By admin | August 25, 2015
Welcome to August’s issue of ACTSA’s E-update with a brief rundown on key issues from across southern Africa, in addition to a summary of what we’re getting up to at the moment.
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News in brief
Swaziland: Unfair Trial, Arbitrary Detention and Judicial Impropriety in Swaziland Read the rest of this entry »
By admin | July 22, 2015
In 2009, the United Nations declared that 18th July, Nelson Mandela’s birthday, would be named Nelson Mandela International Day, in recognition of his contribution to peace, reconciliation and justice. The UN called upon people to donate 67 minutes, one for every year that Nelson Mandela gave to public service, to support voluntary and community activity.
Unsurprisingly, South Africans took to this with huge enthusiasm, and there are now so many events that the celebration has been extended over the whole of July. There will be celebrations across the whole country. People have been sewing blankets to keep people warm on the cold winter nights, and nights in the mountains of South Africa are cold. People have been collecting books for libraries in remote rural areas, and in the impoverished townships. People have been raising money for community projects. And all this is done in a spirit of celebration of the life and legacy of an incredible man.
And people the whole world over have thrown themselves into the celebration. This year, for instance, there will be a poetry slam and live art demonstration in Denver, USA. In Napier, New Zealand, they will be raising funds for a community project. In Hanoi, Vietnam, they will be donating blood. In New York, there will be a commemorative event at the United Nations. In Owerri, Nigeria, they will be celebrating through fundraising.
In London there will also be a celebration. On Friday 17th July, there will be a concert at South Africa House, to raise money for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Foundation, where young South African artists such as Mi Casa and Toya Delazy will be performing. On Saturday 18th July, Mandela’s birthday, there will be a festival of music and arts at the South Bank Centre. So, just wander along the river by the Royal Festival Hall, and look for the sculpture of Mandela’s head.
In Glasgow, we will be sending a large container of children’s books (I am guessing at 40,000 but we will not know until the day) to schools and public libraries in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Mandela himself was born at Mvezo, near Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, and retired to where he was born. He is now buried there.
Our volunteers have been sorting and packing these books for several weeks now, and there are still thousands to be packed with only four days to go.
The container will leave City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow at 2.30pm on Saturday 18th July. It will be sent on its way to the Eastern Cape by Sadie Docherty, the Lord Provost. This will be followed by a Civic Reception in which the guests will be entertained by Charlie and the Bachelors, a local jazz band, and Magnus Walker, a young baritone, will sing “Nkosi Sikelel’I Afrika”.
This year, the world is celebrating Nelson Mandela’s legacy in style. And in 2018, it will be the centenary of his birth, so start making your plans now. Mayibuye I Afrika!
By Mark | February 11, 2015
Message by President Jacob Zuma marking the 25th Anniversary of the release of Madiba
Exactly 25 years ago… on the 11th of February, our late former President Nelson Mandela walked out of the Victor Verster prison as a free man after twenty seven years of imprisonment.
This day therefore marked a giant 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 4, 2014
By Mark | December 4, 2014
The 5th of December is the first anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death.
Nelson Mandela is remembered, revered and inspires in part because he was an idealist who lived up to, put his ideals in to practice. He personifies Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | December 4, 2014
Special events are being held to mark the first anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, Britain and all over the world.
Here are a selection of some of the events taking place in the UK and South Africa.
ACTSA remembered Nelson Mandela at it’s 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 | September 22, 2014
One of the great things about internet access is that you can take part in campaigns, such as the current one about the Exhibit B event at the Barbican, from a great distance. For those of you who do not know, Exhibit B is a Read the rest of this entry »
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 »