Recipient of Ubuntu award announced
By Rhodé Marshall
15 October 2007
This afternoon at the residence of the Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool, advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa who is the CEO of the National Heritage Council will announce DR Kenneth Kaunda as this year’s receiver of the Ubuntu Award.
The award is expected to grow in the stature of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Ghandi Award. The Ubuntu award aims to honour to pay tribute to individuals whose character, leadership, philosophy and life’s work are seen as an asset to people across the world.
DR Kaunda is the second recipient of the award after former South African President Nelson Mandela.
“In the entire African continent DR Kaunda is one of very few leaders who have personified Ubuntu in both his political work and community development work around the world,” says Mancotywa.
The award was inspired by a call by President Thabo Mbeki during the Heritage Day Celebrations in 2005 in the North West Province.
In many of the speeches made by Mbeki he made a request towards South Africans to renew and simplify Ubuntu.