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Billy Modise Bio | Biography, Age, Wife, Political History, Funeral and Cause of Death (1930-2018)

Billy Modise Bio | Biography

Billy Modise  was an African National Congress (ANC) veteran and former ambassador. He  was born on 18 December 1930 in Bloemfontein in the then-Orange Free State and died on 20 June 2018 after a long Illness. He received an Anglican scholarship which enabled him to enrol for his secondary school in Modeerport. Modise was posted as South Africa’s high commissioner to Canada in 1995. He also served as the Chief of State Protocol from 1999 in former President Thabo Mbeki era until his resignation on 2006.

Billy Modise Age

He died at the age of 87 Years

Billy Modise Wife

Information of Billy Modise personal life is not in the public domain.

Billy Modise Cause of Death

Long Term Illness

Billy Modise was Known for

He was known for his State Service as an Ambassador and Chief of State protocol of South Africa. 

Billy Modise Bio, Biography and Political History

Billy Modise was born on 8 December 1930 in Bloemfontein in the then-Orange Free State and passed on 21 June 2018 after a long Illness. He got an Anglican grant which empowered him to enroll for a secondary school in Modeerport. The racial discrimination imposed by politically-sanctioned racial discrimination which forced black people and his encounters with discrimination served as a political awakening for Modise. Soon after finishing his matric, between 1950 and 1955 Modise worked at a wholesale store and later for a medical specialist named Dr van Aswegen to raise money to empower him to facilitate his examinations at college. In January 1955 he enrolled at the University of Fort Hare to study medicine. It was while he was en route to Fort Hare that he set out to join the African National Congress (ANC).

While at Fort Hare he contracted tuberculosis and was admitted to hospital for a half year. As an understudy at Fort Hare, he came into contact with Professor ZK Mathews, and with Govan Mbeki who motivated him to wind up politically active. He started active political activities where he was elected as secretary of ANC Youth League for the Fort Hare branch, and later filled in as secretary of the Student Representative Council. Modise likewise turned into a member of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) filling in as an executive member. In 1959 he changed from medicine to a BA degree.

The following year, January 1960, he was requested by Nusas go to attend a conference in Switzerland. He declined because applying for a passport would result in his arrest. The ANC advised him to leave the nation, in the same time that the Lund University Students Union in Sweden scholarship to study medicine abroad. Subsequently, a ticket for his travel from Accra, Ghana to London was organized by the British Students Union. He at that point left the nation for Bechuanaland, (now Botswana) where he would board a chartered flight that shipped South African ANC exiles from the then-Bechuanaland to Accra.  He missed his flight and had to find a way to Tanzania where he met Barbro Johansson, a Swedish missionary who facilitated the exchange of his ticket from Ghana to Tanzania.

While studying at Lund in Sweden, he started mobilizing college understudy student formations against Apartheid and networking on behalf of the ANC. He was a founder member of the South Africa Committee in Lund alongside Lars-Erik Johansson and Ulf Agrell. The Committee convened meetings, printed publications, leaflets and campaigned parliamentarians to help the battle against Apartheid. Due to the demanding tasks of politics, he gave up studying medicine instead of studying Sociology. Modise met understudies from other freedom developments in Africa who were likewise learning at Lud. Consequently, his work later stretched out to cover freedom developments from across Southern Africa. While mobilization began only in one institution, between 1960 and 1972, it grew internationally with Modise traveling to mobilize people in Finland, Denmark, and Norway to boycott South African products.

In 1975, Modise went to New York in the United States to work for Habitat, the United Nations (UN) Conference on Human Settlements. His role was planning approach papers on issues of resettlement. In the mid-1976 and 1988, he worked as Assistant Director of the United Nations Institute for Namibia in Lusaka, Zambia where he closely worked with Namibians, providing training in political science, sociology, and education. In 1988 he left the UN to work fulltime for the ANC. He was conveyed in Sweden where he filled in as the ANC’s chief agent.

Modise came back to South Africa in 1991 and was deployed at Shell House, the ANC headquarters. He was entrusted with heading the Matla Trust, which was set up to plan for the 1994 elections. After the first democratic based elections, Modise was posted as South Africa’s high commissioner to Canada in 1995. He also served as the Chief of State Protocol from 1999 to 2006.

At the time of his death, Modise had already  resigned from the government.

Billy Modise Funeral

Billy Modise was buried on 28 June 2018. President Cyril Ramaphosa attended the funeral of the late Ambassador,  Billy Modise. He delivered a eulogy in honor of the late Billy Modise. Former President Thabo Mbeki also paid tribute to the former Ambassador.

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