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  • TUC condemns arrest of trade union lawyer in Swaziland

    By Mark | March 25, 2014

    TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has joined trade union leaders from around the world in condemning the arrest in Swaziland of trade union lawyer Thulani Maseko. In her letter to the Swaziland High Commissioner in London, O’Grady argues that the detention of Maseko by armed police officers on 17 March contravenes Read the rest of this entry »

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    Honouring Nelson Mandela’s Memory by Continuing his Legacy – personal memories of fighting apartheid

    By ACTSA | December 13, 2013

    By Zita Holbourne

    As far back as I can remember as a little girl my parents were speaking out about the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela, apartheid and participating in the boycott campaign. Nelson Mandela was already imprisoned when I was born. My mother would Read the rest of this entry »

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    Lesotho Election: Coalition to form government; largest party goes into opposition

    By Tony | June 1, 2012

    Elections took place in Lesotho on Saturday 26 May. The outcome is the largest party, the Democratic Congres ( DC) will go into opposition. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Lesotho: Ban on women chiefs must end

    By Sarah | January 17, 2012

    AllAfrica.com, 17 January 2012

    The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) today joined the fight to repeal parts of Lesotho’s discriminatory Chieftainship Act, which only allows the first-born son to succeed to chieftainship, by filing submissions in a landmark case that is due before the country’s Constitutional Court next month. Read the rest of this entry »

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    UK Aid Priorities

    By Mark | January 10, 2012

    British parliamentarians query choice of countries to receive UK aid.

    Should the UK have bilateral aid programmes for Lesotho and Swaziland?

    A report by British parliamentarians queries some the approaches and methodology used by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in its Bilateral Aid Review. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Floods leave Angolan returnees stranded

    By Sarah | January 10, 2012

    IRIN News, 6 January 2012

    Several thousand Angolan returnees from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are stranded by floods in northeastern Angola. They are among the first casualties of what promises to be a very wet rainy season in parts of southern Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Lesotho leapfrogs SA to harness wind and water

    By Sarah | November 1, 2011

    Mail & Guardian Online, 1 November 2011

    The tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho is to harness the power of wind and water in a $15-billion green energy project, the biggest of its kind in Africa.

    The Lesotho highlands power project (LHPP) will generate 6 000 megawatts (MW) of wind power and 4 000MW of hydropower, equivalent to about 5% of South Africa’s electricity needs. Read the rest of this entry »

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    COSATU criticises SADC leadership and calls for Day of Action

    By Mark | August 18, 2011

    Congress of South African Trade Unions calls on SADC leaders to act now in defence of democracy in Southern Africa

    COSATU, 17 August 2011

    The Congress of South African Trade Unions notes that the 31st Ordinary Summit of SADC heads of states and government begins today in Luanda, Angola to discuss various issues affecting the region.

    We are however very disappointed by the behaviour of the in-coming Chairperson of SADC, Angola’s President Jose Dos Santos who refused entry into Angola for about 17 civil society activists and leaders from the region, as well as two Mozambican journalists, whilst also seizing publications belonging to Zimbabwean activists. This is unacceptable, particularly coming from someone assigned with the responsibility of providing leadership to the whole region at a time when the challenge of democracy, human rights and economic justice are daunting throughout the region. This also brings into question Angola’s own record of freedom of political activity, free flow of information and right to expression. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Lawyers accuse Swazi chief justice of sexual harassment

    By Campaigns | July 21, 2011

    Mail and Guardian, 14 July

    Swazi lawyers have filed a sexual harassment case against the chief justice, who sparked controversy by suspending a judge for “insulting” King Mswati III. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Aid, development and solidarity

    By Tony | March 4, 2011

    ACTSA’s Director, Tony Dykes comments on the government’s aid review

    On 1 March the Secretary of State for International Development announced the results of the aid review. There were winners, where the aid budget was increased and losers where aid was cut completely. Action for Southern Africa is asking that the decision to cut the UK aid budget to Lesotho be reviewed. It is one of the poorest countries in the world and has the 3rd highest rate of HIV/AIDS.  Nearly 50 per cent of the population try to live on less than $1.25 cents a day. The Department for International Development (DFID) spent £5 million in Lesotho in 09/10. Not a lot, but Lesotho is relatively small with 2 million people and £5 million spent well there can make an important contribution to poverty reduction and development. It could have a much greater impact in Lesotho than being re-allocated. (DFID) says Lesotho is one of the poorest countries in the world with a high degree of vulnerability. So we think right to push for a rethink. Read the rest of this entry »

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