The Board

Dr Narissa Ramdhani (CEO)

Dr Anna Mokgokong (Chair)

Raymond Louw (Deputy Chair)

Michael Judin

Tom Nevin

Kuseni Dlamini

The auditors are RAiN Chartered Accountants and Auditors.

Dr Narissa Ramdhani (CEO)

Dr. Narissa Ramdhani is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ifa Lethu Foundation and a member of the South African Board.While starting out her career with deep involvement in academia at institutions such as the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal (SA) Yale and Connecticut(USA), especially in the areas of politics and international relations, Dr. Ramdhani moved into the areas of Business, Heritage and Creative Development upon her appointment to the Ifa Lethu Foundation.

Her previous positions have included Directorships of Research Centres at the former Universities of Durban-Westville and Natal and positions with Yale University, former President Nelson Mandela’s special projects and the African National Congress.

She has held various fellowships, executive and non executive membership of national and international boards, and has chaired many national programmes and international partnerships and collaborative efforts.

Under her leadership Ifa Lethu has become the largest heritage repatriation organisation in South Africa with collections having been repatriated from countries such as the United States of America, Canada, France, Australia, Spain, Holland, the United Kingdom and Germany. She has also provided the vision to morph the Foundation into one of the largest creative entrepreneurial development organizations in the country providing skills for creative practitioners so they may become successful entrepreneurs. This extension has allowed the Foundation to align its work with the national priorities and Millennium Goals of poverty alleviation and community upliftment. This has led to several South Africa creative practitioners being catapulted onto the international stage and has assisted in turning their skills into commercially viable entities.

Dr Ramdhani holds the following degrees: University of KwaZulu- Natal Ph.D. (History), MA (African History): B.A. (History, Classical Civilization); University of South Africa – Honors (History; University of Connecticut - M.A. (Public History); and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters conferred in 2010, in Recognition of her contribution to South Africa’s rural development and from the University of Connecticut, USA. She is also currently the Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Chile in South Africa.

Dr Anna Mokgokong - Chair

Dr Anna Mokgokong is the co-founder and executive chairperson of Community Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd., a multi-billion rand black investment holding company. Born in Soweto and raised in Swaziland, she did a BSc at the University of Botswana and qualified as a medical doctor at MEDUNSA in South Africa.   She holds honors doctorate acknowledged by UNISA for her relentless effort to promote entrepreneurship. A born entrepreneur, the woman known simply as “Dr Anna” to her peers and employees was already doing business on the playground –selling sandwiches to classmates at her primary school.

In 1999 Dr. Anna was elected as the Business Woman of the year and in SA Stargroup leading woman entrepreneurs of the world 1998.

Most profoundly last year (2012), Shoprite/Checkers appointed Dr. Anna as the first female director in the company.

CEO Communications honoured her with a Lifetime Achiever Award for the most influential Woman in Business and Government (2013).

Her latest award was presented by the Black Management Forum - Tshwane Achievement Awards, as the Stalwarts Hall of Excellence Award (Nov. 2013).

In academia she serves on the University of Pretoria’s Department of Economic Sciences advisory board. She was also Chairman of UNISA.

She served as the President of (SAWEN), the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network, she was also president of (IWFSA), International Women’s forum South Africa and presented a paper at the Harvard Business school and was invited in 2010 by President Bill Clinton to a member of the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative.

She chairs for three listed companies: Jasco, Rebosis as well as Afrocentric health. Deputy Chairperson of Community Oil and Gas Trading, a hundred percent women owned oil and Gas Company. She also serves, in a non-executive capacity, on the boards of listed and unlisted companies. Her business, education and public sector achievements are extensive, and she has received numerous local and international awards.

In the public sector she has fulfilled a Deputy Chairperson role for the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers and as Chairperson on the board for the Small Development Enterprise Agency (SEDA). She was a commissioner on the Interim Defense Force Commission from 2009 to May 2013. In 2012 the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) appointed her as a Director on board.

Anna holds a BSc and an MB ChB from Medunsa .In addition, she holds Doct Honoris Causa (Commerce) from UNISA.

Dr Anna Honoured by DTI - Read here

Raymond Louw (Deputy Chair)

Raymond Louw is Editor and Publisher of SOUTHERN AFRICA REPORT, a private circulation weekly current affairs newsletter started in 1983 after he left South African Associated Newspapers where he had been general manager after editing its noted anti-apartheid newspaper, the Rand Daily Mail (1966-1977).

He started journalism on the "Mail" -- where he was shot at while riot reporting -- and later worked on newspapers in Sussex, Cumbria and London, England, for six years and on the Sunday Times in Johannesburg.

In the run up to South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994, while chairman of the Freedom of Expression Institute, he was appointed to the Independent Media Commission to ensure state broadcasting and state-financed publications were impartial. He was later appointed to a special Task Group on Government Communications to restructure the apartheid government's propagandist division.

He edited "Four Days in Lusaka -- Whites from 'Home' in talks with the ANC" (1989) and the narrative of "Nelson Mandela Pictorial Biography" by Peter Magubane (1994), was awarded the Pringle Medal for services to journalism by the SA Society of Journalists in 1976 and 1992 and made a Fellow of the International Press Institute.

He participated in a World Press Freedom Committee-IPI plea to the United Nations Human Rights Commission on the need to entrench Press Freedom as a human right (Geneva, Switzerland); he received the World Press Freedom Hero Award in 2012 from the International Press Institute and a Pringle Medal for services to journalism, twice awarded by the South African Society of Journalists; the Media Institute of Southern Africa’s Media Freedom Award; the South African National Editors’ Forum Wrottesley Award; the Mondi-Shanduka Newspaper Lifetime Achiever Award; another Lifetime Achiever Award in the Vodacom journalist of the year awards; the International Press Institute award for Press Freedom Campaigning; Doctor of Literature, honoris causa from the University of Rhodes.

Michael Judin

Michael Judin obtained his law degree at the University of the Witwatersrand and commenced practice in Johannesburg at the end of 1969. He is currently the senior partner of the Johannesburg based law firm, Goldman Judin Inc.. Goldman Judin is the winner of the International Law Office Client Choice 2012 Award in the general corporate (South Africa) category.

Michael is a director of, and legal adviser to, the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in South Africa. On 22 November 2006, Michael was inducted as an honorary life member of AmCham in recognition of exemplary leadership and dedicated service.

Michael is admitted as an attorney in Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, and is a member of the International Bar Association and an associate member of the American Bar Association. Michael is a member of the e-commerce advisory committee of the Financial Services Board of South Africa. He is a director of the Hospice Association of the Witwatersrand. He is an honorary member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa (IOD) and sits on the nomination committee of the IOD.

He is a member of the committee that wrote the Code for Responsible Investing in South Africa (CRISA), and a member of the committee that wrote King III, South Africa's Corporate Governance Code and Report, writing the chapter dealing with negotiation, mediation and arbitration. He is an honorary patron of the CGF Research Institute (Pty) Ltd and a patron of The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) and an adviser to the Cancer Association of South Africa.

Tom Nevin

How it all began

The following passage was taken from a feature by Dirkie Offringa, former chief curator of the Pretoria Art Museum. It was published in Ifa Lethu’s inaugural brochure. 

“The return to South Africa of Australian diplomat Diane Johnstone’s collection of art of the townships might have been relegated to a paragraph or two in the local press and quickly forgotten had it not been for journalist Tom Nevin.

“As South Africa correspondent for the Australian Sunday Age newspaper, Tom had been invited by Australian High Commissioner, Ian Wilcock, to cover the official handover to the mayor of Tshwane, Father Smangaliso Mkatshwa, of Di’s collection. Tom later called her in Canberra and in an hour-long conversation came to realise the implications: there might be thousands of pieces of ‘forgotten township art’ scattered around the world. He set about the formidable task of tracking them down.

“Getting every possible contact name from Diane of other diplomat-collectors of the time, he got the ball rolling. It took a year for him to gather enough evidence of the existence of such art around the world to approach me as the chief curator of the Pretoria Art Museum and seek my help.

“I readily agreed. When Tom showed me what he’d discovered, and in subsequent discussions with Di Johnstone, I was quite astounded that so much of our art heritage, especially from so historically poignant and significant a time, had disappeared. And, anyway, Tom on his Homecoming Mission, as he called it at the time, was hard to resist – you were simply carried along on the voyage of discovery. And what a ride it was, battling against all kinds of odds, many quite unexpected.

“The result, and the fact that Ifa Lethu has become an important component of South Africa’s art heritage, made the effort completely worthwhile.”

Today Tom writes for leading newspapers and journals in South Africa and abroad and has had several books published on African culture and tradition.

Kuseni Dlamini

Previously CEO at Old Mutual Life Assurance Company, Kuseni Douglas Dlamini, BA, M.Phil is a renowned South Africa businessman. A Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he read for his Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Degree, he joined De Beers in 1996 at its head office in Johannesburg as the Head of public affairs.

He held a number of senior management positions at De Beers operations in South Africa and United Kingdom and at the Diamond Trading Company's London offices between 1996 and 2003. Moving to Anglo American South Africa he held various executive positions at Anglo American plc and Anglogold Ashanti in Johannesburg.

He has been an Interim Chairman at Avusa Limited since October 2012. He served the Chairman of Soul City Broad-based Empowerment Company. He served as Executive Chairman of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal Co., Ltd (RBCT) from 2005 to June 30, 2008. He serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Teba Ltd. He has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd. since April 1, 2012. Mr. Dlamini serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Business Initiative (NBI). He served as Director of Richards Bay Coal Terminal Co., Ltd.

He served as Executive Director of Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (South Africa) Limited from September 1, 2009 to January 2012. He served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Mvelaphanda Group Ltd. from 2006 to December 5, 2012 and served as its Lead Independent Non-Executive Director from January 18, 2012 to December 5, 2012. He served as a Non Executive Director of Rebserve Holdings Ltd. since August 2003, Anglo American Platinum Limited from September 2008 to August 31, 2009 and Massmart Holdings Ltd. from November 1, 2006 to June 2011.

He is a Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the office of the Chief Economist of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry South Africa (Chamsa). In March 2008, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF). During the same month, Miningx selected him as one of the top 100 most influential people in South African mining. In June 2008, South Africa's Mail & Guardian newspaper selected him as one of South Africa’s top 200 young people you must take to lunch.