ADF Meetings

  • 30th March 2018 at 13h00
  • 27th April 2018 at 13h00
  • 23st May 2018 at 14h00
  • 29th June 2018 at 13h00
  • 31st July 2018 at 14h00
  • 31st August 2018 at 13h00
  • 28th September 2018 at 13h00
  • 31st October 2018 at 14h00
  • 30th November 2018 at 14h00
  • 15th December 2018 at 12h00 ADF end of year party at ADF Offices

All meetings to be held at the new ADF office located at 27 Ellis Street corner Arthur Street Bellevue-East, Yeoville

ADF is urgently looking for the relatives of a Mozambican citizen Mr Alimo Ramadaue Haraua who passed away here in South Africa.

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  • (13-Feb-18) Human rights abuses in souther Cameroon.
  • (17-Feb-18) Home Affairs’ Comments On Asylum Seekers Are Xenophobic.
  • (04-Mar-18) the brutal killing of Baraka.
  • (08-Mar-18) Why South Africa’s Undocumented Teens Are Dropping Out of School


A rap song about xenophobia posted on 25 February 2017

City of Johannesburg Press Statement posted on 22 February 2017

by Executive Mayor, Cllr Herman Mashaba

*Protests against foreign nationals are not a cure for joblessness and crime*

I am deeply concerned to hear reports of xenophobic attacks and planned protests which aim to target foreign nationals residing within communities across Gauteng.

I would like to state outright that I condemn xenophobia and my administration will do everything in its power to prevent any outburst of xenophobic violence in our city.

There is no place for xenophobia in the City of Johannesburg.

This is a city built by and made up of migrants from all over the world. We are the pride of our country and continent and we cannot allow for foreign nationals to be scapegoated for the failures of previous administrations to fulfil its promises.

There are many people who out of desperation due to political, social and economic instability in their countries are seeking a better life in South Africa. It is essential that national government cleans up its act and ensures that there is quick and efficient processing of asylum seekers and refugees.

This would protect those who wish to legitimately enter our country from criminal elements, including slum lords and drug traffickers, who abuse their desperation and are able to evade the law.

Read the full press release…

Xenophobic attacks underway in Pretoria posted on 17 February 2017

Xenophobia in Pretoria

The Rosetenville unrest is replicating in Pretoria West. Those who are living in the area are advised to be careful. Cars and houses are set alight by angry residents claiming to get rid of drugs and prostitution. No-one has been arrested after two houses were set alight, various homes raided by Pretoria West community members.

With a xenophobic march planned on 24th February by Mamelodi concerned residents, the situation is getting worse very fast.

We are calling upon the South African Government to take all necessary steps to prevent attacks on foreign nationals. We are encouraging all stakeholders and community members to report any criminal activity to the police and avoid taking the law into their own hands.

We are calling upon migrants, South African citizens, concerned residents, who want to prevent this, to come out and help calm the situation. Two separate meetings are called tomorrow Sunday 19th February in Johannesburg and Pretoria to try and quell the violence.

The details of the meetings are as follow:

  1. Johannesburg: 10h00 am, JC BEZ Numsa House, 34 Eloff street, Johannesburg CBD. Next to Gandhi Square.
  2. Pretoria: 14h00, Lawyers for Human Rights office, Kutlwamnong Democracy Centre, 357 Sisulu Street.

For enquiries please contact the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) hotline: 0842742844
From Monday to Friday office landlines: 0114870269 / 0114871430

Circulate this message in your networks, come and take your comrades with you!

University Visit posted on 18 February 2017

student student

On Friday 17th February 2017, the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) hosted 20 students from the University of Science Po, France. They learned and shared their experiences about migrants and migration.

Appreciation letter to the Minister of Home Affairs posted on 17 February 2017

The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) would like to thank you, for taking the lead in calming the volatile situation in our different communities after a very violent and turbulent weekend in Rosettenville. Your proactive action is praiseworthy and demonstrates firm and decisive leadership.

It is very important to join hands when fighting crime. The divisive approach used by certain leaders will never assist our communities and on the contrary worsens the situation. As ADF we expect clear, concrete and inclusive programmes from the newly elected Mayor of Johannesburg with regard to cleaning the city, providing decent and affordable accommodation to all and managing the informal sector in the inner city with a view to including the players in the private sector and hold them accountable.

We actively oppose and discourage the position of politicians who use…

Read the complete letter…

Stop xenophobia today posted on 13 February 2017

We can hate foreigners but the truth is, even those people who encourage you to spread the hate today will not do anything for you tomorrow. No one is rich enough to do without his neighbour. Stop xenophobia today.

