Former Mozambique President Chissano to deliver the Chief Albert Luthuli memorial lecture

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26 Oct 2007

The Department of Arts and Culture, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Luthuli Museum invite media to the Albert Luthuli Memorial Lecture on 27 October 2007. The Albert Luthuli Memorial Lecture is part of the Luthuli National Legacy project which is one of the Cabinet-approved national legacy projects to acknowledge all South Africans whose heritage was marginalised under the apartheid rule. Chief Albert Luthuli, the first African to receive a Nobel Peace Prize fought selflessly for human dignity, political freedom and social justice. The previous lectures were delivered by President Thabo Mbeki and former Zambian President, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.

The 2007 lecture will be presented by His Excellency Dr. Joaquim Alberto Chissano, the former President of the Republic of Mozambique under the theme ‘Leadership and Reconciliation’. Dr Chissano is one of the iconic figures who played a leading role in the emancipation of Africa from colonialism. As President of Mozambique, he led socio-economic reforms which have put the country on a path to economic prosperity. He continues to contribute in international peace and security efforts. In honour of Chief Albert Luthuli, Dr Chissano will visit the Luthuli Museum, Chief Luthuli’s gravesite and public sculptor all in Groutville, Kwadukuza, on 26 October 2007. Full details of the Kwadukuza tour will be released in due course. Details of the lecture are as follows:

Date: 27 October 2007
Venue: UKZN, Westiville Campus
Time: 11:00
Media enquiries: Mr Mack Lewele on 082 4505076 / (012) 441 3083
                        Professor Dasarath Chetty on 082 376 7841/ (031) 260 79 58