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Global Advisory council The Council serves in an advisory capacity to provide a broad intellectual and historical frame of reference. The names of its members, their influence, networks and advice facilitate the international work of the Foundation. In view of the extent of the international marketing, enterpreneurship and repatriation initiatives, much of the work of the Ifa Lethu Foundation lies in the international arena and thus the role of an International Council is critical to the success of Ifa Lethu. I am very pleased to have been a founding member of the Ifa Lethu Foundation Global Advisory Council. The work of the Foundation since 2005 has been remarkable in the areas of repatriation of creative heritage works back to South Africa, as well in the development programmes implemented since 2008. You will read in this Report how the Ifa Lethu development projects are now producing creative entrepreneurs in art, crafts and fashion, as well as the fossil casting initiative. What is remarkable about these initiatives is the guiding principle of providing this culturally-rich country with trained creative entrepreneurs and employees who can make a positive contribution to the economy. Ifa Lethu’s programme of skills and enterprise development workshops, in partnership with the University of Pretoria School of Entrepreneurship, 6 Ifa lethu annual report 2012/13 as well as Business Incubator Programmes for township and rural youth and for rural women in the creative industries, have assisted thousands of people. Some have become successful entrepreneurs, some have found jobs at museums; they have all received business skills training, as well as creative techniques that enable them to look after their families and play a meaningful role in their communities. The demand for South African art, sculpture, art objects, craft and fashion by South Africans themselves, by the tourism industry and by foreign countries, also guides the Ifa Lethu Foundation’s strategy in its training programmes. The arts, crafts and cultural sector is a key economic driver in the country’s tourism industry. The Department of Trade and Industry estimates that South Africa’s creative sector alone contributes about R2-billion or 0.14% to South Africa’s GDP annually. The Foundation enjoys an impressive track record in developing creative entrepreneurs nationally. Ifa Lethu has aligned its work to the Millennium Goals and national priorities of poverty alleviation and employment creation in South Africa. Through its work over the last three years, the Foundation has successfully trained and assisted 2 300 young creative practitioners, especially rural women and youth, in the areas of visual arts, craft, sculpture, fossilised heritage and fashion, resulting in successful businesses and trade being developed, cultural tourism being generated and employment being created in the rural areas of South Africa. The South African Government views the work of the Foundation as an important contribution to poverty alleviation and the economic empowerment of rural communities, especially women and youth. This view is shared by the Ifa Lethu Global Advisory Council. By Lord Renwick of Clifton The Global Advisory Council advises the Executive Board on legal, financial and diplomatic issues in relation to repatriation, youth development and marketing in foreign countries. The Council meets annually and members are invited to all major events of the Foundation in SA and abroad. Council members are invited to advise the operational structure on the formation of partnerships and development of networks in their respective countries as well as funding opportunities. Ifa Lethu’s Development and Poverty Alleviation Programmes “Ifa Lethu’s programme of skills and enterprise development workshops, have assisted thousands of people.”


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