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“The past, it has been said, is another country. The way its stories are told and the way they are heard change as the years go by. The spotlight gyrates, exposing old lies and illuminating new truths.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1998

Foreword to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa Report

The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation

The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation was established in Cape Town in 2013. It is a centre of knowledge and discourse, a repository for intellectual property, and a platform to reconnect people to each other and to their own integrity.

The Foundation is a physical space for exhibitions, programmes and events, and an intellectual space for the development of human consciousness about the critical issues affecting the earth and its inhabitants.

LATEST NEWS

ARCHBISHOP TUTU BACKS GLOBAL CALL TO PRIORITISE CHILDREN IN COVID-19 RESPONSE

On behalf of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, CEO Piyushi Kotecha has applauded 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi for taking the powerful initiative to unite world leaders in support of children during Covid-19 lockdowns and the devastations and traumas that have been unleashed. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu,…

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MOURNING THE LOSS OF DENIS GOLDBERG

Denis Goldberg was a mensch, a human being of the highest integrity and honour who eschewed personal aggrandisement and consumptiveness. His lifetime contribution to South Africa and its people was second to none. His passing today aged 87, following a lengthy battle against cancer, conducted with customary courage and grace,…

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BULLETIN

ADAPTING TO NEW WORLD REALITY

    The Covid-19 pandemic is a revolutionary event; in future, people will speak of the first global lockdown, and pre-virus and post-virus eras. It is a moment requiring the kind of collective response that many predicted would first be forced on humanity by climate change.   Like just about everyone else in the world, the Tutu Legacy Foundation is adapting to our changed realities. Whereas much of our pre-virus focus involved using our extraordinary physical space, now we realise the fundamental importance of developing parallel digital tracks… to reach out across lockdowns, social distancing and whatever else tomorrow brings. (Without having budgeted for it, of course.)   As we sharpen our pencils and tweak our plans, to stay ahead of the curve, so to speak, the words of former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela ring in our ears: “It always seems impossible until it is done.”

YESTERDAY

THE BETTER THING FOR WHICH WE ARE MEANT

“Now and again we catch a glimpse of the better thing for which we are meant – for example when we work together to counter the effects of natural disasters and the world is galvanised by a spirit of compassion and an amazing outpouring of generosity; a universal sense of ubuntu… Then we experience fleetingly that we are made for togetherness, for friendship, for community, for family; that we are created to live in a delicate network of interdependence.” Desmond Tutu, 1999, No Future Without Forgiveness, Random House

Desmond Tutu, 1999, No Future Without Forgiveness, Random House

TODAY

AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THINGS RIGHT FOR THE FUTURE

“On this International Mother Earth Day, all eyes are on the COVID-19 pandemic — the biggest test the world has faced since the Second World War. We must work together to save lives, ease suffering and lessen the shattering economic and social consequences. “The impact of the coronavirus is both immediate and dreadful. But, there is another deep emergency — the planet’s unfolding environmental crisis. Biodiversity is in steep decline. Climate disruption is approaching a point of no return. “We must act decisively to protect our planet from both the coronavirus and the existential threat of climate disruption. The current crisis is an unprecedented wake-up call. We need to turn the recovery into a real opportunity to do things right for the future.” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, 20 April 2020

https://www.un.org/press/en/2020/sgsm20051.doc.htm

TOMORROW

LOCKDOWN PROVES INEQUALITY IS UNSUSTAINABLE

“Our lockdown has revealed a very sad fault line in our society that reveals how grinding poverty, inequality and unemployment is tearing the fabric of our communities apart… “Yes, these are the residual effects of a fractured and unequal past. But they are also a symptom of a fundamental failing in our post-apartheid society. The nationwide lockdown in response to the coronavirus has gravely exacerbated a long-standing problem… “Food support is a short-term emergency measure. It will need to be matched by sustainable solutions that help our most vulnerable citizens weather the difficult times that are still to come.” South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, 20 April 2020    

https://www.msn.com/en-za/health/coronavirus/ramaphosa-lockdown-has-gravely-exacerbated-sas-inequality-problem/ar-BB12UA9e?li=BBqfP3n

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