By admin | 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
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By Mark | December 18, 2014
This will be my last letter from Hobeni. I have been here for nearly five months, and I will be heading back to East London tomorrow to catch my plane back to Glasgow via Johannesburg and Amsterdam on Sunday. In a remarkable piece of bad planning I will be travelling from South Africa at midsummer to Scotland in midwinter. I will have to do more than adjust to the Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | December 12, 2014
In my previous letters, I have tried to avoid making statements about party politics in South Africa. But when the President of the country says publicly that the ANC, the governing party, is “in trouble”, it does seem that the issue is unavoidable. I have only one problem. It is very difficult, in a remote rural area like Hobeni, to keep a track on what exactly is Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
By Mark | December 2, 2014
I have been able to do some catching up with my reading recently. There are two new books by old friends that I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone who is interested in South Africa, and especially in the period leading up to the release of Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | November 12, 2014
Dillon Woods is clearly a man who believes in the future. He has spent the last few days planting trees at Hobeni. Only someone who has an absolute faith in the future plants trees, especially trees that will not Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | November 6, 2014
A young South African, possibly young enough to have been a “born free” after the 1994 elections, asked me if I thought the struggle was over. My unhesitating reply was “No”. So, I had to explain.
It seems to me that the struggle has got to a Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | October 30, 2014
Letter from Hobeni – 30th October 2014
This is a story of petty and vindictive spite. It is the story of someone who is so frightened of people knowing the truth that he regards telling the truth as incitement to rebellion.
On 21st November 1975, Donald Woods wrote Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | October 26, 2014
I have now completed one of the key tasks of my trip to South Africa. Copies of the programme for Nelson Mandela International Day in Glasgow 2014 are now in the possession of the Mandela Museum at Qunu, near his birthplace at Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | October 23, 2014
I have just had a very pleasant surprise. I was sitting in the library with the doors open, forging through a pile of papers, when I heard a familiar voice saying “David? David from London? David from the Anti-Apartheid Movement? What are you doing here? Do you remember me? I am Read the rest of this entry »