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. 


Edward Maqwacha Miya is our featured artist (fashion designer) for this quarter.  Edward has been fortunate to have participated in the Ifa Lethu Creative Entrepreneurship training and Mentoring programmes the Ditlabeng Municipality(Clarens) of the Free State Province in 2016-2017.


Layziehound Coka

Born and raised in Bilanyoni, Zululand, Layziehound Coka attended Bilanyoni Primary School, then Inkamana Catholic High School in Vryheid, 1995, and graduated high school at Sinethemba Agricultural and Technical High School in 2000. His art training began at Boksburg College, followed by the then Pretoria Technikon in 2003 studying enineering. In 2005 he attended Artist Proof Studio until 2007 doing printmaking.

Layzie has participated in number of group exhibitions and few solo exhibitions. He has also exhibited in public and private spaces and in commercial galleries. Before his training at Artist Proof Studios, he was teaching drawing in his studio at home.

Layziehound shows great versatility and ability to create striking and different artworks, using mainly charcoal and pastel and oil on canvas. Lazy has started amassing a following of local and international collectors and with the last few years creating a feeling in the art world as one to watch. It goes without saying that layzie has an exciting career ahead of him. Ifa Lethu is proud name him as our current Artist of the Month - you can contact Layzie through our offices.

It is only a matter of time before people are saying "I wish I bought his works back then!’’.




Ifa Lethu completed two further projects nationally in recent months.  They included the Creative Entrepreneurial Project Phase 2 in Clarens, Free State and the Arts and Craft Beneficiation Project for the Cradle of Humankind (COH)  World Heritage Site, the latter being the Foundation’s flagship project for 2016-2017.