Malphia Honwane, Gottenburg eManyeleti

Extracted from The DailySun 10/02/2017

Johannesburg's Xenophobic Mayor posted on 13 February 2017

Fireman watches the blaze passers by

Herman Mashaba sets Rosetenville on fire. Inciting violence to make himself known. 15 houses belonging to migrants were set on fire yesterday 11th February. The Mayor forgot his own law enforcement agents. Why he doesn't report criminals to the south African police? Instead, his holding public meetings. It's clear the Mayor has an agenda to incite violence. he is saying “illegal migrants” are criminals, forgetting that the Department of Home Affairs doesn't provide permits to migrants, and this issue needs to be addressed. Mashaba is telling South Africans that undocumented immigrants are criminals so they must be kicked out. He is stereotyping immigrants as drugs dealers, abandoned building hijackers, etc…

the blaze the crowd

Open Letter: Repeat of 2008 xenophobic violence impending posted on 01 February 2017

Appeal to government and political leaders to publicly condemn, take active steps and provide protection for foreign nationals in the light of xenophobic utterances by the mayor of Johannesburg and the planned xenophobic march in Pretoria by the Mamelodi concerned residents as well as the inflammatory social media campaign gainst international migrants living in South Africa.

Read the letter…

The Mayor's response posted on 10 February 2017

logo of the office of the Mayor of Johannesburg

I apologise that I could not be there to receive your memorandum myself, I was out of the country at the time. I am equally apologetic that it has taken some time for me to formally respond to your memorandum.

I must confess to hold reservations pertaining to the motives in which your organisation has operated, given that your focus was not to engage directly with me. Rather you have elected to stage a public gathering which seemed to be more purposed todriving a campaign to the media.

I further note the letter dated 28 January 2017 that you have sent to the president, copying myself, in which you advance a number of views that stray away from the aims of your organisation and into a political agenda.

Read the Mayor's full response…

(ADF) handing over a memorandum to the Mayor posted on 22 December 2016

The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) handing over a memorandum to the Mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba for his reckless comments about “illegal migrants”.

ADF promoting Living Together banner Press intervies Marc Gbaffou, ADF Chirperson

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memorandum of grievances updated on 18 December 2016

memorandum of grievances

Different migrant community leaders, civil society organisations and concerned South African citizens will be gathering this Monday 19th December at 11h00 at the metro-centre (Mayor Herman Mashaba's office) to protest and hand over a memorandum to the Mayor for his reckless comments about “illegal migrants”.

Aforementioned organisations and concerned South African citizens agreed that these comments are dangerous, hostile and can incite violence. These comments are wholly undesirable, given the previous xenophobic incidents in Johannesburg and other parts of the country.

We would like to remind Mayor Herman Mashaba the following :

  1. Migrants were part of the people who built the city that you are leading today. It is essential for you as the Mayor of the City, to refresh your memory with the history of the City of Johannesburg.
  2. Not all migrants are criminals. Crime doesn't have a nationality. Stop stereotyping.
  3. If a Mayor catches a criminal, he or she must be taken to the responsible authorities. The media is not the platform or place for parading criminals.
  4. It is the duty of the Mayor to fix decaying / dilapidated buildings. We all need decent and affordable housing in the inner city.
  5. Not all migrants are investors. There are refugees and asylum seekers among them. Don't expect them to come with dollars in your city.
  6. It is the duty of a government to control porous borders.
  7. Migrants need to regularise their stay in the country; as such, it is incumbent upon the South African government to provide them with the necessary permits, visas and documents. The provision of these permits, visas and documents inter alia, will make it easier for migrants to open bank accounts, register to pay tax, open businesses legally, and send their kids to school.
  8. Migrants can contribute positively to the economic growth of the City of Johannesburg as well as South Africa. They want to be part of processes that can grow the economy of the City and South Africa as well. It will be foolhardy for the Mayor’s office to reject them outright.
  9. Some migrants are asylum seekers and refugees from their countries of origin. As such, it is wholly unwise from the Mayor to expose them to their respective embassies in South Africa.
  10. Given the sad past of the country, we don't want division in our communities, we want unity.

All are invited this Monday 19th December at 11h00, Metro-centre (Mayor Herman Mashaba's office) pass this message to your neighbour.

Human Rights Award 2016 posted on 16 December 2016

After award group picture

The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) received the Human Rights Award 2016 edition from the French Republic on 15th December at 9h30.

The award was presented by Minister of Foreign affairs and for Development Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault and the President of the Human Rights Commission Ms. Christine Lazerges. The award was received by Mr. Marc Gbaffou Chairperson of the ADF.

ADF Chairperson Marc Gbaffou with the award

Human Rights Prize of the French Republic posted on 01 December 2016

The Commission nationale consultative des droits de l’Homme (CNCDH) is honored to inform you that your application to the Human Rights Prize of the French Republic has been selected.
The jury has deliberated and decided to award your NGO, African Diaspora Forum , which makes you one of the five laureates of the 2016 edition.

