The Origin Of Our Name

Moses Kotane

Moses Kotane was the General Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and prominent figure in the African National Congress (ANC).

He was born on 9 August 1905, in Rustenburg, North West. He died in Russia in 1978, he laid buried there for many years until his fatal remains were repatriated back to South Africa in 2015. He was reburied in his home soil on 14 March 2015. He became known for his discipline, leadership, wisdom and ability to grasp and articulate the most abstract ideas in philosophy and politics.

As a young man growing up in South Africa, he received no formal education but always had a strong sense of economic freedom through education and training in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)as disciplines necessary to attain that freedom.

Today STEM remains critical amongst skills required to achieve an acceptable level of economic prosperity and sustainable development. Leading up to the Treason Trial, he was subjected to numerous bans. He was subsequently deployed to Tanzania from where he left for Russia. He later studied in Lenin School in Moscow. It was during his stay in Moscow that he would demonstrate his legendary skills and commitment to the liberation movement.

In 1975, on his birthday he received the highest honour any cadre could receive in the ANC, Isithwalandwe.

His legacy lives on in the establishment of the Moses Kotane Institute as it bears his name and embodies his values.

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