Press Release January 2017


Press Conference to be held at uMsunduzi Museum, 351 Langalibalele/ Longmarket Street opposite Natalia Building, Pietermaritzburg on Monday, 09 January 2017 at 11h00 at which the Secretary for ACTSA, Hanef Bhamjee, who is a member of the ANC, will engage recipients and the Media.


Recently on behalf of ACTSA (Action for Southern Africa), approximately R10,000.00 has been deposited into the bank accounts of seventeen South African organisations which are NGOs or charities. (This amount may increase, depending on expected local donations. ACTSA has since 1976 hosted an annual sponsored walk, the SOWETO WALK, commemorating the June 16, 1976 massacre as a fundraising 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 channelled into South Africa.

ACTSA will register as a non‐profit organisation in South Africa/register as a company and raise money from local donors. ACTSA PMB will work very closely with ACTSA Wales. Already local donors have contributed R36,000.00 to compliment the R137,000.00 from donors in Wales. Build‐It Boshoff Street branch has donated R9,000.00 worth of material in kind. CK (fmcg) Fast Moving Consumer Goods, the staff of Kara‐Nicha’s and an anonymous donor have been the contributors so far. Other possible South African donors have been approached with a view of expanding the reach of our organisation. Registering the NPO in South Africa has become crucial as there is a great deal of support for the types of projects listed below. Furthermore, it will increase the show of solidarity between the people in Wales and the community in South Africa. We hope it is possible to organise a Soweto Day Fun run / walk on the nearest Sunday to 16 June to coincide with a similar date in Wales. This will increase the amount of funds raised locally.

The 17 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
  •  MKMVA: Moses Mabhida Region (Mkhonto Wesizwe Military Veterans Association)
  •  Historically deprived schools in KwaDukuza (in Stanger)

“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.”


1. DR J.L. DUBE HIGH SCHOOL – Kwamashu, Durban

This school in situated in the impoverished township of Kwa Mashu and has focused on the academic achievement of its students. In 2013, the school produced some of its best results including the top science award. The Principal attributes this achievement to the generous donations received from organisations like ACTSA Wales and other benefactors who contributed to the development for example of the computer centre and laboratory. The money we have donated over the years has been used to develop their computer centre and laboratory. 

2. PACSA ‐ Pietermaritzburg

PACSA is an NGO that has been working for social justice and transformational development in the KwaZulu‐ Natal Midlands for more than 33 years. PACSA’s mission is to work towards structural change on poverty and inequality. Its program work focuses on participatory democracy, economic justice, gender and HIV/AIDS, youth leadership and economic empowerment and conflict transformation.

3. SAVEAct ‐ Pietermaritzburg

The savings group model promoted by SaveAct has been shown to empower people living with HIV/AIDS by enabling them to develop important strategies and tools to better cope with and manage their lives. The model establishes small groups of people who meet regularly to save and lend to each other. They operate social security funds which engender a degree of agency and social capital which is crucial in enabling people and households living with chronic illnesses to manage and even rise above these hardships and lead more normal lives.


Has positive messages on suicide prevention, AIDS awareness, drug awareness and other moral issues. The organization encourages individual development and a healthy lifestyle in community based projects.


New Beginnings is an accredited Early Childhood Development training provider based in Durban. Gender empowerment. HIV and AIDS training are also offered. Recently funding was used to train 12 Grade R

practitioners from Ixopo on the Elective ‘Support Children and Adults living with HIV and AIDS’. Practitioners work to prevent the spread of diseases.


This organisation operates a crèche and works with orphans who have been affected by AIDS and other orphaned children . The parents of other children are mostly unemployed. The centre faces an uphill struggle to develop children physically , emotionally and mentally. Currently , it caters for 42 children up to the age of 5 years.


The School has an intake of 350 pupils and is fully non‐racial. In addition to children from Northdale there are children from informal settlements. Many of the parents are unemployed and several children are from single parent families, or foster care.


Zisize’s projects holistically support orphaned and vulnerable children in the remote rural area. Its projects fall under 3 broad categories:

  • Education (creches, libraries, uniform provision, training for teachers, computer classes, homework clubs, sports training, career guidance and bursary support to attend University or college.
  • Welfare (feeding schemes, food parcels, food gardens, foster care, house repairs, child protection, provision of blankets and clothes)
  • Psycho‐Social (life skills clubs, radio projects, forum theatre projects and social work support) which build children’s confidence and skills for life.



Is based in Pietermaritzburg and will be using the grant to provide cricket and football coaching to youth in the disadvantaged communities.


The SVA endeavours to bestow honour and recognition to Sporting personalities who made a contribution to the welfare of sports in the community and never received any recognition under apartheid.


The school is 20 miles from Pietermaritzburg in the informal settlement of Hopewell, catering for 950 learners from a poor socio‐economic community. Most parents are unemployed and many learners are reliant on the school’s nutrition program as for many this may be the only meal for the day. Learners often live in child headed families or with foster parents who are reliant on State grants. Only 5 classrooms have electricity and some learners are in prefab buildings some of which have no doors or windows and floods are common. Learners try very hard and also participate eagerly in soccer, netball and cross country. However resources are very limited.


The school is situated in a poverty ridden informal settlement and caters for 1100 learners. Parents are labourers, domestic workers and the unemployed. Many learners are from child headed families or with foster parents. The meal provided for majority is the only meal of the day. The school has no electricity or running water. Sanitation is poor in the portable toilets. Teaching and learning is in prefab structures but teachers and learners try hard and also do well in soccer and cross country. The school has very limited resources despite recent upgrades.


This is located in Ozwathini, a poverty ridden village 50km from PMB. Unemployment is high and learners’ parents pay what they can afford. The educators’ salaries are often not enough to cover their expenses, as many have to travel and cater for their own families. They urge assistance for general crèche facilities and an electrical fence for security, a toilet with a chemical tank. They need stationery, toys, general education material, blankets, mattresses and the usual requirements of a crèche. They are also trying to secure a laptop. We are assisting with building a fence for the school to enhance the security of the building and contents. We are assisting 

14. Silver Heights Secondary School

Based in Raisethorpe and has an intake of 1035 learners from Grade 8 to 12. About 99% of the learners are from previously deprived communities from areas such as Pietermaritzburg, Imbali, Sobantu, Ixopo and Eastern Cape. Majority of the parents of these learners are unemployed and in 2014, R100,000.00 in fees was granted as a concession. Many children come from very poor communities, are orphaned, or catered for by grandparents and there are many child headed families. Despite socio‐economic difficulties, learners and educators work together and for the past three to four years, they have had a 92% pass rate. The school is in desperate need to refurbish its library.

15. Schools in Ladysmith Informal Settlements

The distribution of the grant will be determined when schools reopen after 21 January 2017. Many children go to school without uniforms and it is hoped that this grant will facilitate further donors from the area.

16. MKMVA: Moses Mabhida Region (Mkhonto Wesizwe Military Veterans Association)

MKMVA works towards enhancing the quality of membership in ANC branches through programmes that aims at raising political consciousness and ideological depth. It works to promote cohesion between families of military veterans by assisting in their daily requirements, schooling and provision of adequate housing.

The organisation states “MKMVA must campaign for economic freedom because we know that political freedom without economic emancipation is incomplete”.

17. Historically deprived schools in KwaDukuza (in Stanger)

The distribution of the grant will be determined when schools reopen after 21 January 2017. Many children go to school without uniforms and it is hoped that this grant will facilitate further donors from the area.

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.

With Compliments

SECRETARY: Hanef Bhamjee OBE (Order of the British Empire)

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