[AfrICANN-discuss] The passing of a great Lady: we owe it to Ivy to continue the good work

BAUDOUIN SCHOMBE b.schombe at gmail.com
Tue Apr 7 18:12:22 SAST 2009

Mes condoelances a la famille eprouvee.


2009/4/7 Anne-Rachel Inné <annerachel at gmail.com>

> Dear All,
> As you may have seen from the many Press articles out there, or heard via
> her many supporters, Ivy Matsepe-Casburri passed away yesterday in South
> Africa. She was MInister of Communications since 1999.
> ""Matsepe-Casaburri was appointed as communications minister after the 1999
> general elections. Before that, she made history as the first female premier
> of a province when she was appointed to head the Free State provincial
> government from 1996 to 1999. In 1993, she was appointed the first female
> chairperson of the South African Broadcasting Corporation board and led the
> organisation through its initial transformation.
> On a number of occasions, Matsepe-Casaburri filled in for former president
> Thabo Mbeki as acting president. She was part of a group of Cabinet
> ministers selected to do so when he and his deputy were either out of the
> country, or indisposed at the same time. She acted as president when Mbeki
> resigned and before the inauguration of president Kgahlema Motlanthe, in
> September last year.
> Born in Kroonstad, in the Free State, on 17 September 1937,
> Matsepe-Casaburri was a long-serving member of the African National Congress
> and went into exile after working as a teacher in KwaZulu-Natal. She had
> obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Fort Hare and
> later a doctorate in sociology from Rutgers University in the US.
> She served as a senior lecturer at the United Nations Institute on Namibia,
> in Zambia, and returned to the country in 1990.""
> So goes the official biography. My personal recollection through the years
> is of *Mrs Matsepe-Casaburri as one of the African Internet community most
> fervent supporters *and a few of you will remember her speeches at
> different meetings where she came, smiled graciously, chastised, talked,
> mingled, remembered things and said "you can count on me".
> She was respected internationally and all through WSIS (2003-2005), the
> tandem she formed with Lyndall Shope Mafolle will be remembered as the
> 'though ladies' of South Africa, on the Internet Governance issue especially
> but on all issues that mattered for our region.
> She was tough, but always gracious and well informed. She was genuine and
> truly empathised with audiences. She will always be remembered and be in my
> personal pantheon of the "Persons to remember". As we say in Africa, she is
> right here with us! only the shell left.
> --
> Anne-Rachel Inne
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