It is with great sadness that the In Transformation Initiative (ITI) board announces the passing of our college and friend, former cabinet minister and ambassador, Geoffrey Doidge.
Ambassador Doidge passed on the evening of 10 December 2022, following his battle with cancer.
Ambassador Doidge has served as a member of ITI’s board of Directors since March 2020.
ITI has been privileged to have worked with him on several initiatives both locally in South Africa and abroad, through his continued passion to promote Transitional Justice to redress human rights abuses through mechanisms of truth-telling, reparations, institutional reform, recognition of the suffering of victims and reconciliation.
Ambassador Doidge has held various portfolios at parliamentary, government and diplomatic levels. In his parliamentary roles, Ambassador Doidge was an ANC Member of parliament in 1994 for 10 years through which he served in various roles including as Chairperson of the Committee of Chairpersons, Deputy Chief Whip of the ANC; Chairperson of the Task Team on developing the Oversight Model for Parliament; and ANC Legislatures and Governance Committee in Parliament.
Ambassador Doidge has held diplomatic posts, notably in Thailand and Sri Lanka and notably while in Sri Lanka, initiated the South African Initiative in Sri Lanka –an initiative to share experiences of how South Africa transitioned to a negotiated settlement that led to a united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa.
Our deepest condolences and sympathy go out to Carol, their four children and grandchildren.
On behalf of the Board of In Transformation Initiative