SALO’s Rebone Tau has been named one of the Mail & Guardian’s top 200 young South Africans – 2013


“Solidarity” is an important word in 28-year-old Rebone Tau’s vocabulary. She believes Africa will prosper if it unites against the continent’s growing ills. It’s what first attracted the Soweto-born Tau to an advocacy job at the Southern African Liaison Office, a non-governmental organisation involved in educating, lobbying and advocacy initiatives. Knowledge of South Africa’s foreign policy and laws protecting human rights is vital and good relations with policy-makers are essential. “We focus on human rights violations on the continent and I’m the lead person on lobbying the government,” she says confidently. A member of the ANC Youth League’s Tshwane regional executive committee and head of that region’s international relations committee, Tau was appointed to the league’s national task team in April. Using workshops, campaigns, video-recorded interviews and her writing to share information, Tau has also written a book about the struggle for democracy in Swaziland, Southern Africa’s last absolute monarchy. — Mmanaledi Mataboge


Xavier Marchal


Xavier Marchal was the EU’s Ambassador in Harare from 2005 to 2010 during the years when SALO was developing cross-border links. He was an enthusiastic participant in SALO’s Building International Consensus network. He died on Saturday, 25 May, at the St. Elisabeth Hospital in Brussels, Belgium, after suffering a stroke.

SALO was made all the more responsive and richer in every way through the generous support, personal and official, of our dear Xavier. May we join his countless friends and admirers in sending his family, Vasile, Alex, Sandra and Julie, our most sincere condolences on the loss of an exceptional being who left clear and steady footprints on his journey through our lives and lands.

Xavier and Ebrahim

Ebrahim Ebrahim, then head of the ANC International Affairs Committee (now Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation’s) and H. E. Xavier Marchal, then European Commission ambassador to Harare addressing a SALO workshop (November 2008)