A large part of ACTSA Scotland's activity at present is giving support to the Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial Foundation, which arose out of the past work of the Anti-Apartheid Movement Scottish Committee and ACTSA Scotland.  The Foundation was formally registered in December 2016 as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) with the purpose of increasing awareness of the life, work and legacy of Nelson Mandela, of the connections between him and Scotland, and of other links between Scotland and South Africa over the years.   A major early objective will be to fund and erect a statue of Mandela in Nelson Mandela Place in Glasgow in recognition of that being the first city in the world to grant him the Freedom of the City (in 1981), an initiative that was very significant at the time. Work with schools is another early activity, as is celebration of Mandela's centenary year - 2018.
     The Foundation is an independent charity but ACTSA Scotland has agreed to work closely with it in achieving these objectives.  More information can be found at mandelascottishmemorial.org 

    The ACTSA Scotland Book Appeal is now suspended until further notice due to a major refurbishment of Hillhead Library in Glasgow, which has been our base for sorting, packing and storing the books.
  
    All other ACTSA Scotland activities continue as normal, including stalls at conferences and other events to spread information about Southern Africa and to assist community projects there.