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

Fatimata Seye Sylla fsylla at gmail.com
Wed Apr 8 13:32:13 SAST 2009

My condolences to the family and to our internet community.  She was a great
example of female commitment in IT activities in Africa.  May her soul rest
in peace.


On Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 9:01 AM, badru ntege <badru.ntege at nftconsult.com>wrote:

> A great to loss to the continent.  Our condolence go out to her immediate
> family and the entire Internet community that has lost a good ambassodor.
> Badru
> On Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 7:12 PM, BAUDOUIN SCHOMBE <b.schombe at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Mes condoelances a la famille eprouvee.
>> Baudouin
>> 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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