Boycott

msc18. ‘Boycott Apartheid Gold’

Mug produced for the campaign for a boycott of South African gold.

boy17. ‘Don’t buy products of apartheid!’

After the release of Nelson Mandela in February 1990 the AAM continued to campaign for a boycott of South African goods. It argued that economic pressure was necessary to force the apartheid government to agree to genuine majority rule. This leaflet quoted Mandela, ‘Take whatever action you can to isolate apartheid’.

boy18. ‘Boycott Apartheid Gold!’

In 1990 the AAM focused on gold jewellery as part of its consumer boycott campaign. South Africa’s main trading partners banned sales of Krugerrands in the mid 1980s. As a result of the campaign, the jewellery chain Ratners agreed to remove identifiable South African gold from the jewellery sold in its shops. This leaflet was one of a series published after the release of Nelson Mandela arguing that continued economic pressure was necessary to force the apartheid government into negotiations.

boy19. ‘Stop Tourism to South Africa!’

In 1990 the AAM made tourism a major part of its consumer boycott campaign. It wrote to major British holiday companies about their policy on selling trips to South Africa. Local AA groups campaigned to persuade local travel agents to stop promoting South African holidays. In London local activists held a sit-in next to the South African Airways stall at the World Travel Market in the Olympia exhibition centre. This leaflet was published after Prime Minister Thatcher lifted Britain’s voluntary ban on encouraging tourism to South Africa. It was one of a series published after the release of Nelson Mandela.

boy21. ‘Keep up the boycott!’

During the on-off negotiations for a new South African constitution in 1991–93, the AAM called for a constituent assembly and an interim government to oversee the transition to majority rule. This leaflet argued that continued economic pressure was necessary to force the apartheid government to agree to majority rule.

boy20. ‘Apartheid is not dead! Keep up the boycott!’

After the release of Nelson Mandela in February 1990 the AAM continued to campaign for a boycott of South African goods. It argued that economic pressure was necessary to force the apartheid government to agree to genuine majority rule. This leaflet quoted Mandela, ‘Take whatever action you can to isolate apartheid’.

boy23. ‘South African products are not sold here’

Window sticker for independent retailers who agreed not to stock South African products.

doc63. Supping with the Devil: Scotland’s Apartheid Connection

Report making the case for sanctions against South Africa and examining the role played by Scottish companies in the apartheid economy. The report reviews Scottish anti-apartheid campaigns and assesses the impact of the boycott of South African goods.