02 JANUARY 2015   -   PRESS RELEASE

Today on behalf ACTSA (Action for Southern Africa), R8, 000.00 has been deposited into the bank accounts of fifteen South African organisations which are NGOs or charities. 

ACTSA has since 1976 hosted an annual sponsored walk, the SOWETO WALK, commemorating the June 16, 1976 massacre as a fund raising exercise.  Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) is a successor organization to the Wales Anti-Apartheid Movement. For decades, funds raised through the SOWETO WALKs and other initiatives have been regularly channeled into South Africa. 

The 15 recipient organisations are:

  • J L Dube High School - Durban
  • CIKO Day Centre – Eastern Cape
  • PACSA - Pietermaritzburg
  • Young Natalians Sports Club - Pietermaritzburg
  • New Beginnings – ECD Projects, Durban
  • Save-Act Trust - Pietermaritzburg
  • Northdale Primary School - Pietermaritzburg
  • Zisize Educational Trust – Ingwavuma, Pongola
  • Sports Veterans Association- KZN
  • Love to Live Campaign – Pietermaritzburg
  • Silver Heights Secondary School - Pietermaritzburg
  • Mount Pleasant Primary School - Pietermaritzburg
  • Umsilinga Primary School - Pietermaritzburg
  • Sawela Creche - Ozwathini
  • 3 schools in informal settlements in Ladysmith

 

“ACTSA is broad based and enjoys the support of major political parties, trade unions, religious bodies, student groupings and community based networks who are acutely aware of the campaigns for freedom, justice and equality” said Hanef Bhamjee (OBE), the Secretary of ACTSA, who is based in Wales. He also said that “these donations are an ongoing commitment from ordinary working people in Wales who have been involved with the Anti-Apartheid Movement and anti-racist causes. It is a genuine contribution towards the development of a better future for those in need in South Africa and is a continuing show of genuine solidarity with those working towards reconstruction and development in our society.”

ACTSA works to support development projects of a charitable nature in Southern Africa in relation to: Poverty, Education, Health and Social Development.

Mr Bhamjee (OBE) describes the supporters as firmly committed against racism and oppression. He further pointed out that several years ago, ACTSA presented an autographed Manchester United Football to the Shosholoza Aids Project which is based in KwaZulu Natal. The football was auctioned for R250, 000.00 which went towards HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns.

ACTSA hopes that donors will be forthcoming from inside South Africa and is working towards building a partnership with individuals and organisations.  If any financial contributions are received, they will be allocated appropriately.