What is the ARNSA?

The Anti-Racism Network of South Africa (ARNSA) is an alliance of organisations working to respond to racism in South Africa. The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation facilitated the formation of ARNSA and currently serve as the secretariat.


Anti-Racism Week


Anti-Racism Week is held annually in South Africa during Human Rights Month from March 14-21. It culminates on Human Rights Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

It is an annual focus week aimed at creating public awareness about racism, and how it affects individuals and broader society. It’s about ensuring that there is a countrywide focus on tackling racism and that it remains on the national agenda.

While Anti-Racism Week is initiated by ARNSA, it aims to get all sectors of society involved and encourages self-initiated activities during the week.

Why #RootOutRacism?

The campaign calls on all who live in South Africa to get involved in rooting out racism. We want people to understand the root causes of racism and how over centuries, it has shaped the DNA of our society. From slavery and colonialism to apartheid, racism’s roots run deep.

South Africa has, in the last few years, seen an upsurge of overt racial incidents, some of which have involved violence. We should be questioning what lies behind racist mentality, what fuels it and what can be done to change it. We believe that we should not just be tackling its manifestations, but the mindsets, inequalities, systems, policies, cultures and
conditions that sustain racism in post-apartheid South Africa.

To be part of this campaign email antiracismnet@gmail.com with your ideas and projects.

View the ARNSA media toolkit

Guiding principles

Download the

Guiding Principles Document  

Organisations forming the network

Academy of Sport Alchemy / Golden Youth Club ActionAid
Activate Leadership African Centre for Migration and Society
Ahmed Kathrada Foundation AIESEC University of Pretoria
Apartheid Museum ASRI Future Leaders Fellowship Programme
Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Black Sash
British Council Centre for the Advancement of Nonracialism and Democracy (CANRAD)
Central University of Technology (CUT) City Year
Co-operative for Research and Education (CORE) Constitution Hill
Corruption Watch Department of Justice
Department of Sport and Recreation Dr Viljoen Hoerskool
Equal Education Foundation Fietas Museum
Ghandi Memorial Committee Human Sciences Research Council
Inkulu Freeheid Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
Inyathelo: Sustainable Higher Education Jesuit institute of South Africa
Jewish Board of Deputies Jewish Voice for Peace
June 16 Foundation Sophie A Kanza Foundation
Lillies Leaf Trust Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA)
Mohobo Teacher & Parent Fundraising and Support Foundation Moral Regeneration Movement
Museum Africa My Hands and Heart
Nelson Mandela Foundation Nerd Africa
Pietermaritzburg Gandhi Memeorial Committee Palistine Solidarity Alliance
Reach For A Dream Foundation Saint Stithians High School
Siriti Institute South African Catholic Bishops Conference
Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference South African Council of Churches
South African Municipal Workers Union Steve Biko Foundation
Sydenham Community Tamil Federation
Teenagers Against Drug Abuse Thabo Mbeki Foundation
University of Free State University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
University of South Africa University of the Witwatersrand
Vaal University of Technology Wits Centre for Diversity Studies 
Young and Able Youth Desk, Office of the Presidency
Youth for Human Rights Zakheni Arts Therapy Foundation

How to join

Organisations or individuals can participate in the work of ARNSA by joining any of the planned activities. Contact ARNSA for details.

For more details on how to get involved, email seanakf@gmail.com

membership form

ARNSA membership declaration

Organisation pro forma letter