Journalists acquitted in ruling judged ‘huge victory’ for freedom of speech in Angola

In a huge win for human rights activists and the free media in Angola, investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais and editor Mariano Bras have been acquitted of charges relating to an article published on de Morais’ website Maka Angola, which was republished in O Crime, a journal edited by Bras, in 2016. Mr Morais and Mr Bras were charged …

ACTSA welcomes our new Director: Michael Buraimoh

After more than 10 years of inspiring and committed leadership and with ACTSA having recently achieved charitable status our Tony Dykes has stepped down as Director of ACTSA. As we enter a new era for ACTSA we are delighted to  welcome our new Director, Michael Buraimoh. Michael brings a wealth of experience in charity management and in the area of social justice, gained both in Africa and in the UK.

Spotlight on our appeal: Zimbabwe – The World is Watching

On 1 August, the world looked on in horror as Zimbabwean security forces fired live ammunition against demonstrators, killing at least six people. Scores of civilians were also injured in the violence, which took place just two days after disputed parliamentary and presidential elections. While election day itself passed peacefully, ACTSA had warned that the playing field was highly uneven, …

Nelson Mandela: Inspiring a future generation across the world

One of the surprise exhibits at Southbank Centre’s Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition is a painting of the great leader peering through the bars of his Robben Island cell where he served 18 of his 27 long years in jail. The artist, Isabella Jennings (13), was nine years old when Mandela died in December 2013. “I was inspired to do the …

Don’t miss film screening – Life is Wonderful: Mandela’s Unsung Heroes

“A free and democratic society is an ideal for which, if needs be, I am prepared to die.” – Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela’s Rivonia Trial was one of the most gripping and important trials in legal history, charging Mandela and members of the group of South Africans who were planning to overthrow apartheid with the capital offence of sabotage. This …

The Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition is now open

Jointly presented by the Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives in the UK, the Apartheid Museum in South Africa and Southbank Centre the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition follows the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013) through 6 themes – Character, Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator and Statesman. The exhibition is free and will be accompanied by a series of associated events and activities. …

Mandela: The Legacy Debate – book your tickets now!

Nelson Mandela: The Legacy Debate will take place on Monday 16th July in Queen Elizabeth Hall of London’s Southbank Centre. The debate is free but ticketed, and is one of several associated events surrounding the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, which opens to the public the following day, Tuesday 17th July at 4pm. The debate will feature a diverse panel chaired …

ACTSA is looking for a new volunteer fundraising and events assistant!

If you are interested in fundraising and events and have a passion for social justice, rights, equality and development then why not apply to volunteer with the ACTSA team. ACTSA is looking for a highly organised, motivated individual with an interest in fundraising and events to support the preparation of the ACTSA annual fundraising dinner. In previous years the event …

Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition

As part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Organising Committee ACTSA is delighted to announce that Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition will run at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall from 17th July – 19th August 2018. Jointly presented by the Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives in the UK, the Apartheid Museum in South Africa and Southbank Centre the exhibition follows the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela …

ACTSA letter on Silicosis settlement published by the Mail & Guardian

ACTSA has a letter on the Silicosis settlement published by the Mail & Guardian. In the letter our senior campaigns officer Sunit Bagree comments that ‘As many as half of the mineworkers have died without receiving compensation for their suffering. This is because the mining companies have spent 14 years fighting various legal battles. Their behavior has been nothing short …