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  • Zambia Presidential Elections: Incumbent declared winner in disputed vote

    By ACTSA | August 16, 2016

    Zambia’s incumbent President Edgar Lungu has been declared the winner of a closely fought presidential election, but the result was immediately challenged Read the rest of this entry »

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    Angola Monitor 3/2015

    By Fiona | August 3, 2015

    The latest issue of the Angola Monitor is now available online in both English and Portuguese

    This issue covers:

    Political News : President Hollande’s visit to Angola, President dos Santos’ state visits to China and Italy, dos Santos not stepping down early

    Economics News: New loan from World Bank, economic diversification, exports to the United States reach record high and the AGOA 2015

    Human Rights News: an update on the sect killings in Huambo province, the trial of Rafael Marques, NGOs express concern about a serious pattern of disregard for freedom of opinion, expression and peaceful assembly in Angola

    Aid and Development News: China’s investment and aid, Can Angola half poverty? Luanda International Fair 2015

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    Latest copy of ACTSA News: Issue 1 2015

    By ACTSA | May 29, 2015

    Read our latest copy of ACTSA News Issue 1 2015 here!

    This issue includes an interview with Vincent Ncongwane of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland, an analysis of Mozambique’s recently elected president, Filipe Nyusi and ACTSA NEC member David Kenvyn’s tales from his five months spent in Hobeni in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

    Also includes a round up of ACTSA’s current work and a news update on the xenophobic violence in South Africa

    Please feel free to comment and share the link with friends and family



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    Zambia Presidential by-election. New President by slim margin in low turnout

    By Tony | January 26, 2015

    Zambia held a presidential by-election on 20 January due to the death whilst in office of President Michael Sata on 28 October 2014. The poll had to be held within Read the rest of this entry »

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    Letter from Hobeni 20: Legacy

    By Mark | December 5, 2014

    This is the time for the initiation ceremonies.   Boys of fifteen, caked in white clay, are taken to the initiation hut to be prepared for the ceremonies to teach them to be men.   They will go through a period of seclusion and rigorous training in the responsibilities of men for their community and people.   Then they will be circumcised, and will become 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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    By Mark | July 27, 2014

    Swaziland is Africa’s only absolute monarchy. Democracy is denied and political parties are banned. This small country is often overlooked despite the denial of human rights and enduring Africa’s longest running state of emergency since 1973.

    Swaziland – Africa’s Last Monarchy

    ‘Swaziland – Africa’s Last Monarchy’ is a documentary by Danish journalist Tom Heinemann that describes the fight for democracy and socio-economic justice in Swaziland through the eyes of Bheki Dlamini, a young activist and leading member of Swaziland’s largest banned political party, the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO).

    Please watch and share this video to raise awareness of the fight for democracy in Swaziland.

    Swaziland – Africa’s Last Monarchy

    Women’s Rights in Swaziland



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    O Monitor de Angola No 3, 2014

    By Mark | July 25, 2014

    O Monitor de Angola aborda política, economia, desenvolvimento, democracia e direitos humanos em Angola. É publicado trimestralmente pela Ação pela África Austral (ACTSA, sigla em inglês).

    Esta edição cobrirá:
    Política: Ressurgem disputas por fronteiras marítimas entre Angola e a República Democrática do Congo; resultados preliminares do censo são esperados para setembro; premiê chinês visita Angola; presidente empossa novo ministro da Defesa; Brasil: visita presidencial reforça laços econômicos e políticos; Angola e Cuba assinam tratado de cooperação; Interesses britânicos são ampliados em Angola, e as prioridades para a cooperação internacional.
    Economia: Luanda foi classificada como a cidade mais cara; crise dos bancos portugueses poderá afetar Angola; empréstimo cedido para renovação do setor energético; demanda por dólares permanece alta; apesar de proibição, importação de cimento continua alta; novos investimentos na indústria têxtil deverão criar empregos.
    Direitos humanos: Cidadãos da RDC são acusados de incitação à guerra; polícia agride e prende vinte manifestantes.
    Ajuda e desenvolvimento: Retirada de minas terrestres permite retorno de cinco mil pessoas; risco de seca reduzido em algumas áreas.

    Esta edição também está disponível em inglês. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Angola Monitor Issue 3.2014

    By Mark | July 25, 2014

    The Angola Monitor covers the politics, economics, development, democracy and human rights of Angola. It is published quarterly by Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA).

    This issue covers:
    Political News: DRC Angola maritime border dispute resurfaces; Preliminary census results expected in September; Chinese Premier visits Angola; President appoints new defence minister; Brazil: Presidential visit strengthens political and economic ties; Angola and Cuba sign agreement of cooperation; Building British interests in Angola and Priorities for International Cooperation.
    Economic News: Luanda rated as the most expensive city; Portuguese banking crisis could affect Angola; Loan agreed for energy sector overhaul; Demand for dollars remains strong; Cement imports remain high despite ban and new investment in textile industry should produce jobs.
    Human Rights News: DRC Nationals charged with provocation of war and Police beat and detain 20 protestors.
    Aid and Development News: Mine clearance makes way for return of 5,000 people and Drought risk reduced in some areas.

    This issue is also available in Portuguese. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe Update: Issue 2/ 2014

    By Mark | June 3, 2014

    This edition of the Zimbabwe Update focuses on the split in Zimbabwe’s largest opposition party, the MDC-T; the European Union- Africa summit, which was boycotted by President Mugabe; Zimbabwe’s increasing debt and worsening economic situation; government challenges to pay its own workers; a new military loan from China; the new electoral amendment bill; police blocking a World Media Day rally, and a report from Chatham House on the west re-engaging with Zimbabwe which has provoked criticism and comment. Read the rest of this entry »

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