We would like to congratulate you and the members of your organisation for the quality and relevance of the project submitted.

The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, 15th of December, 9:30 am, at the Quai d’Orsay in Paris. The Prize will be handed over to your representative by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign affairs, and Christine Lazerges, President of the CNCDH.

Veridiana MATHIEU

35 rue Saint Dominique – 75007 PARIS

Africa Without Numbers: Mission Impossible posted on 01 December 2016

Africa without numbers

The story of Africa is mainly told through numbers we do not own. These numbers represent each child born, each teenager entering the workforce, each adult marrying and starting a family, and each death from a disease that has been eradicated in richer countries.

These numbers currently belong not to our national statistical offices, but, in part, to our donors. They are often used to justify aid funding. If this continent is to reach its full potential, we must take ownership of these numbers so that we can plan for our own people.

The paucity of data collected has given rise to a host of parallel systems put in place to satisfy donor requirements. It also limits our potential. Because we don’t accurately count births, for example, we fail to provide education for our youth, adding to urban unemployment as young people with limited skills flood cities.

There is power in the numbers. Those who control them can push a narrative that serves a purpose. We have yet to see the full benefits of this purpose for African citizens. Too many specific issues get vertical lines of funding. As a result, opportunities to address socio-economic transformation holistically are limited. At times, this system has…

(Extracted from The World Policy Blog)

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A group of migrant women was identified in a refugee home posted on 24 November 2016

Migrant Woman graduate

They were trained and ready to reintegrate into the community for a normal life. Saturday 19th November 2016 saw this great achievement.

Congratulations to the 40 Migrants women from Bienvenue Shelter who graduated after hard work. We are really proud of you. We thank the Bienvenue shelter for giving us the opportunity to serve and pour ourselves out for our sisters. We thank the Christian Women Entrepreneurs Network in Africa (CWENA) for taking such a brilliant initiative to empower our sisters. This was an inspiring session.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all those who through hard work and dedication contributed to the success of the training programs.

We really appreciate the presence of the Chairperson of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) Marc Gbaffou and Dr. Glenrose Ndhlovu for your support and inspiration that have given another flavour to the graduation ceremony.

SA insincere on migrant crisis, says African Diaspora Forum posted on 24 November 2016

This follows a report by Corruption Watch on the alleged corrupt practices of government officials

The treatment of refugees and asylum seekers by the home affairs department in South Africa is a cause for concern in a country considered by many as a beacon of hope in Africa, the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) said on Tuesday.

“We cannot assume that the South African government doesn’t know what is happening here at the Marabastad Refugee Reception Office [in Pretoria]. This facility is managed by an oiled system of corrupt individuals who are employed by home affairs,” said Marc Gbaffou, chairperson of the ADF.

“Prior to 1994, the whole continent was so keen to have South Africa free so that it can lead this continent further. Unfortunately, post 1994 South Africa is turning into what we know today – rejecting Africans and going everywhere claiming that it is receiving them in bulk and taking care of them.”

Scores of activists from civic society groups including ADF, Lawyers for Human Rights, Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa and Corruption Watch gathered near the Marabastad Refugee Reception Office demanding an end to endemic extortion and corruption cited in the Corruption Watch report titled “Project Lokisa: Asylum at a Price” released on Tuesday.

“The Department of Home Affairs has to respond to any of the…

(Extracted from The Citizen)

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Translators needed
posted on 01 September 2017

  • Setswana
  • Sesotho
  • Pedi
  • IsiXhosa
  • IsiZulu
  • Sesotho (from Lesotho)
  • Shangnane/Xichangana (from Mozambique)
  • Portuguese (from Mozambique)
  • Shona (from Zimbabwe)
  • Chewa/Nyanja (from Malawi)
  • Pakistani/Somali/Ethiopian
  • French

Interested candidates to send their CVs to or else contact Mr. Star Nkanyezi Ndlovu on 0827274158 or 0105952312. Thank you very much

Invitation to SADC People's Summit 2017
posted on 12 August 2017

African Diaspora forum (ADF), the Africa Unit (AU), the Alternative Information & Development Centre (AIDC), The Trust for Community Outreach and Education(TCOE) cordially invite you to join hundreds of delegates drawn from labour, youth, human rights networks, grassroots movements, Women organisations, faith based organisations, in the upcoming SADC People's Summit 2017, to be held from 16th to 18th August at the Constitution Hill located at 11 Kotze Street in Johannesburg.

The summit will touch on migration, human rights abuses, Free movement in the African continent, the rule of law, good governance, Xenophobia… etc

Resolutions of the Summit to be brought to the attention of the Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of States and Governments that will take place between 19th-20th August 2017.

