Notice of DASA Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting
Democrats Abroad South Africa

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all members of Democrats Abroad South Africa (DASA) that:
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members will be held virtually on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 6:00pm SA time to consider and act upon the following matters:

  1. Approval of the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting
  2. Report from the Chair for the preceding year
  3. Treasurer’s Report on accounts for the period January 2021 – March 2022
  4. Special Election to fill Executive Committee vacancies (for the period 2022 – 2023)
  5. Consideration of other matters as may properly come before the meeting

Any member of DASA is eligible to submit their candidacy for the four open positions on the Executive Committee: Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and (1) Member-at-Large.

With 2022 a critical election year we need all hands on deck and encourage members interested in joining our leadership team to submit a CV, short motivation and which position(s) you’re running for. We’re looking for candidates who will play a proactive leadership role and have time to contribute regularly for a one-year tenure.

To be considered for a vacancy, you must be a member of DASA for at least 14 days prior to the AGM (March 15th). If you’re unsure of your current membership status, please confirm directly with Bradley Jackson, DASA Chair. Those new to Democrats Abroad are invited to join by February 28th at to be eligible.

The Nominations and Election Committee (NEC) is accepting nominations, please submit your candidacy via email to [email protected].  The nominations and elections committee will gladly discuss any aspect of serving on the Executive Committee and answer any questions you may have about DA­SA.

Please submit your candidacy for the interested office on or before midnight on February 22nd.

Ballots for the Exco Special elections will be sent out to all DASA members on February 24th.

Every DASA member is invited and encouraged to attend the AGM.

Hope to see you all on the March 15th!

From DA South Africa




In the Spirit of Democracy: The Life of Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu

Robert H. Kelley III
December 26, 2021

Living on the continent of Africa for over 26 years has been the center of my pastoral education and maturity. As a pastor for the last twenty years in South Africa, it is easy to profess that the work of Archbishop Desmond Tutu had a profound impact on my development and perceptions of the role of a pastor and their challenges after the Sunday Services.  The life of Archbishop Tutu addressed the universal question of how does a pastor journey with his congregation and meet people at their place of need? Archbishop Desmond Tutu found the answer that resonated with many bishops, pastors, professors and authors. He seemed to espouse the idea that spiritual leadership required one simply to use the Bible as a guide to create change and inspire reconciliation in one’s community.

The celebrated and globally recognized leadership of Archbishop Desmond Tutu exemplified a life determined to improve the lives and conditions of all people. Equally significant, his undeniable quest to see that South Africa, as a nation, achieved the highest principles of freedom, governance, and democracy was a clear calling from which he never retreated. The archbishop served as a clarion voice, outlining the call for a balanced society, rift with the injustices of the Apartheid era.

The passing of South Africa’s renowned spiritual leader has led to deep reflection for nations around the world. Not only did Archbishop Tutu serve as a spiritually led conscientious objector for a government that held its majority population in economic, social and political chains, but his voice became a moral compass, globally, during the turbulent times in South Africa’s governance. Other nations also found relevance in his principles of political theology.

It cannot be overlooked that his inspiration also changed the concept of societal justice. He will be equally remembered for his fellowship with the country’s first democratic president, Nelson Mandela, in the cause for a better and just nation for the people of South Africa. This commitment to fighting for justice and love for everyone, irrespective of race, gender, class, or religion was a true hallmark of Archbishop Tutu’s legacy.

The spirit of this great leader is a bell that tolls for those who seek to strive continuously to achieve the highest form of democracy.  His life was a symbol of truth, forgiveness, and reconcilement.  His legacy firmly paves the way for all societies looking to achieve true and just democratic rule.

What might be equally important, is that Archbishop Desmond Tutu not only spoke for a newly-democratized South Africa, but also gave people a sense that democracy has divine roots. The notion that somehow democracy sits under the office of not simply a people, a vote and their rule, but rather under the office a higher authority. Through his foresight, nations have come to understand that democratic rule can assume a corrupt nature and masquerade under the idea that the government knows best. Archbishop Tutu had a way of helping all of humanity understand that a government is not a pure democracy based on what it does but rather what motivates a government to govern in the way they do. Through his vison we have learned to understand the value proposition of fair governing and the accompanying spirit of rule.

