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Africa Rising? Talking to the narrative

The ACTION Support Centre as part of its Applied Conflict Transformation Course collaborates with the SARChI Chair for African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the University of Johannesburg, to participate in discussions on the African narrative. This year the ACT course deliberated and explored the narrative of Africa Rising. The debate saw over eighty diverse participants, academics from the University of Johannesburg, groups of women and men from various townships in Johannesburg who are ...

Applied Conflict Transformation Course

Slowly, Slowly the Egg will walk The renewed sense of conviction towards making this world a better place for the human race shared by most participants of the Applied Conflict Transformation remains the essence of how inspirational the course was. The global Applied Conflict Transformation Course conducted by the ACTION Support Centre brought together participants from the Middle East as well as West, Central, East and Southern Africa. These were a mix of Anglophone, Lusophone, Francophone ...

Towards a participatory foreign policy

“South Africa cannot escape its African destiny. If we do not devote our energies to this continent, we too could fall victim to the forces that have brought ruin to its various parts”   These words of Nelson Mandela writing in the Foreign Affairs Journal in 1993 are still a key influence driving South Africa’s engagement with the rest of the continent. Shifts and changes in South Africa’s foreign policy since 1993 have included a move from ‘foreign affairs’ to ‘international ...

Mandela Day: 67 Minutes to a better world

ACTION’s joyous experience in serving others The ACTION Support Centre team honored the life’s work and legacy of Madiba on the 17th of July 2015. By taking action to engage in making a change for the betterment of all humankind, we served 67 minutes of keeping it clean for children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) at the Malamulele Onward that is based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The ACTION team was esteemed to being a part of an inspirational cause that even if in a small way, impacted ...

July Highlights

Mandela Day is celebrated nationally every year, with individuals, organisations, schools and corporations organising to donate at least 67 minutes of their time to an activity that serves others. The ASC chose to spend this time organising and cleaning equipment for an NPO that serves underprivileged children with Cerebral Palsy. This yearly activity is a reminder that although we might be busy with our own efforts, our struggles are inter-connected, so we should not remain isolated, but ...

A “Chris Hani” Moment for Burundi

The current escalation of violence in Bujumbura, Burundi, comes shortly after President Pierre Nkurunziza’s election into a third term of office. Daily demonstrations, the recent assassination of General Adolphe Nshimirimana, and the attempted murder of the famous human rights activist, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, clearly highlights the discontent of civilians who are against the issue of the third mandate. ACTION’s attendance of the dialogue hosted by the Southern African Liasion’s Office ...

Deepening a culture of Pan-African people-to-people solidarity

Capacity Building Workshop, Durban, Johannesburg 40 peace and solidarity activists drawn from a wide range of organisations and movements around Durban gathered for a two-day capacity-building training workshop. The training combined analysis, discussion, information sharing, presentations and practical engagement with tools of conflict analysis. The training began with an in-depth contextual analysis that included identifying local and global drivers of conflict with emphasis on the South ...

African Solidarity Caravan Update

To celebrate Africa Month, Africa Day and deepen a culture of Pan-African people-to-people solidarity, the ASC partnered with many organisations and movements in South Africa and across the continent and organised a series of interconnected events. The events schedule was as following: Kenya, Coalition for Peace in Africa, A soccer match involving various African nationals in Kibera, Kenya. Burundi, Coalition for Peace in Africa, A multicultural peace dialogue, involving key stakeholders ...

The youth discuss xenophobia and afrophobia

The ACTION Support Centre, Clique Concepts and National Youth Development Agency brought together more 200 young people for a dialogue on xenophobia and Afrophobia. The dialogue offered space for open and robust discussion on issues around land, migration, renaissance, solidarity, peace and security, poverty and inequality, xenophobia and afrophobia. The discussions were directed by the following key questions; is this violence xenophobia or afrophobia? Is South Africa a xenophobic society? ...

Migrants to start a Local Peace Committee

The ACTION Support Centre held a Local Peace Committee (LPC) workshop at Yeoville on the 6th of July, which was attended by students, academia, and government officials. Although there were few South Africans that attended, it was a very interesting workshop as everyone who was present participated actively in the exercises, particularly the Ubuntu exercise where the participants had to define and explain their own understanding of Ubuntu as Africans. One of the attendees said “Ubuntu is a ...