Office Hours Mon-Fri: 08:00-16:30 | Call Center +27 12 369 8000
Home | Contact Us


Upcoming Events


Social Media

Follow Us on Social Media

Municipal Human Capital Support Registration

Please click below to register and acces SALGA Municipal Human Capital Support Documents.




SALGA conveys condolences to the family of Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada - 21 August 1929 – 28 March 2017

Posted: 28 March 2017


The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) conveys its heartfelt condolences to the Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada. Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada, friendly known as "Kathy", was an anti-apartheid activist, former political prisoner and politician in South Africa. He was born on the 21 August 1929 at Schweizer-Reneke, a small rural South African town, about 322 kilometres from Johannesburg. He has passed on this morning of the 28 March 2017.

He was introduced to politics as a child in Johannesburg when he joined a non-racial youth club run by the Young Communist League. At the age of 17 Kathrada participated in the Passive Resistance Campaign of the South African Indian Congress. He was part of 2 000 people who were arrested and imprisoned for defying a law that discriminated against Indians.

He leaves behind his wife‚ Barbara Hogan‚ 65‚ an ANC activist who was jailed for treason. They met on his release from prison and she later served as an MP and Cabinet Minister in the post-apartheid era. Soon after his release on 15 October 1989, the liberation organizations were unbanned. Beyond serving in the ANC’s National Executive Committee and Public Relations Department up until 1994, in 1994 Kathrada was elected to Parliament and served as President Mandela's Parliamentary Counsellor and he was chairperson of the Robben Island Musuem Council until his term expired in 2006.

Ahmed Kathrada received the following awards:

• “Isithwalandwe”; the highest award bestowed by the ANC

• The ANC's Merit Award, for long service

• Presidential Order for Meritorious Service; Class 1: Gold

• Honorary Doctorate by University of Massachusetts, May 2000

• Honorary Doctorate by the University of Durban-Westville, 2002

• Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Missouri, January 2004

• Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, by President of India, January 2005

• Doctor of Humanities, Michigan State University, December 2005

• Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kentucky, May 2011.

• The City of Johannesburg bestowed its highest honour, Freeman of the City, August 2012

• Honorary Doctorate from Wits University, December 2012

He published the following books:

• Letters from Robben Island: a selection of Ahmed Kathrada’s prison correspondence (1964-1989), 1999

• Memoirs, 2004

• No Bread for Mandela: memoirs of Ahmed Kathrada, prisoner No. 468/64, 2004

• A Free Mind: Ahmed Kathrada's notebook from Robben Island, 2005

• A Simple Freedom: the strong mind of Robben Island Prisoner No. 468/64

Indeed his life was a life of principle, sacrifice and service. He has left a living legacy which stands to challenge all South Africans in government and in other spaces of development for a long time to come. How timely it is that he passes-on in the month of March, the month of human rights. May his soul rest in peace!

Previous News Pages: 1 2 3

Site Map:

Welcome to SALGA
Our Constitution
Governance Framework
Our Structure
Executive Management Team
National Executive Committee
Provincial Executive Committee
National Working Groups
Provincial Working Groups
Provincial Overviews

Media Room
Press Releases
Media Statements
Image Gallery
SALGA Media Enquiries


Municipal Focus
About Municipalities
Guidelines for Municipalities
Municipal Audit Outcomes
Municipal Finance
Municipal Planning
Treasury Reports
Municipal Contact Details

Documents and Publications
Annual Reports
Annual Performance Plans
Strategic Plans
Corporate Presentation
Voice Magazine
National Members Assembly
National Municipal Managers Forum


Knowledge Hub
Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
SALGA Lexis Nexis Legal Content
Good Governance Learning Network
Learning Framework for Local Government
Local Government Briefs
Knowledge Hub Documents
Knowlede Hub Publications
Knowledge Portals

Stakeholder Relations
Stakeholder Management Framework
Stakeholder Management Directory



Suppliers & Vendors
Tender Notices
Terms of Reference for Tenders
Responsive Bidders to Tenders
Results to Bids
Central Supplier Database
Standard Bid Documents
Evaluation Criteria for Procurement
Government Procurement Conditions of Contract
Request for Proposals

SALGA Offices


Social Media