Letter of Condolence on the Passing of Caritas Mukankusi

Dear Friends We write with sorrow in our hearts to share the tragic news of the passing of our dear friend Caritas Mukankusi. Caritas touched many of us during her life as a committed, inspired and inspiring peacebuilder. Many of us will remember her deep felt retelling of her own experiences as a principled and courageous human being during the tragedy of the Rwandan genocide. Caritas passed away in the first few days of April, and the circumstances surrounding exactly what happened are still ...

Chris Hani Memorial

ACTION members attended the 20th anniversary commemorations of the murder of Chris Hani on 10th April 1993. The assassination of Comrade Hanna was a turning point in the dialogue process that was underway in South Africa during that time. Riots followed the announcement of his death, and for a while it looked as though the entire country would be engulfed in violence. For the first time since his release, Nelson Mandela addressed the people of South Africa on national television and made a ...

Transforming ‘Aid to Africa’ into ‘Made in Africa’

By David Sengeh As a Sierra Leonean living in the country during and after the decade-long civil war, I know the positive impact of humanitarian aid on the economic growth of a country. In fact, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has launched a challenge to encourage people to tell the world that aid is working. On the opposite end of the spectrum, development economist Dambisa Moyo has outlined why aid is "dead" in Africa: She argues that billions of aid dollars have left Africa worse off ...

Zimbabwe, Swazi Diaspora sends an SOS to Pres. Zuma

It is a crucial time for the 51 million people of South Africa, the 1 billion people of Africa and a large section of the world – as President Jacob Zuma gears up to present his state of the nation address. This is because South Africa is Africas powerhouse and a major player in world affairs. Of the millions who have placed their hopes on Zuma, there is a section that has sought protection from South Africa having left their countries because of political and economic pressure. In this ...

ASC and ZSF on the passing on of Prof John Makumbe

31 January 2013 The ACTION Support Centre and the Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum message of condolences on the passing on of Professor John Makumbe The ACTION Support Centre (ASC) and the Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum (ZSF) join with so many others who knew Professor John Makumbe in offering our deepest condolences on his passing. We are deeply saddened by his sudden departure and extend our message of comfort to his family. We have lost a rare academic, a friend, and a profound motivator. The ASC ...

The Bosco Declaration on International African Solidarity

05 December 2012 The Bosco Declaration on International African Solidarity We, the undersigned participants and supporters of the International African Solidarity Festival (IASF), endorse this statement. Gathered for a festival of learning and exchange, bringing together over 350 peace and solidarity activists, including unionists, artists, leaders, community workers, and conflict transformation practitioners, led by ACTION members from across Africa and around the world, representing over 35 ...

IASF Declaration on women of DRC and Panzi Hospital

12 November 2012 International African Solidarity Festival Declaration on the women of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Panzi Hospital The people of Africa and the rest of the world stand by the women of the DRC & Panzi Hospital We, the undersigned participants and representatives of more than 350 organisations committed to peace activism and people to people solidarity from more 35 count ries across the world. Meeting at the Bosco Centre in Walkerville, South Africa during the ...

IASF-A resounding Success

07 November 2012 Press Statement International African Solidarity Festival The Action Support Centre (ASC) held a successful International African Solidarity Festival (IASF) on 2-4th November 2012 at the BOSCO Centre in Walkerville South Africa. Held under the banner: “Celebrate, Consolidate and Strategise:” the IASF brought together more than 350 ACTION members and partners from across Africa and around the world. Over 35 countries were represented including delegates from Democratic ...

Press Statement: International African Solidarity Festival

02 November 2012 Press Statement International African Solidarity Festival Date: Saturday, 03 November 2012 Time: 2pm Venue: BOSCO Centre, Walkerville, Johannesburg, South Africa All Media Invited and for accreditation and more information contact Philani Ndebele @ philani@asc.org.za/ +27 (0)76 942 3565 The Action Support Centre (ASC) proudly hosts the International African Solidarity Festival (IASF), the first international and continental event since the International Forum in 2004. Organised ...

ASC condemns the arrest of WOZA Leaders

The ACTION Support Centre (ASC) Condemns the arrest of MOZA Leaders Leaders Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) were arrested Wednesday, September 13, while protesting at the offices of the Chronicle newspaper. The group was holding a demonstration demanding the resumption of the Constitutional reform exercise. The reasons for their arrests were unknown. Additionally, the police arrested eight other activists earlier in the day without charge. According the ...