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Ceo-yeAR in ReView the year under review – 2012/2013 – has been fi lled with activities by our staff and our consultants. indeed, for the fi rst time in our history, we have included a section in this report (Page 9) on our consultants, their activities during the period and how they add value to the work performed by ifa lethu across the country and even globally. when we started our organisation back in 2005, we determined then to opt for the inclusion of best-of-breed and knowledgeable consultants to help the foundation in spreading the vision and implementing the mission. to date, i can confi dently say this model has done us well. we have touched thousands of learners and visitors with our programmes, our exhibitions and our presence from limpopo to london. early in the year we secured the services of a well-known and respected pair of consultants from our friends at the university of Pretoria to assist us in assessing and advising on how we could begin the move to an integrated reporting process. this year’s annual report, therefore, is a fi rst step in that direction and with time we hope to move completely to achieve that goal. (see Page 16) it is our wish that we stand alongside organisations who have already achieved this goal so that our funders, donors and stakeholders have a 12 ifA lethu AnnuAl RepoRt 2012/13 completely transparent view of how we manage our projects and administration processes. as i look back over the past 8 years, each year i am proud to add to our achievements and report on how our development programmes in visual arts, craft work, fossil casting, fashion design and business training has catapulted local talent onto the world’s stages in these industries. our projects section in this report (Page 21) reports on just a few. in recent years, ifa lethu’s focus has broadened to include the development element aligned to the national development Plan and mzansi’s golden economy. this has resulted in the development of creative entrepreneurs and successful employment creation for south africa’s creative practitioners. recently we have taken our enterprise development programme to rural communities via our mobile ‘creative hands’ workshops, set up permanent business incubators, and focused on the crafters in small villages and put them through the same training as our young artists. our fossil casting programme (Page 24) continues to add talented young people to a global pool of much needed reliable and accurate fossil casters who are working locally, globally and entrepreneurially. having the internationally renowned dr lee berger as mentor of this programme, his team from the the centre for human evolution at the university of the witwatersrand has produced many casters who are in demand from museums and anthropological programmes across the globe. south africa is on the map as an anthropological world heritage site and it is our fossil casters who produce the casts on sale across the world at airports and places of natural history. we have taken disadvantaged young people, opened their eyes to their heritage and roots and thrust them into a new world. we continue to add to our heritage collections. ifa lethu’s fi rst vision was to repatriate south africa’s ‘lost art’ taken out of the country during the struggle when the work of black artists held no value. forbidden to exhibit their work in public in case their social commentary and depictions of oppression, so ably captured on canvas, paper, and other media, would incite greater unrest, it was left to small numbers of brave diplomats and business people who risked much to listen to township jazz and see these vivid works of art. Dr Narissa Ramdhani CEO “we cOntinue tO add tO Our heritage cOllectiOns.”


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