Please come participate to this unique opportunity as we try and raise our voices against above challenges facing the SADC region and the entire continent.

For more information:
Contact us on or
Tel: +27 11 487 0269 / +27 10 595 2312
or Come to our offices at: 27 Ellis Street, corner Arthur Street Bellevue East, Yeoville, Johannesburg.

Summit scheduled for this Thursday at exactly 14:00 at the Consitution HIll, Program will be on migration. See the attached program for your information

Africa Day 2017 Media Invitation posted on 25 May 2017

The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) in partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Government, Carnival Company and Channel Africa invite members of the Media and the broader community to the Africa Day Carnival and Festival in Johannesburg on Saturday 27th May 2017 at 09:00 am.

The activities of Africa Day are as detailed in the attached program.

This carnival is the main event of our Africa Week celebrations, which began on 20th May 2017 and has pulled together thousands of South African citizens and the African Diaspora community in South Africa to celebrate the vision of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) founders, who argued for a united and prosperous Africa for all.

The carnival will feature a 6,5 kilometre parade across Yeoville, Berea and Hillbrow and the festival at the Barnato High School in Berea from 9h00 am onwards, together with music, entertainments and foods.

The event will be graced by the Premier of Gauteng, the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, different Ambassadors and Consul Generals as well as representatives of African Community leaders living in South Africa, Human Rights activists etc…

The theme of this year is “Better Africa for All”

For more information, please contact:
Johnson Emeka at 072 172 7393 or
by calling our office landlines +2711 487 1430 / +2710 595 2312 or
by emailing

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ADF New bigger office space posted on 30 April 2017

Dear colleagues, This serves to inform you that our current office is becoming smaller by day, as ADF is receiving more and more people per week and many students are applying to come and train with us. This means that ADF is growing each day and we will therefore be moving to a new bigger office space on the 1st of May 2017. The new office is located at number 27 Ellis Street, corner Arthur Street, Belleview East, Yeoville.


Socio-economic rights institute of South Africa

The Gauteng Local Division of the High Court today dismissed an application of more than 25 students of the University of the Witwatersrand to interdict the University and restrict it from commencing its year-end examinations, and postponing examinations by at least two weeks. Their preparations had been curtailed, through no fault of their own, by recent #FeesMustFall protests on campus and the University’s response to them.

Their attempts to engage with University management on the matter fell on deaf ears. Faced with the possibility of being forced to write exams that they would be likely to fail, the students approached the court for relief. SERI represented the students when the matter was heard earlier in the week on an urgent basis.

In his judgment, van Der Linde J acknowledged that the protests and the University’s response to them “made for an atmosphere that was generally not conducive to learning, but particularly not to examination.” SERI argued that the right to the…

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Complaints regarding King Goodwill Zwelithini posted on 09 October 2016

South African Human Rights Commission

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Zulu king not guilty of promoting hatred - SAHRC posted on 01 October 2016

Johannesburg - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday said it did not believe that King Goodwill Zwelithini was guilty of promoting or propagating hatred against migrants on March 15, 2015, during a speech in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal.

The SAHRC transcribed the speech given in isiZulu by the king that upset a lot of people and lead to over 30 complaints lodged against him at the SAHRC. These complaints were lead by the African Diaspora Forum.

The commission said that a direct translation of Zwelithini's speech from isiZulu to English might have led to misinterpretations.

According to the commission, there was no evidence that there was a casual link between the words uttered by Zwelithini and the violent attacks on migrants in Isipingo and nearby areas that started on March 30, 2015.

Zwelithini had previously asked the SAHRC to investigate whether the media had misrepresented his speech.

Because this didn't fall completely within its jurisdiction, the SAHRC said that the king's misgivings would be referred to relevant parties for investigation, such as the BCCSA, Press Ombudsman and Icasa.

The commission did, however, find that Zwelithini's speech could be reasonably construed to demonstrate a clear intention to be hurtful with regards to statements which contributed to the serious psychological and emotional harm experienced by migrants.

It also found that his speech could be construed to demonstrate a clear intention to be harmful, adding that it could perpetuate discrimination against, and marginalisation of, migrants.

The commission recommended that Zwelithini continue efforts at reconciling South Africans and migrants in KwaZulu-Natal and that he continue with his own proposed plan to address allegations of xenophobia levelled against him in the media.

It also said he should continue with his promise to see that a Peace Accord, which he committed to help draft, was formally signed and publicised.

The king has 60 days to present the SAHRC with a report on his implementation of the recommendations and the results thereof.

(Extracted from News 24)

Heritage Day Celebrations posted on  28 September 2016

Heritage Day Celebration Heritage Day Celebration

The African Diaspora Forum in partnership with Carnival Company, the Gauteng province and the City of Tshwane celebrated heritage on the 24th September 2016 in Tshwane in ospices of African unity. The newly elected Mayor of of Tshwane Honorable Msimanga, the Premier of Gauteng Honorable David Makhura and the Chairperson of the African Diaspora Forum were present.

Heritage Day Celebration Heritage Day Celebration

Xenophobic Myths Exposed posted on 23 September 2016

South Africans make up 90% of those employed in all sectors It is literally impossible to steal a job Immigrants are no more likely to steal than South Africans

No schooling for migrant children without documents posted on 19 September 2016

Gauteng Eduucation MEC Panyaza Lesufi

The majority of pupils from international migrant communities are being depreived their right to basic education as they are allegedly excluded from government schools.

The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) Chairperson Mr Marc Gbaffou, said that it was a major concern that an overwhelming number of pupils from their communities struggled to attend school at the beginning of each year. “We understand that the department's official data shows that 9000 children are still out of school in Gauteng ” he said. Demanding an explanation from Gauteng MEC of education Panyaza Lesufi to clarify whether the figure includes out-of-school foreign pupils.
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INVITATION PRESS CONFERENCE posted on 02 September 2016

The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) has the pleasure to invite all Media professionals to a Press Conference at its Office located at 9 Harley Street, Cnr Old Harrow Road, Yeoville,Johannesburg.

Issues to be addressed:

  1. Challenges with the online registration 2017 of learners by the Department of Basic Education in South Africa.
  2. Challenges in the issuing of documentation to migrants (asylum seekers and refugees) by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA).

Please RSVP for logistic arrangements.

Date: Tuesday 6th September 2016
Venue: ADF Office located at 9 Harley Street Old Harrow Road, Yeoville, JHB
Time: 12H00 Noon

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TIMES newspaper Group partners with the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) posted on 30 August 2016

TIMES newspaper Group in partnership with the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) have initiated the tame TIMES Diaspora online website which will be used as a platform to disseminate information between migrants in South Africa and their families across the African continent. This is a platform were the migrants can be able to share stories on what is happening in different countries away from home. The website is the first initiative which will be followed by a monthly newspaper in future depending on the progress of the newspaper. On Thursday 1 September 2016 at 15:00 pm. The tame Times IT specialists and Editor in chief will be conducting a website training on how to post stories on the website using a WordPress. The workshop will be held at ADF offices in yeoville. For more infos please visit

ADF discussions with Common Purpose South Africa posted on 29 August 2016

ADF Meets with guests from common Purpose South Africa On 26th August, ADF had a discussion with high profile guests from the Common Purpose South Africa about challenges faced by foreign nationals by the Health System in the Country.


A Community Workshop in Orange Farm will be held this coming Saturday 20th August 2016 at 10:00 on "Community Dialogue". This is to foster Social Cohesion, Eradicate Xenophobia, Racism and any other form of discriminations. The ADF is encouraging members and all concerned citizens to join us. Venue: Garvenmbeki Primary School, Extension 3.

Listen to Rendez-Vous Africa posted on 10 August 2016

Listen to Rendez-Vous Africa, the weekly offering in French VOW FM, where Africans meet South Africans. The show is produced by the African French-speaking community, it proposes a variety of local packages and cultural news, short feature programmes from Radio France Internationale (RFI) as well as African francophone music for you to enjoy.

Tune in every Tuesday between 19.30 – 20.00 as we take you on the lives, work, business, entertainment and issues faced by our fellow brothers, sisters, friends and colleagues, living in South Africa. The programme is brought to you by the French Institute of South Africa, Radio France Internationale (RFI), the African Diaspora Forum and Voice of Wits (VOW FM 88.1FM).

Listen to our podcasts here: rendez-vous-africa-podcast

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(ADF) condemns attacks on foreign nationals posted on 26 June 2016

The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) is following with great concern the upsurge of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals and their businesses in Pretoria(Gauteng) where five (5) people were reported killed.

We are made to understand that the origin of the violent destruction, attacks and killings are in no way related to the presence and activities of the migrants in South Africa.

Major reports see these tensions as results of South African partisan politics due to the upcoming municipal elections.

We are concerned that it has become a culture that foreign nationals are attacked…

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Migrants are welcome in South Africa posted on 08 June 2016

King Mthimkhulu III in the ADF Offices King Mthimkhulu III and his entourage

On Thursday 02 June 2016, His Majesty King Mthimkhulu III of amaHlubi tribe in his effort to unite Africans has announced that International migrants are welcome in South Africa. He told the media during a press briefing at the African Diaspora Forum's headquarters in Yeoville.

