Monthly Archives: July 2011

Africa 2 Australia

Africa to Australia is an SBS interactive documentary that tells the stories of African migrants to Australia; it uses video,photography and text to share views about immigration, racism, family and the struggle to belong in a new place.

Visit the website for an amazing experience:-

Africa Needs you – Please donate!

As we celebrate Mandela Day and enjoy a week of the ties Australia and Africa share and the contribution African’s have made to Australia we cannot ignore the suffering taking place in East Africa right now. It is easy to look away, to hope someone else will help or simply to believe this is what happens in Africa and there nothing you can do. But you can do something, the United Nations and many of the world’s leading charities and aid programs are on the ground right now. The Australian Government has made multiple donations and emergency relief is coming in, but we need to give.

Children need your help right now in the Horn of Africa

More than 12 million people in East Africa are facing desperate food shortages following the worst drought in 60 years. Rains have failed for successive seasons, and families across Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are struggling to find anything to eat or drink. Hundreds of thousands of livestock have already died and food prices have rocketed.

We ask you to please consider making a donation to the two charities below.

Doctors without borders

Australia’s amazing African dance group

As we celebrate Mandela Day and our very own Africa week it is important not only to explore the political and social links Australia shares with Africa but also the contribution to enriching Australia’s culture that African Australian’s have made and continue to make. SAEA Banyana is one such incredbile contribution to the society we share. The arts have a history of breaking down barriers around the globe and dance provides a fun and yet empowering way to learn and participate in this amazing African experience. At a time when we are examining the history of Apartheid in South Africa could there be a better way to see the illogical nature of racism than to experience SAEA Banyana. The Passion, the energy, the culture and the sheer beauty of Australian women empowering us all!

The Flavour, Passion, Beauty and Magic of Africa


The girls of SAEA BANYANA boast women that are creative’s, professionals, proprietors and mothers.  Through their performances they encourage women to be strong, independent and unafraid of their inner power.

So you think you can dance? SAEA Banyana can!

The group have had the pleasure of not only performing for eager audiences around Sydney but have also been asked to participate in community enriching events and programs such as ‘Refugee week’, ‘Women Empower Women International Conference’ and ‘Olive Tree Women’s Network’ It is extremely important to the group that they continue to support such organisations that strengthen our community.  SAEA BANYANA are proud to say that their group not only entertains but also promotes cultural awareness, women empowerment, youth empowerment and physical motivation.



SAEA stands for South Africa, Ethiopia and Angola the beautiful countries that our girls represent.  Banayana from Nguni meaning the girls.

This wonderful dance ensemble brings to you the flavours of Africa.  Captivating dance moves, amazing costumes and stage presence the wonderful SAEA BANYANA wow audiences with each performance.  With Australias favourite Choreographer Tiana Cantebury (So you think you can Dance) heading the group, there is nothing that compares to this newest Afro sensation.


Don Bradman – His stance on Apartheid

 Bradman’s handling of the issue of whether to ban the all-white South African Test cricket team from touring Australia in 1971-72 was his most important legacy. Bradman was anti-apartheid, yet believed South African cricketers were exempt because they had shown their opposition to racism.

“They have tried harder than our protesters to do something about it,” he wrote in 1971 to Rohan Rivett, one of Australia’s finer journalist-editors. “I cannot see why they should be blamed for the attitudes of a government with which they disagree.”

Accompanied by the South African ambassador, Bradman witnessed 1971’s Australia-South Africa rugby Test in Sydney. He abhorred the violence of protesters, who invaded the field, and left with concerns that a cricket match would be hard to police, and that cricket would be worse for it.

But in his last year as chairman of the Australian Cricket Board, Bradman stood firm. The cricket tour was still on. He told Rivett the rugby team “comprised mainly of [apartheid-supporting] Afrikaners”, while white cricketers were “basically of English descent” and supported a political party not opposed to mixed sport.

The Don's Magnificent Multiracial Team toured instead

“Politics should not come into sport,” he concluded. This placed Bradman with 75 per cent of Australians.

But Bradman had a flexible mind, and decided to explore the issue himself. He wrote to the anti-apartheid protest movement in Australia, asking them to explain the demonstrating. Meredith Burgmann was astonished to receive such a request from someone she regarded as typically, trenchantly Establishment.

Bradman was intrigued. He flew to South Africa to meet its prime minister, John Vorster, a wartime admirer of the Nazis and Adolf Hitler. Vorster expected Bradman to support the tour, but the meeting quickly became tense, then sour. Bradman asked questions in his direct way about why blacks were denied the chance to represent their country. Vorster suggested they were intellectually inferior and could not cope with cricket’s intricacies. Bradman asked Vorster: “Have you ever heard of Garry Sobers?”

Vorster’s racist attitudes – Bradman thought them “ignorant and repugnant” – contributed to his change of mind, which had been precipitated by Burgmann and Rivett. Bradman flew to Britain to meet Harold Wilson and Ted Heath, British political leaders who had dealt with the protest problem in England. Bradman returned to Australia with his mind made up. He reached agreement with Cricket Board fellow members, called a media conference and announced the tour’s cancellation. Bradman made a simple one-line statement: “We will not play them [South Africa] until they choose a team on a non-racist basis.” In South Africa, Vorster vented his anger publicly against Bradman while the African National Congress rejoiced.

In response to Rivett’s congratulations, Bradman wrote: “I appreciate the compliments but, no offence meant, I’m not really in the mood to feel elated. I’ve seen too many sides of the issue, the good and bad of each. I was not cut out to be a politician or banner-carrier.

