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.

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.

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 …

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. …

Fighting Apartheid in Islington – Free exhibition at the Islington Museum

A free exhibition ‘Fighting Apartheid in Islington’ is running at the Islington Museum in North London from Monday 30th April to Tuesday 19th June 2018 in celebration of Mandela’s centenary of birth this year. The exhibition tells the story of Islington’s anti-apartheid movement, which was at the heart of the British movement against the apartheid government which was in power …

Angola Monitor 2018 Issue 2 available now

This issue features the latest on Lourenco’s reported crackdown on corruption as the former President’s son Jose Filimeno dos Santos is charged with fraud; Elephant populations in decline according to new study; Angola waive’s visas for 61 countries in a bid to boost tourism and more of the latest political, economic, aid and development and human rights news from Angola.