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.


Ifa Lethu Takes London

The Ifa Lethu Foundation is well known for both its local and global outreach programmes  showcasing South Africa’s emerging creative talent. Alongside its heritage repatriation and advocacy efforts, a strong development programme aimed at skilling creative entrepreneurs has been in place for the youth of South Africa.


Left to right: Hugh Masekela, Sujata Rajoo, Mick Hucknall, Bette Kun and Larry Willis

Dame Nicola Brewer (previous British High commissioner to SA) with her husband Geoff Gilham

Sir Michael Bear (Lord Mayor Locum Tenens) and Dr Anna Mokgokong

‘We have been planning our 20 Years of Democracy programme for almost three years,’ says Ifa Lethu CEO Dr Narissa Ramdhani. ‘The London events in the first week of September were highlights of our global programme.’

The London events have been positioned under the banner of financial investment to allow Ifa Lethu to act as the access point to critical networks for business in the UK and South Africa. Encouraging greater investment in South Africa would mean more employment for youth and others in deprived areas-thus finding synergy with the objectives of Ifa Lethu’s poverty alleviation and employment initiatives. This strategy demonstrated how

a heritage development organisation could be leveraged effectively globally and nationally-thus compelling sectors such as Government and the Private sector to view their work with respect.

The Gala investment dinner, which was preceded by a business breakfast hosted by Ifa Lethu, was held in the stunning Egyptian Room of Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London on the evening of 4th September. The purpose of the dinner was to create an opportunity for South African and British companies to network on the evening.

A charity auction was conducted by Bonhams of London where items such as art works by South African artists, Michael Selekane and Amita Makan, jewellery by Jenna Clifford, among others, raised funds for the Foundation’s development programme. It was followed by a special performance by jazz legends Hugh Masekela (an Ifa Lethu

Board member) and Larry Willis. CF

Dame Nicola Brewer (previous British 

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.