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

Alioune Traore alioune_b_traore at yahoo.fr
Thu Apr 9 07:23:13 SAST 2009

Oui je me souvient de cette formidable dame qui savait de quoi elle
parlait. Je me souvient également de  sa joie de vivre et de sa 
Que le Bon Dieu acceille son ame au paradis Amen.
Dr Alioune Badara TRAORE
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May God rest her Soul in Eternal Peace and give her family strength during this difficult period. Amen!

Let us celebrate HER life by continuing to do what she and us all believed in.


2009/4/7 BAUDOUIN SCHOMBE <b.schombe at gmail.com>

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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