(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”.
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memorandum of grievances updated on 18 December 2016
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 :
- 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.
- Not all migrants are criminals. Crime doesn't have a nationality. Stop stereotyping.
- 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.
- It is the duty of the Mayor to fix decaying / dilapidated buildings. We all need decent and affordable housing in the inner city.
- Not all migrants are investors. There are refugees and asylum seekers among them. Don't expect them to come with dollars in your city.
- It is the duty of a government to control porous borders.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.
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Africa Without Numbers: Mission Impossible posted on 01 December 2016
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…
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A group of migrant women was identified in a refugee home posted on 24 November 2016
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…
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WITS STUDENTS LEFT WITHOUT RELIEF AS INTERDICT APPLICATION DISMISSED posted on 04 November 2016
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…
Complaints regarding King Goodwill Zwelithini posted on 09 October 2016
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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
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.
Xenophobic Myths Exposed posted on 23 September 2016
No schooling for migrant children without documents posted on 19 September 2016
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:
- Challenges with the online registration 2017 of learners by the Department of Basic Education in South Africa.
- 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
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
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.
SOCIAL COHESION WORKSHOP AT ORANGE FARM “COMMUNITY DIALOGUE” posted on 18 August 2016
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
(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
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.
breakfast session between the Gauteng Premier and the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) posted on 16 May 2016
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:
Bottom picture: Ms Sizakele Emelda Nkosi-Malobane; Mr Marc Gbaffou ADF Chairperson; Gauteng Premier David Makhura and members of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF)
“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…”
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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
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 www.vowfm.co.za 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.
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...)
Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade posted on 13 Mar 2016
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
Ms Lubelihle Banda:
ADF Woman's League Chairperson
ADF Woman's League Executive
Unveiling of the logo
Celebrating the launch
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Woman's League posted on 22 Feb 2016
Protecting the Rights and Dignity of African Women
Join us as we launch “ADF WOMAN'S LEAGUE”
Performances by African artists
Lunch will be served
Yeoville Community School
77 Muller Street
Date: 27 February 2016
Time: 10:00am to 3:30pm
PLENARY SESSION OF THE ORGANIZING COMMISSIONS OF THE WORLD SOCIAL FORUM ON MIGRATIONS 2016 posted on 09 Feb 2016
On the way to the 7th World Social Forum on Migrations
São Paulo, Saturday 20, February, 2016
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
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