A 2 million grant to the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has been handed over on behalf of the Government of India. The contribution was made in support of the anti-racism, research, historical and youth work of the Kathrada Foundation.
The High Commissioner of India in South Africa and the Consulate General of India, Johannesburg hosted the struggle veterans including Ahmed Kathrada, Laloo Chhiba were present at the handover of the grant where Her Excellency reiterated the importance of the historical links between SA and India.
Neeshan Balton highlighted that contributions from Indian government in the past helped kick start the efforts of the #KathradaFoundation and the R2 million grant from Indian government will go towards endowment fund to continue its work tackling racism over long term & go towards ensuring the legacy of #Kathrada and @LalooChiba long after they’ve gone.
This year, 2017 will mark the second annual Anti-Racism Week, a one of its kind initiative in South Africa driven by ARNSA, a network of some 60 organisations across the country. ARNSA was founded by the Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada Foundations in 2015.
Essop Pahad spoke of the fact that South Africa must emerge as the fountain-head of anti-racism work around the world especially in a time where this is important as the world witnesses a re-emergence of right wing forces globally.
Additional reporting from Maryke Vermaak of Jacaranda FM/Kagiso Media