A brief history to date

“We can depend on you as ACTSA to walk with us as we seek to make a reality for all of our precious freedom” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

ACTSA was established in 1994 as the successor organisation to the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM).  This followed South Africa’s first democratic election and Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected President of South Africa. By 1994 the goals of the AAM had been achieved and it had grown from a small organisation to become the largest international solidarity organisation the UK has ever seen. The AAM consulted widely on whether it should simply disband. The clear response from members, affiliates and especially key partners and contacts in southern Africa was no. While a great victory had been won there were major challenges ahead and the region called for renewed not diminished solidarity. The context had changed and the challenge now was not being against a political system which was racist but for supporting Southern Africa build a region based on rights and reducing poverty and inequality.

ACTSA has carried out its work through information, education and campaigning. Our key achievements to date include:

  • Helping to secure £7.5 million in compensation for asbestos sufferers in Southern Africa
  • Supporting the people of Zimbabwe in their struggle for rights and justice
  • Campaigning against poverty and the denial of rights in Swaziland
  • Delivering over seven million sanitary products to women in Zimbabwe as part of our Dignity! Period. campaign
  • Helping to Improve Women’s Rights in Swaziland through a four year project funded by the Big Lottery
  • Supporting Zambia in gaining millions more in increased revenue from mining companies operating in the country

ACTSA becomes a charity

When ACTSA was established in 1994 it was as an unincorporated non-charitable organisation. In September 2017 ACTSA was registered as a charity in England and Wales. ACTSA took this step after consulting and getting the support of its membership as the best means to ensure ACTSA’s distinctive work could continue.

We are going through a process of transition to ACTSA as a charitable incorporated organisation which we hope will be completed by June 2018.

If you would like to know more about the Anti-Apartheid Movement visit www.aamarchives.org