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Roelof ‘Pik’ Botha 1932-2018

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“Southern Africa is like a zebra, you cannot put a bullet in the white stripe & think the animal will not die.”

“Pik Botha for twenty years, was pulling and pushing and dragging and arguing and getting himself nearly kicked out of the National Party. But he stayed the course, he stayed with his party, and he brought them into an new era in which F W couldn’t do on his own, which P W couldn’t do on his own, none of them had the courage, the determination, the vision.”

Vic Zazeraj
Private Secretary to Pik Botha (1981-1986)

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“Pik Botha was a key leader in the release of Nelson Mandela, and the transition to a constitutional democracy in 1994. He wanted a better South Africa to emerge from its divided past. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.”

Ivor Ichikowitz
Chairman, Ichikowitz Family Foundation

Watch the Pik Tribute Movie:

Pik Tribute from AFRICAN ORAL HISTORY ARCHIVE on Vimeo.

View Gallery of Pik Botha’s tumultuous career:

Pik Botha through the ages: His Life in pictures:
https://city-press.news24.com/News/pik-botha-through-the-ages-his-life-in-pictures-20181012

 

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“I am hoping that before I close my eyes forever, we will have had the opportunity of fulfilling the dreams of our people.”

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“We pray to God that our future generations never ever go through what we went through. No human being should be allowed to treat the other like that.”

Click here to view the Carte Blanche segment of “IN HER OWN WORDS” aired on Sunday 8 April 2018

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“I was born out of the conditions of the country that determined who I ultimately became.”

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Nathaniel (Nat) Mokgosi 1946-2016

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Born in 1946 near Sophiatown, Johannesburg, Nat Mokgosi became a full time visual artist in at the age of 29. The exaggerated social realism of his art mirrored the social inequities and political abuse of the time.

He was universally loved and respected by his students as one of the countries most influential art teachers, and throughout his life Nat Mokgosi dedicated himself to the upliftment of Black artists.

In the ensuing four decades of his career, Mokgosi’s work has been collected by private individuals and public entities, including the Ichikowitz Heritage Art Collection. Nat’s lifetime of art serves as a unique legacy to South African history.

Click to view the Tribute Video of Nat Mokgosi, legendary South African Artist.

Ruth Mompati 1925 -2015

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There are some individuals who work in a quiet and understated way and yet, they change the face of a nation. One such individual is Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati. Her first job was as a typist in the law firm of Mandela and Tambo Attorneys – a role that put her amongst the great African visionaries of the 20th century.

Mompati was a founding member of the Federation of South African Women, and helped organise the momentous 1956 Women’s March to protest against pass laws for women. In the early 1960s, Dr Mompati became one of the first women to leave for exile, telling her mother and young children that she would return in a few months. Instead, she rose to become a driving force in its international liberation movement.  After 27 years in exile, Dr Mompati became a member of parliament, ambassador and mayor ofher home district in Vryburg, North West Province.

Click here to view Ruth Mompati Tribute Video

 

 

Helen Suzman 1917-2009

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The feisty and fierce daughter of Lithuanian Jews who immigrated to South Africa, Helen Gavronsky Suzman became the leading opponent of apartheid for 36 years within the dark chamber of the Afrikaner dominated parliament.  Refusing to be indifferent towards the injustice around her, she consistently challenged discriminatory legislation and the spate of security laws.

Suzman also became a voice to the international community for many in the banned ANC and PAC liberation movements, and developed a close relationship with Winnie Madikizela Mandela , until she retired from Parliament in 1989.

The Helen Suzman Foundation was founded in 1993 to honour the life work of Helen Suzman. The Foundation seeks to promote the values espoused by Helen Suzman throughout her devotion to public service.

Click to view The Promotional Tribute Video for Robin’s Renwick’s book: Helen Suzman – “A Bright Star in a Dark Chamber”.