ORGANIZATION OF AFRICAN UNITY (OAU) / AFRICAN UNION (AU)
HISTORY AND PRESENT STATUS
The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was established on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, on signature of the OAU Charter by representatives of 32 governments. A further 21 states have joined gradually over the years, with South Africa becoming the 53rd member on 23 May 1994.
The OAU aims to promote the unity and solidarity of African States; co-ordinate and intensify their co-operation and efforts to achieve a better life for the peoples of Africa; defend their sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence; eradicate all forms of colonialism from Africa; promote international co-operation, giving due regard to the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and co-ordinate and harmonise members’ political, diplomatic, economic, educational, cultural, health, welfare, scientific, technical and defence policies.
PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL HONOURED
After a month long business trip to Africa attending the largest black film festival in the world, the Pan African Festival of Cinema and Television (FESPACO) in Ouagadougou, Burtina Faso Ayuko Babu, Executive Director of PAFF along with Director of Programming Asantewa Olatunji returned to Los Angeles with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). The AMAA held its ninth award ceremony on April 20, 2013 in Yenagoa, Nigeria, the Bayelsa state capital, honoring top films and performances from Africa and its Diaspora.
A DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION FRAMEWORK FOR RURAL AND SEMI-URBAN AREAS IN SOUTH AFRICA
A Development Information Framework For Rural And Semi-Urban Areas In South Africa
CUSTOMARY MARRIAGES IN SOUTH AFRICA
In South Africa, customary marriages were not recognized until 1998 when the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act 12 of 1998 (the Act) was passed.
Parties would previously negotiate lobola and conclude their marriages which marriages were under the law not recognized.