AFRICA DAY STATEMENT:A TIME TO DEEPEN DEMOCRACY, PEACE, DEVELOPMENT AND UNITY AMONG AFRICA AND ITS PEOPLE

On May 25 1963 the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was formed in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. On this day the African leaders that met from the 32 countries represented agreed to change the date of the Africa Freedom Day from 15 April to 25 May. Since that day Africa and Africans from around the world have celebrated this day as an occasion to showcase their African identity and heritage. The Action Support Centre joins the rest of the continent and indeed Africans across the globe ...

Press Statement on the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) Global Pandemic

Following the announcement by President Ramaphosa of a national state of disaster regarding the COVID-19 virus, public concern about the outbreak by South African residents and citizens is fully understandable. As an organisation dedicated to conflict mitigation and community peace, ACTION Support Centre believes it is paramount for everyone to remain calm and not to panic. Our response to the pandemic will test our ability to demonstrate solidarity and protect the vulnerable. We need ...

ACTION Support Centre visits displaced refugees at Lindela Repatriation Centre in Krugersdorp

A group of predominantly refugee women, men and children have been staying at Lindela Repatriation Centre in Krugersdorp following an incident in October 2019 were they were forcibly removed from the front space of the UNHCR offices in Pretoria. The refugees include nationals from Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia. Representatives of the refugees claimed that they camped in front of the UNHCR offices because the local communities they were staying in were ...

Towards SADC people’s SUMMIT 

In heightening ASC’s levels of regional solidarity work, our representatives joined over 450 delegates drawn from labour, student, youth, economic justice and human rights networks and other social movements’ grassroots movements, community-based organizations, faith based organizations, women’s organizations; who gathered at the 2016 Southern African Development Community People's Summit between the 17-19th of August 2016 in Manzini Swaziland.   The issues raised were on human ...

Let’s Roll Back Xenophobia

With funding from Foundation for Human Rights, ACTION Support Centre is currently undertaking a Roll Back Xenophobia Program in Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal which is centered on civic education to teach civic responsibility, which is a way to promote and enlighten responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles. The goal of the program is to enable and facilitate the realization of socio-economic rights for vulnerable and marginalized groups through agency, the strengthening of civil ...

Combating Drivers of Xenophobia 

“Peace in Africa is in our hands” Currently around the world, refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, and others viewed as “foreign” have been the targets of violent attacks. ACTION Support Centre is currently at the forefront, addressing xenophobia motivated violence in four local communities in different provinces of South Africa. We acknowledge with appreciation Freedom House, which is funding the “Combatting Drivers of Xenophobia” project. In conflict prevention, peace builders ...

The Escalating Zimbabwe Crisis: A demand for socio-economic and political transformation

Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum The Escalating Zimbabwe Crisis A demand for socio-economic and political transformation The Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum (ZSF) joins all progressive forces that are deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation, ongoing human rights violations and the inability of the Zimbabwe government to effectively respond to the demands and needs of the people of Zimbabwe. The escalating mass arrests, illegal detention and brutal treatment of activists ...

Reflecting on Impactful Work

The ACTION Support Centre planned, facilitated and documented the NPA’s two day partners meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference accorded partners an opportunity to reflect on their past four-year programme activities, their organizational strategies and how they have impacted on inequality. It also explored collaborative approaches for their partner organizations whilst sharing challenges and opportunities for alliance building. Approximately 18 representatives of NPA ...

Expressing views on China-Africa collaboration

The ACTION Support Centre (ASC), in partnership with the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO), hosted an informal civil society discussion on the 12th of October 2015, with the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS). The discussion welcomed SIIS: Prof. Yang Jiemian, Director, Academic Committee, (Former President SIIS); Prof. Zhang Chun, Deputy Director, Center for West Asian and African Studies. In addition, a range of civil society organisations based in South Africa, which ...

Migrant Crisis: Could Europe learn from Africa?

SALO hosted a dialogue on migration to bring into perspective the current issues at national, regional and international level. The discussions centered on the comparison of how migration is seen at different levels in different contexts. Europe is experiencing major pressures as the flow of desperate migrants predominantly from Syria and other countries reach record heights. The discussions pointed to migration in Africa as a problematic area but more manageable compared to the European ...