ABOUT THE UBUNTU AWARDS

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN DIPLOMACY

In 2015, the annual Ubuntu Awards were launched to celebrate South African citizens who play an active role in projecting a positive image of South Africa internationally. Through excellence in their chosen fields, these proud South Africans serve as global ambassadors of our nation.

The awards celebrate South African citizens, who, through their Integrity, Passion, Patriotism and Humility have raised the South African flag high on an international stage.

The Ubuntu Awards 2018 will be taking place on the 10th of February 2018. This year’s awards are themed “Honouring Madiba; a global champion of human rights, peace and reconciliation.”

THE DEFINITION OF UBUNTU

‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality.

THE JUDGES

MS ZANDI NZALO

Founder and Managing Director: Zanenza
Communications

MS LEANNE MANAS

Keynote Speaker, MC and Presenter

MS CHICHI MAPONYA

Group CEO: Maponya Group

MS LINDIWE SANGWENI SIDDO

Divisional Director of Operations – City Lodge Hotel Group; Founder and Owner, Soweto Hotel

DR EBRAHIM SALEY

Chief Operating Officer
Department of International Relations and Cooperation

MR THEBE IKALAFENG

Founder and Chairman:
Brand Leadership Group

MR CAIPHUS RAMASHAU

Chief Financial Officer Department of International Relations and Cooperation

During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it an ideal for which I am prepared to die.