King Mthimkhulu III and Marc Gbaffou (ADF Chair) King Mthimkhulu III and Marc Gbaffou (ADF Chair)

breakfast session between the Gauteng Premier and the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) posted on 16 May 2016

Breakfast meeting with Premiere, The Honourable Mr David Makhura and the ADF Breakfast meeting with Premiere, The Honourable Mr David Makhura and the ADF Top picture Left to right: MEC for Community Safety, Ms Sizakele Emelda Nkosi-Malobane, Mr Marc Gbaffou ADF Chairperson and Gauteng Premier David Makhura

We were very honored, to meet with the Premier on the morning of 13 May 2016, we were able to discuss several issues relating to migrants:
“Honorable David Makhura, you are taking your time to meet with the migrant community, to listen to us, and to tell us your plan to work for an integrated province. Those who don't know you will be surprised. for some of us, we knew that you are that Premier who takes time to listen and to provide solutions. Just to refresh our memories…” Read the full letter

Bottom picture: Ms Sizakele Emelda Nkosi-Malobane; Mr Marc Gbaffou ADF Chairperson; Gauteng Premier David Makhura and members of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF)

Grade 8 Students learn about Xenophobia & Social Cohesion posted on 29 Apr 2016

ADF members (lime green T-shirts) explain Xenophobia and Social Cohesion to Grade 8 & 9 School children

Grade 8 students discuss what is 'Social Cohesion' Students are given the definition of 'Xenophobia' and 'Social Cohesion' Students listen to a lecture on Africa ADF members explain the meaning of Social Cohesion to Grade 9 students

New Radio station to be launched posted on 20 Apr 2016

The French Institute of South Africa, Radio France Internationale (RFI), the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) and Voice of Wits join forces to launch a new weekly radio show in French, portraying the daily life of the French-speaking African diaspora in Johannesburg.

Catch the show of “Rendez-Vous Africa” Tuesdays from 19:30 to 20:00 on Voice of Wits [88.1FM].

With more than 4 million residents, Johannesburg is one of the most cosmopolitan African cities welcoming communities from around the world including African francophone communities. The African French-speaking diaspora is mainly represented by peoples from Congo, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea. The project is a platform for the French-speaking communities which aims to promote the integration of the diaspora as well as dialogue within the South African society. The 30 minute show will be broadcast every Tuesday between 19h30 and 20h00 and podcasted on-line at It will be produced by the African French-speaking community and will propose a variety of local reports and cultural news, short feature programmes from RFI as well as African francophone music.

Frédéric Chambon, Regional Head of Media, Film & Music at the French Embassy/French Institute in South Africa, says “Our support to Rendez-vous Africa is part of our actions to promote French-speaking cultures, the French language as well as French broadcast media such as RFI. Three RFI's programmes will be part of the radio show: Les Mots de l'Actualité, La Chronique de Mamane and Le Journal des Sports Afrique”.

For Marc Gbaffou, President of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF), the idea is to show the positive side of immigration, and help to change the image of migrants that prevails in the media - either seen as victims or as criminals: “We will show through Rendez-vous Africa the cultural, intellectual and social wealth of the communities. We also want to show that migrants are people like everyone else, with dreams, aspirations and concerns very similar to those of South Africans.”

Mike Smurthwaite, Director of Voice of Wits (VOW FM), emphasizes on the inclusion of various communities in the radio show programmes: “Johannesburg is a real melting pot of cultures, many are from countries other than South Africa. Voice of Wits wants to reach and involve communities living in Johannesburg and specifically around Braamfontein where the radio is based. It seemed logical to offer this platform, to promote social cohesion and cultural education. We are proud to partner with the ADF and the French Institute of South Africa in what we hope will be a long term project.”

Social Cohesion in Orange Farm posted on 20 Apr 2016

ADF has launched the Social Cohesion in Orange Farm on 16 April 2016.
The township has welcomed the initiative.

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Kattlehong Soccer Tournament posted on 11 Apr 2016

ADF organised on Saturday 2nd April 2016, in Katlehong, a soccer tournament on social cohesion. This event also saw many cultural performances (dance, poetry, etc...)

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Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade posted on 13 Mar 2016

United Nations Information Centre Pretoia logo

Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of slavery. The theme of this year’s event is “Remember Slavery: Celebrating the Heritage and Culture of the African Diaspora and its Roots”.

To mark this day, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in collaboration with the African Diaspora Forum is hosting an educational and commemorative event on the 17th of March for students and the general public in the UNIC Library.

Date: 17 March 2016
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Venue: UNIC Library
RSVP by 15th March 2016
Contact Sally: 012 354 8505

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Ghana’s new Visa-on-arrival policy posted on 13 Mar 2016

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 4 March 2016: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has welcomed Ghana’s decision to introduce a visa-on-arrival policy for citizens of African Union Member States. The President of Ghana, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, announced the decision in his State of the Nations address to the Ghanaian Parliament on 25 February 2016.

