ACTSA letter in Business Day

ACTSA has had a letter on Swaziland (eSwatini) published in South Africa’s Business Day. The letter can be read here.

ACTSA Annual Fundraising Dinner 2018

Bookings for the ACTSA 2018 Annual Fundraising Dinner has now closed. Check this space for information on the 2019 Dinner. For more information please contact the office at info@actsa.org. Thank you. ACTSA Team

Justice for Miners with Silicosis: An out of court settlement is expected to the class action first brought in 2012

Tony Dykes, Director of ACTSA said ” Tens of thousands of ex-miners in Southern Africa have silicosis, a debilitating, incurable yet preventable disease. They need decent health care and compensation. For far too long the mining companies including Anglo American have dodged their responsibilities.  We welcome if at long last there is a settlement of the class action brought on …

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: 26 September 1936 – 2 April 2018

Winnie Madikizela Mandela was a brave, courageous opponent of apartheid. She defied stereotypes and gave voice to the concerns and hopes of many black South Africans. She suffered harassment, detention, abuse, torture, solitary confinement, internal exile and separation from those she loved including Nelson Mandela. Apartheid was a crime against humanity. It also dehumanised people and Winnie Madikizela Mandela said …

Zuma to face trial on 16 charges

Former President Jacob Zuma is to face trial on 16 charges, one count of racketeering, two counts of corruption, one count of money laundering and 12 counts of fraud. The charges relate to payments that Schabir Shaik made to Jacob Zuma in the 1990s and early party of this century allegedly in connection with an arms deal. Schabir Shaik was …

21st March: Anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre and Human Rights Day in South Africa

The 21st March is Human Rights Day in South Africa. It marks the anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre.  On 21 March 1960 69 unarmed black South Africans were killed by the apartheid police when they were demonstrating outside of a police station in Sharpeville near Johannesburg. They were demonstrating against black South Africans having to carry a pass. To mark …

Cyril Ramaphosa announces new cabinet

27 February – Cyril Ramaphosa announces new cabinet Cyril Ramaphosa who succeeded Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa on 15 February has announced his new cabinet. There are swinging changes with 10 ministers dropped. Cyril Ramaphosa has indicated he wishes to restructure government with fewer ministries but has initially kept to those he inherited. Many analysts say while President Ramaphosa …

Morgan Tsvangirai remembered: brave, heroic, flawed

Morgan Tsvangirai was brave, to many heroic, and a great human rights defender, he also had flaws. Morgan Tsvangirai was a miner who became a trade union leader who challenged the economic policies of Robert Mugabe and the ruling Zanu PF in the mid-1990s. The economic policies he challenged was the economic structural adjustment programme pushed on Zimbabwe by the …

Hugh Masekela 1939 – 2018: A great musician and great man

Hugh Masekela was a great musician. He wrote and performed wonderful and inspiring music. He entertained millions. He was also respected and liked by millions for his music and his humanity. Hugh Masekela typified the best of South Africans. He refused to be classed as inferior to white South Africans. He rejected that the apartheid regime tried to deny him …