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  • After recent attacks against foreign nationals last week, ActionAid South Africa (AASA) is horrified to learn of the xenophobic utterances made by Mario Khumalo, leader of an outwardly xenophobic political party, South African First, as well as the anti-foreigner march planned to take place in Pretoria tomorrow. The march is led by the Mamelodi Concerned Residents who have allegedly been handing out flyers spreading hate speech and inciting violence against foreign nationals.

  • As the globe marks World Public Services Day— 23 June, ActionAid South Africa demands that government and municipalities ensure all public services are accessible and responsive to the needs of women, and funded through progressive taxation and spending.

  • Across South Africa today people are joining protest actions of differing scales and under different political banners to demand the removal of Jacob Zuma as State President. ActionAid South Africa echoes these calls for him to stand down immediately. South Africans have long known that Zuma is not fit to lead our country. He has proved this to us over and over again both prior to and during his presidency. Words and phrases like Remember KweziNkandla, Remember Marikana, Zupta, state capture and now, cabinet reshuffle and junk status have been sown into the tongues and psyches of all citizens. The exasperation, disillusionment and on-going dissent has culminated into what we have seen dominate the headlines and conversations over the past few days— a resounding call for Zuma to go.

  • ActionAid South Africa applauds and stands in solidarity with the women who have spoken out about their experiences of sexual violence on taxis. Although pleased that Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane has encouraged women to report rape, we urge her and other duty bearers to take decisive action to protect women accessing transport and navigating our cities. We simply cannot place the responsibility on the survivors and those most at risk. Governments must take preventative and protective measures. 

  • As mine bosses and foreign investors converge in Cape Town next week to discuss how best to extract maximum profit for the benefit of a few at the annual Mining Indaba, affected communities continue their daily struggle for human rights, land sovereignty and food security. The women at the forefront of this struggle - the people who bear the brunt of the extractive industries’ social and environmental impacts - will picket outside the Cape Town Convention Centre and outside the South African Parliament this Tuesday 7 February to make their voices heard.

  • To mark 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women, ActionAid South Africa (AASA) and youth network, Activista, will be taking to Park Station in Johannesburg tomorrow to raise awareness about safe cities for women and gender responsive public transport, as well as to share the recommendations of the recently launch report—  Freedom to Move: Women’s experience of urban public transport.

  • ActionAid South Africa (AASA) applauds Chapter 9 Institutions and our Judiciary for upholding the rule of law by ordering the release of the Public Protector’s State Capture Report detailing widespread corruption, fraud and undemocratic maneuvers within and between members of government and the infamous Gupta family. The report and its release not only demonstrate South Africa’s rigorous democracy and constitutional authority, but more admirably our active citizenry and the power of people to hold leaders and corporates to account.

  • ActionAid South Africa, who has been partnered with the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) since 2013, is deeply disturbed that the local authorities have forced the postponement of Soweto Pride this weekend. Soweto pride has run for 11 consecutive years, providing a safe, free and accessible space for LGBTIAQ people to protest against the continued discrimination and violence perpetrated against them, as well as to give visibility to their rights and to celebrate diversity.

  • On Monday 27 June, ActionAid South Africa (AASA) will be launching their latest research report titled, Precious Metals II – A Systemic Inequality. The report is a follow up to a similar study in 2008, and as such, demonstrates how Anglo Platinum has not delivered on their promises, and how the lives of people living in the area of AngloPlats Mogalakena Platinum Mine have been thrust into deeper insecurity as a result of their operations. The launch will follow the adoption of the first ever People’s Mining Charter, on Sunday 26 June, at which Zwelinzima Vavi— former COSATU Leader; Joseph Mutunjwa— Head of AMCU; and Augusto Junkal— Brazilian Landless Workers Movement will give key note speeches.

     

  • ActionAid South Africa is shocked and disturbed to hear the statistics released during Child Protection Week that one in three young South Africans are sexually abused. This, despite the Constitution and Bill of Rights’ clear commitment to the rights of children, and the multiple laws and policies enacted to protect our children.

  • As part of the Safe Cities for Women Campaign and the international commemoration of Global Safe Cities Day on 20 May, with support from The City of Johannesburg; the Department of Transport; and various taxi associations, ActionAid South Africa will take to Noord and Bree Taxi Ranks to demand safe public transport for women.

  • With the country being classified as the 30th driest in the world and the outlook for sufficient availability looking grim, all South Africans need to play their parts in using water more efficiently, says ActionAid South Africa

  • As we commemorate Freedom Day this week, we are confronted with the reality that most South Africans are not free and don’t have access to basic services. Our country is considered the most unequal in the world— in South Africa, the richest 16 people control almost as much wealth as the poorest 30 million. Such an obscene concentration of wealth reproduces poverty and exacerbates other inequalities along the lines of gender, race and class, and ultimately denies millions of people their rights to freedom and dignity

  • ActionAid South Africa (AASA), together with Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA) and Women Affected by Mining United in Action (WAMUA) plan to hold a picket outside the South African Headquarters of Anglo American tomorrow, 21 April, from 12H00 to 14H00 to coincide with its AGM to be held in London on the same date.

  • This evening, ActionAid South Africa launches its Water Interrupted campaign and Running on Empty report at a Mail & Guardian Critical Thinking Forum, highlighting the urgent need to address the looming water crisis that threatens to undermine the country’s socio-economic development.

  • World Water Day is a troubling reminder that humanity faces a crisis:  we are rapidly running out of fresh water. The impending watershed is exacerbated not only by global warming and climate change, but also by our relentless misuse and mismanagement of this precious life sustaining resource.  Today’s commemoration demands an urgent reconsideration of how we use and distribute water, and what sustainability and efficiency practices need to be mainstreamed to ensure our survival.  

  • ActionAid South Africa (AASA) and Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA) will be speaking with a unified voice this Human Right’s Day to demand that government and mining corporations uphold the rights of all mine workers in South Africa,  including ‘Zama Zamas’ and artisanal, small scale miners (ASM).

  • ActionAid South Africa (AASA) will be accompanying leadership from both our partners—Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA) and Women Affected by Mining United in Action (WAMUA)— to the 7th annual Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI), running from Monday 8 – 10 February, in Cape Town.

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    As world leaders head to Paris next Monday for the most important climate change conference— COP21, civil society organisations, citizens and activists from all over the world are mobilising this weekend, marching in all major cities to call for a progressive climate agenda that ensures that the harmful social and environmental effects of climate change are reversed, and the people and countries that bear the brunt see climate justice.

     

  • ActionAid South Africa stands in solidarity with students from across the country who are rising in massive numbers to protest against increases in university tuition fees— an increase, which will take tertiary education further out of reach for the majority of the population. Arising from the initial demand to roll back fee increases, important conversations have begun that more critically engage questions of scrapping tuition fees; the need to decolonise our universities; and the need for transformation in higher education and society more broadly.

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