“With effect from July this year, we will be allowing citizens of AU Member States to enter - our country and obtain visas on arrival with the option to stay for up to thirty days and experience what our country has to offer. This measure, with time, should stimulate air travel, trade, investment and tourism”, President Mahama said in his address, highlighting the importance of facilitating the mobility of people to unlock Africa’s economic potential.

The decision is a result of a… Read more…

Pictures from the ADF Women's League Launch posted on 02 Mar 2016

ADF Woman's League Chairperson

Ms Lubelihle Banda:
ADF Woman's League Chairperson

Woman's league Executive

ADF Woman's League Executive

Unveiling of the Logo

Unveiling of the logo

Celebrating the launch

Celebrating the launch

See more pictures from the launch…

Woman's League posted on 22 Feb 2016

ADF launches woman's league, poster

Protecting the Rights and Dignity of African Women

Join us as we launch “ADF WOMAN'S LEAGUE”
Entrance Free
Performances by African artists
Lunch will be served

Yeoville Community School
77 Muller Street
Date: 27 February 2016
Time: 10:00am to 3:30pm
(011) 487-2069
(073) 261-8954


World Social Forum on Migration - Sao Paulo 2016

On the way to the 7th World Social Forum on Migrations

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São Paulo, Saturday 20, February, 2016
Dear All,
We would like to invite you to the Plenary of the Organizing Commissions towards the 7th World Social Forum on Migrations - WSFM, São Paulo in 2016! In September 2015, São Paulo was chosen by the International Committee of the World Social Forum, to host the 7th World Social Forum on Migration. In view of its preparation, a Local Organizing Committee was launched on December the 10th, together with a bundle of themes issued by the organizing committees. These Committees met during the month of January and beginning of February, to build proposals and strategies that will be presented for debate and consideration. The Plenary will take place on Saturday, February the 20th, from 3 pm till 7 pm (Brasilian hour) at the Universidade Zumbi dos Palmares, located at Av Santos Dumont, 843, Armenia, São Paulo - SP.
The World Social Forum on Migration was launched in 2005 in Porto Alegre as a thematic space of the World Social Forum, and was hold successively in Madrid, Quito, Manila and Johannesburg. After taking place in four continents, it returns in 2016 to Latin America and aims to be a convergence of struggles for a more fair and united world. Migrants and their protagonism are in the center of the Forum, under the following call: “Migrants Building Alternatives to Disorder and Global Crisis of Capital”.
The plenary session is open and will be transmitted online by TV Perseus Abramo. Please use this registration form or register by e-mail to Don't hesitate to share our web page and viralize the available information. For more information please contact our technical secretariat at: Rua Bernardo Magalhães, 203 - Tatuape - Sao Paulo. Phone: 0055 11 23842275/79. E-mail: .

social cohesion project in Katlehong (Ekurhuleni Municipality) posted on 05 Feb 2016

Living together

29th January 2016, ADF launched a social cohesion project in Katlehong (Ekurhuleni Municipality). This project is supported by the French embassy in South Africa, the CCFD-TERRESOLIDAIRE. The project which will last for 18 months, will cover the following townships : Katlehong, Alexandra, Orange Farm, Etwatwa, Diepsloot.

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African migrants have been killed unlawfully by the South African police posted on 25 Jan 2016

African migrants unlawfully killed by SAPS

African migrants have been killed unlawfully by the South African police service on regular basis. This evening of 24 January 2016 at 18h00 on ANN7, Marc Gbaffou ADF Chairperson and Johnson Emeka Chairman of ANIDSA denouncing the police brutality which claimed the life of another migrant of Nigerian Nationality, Mr Daniel Chinedu Timothy, born 12 June 1982. He was murdered in the hands of the police on Saturday, 23rd January in Kempton Park, East Rand, South Africa. The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) has requested a private investigation to shed light on the case.

ADF moves to bigger premises posted on 06 Jan 2016

New ADF Offices

The ADF offices have moved to new premises,
you can see the new office in the picture.

Our new addres is:
9 Harley Street
corner Old Harrow Road

Mr. Djoyum Djoyou Bertrand passes away posted on 24 June 2016

Mr. Djoyum Djoyou Bertrand

Dear colleagues, brothers & sisters, The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) lost a member.

Our Cameroonian brother and popular journalist, photographer and producer Mr. Djoyum Djoyou Bertrand (known as Santini) passed away this Tuesday 21 June 2016 in Johannesburg ( Charlotte Maxeke Hospital) after being run over by a car in an accident that occurred in Yeoville on Sunday morning. Ironically, it was a Pastor that ran him over while rushing to the Sunday service. May his soul rest in peace.

