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Reference
Rustomjee, Cyrus  (2005) Jubilee South Africa. A case study for the UKZN project entitled: Globalisation, Marginalisation and New Social Movements in post-Apartheid South Africa : 1-33.

Summary
We are a coalition, a network, an organisation, a movement. As long as
we are a nascent formation, these things will tend to live together.
Maybe in the future, the organisational tendency will tend to become
more dominant, requiring a new definition of ourselves. (Interview, M.
P. Giyose, 07:10:04)

Jubilee South Africa (JSA) is a growing new social movement. Launched as Jubilee 2000 South Africa, in November 1998 at a conference of more than 60 civil society organisations, including the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), the South African NGO Coalition (SANGOCO) and churches, it changed its name to JSA in 2001. Initially closely associated with the international Jubilee 2000 Coalition, JSA would, in the early years of its existence, shed this association and establish itself as a South African movement, with programmes, campaigns and objectives firmly rooted in local struggles. From an almost exclusive initial focus on debt-related issues, JSA’s programmes and campaigns shifted to a campaign for reparations, and thereafter, to broader concerns for the achievement of social and economic justice. As observed by the movement’s former National Secretary, JSA was established as part of wider global jubilee movement, and that movement represents ‘not only a call for total, unconditional cancellation of developing countries’ odious debts […] but about general economic justice’ (Neville Gabriel in Ballenger 1999a).

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