Angola Monitor 2018, Issue 4 is available now

The 2018 Issue 4 of Angola Monitor is available now, featuring the latest politics, economics, human rights, and aid and development news from Angola. Political News: -Lourenco makes first visit to Portugal by Angolan Head of State in eight years. -Dos Santos gives final speech as chairman of MPLA. -Lourenco criticised for increase in presidential travel budget. -Conference on Gender …

Mendi Msimang

South Africa’s former High Commissioner to London, Mendi Msimang, has died in Johannesburg. He will be mourned by any ACTSA members who knew him when he was the ANC’s rep in London in the early 1990s. After the 1994 election he served as High Commissioner until 1998 and was the ANC’s Treasurer from 1997–2017.

The new debt crisis in Southern Africa

ACTSA’s Senior Campaigns Officer, Sunit Bagree, gave a talk (in a personal capacity) at the Jubilee Debt Campaign (JDC) event ‘Breaking the chains: 1998 to the present day’ in Birmingham on 29 September 2018. A blog based on his speech, which focused on Southern Africa, is now available on the JDC website.

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

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 AGM & Conference 2018 – Zimbabwe: More of the same?

Following Zimbabwe’s highly controversial national elections and the post-election repression, what does the future look like for human rights, equality and sustainable development in the country? Join us at ACTSA’s Annual Conference, Saturday 27 October from 2-4pm at Unite the Union where we will be discussing these challenging issues.

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, …