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 ...

Social Dialogue with the youth

The ACTION Support Centre supported a youth event in Snake Park, Johannesburg, which was hosted by Breaking of Dawn Youth Organization based in Thulani. The event showcased the local talent within the Snake Park community and other surrounding communities. The many talented acts in the event included the following categories; poetry, music, drama, gospel songs and, dance. ACTION Support Centre representative Philani Ndebele presented during the main part of this event, which was on social ...

The ASC Facilitates the general assembly for the International Alliance on Natural Resources in Africa (IANRA)

The ACTION Support Centre facilitated and provided rapporteuring services for a series of meetings for the International Alliance on Natural Resources in Africa. Of interest to ACTION Support Centre was the Pan African Advocacy project which was a research conducted on five countries in Africa; Angola, DRC, Kenya, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. The research documented findings regarding the impact of the extractive industry on communities in mining areas. The case studies are on human rights ...

Last Migrant Shelter in South Africa Shut Down

DURBAN/KZN By: Diaku Dianzenza ASONET Chairperson Chatsworth camp shutting down of the camp on Wednesday 30 July revealing its first victims this Friday 3rd July 2015 The official shutting down of the Chatsworth camp, which until the 30 July was the last settlement place that was authorised by the government to remain hosting migrants has been evacuated this 3rd July with the arrest of those who refused to vacate. In the early morning of Friday 3rd July, Police in KwaZulu Natal arrested ...

Going Glocal: Systems that support and challenge peacebuilding

The ASC was invited to facilitate a workshop focused on Going Glocal at the 3rd Global Peace Workshop co-hosted by the Mügla Sitki Koçman Universitiesi and the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.  Serbian ACTION member Tatjana Popovic and Richard Smith co-facilitated a 4 day process aimed at building a deeper understanding of the systems working at global and local levels that affect and challenge local level peacebuilding efforts. The learning process ...