The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) would like to invite you to cover the virtual memorial for its former CEO Achmat Dangor, struggle activist, author and civil society leader. The memorial will be co-convened with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the Mandela Rhodes Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development.
Achmat gave many years of outstanding service to structures of civil society in South Africa – including the NMF, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Kagiso Trust and the Ford Foundation. He received many accolades for his tenure with UNAids in Geneva. His passion for justice and his managerial experience made him an adroit leader.
He joined the NMF in 2007, tasked with turning what was Madiba’s post-presidential office into a human rights oriented non-profit doing social justice work in the memory-dialogue nexus. His track-record in this role speaks for itself.
Achmat, of course, had an extraordinary life beyond institutional space. He had cut his teeth politically in the Black Consciousness Movement, worked with Bantu Steve Biko and other leaders of that generation, and gone on to support anti-apartheid work in a variety of settings and locations. As his apartheid-era security establishment file demonstrates, he was always able to keep one step ahead of the authorities.
He was an accomplished writer, and a founding member and Vice-President of the Congress of South African Writers. Among his brilliant and celebrated contributions to South African literature are works such as Bitter Fruit and Kafka’s Curse.
Date: Thursday, 17 September 2020
Time: 16:00 – 18:00
Programme directors (PD)
Mandela Rhodes Foundation CEO, Judy Vatiswa Sikuza and
Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund CEO, Kone Gugushe
Musical tribute: Soweto Gospel Choir
Mrs Graça Machel
Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa
Gauteng Premier David Makhura
To RSVP as attending, please follow the link below:
Nelson Mandela Foundation
+27 (0) 82 994 0349