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 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.

Swaziland’s 2018 national elections: Injustice, yet again

On 19th April 2018, King Mswati III announced that Swaziland was to be officially known as the ‘Kingdom of eSwatini’. The King said that the change of name was to mark 50 years of the country’s independence from the UK. However, 19th April was not the anniversary of the end of British rule. Rather 6th September is Swaziland’s Independence Day. …

Hope for ordinary Angolans as former President’s son is charged with fraud and Lourenco’s crackdown on corruption continues

Since João Lourenço took power in September 2017 there have been a wave of dismissals in some of Angola’s most powerful, and lucrative positions. Many of former president dos Santos’ so-called inner circle have been dismissed including Isabel dos Santos from her position as head of state oil fund, and Jose Filomeno dos Santos as director of the nation’s Sovereign …

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 …

International Women’s Day 2018: Untold stories, rural activism and the women putting women on the agenda

It is a sad state of affairs that demands for gender equality, women’s rights and an end to sexist discrimination can ever be timely with regards to global discourse.As we praise the work of movements such as Time’s Up and Me Too which have shone a spotlight on harassment, violence and discrimination that some women face, it is important that alongside this we also take this opportunity to celebrate and empower those women who have not garnered such high profile attention.

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 …

Zimbabwe: Coup, Uphold Rights, Improve the economy

What has happened in Zimbabwe is a coup. It may turn out to be a coup many welcome as the least worst option but it is nevertheless is a coup. The perpetrators have stated it is not a coup but it looks, feels and sounds like a coup. The military have acted in their view to protect and preserve public …