ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

The Fort Calata Foundation [FCF] was established in 2020 by the family of Fort 35 years after his brutal assassination by the Apartheid State.  Fort died with comrades, Matthew Goniwe, Sparrow Mkhonto and Sicelo Mhlauli, collectively known as the Cradock Four in an event.  The Fort Calata Foundation aims to to commemorate the legacy of Fort Calata and his comrades, his conviction towards people’s power and to promote his plans for education and the arts in community development.

Inspired by a love of history, story and a commitment to exploring the Calata Family activist heritage, Lukhanyo Calata and the Calata family have embarked on a multi-pronged historical legacy project to share a story etched in the memory of many South Africans and explore its meaning and significance to the generation of children who grew up deeply affected by their parents’ role in leading the anti-Apartheid movement from within the country.

VISION

To be the official custodian of memory, heritage and legacy of Fort Calata and the values he lived and died for.

MISSION

To develop and implement projects for the community of Cradock to engender a culture of knowledge and recognition of the Eastern Cape’s socio-political history.

To advance the concept of people’s power in civic participation and the promotion of human rights and dignity.

FOUNDATION PROJECTS 2020 – 2025

MEMORIAL LECTURE & EXHIBITION

The CFC will organize, collect, package, distribute and archive the multi-media the exhibition as a national historic resource for use by future generations.

COMMUNITY DIALOGUE PROJECT

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) has agreed to partner with the CFC to facilitate a parallel process in support of the quest for intergenerational dialogues between the elders and the younger generations of Cradock.

CALATA CENTRE OF MEMORY IN CRADOCK

Refurbishment of the original house of James Arthur and Miltha Mary Calata in Cradock and reconfigure it into a space of heritage e.g a museum as well as the headquarters of the Fort Calata Foundation.

STATE OF EMERGENCY – FILM & TV SERIES

State of Emergency, a feature documentary film and TV series produced by Arusha Media due for release in 2021.

This project speaks to a vision beyond the mere narration of a story, which is both personal yet so politically significant. In recognition of the cathartic, healing power of film (and the production thereof) coupled with the historical significance of the audio-visual history to be gathered in the research and development phases of the book and film, Arusha Films have included a digital memory archive that will host relevant archival and full-length interviews conducted for the purposes of the book and the film.

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This project speaks to a vision beyond the mere narration of a story, which is both personal yet so politically significant. In recognition of the cathartic, healing power of film (and the production thereof) coupled with the historical significance of the audio-visual history to be gathered in the research and development phases of the book and film, Arusha Films have included a digital memory archive that will host relevant archival and full-length interviews conducted for the purposes of the book and the film.