Night vigil & funeral with corpse is scheduled at Church Hall of St Francis Catholic church Yeoville from 20h00 on Friday 01 July 2016. All are called to be present and/or contribute to repatriate his corpse home to his family.

Africa Week 2016 pictures posted on 30 May 2016

Gauteng Premiere David Makhura and ADF Chairperson MArc Gbaffou having a press briefing on Africa Day celebrations

Gauteng Premiere David Makhura and ADF Chair Marc Gbaffou at a press briefing

Parade Procession through Yeoville on Africa Day celebrations

A street procession through Yeoville on Africa Day 25 May 2016

Gauteng Premier Honorable David Makhura, Consul general of Nigeria Ambassador Uche Ajulu -Okeke and ADF Chairperson Marc Gbaffou

Leading the parade Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Consul general of Nigeria Uche Ajulu -Okeke nad ADF Chair Marc Gbaffou

Gauteng Premiere David Makhura greets learners during Africa Day celebrations

Gauteng Premiere David Makhura greeting learners during the parade

Police brass band and drill squad

Police brass band and drill squad on Africa Day 25 May 2016

South African Police brass band

South African Police brass band

AFRICA WEEK CELEBRATION 2016 posted on 19 May 2016

“UNITED IN OUR DIVERSITY” The Africa Week Festival is a commemorative and celebratory event, first held in 2010, which takes place every year in the Johannesburg inner-city suburbs of Yeoville Bellevue in recognition of Africa Day (25 May). The Africa Week Festival is a project of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF), an NGO working for an integrated society, free of all forms of discriminations incl. xenophobia, racism, sexism.

The aim of this event is to stage an annual Africa Week Festival which:

  1. Commemorates the 2008 xenophobic attacks on international migrants in South Africa as a way of avoiding such violence from happening again.
  2. Celebrates Africa Day and the formation of the Organization of African Unity (now called the African Union) which took place on 25 May 1963;
  3. and more… Read the full Press Release

Date: 21 - 28 May 2017
Venue: Yeoville Recreation Center, 36 Raleigh Street, Yeoville

The Burning Man posted on 17 May 2016

From the movie 'The Burning Man'

The Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre in association with the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) invite you to a screening of THE BURNING MAN (2008) Directed by Adze Ugah.

On May 18th 2008 Alfabeto Nhamauve, A Mozambican national was burnt to death by a xenophobic mob in a JOhannesburg township. Adze Ugah, a Nigerian born film maker, residing in Johannesburg, embarks on a journey, not just of discovery but also to restore the identity of the main mainstream media dubbed “The Burning Man” See the poster…

Date: Monday 23 May 2016
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre
Address: 1 Duncombe Road (Cnr Jan Smuts), Forestown
R.S.V.P.: , (011)640 3100

March for Tolerance and Social Cohesion

The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) together with many civil society organisations, some concerned residents, faith based organisations, human rights movements, are organising a march for Tolerance and Social Cohesion in South Africa.

Date: 12th February 2015
Time: 11:00
Starting/Assemby Point: Peter Roos Park (Empire Road corner Queen street in Parktown),
Route: Empire Road to Claim Street, Jeppe street to Von Wielligh to Carlton Center.

All are welcome. Write and bring your message promoting peace.

Living Together

Open Letter to President Jacob Zuma

Submitted by ADF on Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:50

To : His Excellency Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa
Cc: Minister of Home Affairs, Honorable Malusi Gigaba
Minister of Police, Honorable Nkosinathi Nhleko

His Excellency
Re: Increase xenophobic violence in South Africa: Concerns of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF)

We have been engaged in working for a society free of xenophobia and all forms of discrimination since 2008. At our level, with little resources, we have managed to reach out to communities in Alexandra… read more

Report on the march against xenophobia, Johannesburg, 12.02.2015

Since the 19th January 2015, a new wave of xenophobic attacks erupted in South Africa at Snake Park (Soweto). After three weeks of continued attacks in other parts of Johannesburg and the country, international migrants in South Africa are still victimised on a daily basis. The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) wrote an open letter to President Zuma… Read more


Ambassadors of Positive Value


ADF just awarded today (21/10/2015) as Ambassadors of positive value, for promoting the integration of the migrant community in South Africa:

Adv. Thuli Madonsela, Public Protector of South Africa Zwelinzima Vavi former COSATU secretary General


Pan African Awards 2015



Ambassador of positive values 2015

Commemoration of the Victims of Xenophobic attacks

Commemoration of victims of xenophobic attacks

Theme: “Living Together”, “Sisonke”

Date: Saturday 16 May 2015

Time: 09:00 to 14:00

Venue: Yeoville Recreation Centre, 36 Cnr Raleigh & Fortesque, Yeoville, Johannesburg