From the Desk of Jennifer Davis

by Jennifer Davis, The Africa Fund
with Dumisani Kumalo
New York, New York, United States
November 5, 1996
Publisher: The Africa Fund
4 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The mailing includes a cover letter by Jennifer Dave, a memorandum by Dumisani Kumalo and a newspaper article. The mailing says I wanted to share these two enclosures with you as indicators of the ongoing richness of current Africa Fund program. The mailing says Dumisani's memo about our new grant for work with state and local officials outlines exciting program we can now undertake to end the Washington monopoly on Africa policy making. The mailing says the second enclosure provides an informal review of the "kitchen cabinet" backing up Thabo Mbeki, South Africa's Deputy President, and Nelson Mandela's probable successor; many of you will recognize the faces of people we worked with while they were refugees or political prisoners. The mailing says Vusi Mavimbela was one of a two-person youth team we sent to campuses in 1985, building the sanctions movement that eventually helped smash apartheid; Frank Chikane spoke at meetings across the US in his days as General Secretary of the beleaguered South African Council of Churches; others you know as names on the long list of political prisoners we all carried to demand that South Africa Unlock Apartheid's Jails. In his memorandum Kumalo says the program staff at the Carnegie Corporation (Foundation) told me yesterday that they have recommended to their board a new grant of $100,000 a year for two years for our work with state and city public officials; this will enable us to expand that unique Africa constituency we have achieved in their ranks; a constituency capable of sounding a clear voice for Africa and impacting on Washington's Africa policy; now we can move ahead quickly with our plans to hold a National Consultation on Africa for a core group of state legislators from across the U.S., in early April, for Washington D.C.; I propose inviting key state legislators along with Congressional leadership, some of our allies from the non-governmental community and officials from the White House and the State Department. The mailing includes a reprint of a newspaper article "All the deputy president's advisers" with profiles of Essop Pahad, Mojanku Gumbi, The Reverend Frank Chikane, Yusi Mavlmbela, Moss Ngoasheng, and Thami Ntenteni. The mailing discusses the South African Council of Churches (SACC), ANC (African National Congress), the South African Communist Party (SACP), and the Transvaal Indian Youth Congress. [Note: Yusi Mavlmbela toured the U.S. in 1983, not 1985; he toured under the pseudonym Klaus Maphepha.]
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers