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 …

Commitment to reducing inequality: Southern African Rankings

South Africa has been ranked 21 and Swaziland 140 out of 152 countries on the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index. Oxfam and Development Finance International (DFI) have developed the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index which seeks to measure the commitment of governments to reducing inequality. They state the index is work in progress and they welcome feedback. Initially they have …

Violence against LGBT+ Community in South Africa continues

In South Africa there has been continued outcry from activists in the LGBT+ community against the authorities in light of continued attacks on LGBTI people – in particular lesbian and bi women. In the last month two openly lesbian women, Nonkie Smous and Lerato Moloi were murdered in Kroostad and Naledi respectively, within 2 weeks of one another. The murders have been …

COSATU calls on President Zuma to resign

4 April 2017 COSATU calls on President Zuma to resign The Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (COSATU) the largest trade union federation in South Africa and part of tripartite alliance with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and South African Communist Party (SACP) has post the cabinet reshuffle which was announced on 30 March and on which it was …