The Foundation celebrated its 10-year anniversary at the end of 2015. To mark this achievement we hosted a celebratory dinner.. The event was held in Johannesburg, with the Foundation’s beneficiaries, Talent (Foundation staff) and Board members in attendance.
The guests were addressed by the Chairman of the Board, Futhi Mtoba, who had served on the Board of Trustees for 10 years and finished her tenure as Chainman in April 2016. See more details about her contribution here:
Fellows reflected on the significance of the Foundation in their lives. Siphesihle Kala told of how she gained courage to launch into entrepreneurship, Loretta Magagula and Sechaba Selialia shared how being in this community had made them bigger thinkers and more entrepreneurial, while Lwandle Gaga and Mangaliso Nxasana described how the Foundation had inspired them to be best they can be. Sabelwa Matikinca, a beneficiary who has journeyed with the Foundation for the last nine years – as a Scholar and Candidate Allan Gray Fellow – shared how the opportunity had changed her and her family’s lives.
Zimkhitha Peter, the Head of Programmes, who has served the Foundation for more than eight years, paid tribute to CEO, Anthony Farr for leading the organisation with integrity and courage. She noted that it had also been just over 10 years since Anthony left a promising career in finance, to make the intentions of Mr Gray possible. He has grown an organisation that today is 60 Talent strong and has touched hundreds of lives.
Words fall short of expressing how profound the journey over the last decade has been. The following experiences, captured on film, might do a better job of it: