Solly Malope was born in 1953 in Lady Selbourne, Pretoria. When Malope was 10 years old, his family was forced to relocate from Lady Sebourne to Atteridgeville. His father, himself a creative man, encouraged his young son to produce some drawings. With time, Molope mastered the art which became his life. When Malope was at a junior secondary school (1971), he won an art exhibition ahead of black students in the rest of Pretoria. Malope found himself a market at an early age as his final products were often sold through a curio shop in Pretoria.
Ifa Lethu Mourns the Passing of its Board Member
Together with South Africa, the Ifa Lethu foundation mourns the passing of legendary jazz musician, Hugh Masekela. Uncle Hugh lost his courageous battle with prostate cancer in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 23 January 2018. While the country mourns the loss of such phenomenal talent in the music industry, Ifa Lethu mourns the loss of a very dear friend and advisor. After serving as a founding Director on the Foundation’s South African Board, Uncle Hugh went on to sit on Ifa Lethu’s Board of Elders. During his tenure on the latter he continued to provide wise counsel on our work and projects as well as to motivate our youth entrepreneurs. His involvement and performances in our many global events was legendary. This was especially the case when he performed for the FTSE 100 CEO’s and Chairpersons as well as celebrities at the Lord Mayor’s/Ifa Lethu Gala Investment Dinner in London. Hamba Kahle Uncle Hugh and May You continue to inspire us and our youth for eternity.
|Director and CEO, Dr. Narissa Ramdhani addressed delegates at the 2nd National Conference of the South African Cultural Observatory on The Creative Economy and Development. The conference was held at the Turbine Hall, Johannesburg from 24-26 May 2017. Her address was entitled.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Rural Industrialisation and Development: Successes for Ifa Lethu in the Creative Economy of South Africa.
|Brand Ambassador of Ifa Lethu, Michael Selekane, joined Dr. Ramdhani as a co-presenter at the Cultural Observatory National Conference in May 2017.|