“In my few moments of triumph, if any, in the modern arena, I have sought seclusion and peace, not publicity. But hate it as I might, publicity seems to be my lot.”

Bradman knew he had ruined the Test careers of some of the finest cricketers, including Barry Richards, Hylton Ackerman and Graeme and Peter Pollock. South Africa’s team had been dominant, but now was in tatters and would have to disband.

Bradman’s no-tour decision put the Australian Cricket Board in a hole financially, and Bradman invited a magnificent multiracial combination, led by Sobers and including Ackerman and the Pollock brothers, to play against Ian Chappell’s young Australian team. The tour was a financial success.

On the bigger issue, Bradman succeeded where politicians and protesters failed because he went beyond entrenched arguments to uncover the integrity of the matter. His reputation and fame meant the unexpected move was a massive international blow to apartheid.

In April 1986, a Commonwealth group of seven “eminent persons”, including Malcolm Fraser, visited the imprisoned Nelson Mandela, whose commanding presence belied his 24 years of incarceration. His first question was, “Is Don Bradman still alive?” Bradman had been Mandela’s sporting hero, and his 1971 ban-the-tour decision deepened the endearment.

In 1993, a South African team, chosen on a non-racist basis, toured Australia.

1971 Springbok tour – A time to fight

The 1971 South African Springbok Rugby tour of Australia was the most controversial of all Australian involvement in ending the reign of Apartheid in South Africa. The six week tour of an all white South African team was dogged by protests where ever the team traveled. After a protest by more than 5,000 the Test Match in Melbourne was cancelled, while games in Sydney were played behind 2m chain wire fences.

But it was in Queensland where the issue escalated and then Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen issued a month long state of emergency. Joh was a supporter of the Apartheid regime in South Africa, but people took to the streets on mass to show their support for an end to Apartheid.

Future premier of Queensland Peter Beattie, left carrying a flag, demonstrating in Brisbane against South African apartheid

PETER BEATTIE, FORMER QUEENSLAND PREMIER: It was one of the reasons why I ended up in politics, so there you go. (Laughs) It really, sort of… Well, I’d always had an interest in politics. This really politicised my view that this was just wrong.

WAYNE GOSS, FORMER QUEENSLAND PREMIER: For us, racism was objectionable. And the Government taking a pro-apartheid position – which is what we felt they were doing – and on top of that, using the police deliberately, quite deliberately, to have a confrontation, I think, made us very angry.

Protesting in Queensland in the 1960’s & 70’s for civil and political rights here and abroad was always going to lead to a conflict with police. But that didn’t deter thousands of Queenslanders taking to the streets.

Mandela – Bring Him Back Home

The Movement to free Mandela and lift South Africa out of Apartheid, much like the Civil rights movement in the USA, had a great influence on Musician’s around the globe and inspired collaborations between Black and White. Not only was this music a show of solidarity, an echoing of the feelings of the repressed, but also a chance to show the beauty that is capable when Black and White come together.

Paul Simon worked with many South African artists to create his Album Graceland and performed Two concerts in HarareZimbabwe, in 1987, for a mixed crowd. Many of the audience were the exiled leadership group of the Anti-Apartheid movement.

UN Secretary-General: Message on Nelson Mandela International Day

Everybody remembers – and, indeed, needs – an inspirational figure who has played a signal role in their lives.  Nelson Mandela has been that role model for countless people around the world.

UN Sec. Gen. Ban Ki Moon

Nelson Mandela has been a lawyer and a freedom fighter, a political prisoner, a peacemaker and president.  A healer of nations and a mentor to generations, Nelson Mandela – or Madiba as he is affectionately known by millions – is a living symbol of wisdom, courage and integrity.

As we celebrate his 93rd birthday and this second Nelson Mandela International Day, I join with the Nelson Mandela Foundation in encouraging people around the globe to perform 67 minutes of public service on Mandela Day – one minute for every year of Mandela’s own service to humanity.

Nelson Mandela himself once said: “We can change the world and make it a better place.  It is in your hands to make a difference.”  Let us embrace this message.  Tutor a child.  Feed the hungry.  Volunteer your time at a local hospital or community centre.  Make the world a better place.

Together, the best way we can thank Nelson Mandela for his work is by taking action for others and inspiring change.

Mandela Day – Africa Week joins the world on this day 18th July to celebrate to celebrate Mandela Day and in doing so commencing what we are calling Africa week were we will explore the connection Australia shares and the contribution Africa and it’s people have made to our nation.

“Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes.”

“We would be honoured if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace and reconciliation,”

A Universal Declaration!

Following the brutality of the second World War, the violence, rape, genocide and destruction across the globe. International efforts were made to bring about a worldwide minimum for what all human beings were entitled to. The previous international charters and instruments had been too broad and not given much in the way of Individual protections.

All have rights!

In 1948 the UN General Assembly adopted The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, designed to enshrine forever more the basic rights all human beings are born with and cannot be taken away. While not designed to be a legal document the UDHR makes up part of what is known as customary International law. But more than six decades have passed and very few countries today live up to the promises of the declaration, many people do not know their rights and for the most part the abuse of these rights goes unpunished.

We must recommence an International dialogue on what these minimum standards are and how we must uphold them. Past generations went through great hardship and then great courage to draft these documents, we must honour the past, the present and the future by learning them, implementing them and enforcing them for the betterment and benefit of all.

Learn it, Do it, Teach it!

Revolution – Save the Kimberley

Revolution – John Butler

John Butler performs Revolution at the Blockade against Woodside.

From the protest camp and blockade to save the Kimberley. James Price Point, Kimberley, West Australia. Music: John Butler. Video: Paul Bell (Feral Films).

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