HONOURING MADIBA

A global champion of human rights, peace and reconciliation.

ABOUT THE AWARDS

The Annual Ubuntu Awards have grown exponentially since they were launched in 2015. Now in their fourth year, the Awards are carried live on national television to a viewership to over 100 million people across the continent.

The Ubuntu Awards recognise South African citizens who embody principles of Integrity, Passion, Patriotism and Humility.

2018 marks the centenary of the first democratically elected President. Therefore, the theme of the Ubuntu Awards 2018 Awards is Honouring Madiba; a global champion of human rights, peace and reconciliation. Due to this years theme, we will be looking for South Africans that have actively promoted peace, human dignity 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. Being human means being part of a community. In other words, to be human is to embrace ubuntu.

ELIGIBILITY

All nominations for the Ubuntu Awards should meet the broad criteria of:

1. Creating a favourable image for South Africa.
2. Engaging with, and influencing, international public.
3. Making a sustainable and enduring impact.
4. South Africans that have actively promoted peace, human dignity and reconciliation.
5. Celebrating and promoting African unity and diversity.

 

Eligibility requirements are:

1. All individual nominees, and all organisational nominees, must be of South African origin.
2. A copy of South African ID or company registration number are required as proof of this.
3. Individuals and organisations should not be wholly funded by government.
4. Nominees’ activities should have resulted in positive international media coverage which has positioned South Africa favourably.
5. Nominees in the Youth Category cannot be older than 35 as of 1 January 2018.
6. No nominees may have received an Ubuntu Award in the past two years.
7. No nominee may be employed by DIRCO.

We are together in this. Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronisingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.

NELSON MANDELA

2017 WINNERS

Ubuntu Economic Diplomacy Award (Africa)

Sasol

Ubuntu Economic Diplomacy Award (Global)

Sasol

Ubuntu Social Responsibility Award

Babies Behind Bars

Ubuntu Social Responsibility Award

Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation

Ubuntu Youth Diplomacy Award

Siya Xuza

Ubuntu Arts and Cultural Diplomacy Award (Veteran)

Mama Esther Mahlangu

Ubuntu Arts and Cultural Diplomacy Award (Youth)

Pretty Yende

Ubuntu Sport Diplomacy Award

Castor Semenya

OR Tambo Lifetime Achievement Award

Winnie Mandela

Winner of the OR Tambo Excellence in Diplomacy Award

Ambassador Tian Xuejun

OR Tambo Lifetime Achievement Award

Gertrude Shope