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  • Coughing Up: Justice for Southern African gold mineworkers with silicosis and tuberculosis

    By Tony | April 25, 2017

    Coughing Up

    Justice for Southern African gold mineworkers with silicosis and tuberculosis

    ACTSA Briefing Paper Published April 2017.

    ACTSA calls on the mining companies that profited from South Africa’s gold to provide proper medical screening, decent financial compensation and healthcare for all ex and current mineworkers suffering from silicosis and TB.

    Read the full briefing paper here

    ACTSA – Justice for Miners briefing – Apr 2017

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    South Africa: President Zuma reshuffles cabinet, sacks Minister of Finance and his deputy

    By Tony | March 31, 2017

    South Africa: President Zuma reshuffles cabinet, sacks Minister of Finance and his deputy.

    31 March 2017

    President Zuma has made many changes to his cabinet. It is a controversial reshuffle and the main focus is that he has dismissed the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan and his Deputy Mcebisi Jonas. The new Finance Minister is Malusi Gigaba who was the Home Affairs minister and prior to that Minister for Public Enterprise. Those supportive of President Zuma support the dismissal of Pravin Gordhan arguing he was a block on speeding up transformation of the economy so it delivered more and more quickly to the poor and disadvantaged in South Africa. However many others say Pravin Gordhan has been dismissed as he challenged waste and corruption and in particularly refused the treasury providing guarantees on loans in connection with a proposed $100 billion nuclear power programme and $624million leasing facility for South African Airways. They believe these are deals that those with strong connections to the President want to happen as they stand to benefit financially. Pravin Gordhan was known to be critical of the role and influence of the Gupta family on leading members of the government and ANC and some see his removal as strengthening their influence. The Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed concern at the dismissal of Pravin Gordhan but confirmed he would not resign from the cabinet. The General Secretary of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe said they were informed but not consulted on the changes and it felt as if the list of the changes had been drawn up elsewhere. He expressed concern that Ministers who were performing well had been dismissed and some who had not been kept in the cabinet.

    The cabinet reshuffle included many other changes with some ministers moving from one ministry to another.

    The reshuffle exposes widening rifts in the government and the ANC. A number of prominent veterans of the ANC including Rivonia trialist and close friend of Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, who served more than 26 years in prison and died on 28 March have called on President Zuma to resign. A number of civil society groups including Save South Africa are planning marches and symbolic acts also calling on the President to step down.

    The immediate impact of the cabinet reshuffle was to reduce the value of the rand on world markets and increase the cost of South Africa borrowing.

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    Ahmed Kathrada dies

    By Tony | March 28, 2017

    28 March 2017

    The death of Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada, known to many as Kathy, has been announced. He was one of the group along with Nelson Mandela known as the Rivonia trialists who were put on trial in 1963/1964 with charges that if found guilty they could face the death penalty. They were found guilty but sentenced to life imprisonment. Their lawyers believed that “Kathy” had strong grounds to appeal and that he would be acquitted. However the accused had decided whatever the sentence they would not appeal and also the lawyers did say if “Kathy” appealed the state may be able to reopen the cases of others and seek the death penalty. Ahmed Kathrada spent over 26 years in prison, 18 of these years on Robben Island.

    Ahmed Kathrada was last in London in January 2016 and he received the freedom of the City of London. He was a man of principle, integrity, courage with an unswerving commitment to democracy and overcoming racism. He served as Nelson Mandela’s parliamentary counsellor in the first democratic elected government and chaired the Robben Island Museum Council until 2006. He established the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation with the objective of deepening non-racialism, promoting the values, rights and principles enshrined in the Freedom Charter and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa; and a non–racial, non-sexist, democratic South Africa.

    At Nelson Mandela’s funeral he said in a moving way tribute to his comrades who had died,” when Walter died (Walter Sisulu one his co-accused and the mentor of the group including Mandela) I lost a father with Nelson going I have lost a brother, I don’t know what to do.” In the last few years of his life he became increasingly critical of what was happening in the government and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and was the first signature to a letter from ANC veterans to the leadership of the ANC calling for change.


    There are now two surviving Rivonia trialists Andrew Mlangeni and Denis Goldberg.

    Ahmed Kathrada born 21 August 1929 died 28 March 2017

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    South Africa: Victims of the Sharpeville Massacre Remembered on Human Rights Day

    By admin | March 21, 2017

    On 21 March 1960, 69 black South Africans were killed by Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: ANC stalwarts criticise current leadership

    By admin | December 19, 2016

    A group of veteran ANC members including the three Read the rest of this entry »

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    16 December: South Africa marks the Day of Reconciliation

    By admin | December 15, 2016

    Coming into effect after the 1994 democratic elections, the Day of Reconciliation – 16 December – was inaugurated to help South Africans Read the rest of this entry »

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    5 December: 3rd anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death

    By admin | December 5, 2016

    Nelson Mandela died on 5 December 2013, aged Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: Public Protector releases report into ‘State of Capture’

    By admin | November 3, 2016

    The South Africa Public Protector has released a report that has found evidence of possible Read the rest of this entry »

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    Walter Hain, prominent anti-apartheid campaigner and ACTSA member dies aged 91

    By admin | October 18, 2016

    Walter Hain, a prominent anti-apartheid campaigner, member of ACTSA and father of  ACTSA Honorary Vice President Peter Hain, has died peacefully in Neath aged 91. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Campaigning for Rights and Development in the 21st Century – the Legacy of the Anti-Apartheid Movement

    By admin | September 29, 2016

    Join former Chair of ACTSA, Lela Kogbara, Christabel Gurney, of the AAM Archives Committee and ACTSA NEC, John Hilary, former Executive Director of War on Want and many other special guests for Read the rest of this entry »

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