Source: Google Groups “Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum – South Africa”
24 May 2013, Johannesburg
25 May 2013, Africa Day Celebration
Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance in Action
The ACTION Support Centre (ASC) and the Proudly African Campaign, in collaboration with a range of civil society organisations, will be hosting a stage at the Africa Week Street Festival in Yeoville, Bellevue on Saturday May 25th.
The Africa Week Street Festival will celebrate 50 years of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), and acknowledge the fifth anniversary of the xenophobic attacks that devastated South African communities in 2008. The event seeks to give an opportunity to all of us Africans, from South Africa and across the continent, to engage with one another in the collective sharing of music, song, dance, craft, clothing, food, film and art in an open vibrant community space.
During the festival celebrations, ASC and Proudly African Campaign will be hosting one of five stages at Corner Kenmere and Hunter Streets along Rocky-Raleigh Street in Yeoville. Between 12:00 and 17:00 we will be filling our stage with a number of African solidarity-focused performances and addresses, in the spirit of celebrating our cultural diversity, promoting social cohesion and championing human and people’s rights.
Africa Day marks the day in 1963 of the formation of the Organisation for African Union (OAU), established as a vehicle for economic and political cooperation. In 2002 the OAU became the current body, now called the African Union (AU). South Africa began celebrating Africa Day upon liberation from the Apartheid regime in 1994. Today, we acknowledge the important contribution of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma who acts as Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
In addition to a celebration of 50 years of the AU, South Africans and members of the African Diaspora, remember 5 years since xenophobic attacks claimed the lives of over 60 migrants and South African nationals in May 2008. 5 years on, South Africans are still trying to understand the motivation for such violence.
A wide number of civil society activists and organisations, including the ACTION Support Centre, dedicate their time and energy to promoting peace, tolerance and solidarity within communities around the country, with a view to preventing such attacks in future and shifting the attitudes underlying such behaviours.
The ACTION Support Centre is the Africa regional hub for organisations working in the fields of conflict and development. ASC is part of a global network of individuals and organisations committed to transforming conflict around the world, ACTION for Conflict Transformation, and amplify the voices of communities through a focus on; human and people’s rights, capacity building, lobbying and advocacy, people to people solidarity, development, grassroots mobilisation, building movements, facilitating dialogue, training and initiating innovative forms of organising.
The Proudly African Campaign is a CALL TO ACTION to all AfriCan people across Africa and around the world to begin to think and act creatively and collectively and find solutions to Africa’s numerous challenges.
The Campaign seeks to give an opportunity to all Africans, including those in the Diaspora, to engage one another in an honest debate about Africa’s challenges, its position in the global socio and political economy and the future Africans seek for themselves.