Finally, one cannot ignore the impact that Archbishop Desmond Tutu has had on hundreds of thousands of spiritual leaders across the globe in becoming outspoken activists of political theology in their own political jurisdictions. The archbishop’s life and principles have influenced my own life in many ways and I too strive to contribute toward democracy. I became a founder of Democrats Abroad South Africa (DASA) several years ago and am currently involved with the establishment of the Democrats Abroad Africa Committee, expanding our involvement across the continent. The idea remains that if a pastor from a small village in South Africa can change the policies of nations in a manner that improves the lives of people, why can’t Americans residing in South Africa and across the entire region do the same. 

While Archbishop Tutu will be laid to rest and Africans, Americans and people from across the globe will mourn with his family and the nation of South Africa, his work will continue. It will continue in people that have been touched by his calling and passion for justice. Although the work is truly plentiful, the laborers are few. Yet, it only takes a few to make a difference; or even just one like Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  

Robert H. Kelley III is the co-founder of Democrats Abroad South Africa (DASA) and Director of Staffing for the Democrats Abroad Africa Committee, which supports the voting needs of Americans residing abroad in Africa.  Robert Kelley also serves as Chairman and CEO of Crestmount International as an Africa-wide para-theological organization headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.


DASA Voices - November 2021

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

Mary Tomlinson Oct 2021, Cape Town

The pen is mightier than the sword is a motto that we Democrats should all adopt.  For Democrats living abroad, who feel totally locked out of our political system, putting concerns, frustrations and recommendations to paper, or in this day and age sending an email, can be an antidote to the anxiety, dread and fear we are feeling about the slow death of our democracy.

I practically have my representatives, Senator Patty Murray and Congresswoman Susan DelBene, on Speed Dial.  All of the members of the U.S. Congress have a web page and somewhere on it you will find a CONTACT ME link.  I would highly recommend you use it.  I have written many times about issues I am upset about, for example, the unfairness of taxation laws for people living overseas; police brutality; the need to bring the perpetrators of 6 January to justice and so on.

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DASA Voices September 2021

DASA Voices – September 2021

Eve Thompson photo

The DASA Women’s Caucus hosted a Women’s Month conversation with Barbara Ludman, Mary Tomlinson and Eve Thompson about their experiences living in South Africa in the 70s, 80s and 90s. In the months ahead we hope to be creative in finding ways for DASA members to get to know each other, build community, and share both perspectives and experiences as Americans living in South Africa.

Eve Thompson was involved in South Africa as an Anti-Apartheid Lawyer and now, after living in DR Congo, Jordan and other parts of the world, lives in South Africa again, in Knysna, with her family.

She told her story through highlighting the impact of several amazing women – their impact on her own life and on the country. As we don’t have clips from the session to share more widely, we asked her to share an excerpt from her notes from that day.

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Turn your skills and interests into a contribution toward democracy by volunteering with DASA!

Picture of DASA volunteersVolunteers drive Democrats Abroad! Volunteer with DASA to play a part in developing our country committee and American democracy!  

We are looking for volunteers to help us gear up as we build the organization and prepare for the 2022 and 2024 elections! Whether you’re interested in an ongoing role or a have just a few hours to share from time to time, there’s an opportunity for everyone.

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Meet your DASA Executive Committee: Counsel

This January, DASA elected a new Executive Committee to lead South Africa's efforts. In this final post of the series of introductions to each of the new officers, we'll meet your Counsel, Monique.

If you have any questions, or if you're interested in pitching in, please contact us at [email protected]


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Meet your DASA Executive Committee: Member-at-Large

This January, DASA elected a new Executive Committee to lead South Africa's efforts. In a series of posts, we'll introduce you to each of the new officers. Today, we'll meet one of your two Members-at-Large, Khary.

If you have any questions, or if you're interested in pitching in, please contact us at [email protected]


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Meet your DASA Executive Committee: Member-at-Large

This January, DASA elected a new Executive Committee to lead South Africa's efforts. In a series of posts, we'll introduce you to each of the new officers. Today, we'll meet one of two Members-at-Large, Elizabeth.

If you have any questions, or if you're interested in pitching in, please contact us at [email protected]


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