Bodleian Library logo

Department of Special Collections
Contact Information
Search All Online Catalogues

Consulting material: To consult archives and manuscripts, a full and unrestricted Bodleian reader's card (Group A) is required. You should apply for your card at the Admissions Office.

Pre-ordering: Before your visit you may order up to ten items by emailing Please be advised that some collection material is held offsite; we advise pre-ordering at least two working days before your visit to ensure material is available on your arrival.

Collection Level Description: Address by Professor Kader Asmal

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. s. 2312
Title: Address by Professor Kader Asmal
Dates of Creation: c1999
Extent: 1 folder

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Professor Kader Asmal was born in Stanger, South Africa, 1934, training as a teacher then spending 30 years in exile during the banning of the African National Congress. While in exile, he became a barrister in Britain and Ireland, studied at the London School of Economics and taught law at Trinity College, Dublin, winning the UNESCO Prize in 1983 for teaching human rights law.

He was a founder of the British and Irish Anti-Apartheid Movements and achieved a number of honours and citations in the area of human rights and social justice. He made an important contribution to the drafting of the South African Constitution, promoted equality of gender, and was made a Professor of Human Rights at the University of the Western Cape on his return to South Africa.

In 1994 he was appointed Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, spearheading an overhaul of water management, based on a sustainable approach. He was instrumental in the National Water Act of 1998, the Community Water Supply and Sanitation Program, the Working Water Program and the National Water Conservation Campaign. In [1999] he became Minister of Education but maintained a keen interest in water and environmental management, as Chairman of the World Commission Dams, a key member of the World Water Commission for the 21st Century, and a contributor to the Stockholm Water Symposia, for instance.

He has been awarded honorary doctorates for human rights by Queen's University, Belfast, 1966, for water conservation and environmental concerns by Rhodes University, 1997, his work in civil liberties and international action against apartheid by Trinity College, Dublin, 1998, and for water conservation by the University of Cape Town, 1999. He was also given the Chair of the Ethics Subcommittee of the Houses of Parliament in South Africa.

Scope and Content

Copy of address by Professor Asmal to the Anti-Apartheid Movement's 40th Anniversary Symposium at South Africa House, London, 26th June 1999.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were brought from the Symposium on 26th June 1999.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Access Points

Asmal | Kader | b 1934 | Professor | anti-apartheid campaigner environmentalist politician

Anti-Apartheid movements | South Africa | Congresses

Anniversary Symposium of the Anti-Apartheid Movement (40th: 1999: London)

Transformation from XML to HTML by Lawrence Mielniczuk
07 February 2012