Building a Better Africa and a better World

The South Africa Nation Building and Social Cohesion Caravan-Building Communities of Peace and Diversity

Racism, Crime and Xenophobia have no place in our communities

25 May 2016

Media Contacts

Philani Ndebele, Campaigns Manager, ACTION Support Centre
+27 76 942 3565, 27 (0) 11 482 2453, philani@asc.org.za

Pretty Mncube, ASC Community Liaison Officer, ACTION Support Centre
+27 (0) 71 640 6266 +27 (0) 11 482 2453, pretty@asc.org.za

Events Details

Solidarity and Cultural Festivals

Key note addresses, Discussions and Reflections on Contemporary Issues, Solidarity Messages Promoting African Unity, Peace, Development and the African Renaissance, Music, Poetry, Dance, Food, Artefacts, and Fashion.

Gauteng: Westbury Recreation Centre:  25 May 2016, Johannesburg

Time: 9am to 4pm 

KwaZulu Natal: L Section Hall KwaMashu, Durban: 31 May 2016

Time: 9am to 4pm 

Mpumalanga: Kromkrans, Esigodlweni, Hendrina/Carolina, Mpumalanga: 28 May 2016

Time: 9am to 4pm

The ACTION Support Centre (ASC) through its initiatives, the Proudly African Campaign and the African Solidarity Caravan and in partnership with Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), Connect TV and many organisations in South Africa and across the continent commemorates Africa Day through a series of solidarity cultural festivals in Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga.

These solidarity cultural festivals aim to celebrate Africa Day, which is an annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity-OAU, presently recognised as the Africa Union-AU. The African Union, comprised of 54 member states, was established as a vehicle for economic and political cooperation amongst African states.

Sustained unity and prosperity of the African continent and its people remain threatened by mercenary unprincipled elements that hold our communities back. Racism, xenophobia, poverty, inequality and unemployment are some of the many challenges faced by Africans. It is vital therefore to use Africa Day events to discuss robustly on these challenges, including reflecting on challenges and opportunities. This process will involve galvanising all progressive forces behind a solid unifying agenda towards a peaceful and prosperous Africa and a continent that takes its rightful place on the global arena. The vision of a unified Africa can come into being through efforts such as these.

Furthermore, Africa Day gives the African people an opportunity to make calls for a renewed strengthening of efforts and collaboration through nonviolent means, to stand in solidarity with one another against all challenges. This includes celebrating the rising momentum supporting the realisation of African Renaissance and Pan-Africanism; and acknowledging the need to consolidate and share information, experience and training across multiple levels.

The vision of a unified Africa, a borderless Africa and an African common passport should be realised. To that end, we need the contribution and participation of all in the celebration of the essence of being African, in memory of those we have lost along the way, and in paving the way for future African peoples.

We call for a renewed strengthening of efforts and collaboration to stand in solidarity with one another against xenophobia, Afrophobia, racism, hate speech and criminal violence in Africa and around the world. Xenophobic violence and criminality and racism continue to create divisions within and across our communities and societies. We call for continued peaceful responses in alignment with SADC and AU efforts to establish policies and frameworks as a unified continental governing body in the face of numerous challenges.

In this light, we also remember past living and falling African leaders, queens and empresses; Queen Yaa Asante wa of Ghana, Queen Ranavalone III of Madagascar, Empress Taitu of Ethiopia, Queen Amina of Zazzau of Nigeria, Madam Yoko or Mammy Yoko of Sierra Leone, Pharoah Hatsheput of Egypt, Queen Nzingha of Angola, Mbuya Nehanda of Zimbabwe, Queen Muhumuza, of the Great Lakes Region, Kahina, Queen of the Berber Nation, Kimpa Vita, the “African Jeanne d’Arc” from the Kingdom of Congo and Queen Pokuo of Ivory Coast.

The founding fathers of the AU, Kwame Nkrumah-Ghana, Modibo Keita-Mali, Gamal Abdul Nasser-Egypt, Sekou Touré-Guinea, Julius Nyerere-Tanzania, Ben Bella-Algeria, Emperor Haile Selasse-Ethiopia, William Tubman-Liberia, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa-Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe-Nigeria, Jomo Kenyatta-Kenya and many others who were inspired by the Pan-African Movement.

Ntata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Steve Biko, Robert Sobukwe, Thabo Mbeki, Patrice Lumumba, Samora Machel, Thomas Sankara, Amilcar Cabral, Joshua Nkomo and others for their commitment to deepening the unity of Africa, exposing and decimating the injustices and indignity of discrimination, poverty and oppression of Africa’s diverse people.

We support the rising momentum supporting the realisation of an African Renaissance and Pan-Africanism unity. Equally, we celebrate the efforts and actions to establish and maintain peace by local peacebuilders and mediators from the continent in countries such as Burundi, South Africa, the Eastern DRC, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia.

We stand together with the struggles for freedom in Africa and around the world. In particular, we support the people of the DRC, Palestine, Madagascar, Tibet, Syria, Yemen, Swaziland, Western Sahara, Somalia, South Sudan, Burundi and Zimbabwe, and we commend their resilience and their quest for transformation.

We support local actions on conflict transformation that aim to protect vulnerable communities against violence wherever there is a need—including in Myanmar, Somalia, Somaliland, Kenya, South Sudan, and South Africa.

We acknowledge the need to consolidate and share information, experience and training across multiple levels. Emphasis is also placed around building stronger connections between community based movements, and national, regional and continental decision-making bodies, including recognising the need to lobby and advocate the media to cover the many stories of solidarity, hope, love, peace and progress emerging from the African continent and Diaspora

With this spirit of solidarity and unity, let join hands in celebrating Africa Day!

Social Media Links

ASC website: www.asc.org.za

Proudly African website: www.proudlyafrican.mobi

Proudly African Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ProudlyAfriCanCampaign/

ASC Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ActionSupportCentre/

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