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  • International Nelson Mandela Day

    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!

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    Mario Masuku and Maxwell Dlamini released on bail

    By admin | July 15, 2015

    The Supreme Court ordered the release on bail of Mario Masuku and Maxwell Dlamini after they served nearly 15 months in jail. They were not brought to trial. The charges against them have not been dropped and they are banned from attending and addressing political rallies.

    Read the full article here:

    http://news.yahoo.com/swaziland-frees-opposition-politicians-175027397.html

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    Judge Masipa expresses concerns about state ignoring court rulings

    By admin | July 6, 2015

    Judge Thokozile Masipa, South Africa’s second black woman High Court judge who became internationally known when she presided over the trial of Oscar Pistorius expressed concern about the South Africa government ignoring court rulings at a lecture in London on 2 July  jointly sponsored by Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA), the Human Rights Law Association of Britain, the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association  and hosted by Hogan Lovells business and human rights practice.

    John Battersby, a well-known journalist and editor, attended the talk and wrote this article for South Africa’s ‘Business Day’ news website: http://www.bdlive.co.za/national/law/2015/07/03/masipa-voices-concern-about-state-ignoring-court-rulings

    You can also read the full text of the talk here: http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/stnews/2015/07/05/Read-Judge-Masipas-full-speech-here

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    Statements on the Marikana Inquiry

    By admin | July 1, 2015

    National Union of Mineworkers Statement: http://www.cosatu.org.za/show.php?ID=10588

    Lonmin mining company statement:  http://www.lonmin-farlam.com/

    Bench Marks Foundation statement:  http://www.bench-marks.org.za

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    Remembering Peter Brayshaw, by David Kenvyn

    By Mark | December 26, 2014

    I first met Peter Brayshaw in 1968 at the London School of Economics.   It was at the Freshers’ Fair.   Peter was staffing the stall of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, and I was making an application for membership of the student group.   In those days, Peter’s commitment to internationalism concentrated on two causes – the liberation of Southern Africa and the liberation of Read the rest of this entry »

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    COSATU Deputy President’s Address to ACTSA Conference

    By Mark | November 3, 2014

    Keynote address by Tyotyo James, 1st Deputy President of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, to Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA), formerly the Anti-Apartheid Movement

    1 November 2014

    Thank you for inviting me to address this important gathering, celebrating the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa. I bring greetings and best wishes from the National Office Bearers and 2.2 million members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions – COSATU.

    I must begin by thanking all those in the Read the rest of this entry »

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    Maurice Mason: 1914-2014

    By Mark | September 29, 2014

    Maurice Mason from Canterbury has sadly died at the grand old age of 100 years, he was one of ACTSA’s most stalwart members. Maurice’s whole life was dedicated to the Read the rest of this entry »

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    London to Brighton Cycle Ride

    By Mark | July 30, 2014

    Sunday 7 September 2014

    Cycle for ACTSA

    The London to Brighton Cycle Ride is a unique fundraising Challenge. You will start at Clapham Common, travel through Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead and Haywards Heath before finishing on the Brighton seafront having completed 54 miles. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland

    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.

    Free political prisoners

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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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