Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition:  Pretoria

Ifa Lethu has been implementing a vigorous exhibition and outreach programme nationally. To commemorate the Mandela Centenary,  the Pretoria Art Museum has collaborated with the Ifa Lethu Foundation to launch he exhibition entitled “Nelson Mandela’s 100th birth anniversary/Resistance Art of the 1960’s until the 1980’s”.  The exhibition runs at the Pretoria Art Museum until November 2018.

Australians Against Apartheid Exhibition:  Cape Town

To commemorate the role of Australians against Apartheid, Ifa Lethu has collaborated  with the Australian Alliance in the mounting of its exhibition entitled “Memories of Struggle:  Australians Against Apartheid”. The exhibition opens in Cape Town in October 2018 at the Castle of Good Hope

         

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 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.

     

Letter from Ifa Lethu Chairperson

Dear Narissa

I attended the State Funeral for former Prime Australian Minister, the Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser AC CH  yesterday.

There was a very big turnout and the small Scots Church could not accommodate everyone. I was advised late Thursday afternoon to go to the church across the street, St Michael's, where there was live screening of the service. This church too was full.

The service had a strong family focus with very moving tributes from Mr Fraser’s children and especially lovely tributes from two of his granddaughters. I will attach some reporting so you can read this.

During the service there was mention of Mr Fraser’s long involvement in activities after politics and his strong opposition to apartheid in South Africa. There was also reference to his involvement in the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group. There was no specific mention of the Foundation, but there was reference to many condolence messages to the family from overseas. I assume that one of these was from Ifa Lethu?

It was not possible to convey condolences to Mr Fraser’s family directly after the service. However I assume that the family would have seen the letter that went to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. I also signed the attendance register at the church as a representative of the Ifa Lethu Foundation. There is a condolence book at Old Parliament House in Canberra where I can record full condolences, which was more than was possible on the simple attendance register. Do let me know if you think it necessary for me to also do this? If so, I would need to do this quickly.      

On a personal note, along with others who attended Mr Fraser’s funeral in Melbourne, and very many people listening to the service around Australia, it was an occasion to say a very sad farewell to a great Australian and a respected elder statesman who had a passionate commitment to human rights and who throughout his long political career and afterwards took such a very strong and public stand against racism and injustice.

As you expected, it was not appropriate to take photos but I have attached the front and back pages of the order of service so you can see this.

Kind regards

Di Johnstone AM

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