travelling from Cape Town to Johannesburg and meeting the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute

    Simon Darvill

    The day started with yet another early wake-up-call, in order to head to Cape Town Airport to catch our flight to Johannesburg. As we left Cape Town in our minibus I reflected on the last three days in South Africa. Looking over the City and the bay that is dominated by one of the most beautiful natural wonders, Table Mountain, we drove past Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swazi protests swell as riot police look on

    By ACTSA | September 6, 2011

    Mail and Guardian, 6 September

    More than 1 000 people marched on Tuesday through Swaziland’s main city Manzini in one of the largest protests yet against Africa’s last absolute monarch, King Mswati III. Read the rest of this entry »

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    24 arrested and several injured in Angola youth rally

    By ACTSA | September 5, 2011

    Reuters News, 3 September

    Angolan authorities arrested 24 people at an anti-government youth rally in the capital Luanda Saturday during which several protesters, journalists and police officers were injured, according to media reports. Read the rest of this entry »

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