1980s

mda45. Nelson Mandela – British honours

This list of honours conferred on Nelson Mandela by British organisations was issued by the Nelson Mandela Reception Committee after Mandela’s release in February 1990. It includes honorary degrees, honorary life memberships, and roads and venues named after Mandela. Mandela was honoured by towns and organisations all over Britain, from Exeter in the south-west to Aberdeen in northern Scotland.

she08. ‘Boycott Shell!’

In January 1987 the AAM launched a campaign for a boycott of Shell products as part of an international campaign to make Shell withdraw from South Africa. This leaflet was published shortly after Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. He endorsed the boycott and said that continued economic pressure was necessary to force the apartheid government into negotiations.

int45t. Brian Filling transcript

Brian Filling became involved in anti-apartheid campaigning as a student at Glasgow University in the late 1960s. He was a founder of the Scottish AAM Committee in 1976 and served as its Chair from 1976 to 1994, when he became Chair of ACTSA Scotland. He was a member of the Executive Committee of Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) from 1994 to 2011 and is now Honorary Consul for South Africa in Scotland. He was awarded the National Order of Companions of O R Tambo, the highest award made to non-South Africans, by the Republic of South Africa in 2012.       

This is a complete transcript of an interview carried out as part of the Forward to Freedom history project in 2013.

80s44. AAM Expansion Appeal

Support for anti-apartheid campaigns in Britain grew rapidly in the mid-1980s. The AAM launched this appeal so that it could increase its office space. The Movement depended entirely on small donations and membership subscriptions to finance its campaigns and received no support from government or grant-giving bodies.

80s54. ‘No Debt Rescheduling’

In August 1985 South Africa announced a moratorium on the repayment of its foreign debts after the US bank Chase Manhattan refused to roll over its loans. As a result, South Africa was forced to negotiate a series of short-term rescheduling agreements with overseas banking consortia. The AAM and End Loans to Southern Africa (ELTSA) campaigned to persuade the banks to refuse any further loans until apartheid was dismantled.

80s60. AAM membership leaflet

The AAM depended on membership subscriptions and small donations from supporters to finance its campaigns. It worked hard to recruit new members but its support base was always far larger than its membership.

int02a. Mike Terry interview clip

Mike Terry was the Executive Secretary of the Anti-Apartheid Movement from 1975 until it was dissolved after the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa in 1994.

In this clip Mike Terry talks about the broad appeal of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in the UK and its success as a single issue organisation.

int02t. Mike Terry transcript

Mike Terry was the Executive Secretary of the Anti-Apartheid Movement from 1975 until it was dissolved after the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa in 1994.

This is a complete transcript of an interview carried out in 2000 by Håkan Thörn.