Media Statement

15 January 2016

Distinguished South Africans to be honoured through Ubuntu Awards for promoting the country abroad

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will host the annual Ubuntu Awards at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Saturday, 13 February 2016. The inaugural Ubuntu Awards ceremony was held in February 2015.

The event is aimed at recognising South African industry leaders and eminent persons for their distinguished service and contribution to promoting South Africa’s national interests and values across the world.

Each award will be given to an organization/individual, who has/have, through excellence, innovation, creativity, inventiveness, social responsibility or patriotism distinguished themselves as true ambassadors of South Africa.

Previous award winners include the former South African Chief of State Protocol, Ambassador Billy Modise and the late South African liberation struggle stalwart and diplomat, Mme Ruth Mompati (OR Tambo Lifetime Achievement Award), the South African ace swimmer who is an Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games champion, Mr Chad Le Clos (Ubuntu Sport Diplomacy Award) and the internationally recognised and highly respected South African singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher, Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka (Ubuntu Arts and Cultural Diplomacy Award).

Nominations can still be made online via  The deadline is 20 January 2016.

Enquiries: Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078

OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road



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