This is the time of year when we look back on our work in 2017 and look forward to 2018.
Thanks to you ACTSA continues to make a difference and a distinctive impact, working in solidarity with the people of Southern Africa for rights, equality and development. ACTSA is small but has a big impact and we rely on our members, supporters, affiliates, and campaigners. We do not get government or corporate support, and your donations make a real and lasting difference.
I know there are many demands on you but if you can please donate £30 or as much you can afford to support ACTSA’s work campaigning for rights, equality and development for the people of Southern Africa.
What did we do in 2017?
In March we brought Wandile Dludlu, Coordinator of the Swaziland United Democratic Front, to the UK to speak at our Conference and inform important organisations here on rights, poverty and discrimination in Swaziland. ACTSA is the only NGO in the UK campaigning on Swaziland.
In April ACTSA attended the Anglo American AGM to continue our push for decent health care and compensation for the ex-miners across Southern Africa with silicosis. We published our briefing paper, Coughing Up, that month, and since then the six largest gold mining companies have set aside approximately $370 million to settle a class action brought on behalf of 30,000 ex- miners. This sum may seem a lot - but we have concerns that neither will it provide decent compensation for all miners with silicosis nor will it ensure that all ex-miners can be tested for silicosis.
We need your support to continue our work on Swaziland and for the ex-miners with silicosis.
Alongside these campaigns ACTSA continues its advocacy work on gender equality and LGBT+ issues. Supporting women’s rights and gender equity is crucial in everything ACTSA does and in particular in our work on Swaziland and Zimbabwe. This year we have published a web resource listing organisations in Southern Africa working on LGBT+ issues.
We have also published the Angola Monitor four times in English and Portuguese, the Zimbabwe Update and our monthly E newsletter, providing reliable and regular updates on the region to inform and inspire.
If ACTSA did not do this work it would not be done.Please donate £30 or as much you can afford to support ACTSA’s work in solidarity with the people of Southern Africa.
ACTSA is proud it is distinctive and that our work is valued by the people of Southern Africa. We can only do this work because of your support. Thank you.
In 2018 ACTSA will continue to focus on Swaziland, and on ensuring the ex-miners with silicosis get justice, decent health care and compensation. Women’s rights and gender equity will be central to all our work. We will have a new website to improve how we communicate and how people see ACTSA. 2018 will also mark the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. Many will say they admire and are inspired by him. We need to turn this admiration and inspiration into action for a better, fairer world in which the human dignity of all is upheld.
As we reflect on 2017 and look forward to 2018 I hope you will remember ACTSA, and, if you can, make a donation in support of Rights, Equality and Development for Southern Africa.
In March we brought Wandile Dluldu co-ordinator of the Swaziland Democratic Front to the UK to speak at our conference.