This morning we wake up to the news, that one of the country’s foremost leaders, a true son of the African soil, Ahmed Mohammed Kathrada, Uncle Kathy, had departed our world.
Uncle Kathy, as he was and will continue to be affectionately known to us at Aspen, was one of our country’s key architects of the non-racist, non-sexist and equal society that we aspire to today. The “miracle of South Africa” would not have been possible without the selfless toil of the likes of Uncle Kathy.
Although our country has lost a great leader, he leaves us with a defining legacy, that we are compelled to continue building on. In recent years Aspen and the Kathrada Foundation have worked closely on a number of projects and initiatives, all aimed at building a better society and in particular improving the plight of the poorest resourced in our society. It is a partnership that we will continue into the future, making a difference to the lives of many South Africans, who need the hope and assistance that the Foundation provides.
As we honour this great South African, a humble and modest man, we at the same time pass on our deepest condolences and profound sympathy to our friend and Kathy’s long-time companion, Barbara Hogan, to the Kathrada family and to the Executive Director of the Foundation and his team, Neeshan Balton.
May his soul rest in peace and his legacy forever remain a shining example to all.