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Ifa lethu annual report 2012/13 13 CEO-Year in Review Bruce Haigh, Dr Anna, David Poshoko, Dr Ramdhani We are happy to report that founding donor Bruce Haigh, an Australian diplomat of the time, visited our shores during this last year, promising his family he would take time to show them the country he fell in love with all those years ago. It was our great honour to host Bruce and his family to a wonderful evening, hosted by Dr Anna Mokgokong at her home, so he could meet old friends, some surviving artists and fellow diplomats. Bruce, you are always welcome at Ifa Lethu. It is these infrequent gatherings that bring home the sad fact that our struggle artists of the 1960s to 1980s are slowly leaving us as the years and deprivation take their toll. Fortunately, their memories of those dreadful times live on. During the last year we have taken our Collections across the planet and for the first time we were invited to participate in the France/South Africa Seasons with our “Home & Away” exhibition. The exhibition was shown in two venues at Nantes, France. Nantes is the 6th largest city in France - historically significant as over 40 percent of the French slave trade was carried out via the city, with around 450 000 men, women and children abducted from Africa to America. A recent memorial to this dark side of history has been built and it is appropriate that while we remember apartheid through the artworks in the exhibition, we, like Nantes, celebrate our progress to freedom. The timing of the exhibition was planned to coincide with the 5th World Forum on Human Rights in Nantes, entitled “Sustainable Development - Human Rights: A Common Struggle”. The headquarters of the Forum are in Nantes and I was privileged to be invited to address the Forum. We also were present at the London Olympics, as a request, and funded by our stalwart supporter, the Department of Arts and Culture. The exhibition at the Oxo Tower Wharf was seen by thousands of visitors in London for the games, and once again South Africa appeared on the culture tours map. This is just a taste of what we have achieved this past year – you will find more in this Report and on our website. While funding continues to be a challenge, we have maintained and managed our projects, achieved our objectives, and look forward to the excitement of the 20 Years of Freedom in 2014. Our planning has begun. I must record my thanks to our wonderful local Board for their support and trust over this last period. This mission is not achieved by one person. To the Global Advisory Council, you continue to challenge, support and open some magical doors for our work to take the most exciting roads. Finally, to my dedicated team permanent staff members – you rock. “We also were present at the Lo ndon Olympics, requested and funded by our stalwart Department of Arts and Culture.”


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