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South Africa visit and passing away of Lucia Raadschelders

In November my partner Maud Kortbeek and I paid a visit to South Africa (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban) in which I also had a number of meetings with people and organisations in relation to my work with the Anti-Apartheid and Southern Africa collection of the International Institute of Social History, a.o. with the Dutch embassy, South African History Archive, South African History Online, ANC Archives and the still developing new Museum and Archive of the Constitution at the Hill (MARCH). I met a.o. with Lauren Segal, head curator of MARCH, who I presented at Constitution Hill a set of spare copy posters and other campaigning materials of the former Dutch anti-apartheid groups as a contribution to the MARCH collection.

Sadly, during our visit, we were confronted with the passing away of our friend Lucia Raadschelders, former staffmember of the Dutch AAM, Vula operative and the last 10 years colleague archivist at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. Hence, on Sunday November 25, Maud and I participated in (and contributed to) a memorial meeting for Lucia Raadschelders at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. On December 8 there will also be a memorial held for Lucia in Amsterdam.